<![CDATA[NBC Chicago - National & International News]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/national-international http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/5-Chicago-Blue.png NBC Chicago http://www.nbcchicago.com en-us Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:11:30 -0500 Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:11:30 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Teacher Tweets About Wanting to Stab Students]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 06:44:39 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/215*120/newark7.JPG

A teacher in California's Bay Area has been reprimanded after she reportedly tweeted that she wanted to stab some students and that her "trigger finger is itchy."

The San Jose Mercury News reports Newark Memorial High School administrators disciplined teacher Krista Hodges with a written reprimand, but she remains in the classroom as the new school year begins. The tweets, which were sprinkled with obscene language, were posted before the end of the last school year, in June.

Some parents said they found the posts insulting. One tweet allegedly insinuated that Hodges wanted to dump hot coffee on some of her students.

“I have a student here. He was expelled when he was a freshman for saying something to a teacher. They kicked him out of school. So now this is going on with this teacher, and I don’t feel it’s acceptable," parent Angela Newell said. “I feel that she should be able to receive the same punishment he did – get expelled from the district.”

Hodges told the newspaper she has apologized, saying she was only kidding, and realizes she acted unprofessionally.

The district had no comment on the issue, but one parent told NBC Bay Area on Thursday that she plans to start a campaign to get the teacher fired.

"I know the kids love her, but I think she should be fired," parent Vanessa Chavez said. "She should not work in the school -- it's not OK, it's unacceptable."

On Twitter, fittingly, Hodges appeared Thursday to be getting some support from students, including one who wrote that the "tweets were blown up into a bigger deal than what it was. Everyone vents."

Meanwhile, the Newark Police Department is taking the incident seriously and investigating.

"I think the concern is safety of everybody -- the admin, students, teacher, faculty," Cmdr. Mike Carroll said. "Concerned about everybody's safety. It doesn't matter where the threat is coming from."

NBC Bay Area's Cheryl Hurd contributed to this report.

<![CDATA["It Was My Life": Lightning Strike Survivor Thanks Brave Daughter]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 06:38:31 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/212*120/bob+kilroy+lightning+strike+survivor.JPG

One month and one day after lightning struck Venice Beach and killed a 20-year-old, a Southern California man who survived tearfully thanked his teen daughter and the lifeguard who helped save his life.

Emily Kilroy and her dad, a part-time lifeguard, were in the surf just south of Venice Pier when they were jolted by the lightning that struck July 27.

"I was scared, honestly," 15-year-old Emily Kilroy said of the day she helped save her father. "I didn't know if he was OK, I didn't even know how I knew it was a lightning strike."

The strike temporarily stunned some lifeguards.

"My vision went white from the actual flash," lifeguard Benjamin Gottlieb said. "The whole tower shook, and my next thing I was looking at was everyone running out of the water."

Kilroy, too, said her mind blanked.

"I woke up underwater and I did not know what had happened," she said.

Then Kilroy saw her dad floating in the water unconscious.

"I have no recollection what happened after I was struck by lightning," said her father, Bob Kilroy.

Emily Kilroy grabbed him and yelled for the lifeguards.

"I'm very proud for her that she's got that kind of an instinct," Bob Kilroy said.

Bob Kilroy, a chiropractor and part-time lifeguard, was in no condition to save himself. The jolt had stopped his heart, and arriving lifeguards took over. His daughter prayed as Gottlieb began CPR.

"I could hear (his daughter's) voice in the back of my mind saying, 'Daddy stay here, daddy be OK,' and I just wanted that to happen, and I think we all heard that," Gottlieb said. "And when you blinked your eyes, Bob, that was...that was really amazing."

Bob Kilroy had long known Gottlieb and would wave to him almost every morning when going for a swim, but it was not until after his heart started beating again that Gottlieb realized who it was.

He needed five days of intensive care at UCLA, but one month later he's already itching to return to lifeguarding with a new appreciation for what it can mean.

"This time, it was my life, and the significance of it just came home to me in a whole new way," he said.

Now, his daughter wants to learn CPR.

"With all the work we put in to keep him here, he better stay," Emily Kilroy said. "So I'd like to help make sure of that."

<![CDATA[Sick Chicago Boy Stars in His Own Movie]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 06:40:52 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Madzilla.jpg

Make-A-Wish Illinois helped grant a unique wish for a 5-year-old boy Thursday.

Maddex was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 2013, and while undergoing his cancer treatment, the Chicago boy bonded with his father and grandfather over the monster movie "Godzilla."

The organization helped to make a sci-fi adventure movie starring Maddex called "MADZILLA!"

The film was premiered Thursday night at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago, complete with a blue carpet reception and plenty of pomp and circumstance.

"He knows what he wants," "MADZILLA!" director Jonathan said. "His pitch that I got for what he wanted in the movie, to take a bit out of a train, bus or a car. To scare civilians."

"He's well beyond his years -- he's 5 years old, going on 6. He's like a 30-year-old," producer Mo Wagdy said.

Maddex (pictured, right) performs his own stunts in the movie and even gets to devour a taxi with Mayor Rahm Emanuel behind the wheel.

The boy also got to meet the director of the real Godzilla movie, Gareth Edwards, another wish that came true on a magical night.

"When they see that that many people care about them and want to make something happen for them, and want to listen to what they're thinking about and make it come to life, that's pretty awesome," Illinois Make-A-Wish CEO Stephanie Springs said.

Maddex will also get an invite to visit the set of the "Godzilla" sequel when it goes into production.

<![CDATA[Treasure Hunter Returns Wedding Ring Found on NY Beach]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 05:45:53 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/215*120/wedding+ring+returned+fire+island.JPG

When Erin Carrazzo lost her wedding ring while vacationing with her family on Fire Island a few weeks ago, she wished aloud on Facebook that "some metal detector dude" could find it. 

Little did she know a treasure hunter had in fact found her ring and was looking for its owner on his own Facebook page.

Retired fireman Mike Cogan -- who says he's always wanted to be a pirate -- was using his metal detector on Robert Moses Beach when he found the ring just two inches below the surface.

"I took it out of my scoop and it was very heavy," said Cogan, of East Northport. "I saw it was inscribed, and I said, 'This isn't a kid's ring. This is platinum and these have to be real diamonds.'"

"I knew how empty she had to feel. I don't want anybody to feel like that, so I started my search," he said. 

Cogan turned to Facebook and posted pictures of the ring, which was shared by friends and mommy-group pages in Queens, where Carrazzo lives in Flushing. Just 10 days later, the strangers finally connected, first on the phone.

"Getting in touch with her was as good as finding the diamonds," he said. 

Cogan and Carrazzo's meeting was captured by NBC 4 New York Thursday. The two hugged warmly, and Carrazzo slipped the ring back on her finger, noting it felt "amazing."

"I'm amazed how much good there is in the world," she said. 

It turned out that the wannabe pirate's real treasure was seeing the mom of three smile.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Chicago

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<![CDATA[CA Lawmakers Pass "Yes Means Yes"]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:23:13 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP254939745717.jpg

State lawmakers on Thursday passed a bill that would make California the first state to define when "yes means yes" while investigating sexual assaults on college campuses.

The Senate unanimously passed SB967 as states and universities across the U.S. are under pressure to change how they handle rape allegations. The bill now goes to Gov. Jerry Brown, who has not indicated his stance on the bill.

Sen. Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, said his bill would begin a paradigm shift in how California campuses prevent and investigate sexual assault. Rather than using the refrain "no means no," the definition of consent under the bill requires "an affirmative, conscious and voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity." Earlier versions of the bill had similar language.

"With this measure, we will lead the nation in bringing standards and protocols across the board so we can create an environment that's healthy, that's conducive for all students, not just for women, but for young men as well too, so young men can develop healthy patterns and boundaries as they age with the opposite sex," de Leon said before the vote.

Silence or lack of resistance does not constitute consent. The legislation says it's also not consent if the person is drunk, drugged, unconscious or asleep.

Lawmakers say consent can be nonverbal, and universities with similar policies have outlined examples as maybe a nod of the head or moving in closer to the person.

Advocates for victims of sexual assault supported the change as one that will provide consistency across campuses and challenge the notion that victims must have resisted assault in order to have valid complaints.

Some critics say the legislation is overreaching and sends universities into murky, unfamiliar legal waters.

Gordon Finley, an adviser to the National Coalition for Men, wrote an editorial asking Brown not to sign the bill. He argued that "this campus rape crusade bill" presumes the guilt of the accused.

"This is nice for the accusers — both false accusers as well as true accusers — but what about the due process rights of the accused," Finley wrote.

The bill passed the state Assembly on Monday by a 52-16 vote. Some Republicans in that house questioned if statewide legislation is an appropriate venue to define consent.

There was no opposition from Senate Republicans.

"This bill is very simple; it just requires colleges to adopt policies concerning sexual assault, domestic violence, gang violence and stalking," said Sen. Anthony Cannella, R-Ceres. "They should have already been doing that."

The bill would apply to all California post-secondary schools, public and private, that receive state money for student financial aid. The California State University and University of California systems are backing the legislation after adopting similar consent standards this year.

The bill also requires colleges and universities to adopt "victim-centered" sexual-assault response policies and implement comprehensive programs to prevent assault.

In January, President Barack Obama vowed to make the issue a priority. He announced a task force that created a website providing tips for filing complaints, www.notalone.gov, and issued a report in May naming 55 colleges and universities across the country facing investigation for their responses to sexual abuse and violence. The University of California, Berkeley was included on the list.

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<![CDATA[Officers ID'd in Fatal Shooting of Mentally Ill Man in Los Angeles]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 01:53:20 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/ezell+ford+lapd+ois+victim.PNG

The officers involved in the fatal shooting of a mentally ill man have been identified, Los Angeles police said Thursday.

The officers involved in the shooting of Ezell Ford in South LA on Aug. 11 were Officers Sharlton Wampler and Antonio Villegas, both assigned to the Newton Area Gang Enforcement Detail, police said in a statement.

The officers shot him after they said he ignored their instructions and went for one of their guns during a struggle.

Earl Ofari Hutchinson, the president of the Los Angeles Urban Roundtable, said conflicting accounts of the shooting have emerged.

Witnesses said that Ford was not resisting, that he had mental challenges, and that police officers in the area aware of him and his condition, Hutchinson said. A family member has said that Ford had schizophrenia and other disorders.

Hutchinson called the release of the names a "first step in insuring an transparent and impartial investigation."

Hutchinson said he had made the call for officer identification in two meetings with Assistant LAPD Chief Earl Paysinger and other LAPD officials.
"The identification of the officers involved in the Ezell Ford slaying allows us to determine if the officers performance record and that includes discipline for any prior instances of or pattern of misconduct or involvement in other officer shootings," Hutchinson said in a statement, adding that Wampler was involved in a prior use of force civil lawsuit. "The report that one of the officers was the subject of a civil suit for force is of major significance. This could be major factor in the investigation to find whether excessive force was used in the Ford killing."

Wampler was named in a civil rights lawsuit filed three years ago that claimed he, along with other officers, entered a family's home without probable cause, the lawsuit stated.

The suit alleges that the officers subjected them to unlawful searches, intimidation and assault.

"The majority of the family, the adults in the family, were abused, like physically hit and beat," the family's lawyer, James Segall Guttierez, told NBC4. "One of the brothers was being, his head was being held underwater in a kiddie pool."

Wampler was commended years before the suit for his role in the arrest of a double-murder suspect, the Los Angeles Times reported.

When asked for comment, LAPD Cmdr. Andy Smith said the department is prohibited by law and policy from discussing personnel complaints.
A funeral for Ford is planned for Saturday. The incident came two days after the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. The Brown shooting touched off days of protests.

Robert Kovacik contributed to this report.

<![CDATA[Pilot Killed in Va. Plane Crash]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:14:56 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/VA+fighter+jet+crash.jpg

Authorities have confirmed the Massachusetts Air National Guard pilot flying a military jet to New Orleans was killed in Wednesday's crash in the remote mountains near Deerfield Valley, Virginia.

Officials at the Barnes Air National Guard Base in Massachusetts are not releasing the pilot's name pending notification of the pilot's family.

The investigation into the crash is ongoing, officials said, and it may be several weeks before more information is released.

Search and rescue teams were able to make it to the remote crash site Thursday morning, 104th Fighter Wing Commander Col. James Keefe said, adding that he received an indication that crash investigators found the pilot, who did not safely eject from the plane.

The experienced pilot, a member of the 104th Fighter Wing, was flying alone to New Orleans to upgrade the military jet's radar system when he reported an in-flight emergency before Washington lost radio contact just after 9 a.m. Wednesday, according to officials.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and we are doing all we can to support them during this very difficult time," Col. Keefe said.

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick said it was a sad day for the Bay State.

"Throughout the last couple of days, as we learned the circumstances of this accident, we held out hope that the pilot would be found and returned safely to his family. Our prayers and condolences are with his family, the Wing Command and all the Members of the Massachusetts National Guard," his statement read.

<![CDATA[Body Is Missing NJ Man's: Sources]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 06:40:20 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/215*120/Missing+Yeshiva+Student+Aaron+Sofer.JPG

A body found on the outskirts of an Israeli forest has been identified as that of a New Jersey student who went missing nearly a week ago, police sources say. The remains were confirmed by his parents, sources say, who were holding out hope that the man was still alive.

The body of 23-year-old Aharon Sofer was discovered around 3:30 p.m. Israeli time on Thursday just a few kilometers from where the Lakewood, New Jersey, man was last seen while hiking with a friend in the Jerusalem forest.

There were no reasons to believe foul play was involved after the body was found, officials said. They believe the man may have slipped and fell while navigating difficult terrain.

The discovery came a day after emotional pleas from Sofer's family as they prayed for his safe return. Chulda and Moshe Sofer had flown from the U.S. to Israel over the weekend to join the search for their son.

"We believe he is still alive and out there," his mother, Chulda Sofer, said from Jerusalem after being briefed there by police.

"And if everyone could think of him as their own," she said, "we really beg everyone, and we plead with everyone, if anyone knows any lead to where Aaron is, if you could please contact the police immediately."

Sofer, who is one of 10 children, grew up in an ultra-Orthodox family in the Ocean County, New Jersey, town. He went to Jerusalem to study and was between semesters on Friday when he went hiking with a friend in the woods. The two got separated, and Sofer hadn't been seen since.

Former Lakewood Mayor Meir Lichtenstein said Sofer wasn't an experienced hiker.

"He actually called his mother and asked her permission," he said.

There were fears the yeshiva student may have been abducted due to the Israeli war in Gaza. But no group ever took credit for the disappearance.

As dictated by the Jewish faith, Sofer's body must be laid to rest within 24 hours. A family friend says the burial will take place at 9:30 a.m. Israeli time on Friday.

Audio from the service will be fed back to New Jersey so family members at home can take part.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Chicago

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<![CDATA[Seat Fight Forced AA Flight to Land]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 18:12:42 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/American_Airlines_generic.jpg

A fight over a reclined seat was what forced an American Airlines flight to divert to Boston on Wednesday night, federal and local prosecutors said Thursday, just days after a heated fight over a seat recliner forced a United Airlines flight to divert earlier in the week.

A French man who was on the American flight en route from Miami to Paris on Wednesday now faces federal charges in that altercation, after prosecutors say he became furious at the passenger who reclined the seat in front of him and then angrily grabbed a flight crew member.

Sixty-year-old Edmund Alexandre of Paris was arraigned at Massachusetts General Hospital on charges of interfering with a flight crew. Prosecutors recommended $500 cash bail and the judge imposed personal recognizance.

The Suffolk County District Attorney's Office said Alexandre became upset when the passenger in front of him reclined her seat. When a flight crew member tried to calm him, he allegedly became angrier and followed the crew member down the aisle of the plane and grabbed him by the arm. The D.A. said an air marshal on board American Airline Flight 62 subdued Alexandre and handcuffed him while the plane landed at Boston's Logan Airport.

Officials say Alexandre was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital for treatment of a pre-existing condition. His next court date is Dec. 29. Alexandre is being represented by attorney Janet Macnab, who did not immediately return a call.

Earlier this week, two United Airlines passengers got into a heated argument over one passenger using a Knee Defender, a device that prevents another person from reclining in an airline seat, which resulted in the plane, which was traveling from Newark, New Jersey, to Denver, being diverted to Chicago.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Chicago

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<![CDATA[Obama's Tan Suit Lights Up Social Media]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 06:23:21 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP771102705823.jpg

President Barack Obama sported a tan suit Thursday at a press conference devoted to foreign policy challenges, and scores of self-appointed fashion police and Twitter analysts took note.

The comparatively summery shade marked an unusual style choice for the president, usually clad in sober navy and shades of gray, and instantly sparked a flood of comments on Twitter, as well as its own Twitter account, @Tan_Suit.

Obama may have had his reasons. Labor Day is fast approaching, as one Twitter user noted, and along with it some old-fashioned rules of fashion.

Some people were quick to point out that the tan suit was not exactly unprecedented among presidents. 

Obama had busted out the dapper look back in the spring, too.

And one user noted that the kind of scrutiny Obama's attire was being subjected to was just a daily reality for many women in the public eye.

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<![CDATA[Man in Pulled LA From High Surf]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:30:36 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/211*120/chicago+vacationer+pulled+venice.JPG

A man vacationing from Chicago was in grave condition Thursday night after being pulled from high surf by friends at Venice Beach and resuscitated by lifeguards, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

The 27-year-old was swimming in the water with his friends when he became separated from the group, LAFD Capt. Rex Vilaubi said.

The man's friends had not seen him for about 10 minutes and went to look for him. They found him face down in the water about 6 p.m., Vilaubi said.

Lifeguards gave him CPR, and fire officials arrived to help perform CPR and take him to the hospital. While en route, the man regained a pulse, Vilaubi said.

He was hospitalized in grave condition, officials said.

The incident comes during a week with Southern California's high surf described as "the most significantly southerly swell event" in 18 years.

A surfer died in Malibu on Tuesday, and dozens of rescued were performed across the region as waves from then-Hurricane Marie, now a tropical storm, pounded the coast.

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<![CDATA[Woman's Body Found in San Jose Church Parking Lot]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 02:19:42 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/sj-car-body.jpg

San Jose police found a woman who was apparently stabbed to death inside a car parked in a church parking lot Thursday morning.

Sgt. Heather Randol said a passerby called police about 11 a.m. to report the body in the 2600 block of Aborn Road. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Police had previously reported the female victim appeared to have suffered a gunshot wound, but later said she had been stabbed at least once and had not been shot.

No arrests have been made.

NBC Bay Area cameras spotted the vehicle in the back of the parking lot of Grace Church of Evergreen at 2650 Aborn Road, a residential area in a normally quiet part of the city. The car appeared to be a late model gold-colored Honda.

The circumstances of the death "are unknown at this time," Randol tweeted. SJPD's Homicide Unit was called to the scene to investigate.

“There is some indication that the vehicle has been there for at least a few hours,” Randol said. “We don’t know anything more than that.”

Police haven’t released any details on a possible suspect or the identity of the victim.

The homicide is San Jose's 26th of 2014.

Kent Wilhoite contributed to this report.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Chicago

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<![CDATA[Ousted Market Basket CEO Returns]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 15:07:43 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/Artie+T.jpg

Market Basket's restored chief delivered heartfelt words of thanks to his supporters Thursday, just hours after his return to the helm of the grocery chain was announced.

Arthur T. Demoulas, whose June firing as CEO sparked weeks of protests and boycotts, told a cheering crowd of hundreds of employees that he is in "awe of what you have all accomplished.

"I've always believed that we are born into this world at a certain time and a certain place to be with certain people for a reason and a purpose. Everyone has a destiny and because of you I stand here with a renewed vigor and a sense of purpose," he told those gathered outside the company's Tewksbury, Massachusetts, headquarters.

"And may we always remember this past summer, first as a time where our collective values of loyalty courage and kindness for one another really prevailed and in that process we just happened to save our company." 

Demoulas and the board announced late Wednesday that an agreement has been reached for him to buy for $1.5 billion the 50.5 percent of the company owned by his rival cousin Arthur S. Demoulas.

The restored chief credited employees' grassroots efforts for his victory, saying workers and supporters "displayed to everyone your unwavering dedication and desire to protect the culture of your company.”

“You have demonstrated that everyone here has a purpose," he said. "You have demonstrated that everyone has meaning and no one person is better or more important than another, and no one person holds a position of privilege."

The standoff had prompted intervention by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan.

Trucks have started making deliveries to the New England supermarket chain.

"Let's get to work and have lots of fun," said Demoulas.

Watch his full speech below: 

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<![CDATA[Couple Marries Amid Quake Damage]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:44:27 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/napa-quake-wedding.jpg

After a damaging earthquake altered plans for their dream wedding in Napa, a La Mesa couple says the shaky start only reinforced what's truly important to them.

Newlywed Caitlin Rasmussen recalls the moment a magnitude-6.0 earthquake struck on her wedding day. But despite the rubble and the wreckage, her love and commitment weren't shaken. There was no way she was not going to marry the love of her life.

Thanks to the creative spirit of her friends and family, the bride and groom got to just that. And the Big Day was even better than they expected.

“I seriously thought I was going to die,” she said. “I thought the building was going to fall over just because I thought it was swaying.”

Sunday’s earthquake caused an estimated $300 million in damages and left hundreds of homes and private buildings red- or yellow-tagged in the community east of San Francisco.

Caitlin and her then-fiance, Matt Rasmussen, immediately checked in with family and friends to make sure they were okay. Many reported damage in or around their homes.

Just hours before they were to say their vows, the young couple didn’t know if the 125-year-old home they had picked for a venue had survived.

Churchill Manor had sustained damage. However, the management offered to host the ceremony if most events were held outside.

With manor employees unable to work, wedding guests cleaned up the outside of the venue and set up the tables and chairs before the ceremony.

When the restaurant hired to cater the wedding suffered so much damage they had to cancel, friends and family stepped up.

Instead of the obligatory meat, fish and vegetarian wedding entrees, the Rasmussens had a barbecue food truck.

Their wedding cake - something many couples discuss and plan for well before the ceremony - was purchased last-minute.

“They were literally stopping at a Costco and Whole Foods picking up desserts for us,” said Matt.

Caitlin says the day really put things into perspective for her.

“None of those things matter. Getting married is really about us and our family,” she said.

“Disasters bring communities together.”

Photo Credit: Courtesy photo from the Rasmussens]]>
<![CDATA[Apple to Unveil New Products ]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 05:58:46 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/2014-08-28-apple-invitation-thumbnail.jpg

Apple has made it official: The next gadget event will be September 9th.

The Cupertino company sent out official invitations to the press Thursday morning, with a date (September 9th), time, and place (10am, Cupertino). The invitation also came with a brief message: 'Wish We Could Say More."

The tech press is already saying plenty about the event, speculating that we'll see a new iPhone, a new iPad (both reportedly larger), and maybe even the long-guessed about iWatch. Apple is not saying anything beyond its emailed invitation.

Investors like the drama, though; shares of Apple stock (AAPL), on a tear lately, hit a new all-time high this morning, as the invitations arrived in boxes.

A quick note about the venue: Cupertino's Flint Center is historic in Apple lore. It's the place where Steve Jobs first showed off the Mac computer back in 1984.

Scott will be at the event, with updates on Twitter: @scottbudman

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<![CDATA[Mom Not Charged With Choking Bully]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:11:44 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/08282014-delia-bratcher.jpg

A North Bay mother arrested three months ago, accused of choking her daughter's so-called bully, won't be charged.

After the brief court hearing at the Sonoma County courthouse in Santa Rosa, Delia Garcia-Bratcher smiled as she turned away from the judge, fanning her hands in front of her face in nervous excitement.

She spoke to a crowd of reporters waiting for her in the hall.

"I was just really scared," the 30-year-old mother of six said in the hallway. "I'm really glad this is over and done with. I'm done with this. They put it over so long, I didn't know what to expect."

Garcia-Bratcher made national headlines in May when a Sonoma County sheriff's deputy arrested her on one felony charge of inflicting injury on a child. The deputy said Garcia-Bratcher came onto the campus of Olivet Elementary School and choked a 12-year-old boy, leaving red marks on his throat.

“The simple story is, I talked to the boy – I didn’t want to get him in trouble, I didn’t want to make it a big issue, and it backfired on me,” Garcia-Bratcher said outside the courtroom.

After court Thursday, Chief Deputy District Attorney Bill Brockley said he declined to charge Garcia-Bratcher because "I only file cases I feel I can prove." He said many of the 25 witnesses corroborated both the story of Garcia-Bratcher and her 9-year-old daughter, and with all the "diametrically opposed" testimony, he didn't feel he could prove to a jury beyond a reasonable doubt that a crime had occurred.

In a previous interview with NBC Bay Area, Garcia-Bratcher's lawyer, Ben Adams, said the boy had been making "racial slurs" at his client's 10-year-old daughter, who is part Native American. “Everyone rushed to judgment that she was guilty,” Adams said Thursday, “and then they had to cover their tracks and try to come up with some sort of story that she actually was.”

Adams said he believes the investigation took three months because the district attorney was running for re-election and didn’t want to dismiss the case before Election Day.

Garcia-Bratcher has steadfastly claimed that she talked to the fifth grader about the alleged bullying and told him to stop, but never put her hands on the boy's throat. At the time, the sheriff's office stated they couldn't find evidence that Garcia-Bratcher's daughter was ever bullied. On Thursday, Brockley said his office never looked into the original bullying allegations, because that wasn't in the prosecutorial scope of the case.

After the arrest, Adams launched a zealous defense of his client. He hired a private investigator who wrote in a seven-page report that the boy actually choked himself and then blamed her for the red marks on his neck, which were photographed at school.

The investigator for Whitestar Group wrote that he interviewed another boy at school who imitated what he saw the 12-year-old do on the day in question by placing "both thumbs together on the center of his neck with his palms facing upwards and grabbing his owns cheek bones." This boy said he told a teacher and a deputy, but he didn't think the deputy believed him. Brockley said that his own investigation found this self-choking allegation to be "inconclusive."

Adams forwarded this report to the district attorney's office, where prosecutors reviewed it and conduction their own investigation.

While Adams said he's never seen a "simple assault case" take three months to investigate, he's ultimately glad "they made the right decision in not filing charges. A lot of people rushed to judgement that she was guilty."

In an interview, Brockely countered it wasn't a simple assault, and took so long because of the gravity of the charge on school grounds and the age of the boy. Also, his office added that it was hard to interview everything because many were on summer vacation.

Garcia-Bratcher, who lost the $3,000 bail money she had to put up, said she learned a grave lesson from this experience. "I talked to the boy. I didn't want to make it a big issue and it backfired on me. I'll never do that again. Next time, I'll just make complaints, complaints, complaints."

She said this entire ordeal has been awful for her – and her kids.

"My kids have been stressed out thinking their mother would be in jail," she said. "They're going to be happy when I get home." 

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<![CDATA[Woman Dies at Burning Man After Falling Under Bus: Sheriff]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 15:19:25 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/BURNING-MAN-VO---00000618.jpg

A woman died at Burning Man early Thursday morning after falling under a bus carrying attendees of the weeklong gathering in northern Nevada's Black Rock Desert, authorities said.

The Pershing County Sheriff's Department in Nevada confirmed the death, referring all other questions to Burning Man's promoter, who said the 29-year-old woman from Wyoming died just after midnight near the Central Camp Area.

Event organizers said Alicia Louise Cipicchio was killed afterapparently falling underneath a "large vehicle" at the festival.

The last time a person died at Burning Man was seven years ago when a woman died when she fell under a trailer being pulled by a bus, promoter Jim Graham said.

"This is a terrible accident," Burning Man co-founder Marian Goodell said on the blog. "Our thoughts and prayers are with her family, friends and campmates. Black Rock Rangers and Emergency Services Department staff are providing support to those affected."

According to her Facebook page, Cipicchio worked at a Jackson Hole art gallery and previously studied art at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

At its peak, Burning Man had 68,000 "Burners" attend this year, Graham said.

The festival describes itself as a gathering of those who "dedicate themselves to the spirit of community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance."

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Driver Tries to Sexually Assault Mom in Front of 3 Kids: NYPD]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:45:04 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Sex-Assault-Mother-Elmhurst-Queens.jpg

Police are looking for the driver they say told a 26-year-old woman he was a cabbie before driving her and her three children to a homeless shelter, where he allegedly tried to sexually assault her in front of her children.

The driver picked up the woman and her children on 207th Street in Manhattan early on Sunday, police say. The woman asked the driver to take her and her kids -- ages 1, 3 and 5 -- to the shelter at Queens Boulevard near 51st Avenue, the site of the former Pan Am hotel.

When they got there, police say the man drove around the back of the building and started to assault the woman and her children.

Surveillance footage released by the NYPD (above, warning: some may find the footage disturbing) shows the man pulling the 5-year-old out of the car and putting the child on the sidewalk.

The suspect is then seen trying to grab at the woman, who fights him off. Then, the man is seen grabbing the 3-year-old out of a back seat and tossing the child to the sidewalk.

The man gets in the car, and he and mother tussle briefly before the he puts the car in gear and drives off.

The children were taken to Elmhurst Hospital with minor injuries. It wasn’t clear if their mother was hurt.

Aaron Ling, whose family called 911 after hearing screaming, said the mother was panicking.

"She kept screaming, 'Policia! Policia!'" Ling said. "I just ran over here because I thought someone was dying."

Anyone with information on the driver is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS. 

<![CDATA[Amorous Gay Couple Allegedly Kicked From Cab Files Suit]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 01:33:37 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/McCrea_White.jpg

A gay Chicago couple is continuing their fight against a cab company after they claim a driver tried to kick them out of his taxi for kissing in the backseat.

Matthew McCrea and Steven White filed the lawsuit against Sun Taxi this week. Their original complaint, filed with the Illinois Department of Human Rights in October, was dismissed because the department said it had no jurisdiction over corporate entities.

"It's ludicrous to suggest that a cab company is not responsible for the discrimation enacted by its drivers," the couple's lawyer, Christopher Clark, said. "They should be liable under the law for the conduct of their agents."

The suit claims the driver, who is not named in the suit, complained the men were "making sex" in the cab in May 2013. McCrea and White, who were heading into the city from O'Hare, say the driver began flashing the interior lights of the vehicle and then swerved on to the shoulder of the Kennedy Expressway and demanded they get out miles before their intended destination.

The couple says they refused to get out and called police, prompting the driver to get off at the nearest exit and park in a grocery store lot until officers arrived.

"This is a clear violation of the Illinois Human Rights Act which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation," Clark, said.

The Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection, which regulates Chicago taxis, scheduled a hearing for the driver last summer, which he skipped. He was issued several violations, including unsafe driving, refusal of service and discourteous conduct, and was fined around $2,000.

Neither Sun Taxi or its attorneys responded to requests for comment.


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<![CDATA[Near-Record Waves in SoCal]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 08:04:41 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/188*120/newport+beach+surf+aug27.jpg

Thousands crowded the beach along The Wedge in Newport Beach Wednesday to watch as hard-core surfers took to the big waves driven by Hurricane Marie.

By sunrise at the famous surf spot, the first few surfers prepped to take on the waves, even as lifeguards cautioned all but the most experienced to stay out of the water amid warnings of record swells and high waves.

"It's fantastic! They're catching great waves, it's a spectacle!" said Bill Zabelny, who was visiting the popular surfing spot for the first time.

There were huge swells throughout the morning, with some waves reported up to 20 feet. Crowds gathered along the sand to watch the surfers take on the rare sets.

"It used to be just a few people down here and riding and no one ever knew the place existed," said Dennis Proud, a long-time visitor to The Wedge, who has been visiting for 40 years.

"There might be 40 or 50 guys out there but there's only about 6 or 8 guys that actually ride it, the rest of them just like to bobble up and down in it."

Even after sunset, a crowd of over a thousand people watched Laguna Beach surfer Nate Zoller.

"I couldn’t see anything because it's pretty much dark but I got here kind of late so I decided to go for it," Zoller said. "This is one of the bigger swells I've ever seen in Southern California so, it's been a good day."

As Hurricane Marie swirled off the coast of Mexico, driving the large swells that are expected to continue through Friday, some observers sent up drones above the surf. The operators hoped to catch video of what could be record-breaking surf.

"It's pretty crowded out there, everyone wants a piece of it," said professional surfer Jamie O’Brien.

O’Brien took the day as an opportunity to try a new technique - two surfboards at once.

"Yeah, I just figured I'd have a little fun in the swell, challenge myself as long as the swell was up and do a little board transfer."

Local pro Joe Aaron, a two-time Orange County Long Board Surfer of the Year, also showed up at The Wedge.

He explained how the surfers can get out of the water when the swells get the better of them.

"You're lookin' for you know, a left with a shoulder so there's some kind of escape at the end, you know?"

Quite a few surfers, though, ventured out despite the warnings and had to be pulled from the water by lifeguards - although no one suffered serious injuries.

"This is as big as it gets for California so it's kind of like the North Shore for us Cali folks and it's rare so you wanna catch it when you can, you know?" Aaron said.

<![CDATA[Market Basket Board OKs $1.5 Billion Sale to Ousted CEO]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:49:32 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Market+Basket.jpg

Market Basket's board of directors has signed a deal to sell the grocery chain to former CEO Arthur T. Demoulas for more than $1.5 billion, following months of massive employee protests and customer boycotts over his June ouster.

Market Basket and Arthur T. Demoulas confirmed just after 11 p.m. that shareholders had agreed to a deal to give Arthur T.'s faction a majority stake — 50.5 percent ownership — in the company. Sources had previously confirmed the deal to NECN's Josh Brogadir and Peter Howe.

"Effective immediately, Arthur T. Demoulas is returning to Market Basket with day-to-day operational authority of the company," the company and new owner said in a statement.

Employees and customers started a boycott earlier this summer after Demoulas' firing, leading to bare shelves and little business for the New England supermarket chain.

Current co-CEOs Felicia Thorton and Jim Gooch are staying in place pending the closing, which is expected to happen in the next several months. Arthur T. and his management team are returning during the interim period as the company's purchased is finished, the statement said. Arthur T. also said that all employees are welcome back to work to help "restore the Company back to normal operations."

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan said in a joint statement they are "delighted that the parties have reached agreement on terms of sale and resolution of operating authority, so that employees can return to work and customers once again will be able to rely on these stores to meet their needs."

Market Basket's board of directors fired Arthur T. and two other top executives on June 23. On July 15, executives at the company's headquarters in Tewksbury, Massachusetts, started calling for Arthur T.'s reinstatement. More than 2,000 employees rallied outside of Market Basket's headquarters on July 18, and the company fired eight employees who led the demonstration two days later. The rallies spread to the stores the next day, and continued at stores and headquarters for weeks.

The board of directors said in a statement late Wednesday that their shared goal now "is to return Market Basket to the supermarket that its customers have come to rely on for service, quality and best prices."

"We look forward to seeing you at your local Market Basket," the statement reads.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Chicago

<![CDATA[Surveillance Video: Driver Tries to Sexually Assault Mom]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:15:51 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Sex-Assault-Mother-Elmhurst-Queens.jpg This is surveillance footage from the scene where a driver allegedly tried to sexually assault a mother in front of her three young children. WARNING: This video may be disturbing to some.]]> <![CDATA[ "A Gift and a Curse": New Dad Cares for Premature Newborn After Death of Mother]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 08:29:45 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/1408-miracle-baby-derek-ellison.jpg

Holding his firstborn child in his arms should be the happiest time of Derek Ellison’s life. But seeing the baby’s mother in his son’s face brings a mix of emotions – a feeling he describes as "a gift and a curse."

Ellison's girlfriend, Kayla Katler, was more than 6 months pregnant when she went to the doctor for a severe headache. A few days later, she died from a blood clot in her brain.

Doctors were able to save her baby, who weighed only 3 pounds, 6 ounces when he was born.

"I have my moments of, ‘Why me? Why would we be brought together just to be ripped apart?’” Ellison said. "I went into this looking forward to raising a son with Kayla and in one minute I became a single father."

This single father now visits his son every day in the neonatal intensive care unit at Tarzana Providence Medical Center in Tarzana, where a picture of Katler is on display next to their sleeping baby.

Ellison says the overwhelming support he's receiving from the Simi Valley community is helping him through this difficult time. Donations of diapers, clothing, car seats and baby furniture have been pouring in, all in response to a Facebook page set up by friends called Support Baby Brayden Ellison.

“You got strangers from all across California reaching out to me offering anything they can," Ellison said.

Friends are also trying to raise money for Brayden's college fund on GoFundMe.com. Providing for Brayden's future is something Ellison says he and Katler talked about.

"We had plans for Brayden 20 years from now," the father said.

They are now years in which Brayden will hear stories about his mother, about the many ways a community rallied around his father and about the other lives saved by his mother's gift of organ donation.

<![CDATA[USC Player Suspended for Lie]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:21:19 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/USC+Josh+Shaw.jpg

A USC football player and co-captain admitted on Wednesday that he lied when he said he hurt his ankles while jumping off a second-floor balcony to save his drowning nephew from a pool, the player said in a statement from his attorney.

Senior cornerback Josh Shaw first told USC's Ripsit Blog that he jumped off the balcony on Aug. 23, landed on the concrete and crawled into the pool to rescue the child, suffering the sprains as a result of the jump.

But on Wednesday, Shaw admitted that the story was "made up," and school officials called it "a complete fabrication."

"On Saturday August 23, 2014, I injured myself in a fall. I made up a story about this fall that was untrue. I was wrong not to tell the truth," Shaw said Wednesday in statement from his lawyer. "I apologize to USC for this action on my part."

"My USC coaches, the USC Athletic Department, and espcially coach Sarkisian have all been supportive of me during my college career and for that, I am very grateful," the statement continued.

The Ripsit blog has since deleted its initial story about the rescue. Shaw has been suspended indefinitely from all team activities, school officials said.

"We are extremely disappointed in Josh," USC head football coach Steve Sarkisian said in a school statement."He let us all down. As I have said, nothing in his background led us to doubt him when he told us of his injuries, nor did anything after our initial vetting of his story."Sarkisian said earlier Wednesday that the campus was looking into phone calls that disputed Shaw's account of what happened.

"I appreciate that Josh has now admitted that he lied and has apologized," Sarkisian said in the statement Wednesday. "Although this type of behavior is out of character for Josh, it is unacceptable. Honesty and integrity must be at the center of our program. I believe Josh will learn from this. I hope that he will not be defined by this incident, and that the Trojan Family will accept his apology and support him."

The football player's sister, Asia Shaw, shared her reaction with NBC4: "I support him with whatever he does 100 percent – 110 percent."

Carmen Trutanich, who represented USC football players before serving as Los Angeles city attorney, says Shaw may have felt pressured to lie.

"It was a kid afraid of telling the coach, 'Hey coach I got hurt doing something stupid,'" Trutanich said. Trutanich is not representing Shaw.

Students were surprised to hear their fellow Trojan lied.

"I'm shocked," one student said. "I didn't think he'd be capable of doing something like that."

"I think that's just really disappointing, because we all thought he was a hero," another student said.

On Tuesday, Sarkisian defended Shaw and said he had "no reason, no history to not believe Josh."

Los Angeles police told NBC4 on Tuesday they had not had any contact with Shaw, but they did take a burglary report Aug. 23, the same night of his fall, in which the victim named Shaw as her boyfriend.

"He is not listed as a suspect, and police had no contact with him," LAPD Officer Sara Faden told NBC4. "His name is just listed in the body of a police report."

Officers responded to the call about 11 p.m., Faden said. While officers were speaking with people outside, a resident returned and spoke to police.

They asked her about her roommates and "people in her life," and she mentioned Shaw as her boyfriend, Faden said.

Conan Nolan and Robert Kovacik contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Restored CEO Artie T. Address Market Basket Workers]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:14:18 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/NECN_082814_Artie_presser-edt_1200x675_322841155527.jpg The restored chief of supermarket chain speaks outside company headquarters in Tewksbury, Mass.]]> <![CDATA[Mom: NJ Man Missing in Israel Alive]]> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 22:29:58 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Parents+of+Aaron+Sofer+Meet+With+Israeli+Police.jpg

Emotional pleas for more prayers and information came again from the family of Aaron Sofer on the fifth day of a massive, and so far fruitless, search for the 23-year-old New Jersey student who was last seen hiking in the Jerusalem Forest.

"We believe he is still alive and out there," his mother Chulda said from Jerusalem after being briefed there by police.

"And if everyone could think of him as their own," she said. "We really beg everyone and we plead with everyone, if anyone knows any lead to where Aaron is, if you could please contact the police immediately."

Sofer, who is one of 10 children, grew up in an ultra-Orthodox family in Lakewood, New Jersey. He's in Jerusalem studying and was between semesters on Friday when he went hiking with a friend in the woods. The two got separated, and Sofer has not been seen since.

There are fears he may have been abducted due to the Israeli war in Gaza. No one has claimed responsibility for kidnapping the yeshiva student.

Chulda and Moshe Sofer flew from the U.S. to Israel over the weekend to join the search for their son. They were briefed on the efforts Wednesday by Israeli police.

"They're not sparing any expense or any effort to see that our son comes back," Moshe said. "Unfortunately, nothing has come up." 

Support for the search is growing in Lakewood, where a prayer vigil took place 8:30 Wednesday night at the Toras Aaron School.

"Everyone I ask, everyone should help bring back my brother," said 11-year-old Yechiel Sofer. "Everyone should please pray hard."

The charitable organization Chesed of Lakewood also began collecting money to help fund the ongoing search.

"Everyone's praying and we're trying to do whatever we could to assist in the safe finding of Aaron," said Ben Davidowitz a Chesed volunteer.

The search for Sofer is set to resume in Israel on Thursday.

<![CDATA[Miami Mulls Pool Rules After Death]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 07:31:03 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/caldersloan082714.jpg

New rules being mulled by Miami-Dade County would crack down on swimming pool lights and electrical systems, in an effort to make swimming safer just four months after a 7-year-old boy was electrocuted in his family's pool, NBC 6 has learned.

The new rules would greatly reduce how much electricity would flow into a pool if there were a problem with a pool light. The family of Calder Sloan believes a malfunctioning pool light may have been to blame for his death this year.

“Hey, something needs to be done,” said Miami-Dade Commissioner Audrey Edmonson. “We started coming up with our ideas and solutions and how we could kind of change what’s currently going on.”

The proposed ordinance would mandate that underwater lighting in all private swimming pools would utilize transformers and low voltage circuits with each underwater light being grounded. In addition, the proposed ordinance would set the maximum voltage for each light at 15 volts; an amount Edmonson said is not enough to kill.

Calder’s family supports the new ordinance and hopes it could lead to even more changes.

“I think it gives us a lot of solace that Calder’s short time on Earth accounted for something,” Calder's father Chris Sloan said. “Miami-Dade has so many swimming pools. We hope that their efforts here will impact the whole country.”

The proposed rules would grandfather in private pools, so the change would only be mandatory for residents who built new pools or have work done on their existing lights. But Commissioner Edmonson hopes the proposed ordinance will encourage families to make the changes even if they don’t have to repair their pools.

“That’s exactly what I’m hoping, that people will take the initiative,” Edmonson said. “Now, they know that 120-voltage lighting systems in the pool can be fatal to their loved ones, and I think that would help us prevent that.”

Thursday, five of the county commissioners will officially meet to review the proposed ordinance. It’s expected to pass and then go to the full commission in a few weeks. If it passes the full commission, it could be put into place by this fall.

<![CDATA[Nurse Molested Foster Baby: Feds]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:35:39 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/MICHAEL+WILLIAM+LUTTS+Booking+Photo.JPG

A San Diego pediatric nurse has been arrested for molesting a 2-month-old foster child in his care and recording the alleged abuse on camera, according to a complaint filed by the FBI Wednesday.

Foster parent and Kaiser Permanente nurse Michael William Lutts, 50, is accused of beginning the lewd acts the day he received custody of the prematurely born baby -- Aug. 4.

Court documents reveal graphic details about the alleged abuse, saying Lutts touched and manipulated the infant's genitals while masturbating and videotaping the abuse. Pictures show the hospital tag was still attached to the infant's leg, the complaint says.

According to court documents, Lutts was videotaped a week later naked in his living room with the baby near him while he performed lewd acts on himself.

FBI agents say the newborn can be heard crying through many of the videos.

Investigators began looking into Lutts as they searched for sources of child pornography distribution.

"During that investigation, agents identified Mr. Lutts as someone that was involved in this type of criminal conduct," said Special Agent Darrell Foxworth.

When agents executed a search warrant to the suspect's home, they say they seized several hundred images and videos depicting child pornography on hard drives, computers, CDs and his cell phone. The complaint outlines distrubing details from videos recorded on at least five separate days.

The FBI took Lutts into custody Tuesday at his College Grove home. He was charged with a federal violation of sexual exploitation of a child during his first district court appearance Wednesday. Lutts is in the process of getting an attorney, according to the FBI.

Foxworth said there is a chance the U.S. Attorney's Office could file additional charges against the suspect. Lutts is being held at the Metropolitan Correctional Center and will next be in court on Friday for a detention hearing.

The 2-month-old victim has since been placed in Child Protective Services' care.

Because Lutts worked as a pediatric nurse, the FBI says they are searching for other potential victims. If you or someone you know believe you were a victim, call the FBI at 858-320-1800.

Lutts' employer Kaiser Permanente revealed Thursday that he will not be returning to work until the investigation and criminal proceedings are finished.

The medical group's spokesperson said they have had no indication from law enforcement that their patients were possible vicitms, but its administration is working with authorities.

"At Kaiser Permanente, our first priority is to keep our patients safe as we address their health care needs, and nothing is more important than assuring the appropriate care of our young patients. We hold sacred the trust our patients place in Kaiser Permanente. We will not tolerate any employee or physician abusing that trust," Kaiser's statement read.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Chicago

<![CDATA[NYC Restaurant Put on Probation for Boozy Brunches]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 15:04:33 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/pranna+boozy+brunches.jpg

A Manhattan restaurant has been put on probation for three months after a community board found its boozy brunches were fueling bad behavior among patrons. 

Community Board 5 put the Flatiron restaurant Pranna on notice after neighbors began posting videos of diners leaving the brunches in apparently highly intoxicated states. 

Residents said they've repeatedly complained about the restaurant and its customers in the past. 

"People at Pranna are served to the point of extreme intoxication," said one neighbor at the community board meeting Wednesday.

"People are drunk, fighting, throwing up. Girls are drunk, crying in the middle of the street without shoes," said another woman.  

In fact, one recent YouTube video shows a woman leaving the restaurant and taking off her shoes before vomiting on the sidewalk as a friend pulls back her hair. Another woman, apparently too drunk to stand up, is seen lying on the sidewalk. 

"It is an egregious violation of their liquor license," said another person at the meeting. "They're absolutely running a nightclub. How is it that their liquor license isn't canceled?"

Ultimately, Community Board 5's public safety committee did not recommend that Pranna's license be rejected outright. Instead, the board put the restaurant on probation for three months, forbidding the bottomless brunches and loud music. 

Owner Rajiv Sharma agreed to the changes, but admitted he was worried about business. 

"We are going to be affected. We will not be one of the top brunch spots of New York City, and the general public is going to be upset. They loved Pranna," he said. 

Copyright Associated Press / NBC Chicago

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<![CDATA[Gunmen Rob Philadelphia Frat House, Attack Student ]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 01:50:43 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Frat-House-Robbed.jpg

A night of celebration soon turned to one of terror for members of a local fraternity after armed men broke into their home.

Members of the Upsilon Sigma Phi fraternity were hosting a birthday party at their frat house on the 400 block of South 42nd Street around 2 a.m. Wednesday. Suddenly the members, who are students at the University of Sciences in Philadelphia, heard a knock at the door.

“As soon as I turned the knob and cracked the door I got gripped up,” said one of the students, who did not want to be identified.

Police say two armed men forced their way inside the home and ordered everyone to the ground. They then began to attack one of the students.

“I was shaking,” the student said. “My body was shaking. I couldn’t catch my breath at times because the guy was kicking me in the gut.”

As one of the suspects watched over the victims downstairs, the second gunman dragged a student upstairs and demanded he give him money that was inside a safe, according to police.

“We went up the president’s room and he took all of the fraternity dues we started collecting,” the student said.

Investigators say the gunmen stole around $1000 from the safe before fleeing the scene. Police have not yet released a description of the gunmen.

Officials with the University of Sciences told NBC10 they are working with the University of Pennsylvania, whose campus is located near where the robbery took place, to make sure students are safe. Penn Police normally patrol the area.

Officials with the University of Sciences also said they would send a safety alert to students on Thursday.

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<![CDATA[Coast Guard Intercepts $32 Million in Cocaine]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:52:28 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/cocaine-generic1.jpg

The U.S. Coast Guard said it seized more than 970 kilos of cocaine, it valued at more than $30 million, from a freighter in the Caribbean Sea on August 10.

Coast Guard Cutter Tampa was on patrol in the waters and came across the 226-foot Panamanian-flagged freighter. The crew of the Tampa searched the vessel for multiple days before finding a hidden compartment holding the drugs.

"This is a huge win for the crew,” said Cmdr. Clinton S. Carlson, commanding officer of the cutter Tampa. “A boarding like this takes the concerted effort of all hands in one form or another and the Tampa crew did magnificent and ultimately kept these drugs from crossing our borders.”

The ship, along with 11 suspects and the drugs, were turned over to the Department of Justice when the cutter returned to shore. According to the Coast Guard, the cocaine that was seized had a wholesale value of $32.4 million.