<![CDATA[NBC Chicago - National & International News]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/national-international http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/5-Chicago-Blue.png NBC Chicago http://www.nbcchicago.comen-usTue, 28 Jun 2016 18:18:10 -0500Tue, 28 Jun 2016 18:18:10 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Panic After Explosions at Istanbul Airport: Witnesses]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 17:57:36 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/543492792-ataturk-airport-bombing.jpg

Hundreds of panicked people scrambled for safety Tuesday night as gunfire and at least two explosions echoed through one of Turkey's main airports, NBC News reported, citing witnesses.

The death toll remained unclear Tuesday night, with various Turkish authorities citing numbers from 10 to 50 people killed at Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul.

A man who works for a contractor at the airport told NBC News that he saw three suicide bombers.

The man, who identified himself as Omar, said he heard an explosion and then saw police dive onto a man who then blew himself up. People then tried to stop another person who appeared to be wearing explosives.

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<![CDATA[Obama Urges Calm Following Brexit ]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 13:56:56 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/OBAMA_FOR_MAC_1200x675_711548995969.jpg

President Obama urged calm following Britain's vote to exit the European Union.

In an interview broadcast Tuesday on National Public Radio, the president, who opposed Brexit, said the spirit of international cooperation would not be lost in the wake of Britain's historic decision.

"There's been a little bit of hysteria post-Brexit vote, as if somehow NATO's gone, the trans-Atlantic alliance is dissolving, and every country is rushing off to its own corner," Obama told NPR. "That's not what's happening. What's happening is that you had a European project that was probably moving faster and without as much consensus as it should have," he said.

Obama Added that the Brexit vote provides a moment for Europe to reflect on how to balance the voices of nationalism without foregoing integration.

"The basic core values of Europe, the tenets of liberal, market-based Democracies — those aren't changing. The interests that we have in common in Europe remain the same," Obama said. "I don't anticipate there's going to be major cataclysmic changes as a result of this."

<![CDATA[Airport Attack Is Another Strike on a 'Soft Target']]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 18:10:45 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/turkGetty-543491412.jpg

It's the type of scenario security experts dread: attackers blending in with the crowd at public places to carry out acts of mass murder.

That scenario appears to have played out again Tuesday, this time at an Istanbul airport. 

The ability to defend "soft targets" — places where it's relatively easy for a small group of terrorists to cause widespread and deadly devastation — remains elusive.

In the U.S., security officials and experts have long worried that these types of places are extremely vulnerable.

"If you have a determined terrorist who is willing to give up their life … it's almost impossible to prevent that across the board," John Pistole, a former administrator with the Transportation Security Administration, told NBC News in March.

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<![CDATA[Explosions Rock Istanbul Airport]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 18:06:01 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/543492792-ataturk-airport-bombing.jpg At least 10 people were killed and dozens were injured in explosions at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, Turkey on June 28, 2016.

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<![CDATA[Visualizing the Olympics: Medal Counts & More]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 07:53:12 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-149332217-edited.jpg Which countries have the most gold medals? And how much does it cost to host an Olympic Games? Get ready for the Rio Olympics – and the answers to those and many other Olympic-related questions – with this series of graphics. Click here for the visualization.
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<![CDATA[Turkey's Recent History of Violence]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 15:31:55 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/TurkeyGoogleMaps.png

The deadly attack on Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, Turkey, on Tuesday was just the latest in the last year, with bombs ripping through central Istanbul’s tourist areas and in the capital, Ankara. Kurdish militants were blamed for some of the attacks and the Islamic State for others. Here is a list of recent attacks:

June 7, 2016: Explosives were detonated in a parked car in a central Instabul tourist district on June 7, killing 11 people and wounding others. The bomb exploded as a police shuttle bus drove through an historic district during rush hour and police officers were among those killed.

March 19, 2016: A suicide bomber killed four people, including two Americans, on a street in Istanbul. The Islamic State was responsible, according to Turkey.

March 13, 2016: More than 30 people were killed when a car blew up in a square in Ankara. A Kurdish militant group claimed it had carried out that attack.

Feb. 17, 2016: An explosion in Ankara targeted a military convoy at a traffic light. Twenty-eight soldiers were killed and 60 others were wounded. A Kurdish militant group took responsibility.

Jan. 12, 2016: A member of ISIS from Syria detonated a suicide bomb in Istanbul’s historic district, outside the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sofia, a former Byzantine church and Ottoman mosque that is now a museum, authorities said. The bomb killed at least 10 tourists including a group of Germans.

Dec. 23, 2015: A cleaner was killed in an overnight explosion at Istanbul's Sabiha Gokcen airport. Kurdish militants later claimed they had carried out a mortar attack.

Oct. 10, 2015: Suicide bombers hit a peace rally in Ankara. At least 95 people were killed. Kurds and leftists were marching to protest the renewal of armed conflict between Turkey and Kurdish militants.

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<![CDATA[Pat Summitt's Storied Coaching Career in Photos]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 13:33:13 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-73800271.jpg

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<![CDATA[Orlando Club Massacre: 911 Logs Tell Story of Horror]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 11:59:23 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-539631606.jpg

Police released logs from the Orlando massacre on Tuesday, providing a narrative of the horror inside the Pulse nightclub on June 12.

The document includes the notes that 911 dispatchers took on what callers were telling them and what officers were saying over their radios over the course of three hours, NBC News reported. The timeline begins with "Shots fired" entry at 2:02 a.m.

Note after note laid bare the fear, panic and carnage that filled the club where 49 victims were killed before gunman Omar Mateen was shot dead by police. In the first few minutes, dispatchers could hear gunfire, cries for help, and heartbreaking silence. As clubgoers ran for their lives to various corners of the building, calls came in from restrooms, the kitchen, an office. 

The entry at 5:15 a.m. ET, "Subj down" marks the end of the bloodshed.

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<![CDATA[The Healers: Afghan Hospital Labors Amid Civil War]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 11:38:00 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Afghanistan_Hospital.jpg

A pregnant woman shot in the face by errant gunfire. An elderly man riddled with rifle rounds. Boys and girls ripped apart by rocket propelled grenades.

Afghanistan’s civilians are being injured and killed in greater numbers now than any time since the beginning of the U.S.-led war in late 2001. It's the result of fighting between the Taliban and government security forces, which has escalated since the withdrawal of U.S. troops. 

The Emergency Surgical Center in Kabul is where many of wounded come to heal, often from villages and towns across the provinces surrounding the capital. Their injuries are often similar: a bullet or shard of hot metal has torn through the bodies, piercing internal organs, breaking bones, destroying limbs.

For two months last fall, photographer Victor J. Blue documented the latest fighting season’s toll. Click through to see those images (WARNING: Some images are graphic).

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<![CDATA[Stocks Rise for 1st Time Since Brexit Vote]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 11:32:04 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/wall-street1.jpg

U.S. stocks rose Tuesday following gains overseas, rebounding after a sharp two-day sell-off on the surprise U.K. "Brexit" vote to leave the European Union, CNBC reported.

The Dow Jones industrial average traded up about 140 points in the early afternoon after opening more than 200 points higher. 

"We're still very much in reaction mode right now for U.S. equities," said Jeremy Klein, chief market strategist at FBN Securities.

U.S. crude oil futures held more than 1.5 percent higher, just above $47 a barrel.

In the last two trading days, global markets have lost a record $3.0 trillion, according to Howard Silverblatt of S&P Dow Jones Indices.

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<![CDATA[Group in Florida Help Homeless Fight Zika]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 14:31:31 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/NC_zika0628_1920x1080.jpg In Florida's fight against Zika, a Tampa organization is making sure the homeless get the help they need. A group called Metropolitan Ministries will be giving anti-mosquito kits to the homeless in hopes of preventing the Zika virus. ]]> <![CDATA[EgyptAir Jet's Flight Data Recorders Repaired: Officials]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 06:53:28 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/EGYPTAIR_AP_16160278845501.jpg

Egyptian investigators said the flight data recorder of crashed EgyptAir Flight MS804 has been repaired, NBC News reported. 

This will allow for the analysis of data that may explain why the jet crashed into the Mediterranean Sea last month.

The recorders arrived in Paris from Cairo on Monday to remove salt deposits. They are due to be sent back to a lab in Cairo to analyze the data.

The flight was flying from Paris to Cairo when it plunged into the ocean, killing all 66 people on board. The pilots did not send a distress call and no group has claimed responsibility for bringing down the plane.

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<![CDATA[Ikea Recalls Line of Dressers]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 16:34:41 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/52072472-ikea-generic.jpg

Updated information about the recall can be found here.

Ikea will recall a line of chests and dressers after the deaths of three toddlers in two years, the company confirmed Monday.

The company will offer full refunds or store credit to anyone who ever bought one of its MALM line dressers, and it will also stop selling them, Philly.com reported. The company told NBC News Monday night that it was issuing a recall.

"We are announcing this recall today given the recent tragic death of a third child. It is clear that there are still unsecured products in customers homes, and we believe that taking further action is the right thing to do," Ikea representative Christina Kaiser said in a statement Monday.

The recall will extend to millions of dressers, according to Philly.com, some of which were bought more than 10 years ago. The recall applies to the 27 million products addressed by a 2015 repair program, plus additional units. 

Ikea has confirmed the deaths of three toddlers since 2014 after the furniture maker's Malm dressers tipped over and crushed them — a 2-year-old Pennsylvania boy, a 23-month-old Washington state child and a 22-month-old Minnesota boy. It has also said it received more than a dozen reports of incidents, four of which resulted in injury — and both the furniture maker and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission have acknowledged the dressers are dangerous if not properly anchored to a wall.  

Last year, Ikea announced a repair program that offered a free kit to help secure the dressers to the wall. The kit included tip-over restraints, wall anchoring hardware and warning labels to be attached to the furniture. It has distributed 300,000 already, according to a news release.

The recall agreement was expected to be officially announced Tuesday by Ikea and the CPSC, Philly.com reported, citing a source from a federal agency. The CPSC did not comment.

Ikea told NBC News it was no longer selling Malm chests and drawers, and urged families who already own one to anchor them to a wall.

"If they're not, please take them out of a room that children can access because it could be a danger, and make sure that you contact Ikea to (have) a free repair kit sent to your home," Ikea USA president Lars Peterson said.

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<![CDATA[Majority in GOP Prefer Someone Else to Trump: Poll]]> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 20:48:06 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/donald-trump-hillary-clinton-encuestas.jpg

Just 45 percent of Republican voters say they are satisfied with Donald Trump as their party's presumptive presidential nominee, while 52 percent say they would have preferred someone else, according to results from the latest national NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

By comparison, the numbers are reversed for Hillary Clinton among Democrats — 52 percent of Democratic voters are satisfied with Clinton, and 45 percent prefer someone else, NBC News reported.

GOP attitudes about Trump break along ideological and educational lines. Fifty-eight percent of Republicans with a high school education or less are satisfied with Trump as the party's presumptive nominee, versus 60 percent of Republicans with a college degree who want someone else.

The NBC/WSJ poll — conducted June 19-23 — comes after Clinton became her party's presumptive nominee and the nightclub rampage in Orlando.

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<![CDATA[Mayfly Invasion Causes Traffic Nightmare on Illinois Bridge]]> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 18:25:16 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Mayfliest.png

Thousands of mayflies have taken over a bridge in central Illinois, creating a traffic nightmare for commuters trying to make their way across the city.

The Havana Police Department warned drivers of a massive mayfly swarm on its Facebook page Monday morning, posting two photos that showed the bridge over the Illinois River and a local squad car blanketed by the bugs.

At one point the mound of insects piled 6 inches high, according to the post, making for slick and dangerous roadways for vehicles trying to make their way through the mess.

“There were already motorcycle accidents due to this and cars stuck in the center of the bridge,” police said.

Newly winged mayflies will emerge from the waters where they live until adulthood in droves when triggered by the right temperature, according to The Wall Street Journal. The insects then die within a few days.

The City of Havana Street Department and IDOT are working to get the mayflies under control, authorities said.

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<![CDATA[Supreme Court Strikes Down Texas Abortion Rules]]> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 17:14:40 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-541737446.jpg

In a decisive victory for supporters of abortion rights, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down tough restrictions on abortions in Texas that have halved the number of clinics in the state that provide the procedure.

The 5-3 ruling on one of the most divisive issues in the country came at the end of the current term with only eight justices taking part. The challenge to the Texas regulations was one of the most important abortion cases in 25 years.

The Texas law requires clinics that provide abortions to meet the same building standards as walk-in surgical centers and doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. 

"We conclude that neither of these provisions offers medical benefits sufficient to justify the burdens upon access that each imposes," Justice Stephen G. Breyer wrote for the majority.

Each violates the Constitution, he wrote.

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After Texas passed the new regulations in 2013, the number of clinics dropped from 42 to 19 and was predicted to fall further to fewer than 10.

Hillary Clinton called the decision a victory for women across America and said, "Safe abortion should be a right—not just on paper, but in reality."

"This fight isn't over: The next president has to protect women's health," the presumptive Democratic nominee for president tweeted. "Women won't be 'punished' for exercising their basic rights."

President Barack Obama said that it was clear that the regulations harmed women's health.

"We remain strongly committed to the protection of women's health, including protecting a woman's access to safe, affordable health care and her right to determine her own future," he said in a statement.

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Breyer was joined by Justices Anthony Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., Clarence Thomas and Samuel A. Alito Jr. dissented.

Thomas, citing an earlier abortion case heard by the Supreme Court, wrote that the decision exemplified, "the Court's troubling tendency 'to bend the rules when any effort to limit abortion, or even to speak in opposition to abortion, is at issue.'"

Former Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis, who held a filibuster to try to block Republicans from passing it in 2013, said she was overjoyed at the ruling.

"It's incredible news for the women of Texas," Davis said on MSNBC. "It's incredible news for the women throughout this country."

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton decried the decision and said that the regulations were an effort to improve minimum safety standards and ensure capable care.

"It’s exceedingly unfortunate that the court has taken the ability to protect women's health out of the hands of Texas citizens and their duly-elected representatives," he said in a statement.

When the court heard the case, Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt, in March, Kennedy seemed to want more information about the law's effects on women.

Supporters of the restrictions said they were passed to improve the safety of clinics. Opponents said this law and others were intended to block access to abortion. The new requirements will make abortions more expensive but not safer, they said.

"The record ... contains evidence indicating that abortions taking place in an abortion facility are safe—indeed, safer than numerous procedures that take place outside hospitals and to which Texas does not apply its surgical-center requirements," Breyer wrote in the opinion.

The Center for Reproductive Rights said that complications from abortions were unusual and that patients rarely required hospitalization.

"We are thrilled that these dangerous provisions have been struck down," Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards said in a statement. "This is a win for women. Every person must have the right to make their own personal decisions about abortion, and we will fight like hell to ensure they do."

A federal appeals court had upheld the Texas law. A tie would have left it in place.

In recent years, the abortion battle has turned to a focus on such requirements as mandatory counseling, waiting periods and ultrasounds. About a dozen other states, including Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana and Mississippi have laws similar to the Texas one, some of which have been on hold pending court challenges.

"They're all overturned," said Sara Rosenbaum, a professor of health law and policy at George Washington University.

Other states could try to distinguish their laws from the one that got rejected in Texas but the court did not parse the particular standards of surgical centers that it considered burdensome, she said.

"So if you have one of these laws, that is a burden because there is no sense in making an abortion clinic doing early abortions to have to meet surgical facility standards," she said. "To the extent that other states try to wiggle out, I think the court's decision basically shuts that door."

Drew Halfmann, an associate professor of sociology at the University of California Davis, said the dismantling of those laws will take place piece by piece as abortion-rights advocates sue. He said Monday's decision is indicative of a shift in focus. 

"There is now this idea that it should be evidence-based when referring to what is good for women's health as opposed to what legislatures think is right," he said.

Twenty-five states have other sorts of facilities requirements and what happens to them will be even more interesting, he said.

The next battle will come as Democrats try to take control of state governments, he said. Twenty-two states now have a Republican governor and Republicans in charge of both houses of the legislature compared to just eight controlled by Democrats.

"That is where these laws are being passed," he said.

The Supreme Court in the 1992 case "Planned Parenthood v. Casey" said that state laws could not create an "undue burden" on a woman's right to an abortion before the fetus becomes viable. Laws whose purpose is to place substantial obstacles to a woman's ability to get an abortion impose such a burden.

Kennedy helped to craft the opinion in Casey but also wrote the majority opinion in a 2007 case in which the court affirmed Congress’ right to enact a partial birth abortion ban given "a legitimate interest in regulating the medical profession."

The ruling in Casey and the 2007 case, Gonzales v. Carhart, formed the basis of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal's decision last June that the Texas law was constitutional. The court ruled that the law did not create a substantial obstacle because clinics were given a proper window to comply with the standards and because, in the event certain clinics were forced to close, there were enough other clinics available.

The death of Justice Antonin Scalia in February has left his seat empty. The U.S. Senate has refused to act on Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland to replace him. 

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<![CDATA[Here's Who Hillary Clinton Could Pick as Her VP]]> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 13:41:30 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Tim-Kaine-AP_16179513356330.jpg

With a month to go until the Democratic National Convention, Hillary Clinton's campaign is weighing a slate of potential running mates, conducting interviews with candidates and in many cases requesting personal financial and medical information.

Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, a well-liked swing state lawmaker who was a finalist on Barack Obama's vice presidential shortlist in 2008, has emerged as an early frontrunner for the job. The top tier list includes: Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown and Housing Secretary Julian Castro, NBC News reported.

Geography and demographics are important - particularly as Democrats eye the possibility of taking control of the Senate, where they covet having a majority in place for the next administration's crucial first 100 days. On the second tier list of possible picks, there are some outside-the-box prospects as well as more widely-circulated names like New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and Labor Secretary Tom Perez.

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<![CDATA[Democrats' Preemptive Benghazi Report Exonerates Clinton]]> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 19:30:51 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/hillary-clinton-benghazi.jpg

Frustrated by the pace of the investigation, the House Select Committee on Benghazi's Democratic members released their own, 339-page minority report on the deadly 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Libya.

NBC News reports the Democratic report released Monday exonerates Hillary Clinton, who was secretary of state at the time of attack, and accuses Republicans of exploiting the tragedy for political gain. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others were killed.

It's unclear when the committee will release its main report. It will be written by the Republican members of Congress who control the Benghazi committee, which was created two years ago.

"We are issuing our own report today because, after spending more than two years and $7 million in taxpayer funds in one of the longest and most partisan congressional investigations in history, it is long past time for the Select Committee to conclude its work," the Democratic members of the committee wrote.

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<![CDATA[Boy Abducted in Texas Found Safe]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 04:37:59 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Nicholas-Fierros-jr.jpg

A 10-year-old child kidnapped from a Dallas home Monday afternoon has been found safe, according to his family and police.

The child, identified as Nicholas Fierros Jr., was visiting relatives at a home in the 800 block of Buick Avenue when three men dressed in black and wearing masks forced their way in at about 12:30 p.m. and demanded money at gunpoint, police said.

"They were like, 'Where's the money? Where's the money?'" said Nicholas' cousin, 14-year-old Janet Cabrales. "I was like, 'There's no money here.'"

Cabrales said she hid and called 911, begging the operator to talk softly.

"I was like, 'Will you please quiet down because I'm scared they're going to get me and kill me,'" Cabrales said.

The gunmen restrained Cabrales' mother with duct tape, while two other young relatives hid elsewhere in the home, police said. The gunmen then took Nicholas with them when they fled.

"One said, 'Hey grab the boy. The cops are coming,'" Cabrales said.

Dallas Police issued an endangered missing child alert and asked for the public's help with the investigation.

At about 7:15 p.m. a citizen passerby located Nicholas in the area of Ann Arbor Avenue and Frio Drive, and called police.

Police transported Nicholas to the Dallas Child Advocacy Center to be interviewed, and he will be reunited with his family.

"I actually feel pretty good now that he's here with us," Cabrales said. "I'm thankful for all the people who prayed for Nick."

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