<![CDATA[NBC Chicago - National & International News]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/national-international http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/5-Chicago-Blue.png NBC Chicago http://www.nbcchicago.com en-us Thu, 03 Sep 2015 03:54:19 -0500 Thu, 03 Sep 2015 03:54:19 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Clerk Blocking Gay Marriages Has Divorced 3 Times]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 19:19:39 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_1656506643342.jpg

The Kentucky clerk who says she's following "God's word" in her refusal to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples is a longtime civil servant with her own history of marital struggles.

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis was divorced three times and had children out of wedlock before experiencing a religious awakening that cemented her obedience to Christian scripture — and her defiance of the country's highest court.

Her act of resistance has rocked her small Appalachia community 60 miles east of Lexington and made headlines nationwide, fed by a video of her denying a marriage license to David V. Moore and his partner of 17 years, David Ermold. The Tuesday confrontation sparked a protest inside the Rowan County Courthouse, with supporters of the couple and of Davis shouting over each other. A similar scene unfolded Wednesday, when a second same-sex couple asked for a marriage license. 



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<![CDATA[U.S. Catholics Accept Non-Traditional Families: Survey]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 09:31:28 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/112861802.jpg

American Catholics are markedly tolerant of non-traditional families, with large majorities open to divorced, single, unmarried and gay parents, according to a Pew Research Center survey released Wednesday in advance of Pope Francis’ visit to the United States for a meeting on families.

Although nine in 10 U.S. Catholics say a family headed by a married mother and father is ideal, most say other types of families are acceptable. Eighty-seven percent are okay with single parents, 83 percent with divorced parents, 84 percent with unmarried parents and 66 percent with gay parents.

The findings, many out of step with church teachings, come as Francis tries to change the tone of the 1.2 billion-member church that he leads. He has refused to judge gay priests, called for a larger role for women, and though not approving of contraception has said that being a good Catholic does not mean “you have to be like rabbits.” He has criticized what he called an obsession with abortion, gay marriage and contraception and wants the Catholic church to be a home for all.

In the latest break with tradition, the Vatican announced on Tuesday that Francis would allow all priests to forgive women who have had an abortion during the church’s upcoming Holy Year of Mercy, which begins Dec. 8. A woman who has had an abortion is usually excommunicated unless she confesses and receives absolution, typically from a bishop.

Six in 10 Catholics say abortion is a sin, according to the report.

The survey examined topics that could be discussed at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia later this month and at the October Synod of Bishops in Rome, among them family life and sexuality. It also looked at Americans' connection to the Catholic church, whether as their religion, culture or ancestry. Most of the question in the survey are new, said Jessica Hamar Martinez, a senior researcher in Religion & Public Life for the Pew Research Center.

Forty-five percent of Americans are Catholic or are in some way connected to Catholicism. One fifth say it is their religion now, while one tenth say they were raised as Catholics but have fallen away from the church, according to the survey. A similar share say they still have a cultural connection to Catholicism. Of those cultural Catholics who were raised in the church, four in 10 say they could imagine returning one day.

But many views expressed by Catholics are not in accordance with the church’s beliefs.

Fewer than half say homosexual behavior, remarriage without annulment, living with a romantic partner and contraception are sins, the report found. Seven in 10 Catholics support married couples who choose not to have children.

Many Catholics say they would like their church to be more flexible toward those who are divorced, who are living with a partner without marriage or who are in same-sex relationships. Six in 10 think Catholics living together or divorced and remarried without an annulment should be allowed to receive Communion. Nearly half, 46 percent, say the church should recognize same-sex marriages.

On many of the questions, Catholics resemble the general public in their views. But there were significant differences in the responses to some questions, Martinez noted. For example Catholics are about as likely as Protestants to say that having an abortion is a sin, 57 percent of Catholics to 60 percent of Protestants, but less likely than Protestants to say engaging in homosexual behavior is sinful, 44 percent of Catholics to 62 percent of Protestants. And Catholics are more likely to say it is acceptable for a man and woman to live together without being married, 55 percent, than white evangelical Protestants, 27 percent, or black Protestants, 42 percent, but less likely than those who are religiously unaffiliated, 81 percent.

The report notes that Catholics’ own experiences may be influencing their attitudes toward families and sexuality. One in four Catholics has divorced, and one in 10 has also remarried. One in 10 is living with a partner and more than four in 10 have done so at some time.

As with other views on families, Catholics who say they attend Mass regularly, about four in 10, were more in agreement with church teachings than others. Many Catholics remain dedicated to their church and seven in 10 say they cannot imagine ever leaving it.

As for some of the beliefs Francis has focused on, six in 10 say working with the poor is essential to their Catholic identity. But only half as many say the same about working to address climate change, the report noted. Hispanic Catholics are more likely to be concerned about the morality of excessive consumption, the report found.

Among ex-Catholics, more than half have a positive view of Francis. And among all Catholics nine out of 10 view him positively, according to a Pew poll in February.

A different poll, done by Gallup in July, found that Francis' popularity in the United States had dropped dramatically, especially among Conservatives. Fifty-nine percent had a favorable view of the pope, down from 76 percent a year ago.

The 2015 Survey of U.S. Catholics and Family Life was conducted among 5,122 adults, among them 1,016 self-identified Catholics, from May 5 to June 7. The margin of error was plus or minus 3.5 percentage points for Catholics and 1.6 percentage points for the full sample.



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<![CDATA[Labor Day Travel Is on the Rise]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 12:31:34 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/travel+generic+photo.JPG

More Americans will take to the streets and skies this Labor Day weekend than last year, in a continuation of recent travel trends.

According to the AAA Labor Day Holiday Travel Forecast, 35.5 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home this Labor Day weekend, a 1 percent increase from 2014 and the fourth consecutive year of growth in Labor Day travel.

The report cites the current labor market as a factor in the increased number of travelers this year. Its strength "has helped increase personal income, which, combined with flat prices, has resulted in a boost to disposable income, which is expected to increase 3.5 percent compared to last year."

Drivers can also expect to pay less at the pump this holiday weekend than they have in more than a decade. The average gas price earlier this week was $2.47 nationally, the lowest since 2004. Approximately 30.4 million Americans, or 85.8 percent of all travelers, are expected to jump behind the wheel this weekend. An additional 2.64 million people will travel by air, and 2.4 million will travel by train, bus, watercraft or another mode of transportation.

Americans are expected to pour $13.5 billion into the economy this weekend, up 2 percent over 2014, according to a survey by TNS for U.S. Travel.

The travel industry group also made the case, however, that failing surface and air travel infrastructure will keep 4.1 million potential travelers at home, costing the economy $1.4 billion in spending. U.S. Travel's analysis concluded that the inability of Congress to pass long-term bills on the nation's highways and air travel system will contribute to and worsen Americans' travel woes.

Though consumers appear to be willing to shell out some extra travel money this year, the slight increase in travel is likely because cautious consumers are foregoing travel in order to save or pay off debt, according to AAA. 

—Damian Geminder contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Mom's Message to Bike Thief]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 22:36:01 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/bike+theft+sign.JPG

A Dallas mom has a strong message for the person who stole her 7-year-old daughter's bicycle.

She has it written on a piece of poster board and secured to the pine tree out front of her Pleasant Grove home.

The sign reads:

"To the person that stole my daughter’s new bike, I hope you are proud of yourself for making a seven year old child cry. Congratulations, you have succeeded in becoming a low life!!! – One pi--ed off Mom"

"She's only had it for a month, so I was really angry," said Tommi Mika, the woman who posted the sign. "It makes me very mad."

Someone stole the Hello Kitty!-theme bicycle belonging to Mika's daughter, Lorelai Mika, some time after dark Monday night from the porch of their home in the 8600 block of Woodcastle.

"It makes me sad," the second grader said. "Because that bike, it was mine. It's not theirs. It's mine. If it wasn't theirs they shouldn't have stole it."

"I'm tired of people taking my daughter's stuff, you know?" Tommi Mika told NBCDFW about why she posted the sign. "So I posted that hoping whoever would see it, whoever stole it, would see it and maybe they'd feel bad about it."

"I doubt we're gonna get the bike back, but maybe they'd feel bad and realize that maybe next time they'll think twice before stealing from a child," Tommi Mika added.



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<![CDATA[President Obama Takes Selfies on Alaska Trip]]> Thu, 03 Sep 2015 01:03:37 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/208*120/obama+alaska+fish.jpg

President Obama visited the remote villages of Dillingham and Kotzebue in Alaska for the first time Wednesday, but also posting an online travelogue of his journey and used a GoPro to shoot it himself, selfie style.

He's also taken over the White House Instagram feed, posting only photos he takes himself, like a selfie with reality TV star Bear Grylls.

It's President Obama unleashed — relishing his final 15 months in office as a chance to tick off items from his policy to do list and bucket list at the same time.  



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<![CDATA[Ex-Hillary Clinton Staffer to Invoke the Fifth]]> Thu, 03 Sep 2015 00:11:59 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_32190678465.jpg

A former Hillary Clinton staffer who helped set up the former secretary of state's private email server has vowed to invoke the Fifth Amendment and refuse to answer questions after a congressional committee subpoenaed him, MSNBC confirmed late Wednesday.

Bryan Pagliano, who worked for Clinton during her 2008 presidential campaign and at the State Department, has been identified in digital records as the person who set up her email server in 2009.

The House Select Committee on Benghazi, which is investigating Clinton's emails, subpoenaed Pagliano last month to testify. But his lawyer said Monday that the IT specialist would refuse to answer questions, asserting his constitutional right against self-incrimination, The Washington Post first reported Wednesday.

A Clinton campaign aide said in a statement to NBC News Wednesday the candidate has encouraged aides to answer any questions.



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<![CDATA[Teen Killed by Police on Drugs: ME]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 19:20:27 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Christian_Taylor_Arlington.jpg

An unarmed teenager was under the influence marijuana and a psychedelic drug when he was shot and killed by an Arlington, Texas, police officer Aug. 7, the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office says.

A report released Wednesday by the medical examiner said 19-year-old Christian Taylor was under the influence of hallucinogenic and psychedelic drugs when he was shot and killed by 49-year-old rookie police officer Brad Miller during a confrontation at a South Arlington car dealership.

Police officers were responding to a burglary call at Classic Buick GMC when they discovered someone had driven an SUV through the showroom glass.

Surveillance video would later show Taylor outside the dealership before police arrive acting erratically, standing on top of and jumping on cars before driving through a gate and through the showroom glass.

Instead of helping to set up a perimeter around the showroom, Miller confronted a person inside the showroom, later identified as Taylor, and ordered him to get down on the ground, said Arlington Chief of Police Will Johnson last month.

Taylor did not comply and, instead, began "actively advancing toward Officer Miller," Johnson said.

Miller's field training officer, who had followed Miller into the showroom, drew his own Taser. The training officer heard a single pop of what he thought was Miller's Taser, but Miller actually had drawn his service weapon and fired it at Taylor, who is believed to have been 7 to 10 feet away from the officer, Johnson said. After Taylor continued to approach, Miller fired his gun three more times.

The officer's Taser had been deployed, according to the medical examiner, but only one of the prongs entered Taylor's body rendering the device ineffective.

A toxicology report from the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office confirms Taylor was shot four times, in his chest, throat, abdomen and forearm, and that the presence of drugs were present in both his blood and urine -- specifically THC, 25h-NBOMe and 25i-NBOMe.

THC is the chemical responsible for most of the psychological effects found in marijuana while 25i-NBOMe and 25h-NBOMe are a psychedelic and hallucinogen, respectively.

Following the shooting Johnson fired Miller, saying he breached protocol and that his actions led to the deadly confrontation. Johnson, who has lobbied the Arlington City Council for funding to outfit his officers with body cameras, reiterated his support for the body camera program following the shooting.



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<![CDATA[Search Underway After Prisoner Escapes Near Princeton]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 18:34:42 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/joshua+drinnon.jpg

Police are searching for a prisoner who escaped Wednesday at an I-80 rest stop near Princeton, Illinois.

The Inmate Services Transport Company contacted Illinois State Police around 4:45 p.m. saying Joshua Drinnon, 35, escaped at the westbound Great Sauk Trail rest area (I-80 West at Mile Marker 51), according to police.

Drinnon, who was imprisoned for aggravated robbery, escaped a transport vehicle and was last seen entering a field north of the rest area, according to state police.

The vehicle picked up Drinnon in Blountville, Tennessee, and its destination was not known, police said.

Drinnon is described as a white male, standing about 6-foot-1-inch tall and weighing about 200 pounds. He is bald and has blues eyes. Police say he was last seen wearing a white t-shirt and red wind suit pants.

The state police have sent patrol troopers, air operations, investigators and K9 units to the area as they search for Drinnon.

Residents are encouraged to lock all vehicles, buildings and residences.

Anyone with information should contact authorities.

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<![CDATA[Man Fatally Shot by Cops May Have Had Knife: Investigators]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 14:28:30 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Gilbert+Flores+Shooting.png

Investigators believe that a Texas man shot to death by deputies with his hands up was holding a knife, the sheriff told reporters on Wednesday.

Footage was posted online of the shooting of 41-year-old Gilbert Flores in San Antonio that appeared to show him raise his hands before being shot. The first piece of footage of the Aug. 28 incident was filmed from a distance. It does not show one of Flores' hands, which was apparently obscured by a utility pole.

A second video that provides more "clarity" of the shooting is being investigated by police, who have not made the video public yet.

"We believe that Mr. Flores had a knife in his hand, and that video will help us have a better idea of exactly what he had in his hand," Sheriff Susan Pamerleau of Bexar County told reporters.

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<![CDATA[Woman Wanted Man Killed for Giving Grandkids Lice: Cops]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 20:48:13 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/line111111.jpg

A Florida woman is charged with trying to hire a hitman to kill a homeless man who she said was giving her grandkids lice, according to police and court records.

Pamela King Vanorsdale, 50, of New Smyrna Beach — who's also referred to in Volusia County court records as "Vanarsdale" — is free on $25,000 bond pending her arraignment Sept. 17 on a second-degree charge of solicitation to commit murder. 

According to the charging affidavit, Vanorsdale called her ex-son-in-law to ask him to "pop" the intended victim with a gun and ammo should would provide.

Referring to a 22-year-old homeless man she said was having an affair with one of her married daughters, Vanorsdale asked the would-be gunman, identified as Daniel E. Dionne of Daytona Beach, to "get him out of here" because the man was "messing with" her grandchildren, according to the affidavit.

She specifically complained that the children were "coming home with lice," investigators said.



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<![CDATA[Taylor Swift Fan Pleads Not Guilty]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 23:02:04 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Christian+Ewing+09022015.jpg

A Taylor Swift fan is facing multiple charges after he allegedly jumped a fence and rushed on stage during the pop star's San Diego concert. 

“When asked why he went on stage, he said, ‘I love that girl,’ referring to Ms. Swift,” said Deputy District Attorney Jessica Coto in court.

Christian Ewing, 26, appeared in a San Diego court Wednesday, pleading not guilty to two felony charges, a misdemeanor and a municipal code violation. Those charges could land him behind bars for almost five years combined if convicted.

The incident occurred Saturday night at Petco Park, where viewer video shows a person running on-stage, just steps away from where the singer was performing her hit, 'Style.' 

Ewing, who appeared in court with a bandage on his head, is accused of hopping a fence at the concert. When a security guard told him he could not be in the area and tried to grab him, Ewing escaped and ran onto the stage, Coto said in court.

When Ewing took off, an altercation occurred, Coto said, and Ewing was eventually dragged off stage. 

One of Swift's security guards suffered severe rib injuries and will need at least eight weeks to recover, Coto said. 

When he spoke with police later, Ewing gave them a false name, Coto said. Officials are investigating whether he had a valid ticket to enter the arena and the entire incident is under investigation. 

Coto said Ewing has an active warrant for a theft-related offense in Florida and has an assault-related offense in Georgia. He was previously convicted out-of-state of attempting to manufacture or manufacturing drugs in 2013. 

Ewing was formally charged Wednesday with assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury, battery with serious injury, both felonies, and a misdemeanor for giving police the wrong name. For entering an area he was not supposed to enter during an event, he also faces a municipal code violation. 

Bail was set at $100,000 due to his flight risk. He is due back in court on Sept. 14.



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<![CDATA[U.S. Stocks Close Higher in Rebound]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 15:08:23 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_675155668178.jpg

U.S. stocks closed sharply higher Wednesday, trying to recover from the worst start to a September in 13 years, NBC News reported. 

The Dow Jones industrial average quickly gained 293 points as the major averages advanced more than 1 percent to bring the S&P 500 out of correction, or less than 10 percent away from its 52-week high.

U.S. stocks closed nearly 3 percent lower on Tuesday for the worst first day of September trade since 2002.



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<![CDATA[Taco Bell is Testing New Taco Shell]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 17:41:06 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-485939211.jpg

The rumors are true.

Taco Bell is testing crispy chicken taco shells. A spokesperson for Yum Brands, Taco Bell's parent company, confirmed the news Wednesday, adding that the shells were being tested exclusively in Bakersfield, California restaurants.

The test began Aug. 27 and will end Sept. 23. The company will then evaluate whether to go forward with a wider launch based on the response from consumers, according to the spokesperson.

Taco Bell fans seem excited by the new taco shells, as evident from comments on a Reddit thread titled "New Naked Chicken Taco."

In the past, Yum, which also owns KFC and Pizza Hut, has introduced mash-ups such as the Double Down Dog and the "Chizza," a pizza that has a chicken crust.

The new item is called the "Naked Crispy Chicken Taco" and it's filled with lettuce, tomato, cheese and avocado ranch sauce, Foodbeast reports.

Way to think outside the box.



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<![CDATA[Shots Fired at Mass. Police Cruiser]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 21:26:52 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Millis+Cruiser+090215.jpeg

A police cruiser was shot before crashing and catching fire Wednesday in Millis, Massachusetts, sparking a manhunt and the closure of public schools on Thursday.

State police, local police and a SWAT team, with large rifles drawn, responded to Forest Road after the Millis Police cruiser was shot just before 2:30 p.m. The state police air wing was also on the scene, as were a ballistics unit, crime scene techs and fire investigators.

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Police confirm the officer has been hospitalized, but no information on his condition was immediately available.

Investigators are searching for a maroon pickup truck, possibly a Ford F-150. The suspect is described as a man between 25 and 40 who fired a black handgun.

Around 10:30 a.m., Millis Middle School received a call from someone who "indicated a crime may occur" in the town on Wednesday, according to police. About an hour later, the school received a bomb threat by telephone.

"It is bizarre to have the bomb scare and then that, as well," said Heidi Perkins, who lives near the spot where the cruiser crashed.

While police are not sure whether these events are connected, the town's schools will not be open Thursday.

"Basically, we had an officer who was driving down Forest Road here. He was shot at. We believe two to three shots were fired at his vehicle," said Millis Police Sgt. William Dwyer. "He returned fire, we believe three shots."

"It's kind of hectic right now. The police are doing a wonderful job," said neighbor Bill Whelan, who has lived there for 53 years. "Been here a long time, and I've never had anything like this, and I'm sure it's an isolated incident."

With a community on edge as police investigated, one concerned citizen and Army veteran decided to search for the suspect himself.

"I started following the scanners and listening to the descriptions of the vehicle and the person," said Nick Sheridan. "I just, on my own time, my own fuel, just drove around."

In neighboring Norfolk, a reverse 911 call was sent to residents as police worked to find suspect.

"We were nervous. I brought my friend home instead of her walking home because there are woods behind us," said Norfolk resident Susan Antonio.

Buses from the schools in Norfolk were held until police were able to clear the area.

Both the Millis library and town hall were closed Wednesday during the investigation.

Forest Road remained closed Wednesday night, but a shelter-in-place order that had been issued is no longer in effect.

Anyone with information is asked to call (508) 376-2233.



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<![CDATA[Brothers Awarded $750K Each in Wrongful Convictions]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 11:30:12 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP287350833863McCollum.jpg

Two North Carolina brothers are finally receiving compensation, three decades after they were wrongfully convicted in the killing of an 11-year-old girl. They were awarded $750,000 each on Wednesday by the North Carolina Industrial Commission. Henry McCollum, 51, was given the money on behalf of himself and his half-brother, Leon Brown, 47, who is in the hospital and could not attend.

McCollum and Brown were released in September 2014 after a judge vacated their convictions, citing new DNA evidence that points to another man in the killing and raping of 11-year-old Sabrina Buie in 1983. McCollum had been the longest-serving inmate on North Carolina's death row. Brown had been sentenced to life in prison.

In the months since their release, both men have had trouble adjusting to the outside world after spending most of their adult lives in prison. Money has been a problem, but McCollum told The Associated Press in June that the most important part of the pardon was having his name cleared. 



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<![CDATA[Bear Nearly Bites Hiker, Euthanized]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 21:29:57 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/stephanie+rivkin+bear+encounter+crop.jpg

State officials have euthanized a bear that confronted a hiker in Connecticut last week, along with a second bear that also displayed aggressive behavior, according to the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

The male bear has been at the center of controversy since a hiker released video of her close encounter with the animal at the Sessions Woods Wildlife Area last Friday. Footage shows the bear approaching her and putting its mouth on her leg.

Wildlife experts analyzing the video said the bear, which was tagged, had a history of aggression and had been relocated in the past. Authorities deemed the animal a danger to the public and opted to euthanize it.

DEEP spokesman Dennis Schain said staff members seeking out the aggressive animal Tuesday night at Sessions Woods found a male and female bear near the area of the encounter.

Schain said the female, which had been tagged for research, matched the description of the bear they were looking for.

According to Schain, the female bear "exhibited similar aggressive behavior" to the animal involved in Friday's incident and charged at DEEP Wildlife Division staff. The female bear, which had also been tagged for research, was euthanized shortly before 5 p.m. Tuesday.

"It was definitely not the outcome anybody was hoping for," said hiker Stephanie Rivkin, whose bear encounter is at the heart of the issue.

DEEP returned to the woods Wednesday and euthanized the male bear.

"Given the incident on Friday and the previous behavior of the bear there was serious concern that it could have injured a person in any future encounter," Schain said in a statement Wednesday afternoon.

Annie Hornish of the Connecticut Humane Society criticized DEEP's decision, saying the agency "overreacted" and that "the bear did not need to be killed."

Hornish said the Humane Society interpreted the bear's actions as curious rather than violent.

She offered to help educate residents about what to do during bear encounters and said parks in northwest Connecticut need better signage warning hikers about the animals.

"I don't think anybody in this position expects something like this to happen, the consequences, the outcome, the backlash," Rivkin said. "But when it does happen, I think it's a great point to learn from it and start a discussion."

Petitions circulated after DEEP announced plans to put down the animal, along with a Facebook group bearing the hashtag #sparethebear.

Sessions Woods remains closed to the public.



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<![CDATA[Search for Burglary Suspect in Off-Road Pursuit Called Off]]> Thu, 03 Sep 2015 00:05:45 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/09-02-2015-suv-pursuit-off-road-1.JPG

A search was called off Wednesday afternoon for a driver after a freeway chase that turned into an off-road pursuit east of Los Angeles.

The driver, believed to be a burglary suspect, jumped from the Toyota sport utility vehicle after coming to a stop in a riverbed area next to a railroad track, according to the sheriff's department. The driver got out of the SUV in a cloud of dust before running down an embankment, climbing a fence and taking cover in thick brush.

Deputies searched for hours for the driver near the San Gabriel River in Santa Fe Springs in southeastern Los Angeles County.

Deputies worked with Los Angeles Department of Water and Power personnel to determine whether the man might have entered a network of tunnels near the river. Neighbors expressed concerns that the man might come up through a manhole cover, said Sgt. Andrew Serrano.

"He could come into one of the houses," said a neighbor, Manual Gonzalez. "I've got a lot of kids right here. They're probably freaking out right now walking home from school wondering what's all the cops doing."

Authorities said they believe the manhole covers were bolted down, Serrano said.

At midday, the pursuit was on the 210 Freeway in the Glendora area before the driver transitioned to the southbound 605 Freeway. The driver of the silver SUV had been on several other San Gabriel Valley freeways after the pursuit started in the Diamond Bar area.

Speeds ranged from 65 mph to 90 mph.



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<![CDATA[Seal and Diver Become Instant Besties]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 16:34:36 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/f_seal_diver_cute_150902.jpg.jpg

When a diver meets a seal underwater, they have an adorable encounter.


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<![CDATA[Freddie Gray Pre-Trial Rulings a 'Win' for State]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 14:08:53 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/freddieGray-debrief-AP-9-2-15-th.png A Baltimore judge on Wednesday refused to dismiss charges against six police officers facing criminal charges in connection to the death of a black man injured in their custody. He also refused to remove the prosecutor in the case.]]> <![CDATA[Arby's Apologizes After Police Say Florida Officer Denied Service]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 22:44:52 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/090215+pembroke+pines+police+jennifer+martin+arbys.jpg

The head of Arby's restaurant chain has apologized to the Pembroke Pines Police Department after an employee at a South Florida restaurant reportedly refused to serve a uniformed officer.

Arby's Chief Executive Officer Paul Brown and Senior Vice President of Operations Scott Boatwright contacted PPPD Chief Dan Giustino to apologize on behalf of the organization, according to a police report.

Both men assured Giustino that the employee's behavior was "unacceptable" and did not represent the company's values.

Giustino accepted the apology, and the department considers the matter closed.

In a Facebook post Tuesday, another officer alleged that on Monday, a fellow uniformed officer was denied service at the Arby's located at 11755 Pines Boulevard near the Pembroke Lakes Mall.

"Real nice, Arby's" the post says, before encouraging others to boycott the restaurant.

According to an incident report, Sgt. Jennifer Martin said she was using the drive-thru when the clerk, identified as 19-year-old Kenneth Davenport, "seemed slightly rude and short with his responses," but she assumed there was a problem with the speaker system.

But when Sgt. Martin pulled to the window and handed her credit card to Davenport, manager Angel Mirabal approached the window.

"He doesn't want to serve you because you are a police officer," Mirabal told Sgt. Martin, according to the report.

Davenport had to be ordered to process Sgt. Martin's credit card, and she told Mirabal she felt uncomfortable and wasn't certain she wanted to dine there, the report said.

Mirabal handed her the food and assured her everything was ok, the report said.

"Mirabal even laughed and said he is allowed to refuse to serve me," Sgt. Martin noted in the report.

Sgt. Martin felt uncertain of the condition of her food and decided to go inside and get a refund. She said Davenport refused to have contact with her, ignored her and refused to give her his contact information, the report said.

At Davenport's home Wednesday, his mother questioned why her son was so bad, considering he was called in to work again earlier in the day.

Davenport showed up at the restaurant later Wednesday with his grandfather and denied the accusation, calling it a joke and a misunderstanding.

"[My manager] just made a joke and she couldn't take it the right way, she has no sense of humor," Davenport said. "It was busy and then she was probably one of the last cars we had, she wasn't for the joke I guess. We're too busy so my manager's like 'oh, I get to serve you instead of him,' like he's getting overboard for that?"

Davenport added that he has no problems with police officers.

"No, not at all, never had a problem but, is this, this kind of changes me now, I'm starting to think like, could it be a publicity stunt, or what is it, racism, something, I didn't do anything to this lady," he said. "Why is this so worldwide, like you guys say? To me I'm just gonna keep living my life and whatever happens happens, there's nothing I can do at this point."

"Their job as an officer is very serious and I appreciate all that they do, but I don't appreciate my grandson that I have raised being accused in something like this," said Thomas McCutcheon, Davenport's grandfather.

In a statement, Pembroke Pines Police Department Chief Dan Giustino said he was "offended" and "appalled" at the incident, and that the department would be contacting the Arby's CEO to demand an apology.

Giustino went on to say that the incident appears to be confined to a single individual employee, and is not in keeping with the support the department regularly receives from the Pembroke Pines community.

"We are very proud of the partnerships we have built within our city," Giustino said. "For an incident like this to have happened is very disappointing for everyone."

In a statement provided to NBC 6 South Florida, Arby's said the company takes "this isolated matter very seriously as we respect and support police officers in our local communities."

"As soon as the issue was brought to our attention, our CEO spoke with the Police Chief who expressed his gratitude for our quick action and indicates the case is closed," the statement reads. "We will be following up with our team members to be sure that our policy of inclusion is understood and adhered to."

John Rivera, the president of the Miami-Dade Police Union, called for a boycott of Arby's until the employees involved are fired.

"It is beyond comprehension and deeply troubling that a business would deny service to a law enforcement officer just for being a law enforcement officer," Rivera said in a statement. "This is yet another example of the hostile treatment of our brave men and women simply because they wear a badge. It is unacceptable and warrants much more than an apology."

Arby's released a second statement Wednesday afternoon stating that they will be taking disciplinary action.

"We take this isolated matter very seriously as we respect and support police officers in our local communities. As soon as the issue was brought to our attention, our CEO spoke with the Police Chief who expressed his gratitude for our quick action and indicated the case is closed," the statement said. "We will be following up with our team members to be sure that our policy of inclusion is understood and adhered to. Further, we will be following through with disciplinary action up to and including termination of the employees involved, as appropriate."

This is a developing story and will be updated as new information becomes available.


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<![CDATA[Bodies of Refugees Wash up on Turkey Beach]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 10:43:28 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/topNews-GettyImages-486061356.jpg

Two boats carrying who were believed to be Syrian refugees sank off the coast Turkey en route to Greece, killing at least 11 people, according to Turkey's Dogan news agency.

Photos released by the Turkish Police Wednesday showed a small body of a drowned child on Bodrum Beach.  

NBC News is choosing not to publish the images that show a child face down in the sand. In another image, a Turkish policeman cradles the child in his arms and carries it away. 

The child is the latest victim amid a growing migrant crisis in Europe. Thousands of migrants have been following the same route in search of a better life in Europe and while many have made it safely, scores have perished along the way. 



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<![CDATA[Adorable Zoo Babies: Baby Chimpanzee]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 11:48:46 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/zooBabies-TLPZ-Chimp-surrogate-Abby-with-orphan-Keeva-Aug-30-2015.jpg.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[Texas Man Gets 17 Years Behind Bars for Fake Disney Park Scheme]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 11:07:44 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AX070_40C8_9.jpg

A Plano man has been sentenced to 17 and a half years in federal prison for duping investors into believing he had inside information about a Walt Disney theme park and resort project in North Texas, which turned out to be fake.

Thomas W. Lucas, Jr., 35, of Plano, was convicted in February of seven counts of seven wire fraud counts and one count of making false statements to the FBI.

Court documents show from 2006 to 2010, Lucas devised and executed an elaborate scheme to defraud 280 investors out of approximately $20 million. The US Attorney's Office says Lucas pocketed approximately $450,000.

In court documents, the investors said Lucas showed them fake and forged artist sketches, maps, site plans and other documents related to "Frontier Disney Dallas-Fort Worth" to dupe them. The investors planned to flip the land to developers at a profit when the Disney announcement was made.

The Walt Disney Co., which has its headquarters in Burbank, California, repeatedly denied rumors that it planned to build a theme park in North Texas. However, prosecutors said Lucas told potential investors he had a secret source who tipped him off about the theme park.

Prosecutors said the identity of Lucas' secret source varied depending on who he spoke to. When the FBI confronted Lucas about the scheme, he falsely blamed a man he previously met at a methadone clinic — that man is now dead.

Numerous partnerships, joint ventures and limited liability companies were set up to begin acquiring land in the area. In court, the value of the land purchased was subtracted to determine the overall loss which was approximately $20 million.

The 65 investors who invested in options to purchase land lost all of their money, which was slightly over $8 million, and received no interest in land.

Lucas was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $8,456,360.00 to the people who invested in options to purchase land. He was immediately handed over to the U.S. Marshals Service. 

CLICK HERE to read more from our media partners at The Dallas Morning News.



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<![CDATA[Lieutenant Remembered]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 16:14:05 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/officer.png

The Fox Lake police officer who was shot to death Tuesday morning in the line of duty was remembered as a family man and a youth mentor with an unmatched dedication to serving his community.

Lieutenant Charles Joseph Gliniewicz, was a 30-year veteran of the police force and on the cusp of retirement, according to Joe Ahern, CEO of the 100 Club of Chicago, a charity organization for the families of officers killed on duty. The 52-year-old officer planned to retire last month, but the police chief asked him to stay one extra month to help out, Ahern said.

Flags were at half-staff Wednesday morning outside official buildings in Fox Lake and flowers, balloons and mementos were being placed in front of the Fox Lake Police Department. Supporters flocked to the station to honor Gliniewicz.

"I came over here with my favorite teddy bear because he was such a great guy," 11-year-old Lilly Johnson said at the site Wednesday morning.

Gliniewicz, who went by "Joe" and was affectionately called "G.I. Joe" by residents, dedicated his life to serving his community.

But many say the title he took the most pride in was being a family man, married for 30 years to his wife Melodie and a father to four sons. One of his sons served in the Army and was stationed in North Carolina.

One neighbor told NBC Chicago they saw Gliniewicz leave for work at 6 a.m. Tuesday. Just two hours later he was brutally attacked.

"Today, not only did Fox Lake lose a family member, I lost a very dear friend," Village of Fox Lake Mayor Donny Schmit said Tuesday afternoon.

Just before 8 a.m. Tuesday, Gliniewicz was investigating three suspicious persons near Route 12 and Sayton Road. The investigation turned into a foot pursuit that ended with a fatal shooting, according to Detective Christopher Covelli with the Lake County sheriff's office.

A backup officer arrived on the scene to find Gliniewicz in a marshy area with a gunshot wound, according to Covelli. Gliniewicz died soon after from his injuries.

Many students in the Lake County area also mourned the loss of Gliniewicz, who mentored young people involved in Fox Lake's Explorers Post 300, a nonprofit that trained 14- to 21-year-olds for a career in law enforcement. Gliniewicz taught them what it was like to be an officer, including how to act in SWAT situations and when an officer is attacked. Gliniewicz's wife Melodie was also involved in the Explorers program.

Students at Grant Community High School in Fox Lake, which was put on lockdown, mourned Gliniewicz on social media after they heard about his death. Zach Point, a student who described Gliniewicz as a close family friend, said in a tweet that the officer's death reminded him that life is precious.

Police officers continue searching for the three suspects, who remain on the loose, but they also mourn the loss of one of their own in the suburb about 60 miles north of Chicago.

"Today the Fraternal Order of Police lost a fellow member and brother who died heroically serving his community," Illinois FOP President Chris Southwood said. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the slain officer's family, friends and fellow police officers. He leaves a legacy of several decades of service to Fox Lake for which we are humbly grateful."

Illinois Rep. Bob Dold, whose district includes most of Lake County, released a statement mourning Gliniewicz's loss.

"Today is a heartbreaking reminder of the sacrifices made every day by those who have dedicated their lives to protect us," Dold said in the statement. "My thoughts and prayers are with Lieutenant Gliniewicz's family, friends, fellow officers and the entire Fox Lake community. As the search for the suspects continues, I strongly encourage all members of our community to stay alert and remain vigilant."

Gov. Bruce Rauner's office also released a statement expressing his condolences.

"Governor Rauner extends his deepest condolences to the family of Officer Gliniewicz," the statement reads. "The governor has been briefed on the matter and continues to receive regular updates."

Several community members and groups mourned Gliniewicz Tuesday in social media posts as well:

The Northeast Illinois Council of the Boy Scouts of America said on Facebook, "Lt. Joe Gliniewicz (aka G.I. Joe) was more than a police officer. He was a husband and father to four sons. He was also active with Scouting with Explorer Post 300 in Fox Lake, working with youth interested in policing careers. He was a graduate of Antioch Community High School in 1981, and one of his friends described him as one of the most 'tactically sound' officers he knew. God bless you, Officer Gliniewicz, and may you rest in peace. All of our prayers are with your family and your coworkers. You will be missed by many. You touched so many lives, both in and out of Scouting. Your legacy will go on."

Tyler James, of Kenosha, posted on Facebook, "The officer killed in the line of duty this morning was the advisor for the Fox Lake Explorer Post. He was a great man and will be greatly missed. I have had several explorers come from his post into mine. He was a role model and hero. He will be greatly missed. ‪#‎neverforgotten‬"

Joe Bruno, of Lake Mary, Florida, said on Facebook, "You'll be deeply missed by many! I was so fortunate to have known you for 30 years and enjoyed talking and laughing with you! You were such a great influence for my son when he was in your Explorer Post! Fox Lake has lost a great leader and won't be forgotten. He served the Community and his Country! Keeping his family in my thoughts and prayers! RIP LT!"

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<![CDATA[South Florida Gets Spectacular Views of Atlas V Launch]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 14:54:36 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/090215+atlas+v+launch+tara+french.jpg

Many South Floridians woke up Wednesday to witness what looked like a shooting star that grew to be 20 times bigger. 

After being delayed by Tropical Storm Erika, United Launch Alliance  propelled Atlas V, a U.S. Navy communications satellite, into orbit at 6:18 a.m. from Cape Canaveral. The military satellite will complete a constellation that acts like cell phone towers in space and allow troops to better communicate while in combat or on the move in remote locations.

The so-called "narrowband" communications system will relay calls, texts and other data critical for missions.

According to NBC 6 Meteorologist Ryan Phillips, the sun angle at first light made for beautiful colors and a perfect view of the launch even from South Florida. 

Do you have more photos of the Atlas V launch? Email your photos to isee@nbc6.com and/or share your photos on social media using the hashtag #NBC6! We may use them on-air or in a gallery on our app!



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<![CDATA[Residents Hold 'Police Lives Matter' Signs in Fox Lake]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 08:19:44 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-486185510.jpg

Residents lined streets in Fox Lake, Illinois, Tuesday holding signs of support for police following the fatal shooting of a veteran officer in the area.

Signs that read “Police Lives Matter” and “We Stand with Blue” were held by supporters along area roadways as officials continued a manhunt for three armed suspects in the shooting of Lt. Joe Gliniewicz.

“Out here today to show that police lives matter, every life matters,” said resident Gina Maria. “I think it’s time we rally around our law enforcement and stop the madness.”

The Fox Lake community continued to mourn Gliniewicz, who had served 30 years on the force and was a beloved father of four. Support for the sign holders was evident as passing cars honked and residents gathered, stunned by the tragedy that hit the community.

Maria said other residents brought her food and water as she stood on the side of the road holding her sign for hours Tuesday.

“I have seen complete outpour of support from the community,” she said. “People bringing me drinks, water, honking horns.”

The shooting is latest officer shooting in recent months. On Friday, a Houston-area sheriff’s deputy was ambushed at a gas station and shot 15 times, according to authorities.

The killing evoked strong emotions in the local law enforcement community, with Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman linking it to heightened tension over the treatment of African-Americans by police. Hickman and Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson pushed back against the criticism of police.

"We've heard Black Lives Matter, All Lives Matter. Well, cops' lives matter, too," Hickman said Saturday.

Fox Lake residents say the incident highlights the need to show support for law enforcement officers who risk their lives to protect others.

“The suport is there and we need to let our law enforcement know that we do still believe in them and we support them,” Maria said.  



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<![CDATA[Diver Finds Family's Lost Camera]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 10:20:04 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Mystery+camera+0901.jpg

When Alycen Hemsworth’s family camera plunged into the waters off La Jolla Cove a month ago, she figured it was gone forever.

“We just kind of dropped it,” she said. “We were sad. We were bummed. There were pictures from four years ago.”

But, as luck would have it, a diver spotted the orange digital camera as he was snorkeling last week and took to social media, drawing local news media outlets to his cause, in hopes of finding the owner.

He calls it a "needle in the ocean."

A number of the Hemsworths’ friend saw the story on local news and online and alerted the family.

On Tuesday, Hemsworth and her son met with the diver, Mark Schulze, in La Jolla to pick up their lost camera and say thank you.

The group embraced as Schulze told Hemsworth’s son: “I’ve seen your picture so many times now.”

Schulze was able to recover about 300 photos from the camera dating back to 2011. They show scenes from across Southern California and videos of children’s performances and outings.

After NBC 7’s story aired Monday night and was posted on the station’s social media accounts, a woman reached out to the station, saying she recognized the boy in the photographs from her son’s soccer team.

The boy, she identified as Kai, played with the La Mesa AYSO soccer club.

The message to NBC 7 was among countless leads from folks who recognized the photos of the family and reached out to them.

“When I got home, there were 37 messages from friends,” Hemsworth said. “So social media works in good ways as well.”

Hemsworth said she’s especially grateful that the family now has photos back from memorable vacations to Palm Springs and Yosemite. And the family made a new friend along the way.

“We’re going to get together over margaritas,” she said.
 



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<![CDATA[Fox News Anchor Sues Hasbro Over Toy Hamster]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 05:40:59 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/150901-harris-faulkner-side-by-side_6a93490e8082e692083b0a86e5a736d4.nbcnews-ux-600-480.jpg

Fox News anchor Harris Faulkner sued Hasbro Inc. this week for $5 million, claiming the toymakers inches-tall plastic hamster with a butterfly hat "willfully and wrongfully appropriated Faulkner's unique and valuable name and distinctive persona for its own financial gain."

Lawyers for Faulkner — a six-time Emmy Award-winner who anchors "Fox News Weekend" for the news channel — filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in New Jersey for "creating, manufacturing, and distributing for sale a plastic toy hamster named 'Harris Faulkner'" as part of its "Pet Pawsabilities" toy line.

The suit goes on to complain that packaging for the toy warns in capital letters that Harris Faulkner is a "CHOKING HAZARD."



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<![CDATA[Movie Star Escapes Manhattan High-Rise Fire]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 10:12:25 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/dylan+baker+high+rise+fire.jpg

An actor who has starred in "Anchorman" and TV shows including "Chicago Fire" and "The Good Wife" escaped a high-rise fire in Manhattan after he tried to get his elderly neighbor out of the burning home Tuesday afternoon. 

Dylan Baker had just returned with his family to their home on the 33rd floor of a 46-floor building in Hell's Kitchen when flames burst out of his next-door neighbor's apartment. 

"When I opened the door, it was a full-fledged fire," he said. "It was terrifying." 

Baker said he tried to look for his elderly neighbor, a woman he calls Vivian.

"I banged on the door and shouted her name. I opened her door -- I was surprised to find it open -- and there were flames everywhere, and smoke was coming out at me so I had to slam the door," he said. 

"I yelled again, I didn't hear anything. So we got the heck out," he said. 

Baker called 911 and hurried his family out of the building.

Another elderly resident named Joanne said alarms blared as smoke filled the hallways on her 25th floor. She walked down 25 flights of stairs along with her neighbors. She said most people were calm and orderly as they filed out of the building. 

The fire department arrived minutes later and got the fire under control. 

FDNY Chief Michael McLaughlin said the fire was in the main living area of the studio apartment, and there was heavy smoke on the floor. 

The fire never spread to any other apartments in the building on 43rd Street near 10th Avenue, but the woman who lives there was found unconscious on the floor. Firefighters rushed her downstairs to an ambulance. 

The woman remains in the hospital in critical condition, according to authorities. 

When she was brought down, "she looked to be in pretty bad shape," according to Baker. "My daughter won't get that image out of her head." 

"Vivian's a lovely person, she's a friend of ours," said Baker.

Officials are looking into a cause of the fire.

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<![CDATA[Instagram Threat Closes 2 Calif. Schools]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 05:44:32 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/police+lights+generic+crop.jpg

Two Fresno, California, Catholic schools were closed Tuesday and a 15-year-old boy was being evaluated at a mental health facility after police investigating a threat made on Instagram found an arsenal of high-powered weapons at the boy's home, authorities said.
The boy — a sophomore at San Joaquin Memorial High School — wasn't identified because he's a juvenile. His father and a third individual who asked to join in carrying out the threat were also being investigated, police said.

The Instagram post quoted lyrics from Eminem's "Rap God," in which he refers to the 1999 massacre at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado — specifically, a passage that mentions lining up seven kids and shooting them. Additional original lyrics specifically mentioned "a whole school of bullies."

School officials alerted police Monday night to the post, which rapidly spread among the school's student body.



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<![CDATA[Man Fed Up Noise Shoots Worker]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 07:45:56 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/construction+worker+shot.jpg

A New York man who was annoyed by the noise of construction going on across the street from his Long Island home shot a worker with a pellet rifle from his window Tuesday, police said.

Timothy Burzynski, 26, shot the 31-year-old construction worker around 11:50 a.m. from the window of his home on Frederick Avenue in Merrick, Nassau County police said.

The victim was taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for a pellet gun wound to the upper back.

Police say they recovered the pellet gun, along with seven other firearms and ammunition from Burzynski’s home.

Burzynski was charged with assault and criminal possession of a weapon

It was not immediately clear if he had an attorney.

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<![CDATA[Video Appears to Show Texas Deputies Shoot Man With Hands Up]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 06:20:17 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Gilbert+Flores+Shooting.png

Two Texas police officers were recorded on a cellphone video shooting and killing a man who appeared to have his arms raised, NBC News reported.

The footage shows the fatal shooting of 41-year-old Gilbert Flores, 41, by Bexar County sheriff’s deputies Greg Vasquez and Robert Sanchez just before noon on Aug. 28 in San Antonio.

The Bexar County Sheriff's Office said in an initial statement Flores was armed with a knife and resisting arrest when the officers responded to a domestic disturbance call. Neither deputy was wearing a body camera.

However, cellphone video captured by a bystander appears to shows deputies approaching a shirtless Flores as he puts his hands up to surrender before he is shot multiple times and falls to the ground, motionless. One of Flores' arms is obscured by a light post. It is not possible to see if he had a weapon in the hand which is not visible in the video.

It was not clear what occurred before the recording began.

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