<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - National & International News]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/national-international http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut http://www.nbcconnecticut.com en-us Wed, 25 Nov 2015 19:19:53 -0500 Wed, 25 Nov 2015 19:19:53 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Photojournalist Reflects on Ferguson, One Year Later]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 18:02:39 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/ferguson-photographer-nbcnews.jpg

Christian Gooden's 20 years in photojournalism still didn't prepare him for what he saw near his hometown of St. Louis one year ago this week.

On Nov. 24, 2014, a St. Louis County grand jury announced that Darren Wilson would not be indicted in the shooting death of Michael Brown. The suburban city of Ferguson erupted, and the massive protests began to resemble a warzone. Police officers in combat gear "were no joke," Gooden remembers.

Police and demonstrators clashed, with the police firing tear gas at the crowds. Gooden, a 45-year-old married father of two, says that two residents threatened his life in five minutes.

"I had run behind this commercial building trying to get away from the tear gas fumes, but I got pushed back into the private backyards of some nearby homes," he recalled, adding that two homeowners "pulled pistols on me" and told him to get out of their yards.

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<![CDATA[History of Thanksgiving: How Much Do You Know About Turkey Day?]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 11:30:30 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_51734552621.jpg

Millions of Americans will travel to visit family and friends and stuff themselves with turkey and pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving. But how much do you know about the holiday’s origins and why we celebrate? Test your knowledge of the history behind Turkey Day with this quiz.

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<![CDATA['Beautiful Person' Killed in Crash Day After Good Deed]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 18:15:55 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Matthew-Jackson-1125.jpg

A north San Diego woman is on a mission to honor the legacy of a man she barely knows - all because he did something nice for her.

On Nov. 10, Carlsbad resident Jamie-Lynne Knighten met Matthew Jackson for about five minutes at the Trader Joe's on Vista Way. Her five-month-old son was fussy, and she was trying to shop for food for the week.

With a crying baby in her arms, groceries ready to go and a mounting line behind her, Knighten said her credit card was declined at the cash register due to an anti-fraud block. She had just returned from traveling abroad.

"[My baby] just wasn't having it. By the time we got to the check-out, I was done," she recounted.

Then, in a random act of kindness, Knighten says Jackson offered to pay for her groceries, which came out to more than $200.

Knighten says the 28-year-old man from Oceanside stepped in saying, "'May I? May I take care of your groceries?'"

Jackson wanted one thing in return, according to Knighten.

She said he asked, "As long as you promise to do it for somebody else."

Days passed and Knighten couldn't stop thinking about the young man and his good deed.

He mentioned he worked at the LA Fitness gym on Vista Way, so she called and told manager Angela Lavinder what an amazing person she had on staff.

That's when Knighten learned some heartbreaking news: Jackson had been killed in a car accident less than 24 hours after his good deed towards her at the grocery store.

"That's when [the manager] started crying," Knighten said.

Lavinder, on the other end of that call, was forced to break the tragic news to Knighten.

"She said it was Matt and my heart just dropped because he had just passed away. It broke my heart because - what a beautiful person," Lavinder told NBC 7.

According to a report released by the San Diego County Medical Examiner's (ME) office, Jackson was killed in a crash on Nov. 11.

He was with two others when the vehicle veered off the road in the 2100 block of Vista Way in Oceanside. The car struck a tree, killing Jackson. The two other people in the vehicle survived.

Knighten says she's a person of faith and, therefore, has faith her "pay it forward" angel didn't die in vain. She's still coping with what happened but believes people should hear his story and be encouraged to live life like he did.

Knighten says efforts are underway to further honor the young man's legacy, and they include encouraging others to pay it forward.

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<![CDATA[History of Trump Golf Course in Va.]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 18:17:36 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/112515+trump+golf+course.jpg

The Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia includes a plaque commemorating the Potomac River as "The River of Blood" during the Civil War — but historians say no battle ever was fought at that location and the "River of Blood" name was never used.

Far beyond the entrance of the golf course, along a bank of the Potomac, is a plaque that commemorates the history of the river.

"Many great Americans, both of the North and South died at this spot," the inscription says, as The New York Times was first to report. "The casualties were so great that the water would turn red and become known as 'The River of Blood.'"

Beneath Trump's family crest and his full name, the plaque says, "It is my great honor to have preserved this important section of the Potomac River!"

The trouble is, historians said the events Trump cited never occurred.

"That's not true," Civil War historian Jim Morgan said. "I think it says many soldiers died at this spot, and that's not true. It didn't happen."

Morgan is an expert on another battle, the Battle of Ball's Bluff, which took place in October 1861 about 10 miles north of the Trump National Golf Club. Hundreds of soldiers were killed and wounded there, Morgan's book says.

"Certainly there were casualties and certainly bodies that floated down past that golf course," Morgan said about how the golf course could be connected to Civil War history.

Trump told the Times that "numerous historians" had told him that the golf club site had been known as the "River of Blood." He said he did not remember their names, and he declined to identify any of his staffers who might know the historians' names.

“How would they know that?” Trump asked when he was told local historians had questioned the veracity of the plaque. “Were they there?”

The historian said plaques and monuments in the area have included errors before.

"The history of this area is pretty well-preserved, pretty well written about. What you've got is a little monument that misstates some things," Morgan said. "It wouldn't be the first historical monument that has some things on it that's incorrect."

<![CDATA[South Park-Inspired Bullying]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 14:40:53 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/sp15.jpg

Students at a middle school in Melrose, Massachusetts, could face disciplinary action and possibly even criminal charges following a bullying incident Friday that school officials say was inspired by an episode of the show South Park.

The incident occurred Friday when students at Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School chose to imitate a 2005 South Park episode called "Ginger Kids," in which they target and kick red heads, according to a statement posted on the school's website.

School officials called the incident "unacceptable," saying the students used "poor judgment." They said the incident did not involve the entire seventh grade, and for the most part didn't include students in grades six and eight.

"We are outraged by the behavior and poor decisions made by a group of students and we are concerned for both the victims and the aggressors for the impact this will have on them. We are incredibly disappointed," the statement said.

School officials said the behavior took place mostly in corridors and stairwells in between classes. When they became aware of the incident around 11:30 a.m. Friday, a public announcement was made ordering the behavior to stop and informing students that this could be considered assault and that any students who were involved would be subject to disciplinary action. A message was also sent out to parents at the end of the day explaining what happened.

Disciplinary hearing letters were sent home to the parents of students identified as aggressors. The parents of students who were hurt were contacted by phone.

School officials said they have reviewed surveillance tapes and spoken with students and families about the incident.

They have also been in contact with Melrose Police, and it is possible that charges may be brought if any students are found to have engaged in an assault.

Investigation into the incident is ongoing, school officials said. Disciplinary hearings are expected to continue through next week.

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<![CDATA[New Chicago Dash-Cam Video Protest]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 18:30:29 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/217*120/11-25+protest+1.jpg

Dozens of protesters took to the streets in Chicago's Loop during rush hour Wednesday calling for "justice for Laquan" after video of the teen's fatal 2014 shooting was released Tuesday. 

Demonstrators marched down State Street and at one point blocked traffic near State and Randolph streets. They were heard chanting "the whole damn system is guilty."

Several protests have been planned in Chicago, including a number of demonstrations scheduled to take place on Black Friday, following the release of video showing the shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.

A Chicago police officer has been charged with murder in the shooting. Dash-cam video of the incident shows McDonald, who police say was armed with a knife, walking away from police officers at the scene before being shot. In the video of the shooting, McDonald's body appears to jerk repeatedly from additional gunshots while he’s on the ground.

A rally and march were scheduled to begin during rush hour Wednesday involving community and youth leaders from across Chicago, including those who gathered to protest the police-involved shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

The group was expected to host a public screening of the dash-cam video showing McDonald’s fatal shooting at 5:15 p.m. at the Bronzeville Visitors Information Center. They also plan to march to the Chicago Police Department’s headquarters.

“Much like the Jon Burge police torture scandal, this most recent incident has drawn national and international attention to the corrupt practices of the Chicago police department,” Patricia Hill, a former police officer and the current leader of the Chicago Independent Human Rights Council, said in a statement. “Unless we want to subject ourselves to similar human rights violations, we must fundamentally redefine the policing of our communities.”

Black Lives Matter protesters marched Wednesday afternoon from the Cook County Criminal Court building, where a protester arrested Tuesday was appearing for bond court, to the site of McDonald’s shooting.

Aislinn Sol, Chapter Coordinator for Black Lives Matter Chicago, said no other demonstrations were scheduled for Wednesday, but later events could be organized.

Five people were arrested Tuesday night as hundreds marched along city streets in a largely peaceful protest over McDonald's killing. 

Chicago Police Department spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi said that outside of the incidents that led to the five separate arrests, the protest was otherwise respectful.

"The Chicago Police Department supports citizens’ First Amendment rights and goes to great lengths to ensure those rights can be exercised," Guglielmi said in a statement Wednesday morning. "While on the whole last night’s demonstrations were peaceful, a few isolated incidents resulted in five arrests and assaulting [of] police officers."

Several activist groups have also planned demonstrations in Chicago for Black Friday.

Groups including the Rainbow PUSH Coalition and the Stop Mass Incarceration Network have each called for protests along Michigan Avenue during one of the biggest shopping days of the season.

Despite the protests, retailers are still encouraging shoppers to come downtown for the day.

“Our job as the business association is to work with the retailers restaurant and our partners to make sure every single day is a safe experience on the mile and that's what we expect,” said John Curran, vice president of the Magnificent Mile Association. “We keep in close contact with police and other city services and we relay that information to our members and we’ve been in very close contact with our members as we always are for Black Friday.”

Curran called the Mag Mile event “the quintessential Black Friday experience.”

“Come down here,” he said. “We intend to have a very safe and wonderful day.” 

<![CDATA[Obama Pardons National Thanksgiving Turkey]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 15:41:13 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/obama-GettyImages-498707182.jpg

With his two daughters, Sasha and Malia, standing next to him, President Obama pardoned the National Thanksgiving Turkey at the annual White House ceremony in the Rose Garden on Wednesday.  

“Abe is now a free bird. He is TOTUS—the Turkey of the United States," Obama declared. 

When Obama approached Abe, the turkey gobbled loudly.

"Don't interrupt," Obama said.

Two birds, Honest and Abe, were vying for the title of National Thanksgiving Turkey. This year marks the 68th anniversary of the presentation by the National Turkey Federation.

Unlike a beauty pageant contestant, not much differentiated the two Nicholas White birds. The fourth-month-old pair weigh nearly the same amount, have a wingspan of 6 feet and enjoy country music, according to the White House.

Honest is known to have a "skoots in boots" waddle, while Abe has more of a "macho man" swagger. The public voted to save their favorite turkey on Twitter, using #TurkeyPardon2015 and picked Abe. 

The turkeys were raised by Foster Farms in Modesto, California. Originally named Tom One and Tom Two, they were chosen by staffers at the farm with a little help from a class of fifth grade students from nearby Eisenhut Elementary School. The students cheered for their favorite from a list of 20 finalists. The lucky turkeys were flown to the nation's capital on Monday. 

President Barack Obama pardoned his seventh turkey in what many believe is a Thanksgiving tradition dating back to 1947 when President Harry Truman pardoned the first holiday bird presented by the National Turkey Federation.

But as the old adage goes, when legend becomes fact, print the legend.

There’s no evidence, "documents, speeches, newspaper clippings, or photographs" that Truman pardoned the first ceremonial turkey, according to the Truman Library. The library issued a statement in 2003 to clarify the myth, saying "Truman sometimes indicated to reporters that the turkeys he received were destined for the family dinner table."

In 1963, President John F. Kennedy was quoted in the Washington Post as saying "Let's keep him going" when talking about a turkey wearing a sign that said "Good eating Mr. President," but the traditon was only formalized in 1989, with President George H. W. Bush, according to the White House Historical Association.

Even though Abe is the winner, both birds can count their lucky feathers. They will be sent to live on a farm in Virginia.

"It is hard to believe this is my 7th year of pardoning a turkey," Obama said. "Time flies. Turkeys don't." 

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<![CDATA[Brothers Allegedly Inspired by Trump in Attack Arraigned]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 16:52:22 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/Scott+and+Steve+Leader.JPG

Two brothers accused of beating and urinating on a homeless immigrant in Boston, one of whom said they were inspired in part by Donald Trump's comments about immigrants, faced a judge Wednesday.

Scott Leader, 38, and his brother Steven Leader, 30, were arraigned after being indicted on Nov. 5. Scott Leader is being held on $75,000 bail, and Steven Leader is being held on 50,000.

The men allegedly kicked, punched and urinated on the victim, a 58-year-old Mexican immigrant who was sleeping near the JFK/UMass MBTA station, around 12:30 a.m. on Aug. 19. One of the brothers allegedly hit the victim repeatedly with a metal pole. They then walked away laughing, according to witnesses.

The victim was taken to Boston Medical Center, where he was treated for a broken nose, serious bruising across his torso and other injuries.

At the state police barracks in South Boston, Scott Leader allegedly made a series of incriminating statements, including that he and his brother "tuned up" an "illegal immigrant," and that his behavior was acceptable because the victim was homeless and Hispanic.

According to police, one brother also told officers that Republican presidential candidate Trump "was right" about deporting "all these illegals."

Trump later condemned the beating.

This isn' the first time these two Boston brothers have been in trouble with the law. Criminal records show both were involved in assaults on police officers, as well as other unprovoked racially motivated attacks.

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<![CDATA[Delta Joins Other Airlines in New Policy on Pets]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 14:54:25 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/022111+delta+airlines+generic.jpg

Early next year, Delta Air Lines will stop allowing flyers to check their pets as their luggage, a policy some other airlines have already adopted.

After March 1, some small dogs, cats and other pets can fly in the aircraft cabin for a fee, but larger dogs and other pets must be shipped in a plane’s cargo hold through Delta Cargo for flights within the United States.

Delta joins other airlines that do not accept pets as checked baggage, including JetBlue, Southwest and United Airlines.

Some exceptions on Delta: pets traveling with members of the U.S. military with active transfer orders, service animals and emotional support animals.

American Airlines’ policy to allow pets to be checked as luggage remains unchanged.

A website about traveling with pets, Bring Fido, details the policies of a number of airlines.

The Humane Society of the United States recommends bringing your pet with you in the cabin if air travel is necessary.

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<![CDATA[Russian Pilot Speaks Out After Rescued in Syria]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 12:06:41 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/RussianJet-AP_513204754015.jpg

The Russian pilot rescued in Syria after his jet was shot down by Turkey said Wednesday he was eager to get back to the battlefield, NBC News reported.

"Our military medics can work wonders," Capt. Konstantin Murtakhtin said on Russian television after a 12-hour rescue mission brought him to safety at Russia's base in Latakia. "I am very eager to be discharged from the hospital to get back to the ranks."

"I have a little debt to pay back for the commander," Murtakhtin added, referring to his colleague Lt. Col. Oleg Peshkov, who Moscow said died in the ordeal.

Russia has awarded Murtakhtin an Order of Courage medal. Peshkov was posthumously given the Hero of Russia award — one of the highest honorary titles bestowed by the Russian government.

Meanwhile, Turkey's Foreign Ministry said Wednesday the foreign ministers of Turkey and Russia have agreed to meet for talks over the downing of the warplane, The Associated Press reported. But Russia's foreign minister said a meeting hadn't been confirmed.

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<![CDATA[Laquan McDonald Protests in Chicago]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 09:11:32 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-498665158.jpg

More than 500 protesters marched through Chicago for nearly 9 hours Tuesday after officials released the dash-cam video showing the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald by a Chicago police officer last year.

The march began just before 4:30 p.m., when about 75 demonstrators gathered in the 700 block of West Maxwell during a press conference with Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy, where officials released the dash-cam video, which had been described as "graphic" and "chilling."

About 30 to 40 people later met inside an art gallery on Halsted Street following the release of the video. The group told NBC Chicago they had gathered to reflect on the video and discuss their emotions upon seeing it. As more people joined the group, they later marched to Roosevelt Road, about one block away, chanting "Is this a joke? They think it's a joke!"

Many of the demonstrators directed anger at police and prosecutors for filing charges against Officer Jason Van Dyke more than a year after he fatally shot McDonald. Chicago police officers and state police walked alongside the protesters.

The march continued east on Roosevelt Road to Michigan Avenue and then northbound on Michigan to Congress. They later marched southbound again in the direction of police headquarters. 

The protests throughout the city were mostly peaceful, but there were many tense moments. At least one man was arrested for allegedly punching a Chicago police officer during the marches.

Another man could be seen coming within inches of a Chicago police officer’s face, in a stare-down that lasted several minutes. At another point, crowds blocked the entrance to the Eisenhower Expressway, stopping traffic.

As the crowds grew, the chants from the marchers grew louder.

“Sixteen! Sixteen! Sixteen!” chanted many, referencing how many time McDonald was shot by officer Jason Van Dyke in the deadly confrontation caught on tape.

More than a year after the October 2014 shooting, a judge ordered the release of the dash-cam video this month. An attorney for the McDonald family described the video as showing McDonald holding a small knife and walking away from officers when one unexpectedly opens fire, spraying the teen with more than a dozen bullets and continuing to shoot as McDonald lies lifeless on the ground.

During the press conference, McCarthy said his department has been prepared for the day the video is released "for quite some time." 

"People have a right to be angry. People have a right to protest. People have a right to free speech, but they do not have a right to commit criminal acts," McCarthy said. "At the end of the day, the Chicago Police Department is trained for, and we're world leaders in, mass demonstrations. We're prepared to facilitate people's first amendment right to free speech, but we will be intolerant of criminal behavior here in the city of Chicago." 

City and community leaders met with Mayor Rahm Emanuel and urged residents to avoid inciting unrest following the release of the video.

Attorneys for McDonald's family released a statement on their behalf Tuesday calling for "calm in Chicago" and asked any demonstrators not to resort to violence.

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<![CDATA[New Wi-Fi-Enabled Barbie Can Be Hacked: Researchers ]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 15:33:51 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/barbie+investigates.jpg

She looks like all the others before her: perfect hair, cute outfit, dynamite body. But she’s nothing like her predecessors. America’s most iconic toy has evolved. “Hello Barbie” is the world’s first artificial intelligence-enabled Barbie doll.

She is connected to Wi-Fi, remembers what a child says and is able to carry on a conversation, making her seem like she is alive.

“She can actually talk to you,” said 9-year-old Zsofia. “And not fake talking.” Those expressions are stored in the cloud and accessed from a smart phone.

But NBC 5 Investigates found parents are not the only ones able to get that information.

Click through for more from NBC Chicago's investigation.

<![CDATA['A Frightening Time': Muslims Face Bigotry After Paris Attacks]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 19:08:30 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/meriden+mosque+1200.jpg

In the weeks since terrorists killed 130 people in Paris and wounded hundreds more, bullet holes were found at a mosque in Connecticut, threats were called in to two others in Florida and a man left a fake bomb outside a fourth in Virginia.

More than 30 of the country's governors announced that Syrian refugees were not welcome in their states, while Southwest Airlines tried to keep a Philadelphia pizza parlor owner and his friend off a flight after a fellow passenger heard them speaking Arabic.

And Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump, who had already suggested a registry for Muslims, revived a debunked claim that they celebrated in the streets of New Jersey as the Twin Towers fell.

"They don't need to blame all the Muslims because the ISIS are Muslims," said Omar Alnajjar, 16, outside the Mocha Hookah shop on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn, New York. "We're Muslim but we're not like them."

"They just kill anybody," he said. "They're terrorists."

He and 14-year-old Ezzaldeen Alkushtary both came from Yemen eight years ago and both believed that if they lived elsewhere in the United States they would face discrimination. Alkushtary said that Muslims are replacing black Americans as targets.

Comments like Trump's are fueling Islamophobia across the country, said Abdul Mubarak-Rowe, the communications director of the New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. So are comments from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who said that not even Syrian orphans younger than 5 should be admitted to the United States.

"Of course we are very disturbed by what we are hearing and what are seeing," Mubarak-Rowe said. "It's very unfortunate that these candidates seem to want to promote bigotry and racism in order to appeal to a very narrow base of their constituency."

A group of Muslim leaders in New Jersey came together after the Paris attacks to condemn them and to insist that Islam provided no rationale for such deadly acts.

"There is no cause or injustice done to anyone that can ever justify killing of innocent human beings," they said.

Muslims routinely speak out against terrorist attacks and yet are ignored, Mubarak-Rowe said.

"We denounce them continuously," he said. "It is not something that is found in Islam at all and we speak out vociferously against it."

Hate crimes against Muslims as tracked by the FBI are on the rise even as attacks against other groups fell. There were 154 attacks in 2014, up from 135 in 2013, according to the figures released earlier this month. Most reglious attacks continued to be anti-Jewish — 609 in 2014.

But the Southern Poverty Law Center argues that crimes against Muslims are likely to be much higher than the official numbers, up to 6,000 by the group's estimates.

Farhana Khera, the president and executive director of Muslim Advocates, an Oakland, California-based legal and education organization, noted that the year began with the killing of three Muslim students in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Threats have continued, particularly in the last 10 days, Khera said.

"This has definitely been a very frightening time for American Muslims," she said.

"The reckless and irresponsible rhetoric from a number of public officials is creating this toxic climate where for some, it's sending the message that it's essentially open season to harass, attack and discriminate against American Muslims. So this is a very, very deeply disturbing time."

Her group is calling for further federal investigations of at least two of the attacks on mosques.

In Meriden, Connecticut, the Baitul Aman mosque was riddled with bullets over the weekend following the Paris killings. Gov. Dannel Malloy later visited and officials say they have a suspect.

"Love for all, hatred for none," Salaam Bhatti, a spokesman for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA, said afterward. "That is what we will continue to do, and no terrorist can make us back down from that."

The same weekend, threatening phone messages were left at two mosques in the Tampa Bay area -- at the Islamic Society of St. Petersburg and the Islamic Society of Pinellas County. Hatem Jaber, a volunteer at the St. Petersburg mosque said that the caller threatened to firebomb the mosque. An FBI spokesman said that investigators knew who had made the call and found no plan to carry out the threats. 

The most recent threat, the fake bomb in Fairfax County, Virginia, was found on Thursday at the Dar al-Hijrah mosque in Falls Church. A 27-year-old man has been charged.

At the A-Halal Meat Market and Grocery in Brooklyn, the owner, 55-year-old Saeed Ahmad, denounced the Paris attackers. Like others along Atlantic Avenue, he said they were not true Muslims. He is frightened, he said, but of terrorists, and even in his native Pakistan.

"I never send my children to Pakistan," he said.

Were they to visit, he would worry about kidnappers and attackers who do not know who they are killing in their assaults.

"They are killing children too," he said. "Sometimes I want to go to Pakistan and I'm scared. Honestly, I'm so safe here in America. How can I send my children over there?"

But another businessman who declined to give his name said he did fear a backlash against Muslims, especially with politicians like Trump stirring anger.

Heading into Ahmad's meat market, 46-year-old Mohamad Moazeb said Muslims needed to support the United States, where everyone has opportunity.

"Muslims love America," said Moazeb, who moved from Yemen in 1985. "Trust me. There's no doubt about it."

Moazeb had no comment about Trump, other to say that like Trump he was in real estate, but he knew whom he would favor for president should he run: former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. 

Meanwhile a woman in another Brooklyn neighborhood, Bedford Stuyvesant, reported that a postal worker spit on her and shouted anti-Muslim slurs after she bumped into him with her baby carriage. The postal worker was accused with aggravated harassment and other charges, according to the New York Police Department.

In Jersey City, New Jersey, where Trump claimed thousands of people cheered the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center, Muslims are outraged. 

"It is insulting, it is hurtful and it makes us not feel like a real American," said Egyptian-born teacher Nabil Youssef, who said he donated blood on Sept. 11.

Khera said her group appreciated that some people were standing up to anti-Muslim sentiment, the way that the quarterback of the Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers, did when a fan shouted out an slur against Muslims during a moment of silence for the French victims before a Sunday game.

"I must admit, I was very disappointed with whoever the fan was that made a comment that was very inappropriate during the moment of silence," Rodgers said.

The pizza parlor owner, Maher Khalil and his friend, Anas Ayyad, called police when they were asked to step aside as their plane home to Philadelphia was boarding in Chicago. The men, who moved to Philadelphia from Palestine 15 years ago, were allowed onto the plane after a delay.

"If that person doesn't feel safe, let them take the bus," Khalil told a Southwest Airlines agent. "We're American citizens just like everybody else."

And getting lots of attention on Twitter is Tayyib M. Rashid, who tweeted: "Hey @realDonaldTrump, I'm an American Muslim and I already carry a special ID badge. Where's yours?"

Below, the now retired U.S. Marine from Chicago posted his Armed Forces of the United States identification card.

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<![CDATA[Analysis: Why Russia-Turkey Spat Won't Start World War III]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 13:02:39 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_187574577692.jpg

When Turkey shot a Russian warplane out of the sky on Tuesday for allegedly violating its airspace, the reaction was swift.

Russia's government called it a "criminal" act and vowed retaliation, while NATO quickly backed alliance-member Turkey's version of events.

The incident set off frantic fearmongering about a new Cold War and saw "WWIII" rise as a Twitter trend, but appears to have been downgraded to a diplomatic ding, NBC News reported.

That may have been partly because NATO's treaty states that an attack on one member state constitutes an attack on all. That principle of collective defense is enshrined in Article 5 of the alliance's treaty — and was invoked for the first time in wake of the 9/11 terror attacks on the U.S.

But analysts say this week's incident involving the Russian Su-24 jet just doesn't measure up.

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<![CDATA[FDA Approves New, Boosted Flu Vaccine]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 12:25:16 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/flue-shot.jpg

The Food and Drug Administration approved a new type of flu vaccine called Fluad that uses a compound to help stimulate the patient’s immune system, NBC News reported. 

Fluad contains MF59, an adjuvant made out of an oil-in-water mixture that includes squalene, an oily nutrient produced by the liver, and some preservatives. The vaccine was made specifically for people who are 65 and over.

Seniors are the most vulnerable segment of the population, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC estimate that 80 to 90 percent of seasonal flu-related deaths are from people in that age group.

U.S. government officials have been cautious about using MF59 in vaccines because so many Americans are fearful of vaccines — and especially of new ingredients. But they are widely used in Europe and Canada. Fluad has been in use since 1997 and the FDA says it's been shown to be safe.

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<![CDATA[Durant's New Sneaker Is Taboo to Some in Prince George's]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 22:09:24 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/KD8+PG+County.jpg

With his latest Nike sneaker, Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant attempted to pay homage to the Maryland county where his journey to NBA all-star and MVP began, but some find it offensive.

The $180 sneaker, which goes on sale Wednesday, is called the KD8 ‘P.G. County,’ and that abbreviation of “Prince George’s” upsets some in the county. For years, using “PG” has been considered taboo.

“We would certainly prefer that it was ‘Prince George’s County,’” said Barry Hudson, the county executive’s spokesman.

The county reached out to Nike when it learned of the name.

“Actually sent a letter to Nike kind of giving them some idea of the nature of the term ‘Prince George’s County’ versus ‘PG County’ just to let them know that it is, to many in the county, a pejorative,” Hudson said.

Melvin McCray, who once coached Durant at the Seat Pleasant Activity Center, said the name of the shoe makes perfect sense. Durant has donated tens of thousands of dollars to the facility where a room is named in his honor.

“Whether it’s ‘PG County,’ whether it’s ‘Prince George’s County,’ I just think we all should just enjoy the moment and just embrace it,” McCray said.

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<![CDATA[5 Arrested During 9-Hour Protest Over Slain Chicago Teen ]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 15:12:56 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/176*120/GettyImages-498664900.jpg

Five people were arrested Tuesday night, one for allegedly punching a Chicago police officer, while hundreds marched throughout the city in a largely peaceful protest over the killing of Laquan McDonald.

Malcolm London, 22, is charged with felony aggravated battery on accusations of wielding a punch to a police officer. By 2 p.m. Wednesday, the charges against him were dropped and he was free to go. 

London was one of hundreds of protestors who took to the streets after city officials released dash-cam video showing the shooting death of 17-year-old McDonald at the hands of a Chicago police officer.

Other people arrested were Dean Vanriper, 38, on three separate counts including felony possession of a controlled substance and two misdemeanor counts for unlawful use of a taser and a knife; and 25-year-old Johnae Strong, 26-year-old May Page and 24-year-old Troy Alim all on isolated accounts of resisting a police officer. It was not immediately clear if those arrested had lawyers. 

Chicago Police Department spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi said that outside of the incidents that led to the five separate arrests, the protest was otherwise respectful.

"The Chicago Police Department supports citizens’ First Amendment rights and goes to great lengths to ensure those rights can be exercised," Guglielmi said in a statement Wednesday morning. "While on the whole last night’s demonstrations were peaceful, a few isolated incidents resulted in five arrests and assaulting [of] police officers."

Guglielmi said there was no damage to any private property throughout the protests, that began around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday and lasted until the early hours of the following morning.

As the crowds grew, the chants from the marchers grew louder.

“Sixteen! Sixteen! Sixteen!” chanted as many as 500 protesters, referencing how many time McDonald was shot by officer Jason Van Dyke in the deadly confrontation caught on tape.

There were many tense moments during the protests across the city. 

One man could be seen coming within inches of a Chicago police officer’s face, in a stare-down that lasted several minutes.

At another point during the nine-hour march, crowds blocked the entrance to the Eisenhower Expressway, stopping traffic.

“We are trying to make people see this is wrong,” said one female protester. “The system is wrong and things need to be changed … Everyone takes notice of what’s happening in the world.”

NBC 5’s cameras captured at least three people put into handcuffs throughout the night.

Many of the people who protested Tuesday said the night’s protest was “just the beginning.”

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<![CDATA[Downing of Warplane a 'Planned Provocation': Russia]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 07:50:34 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_515752040183.jpg

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Wednesday that Turkey's downing of a Russian warplane it said had strayed into its territory was a "planned provocation," NBC News reported. 

"We have serious doubts it was an unplanned act. It looks like pre-planned action," Lavrov said.

He said the Kremlin had no intention "to go to war with Turkey" and said that "our attitude to the Turkish people hasn't changed." But he warned that Moscow would reassess its relations with Ankara after the incident.

Russia has been bombing militants trying to overthrow Syria's President Bashar Assad, a key Russian ally.

Turkey's Foreign Ministry issued a statement late Tuesday saying "we have no intentions whatsoever to escalate the situation. Our contacts with the Russian authorities are ongoing to this end."

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<![CDATA[Trump Says He Can Predict Terrorism Via 'Feel']]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 00:19:39 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/TrumpSC-AP_314879649945.jpg

Business deals aren’t the only thing Donald Trump says he’s good at executing. The Republican front-runner told South Carolina voters he can also predict foreign policy trends and events, NBC News reported.

"The other thing I predicted is terrorism," he told the crowd before elaborating on a longer story of a friend who told him the same. "A friend of mind called me and said 'Forget that, you're the first guy that really predicted terrorism.'"

Trump said his prediction of terrorism was documented in this 2000 book “The America We Deserve.”

He's also been touting his idea of bombing Iraqi oilfields and his stance on waterboarding.

He was joined in South Carolina by wife, Melania, and children, Ivanka, Tiffany and Baron.

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<![CDATA[Chicago Releases Dash-Cam Video of Teen's Fatal Shooting]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 16:28:18 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Dashcam+Vid.png

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Chicago officials on Tuesday released "graphic" and "chilling" video showing an officer fatally shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times. The footage has been described as something that "will tear at the hearts of all Chicagoans."

In the dash-cam video, which a judge ordered police to release by Nov. 25, Laquan McDonald first appears about 5 minutes, 16 seconds in, and is seen walking down a street. The teen, who police say was armed with a knife, walks diagonally across the street, away from police officers at the scene. 

Seconds later, an officer opens fire, and McDonald falls to the ground. At that point, the officer who fired is no longer in view, but McDonald's body appears to jerk repeatedly from additional gunshots. 

Though no audio is heard in the footage, up to three puffs of smoke, which prosecutors say were identified as "clouds of debris," are seen rising from the ground near his body. 

Another officer then kicks an object away from McDonald. The video does not show anyone at the scene performing aid on McDonald after the shooting. 

In the moments before the video was made public, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy called for peace and calm. 

"I believe this is a moment that can build bridges of understanding rather than become a barrier of misunderstanding," Emanuel said, adding that it is "fine to be passionate, but it is essential that it remain peaceful."

Emanuel noted that he will "see [the video] when it becomes public like everyone else." 

The release comes on the same day the Cook County State's Attorney's office charged Officer Jason Van Dyke with first-degree murder in the shooting. Van Dyke was ordered held without bail and is expected to appear in court again Monday. 

"We’ve been prepared for this day to come for quite some time," McCarthy said. 

He later added, "We are not predicting doom and gloom, we are predicting protests."

Prosecutors said in court Tuesday that the shooting happened within 15 seconds, but for 13 of those seconds McDonald was on the ground. They added the video "clearly does not show McDonald advancing toward [Van Dyke]."

Police said the shooting was in self-defense and that McDonald lunged at the officer with a knife while authorities were investigating car break-ins in a trucking yard.

"I’ve been a prosecutor for nearly 30 years," Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez said in Tuesday press conference. "I have personally investigated and prosecuted numerous cases of police misconduct and public corruption, I’ve been involved in hundreds of murder investigations and trials, and I’ve seen some of the most violent and graphic evidence and crime scene photos that you can only imagine. To watch a 17-year-old young man die in such a violent manner is simply disturbing and I have absolutely no doubt that this video will tear at the hearts of all Chicagoans."

Attorney Dan Herbert has argued the video alone is not enough to determine if Van Dyke "acted inappropriately" when he fatally shot McDonald, though he has described the footage as "graphic and violent" and "difficult to watch." He said outside the courtroom Tuesday that the case needs to be tried in a courtroom, "not in the streets or in the media."

Alvarez revealed that Van Dyke was one of eight officers who responded to the scene on Oct. 20, 2014 after a caller reported a man was breaking into cars and stealing from them on the city's Southwest Side. It was later discovered that the suspect was armed with a knife.

Alvarez said Van Dyke was at the scene for less than 30 seconds before he started shooting, and opened fire six seconds after he got out of the car. Van Dyke was the only one of the eight officers at the scene to open fire, she said.

McDonald suffered wounds to the scalp, neck, left chest, right chest, left elbow, left forearm, right upper arm, right upper arm, right hand, right upper leg, left upper back and right lower back. An autopsy confirmed he was shot a total of 16 times and had PCP in his system.

The footage has been described as "disturbing" and so graphic that McDonald’s mother is concerned its release will prompt an uproar. Attorney Mike Robbins, who represents the McDonald family, said Thursday McDonald's mother "is not looking forward to the day this is released."

"Police officers are entrusted to uphold the law, and to provide safety to our residents," Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a statement. "In this case unfortunately, it appears an officer violated that trust at every level."

Herbert maintained that he’s confident Van Dyke's actions were "not only lawful, but also within department policy and within his training."

Alvarez said that while she does not oppose the release of the dash-cam footage, she joins other city leaders in urging those who see it to "show respect and restraint in their actions."

"Violent actions will not honor the life of Laquan and it will do nothing to hold this defendant accountable for his actions," she said.

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<![CDATA['Cannot Succumb to Fear': U.S., France United Against ISIS]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 13:48:00 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_684794480276.jpg

President Barack Obama said Tuesday the U.S. stands "united in total solidarity" with France following the Paris massacre to "deliver justice to these terrorists and to defend our nations."

Standing alongside French counterpart François Hollande, Obama said ISIS “cannot be tolerated and must be destroyed. And we must do it together.”

"We cannot succumb to fear," Obama said.

As his nation reels from attacks that left 130 dead just under two weeks ago, Hollande has been on a mission to get the international community to bolster the campaign against the Islamic State.

He said Tuesday he and Obama have agreed to broaden the scope of the airstrikes against ISIS in Syria and Iraq. Obama stressed that Russia could play a role in efforts against ISIS if it's willing to focus on defeating the terror group.

Hollande met with British Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday and will meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday. On Thursday, Hollande will meet with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in Moscow.

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<![CDATA[Crying Newborn Found in NYC Church Nativity Scene]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 17:41:19 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/baby+nativity+nyc.jpg

UPDATE: Video Shows Woman Buying Towel to Swaddle Newborn Before Baby Found in Church Nativity Scene

A wailing newborn baby was found with his umbilical cord attached inside a nativity scene at a Queens church, police say. 

The baby was discovered by a maintenance worker at the Holy Child Jesus Catholic Church in Richmond Hill Monday at about noon, according to the New York Police Department.

The Rev. Christopher Ryan Heanue told NBC 4 New York the worker was cleaning inside the church when he heard the baby crying inside the nativity scene, which had been set up earlier than usual this year. 

"The secretary burst in and said, 'Father, there's an emergency in the church, you have to come,'" Heanue said. 

Inside Baby Jesus' spot in the manger was a newborn, a few hours old at most, Heanue estimated. Bishop Octavio Cisnero, also there, couldn't believe his eyes.

"There was a baby, wrapped in swaddling clothes, in a towel," said Cisnero.  "The umbilical cord was still hanging from the baby." 

EMTs checked out the baby, and he appeared to be healthy. 

Heanue said surveillance video captured a woman entering the church about 20 minutes before the baby was found.

"A woman did come into the church with some bag, left the church and the bag was sort of dangling in the wind," he said. 

It's not clear who the woman is from the video, he said, but police are investigating. 

The church is considered a Safe Haven under state law, which allows a parent to safely leave a newborn baby up to 30 days of age anonymously and without fear of prosecution at suitable locations, like at hospitals, firehouses or police stations. But the law also requires the child to be left with an appropriate person or for someone to be contacted right away. 

It's not clear if the woman will face charges if she's identified. 

Heanue said the parish has taken a special interest in the baby and some members have expressed an interest in adopting. 

Cisneros said "it means that people care, and they're willing to come in and help and give this new life a future." 

"This child, we believe, is a gift, almost, to this parish," said Heanue. 

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<![CDATA[Paris Ringleader Visited Terror Scenes After the Attacks]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 17:40:42 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Paris-Attacks-AP_74979466721.jpg

The suspected ringleader of the Nov. 13 terror attacks in Paris took part in the assaults on a cafe and restaurant and visited the crime scenes later that night — even as police special forces stormed a concert venue where 89 people were slaughtered, Paris Prosecutor Francois Molins said Tuesday.

After the attacks unfolded, Abdelhamid Abaaoud traveled around central Paris, Molins said, citing cell phone tracking data, NBC News reported.

The data show that Abaaoud stopped near the locations where he and other gunmen and suicide bombers launched simultaneous assaults, killing 130 and injuring hundreds more, Molins said. That included the Bataclan, where gunmen and bombers attacked a sold-out concert by the American rock band Eagles of Death Metal.

Abaaoud also apparently spoke by cell phone with Bilal Hadfi before he blew himself up outside Stade de France along with two other suicide bombers, Molins said.

Abaaoud was killed during a police operation in the Saint-Denis neighborhood outside of Paris, on Wednesday, Nov. 18.

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<![CDATA[Army World War II Veteran Receives Overdue Medals]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 11:01:11 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Fred+Carlage+1200.jpg

An Army veteran was finally presented with long-overdue medals for the service he gave to the country during World War II many years ago.

Fred Carlage, 99, was honored in a ceremony on Tuesday at the Killingly Community Center in Danielson, Connecticut, where one of the state’s senators handed the medals to him personally.

“Here you are Fred,” U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal said, handing the medals to Carlage.

During his service, Carlage has earned and received the Air Medal and the Asiatic Pacific Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters. He also earned the World War II Victory Medal and World War II Lapel button, but never received them – until Tuesday.

Carlage, who received a standing ovation, said the medals were a surprise.

“Humbled is the word that comes to mind," he said.

Carlage’s daughter, Sharon Wojcik, made the moment even more special when she presented him with another token.

“Dad I want you to once again have this original officer's hat,” she said.

Carlage’s face lit up as his daughter placed the hat on him and thanked everyone with a salute to his audience.

Carlage served in World War II between 1941 and 1945 and flew 47 combat missions.

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<![CDATA[Teen's Flesh-Eating Bacteria Fight]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 23:44:12 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/giancarlo+gil+flesh+eating+bacteria+recovery+1124+2.jpg

The mother of a San Diego-area teenager fighting for his life against a flesh-eating bacteria thanked the community Tuesday for their support, saying the family was overwhelmed with the outpouring of love. 

"You really don't realize what an impact you have on people's lives until you go through something major like this," mother Silvia Gil said. "And it's just amazing how we were overwhelmed by the outpour of love and support with family and friends."

Giancarlo Gil, 14, a Chula Vista High School freshman has undergone more than 11 surgeries at Rady Children's Hospital after complaining of pain in his calf Saturday, Sept. 26 after playing baseball. His condition quickly changed and Gil was taken to urgent care and then to the emergency room.

Only once he was admitted and authorities treated him for shock and other immediate issues did doctors realize the extent of the swelling and injury to his tissue. 

John Bradley, a Pediatric Infectious Disease doctor, said the teen contracted a strain of Group A Strep that ate through his tissues and destroyed blood vessels and nerves. 

"Unlike regular strep, which just causes local inflammation, the flesh eating strep that was the cause of his infection, just ate through the tissues destroying blood vessels and nerves, allowing the strep to spread very, very quickly," said Bradley.

Surgeons performed a series of surgeries on the young teen, taking out only what they needed to take out, but at one point, two orthopedic surgeons discovered all of the muscle in his lower leg had died. 

Doctors originally amputated the teen's leg to the knee and then days later the leg had to be amputated all the way up to his groin.

Throughout the entire process, Gil said the family has leaned on their faith and the overwhelming support of their family and friends.

"It's been a rough two months, needless to say. That's definite," she said. "But definitely we want to thank God, first and foremost. We are family of faith, and we know that our faith is the one thing that has truly sustained us throughout this whole ordeal."

Though the Giancarlo has been in the hospital for two months, his mother says it's "seemed like we've been here for two years."

She is thankful for everyone that has gone to donate blood for Giancarlo while he was losing a lot of blood, for those that offered prayers and for those that offered their love and support. 

"It's just amazing to look back and to see how quickly my son has truly recovered. It's unbelievable," the mother said. 

"I can never say thank you enough," she said. 

Bradley said the parents did the right thing, bringing him into the ER. 

"I told mom and dad if they had waited even six hours more, he would have died," Bradley said.

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<![CDATA[Mailman Follows, Spits at Woman in Muslim Garb in NYC: Police]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 20:23:05 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/mailman-hijab-arrest-nypd.jpg

A postal worker has been accused of spitting on and shouting anti-Muslim slurs at a 30-year-old woman in a hijab in Brooklyn last week, according to the NYPD.

Danton Coley, of Brooklyn, has been charged with acting in an manner injurious to a child, aggravated harassment and menacing after the exchange in a grocery store on Nostrand Avenue on Friday. 

Authorities say that Coley allegedly began yelling at the woman and her sister after she bumped into him while pushing her baby stroller. He followed the women into a grocery store and kept shouting before eventually running away. Surveillance video captured the encounter.

"She heard 'Muslim' and other derogatory words, and that guy said something I think like, 'I'm going to burn down your temple,' and then the person proceeded to spit in her face and elbow her," according to the sisters' attorney, Mustapha Ndanusa. 

The USPS said its Office of Inspector General was notified about the incident late Monday night. 

Ndanusa said his clients aren't ready to speak publicly about the incident but the sisters were on their way home from a nearby mosque before the encounter inside the store. 

Ndanusa said startled bystanders asked the alleged victim, "'Why is your husband or boyfriend treating you like this?' And she said, 'I don't know who this guy is. Never seen him a day in my life.'"

Police say the NYPD's Hate Crimes Task Force was investigating the case. It's not clear if Coley will face hate-crime charges.

No one answered at his Brooklyn home, and Coley did not respond to reporters when he was led from the police station after his arrest. It's not clear if he has an attorney. 

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<![CDATA[Dad Accused of Abducting Son 13 Years Ago]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 22:36:50 -0500 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Abduction-151104-bobby-hernandezmn-2130_bf16bb02b3932c796f09eb57a208cef6.nbcnews-ux-2880-1000.jpg

A former Alabama man accused of kidnapping his son 13 years ago was indicted on 32 counts in Ohio, prosecutors announced.

Bobby Hernandez, 53, was indicted on six counts of kidnapping, four counts of interference with custody, 11 counts of interfering with custody and other forgery charges for allegedly taking his 5-year-old son from Alabama in 2002, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty said, NBC News reported.

The alleged abduction was discovered after Hernandez' son, Julian, was looking to apply to colleges and encountered problems verifying his Social Security number, officials have said.

Julian Hernandez, now 18, did not previously know he was abducted, officials said.

The FBI said it received a tip on Oct. 30 that a missing person from Alabama might be living in the area, it confirmed the identity and Bobby Hernandez was arrested.

Photo Credit: Cuyahoga County Jail]]>