<![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 Sat, 10 Oct 2015 10:26:17 -0400 Sat, 10 Oct 2015 10:26:17 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Blasts at Turkish Peace Rally Kill at Least 86]]> Sat, 10 Oct 2015 10:16:38 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_366162903139.jpg

At least 86 people were killed and 186 injured in twin bomb explosions Saturday outside the main train station in the Turkish capital Ankara where protesters were gathering for a peace march, prosecutors said, NBC News reported.

"I heard one big explosion first and tried to cover myself as the windows broke. Right away there was the second one," said Serdar, 37, who was working at a newspaper stand in the station. "There was shouting and crying and I stayed under the newspapers for a while. I could smell burnt flesh."

In the chaotic aftermath of the blasts, the death toll continued to climb. Health minister Mehmet Muezinoglu said 62 people died at the scene while 24 others died after being taken to the hospital.

The blasts came ahead of a planned political rally by labor unions and aid groups protesting the country's conflict with Kurdish militants in southeast Turkey.

The cause of the blasts was not immediately clear, but a senior Turkish security official told Reuters that they were the result of a suicide bombing.

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<![CDATA[Cosby Accusers Speak Out in 'Dateline' Special]]> Sat, 10 Oct 2015 01:51:07 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/150930-bill-cosby-accusers.jpg

Twenty-nine women who accuse comedian Bill Cosby of sexual assault spoke out in an NBC "Dateline" special Friday.

The alleged crimes described in an hour-long broadcast spanned decades, beginning in the 1960s. Many accusers said they were introduced to the comedian professionally and believed that he would mentor them in their careers. After establishing trust, many allege that he betrayed them, giving them pills that knocked them out so that he could rape them.

"This drug lasted two to three days so by the time you came out of this state you still are questioning purely yourself," said Beth Ferrier, a woman who says that she was drugged by Cosby in the 1980s.

The interview was timed to coincide with Cosby's scheduled deposition Friday in the case of a woman who accused Cosby of molesting her at the Playboy Mansion in 1974, when she was 15.

Cosby's representatives have denied the allegations against him. 

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<![CDATA[Student Spared in Oregon Shooting Describes Attack]]> Sat, 10 Oct 2015 05:51:54 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_925173610712.jpg

A student whose life was spared during the mass shooting last week at an Oregon community college shared the harrowing details of the attack in a statement released on Friday.

Mathew Downing, 18, says that the gunman inexplicably chose him to bear witness and then deliver a flashdrive to police. 

"He looked directly at me and said hey kid with the glasses you are the lucky one, I will not shoot you if you give this to the cops," Downing said in the statement.

He went on to describe the attack that left nine of his classmates at Umpqua Community College dead and an additional nine wounded. The Oct. 1 mass shooting ended when gunman Christopher Harper-Mercer, 26, killed himself after he was wounded by police.

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<![CDATA[Joe Biden's Campaign Delay Could Cost Him in Iowa]]> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 21:02:34 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/biden-GettyImages-467221349.jpg

The caucuses in Iowa are less than four months away, and Vice President Joe Biden’s long will-he-run-won’t-he-run drama may be hurting his chances in the early battleground state as his rivals are progressively solidifying their campaign infrastructures

As Biden mulls whether to jump into the presidential race, the rest of the Democratic field are securing commitments from activists around Iowa, NBC News reported.

"I'm for Hillary because Joe Biden hasn't started raising money, and he hasn't said anything about a platform," Gloria Gardner, 63, a retired Wal-Mart clerk in Council Bluffs, said on Wednesday. "I think it's too late for him if he even tried. And I don't know if his heart is really in it."

The Draft Biden effort has just two paid staffers on the ground compared to Hillary Clinton's 78 and Sanders' 60 organizers.

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<![CDATA[21 Years of Nobel Peace Laureates]]> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 07:19:01 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/nobel-lead-image.jpg The Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet, winner of the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize, joins a long list of laureates that includes President Barack Obama, Pakistani activist for female education Malala Yousafzai, former President Jimmy Carter and South Africa's anti-apartheid revolutionary Nelson Mandela. Here is the list from the past 20 years. The first award dates back to 1901.

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<![CDATA[Child Care Costs Exceed Rent in Many States]]> Sat, 10 Oct 2015 06:16:27 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-488834318.jpg

The high cost of sending your child to college weighs heavy on the minds of many parents, but a new study reveals another financial burden many Americans families are facing — unaffordable child care.

Child care costs for families with two children exceed rent in four out of five communities across the country, according to the Economic Policy Institute’s study “High Quality Child Care Is Out of Reach for Working Families.”

The EPI, a non-profit workers’ advocacy group, found that child care costs for two-child families range from about half as much as rent in San Francisco to nearly three times rent in Binghamton, New York.

The study’s authors, senior economist Elise Gould and research assistant Tanyell Cook, gauge the cost of child care across the country and illustrate the difficulties families have in meeting the costs.

What it takes to get by varies greatly across the country. A family of four living in New York, New York, must earn a median annual income of $98,722 to secure an adequate standard of living, according to the EPI’s calculations of a basic family budget. Yet, with the minimum wage in the state at $8.75 per hour, two full-time working parents only make $36,400 annually — assuming both parents works 40 hours per week, 52 weeks per year.

In Dallas, Texas, the annual income necessary to ensure a modest standard of living is $61,150 for a family of four. But with a minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, the annual income for two full-time working parents falls short of securing an adequate standard of living by 50 percent.

This reality leaves few options for families, especially single mothers, with sparse financial resources.

The report points out that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends that child care cost no more than 10 percent of a family’s income. But according to the EPI analysis, nowhere in the United States does infant care or child care for a 4-year-old cost less than 30 percent of a minimum-wage worker’s annual wages.

In fact, a large share of annual earnings from a full-time, full-year minimum-wage job must be devoted to child care. In California, that share is 63.5 percent for an infant while in Washington, D.C. — the highest in the nation at 102.6 percent — a minimum-wage workers is unable to bear the expense of child care. That percentage drops 8 to 20 points if your child is still is a toddler.

“The fact that child care is such a large part of families’ budgets underscores the need for a government solution,” Gould said in a press release. “It will take bold policy action to make high quality, dependable child care accessible to every family that needs it.”

But lower income families aren’t the only ones feeling the pinch of high-cost care.

The finding, published Tuesday, reveal child care costs for a 4-year-old exceed the average cost of in-state tuition at public 4-year institutions in 24 states, as well the nation’s capital. Infant care expenses, meanwhile, exceed the average in-state tuition for public colleges in 33 states and D.C.

“The high and rising cost of college tuition is well known,” Cooke said in the study’s press release. “But surprisingly, child care is an equally if not more onerous expense. In more than half the states, child care is a bigger expense than even in-state tuition at a 4-year public college.”


<![CDATA[D.C. Tex-Mex Restaurant Becomes Lunchtime Seat of House Power]]> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 21:12:35 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/20151009+Tortilla+Coast.jpg

Tortilla Coast has been around for more than 20 years, but in Washington, everyone wants a seat at this table.

The Capitol Hill Tex-Mex restaurant is the chosen hangout for a group of about 40 conservative Republicans called the House Freedom Caucus.

The caucus -- which the White House has dubbed the Tortilla Coast caucus -- meets in the restaurant's private basement dining room every week. Capitol Hill oral history has it that this is where strategy was plotted during the 2013 government shutdown.

And recent reports indicate the caucus has been meeting here as John Boehner announced he is stepping down as House speaker and majority leader Kevin McCarthy dropped out of the race to replace him.

Not that the restaurant is going to confirm that. 

"I read that as well. I can't really speak to the veracity of that as I was not involved in any their discussions," said Will Westbrook, an assistant manager at the restaurant, with a neither-confirm-nor-deny aplomb that would stand him well in a congressional hearing.

But the guests are a little more forthcoming. 

"They're down there talking about most things that go before the House," said Matt Fuller, who covers House leadership for Roll Call. "Certainly they're talking about the speaker election and what they want from it."

The location can't be beat -- down the street from the House office buildings and just past the National Republican Club of Capitol Hill.

Plus, chili con queso can be had for less than $6 at lunch.

"This is the place to get away and have some private conversations -- and maybe get something to eat, as well," Clinton Key, a consultant, said.

One more bit of Coast lore: Paul Ryan, who is being encouraged to run for Speaker of the House, was a Tortilla Coast waiter before he held elected office. 

"It would be kind of a full-circle moment if Paul Ryan became the speaker of the house," Fuller said.

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<![CDATA[Firefighters Go Above and Beyond During Distress Call]]> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 18:58:34 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Firefighter_Good_Deed.jpg

With all of the superhero movies showing up on the big screen, it's nice to hear about some local heroes cleaning up our streets. Or in this case, cleaning up our lawns.

Firefighters from Los Angeles County Fire Department Station 94 in Lakewood were called to assist a man in his 60s on Thursday. The man was busy trimming his trees when he fell off the ladder and broke his arm.

"After we took care of him and made sure that his wife was taken care of and she knew what hospital he was going to, we started just cleaning up his yard," said Captain Mark Lepore.

The injured man was barely in the ambulance when the firefighters started finishing the cleanup job.

"I was walking back from the ambulance and saw my captain Mark Lepore raking up the debris and Vince and Ray were setting up the ladder to finish trimming his tree," Firefighter Steve Turner wrote in a Facebook post.

"It's just the little things that we like to do," he said. "It was kind of a no-brainer."

Added Lepore: "We didn't do anything that any other firefighter wouldn't do, or any other person, for that matter."

<![CDATA[DUI Suspect to Police: 'My Dog Was Driving the Car']]> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 17:57:40 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Reliford-Cooper.jpg

A Florida man was arrested in Sarasota Wednesday evening after driving into a ditch, twice, hiding in a church bathroom, and telling police that his dog was actually the one driving the car, NBC-affiliate WPTV reports.

Manatee County deputies spotted Reliford Cooper after he was speeding through residential streets. Deputies chased Cooper after he drove through a ditch, crashed his car into a house and fled.

Cooper was tracked down after a K-9 officer found his shirt in front of a nearby church, where he was hiding in the bathroom.

While he was being arrested Cooper reportedly asked deputies "Who was chasing me? You're slow as ***!"

After a deputy claimed to smell alcohol and marijuana on the suspect, Cooper said, "My dog was driving that car. I ran because I wanted to. You ain't gonna find no drugs or guns on me."

Cooper then began vomiting and was transported to the hospital. He was later taken to jail.

Jail records did not indicate attorney information for Cooper.

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<![CDATA[President Obama in Bay Area After Contentious Oregon Visit]]> Sat, 10 Oct 2015 02:36:44 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/206*120/obamamain2.PNG

Hours after visiting with grieving families in Oregon, where a school shooting took the lives of ten students last week, President Barack Obama touched down in San Francisco Friday to attend a couple of fundraising events for the Democratic National Committee.

The President arrived at 8:45 p.m. at San Francisco International Airport and was greeted by Gov. Jerry Brown and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee. His motorcade then made its way to San Francisco for a DNC Rountable, where around 20 supporters are contributing around $33,400 a person.

The President's visit comes hot on the heels of a slightly controversial visit in Roseburg, Oregon, where he received a rather tepid welcome from some community members who disagree with the President's views on gun control.

"He's not wanted here," Roseburg resident Michelle Finn told The Associated Press before the President's visit. "He's coming here purely to push his garbage, and we don't want it."

Finn organized protests near the airport where Obama's helicopter landed, the Associated Press reported.

The President's presence in San Francisco will likely receive a warmer welcome than in staunchly conservative Roseburg, Oregon.

After arriving at SFO, he will promptly head to a private residence where he will lead a roundtable discussion with members of the Democratic National Committee. Details on the discussion are being kept quiet, according to a news release, though it is expected that he will be talking with prominent donors.

On Saturday, his last day in the Bay Area, the President will be attending a fundraising concert at the Warfield in San Francisco where Kanye West is slated to perform. The two have apparently buried the hatchet since 2009, when the President called Kanye West a "jackass" for interrupting Taylor Swift's acceptance speech at the MTV Video Music Awards.

Ticket packages for the concert range from $100 to $10,000.

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<![CDATA[What Next for SeaWorld After Ban?]]> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 21:08:09 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Baby+whale+takes+a+breath.jpg

SeaWorld says denying orcas' their ability to breed is cruel, but it was unclear Friday whether the corporation will fight such a ban at its California park and risk further hurting attendance.

Company officials said they were reviewing their options a day after the California Coastal Commission approved a $100 million expansion of the tanks SeaWorld uses to hold killer whales in San Diego -- but banned breeding of the captive orcas that would live in them. The panel's decision raised an array of questions, including whether the company would proceed with the project or raise a legal challenge, possibly on whether the commission overstepped its authority.

Deciding the next step could be tricky for SeaWorld. The company has been struggling with falling stock prices and park attendance numbers since the release of the 2013 documentary "Blackfish," which suggests SeaWorld's treatment of captive orcas provokes violent behavior.

If SeaWorld abandons its expansion for its orca facility to get around having its breeding program banned, then it risks giving the public the perception that it never intended to build bigger tanks to benefit the park's 11 killer whales and would rather simply breed more in captivity, said Jennifer Fearing, a lobbyist for The Humane Society of the United States.

The ban on breeding, including through artificial insemination, would apply only to the California park and not SeaWorld facilities in other states. The commission also prohibited the sale, trade or transfer of captive orcas within the state. The amendment does provide a potential exemption for certain whales caught in the wild.

Suing the state over the ruling could be costly and time-consuming. A ruling in its favor would mean the company must return to the commission again to get another permit for its "Blue World" project, set to open in 2018, which would triple the size of existing killer whale enclosures.

SeaWorld should learn from Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey, Fearing said. That company announced in March that its three touring circuses would phase out elephant acts by 2018 because of a shift in public attitudes.

If SeaWorld moved forward with its plans under the commission's various conditions, it would win back many of its critics, Fearing said.

"It's clear where public opinion is and the unanimous vote from the California Coastal Commission only added to the barrage over the last couple years," she said. "The writing is on the wall and it's time for them to stop fighting and evolve."

Animal rights activists praised the decision as marking the end of the ocean park's use of orcas.

SeaWorld officials expressed concern: "A ban on breeding would sentence these animals to a slow extinction in our care," said John Reilly, president of SeaWorld San Diego, who rushed out of the building after the vote.

"SeaWorld maintains that's not an issue the coastal commission should be dealing with, they should either say can we approve this or can we not, and to put that condition," San Diego State University marketing professor Miro Copic told NBC 7. "I'm sure they there's going to be an appeal process for SeaWorld for that."

While animal rights groups claim victory, don't expect SeaWorld to abandon the future of it's whale shows without a fight. Ultimately it's a public relations battle.

NBC 7 asked a number of local folks if the negative publicity and recent decision has impacted their view of SeaWorld.

Some said no. One woman visiting from Vermont said her view of SeaWorld has been affected by social media, where the resounding word is to stay away.

The company declined to answer questions Friday on the ruling but sent a statement from Joel Manby, SeaWorld's president and chief executive, saying: "Depriving these social animals of the natural and fundamental right to reproduce is inhumane and we do not support this condition."

During Thursday's heated meeting attended by hundreds, SeaWorld attorney David Watson told the panel "the state of California does not have jurisdiction to regulate the management and care of marine mammal collections."

"We believe that federal law expressly pre-empts all state regulation" of the orcas, he said. "All marine mammal exhibits are regulated exclusively by the federal government."

The condition was among several set by the commission that regulates land and water use along the California coast, including that no new whales from the wild will be kept in the new tanks. SeaWorld says it hasn't captured wild orcas in more than 30 years.

Deborah A. Sivas, director of Stanford University's Environmental Law Clinic, said she believes the ruling has a good chance of withstanding a legal challenge.

SeaWorld draws saltwater from Mission Bay for its killer whale pools. That means the facility would use a marine resource for the tanks and therefore the commission has a say over the animals living in them, she said.

Photo Credit: Photo credit: Mike Aguilera/SeaWorld San Diego]]>
<![CDATA[Mom's Boyfriend Duct-Taped Kids to Watch 'Mommie Dearest']]> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 21:04:50 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Mary_Lucas.jpg

When one mommy heard her kids call her "the meanest mommy" in the world, police say she wanted to show them what a real mean mommy is – by allegedly having her boyfriend force her two boys to watch the movie "Mommie Dearest."

And he did when he duct-taped to chairs.

Mary Lucas, 28, told Nebraska City police the movie was "Hollywood's perfect representation of a mean mother," the arrest affidavit obtained by the Smoking Gun said. 

Lucas' boyfriend, Glenn Oliver, 29,  allegedly duct-taped her sons, a 4 year old and a 6 year old, to chairs after the mother instructed him to make the kids watch the movie, police said in the affidavit.

When asked if this was the first time the boys had been duct-taped as punishment, Lucas said no but the boys told police they had been duct-taped by "Daddy Glenn" in the past. Lucas also claimed she was not home when the movie incident took place and the children told the Child Advocacy Center that was also not true, according to the affidavit.

Lucas told police that her mother had made her watch the movie when she was only 4 years old but the affidavit did not state if she had also been duct-taped.

When police knocked on Oliver's door, he allegedly said "I know why you're here," the police arrest said. He told police he had been "playing" with the boys when he duct-taped them to the chairs. Oliver said he was playing at first but realized the boys were calm after he taped them, the arrest affidavit said.

Oliver,was charged with child abuse and false imprisonment, the Smoking Gun reports. Lucas has been charged with child abuse for letting Oliver duct-tape her children. 

It was not clear is Oliver or Lucas had an attorney.

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<![CDATA[Student Kills 1, Wounds 3 in Ariz. University Shooting]]> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 14:59:04 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Northern_Arizona_University_Shooting.jpg

One student was killed and three others wounded after a freshman at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff opened fire during a confrontation between two separate groups of students early Friday, police said.

The alleged gunman, who was identified as 18-year-old Steven Jones, was taken into custody at the scene “without further trouble," campus police chief Greg Fowler said. Jones was a pledge for Sigma Chi and was removed from the chapter’s pledge program after his arrest, the fraternity said in a statement.

The three victims, identified by the university as Nicholas Prato, Kyle Zientek and Nicholas Piring, are being treated at Flagstaff Medical Center. The deceased student is Colin Brough.

The shooting occurred outside Mountain View Hall dormitory, where most of the school's fraternity members live. Fowler said it's not clear what caused the confrontation. 

Classes will go on as scheduled on Friday, but “this is not going to be a normal day at NAU," said Rita Cheng, the university's president. "Our hearts are heavy." 

<![CDATA[U.S. to End Syrian Rebel Training Program]]> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 11:16:26 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_572693972798.jpg

The Pentagon will announce Friday  the official end of its failed program to "train and equip" Syrian rebels and replace it with a far less ambitious program, NBC News reported.

The "training" part of the program — which managed to field only "four or five" Syrian rebels in the battle against ISIS in Syria at a cost of about $50 million — will be halted, according to senior defense officials.

Instead of combat training for the rebels, they will now be used as "enablers" to identify targets and call in airstrikes for U.S. and coalition warplanes.

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<![CDATA[Obama Weighs WH Moves on Gun Control]]> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 11:07:08 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_478772376784.jpg

As President Obama heads to Roseburg, Oregon, for meeting with families of the victims of last week's deadly shooting at Umpqua Community College, the White House is considering taking up the issue of gun control, NBC News reported. 

The administration is reconsidering a major gun control proposal that would establish new guidelines for who is legally defined as a licensed gun dealer and therefore required to conduct background checks on potential buyers, administration officials tell NBC News. The proposal would define anyone that sells more a certain number of guns each year "in the business" of selling guns and therefore subject to laws for gun dealers.

According to sources, the administration has considered 50 or 100 guns a year as the threshold to trigger these requirements, although they have not formally settled on a number.

In the wake of the Oregon shooting, the president pledged to have staff "scrub" existing gun laws in search of ways to push for reform.

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<![CDATA[Man Who Starved Dog Near to Death Gets 9 Months]]> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 18:00:09 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/071615+anthony+herring+bella+wptv.jpg

A man in South Florida has been sentenced to nine months in jail for nearly starving a pet pit bull to death.

Thirty-eight-year-old Anthony Herring, of Palm Beach County, was convicted in July of allowing the dog, named Bella, to become almost skeletal while in his care.

Herring was sentenced Thursday.

The South Florida Sun Sentinel reports that Assistant State Attorney Judy Arco called it one of the worst animal abuse cases in the county in recent years.

Herring told the judge he'd neglected the dog because of personal problems that included his mother's illness and his own divorce.

Records show the dog weighed 23 pounds and couldn't stand or walk when she was rescued in June 2014. Animal rights advocates say Bella is now thriving in a new home.

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<![CDATA[Social Worker Facing Child Porn, Human Trafficking Charges]]> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 15:34:02 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/handcuffs-GettyImages-141810855.jpg

A Massachusetts social worker was arrested this week on human trafficking and child porn charges after he allegedly paid three teenage girls to send him naked pictures of themselves.

Rick Hall, 34, of Wakefield - the owner of North Shore Recovery Management in Reading - was arraigned Thursday in Woburn District Court on charges of human trafficking of a child under 18, enticement of a child by electronic communication, posing a child in a state of nudity and possession of child pornography. 

Bail was set at $100,000 cash, and Hall was ordered not to have contact with the victims, not to use the internet, not to work with or volunteer with anyone under the age of 18, and to surrender his passport.

Police said Hall had allegedly been communicating electronically with three 15-year-old girls who live out of state, and enticed them to exchange pornographic images of themselves in exchange for money.

Hall's social worker's license has been suspended by the Division of Professional Licensure pending an investigation and a hearing.

According to its website, North Shore Recovery Management helps manage substance abuse, psyciatric disorders and compulsive sexual behaviors, including the overuse of pornography and sex addiction. A message on the website says new patients are "not currently" being accepted.

"As a social worker, the defendant was mandated by statute to report any form of child abuse," Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan said. "Instead, the defendant allegedly violated the ethical standards of his position by exploiting minors, and exchanged money for lewd photographs."

Reading Police Chief James Cormier called the allegations "extremely troubling," and urged all parents to closely monitor their children's activities ont he internet, including their social media accounts.

Hall is scheduled to return to court on Nov. 5.

It was not clear whether or not Hall has an attorney.

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<![CDATA[Pilot in 'El Chapo' Prison Escape Arrested]]> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 12:03:40 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_393247238036.jpg

The pilot who flew drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzmán to freedom has been arrested, Mexico's attorney general announced Thursday, NBC News reported.

Arely Gomez Gonzalez said 23 government employees and 10 civilians had been detained in a quest for answers. It was not clear when the pilot was arrested.

Guzmán, the chief of the Sinaloa cartel, busted out of the maximum security prison Altiplano in July through a mile-long tunnel before being flown out of the reach of police. 

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<![CDATA[Councilman Hit With Stun Gun, Arrested in Tx. Town Where Sandra Bland Arrested]]> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 17:52:50 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/209*120/waller+county+presser.jpg

A city councilman was hit with a Taser and arrested in the same Texas city where Sandra Bland was arrested during a seemingly routine traffic stop, authorities said Friday. 

Prairie View Councilman Jonathan Miller was stunned with a Taser after allegedly resisting arrest, according to a Prairie View Police Department statment released Friday. The timing of the arrest wasn't specified.

Asked about witness accounts that apparently indicate that Miller did not resist arrest, Police Chief Larry Johnson said during a press conference on Friday: "We will do a complete investigation, we’re looking at all the facts surrounding that incident."

Johnson said the arresting officer had approached a group of men who were in a location where narcotics are normally sold, part of her normal routine. Miller allegedly refused to step back from officers after repeatedly being told to do so, authorities said. He was stunned with a Taser after physically resisting arrest, according to a release from the police department. 

NBC affiliate KPRC reports that Miller was only asking why the men were being arrested, according to a witness.

Johnson also confirmed, when asked, that the arresting officer was involved in the Sandra Bland arrest, but did not say how. The arresting officer, a woman, has not been named.

Bland was pulled over by Trooper Brian Encinia, with whom she got into an argument over a lit cigarette, according to dashcam video released after she died while in Waller County Jail. Her arrest prompted a range of investigations into her arrest and incarceration.

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<![CDATA[Bike-Riding Dog Visits Pet Fair]]> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 19:19:39 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/pet+adoption+fair+raw+-+22472723.jpg

The Bay Area Pet Fair in San Rafael, California, got a special visit from a celebrity pet on Friday.

YouTube sensation Norman the Scooter Dog performed a few tricks at the pet fair, which is sponsored by Pet Food Express and runs until 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

The French sheep dog rode a bike and a scooter and also showed the crowd his newest skill: jump roping.

Norman traveled all the way from his home in Atlanta, Georgia, with his owners to bring publicity to the fair, which is the largest adoption event in California.

A total of $50 is donated to animal rescue funds every time a pet is adopted. For more information, check out the Bay Area Pet Fair's website.

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<![CDATA[Stolen Gun Used in Pair of Slayings]]> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 22:37:48 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/audrey-carey-steve-carter.jpg

The gun used to kill both a tantra yoga teacher hiking in Fairfax, California, and a Canadian tourist in San Francisco was stolen from a car parked near Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco police revealed in a news conference Friday.

And the motive for both homicides appears to be robbery, Cmdr. Toney Chaplin said — the first time a possible reason for the seemily bizarre and violent deaths on two innocent victims was revleaed.

On Friday, the Marin County District Attorney charged drifters Sean Michael Angold, 24, Morrison Haze Lampley, 23, and Lila Scott Alligood, 18, with the murders of the hiker and Canadian tourist.

Chaplin said the gun was stolen Sept. 30 from a lock box in the car, which had been parked in a residential neighborhood near the wharf. Chaplin said the driver accidentally left the car unlocked. The owner reported it stolen Oct. 1.

Two days later, on Oct. 3, Audrey Carey, 23, who lives near Montreal, Quebec, was found shot in the head in Golden Gate Park as thousands gathered nearby for the annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival, according to police. She had been on a solo backpacking trip, Chaplin said, "doing what young people do." Her body was found in a wooded area. Carey's mother, through a statement, has asked for privacy. But Chaplin said that Carey's family is glad that suspects are behind bars. "They've endured a great tragedy," he said.

Then, on Monday, tantra yoga teacher Steve Carter, 67, was shot multiple times and killed while hiking with his dog on a popular trail in Fairfax, police said. Carter had recently moved from Middletown, California, to be with his wife, Lokita, as she sought breast cancer treatment at the Marin Cancer Institute. A memorial for Carter is scheduled for Halloween.

Authorities arrested drifters Angold, 24, Lampley, 23, and Alligood, 18, in Portland, Oregon, on Wednesday. They were being held Friday morning at the Multnomah County jail without bail. Detectives tracked the three to Portland using the GPS tracking in Carter's stolen Jetta, which he left near the trail head before his hike. And Chaplin said on Friday that they also found some of Carey's personal belongings, including her camping gear, with the suspects, too.

Jail records show the three were booked on a Marin County warrant on charges of conspiracy to commit murder, murder and robbery. San Francisco police said the trio will also be arrested on charges of robbery and murder in connection with Carey's death. They could be extradited to the Bay Area next week.

The deaths mark the third high-profile homicide in which a stolen gun was used to kill an innocent victim in the Bay Area.

Kate Steinle was killed July 1 on Pier 14 in San Francisco with a gun stolen from the car of a federal Bureau of Land Management agent, whose vehicle was burglarized while the agent was doing business in San Francisco.

Photo Credit: San Francisco Police via Carey Family/Ecstatic Living Institute
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<![CDATA[Pregnant Woman Clings to Moving Stolen SUV]]> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 15:44:48 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-558948623.jpg

A man almost ran over his pregnant ex-girlfriend with her SUV that he allegedly stole from her, police said.

The cell phone video shows Jessica Alvarado, who is 32 weeks pregnant,  jump onto the moving SUV as it swerves from side to side.

Anthony Adan Escobedo, 33, was charged with assault after Alvardo clung to the hood of the car while he tried to drive away.

Alvarado was taken to the hospital with scrapes and bruises.

Photo Credit: Getty Images/Cultura RF
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<![CDATA[Adorable Zoo Babies: Bei Bei the Panda]]> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 15:33:06 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/2015-10-05_1439_tweet_bt_PandaLove0575.jpg See all the newest arrivals at zoos around the world. Baby lions, tigers and bears step into the spotlight.

Photo Credit: Smithsonian's National Zoo Panda Cam]]>
<![CDATA[Bipedal Bear Has Sad Story]]> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 14:43:07 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Bear-Generic.jpg

New Jersey residents and a New York animal rescue are racing to try to help a bear with an injury so severe it can only walk on its hind legs like a human.

The bear, nicknamed "Pedals" by neighbors in Oak Ridge, has been seen wandering near homes upright over the last several months. The bear first gained notoriety after video of him trotting down a neighborhood street was posted on YouTube, but now, a year later, residents are beginning to become concerned that the bear, who appears to have lost weight and is often seen panting or foaming at the mouth, won't make it through the winter. 

"He was exhausted," Sabrina Pugsley, who started an online fundraiser for the bear, told NJ.com. "Seeing the bear on video is one thing but seeing him in person is another. It broke my heart seeing him in person and in that condition."

Some videos posted to social media and YouTube show the bear trotting through backyards without care for humans peering over their fences at the odd sight. Another shows Pedals struggling to walk on three of its four legs before giving up and assuming an upright position. A third video shows him lie down in the middle of a neighborhood street, apparently exhausted from walking in an unnatural position. 

Puglsey has raised more than $18,000 to send Pedals to the Orphaned Wildlife Center in Orange County, New York. The large refuge cares for bears and said in a Facebook post it would cost about that much to build an enclosure for Pedals to safely live in while he recovers.

The center said in another post it is worried about Pedal's weight going into the winter and that it has been talking with state wildlife officials about bringing the bear to their refuge.

"We don't feel this bear is of good enough weight going into winter, and we don't feel that it is a normal or natural situation for him to be coming into residential communities like this. It Is not a good situation for Pedals, or for the local community," the rescue said in a Facebook post.

Meanwhile, another concerned resident started an online petition calling on the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife to allow the rescue to capture Pedals and take him to the Orphaned Wildlife Center

NBC 4 New York has reached out to the Division of Fish and Wildlife about Pedals.

In a Facebook post on Oct. 2, the division said that wildlife officials had been monitoring the bear's movements since the initial video was published last year and that they didn't think moving the animal was the best course of action. 

"Fish and Wildlife bear biologists believe it is best not to intervene or make attempts to capture this bear. If the condition and health of the bear clearly deteriorates, then biologists from the Division of Fish and Wildlife will respond accordingly," the division said in the post. 

Photo Credit: AP
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<![CDATA[Carson Defends Linking Gun Control to Holocaust]]> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 13:51:21 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_597656294333.jpg

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson defended his controversial statement in which he suggested that the Holocaust would have been "greatly diminished" if German Jews had been armed with guns.

“It is well known that in many places where tyranny has taken over, they first disarmed the people,” Carson said in an interview with George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s "Good Morning America.” “There’s a reason that they disarm people. They don’t just do it arbitrarily.”

Carson was asked Thursday by CNN's Wolf Blitzer about an excerpt from his book "A More Perfect Union," in which the retired neurosurgeon links the disarming on German citizens with the killing of 6 million Jews by Adolf Hitler's Nazi regime.

In his book, Carson says "the likelihood of Hitler being able to accomplish his goals would have been greatly diminished if the people had been armed."

The Anti-Defamation League condemned Carson's comments, noting the "small number of personal firearms available to Germany's Jews in 1938 could in no way have stopped the totalitarian power of the Nazi German state."

"Ben Carson has a right to his views on gun control, but the notion that Hitler’s gun-control policy contributed to the Holocaust is historically inaccurate," National Director of the Anti-Defamation League Jonathan A. Greenblatt said in a statement. "When they had weapons, Jews could symbolically resist, as they did in the 1943 Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and elsewhere, but they could not stop the Nazi genocide machine.

Greenblatt added that "Nazism and anti-Semitism," not gun control, caused the Holocaust.

Carson called the response by the Anti-Defamation League "total foolishness," adding that he'd be happy to discuss it "in depth" with anybody.

Earlier this week, Carson drew criticism by calling for potential victims of mass shootings to rush the attacker.

In an interview on Wednesday, Carson also offered a shaky explanation of his opposition to raising the debt ceiling, appearing to confuse the borrowing limit with the federal budget.

"Let me put it this way: if I were the president, I would not sign an increased budget. Absolutely would not do it. They would have to find a place to cut," Carson said in a radio interview on "Marketplace."

In a statement to NBC News, Carson later said, “critics have blown this way out of proportion” but does make clear that he understands "raising the debt ceiling is about paying for obligations the federal government has incurred.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Trump Fan: 'I'm Hispanic...We Vote for Mr. Trump']]> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 12:59:36 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_8630881865610-Trump.jpg

Donald Trump, who has called for mass deportation of undocumented immigrants but insisted that he loves Latinos, found an ecstatic Hispanic supporter at a rally in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Thursday.

Appearing at a campaign event at the Treasure Island hotel and casino on the Strip, the Republican presidential candidate called on a woman holding a copy of People magazine, where Trump was recently featured with his family.

The woman, who said she was from Colombia, jumped on stage and screamed when Trump led her to the microphone.

"Where you from?" Trump asked.

"I'm from Colombia. I'm Hispanic, and I vote for Mr. Trump. We vote for Mr. Trump," she said. "We love you, we love you, all the way to the White House.”

Trump smiled broadly and put his hands on her shoulders, then appeared to have placed his hands on the woman’s hips. He kissed her several times.

"I swear to you, I think she's totally beautiful and great, I never met her before, I swear," Trump said.

The Las Vegas Sun spoke to the woman, identified as Myriam Witcher, after the event. She told the paper she supports Trump’s stance on immigrants who come to the U.S illegally.

"He needs to send illegal [immigrants] out of the country. I came here legally," she told the Sun, "I'm Hispanic, Latina and I love me some Trump."

According to a NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Telemundo survey from Sept. 30, nearly three in four Latinos say they have a negative view of Trump.

Photo Credit: AP
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<![CDATA[Trooper Hailed for Saving Infant]]> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 14:25:24 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/State+Trooper.jpg

A New Jersey State Trooper is being hailed as a hero for helping save the life of an 8-month-old baby who was not breathing.

Trooper Benjamin Hockin responded to a home Oct. 3 after a 911 call for an unconscious and unresponsive infant.

Hockin arrived and retried an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) from his troop car, which patrol troopers often carry.

Once inside, Hockin checked 8-month-old Lila and found she was not breathing and had no detectable pulse. Relying on his training, he deployed the AED, administering one shock. Hockin began CPR and continued until EMS arrived. First responders administered a second shock before taking over CPR.

Lila was taken to Hunterdon County Medical Center, then transported to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where she is doing well and expected to make a full recovery, according to police.

The doctors and paramedics involved have commended Hockin for his lifesaving efforts, which helped keep Lila alive until she received further treatment.

"Trooper Hockin’s quick and decisive actions are a credit to him and the New Jersey State Police," said Colonel Rick Fuentes, superintendent of the New Jersey State Police. "There is nothing more rewarding or meaningful than to save a life. This is a memorable start to a bright and promising career."

Photo Credit: New Jersey State Police]]>
<![CDATA[Ebola Nurse Back in Hospital After 'Complication']]> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 07:37:56 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/217*120/460991180.jpg

A British nurse who recovered from Ebola early this year was flown back to a secure hospital unit Friday after suffering "an unusual late complication of her illness," health officials said.
Pauline Cafferkey contracted the virus while working with a charity in Sierra Leone and was discharged from London's specialist Royal Free Hospital in January. But Friday she was flown to the Royal Free Hospital, which houses the U.K.'s only high-level isolation unit following the unspecified "complication." A spokesman for Scotland's NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde health authority confirmed to NBC News on Friday that Ebola had been detected in Cafferkey, but because the nurse had suffered the virus before this was "not a new infection."
Dr Emilia Crighton, director of public health at NHSGGC, said the risk to the public was "very low," but that officials were still following up with people Cafferkey had been in contact with, as a precaution. 

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<![CDATA[Hummer Rammed Through Hotel Wall in Family Dispute]]> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 14:55:20 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/10-09-2015-hummer-suv-crash-san-dimas.JPG

A man who was upset with family members repeatedly rammed his Hummer through the wall of a hotel in an attempt to break into their room, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Richard Melendez, 28, had been pounding on the San Dimas Extended Stay America Hotel room door, which led to a domestic disturbance call, the sheriff's department said. Melendez stopped knocking by the time deputies responded to the hotel lobby at about 1 a.m., but they arrived just in time to watch him crash a 2003 Hummer through the wall of the hotel, according to the sheriff's department.

Several guests came outside as the large sport utility vehicle struck the wall about six to 10 times before it stopped partially inside the hotel room. Guest Joey Clayton said there was an arugment before the crash.

"He bashed it into the room," Clayton said. "It was something about love. Something to do with love.

"It was quite spectacular."

Other guests were sleeping when the four-ton SUV slammed into the building.

"I was sleeping, and all of the sudden I heard this loud banging sound," said guest Mark Kuszewski. "I heard some girl screaming. I got up, went over to the window and here's this Hummer back over here pounded into the building."

Deputies later determined that the suspect's wife and four children, ages 1, 3, 5 and 6, were sleeping in a room across the hall from where the Hummer entered the three-story building.

"By some miracle, no one was injured," said Lt. Elisabeth Sachs.

Melendez, who was allegedly intoxicated and uncooperative with sheriff’s deputies, was subdued with a stun gun, the sheriff's department said in a statement. He was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and related charges at the San Dimas Station. Bail was set at $30,000.

Sheriff's Lt. Andy Berg told The Associated Press the suspect had not obtained a lawyer early Friday.

A building inspector was assessing the hotel damage Friday morning.

Guests who fled their rooms told deputies Melendez had a gun, but a gun was not found at the scene, deputies said.

Photo Credit: RMG]]>
<![CDATA[Military Dad Surprises Daughter]]> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 13:45:20 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/100915+pembroke+pines+soldier+reunited+with+daughter.jpg

An unsuspecting high school senior thought she was attending a school assembly Friday morning but instead walked right into an emotional, surprise reunion with her military father.

Kiana Jones, a senior at Somerset Academy High School in Pembroke Pines, Florida, believed her father would be coming home toward the end of October. Her dad, Army Lt. Col. Aaron Jones, said long separations are nothing new for the family.

"Our father-daughter bond is unique," Jones said of his only child just before the surprise reunion. "I've been in the military 18 years, so this is nothing new to her. She's pretty resilient when it comes to this, but I think today her emotions are going to show."

As the band played, students walked in holding a "welcome home" sign bearing Aaron Jones' name. Kiana Jones was in disbelief.

"When I saw his name, I was just like, 'Wait, wait like – Aaron Jones? Like, my dad?'" she told NBC 6. "It didn't make sense to me, but when I saw his boots, then I realized that he was actually here."

As her father entered the gymnasium, Kiana Jones ran to embrace him. The two hugged and cried as the band played, and the gym roared with applause and cheers.

Aaron Jones and school officials planned the reunion well in advance and managed to keep the surprise under wraps for months.

This was Aaron Jones' fifth deployment of his military career. For the past nine months, he's served in Kuwait, Afghanistan and Iraq.

As a result, Aaron Jones missed his daughter's entire junior year, making Friday's reunion even more special.

"It's just, it's amazing," Kiana Jones said, wiping away tears of joy. "I'm just happy to have him home safe."

Aaron Jones is on reserve and said he doesn't expect to be heading anywhere anytime soon.

<![CDATA[Uber Sued Over Sex Assault Claims]]> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 12:40:03 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/uber-app-GettyImages-454509980.jpg

Two women from Massachusetts and South Carolina are suing Uber, accusing the ride-sharing service of neglect and fraud after they were allegedly sexually assaulted by Uber drivers in two separate incidents.

The unnamed women said Uber misled women by regularly marketing the company as a safe transportation option, then failing to appropriately screen its drivers, according to the lawsuit, which was filed in California.

The suit zeroes in on two incidents, including one in Boston, when an Uber driver allegedly attacked a woman. The second was reported in South Carolina. Representatives from Uber said the company worked with police in both states to help with the investigations.

It's not the first time drivers for the San Francisco-based company have been accused of misconduct.

A driver from California was arrested in June 2014 on suspicion of kidnapping a woman and bringing her from a nightclub to a motel room. Company officials said the driver was not logged into Uber's system and the ride was not arranged through Uber.

The next month, an Uber driver was arrested in Virginia after allegedly sexually assaulting a woman who had been drinking and passed out in his car. The driver was suspended, according to Uber.

Around the same time, a Philadelphia model accused of an Uber driver of punching her in the face during an argument over a traffic jam. Then, in September, a driver in San Francisco was accused of hitting a passenger with a hammer.

A driver from Boston was arrested on charges of rape, assault, kidnapping and battery last December after allegedly strangling and sexually assaulting a woman he had picked up in Cambridge. The district attorney's office said Uber was cooperative and helped police identify the driver.

As a result, the ride-sharing service implemented a new code of conduct detailing a "zero-tolerance policy" against "aggressive behavior," NBC News reported.

Ari Mason contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Drone Flies Near Washington Monument; Operator Cited]]> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 11:26:31 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_222915703.jpg

A drone landed near the White House early Friday after its operator, a D.C. man, lost control of the device, U.S. Park Police said.

Around 1:20 Friday, the drone -- an F182 6 Axis Quadcopter -- was spotted flying near the Washington Monument, and Park Police and Secret Service officers responded to the area. 

Authorities say the operator apparently lost control of the drone, leading it to land on the Ellipse. Secret Service officers found it there, just inside the entrance at 16th Street and Constitution Avenue. 

Park Police identified the drone's operator as Howard Solomon III, of D.C. He was not arrested. They issued him a citation.

Secret Service officers turned over the drone to Park Police.

Flying any kind of unmanned aircraft or drone is illegal in D.C.

Photo Credit: Shutterstock]]>
<![CDATA[8 Hurt in Auto Auction Crash]]> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 16:37:53 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/adesa.jpg

At least eight people were injured when a car plowed into a crowd at an auto auction on Friday morning in Framingham, Massachusetts.

It happened after 9:30 a.m. at an ADESA vehicle auction house at 63 Western Avenue, according to The MetroWest Daily News

Framingham police said the incident occurred inside the building, when a 78-year-old man who was driving a vehicle at the auction accidentally accelerated, striking eight people and five vehicles that were parked inside.

The driver, who was hired by the auction to help drive the cars and facilitate where they should be, also hit the car in front of him, which his wife was driving. The crash set off a chain reaction that resulted in several people being struck before the driver slammed into a cinder block, according to police.

Police said most of the injured people were not seriously hurt, but one was run over by a car and dragged. The victim was taken by medical helicopter to MetroWest Medical Center.

Although Framingham police say at least eight people were injured, MetroWest Medical Center's CEO, Barbara Doyle, told necn that medical staff were treating 10 patients in total, with six at the Framingham campus in stable condition, and four being treated at the Natick campus in good condition with minor injuries.

The driver was shaken but not injured. Police said his wife was hurt.

Auctions are still continuing at the venue.

Framingham police are investigating, but no charges have been filed.

<![CDATA[Five Killed in Gaza as Israeli-Palestinian Violence Worsens]]> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 11:51:20 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/AP_492751760989.jpg

Israeli forces clashed with Palestinian demonstrators along the Gaza border Friday, killing five of them, as a rash of stabbing attacks in Israel and the Palestinian territories, including the first apparent revenge attack by an Israeli, raised fears of wider unrest.

Recent days have seen a string of attacks by young Palestinians with no known links to armed groups who have targeted Israeli soldiers and civilians at random, complicating Israeli efforts to contain the violence, which has been linked to tensions over a sensitive Jerusalem holy site.

Gaza-based Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh applauded the recent Palestinian stabbing attacks across Israel at a speech in Gaza Friday morning and called the surge in violence an "Intifada" or uprising. 

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<![CDATA[Judge Jails Domestic Abuse Victim]]> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 08:16:49 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/100915+domestic+abuse+victim+seminole+county+judge.jpg

A central Florida judge is under fire for sentencing an emotionally distraught domestic violence victim to three days in jail for failing to show up in court to testify against her alleged abuser.

A newly released video shows Seminole County Judge Jerri Collins harshly criticizing the victim in a July 30th contempt of court hearing. The victim was scheduled to testify in court against Myles Brennan, the father of her 1-year-old son, NBC News reported.

The victim had reportedly asked to drop charges against Brennan, who was arrested back in April for choking the victim and threatening her with a knife as she held their infant, according to officials.

Brennan was sentenced to 16 days in jail after pleading no contest to simple battery.

The woman claimed to have taken a domestic abuse class, then asked to drop the charges and wished to "move on" with her life, she says in court.

Still, Judge Collins demanded an explanation of her failure to appear.

The tearful woman is heard apologizing, claiming she had been dealing with depression, homelessness and anxiety since the abuse incident.

"You think you have anxiety now? You haven't seen anxiety," Judge Collins is heard saying.

Despite the woman's tearful plea, explaining that she is caring for the child alone, the judge found her in contempt of court and sentenced her to three days in the county jail. The decision was met with tears and a plea for mercy from the victim, but Judge Collins reaffirmed that she'd made her decision, and ordered the victim to "turn around" as she was handcuffed and led away.

Since the video surfaced, many have been critical of the judge's actions, saying that the harsh sentence served only to re-victimize the victim.

"I understand that the state wants to take criminals and get them off the streets, but you don't do it by re-victimizing a victim in this manner," Jeanne Gold - the CEO of SafeHouse, an organization that aids domestic abuse victims - told NBC News.

A spokesman for the circuit court that covers Seminole County told NBC News that they could not comment on "pending, or impending cases."