<![CDATA[NBC10 Boston - National & International News]]>Copyright 2018https://www.nbcboston.com/news/national-internationalhttp://media.nbcboston.com/designimages/clear.gifNBC10 Bostonhttps://www.nbcboston.comen-usTue, 23 Jan 2018 00:41:01 -0500Tue, 23 Jan 2018 00:41:01 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations<![CDATA[PHOTOS: 2018 Women's Marches Across the World]]>Sun, 21 Jan 2018 22:34:43 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/WomensarchThumg.jpgPeople participating in marches in the United States and around the world are walking in support of female empowerment and against President Donald Trump's views on immigration, abortion, LGBT rights and women's rights. Check out scenes from the demonstrations across the globe.

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<![CDATA[The Blue Blood Supermoon: What To Know]]>Mon, 22 Jan 2018 20:19:45 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/214*120/Screen+Shot+2018-01-22+at+3.05.58+PM.png

The Jan. 31 “Blue Blood Supermoon” will be a rare “lunar trifecta,” NASA says. Find out why it’s so special and how you can catch a glimpse of it.

<![CDATA[Dog Flu in Calif. Has Not Spread Nationwide: Experts]]>Mon, 22 Jan 2018 19:15:30 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-897168470.jpg

A recent cluster of canine influenza cases in San Francisco has triggered unsubstantiated reports that the dog flu has spread nationwide. 

The dog flu is real, but there's no evidence that it's spreading across the country, according to experts at the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. 

"We don’t have the (dog flu) virus spreading across the country like the human flu, where everyone gets infected. The virus infects dogs in a city and tends to die out over a few months," said Colin Parrish, a professor in canine virology at Cornell.

The dog flu reportedly first showed up in the early 2000s in the United States. Parrish recounted that in 2015 a cluster of dog flu spread in Chicago from Korean rescue dogs. Last year, there were multiple outbreaks connected to a strain that surfaced in Georgia, Northern Florida, Kentucky, Texas and Minnesota. 

The dog flu is not seasonal like human flu. It can infect dogs year-round and spreads through direct contact from one dog to another, or by sneezing and coughing. The virus does not infect humans. 

"There is nothing unusual in the present Bay Area outbreak. Even if it is a different virus from Asia, there’s no evidence that it’s unusually problematic or causing diseases beyond similar viruses that spread in other regions," Parrish said. 

Experts say the influenza virus gets into an area, such as a shelter or kennel, may travel with a dog, then it dies out after a few months. Symptoms include coughing and elevated temperature, Parrish said. 

There's no medication for the dog flu, but there is an effective vaccine that can be administered before the animal contracts the virus. The vaccine will reduce the severity of the symptoms. 

AVMA spokesman Michael San Filippo said pet owners may want to talk to their vet, or stay away from dog parks or doggy day cares if concerned. 

"I do not feel like we are in the midst of a large outbreak that pet owners need to be concerned about," said San Filippo.

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<![CDATA[World's Top 1 Percent Holds 82 Percent of the Wealth: Report]]>Mon, 22 Jan 2018 14:54:32 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/money100billgeneric_1200x675.jpg

Over 80 percent of the world's wealth is owned by the richest 1 percent of the world's population, widening the economic inequality gap, according to an Oxfam report released Monday.

The charity Oxfam, an international confederation of 20 non-profits working in over 90 countries to end the injustices, also found the wealth of billionaires had increased by 13 percent a year, on average, in the decade from 2006 to 2015, CNBC reported.

The report also claimed nine out of 10 of the world's 2,043 billionaires were men.

The Oxfam report was released the same day as the World Economic Forum began in Davos, Switzerland, where hundreds of the world elite politics, finance, business and science leaders are expected to attend. 

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<![CDATA[Bitcoin Explained: The Ins and Outs of Crypto-Currencies]]>Mon, 22 Jan 2018 14:06:10 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/NC_bitcoin0119_1920x1080.jpg

Bitcoin is a financial buzzword, but what is it? And should you invest?

Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin can be confusing.

<![CDATA[Is Amazon Go the Grocery Store of the Future?]]>Mon, 22 Jan 2018 14:01:40 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Amazon_Go_Seattle.jpg

Retail powerhouse Amazon is disrupting retail yet again, with the opening of its checkout-free Amazon Go grocery store in Seattle.

It looks and feels like a regular grocery store, but with one major difference: There's no checkout — and no checkout lines. Upon entering, shoppers scan a special smartphone app that registers them into the store. After grabbing their items, customers are free to walk right out.

"The just-walk-out technology is tracking that these items are leaving the shelf, and it's putting them in my virtual cart," Amazon Go Vice-President Gianna Puerini told NBC News during an exclusive look at the new store. "And if I put them back on the shelf, they come out of my virtual cart."

When customers leave the store, their account is automatically charged, which means no more waiting in long checkout lines. Overhead throughout the store, hundreds of cameras read labels through machine learning and sense the shopper's body type. 

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<![CDATA[Boy, 14, Dies After Surgery to Remove 10-Pound Face Tumor]]>Mon, 22 Jan 2018 14:46:06 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/tumor+to+be+removed.JPG

A 14-year-old boy suffering from a rare medical condition that caused a 10-pound tumor to emerge on his face died after undergoing surgery, according to one of the doctors in charge of the procedure.

"Our condolences and prayers for Emanuel's family and the loss of a very brave young man," said Dr. Robert E. Marx, a surgeon at Jackson Memorial Hospital. "Another angel has arrived in Heaven." 

For 12 years, Emanuel Zayas battled a medical condition called polyostotic fibrous dysplacia, an illness which causes developmentally certain bones to become soft. The illness caused a 10-pound benign tumor to develop on Zayas' face.

Zayas’ parents tried for years to get help. Doctors were able to get a temporary visa for the boy and his family to come to Miami from Cuba to have the surgery, which was scheduled in January at Jackson Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Marx said he saw progress in Zayas on Jan. 18, when he observed  pupillary reflexes and facial muscle tone in the boy's face. But on Saturday, Dr. Marx said Zayas' condition had worsened with kidney and lung failure. 

"I am saddened by the fact that we are losing him and that apparently the physiologic stress of the surgery was too much for his compromised anatomy to overcome," Marx said on Satuday. "Our hopes of saving his life and in doing so would allow him a better quality of life have not been realized."

Dr. Marx said that Zayas' family plans on donating Emanuel's body to medical research in hopes of learning more about the rare disease and helping people across the world who suffer from polyostotic fibrous dysplacia. 

"I am personally saddened but want to thank all of you for your well wishes and prayers," Dr. Marx said. "Please continue the prayers."

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<![CDATA[Donald Trump Through the Years]]>Tue, 31 Oct 2017 07:45:00 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Trumpthumb.jpgWhat Donald Trump's presidency will look like is unclear to many observers. He has not previously worked in politics, and has made contradictory statements on policy issues in several areas during his campaign. Despite the unknowns, Trump has an extensive public profile that, along with his real estate empire and the Trump brand, grew domestically and internationally over the last few decades. Here is a look at his personal and career milestones and controversies.

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<![CDATA[Philippines Fears Eruption of Country's Most Active Volcano]]>Mon, 22 Jan 2018 13:06:28 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/SAMPLE+TIMELINE.00_00_34_20.Still002.jpg

Thousands have been evacuated as the Philippines fears imminent eruption.

<![CDATA[In Photos: Total Devastation in Puerto Rico After Maria]]>Fri, 29 Sep 2017 10:19:36 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/AP_17271040483244.jpgThe island territory of more than 3 million U.S. citizens is reeling in the devastating wake of what Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello called "the most devastating storm in a century."

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<![CDATA[3 USA Gymnastics Execs Resign Amid Sex Abuse Scandal]]>Mon, 22 Jan 2018 13:58:24 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/AP_17326581775136-Larry-Nassar-Pleads-Guilty.jpg

The top leadership of USA Gymnastics’ board of directors resigned Monday amid public criticism of how the organization mishandled complaints from women who accused Larry Nassar of sexually abusing them.

Chairman Paul Parilla, vice chairman Jay Binder and treasurer Bitsy Kelley submitted their resignations effective immediately, USA Gymnastics wrote in a statement.

"USA Gymnastics thanks Paul Parilla, Jay Binder and Bitsy Kelley for their many years of service to this organization," USA Gymnastics President Kerry Perry said. "We support their decisions to resign at this time. We believe this step will allow us to more effectively move forward in implementing change within our organization."

Perry said the board will work to "ensure that our culture, policies and actions reflect our commitment to those we serve." 

The announcement comes as Nassar’s sentencing hearing continues for a fifth day in a Michigan courtroom. Nearly 100 victim statements have been given by women and girls who say Nassar sexually assaulted them under the guise of medical treatment. 

One of his victims, Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman, warned Nassar in her testimony that statements from the "powerful army" of survivors will haunt him in prison.

"All these brave women have power, and we will use our voices to make sure you get what you deserve — a life of suffering spent replaying the words delivered by this powerful army of survivors," Raisman said at Friday's hearing.

The 23-year-old gymnast has been highly critical of the way her sport's governing body handled sexual abuse claims and has called for sweeping changes in leadership at USA Gymnastics, including the removal of Parilla.

USA Gymnastics launched an independent review of its policies in the wake of the allegations against Nassar and reporting by the Indianapolis Star that highlighted chronic mishandling of abuse allegations against coaches and staff at some of its more than 3,500 clubs across the country.

In June 2017, the gymnastics board adopted the new USA Gymnastics SafeSport Policy that replaced the previous policy. Key updates include mandatory reporting, defining six types of misconduct, setting standards to prohibit grooming behavior, preventing inappropriate interaction and establishing accountability.

A month later, the organization hired Toby Stark, a child welfare advocate, as its director of SafeSport. Part of Stark's mandate is educating members on rules, educational programs and reporting. The federation also adopted several recommendations by Deborah Daniels, a former federal prosecutor who oversaw the review. USA Gymnastics now has the power to withhold membership from clubs that decline to report claims of abuse.

Clubs are now "required to report child abuse or neglect, including sexual misconduct, to proper authorities, including the U.S. Center for SafeSport and law enforcement authorities."

Nassar has already been sentenced to 60 years in prison for child pornography crimes. He faces a minimum prison sentence of 25 to 40 years in the molestation case.

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<![CDATA[Eagles Fans Celebrate After Super Bowl Berth]]>Mon, 22 Jan 2018 14:57:36 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/SAMPLE+TIMELINE.00_01_04_07.Still002.jpg

Philadelphia Eagles fans go wild after earning a trip to Super Bowl LII.

<![CDATA[Louise Turpin's Sister Alleges 'Dark Family Secret' of Abuse]]>Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:09:42 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Teresa+Robinette.jpg

The sister of a Southern California mother accused of holding her 13 children captive in what authorities called a "torture chamber" alleges a family member sexually abused her, her siblings and their mother over several years when they were children.

Teresa Robinette revealed what she called a "dark family secret" in an interview Monday on “Megan Kelly Today.”

“It’s always been a big secret in our family,” Robinette said. “The adults in our family always protected him because he was family and there was so much that went on with that … but it was always this dark family secret that he did this.”

She alleges the male family member also abused their cousins, but claims he was never held accountable.

The allegation comes days after prosecutors announced the children’s father, 56-year-old David Turpin, was charged with one count of a lewd act on a child. Turpin and his wife, 49-year-old Louise Turpin, are jailed on charges of torture, abuse of a dependent adult, child abuse or neglect and false imprisonment.

Prosecutors said the siblings, ranging in age from 2 to 29, suffered years of "severe" abuse. They were initially bound with ropes, but when the children figured out how to escape from such bondage, the couple switched to chains and padlocks, just one of many forms of punishment, the district attorney said.

Authorities discovered the malnourished children, some shackled to furniture, after a 17-year-old girl escaped the home through a window and called 911 to report the abuse. The couples' children — ages 2 to 29 — were so emaciated the older ones still looked like children and some had cognitive impairment. Authorities thought the 17-year-old daughter who called 911 was only 10 when they found her.

Robbinette told Kelly she hasn’t spoken to her nieces and nephews in several years and last saw them "seven or eight years ago" via video chat.

Asked whether she saw signs of developmental delays with the children, Robinette said “no.”

“I always even said I thought those children were very book smart,” Robinette said. “But I was worried that because they were home schooled and because they didn’t hold a conversation well, I was always concerned that they weren’t going to be socially developed.”

She also claimed that Louise Turpin had a sexual encounter with a stranger she met online and that David Turpin consented to the affair. According to Robinette, as Louise was approaching her 40th birthday, the couple stopped attending church and were “experimenting with different religions.”

They also began going out to bars and “sowing those wild oats” that they felt they missed out on because the couple married young and began having children right away, she said.

“The very weird thing to me, that I would never do, is she told me her and David met a man online from Huntsville, Alabama, and that they were on their way to meet him,” Robinette said. “She was going to sleep with him, and David was OK with it. I told her I thought it was a mistake. But I know that she met this man at a motel and slept with him in Alabama.”

A year later, Robinette said the couple returned to the hotel, spending the night in the same room on the same bed.

Robinette told Kelly she hopes her 13 nieces and nephews can one day lead a "happy and normal" existence.

"I hope to put my arm around them and tell them they have a family that is not deranged," she said.

As for her sister and brother-in-law, Robinette said "Louise and David are dead to me."

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<![CDATA[Donald Trump's Presidency in Photos]]>Sun, 24 Dec 2017 20:26:31 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-898118842.jpgTake a look at significant events from President Donald Trump's time in office, including the signing of the travel ban, Neil Gorsuch's appointment to the Supreme Court, the launch of 59 missiles at Syria's government-held Shayrat Airfiled and more.

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<![CDATA[Texas Grass Fire Burns 1K Acres, Prompts Evacuations]]>Tue, 23 Jan 2018 00:11:11 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/giphy+%2811%291.gif

A massive grass fire in Parker County burned approximately 2,000 acres Monday, shutting down two interstates and lifting a plume of smoke into the air that was visible more than 60 miles away.

Parker County Fire Marshal George Teague said the fire, dubbed the Farmers Road Fire, was approximately 95 percent contained Monday afternoon. At about 4:45 p.m., the Texas A&M Forest Service said that the forward progress of the fire had been halted and that crews were continuing to improve containment lines.

The fire, which Teague said was started by an electrical short, burned an area along Interstate 20 near Walsh Ranch Parkway, west of the Interstate 30 and I-20 merge.

Blinding smoke poured over the highway, forcing officials to close both directions of the highway between Loop 820 and Farm-to-Market Road 5 for several hours; the highways reopened at about 5 p.m. The smoke plume was so large it was visible on satellite imagery released by The National Weather Service Fort Worth.

The fire threatened a new housing development at Walsh Ranch and two nearby elementary schools, Walsh and McCall, all of which were evacuated.  At the housing development, only about a dozen of the 150 or so constructed homes were occupied.

"We’ve evacuated the development. We’ve evacuated the school, evacuated all of our personnel and hopefully it's just going to move out and die and it won’t jump I-30, which is the big concern now," said Howard Walsh III, with Walsh Development. “We do what we can to manage these fires with fire breaks and whatnot, but when you’ve got these kinds of winds and these conditions you’re really at Mother Nature’s mercy."

Into the afternoon firefighters were staged along the edges of the fire, working to contain it -- though they're counting on some assistance from roads and highways to act as fire break.

Meanwhile, ranchers were seen in the area wrangling a herd of cattle, directing them away from the fire to safety.

No injuries have been reported and there have been no reports of property damage from the Farmers Road Fire.

More Fires Form Near Weatherford, Poolville

A second fire in Parker County burned about 20 acres Monday near Weatherford between the Bankhead Highway and U.S. Highway 180.

Several people could be seen outside the Texas Pythian Home for children using tractors to try to stop the fire from spreading. A number of small structures, sheds and open outdoor storage areas, were destroyed by the fire but no homes suffered any damage.

A third fire in Parker County between Springtown and Poolville threatened structures to the south and east of Texas Highway 199 where evactuations were being ordered.

The Wise County Sheriff's Department confirms a number of small fires were burning near Poolville, near county roads 3657 and 3673.

NWS Issues Red Flag, Fire Warnings

Due to low humidity and gusty winds The National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Warning in effect until 6 p.m. Monday for a number of North Texas counties including Tarrant, Dallas and Parker. See a complete list here.

The NWS issued a separate Fire Warning for Parker County Monday afternoon at the request of Emergency Management.

NBC 5 Meteorologist Rick Mitchell said the gusting winds are not expected to let up until sundown, after which the fire danger will diminish.

Check back and refresh this page for the latest update. As this story is developing, elements may change. NBC 5's Kevin Cokely and Brian James contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Ruth Bader Ginsburg Shares Her #MeToo Moment]]>Mon, 22 Jan 2018 14:55:02 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/ruthbaderginsburg_1200x675.jpg

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the 84-year-old Supreme Court justice known for her boldness, spoke Sunday at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah about a moment in college when she was put in a difficult position as a young student, NBC News reported.

Ginsburg described a confrontation she had with a instructor at Cornell University on a panel about the premiere of "RBG," a documentary about her life, when she was asked about the #MeToo movement.

"It's about time. For so long women were silent, thinking there was nothing you could do about it, but now the law is on the side of women, or men, who encounter harassment, and that's a good thing," she told the panel.

Ginsburg would go on to become a nationally recognized women's rights lawyer and then the second woman ever appointed to the nation's highest court.

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<![CDATA[Patriots, Eagles Advance to Super Bowl LII]]>Mon, 22 Jan 2018 09:43:05 -0500https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/eagles26.jpg

The Philadelphia Eagles will battle the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Eagles beat the Vikings in the NFC Championship game while the Patriots topped the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC Championship.