Fire at Downtown SJ Building Suspected to be Arson

Firefighters and police responded Sunday evening to a three-alarm blaze at a building in downtown San Jose that likely was intentionally set, according to police and the fire department. The fire ignited about 5:30 p.m. at the Adult Superstore on East Santa Clara Street between First and Second streets, fire officials said. Police were initially called to the scene on reports of a former employee or disgruntled customer who returned to the business after he was asked to leave. Brazen Burglary Attempt Shakes Pleasanton Neighborhood “He came back and entered the business and set fire to the building in multiple places,” San Jose fire Capt. Mitch Matlow said. Witnesses told NBC Bay Area they heard what sounded like gunshots from inside the building, but police said no shots were fired. However, police did warn firefighters there was a possibly armed person inside. 2 Dead in Wrong-Way Crash on Highway 85 in Mountain View Firefighters evacuated the top floor of the building as well as surrounding businesses. Fire officials and police warned the public to stay away from the area. ‘Two Tickets to Paradise’ Singer Eddie…

Omar Defends Comments After Criticism From 9/11 Mourner

Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., sought on Sunday to clarify a comment she made about the September 11th terror attacks after one mourner referenced the remark during a memorial event this week, NBC News reports. “9/11 was an attack on all Americans,” Omar told CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “It was an attack on all of us. And I certainly could not understand the weight of the pain that the victims of the families of 9/11 must feel. But I think it is really important for us to make sure that we are not forgetting, right, the aftermath of what happened after 9/11.” ‘Never Forget’: NYC, Nation Mark 18 Years Since 9/11 Attacks “Many Americans found themselves now having their civil rights stripped from them,” she continued. “And so what I was speaking to was the fact that as a Muslim, not only was I suffering as an American who was attacked on that day, but the next day I woke up as my fellow Americans were now treating me a suspect.” At a Manhattan memorial commemorating the anniversary of the attacks on Wednesday, Nicholas Haros Jr.…

‘Instruments of Terror’: Beto O’Rourke Defends Mandatory Gun Buyback Plan

Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke defended his call for mandatory buybacks of certain semi-automatic weapons in an exclusive interview on “Meet the Press” Sunday, pushing back on criticism from Republicans — as well as some from within his own party — who think the Democratic presidential hopeful’s proposal has gone too far. O’Rourke said the opposition to his proposal shows “how screwed up the priorities in Washington D.C. are” while evoking recent, high-profile mass shootings like the one in his hometown of El Paso, Texas, NBC News reports. Embattled Israeli PM Fights for Survival in Do-Over Election “I refuse to even acknowledge the politics or the polling, or the fear or the NRA. That has purchased the complicity and silence of members of Congress,” he said. “And this weak response to a real tragedy in America, 40,000 gun deaths a year, we’ve got to do something about it and I’m proposing we do something about it.” O’Rourke’s plan would ban weapons classified as “assault weapons” as well as high-capacity magazines and silencers. It would also mandate that people who own weapons that become illegal under the…

Man Held in Connection to Fire That Destroyed 119-Year-Old Minnesota Synagogue

A man is being held in county jail in connection to the fire that burned down a Minnesota synagogue, police said on Sunday. Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken said his department is recommending a first degree arson charge for Matthew James Amiot, 36, who has been held without bail since his Friday arrest, NBC News reports. Porch Prowling Cougar Caught on Camera Amiot was arrested on Friday afternoon and gave a statement to police, but has yet to be charged. The Duluth PD, along with federal ATF investigators, are still looking into the motivation of the fire. A complaint is expected to be filed next week. “At this moment in time, there is no reason to believe that this is a bias or hate crime,” Tusken said in a Sunday press conference, adding the classification of the crime is subject to change as the investigation continues. Transgender Florida Woman’s Body Found in Her Burning Car Duluth police and firefighters responded to a report of a fire early Monday morning and found Adas Israel Congregation, a 119-year-old Orthodox synagogue, in flames. Photo Credit: Mark Vancleave/Star Tribune…

Terror and Hope: New Zealand Reflects 6 Months After Christchurch Mosque Attacks

Huzef Vohra is haunted by flashbacks. The roar of a motorcycle, a loud bang, a whistle-like snore — they catapult the civil engineer back to March 15, to the bottom of a pile of bodies in the corner of Al Noor Mosque. In the disoriented rush that followed a gunman opening fire there, Vohra, 21, charged toward an exit but was quickly caught in the stampede to escape, NBC News reports. “People toppled on top of me,” he said. “I was trapped.” New Zealand Plans Further Restrictions to Gun Ownership Six months later, Vohra and many others in New Zealand are still grappling with a pair of attacks on two Christchurch mosques, Al Noor and the Linwood Islamic Center. Authorities have described the massacre as an act of terror carried out by a suspected white supremacist, who will face trial next year. With a death toll of 51, March 15 marks the worst atrocity in New Zealand’s modern history. As relatives mourn the dead and survivors adjust to life after the attack, New Zealand’s leaders have responded with a slate of sweeping policy changes. A…

Woman Dead After Boat Collision Near San Joaquin Delta

A woman was confirmed dead after an accidental boat collision took place Saturday near Ski Beach in the San Joaquin Delta, the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office said.  Officials responded to a 911 call at around 7:15 p.m. after two boats collided. Initially, the incident was being investigated as a hit-and-run, but it Sheriff’s investigators confirmed Sunday that it was an accident.  Brazen Burglary Attempt Shakes Pleasanton Neighborhood The woman has been identified as 24-year-old Kelly Blake.  Photo Credit: San Juaquin County Sheriff

Teen Girls Strike for Global Action on Climate Change

Fridays for Future school strikes — a movement led largely by teenage girls — has eclipsed the quiet, solitary protests started by its founder, 16-year-old Swede Greta Thunberg, in August 2018. Now upward of 2 million supporters from The Hague to Kampala, Uganda, regularly skip class on Friday and take to the streets to protest government inaction on climate change. Some 450 teen strikers from 38 countries gathered in Lausanne on the banks of Lake Geneva last month to figure out how to get the world to act now, NBC News reported. 2 Dead in Wrong-Way Crash on Highway 85 in Mountain View Donning sundresses or sensible jeans and T-shirts, or rocking eye-catching hairdos in bright blues, greens and pinks, the girls were as diverse as their countries of origin. But they had found commonality in fighting climate change. Photo Credit: Alastair Pike/AFP/Getty Images

1 Dead Following Boat Collision Near San Juaquin Delta

One person is dead following a hit-and-run boating collision near Ski Beach in the San Juaquin Delta, the San Juaquin County Sheriff’s reports. Five people have been treated at a local hospita, the extent of their injuries are not yet known. Brazen Burglary Attempt Shakes Pleasanton Neighborhood No additional information was immediately available. Photo Credit: San Juaquin County Sheriff

‘I Felt It in My Gut’: Sleep Eating Lands One Woman in Urgent Care

When Jenna Evans couldn’t find her engagement ring one morning, she looked inside herself to solve the mystery. Evans, 29, woke up to find her engagement ring missing from her finger and her bedroom altogether. She said she checks for her ring all the time ever since her fiancé proposed in April. One America News Sues Rachel Maddow for $10 Million “So, in case you missed it, I swallowed my engagement ring in my sleep on Tuesday night,” Evans wrote on Facebook. She didn’t remember removing her ring, but she said she remembered swallowing it with a big gulp of water like a vitamin. San Diego Teen Paralyzed in Mountain Biking Accident “I have a lot of strange dreams, so I also thought that it was probably a dream. I just went back to sleep,” Evans told NBC 7. “It took a while to recover from the laughing to figure out what we should do,” Evans added. $10K Reward Offered in Search for San Diego Woman Missing in Maui She went to urgent care, where doctors were shocked to find a diamond ring traveling through…

2 Injured in Shooting at Texas Peewee Football Game: Police

An argument at a peewee football game in Fort Worth, Texas, led to a shooting in which two people, including a child, were injured Saturday afternoon, police say. The shooting happened just before 4 p.m., during the third quarter of a football game between the Fort Worth Longhorns and the 81G Bulldogs, a witness told NBC 5. The teams were playing on a field at Eastern Hills High School. Texas Girl Fighting for Life After Contracting Brain-Eating Amoeba Witnesses said the mother of one of the players became upset when a fight broke out between some of the players on the field. The woman then called her older son, who arrived with a gun and started to shoot, police said. ‘I Am Awesome’: How a Millennial Built a Fentanyl Empire “Everybody in the bleachers, they dropped in the bleachers and everyone ran everywhere,” said Damber Walker, whose son plays for the Bulldogs. “Kids on the field were running. Coaches were running.” The gunman, whose age was not immediately available, was on a small hill overlooking the field and fired between 10 and 30 shots, witnesses…

British Teen Allergic to Dairy Died After Burger Joint Said His Birthday Meal Was Safe

A teenager with a dairy allergy had told a restaurant’s staff about his condition and was misled into thinking his meal was safe before he ate it and died from a severe reaction, a coroner concluded at a London court Friday, the U.K. Press Association reported. Owen Carey died after celebrating his 18th birthday with a meal at a Byron Burger, a chain restaurant in London, in 2017. Investigators at the Southwark Coroner’s Court looking into Owen’s sudden death found the teen had told wait staff about his allergy. He died after eating chicken marinated in buttermilk, NBC News reports. ‘I Am Awesome’: How a Millennial Built a Fentanyl Empire Owen “died from a severe food-induced anaphylactic reaction from food eaten and ordered at a restaurant despite making staff aware of his allergies,” Assistant coroner Briony Ballard ruled. After the ruling, Byron Burger’s chief executive, Simon Wilkinson, said in a statement that the restaurant takes “allergies extremely seriously and have robust procedures in place and although those procedures were in line with all the rules and guidelines, we train our staff to respond in the…

Travel Agent Scammed Delta Out of $1.75M in Frequent Flyer Miles

The managing partner of a small, Chicago-based travel agency is accused of scamming Delta out of nearly $2 million worth of frequent flyer miles, NBC News reported. Gennady Podolsky, a 43-year-old dual Ukrainian and American citizen, was arraigned on wire-fraud charges Friday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia said in a statement.  2 Dead in Wrong-Way Crash on Highway 85 in Mountain View He was indicted by a federal grand jury Wednesday on 12 counts of wire fraud. Prosecutors say Podolsky used travel agency customers’ trips to manipulate the airline’s corporate reward program. ‘Two Tickets to Paradise’ Singer Eddie Money Dies at 70 Photo Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Gay Dads’ Baby Is Denied Citizenship

Roee and Adiel Kiviti, a same-sex couple from Maryland, are suing the State Department over its refusal to grant birthright citizenship to their infant daughter, Kessem, who was born via surrogacy in Canada, NBC News reports. The fathers say their daughter is being denied the birthright citizenship she is entitled to as the child of American parents because her parents are a same-sex married couple. The Kiviti family join other same-sex couples in a string of lawsuits accusing the Trump administration of enforcing the Immigration and Nationality Act in a way that disenfranchises same-sex parents who use surrogacy abroad. 2 Dead in Wrong-Way Crash on Highway 85 in Mountain View “Surprisingly, the officer wrote ‘surrogacy’ on our application, and since then, it’s been a chase of us trying to get a reply from the State Department,” Adiel Kiviti said in an appearance Friday on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports.” Photo Credit: Courtesy of Adiel and Roee Kiviti/Immigration Equality via AP

Twitter Apologizes for Marketing Campaign in San Francisco

Twitter’s latest marketing campaign is raising questions about whether the San Francisco-based company broke the law. The guerrilla marketing advertisements can be seen on San Francisco sidewalks. Residents and visitors can also see the ads everywhere at the Powell Street BART station. It uses people’s tweets about Twitter. Brazen Burglary Attempt Shakes Pleasanton Neighborhood The ads are found on walls and even on columns. But it’s another place they were found that is triggering some controversy and an apology from Twitter. In the Tenderloin, steps from where people are sleeping on the streets and in tents, Twitter has stenciled tweets on sidewalks. 2 Dead in Wrong-Way Crash on Highway 85 in Mountain View “I think it’s in poor taste,” said Sidney Cox, who lives and works in downtown San Francisco. It appears to be part of the social media company’s big new marketing campaign inside the Powell Street BART station. ‘Two Tickets to Paradise’ Singer Eddie Money Dies at 70 “It’s vandalism,” San Francisco-resident Kirk Linn-Degrassi said. The stenciled tweets have sparked strong responses both on Twitter and on the streets of San Francisco. The…

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