<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - Southern California News]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC4_40x125.png NBC Southern California http://www.nbclosangeles.comen-usThu, 08 Dec 2016 08:19:44 -0800Thu, 08 Dec 2016 08:19:44 -0800NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Los Angeles FC Stadium Images]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 08:03:56 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/12-08-2016-lafc-stadium-rendering+%283%29.jpg These renderings show the proposed LA Football Club stadium in Exposition Park. The 22,000-seat Banc of California Stadium will be home to LA's new club when it opens play in 2018.

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<![CDATA[Offshore Magnitude-6.5 Quake Shakes Northern CA Coast]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 07:31:17 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/203*120/12-08-2016-eureka-earthquake-1.JPG

A magnitude-6.5 earthquake was reported early Thursday off the coast of Northern California.

The quake, downgraded from its initial magnitude of 6.8, was about 100 miles off the coast of Eureka, California, a city of about 27,000 people 100 miles south of the Oregon border. Shaking was reported along the Northern California coast, including Ferndale, Eureka and nearby seaside communities.

A tsunami warning was not expected, according to the Tsunami Warning Center. There were no reports of injuries or damage.

The area nearly 300 miles north of San Francisco has a history of strong and damaging quakes

In January 1922, a magnitude-7.3 earthquake off the coast of Humboldt County damaged houses and water lines. The shaking, which also triggered landslides, was felt from the northernmost part of the state south to San Francisco.

A small tsunami was reported, according to the USGS.

In April 1992, the Cape Mendocino Earthquakes, with magnitudes 7.2, 6.5 and 6.7, rattled the region. The first quake occurred April 25 about 30 miles southwest of Eureka. Nearly 100 people were injured and a tsunami generated waves in Northern California and Hawaii.

The next day, a magnitude-6.5 quake shook the same area, causing more damage in Ferndale, Petrolia and Fortuna. About four hours later, a magnitude-6.7 earthquake was reported.

More recently, a magnitude-6.8 earthquake shook the area in March 2014. The area had a magnitude-5.6 earthquake in February 2012.

Photo Credit: USGS
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<![CDATA[Senator Barbara Boxer Bids Farewell After 24 Years]]> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 17:26:00 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Introducen-proyecto-de-ley-para-cambiar-sistema-electoral2.jpg

U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer bid farewell on Wednesday after 24 years in office.

In a speech on the Senate floor, the California Democratic senator spoke about a career devoted to liberal causes like women's rights and the environment. She recalled fondly her friendship and working alliance with Republicans like Sen. Jim Inhofe, a crusty conservative from Oklahoma.

With allies like House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi watching, Boxer recalled accomplishments like after-school programs, setting aside California wilderness lands and last year's highway bill.

She said her retirement wasn’t bittersweet, but was instead just “sweet.”

“I look around this chamber and I realize the reason I’m able to leave is because of each of you and your passion to make life better for people and that’s what it’s all about,” she said.

Also saying goodbye was Maryland Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski, a 40-year veteran of Congress. She is the longest serving woman in the Senate. Over three decades in the chamber, she earned a reputation for determination and for forging odd-couple alliances with Republican men like Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., and former Sen. Christopher Bond, R-Mo., and racked up an impressive roster of accomplishments.

Another departure: first-term Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., defeated for re-election last month. She spoke with pride of her work on defense issues and on a recent law to combat opioid addiction.

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<![CDATA[Rogue One Premiere: X-Wing Fighter Lands in Hollywood]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 06:19:33 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/215*120/12-08-2016-rogue-one-hollywood-1.jpg An X-Wing fighter lands on Hollywood Boulevard for the Saturday Dec. 10, 2016 premiere of "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" at the Pantages Theatre.]]> <![CDATA[Couple Set to Move Loses Belongings in U-Haul Theft]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 02:24:40 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/196*120/lb-theft.PNG

A Long Beach couple all set to move to Portland was left with nothing but a few of their belongings after their moving trailer that contained some of their most precious items was stolen Monday night.

Jared Pettinato and Alicia Shabra's U-Haul trailer was attached to the back of Shabra's Honda Civic, which was parked outside of their rental home. They said their roommate woke them up early Tuesday morning and told them they heard tires screeching.

By the time they ran outside, Shabra's vehicle and the U-Haul were gone.

Long Beach police found the Civic in an alley a few miles away from the couple's home. The empty U-Haul was discovered in a north Long Beach neighborhood.

Shabra said she had items she's had since she was a child in that U-Haul, including family heirlooms and letters from her grandmother who died. 

Now, the couple is left with nothing but a mattress and some used clothes they were planning to donate.

"I would love to see all of our crap that nobody wants, but means the world to us, come back," Pettinato said.

The couple said the U-Haul insurance they purchased does not cover the theft of personal belongings, but the company plans to refund them the $2,600 they paid to rent the trailer.

Photo Credit: KNBC-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Fans Gather for West Hollywood 'Hairspray Live!' Viewing Party]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:54:17 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/210*120/wh-party.PNG Fans rocked their bouffants and sang along in West Hollywood during a "Hairspray Live!" viewing party on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016.]]> <![CDATA[Rockets Lift Off, Leave Lakers Behind]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:48:01 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/James-Harden-Lakers-Rockets-12-7-16.jpg

James Harden led the Houston Rockets with 25 points, eight assists and six rebounds in 30 minutes, as the Houston Rockets exploded past the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night in Texas.

The Lakers failed to offer any resistance to Harden and the Rockets, as the home team scored 43 points in the opening quarter and led by as many as 18 points fewer than 12 minutes into the game.

One may not be able to win a game in the first quarter, but the Lakers sure seemed to lost Wednesday's game in those first 12 minutes. While the Lakers cut the lead back to single digits in the second quarter, the halftime deficit stood at 12, and that was after Lou Williams hit three-quarter court shot.

Entering the locker room, the Rockets had already scored 67 points, as defense had taken the night off. LA's 55 points would have been adequate on just about any other night, but facing Mike D'Antoni's Rockets, that points struggled to keep fans from flipping the channel at halftime.

In the quarter, the lead jumped up to the 30-point range, as the Rockets had already scored 106 points with 12 minutes remaining on the game clock. Eventually, the final buzzer sounded and the short-handed Lakers lost 134-95.

LA committed 27 turnovers on the night, with Williams and Marcelo Huertas each giving the ball away six times. Houston shot 54.3 percent from the field compared to LA's 39.1 percent, and the Rockets assisted on 35 of their 51 made field goals. LA only assists on 14 of its 34 made field goals.

The Rockets beat the Lakers in seemingly every statistical category, save for free throw percentage and blocks. LA shot 0.5 percent better than the Rockets from the foul line.

At one point in the fourth quarter, the Rockets led by 42 points. So, this is one to forget for the purple and gold. With the loss, the Lakers fell to 10-14, while the Rockets improved to 15-7 with the win.

Next, the Lakers play the Phoenix Suns at home on Friday night at Staples Center.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Hollywood Hills School Only LAUSD 2016 Blue Ribbon School]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 04:04:58 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Wonderland+Elementary.JPG

Nearly 300 schools nationwide were named a 2016 National Blue Ribbon School and only one from LAUSD received the prestigious honor on Wednesday.

Wonderland Avenue Elementary School, located in the Hollywood Hills, was recognized for its students' academic success.

"It means that we are a very special school and we are lucky to get this award," said 10-year-old student Camden.

To be nominated as a Blue Ribbon school, the institution's respective state department of education must complete an application that highlights a school's practices.

"I guess because of some our programs that made us diverse from other schools but made us stand out in an optimistic way," 10-year-old Luca said.

Wonderland was recognized for its Exemplary High Performing status, which is based on academic success, but also focuses on its Readers and Writers Workshops, its "Way of Council" program and other acclaimed educational programs.

Luca said the school has a welcoming environment.

"No one's ever alone and you always help some out and you try to solve problems in a very fair way," he said.

Students at the school also appreciate the diversity at Wonderland.

"There's a ton of different nationalities here," Camden said. "We have Korean people, we have Indonesian people, and we have people from South America."

But it's the school's education and history of excellence that got the attention of the State Board of Education to submit them for the national honor from the U.S. Department of Education.

"We have a lot of great curricula and we execute it very well," Wonderland's Principal Sean Teer said.

Teer sees his school as a model for all of LAUSD. It's only the 16th school to receive the honor in the 30 years it has been around.

"What we're doing here is innovative, but it produces results," Teer said.

Aside from academic excellence, the school also promotes strong morals with its Peace Pledge.

"Wonderland is actually a school that builds your good character and one of the reasons why is because of the Peace Pledge," 10-year-old student Daniel said.

The pledge is a promise to treat others with respect.

"It's one of the reasons that people are always nice here," Camden said.

The pledge also promises to uphold inclusion so no one would feel sad or alone, LUCA said.

The Peace Pledge carries a strong lesson that the students take to heart, and have even memorized.

"It's a guideline for your whole life," Daniel said. "It's not just when you're at Wonderland; you should follow the same rules throughout your whole life."



I am a Wonderland Coyote and this is my Peace Pledge:

To give thumbs-down to put-downs because actions & words can hurt and teasing leads to trouble.

To say I'm sorry when I've made a mistake and forgive others when they make mistakes.

To never say 'You can't play' and to help, not hurt, others.

To celebrate our differences and our similarities.

To listen & live with a kind heart and to know that I am not alone.

Don't paw me down – howl me up!

Photo Credit: KNBC]]>
<![CDATA[Music Producer Seriously Injured in Hit-And-Run Crash ]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:37:51 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/203*120/hit-run.PNG

A music producer was in critical condition Wednesday after he was struck by a dump truck last week in Los Angeles.

The crash happened at around 12:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at the intersection of Franklin and Highland avenues. The truck wedged Jason Cole, who was riding his motorcycle, against a car, running over his body and his head.

Cole suffered 15 broken bones and is in serious, but stable, condition, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. He also suffered a torn liver, contusion in the lungs, skull fractures and broken ribs.

His partner Danielle McCleerey told NBC4 that what bothers her is the truck driver is still out there.

"How did nobody see a giant dump truck run someone head's over?" McCleerey said.

Cole has been in and out of surgery since the crash and on Wednesday night he was finally able to converse clearly. He's been asking about their nine-month-old son, McCleerey said.

McCleerey is asking for anyone who saw anything to help.

Cole's body may be battered, but his family's faith remains strong.

"He's the strongest person I know," she said.

Cole is a freelance music producer who has worked with musicians such as Katy Perry and The Killers. His recovery will likely last for months. His family has set up a GoFundMe for his medical expenses.

Photo Credit: Courtesy Family of Jason Cole]]>
<![CDATA[Warriors Wipe Out Clippers ]]> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 23:42:21 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/210*120/Warriors+Blowout+Clippers.png

New season. Same result.

The Golden State Warriors crushed the Los Angeles Clippers 115-98 for their seventh straight head-to-head victory over their Southern California rivals on Wednesday night at Staples Center.

The NBA's best team proved why they are the overwhelming favorite to win the NBA title this year after they went up by 20+ points in the first quarter, and never looked back.

"I think they broke our spirit a little bit," Chris Paul said of the first quarter. "We gave them a lot of baskets. You can't give them points and we were playing transition defense all night."

Klay Thompson led the Warriors on offense with 24 points. Draymond Green chipped in 22, Steph Curry had 19, and  Kevin Durant finished with 16 in his first meeting with the Clippers as a member of the Warriors.

"Defensively is where we won the game," said Durant. "We held them to 39 percent shooting and that's the formula. We made them play one-on-one and made them shoot tough shots all night."

Curry failed to make a three-pointer (0-for-8) for the second time this season, both coming on the Staples Center court as his streak of 157 straight games with a three ended in November against the Lakers.

"It was kind of a coincidence," Curry said of not nailing a shot from beyond the arc. "We try to affect the game in other ways when your shot isn't falling. That's the test, to stay locked in and not get frustrated ebcause I know that won't happen often."

Both teams started the game sloppy as it was apparent that emotions and excitement were at peak levels for the first matchup of the regular season between the two teams. The Clippers committed nine turnovers in the first half, and Golden State had five. 

"I don't think either team played that great in the first few minutes," Clippers head coach Doc Rivers said. "You can't give a good team more confidence and we did that tonight."

L.A. led 9-7 midway through the first quarter, but that would be their only lead of the game as the Warriors ran off 12 straight points and never looked back.

By the time celebrities sitting courtside found their seats, the Warriors had doubled up the Clippers, 30-15, at the end of the first quarter.

Chris Rock, Jay Z, Waka Flocka, Jaleel White, Simone Biles, Wayne Brady and reverend Jesse Jackson were all courtside to watch the Warriors demolition of their Western Conference foes. 

The Clippers "Big 3" struggled from the field as Blake Griffin and Chris Paul were a combined 12-for-34 in the game for just 27 points.

"We need to be more resilient, especially against a team like the Warriors," said Griffin after the game. "I turned the ball over, I put myself in those positions. I missed easy shots. I forced bad shots."

J.J. Redick only had two points and DeAndre Jordan had 10 points to go along with 12 rebounds.

Jamal Crawford led L.A. with 21 points off the bench.

"In the Cleveland game, we were the agressors," Crawford said of their victory last week against the reigning NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers compared to tonight. "Tonight we played on our heels."

Golden State has won four consecutive games against the Clippers at Staples Center and seven straight overall, dating back to Christmas 2014. The seven-game losing streak against the Warriors is the longest active streak against any opponent for the Clippers.

The Warriors continued their NBA-record pace with 32 assists in the game, right at their average. They fell just short of their NBA-leading 120.2 points per game mark with 115. 

Players of the Game:

Draymond Green: 22 points
Jamal Crawford: 21 points
Klay Thompson: 24 points

Three Takeaways:

1. Dray and Jay: Draymond Green had a hug for rap mogul Jay Z before the game.

2. Not Even Close: Entering the game, the largest deficit the Clippers had faced on the season was 21 points. On Wednesday, the Warriors led by as many as 27 points.

3. Bring Home the Gold: There were plenty of Gold medalists on the court as Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, DeAndre Jordan, and Klay Thompson all represented the Stars and Stripes in Brazil this summer, but it was four-time Gold Medalist and Olympic gymnast, Simone Biles that trumped them all as she watched the game courtside.

Up Next:

Warriors (19-3): Golden State's five-game road trip continues in Utah on Thursday where they will face the tough-minded Jazz at 6:00PM PST.

Clippers (16-7): Los Angeles will look to rebound from their worst loss of the season when they host the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday at 7:30PM PST.

Photo Credit: Harry How/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Border Patrol Seizes Over $1M Worth of Marijuana]]> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 21:51:41 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/The+Marijuana+Seized+from+the+Boat+thumbnail.jpg U.S. Border Patrol agents seized approximately 2,400 pounds of marijuana from an abandoned boat near San Clemente on Monday.

Photo Credit: United States Border Patrol]]>
<![CDATA[Family Offers $50,000 of Own Money in Cold Case Murder]]> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 20:44:26 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/207*120/coldcase-murder-ontario.PNG

An Ontario family desperate for clues has offered $50,000 of the family's own money in a murder mystery turned cold case that left a father dead.

"We lost a person with a lot of intelligence, integrity," said Berenice Crain, the victim's daughter.

The victim, Arturo Perez Senior, was murdered inside his office back in January.

As each day passes, Crain misses her father more and more.

Although she can't see him, she still speaks to him every day.

"I tell him to give us strength; give us hope," she said.

The hope that keeps them going is the thought that the killer will be brought to justice.

Art, as the victim liked to be called, was a successful owner of this family-run forklift business.

Every day, his son Arturo Perez Jr. wears his father's jacket to work.

"My mom's been dealing with it the worst," Perez Jr. said. "Not only does she worry about what happened to my dad, but now she's in charge of this business. It's definitely taken a toll on all of us."

In January, 59-year-old Perez was found shot in the head inside his office.

His cellphones had been thrown into a toilet. But to this day, Ontario police say the motive is still unclear.

His family wonders if it was it a robbery or revenge. Family members said they aren't sure if Art had a lot of cash on him and that's why they're not sure if this was a robbery.

"Why him?" Crain wondered.

His wife and four adult children said they are so desperate for that answer that they are offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

"It isn't just closure, but it's also for us and him to be at peace," Crain said.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Ontario police at 909-395-2001.

Photo Credit: Courtesy Perez Family]]>
<![CDATA[Tree Trimming Event Serves As Memorial for South LA Murder Victims]]> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 19:38:58 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Tree_Trimming_Event_Serves_As_Memorial_for_South_LA_Murder_Victims_1200x675_826713667838.jpg The families of victims of homicides in South Los Angeles visited the LAPD's 77th Street station on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, to hang ornaments on a special Christmas tree. ]]> <![CDATA[Accused Serial Killer to Defend Self in Death Penalty Case]]> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 20:34:06 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/12-7-16-Gordon.JPG

The man accused of raping and murdering four women is defending himself in a death penalty trial that began on Wednesday.

Steven Dean Gordon, 47, won the right to defend himself in his death penalty trial earlier this year.

"You've heard the expression, 'Trying to right the wrong?'" he said. "Well, that's what I'm trying to accomplish and only cowards hide behind their attorneys."

Gordon told jurors it was his partner, Franc Cano, who strangled the four women, all with ties to prostitution.

Only one has been found, Jarrea Esteep. Her naked body was discovered on a conveyer belt, at an Anaheim recycling plant.

In court, the defendant said what happened to Esteep was "horrifying." But he didn't go into detail.

Gordon kept pointing the finger of blame at Cano, laying out a story of a man who was his friend, his partner and also the guilty one. Prosecutors say both men wore GPS tracking devices at the time of the crimes. Both were registered sex offenders. Cano has not yet been tried.

"In no way am I a saint, but I have a conscience," he said. "He does not. He's a predator and I'm going to prove it to you."

Among those Gordon called to the stand were co-workers who testified they knew he hung out with Cano and that both men lived in their cars in a parking lot.

Gordon says over the next few days he will call police and probation officers as he continues to build his defense.

<![CDATA[Home Lights Up for Holidays With Social Media Twist]]> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 19:52:49 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Todd_Social_Holiday_Lights_PKG_1200x675_827373635720.jpg

When it comes to holiday decorations in front of a house, there's nothing wrong with Santa on a sleigh or elves delivering presents, or reindeer. A tried-and-true holiday decoration always works.

However, there's something new this holiday season in Rancho Penasquitos.

"We're having a social media Christmas on Christmas Card Lane," said Victoria Bell.

Bell is spreading holiday cheer, socially. She's filled the front of her house with social media and Christmas themed decorations. The main attraction is Santa taking a selfie.

"I thought what a great idea to have Santa taking a selfie, hashtag Santa selfie," said Bell.

The social media influenced decorations include Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, emojis and more. There's even a selfie board if you want to pose and post.

Judging by the brake lights on the cars passing by, people seem to like this social twist on the holidays. Bell said the decorations on the street are very traditional and she wanted to do something current.

If you want to see this social media holiday house for yourself, it's located at 8913 Oviedo St. in Rancho Penasquitos.

<![CDATA[Altadena Awe: Christmas Tree Lane]]> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 21:31:14 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/ChristmasTreeLane2010.jpg

Anyone who would claim to be, like, seriously into shrubs, or a bush buff, or a fan of flowery branches of all sorts, probably can name their favorite tree in town.

It might be the Japanese maple in their own front yard, or a Coast Live Oak they came across that one year on a hike down by the river. But thousands of locals, even if they do have a favorite tree, keep a special corner of their affections open to a certain stretch of street in Altadena.

Christmas Tree Lane is that fabled thoroughfare, and for nearly a century the avenue's tall and noble deodar cedars have provided some holiday shine for neighbors, locals, and those who travel from around Southern California to see the seasonal sparkler of a sight.

And that sight will once again do its tall-of-tree twinkling on Santa Rosa Avenue in Altadena starting on Saturday, Dec. 10.

Visitors to the nightly sight may be even more in tender touch with the treely spirit in 2016, given that the famous deodar cedars have not been weathering the drought well. A commendable undertaking to help the trees arose in the summer, with several people pitching in to dig dry wells and run hoses, revealed Pasadena Star-News.

It's a reminder that though this is the 96th go-around for the glow show, trees, even long-lived and typically hearty trees, could use some TLC during challenging times.

Consider joining (and donating) to the Christmas Tree Lane Association to give these stately symbols of both the season and Altadena a little extra oomph. 

And consider, on Dec. 10, arriving well before sundown to peruse the Winter Arts & Crafts Festival, which begins at 2. As for the flipping of the switch? That happens at 6 o'clock, a bit after the sun says farewell and the thousands of lights wending through the trees can really do their thing.

While we may have our favorite trees around the region, be they in front of our own houses, the library down the street, or a few zip codes away, Christmas Tree Lane is a shared tree-love experience for many Southern Californians of multiple generations.

Here's to the lovely line-up of deodar cedars staying strong, robust, and full of festive light for many holiday seasons to come.

Photo Credit: Christmas Tree Lane]]>
<![CDATA[Internment Survivor Fears History Will Repeat Itself]]> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 20:54:21 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/knbc-actor-rodney-kageyama.jpg

As Americans observed the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor, Japanese Americans remembered what happened after the attack: the forced internment of more than 100,000 because of their race.

One survivor of internment camps is worried history might repeat itself.

Actor Rodney Kageyama remembers it well. He was a little boy when his family was forced into internment. Every year the anniversary brings a little trepidation.

"It just brings a little twinge to me," he said. "Hey, I'm an American."

Japanese Americans were set to hold a candlelight vigil in Little Tokyo on Wednesday to show solidarity with Muslim Americans following the suggestion of a new registry for immigrants from Muslim countries. A similar registry was done after 9/11 but abandoned after criticism of racial profiling.

"I think, you know, oh not again. Not again. We went through so much," Kageyama said. "I don't want to see them going through what we went through."

An immigration advisor to president-elect Donald Trump has said any registry would focus only on immigrants from so-called at-risk countries, but critics say that would in effect be a Muslim registry, and a first step toward internment. During World War II, no Japanese Americans were found to have performed any act of espionage or sabotage.

"Our community feels an obligation to speak up any time this sort of thing comes up again and tell people this is wrong," said Chris Komai of the Little Tokyo Community Council. "Why make the same mistake again when we know that Muslim Americans are already serving in the armed forces and showing that they are good Americans too?"

Historians also remind us many Japanese Americans came out of the internment camps and fought for America during World War II. In fact, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team was one of the most decorated in history.

Photo Credit: KNBC-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Abandoned 3-Legged Cat Looking for Fur-Ever Home]]> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 21:16:46 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/222*120/161207-3-legged-cat-post-surgery.jpg

A three-legged cat that was abandoned in Los Angeles is looking for a fur-ever home for the holidays.

Now that the kitty named Armstrong is recovering after surgery, the shelter that is treating him hopes he will be adopted once he fully recovers.

The cat was rescued from a busy intersection near Old Town Pasadena after somebody called a local shelter reporting a cat with a visibly broken leg.

Armstrong, pictured above, before undergoing surgery to amputate his leg.

Pasadena Humane Society animal control officers found the cat with a "painful exposed fracture" to his right front leg near Green Street and Oakland Avenue in Pasadena. He limped to animal control officers "as if he knew help had arrived," the shelter said.

The veterinary team at the shelter found that the cat has suffered a double fracture in his right front leg. They believe the cat has been suffering for days and weeks, as the injury appears to have happened a while ago. It is unclear if the injuries to Armstrong were accidental or deliberate.

Armstrong underwent surgery to amputate his leg earlier this week and will recover in foster care for the next two weeks, the shelter said.

"He is a friendly cat who we hope will be adopted quickly once he recovers from his injuries," said Julie Bank, President/CEO of the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA.

For more information about adopting Armstrong, email adoptions@pasadenahumane.org or call 626-792-7151.

Photo Credit: Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA]]>
<![CDATA[Well-Rested Clippers Ready for Showdown with Warriors]]> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 17:14:04 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/209*120/Well-rested+Clippers+ready+for+GSW.png

There's finally rest for the weary.

The Los Angeles Clippers got two consecutive days of rest for the first time all season as they prepare to host the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night at Staples Center.

The Clips concluded a brutal stretch that saw them play 10 games in 16 days including seven on the road. Since the start of the season, the team has played 22 games in 38 days without back-to-back days off.

The excruciating NBA schedule finally caught up with the veteran-laden Clippers on Sunday in a 111-102 loss to the Indiana Pacers. 

"They looked really well-rested," said Blake Griffin. "Rest does a lot for a team, this is only their second game since we played them in Indiana. Two games in seven days… I think that has a lot to do with it." 

It's true. The Pacers defeated the Clippers at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse on November 27, and had just one game before traveling to Los Angeles to face them again. Indiana got four days off between playing the Portland Trailblazers and the Clippers, plenty of time to get back stars Paul George, C.J. Miles and Kevin Seraphin.

The difference in a rested team and a team that had played four games over the same span was noticeable, and it's something the Clippers hope will play in their favor when they host the Warriors on Wednesday. 

"We've been talking about this for weeks now," added Griffin about the back-to-back days off before the NBA's newest "Superteam" rolls into town. "It's like that vacation you've always planned that you thought was never going to get here, and now it's finally here. This is huge for us." 

The Clippers will need any advantage they can get when they host the team with the best record in the NBA (18-3). The Warriors high-octane offense is firing on all cylinders coming into the highly anticipated matchup, scoring at least 132 points in three straight games and fresh removed from a 142-106 whooping of the Pacers on Monday. 

Klay Thompson scored 60 points in that game in just 29 minutes, and the Warriors most efficient shooter is ready to spice up the rivalry with the Clippers.

"We were a team trying to break through and make the playoffs in previous years," Thompson said on Wednesday about the rivalry. "They were trying to do the same thing, as far as make noise in the playoffs. We both had an edge to ourselves and we haven't lost it. They're still hungry to get to that championship level. You can see that, but so are we."

Thompson is correct in his assessment. When the two teams met in the Playoffs a few years ago and it went seven games, a series the Clippers won 4-3, the two teams were considered to be California rivals that would battle for championships for years to come. 

However, since that playoff exit, the Warriors have been to back-to-back NBA Finals and won it all in 2014-2015. The Warriors have dominated the rivalry since then, sweeping the Clippers in all four meetings last season, and winners of six straight overall against the Southern California foes.

The most recent beat down provided by the Warriors was a 45-point thumping, 120-75 in the preseason on Oct. 4 at Oracle Arena.

Wednesday will be the first clash of these two Western Conference titans of the regular season, and first since the glorified exhibition game. If anything, the matchup will be a measuring stick for both teams, and the Clippers first taste of newest Warrior, Kevin Durant. 

"They're a top team in the West, a top team in the league no matter what," said Griffin at practice on Tuesday. "Yeah, it's a different type of game than if you're playing the last seed in the East. Absolutely it is. I'd be lying to come in and just say it's a regular game."

The Warriors have won 14 of their last 15 games, whereas the Clippers have struggled as of late, losers of four of the last six. Fatigue could have played a factor in those games, but not on Wednesday as the Clippers will be the more fresh team and will have no excuses when the final buzzer rings.

Tip-off between the Golden State Warriors and the Los Angeles Clippers will be at 7:30PM at Staples Center. 

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<![CDATA[7 People Taken Into Custody Following Chase]]> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 23:11:36 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/161207-fontana-pursuit.JPG

A pursuit that began in San Bernardino County ended in Kern County, about 85 miles north, on Monday afternoon. Seven people were taken into custody. 

The high-speed pursuit began when a drive-by shooting occurred in Rialto, according to the Fontana Police Department.

Officers were in the area, spotted the white Toyota Camry and a pursuit began.

No shots were fired at officers or from officers during the pursuit, police said.

The car was described as a white 2014 Toyota Camry. 

The driver was heading northbound, traveling 110 mph. At one point, an undercover officer crashed, striking another vehicle, in Victorville. 

The civilian was taken to a hospital with a complaint of pain. The officer was not injured. 

The pursuit ended on the 58 Freeway in Edwards, California, when the driver ran out of gas and pulled over, police said. 

Seven people were taken into custody, including one person who was inside the trunk. 

The suspects are believed to be active gang members, according to the Fontana Police Department. 

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<![CDATA[Breast Cancer Patient 'Humiliated' at TSA Pat-Down]]> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 21:04:27 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/207*120/cancer-tsa-outrage.jpg

A breast cancer patient traveling at LAX said she felt violated after she was forced to remove her wig and endure what she calls an invasive pat-down all caught on camera Sunday.

"I have never been so humiliated or felt more violated in my life," said Denise Albert via a Facebook post that has generated outrage across social media.

Albert was traveling out of LAX Sunday afternoon when the incident occurred.

The TSA responded Wednesday morning with a statement, apologizing for the incident.

"The Transportation Security Administration takes reports of alleged impropriety very seriously," the agency said.

Albert, who has breast cancer, said she thought it would be business as usual until she got to airport security Sunday afternoon.

She said she notified the TSA agents of her metal port, a small catheter under the skin of the chest that allows cancer patients to be injected or for blood to be drawn with less discomfort. She also told them she had medical cream for an infection that affects her feet.

After going through the scan without incident, she assumed the agents would just test her cream as others had done during previously security screenings. Instead, she said they insisted on a body search in public. Video shows a female agent patting down Albert as she sat, which Albert called "aggressive" and "forceful."

The agents also asked her to remove her shoes, which Albert said wasn't possible unless she could sit as her shoes went through the x-ray. Her feet can't touch the floor due to her infection. TSA agreed to this, but Albert said things got worse.

TSA incited a head-to-toe search, which would require the agent touching her wig. Albert said via the post her wig is expensive and didn't want it ruined, and out of exasperation, ripped it off herself.

"So I ripped it off for them to pat my head without damaging my wig (that I paid for and insurance didn't cover!) I don't ever go out in public without it. I have shown pictures on social media as I feel it empowers others but I'm not comfortable in public (I have taken it off at 2 breast cancer related work events for a second to show other cancer survivors and those in it now!)," she said via her Facebook post.

When it came time for the agent to pat down her breast area, Albert refused as seen on the video. She said she had to lift her shirt once the video ended.

Eventually a supervisor with more "compassion," as Albert said in her post, was called and the pat down was continued in a private room.

"Even though all of my bags when through x-rays without incident as well, they opened my bags, removed everything and another TSA agent joked about all of the eyelashes I had. I told her, it's because I don't have real ones from my cancer treatment," Albert said via Facebook.

Albert said after the ordeal had ended, a flight attendant had made her experience much better for the night.

TSA's Kimberly Walton reached out to Albert and told her an investigation was underway, and apologized for the experience. Albert also said she was told TSA would refresh training with their 3,000 employees.

In the statement released by TSA Wednesday, the agency also said:

"TSA reviewed what occurred during the screening of Ms. Denise Albert at LAX on December 4 that caused a stressful situation for Ms. Albert. Ms. Albert was eventually provided a private screening environment with a witness in attendance that resolved the situation. TSA deeply regrets the distress this additional security screening caused Ms. Albert. We have spoken directly to Ms. Albert to address her concerns."

Albert's full Facebook post below:

Photo Credit: Courtesy Denise Albert
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<![CDATA[Takedown Targets Drug Operation With Cartel Ties]]> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 19:18:36 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/12-07-2016-drug-bust-1.jpg

A yearlong investigation into a drug operation with ties to Mexican cartels led to 14 arrests Wednesday morning in Los Angeles County, according to authorities.

Twenty-nine search and arrest warrants were served Wednesday morning in Southern California, Arizona and Utah. 

Authorities seized about $3.2 million, firearms, nearly 400 pounds of meth and other drugs.

"Domestic drug trafficking organizations working in close coordination with Mexican cartels and violent street gangs are ever present in and around the Los Angeles area," said DEA Special Agent in Charge John S. Comer in a news release. "These groups distribute their toxic substances throughout our communities and DEA is committed to suppressing the drug threat as well as the violence associated with the illicit drug trade. Working with our local law enforcement counterparts, we can successfully target and penetrate all levels of the supply chain and effectively dismantle these criminal organizations."

The criminal drug distribution "cells" were receiving cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin from the cartels, including the Sinaloa Cartel, authorities said. The drugs were then distributed across the Southwest and members of LA gangs, according to investigators.

The warrants were served at "stash locations" in the South Gate and Huntington Park areas of Los Angeles.

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<![CDATA[No Charges Filed Against Crowe in Hotel Dispute With Banks]]> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 12:05:26 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/222*120/12-7-16-Crowe-no-charges-filed.jpg

A Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney has determined no charges will be filed against actor Russell Crowe over a hotel dispute with rapper and singer Azealia Banks in October.

Banks charged Crowe had physically assaulted and hurled racial slurs at her during a weekend dinner party in Beverly Hills on Oct. 15. Banks had attended the gathering in Crowe's Room at the Beverly Hills Hotel before the confrontation occurred, documents from the prosecutor noted.

She told Beverly Hills police that Crowe had "grabbed her by the neck, used a racial epithet, and threw her out of the room," adding that he spat on her hand while she was standing by the door, court documents stated.

However, several guests at the party told authorities that Banks was the aggressor, stating that she used a racial epithet repeatedly, was verbally aggressive to partygoers, and "threatened to break a glass to cut the throat of a female guest and/or Crowe," read documents from the prosecutor.

According to guests, Crowe struggled with Banks after partygoers saw her pick up a glass in the room, and then led Banks out of the hotel room. The Deputy District Attorney determined Crowe took her out of the room to prevent the violence she had threatened.

Rapper and actor RZA, who brought Banks as a guest to the party, described his account of the confrontation in a Facebook post days after the incident. He described Banks' behavior that night, and wrote the verbal abuse escalated when Banks made the threat before she grabbed and attacked another guest.

"Russell blocked the attack and expelled her from the suite," wrote RZA on Facebook. "Seeing is believing and I saw her behave as an obnoxious erratic individual and in the circles I frequent this was unprecedented....THIS IS NOT A RACE OR GENDER ISSUE. I did not hear Russell call her a N::gg:::: I'm not trying to protect Russell from anything he is a man of his own Caliber."

The Deputy District Attorney also determined Crowe would not be held "criminally accountable for the minor battery of spitting on Banks' gloved hand," since the act was "incidental" to preventing the violent behavior she threatened.

Court documents also noted one guest said the spit did not touch her hand.

Banks admitted to insulting Crowe before she was escorted out of the room. She did not have any injuries when she reported the confrontation to police about 12 hours after it happened, and documents from the prosecutor added there was no known video in the area of the hotel room.

Photo Credit: Getty Images
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<![CDATA[Free: Music Center's Leonard Cohen Night]]> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 12:16:04 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Leonard-Cohen-EFE.jpg

Remembering a musician and his work in the days following his passing can take on many forms, depending on the fandom and how those fans want to pay tribute.

If the artist contributed to a soundtrack, a local theater might screen the film. If a cover band regularly plays the artist's hits, they might pop up at the local bar.

And if the communal experience of listening to a legend's work is what draws devotees together, then a famous place with "music" in its very name will simply put on the legend's songs and invite fans to enjoy the classic catalog, together, simply, in a beautiful space.

That enjoyment will go down to the sounds of Leonard Cohen at The Music Center Plaza on Thursday evening, Dec. 8.

There isn't a lot of frills or doodads to add to this one, an approach that serves Mr. Cohen's lean and poetically powerful oeuvre well. It's simply a night of people coming together to dig deep into some iconic music, and remember the musician who passed away on Nov. 7 at the age of 82.

It's free. Again, there are no frills, no tickets to order or reserve, no presentations to arrive for or live songs on a stage. Just show up and find an old friend, or make a new buddy, and turn your ears upward to the speakers as you find a step to sit on or bench or chair.

Food, too, will be nearby (and for sale), as well as drinks.

As for what Cohen classics you'll hear? It's a four-hour event, so the flow could easily encompass everything from "Hallelujah" to "You Want It Darker" to "First We Take Manhattan" to "Chelsea Hotel No. 2."

Start time? Find your place on the plaza starting at 5 o'clock and settle in for memory, music, and a man who moved millions with his straight-to-the-stark-center-of-it songcraft.

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<![CDATA[Discarded Jacket Closes Freeway for Nearly 2 Hours]]> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 20:24:31 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/200*120/12-07-2016-freeway-pasadena-robot-1.jpg

The 210 Freeway in Pasadena and a Metro Gold Line station were closed for more than an hour late Wednesday morning due to a bomb squad investigation.

Authorities responded to investigate a report of a suspicious item near the 210 Freeway and Lake Avenue. A caller reported that someone in a vehicle threw the item onto the freeway east of Los Angeles.

That item turned out to be a discarded jacket next to a concrete barrier between the freeway and Metro train station.

LASD Transit Policing Division spokesman Ramon Montenegro told City News Service that cameras at the Gold Line station caught a man tossing the item onto the freeway near the station. The Pasadena Star-News reported that the man was taken into custody after struggling with deputies at the nearby Memorial Park station.

The 210 Freeway, a major route through the San Gabriel Valley, was closed at Lake Avenue, and Metro's Gold Line Lake Station was closed for the investigation. Drivers and passengers could be seen walking on the freeway and taking pictures as they waited for the road to clear.

"It's become like a community out here," one driver told City News Service

Others tried to turn around and travel toward the nearest exit, adding to what was already a significant traffic mess.

A bomb squad robot was deployed to remove the jacket from near a freeway barrier before the road reopened at about 10:50 a.m.

The investigation comes one day after an uncorroborated threat that led to heightened security on Metro's Red Line. The FBI found not evidence that the threat, received through an overseas anonymous phone call to a public safety line, was credible.

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<![CDATA[Luminaria Walks: Glowing SoCal Strolls]]> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 09:48:38 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/ranchosantaanaluminaria.jpg

Stop by Santa Fe on Christmas Eve, or Albuquerque, or Taos, or another New Mexican city, and you're apt to find driveways and walkways and even roads lined in hundreds of paper lunch bags.

These bags do not contain sandwiches nor apples, however; they hold a scoop of sand or dirt and, at the center of the sand, a votive candle.

It's a luminaria, or farolito, if you prefer, and while the simple and spectacular lanterns aren't seen quite as often around California, there are places that forgo the strings of blinking bulbs and LED lights for the quieter, on-the-ground display of paper, sand, candle, and pure magic.

If you adore this Southwestern tradition, which has extended beyond the Land of Enchantment to Texas, Phoenix, and points beyond, schedule a trip to the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont or Fullerton Arboretum for a different sort of seasonal illumination experience.

The illumination is obviously not electrical, like so many holiday displays, but rather solely relies on a small flame, and how that flame dances within the confines of the bag, creating shadows and fanciful forms.

The Rancho Santa Ana luminarias will be out and flickering over four December evenings: the 9th, 10th, 16th, and 17th (so, yes, two Fridays and two Saturdays).

Expect to see about one thousand lanters aglow, a truly terrific sight. Live music from Windsong Canyon as well as other acts and seasonal treats (hello, hand-warming hot cider) complement the half-mile stroll.

And at the Fullerton Arboretum? Sand + candles will make low-lit magic on Friday, Dec. 16 and Saturday, Dec. 17 at the annual Holiday Luminaria Stroll.

Lanterns play an important role in cultures around the planet in myriad ways and on many occasions.

The luminaria, in its present and pleasing form, is very much symbolic of the Southwest, and the promise that bizcochito cookies and posole and champurrado and the other treats of a New Mexican Christmas await luminaria lookers at the end of the trail.

Scooping sand into lunch bags, and adding votives, is a time-honored way for New Mexicans to socialize with family and friends while enjoying the outdoors on Christmas Eve day. But in New Mexico, and elsewhere, luminarias are popping up earlier in the month these days, at gardens and museums and other public spheres.

Whether you call the paper bags farolitos — a term more apt to be used in the northern part of New Mexico — or luminarias, you can find this different sort of holiday light sight in Southern California.

Photo Credit: Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden]]>
<![CDATA[Armed North Hills Jewelry Store Robber Arrested]]> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 01:57:08 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/206*120/jewelry-store.PNG A robber was arrested after he dropped a pillowcase full of stolen jewelry and guns -- one that police said appeared to be fake -- outside of a North Hills store. Adrian Arambulo reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016.]]> <![CDATA[Video Suggests Officials Knew About Warehouse Dangers Before Fire]]> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 01:20:04 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/233*120/ghost+ship.PNG New video suggests that authorities new about the dangers of the "Ghost Ship" warehouse months before the fire as nine more victims were identified by the coroner. Hetty Chang reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016.]]> <![CDATA[Chase Ends When Pickup Truck Boxes in Possible DUI Driver]]> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 00:39:27 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/215*120/sparks-pursuit-120616.PNG

A possible DUI driver who led an hour-long pursuit through the San Fernando Valley was taken into custody Tuesday night after a resident boxed in the chase driver's vehicle with his pickup truck.

The pursuit began in the Pacoima area around 10 p.m., according to the Los Angeles Police Department. They had reason to believe the driver was armed.

Sparks flew from the vehicle as the driver led officers on a chase that spanned across surface streets and freeways. He drove most of the way with only three tires after one of his back wheels went out.

At one point, the suspect nearly hit a bicyclist in a parking lot. 

The hour-long pursuit came to an end around 11 p.m. in the Tujunga area when a pickup driver boxed in the pursuit suspect using his vehicle. 

Narek Nadzharyan, the pickup driver, said he was trying reverse his truck to avoid the pursuit driver and ended up blocking him.

"I just got out and started running because I heard he was dangerous or something," he said. "It was pretty scary."

It was not immediately clear if anyone was injured in the chase. 

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<![CDATA['Learn to Lead' LAPD Scholarship Awards]]> Tue, 06 Dec 2016 21:39:52 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/207*120/learn-lapd-scholarhsip.PNG It was a great night in Hollywood for the LAPD and possibly some of its future officers. The department, with money provided by local nonprofit Learn to Lead, held a scholarship awards dinner Monday, Dec. 5, 2016.]]> <![CDATA[Early Morning Bear Encounter in SoCal Yard]]> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 06:16:32 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/207*120/bear-encounter-12616.PNG

A SoCal woman's heart-stopping encounter with a bear in her yard was caught on camera Tuesday.

Janet Tenney said at about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday morning, her golden doodle Lola alerted her to something in her yard on the 5900 block of Canyonside Road in La Crescenta.

Lola woke Tenney up, and when she investigated further, she discovered a bear in her yard.

Cubs were also digging through her trash.

As Tenney tried to get a better look through her screen door, the mama bear leaped at Tenney, swiping at her through the door.

Luckily, she and Lola were not injured.

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<![CDATA[Anti-Pot Push After Prop 64 in Ventura]]> Tue, 06 Dec 2016 19:53:11 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/weed-generic-photo-web1.JPG Ventura voted for a moratorium on all commercial activity related to weed. Gordon Tokumatsu reports for the NBC4 News at 6 on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016.

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