<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - Southern California News]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC4_40x125.png NBC Southern California http://www.nbclosangeles.comen-usSun, 22 Jan 2017 04:17:50 -0800Sun, 22 Jan 2017 04:17:50 -0800NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Officials Urge Evacuations as Major Storm Approaches SoCal]]> Sun, 22 Jan 2017 00:29:54 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/iron-canyon-mud-012117.png

Officials are urging some Southern California residents to evacuate their homes as a major storm approaches. Rainfall is expected Saturday evening, with the heaviest intensities between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday. 

Santa Clarita

Evacuation notices have been issued for approximately 120 Santa Clarita homes in the vicinity of the recent Sand Fire, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Santa Clarita station.

The affected area includes Placerita Canyon Rd. to the south, Sand Canyon Rd. to the west boundary and Iron Canyon Road on the northern boundary.

The notices were issued in advance of a storm which is expected to bring heavy rainfall and increased risk of mud and debris flows to the area.

Residents in the affected areas are being urged to evacuate no later than 10 p.m. Saturday. 

The evacuation center is at Canyon High School located at 19300 Nadal Street in Santa Clarita. 

Animals may be taken to the Castaic Animal Shelter at 31044 Charlie Canyon Road in Castaic. 

Duarte

All homes in the Fish Fire impact area in Duarte will be under mandatory evacuation orders starting Sunday. 

The Duarte Community Center (1600 Huntington Dr.) will serve as an evacuation site beginning Sunday at 7 a.m. 

Animals are not allowed at the shelter and residents are encouraged to make arrangements for them. 

Camarillo Springs

Similarly, residents in Camarillo Springs have received voluntary evacuation orders which will begin Sunday at 6 a.m.

The Red Cross Emergency Shelter in Camarillo opens Sunday at 6 a.m. It is located in the Leisure Village Recreation building at 1200 Leisure Village Drive in Camarillo.

Glendora 

Voluntary evacuation orders are in effect for the Colby Fire Impact Area in Glendora, according to the Glendora Police Department. 

This area encompasses about 1,000 homes north of Sierra Madre Avenue between the western city boundaries of Azusa/Glendora to the eastern boundary of properties on the western side of Little Dalton Wash. 

The evacuation center is located at the Crowther Teen and Family Center at 241 West Dawson Ave. in Glendora. 

Silverado Canyon 

Voluntary evacuations have also been ordered for the Silverado Canyon burn area beginning 9 a.m. Sunday. The evacuation advisory is for homes east of 30311 Silverado Canyon Rd., according to the Orange County Fire Authority. 

Silverado Canyon residents with large animals should make personal arrangements to move their animals before the rainfall Sunday morning, fire officials said. 



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<![CDATA[Robbery Suspects Ditch Black BMW Following Pursuit Crash]]> Sun, 22 Jan 2017 00:17:18 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/012117-pursuit-crash-bellflower.JPG

Three men bailed from a black BMW Saturday afternoon after a pursuit ended in a crash in Bellflower. 

The pursuit car T-boned into another car at Somerset and Clark Avenue in Bellflower shortly after 5 p.m.

The three robbery suspects ran from the vehicle, with one even running on the roof of a nearby automotive and body shop in an effort to elude authorities.

All three men were arrested, according to the sheriff's department. 

One person was taken to the hospital with unknown injuries following the crash.

It's unclear where the chase began. 



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<![CDATA[Crowds Flood Downtown Los Angeles for Women's March]]> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 13:51:42 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/207*120/March+aerials+2+1-21-17.JPG

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<![CDATA[Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale List Extravagant $35M Estate]]> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 08:55:20 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/knbc-gwen-stefani-gavin-rossdale-house-for-sale-tn.jpg Following their high-profile divorce last year, Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale are hoping to sell their extravagant Beverly Hills estate for $35 million.

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<![CDATA[750K Flock to Downtown LA for Women's March Los Angeles]]> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 22:54:52 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/AP_17021652524781.jpg

Some 750,000 people flooded the streets of downtown Los Angeles Saturday to march in solidarity with the Women's March on Washington, according to organizers for the event.

Event organizers for the Women's March-Los Angeles say the day is designed to unify communities and make a stand for "justice and equity for all."

The mission statement for the march reads in part, "We stand together in solidarity for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health and our families -- recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country."

The march came a day after Donald Trump's inauguration. Although it appears nowhere on the site for the event, the march appears to be in direct response to the election of Trump. But organizers have to be clear to point out the march will be "pro-woman" rather than "anti-Trump.

"Women's March Los Angeles is about having our voices heard, activating our community and unifying our community. Women's rights are human rights," said organizer Emiliana Guereca.

Organizers for Women's March Los Angeles estimated three-quarters of a million people came out for the event. The Los Angeles Police Department deferred to the organizers for the march when asked about a crowd estimate.

The march in LA is a sister march to a massive gathering planned in Washington, D.C., where hundreds of thousands of people are expected to turn out, including Gloria Steinem as well as many celebrities like America Ferrera, Ashley Judd, and others.

Marchers in Los Angeles enjoyed a break in the rain between a series of storms that have drenched Southern California this week.

Participants began meeting at Pershing Square at 9 a.m., and the official march was slated to commence at 10 a.m. The march was expected to end at City Hall, and speakers including Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis, Mayor Eric Garcetti, and former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa are expected to attend. Other notable attendees include Jane Fonda, Laverne Cox, Debbie Allen, Miley Cyrus and Ariana Grande.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn was also planning to attend.

"I am marching Saturday because I want to show my support for the millions of Americans who continue to believe that we should be a nation that respects and supports everyone whether they are a woman, a man, an immigrant, gay, straight, trans, poor or Muslim," Hahn said. "We need to lead by example and fight to make Los Angeles County a model for the nation."

As of Saturday morning, 93,000 people said they were attending on the event's Facebook page, and another 73,000 noted they were interested in attending the event.

Street closures will be in place and traffic delays are expected due to the march, which is expected to end at 4 p.m.

Organizers highly reccommended that participants take public transit to the event. More information about what you need to know about the Los Angeles march can be found here or on the event website.

Trains on the Metrolink's San Bernardino and Antelope Valley lines were at capacity Saturday morning and could not pick up additional passengers as they traveled to Union Station, said Scott Johnson a spokesman for Metrolink. The San Bernardino Line was carrying about 1,000 people, and the Antelope Valley line out of Lancaster was carrying about 600.

Amtrack 763, traveling through Orange County, was also at capacity but Johnson could not confirm whether or not it was picking up additional passengers.

NBC4's Jessica Rice, Heather Navarro and City News Service contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Santa Ana Trump Protests End With No Arrests]]> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 05:56:55 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Santa_Ana_Trump_Protests_End_With_No_Arrests_1200x675_859671107740.jpg A couple hundred protesters hit the streets in Santa Ana closing down some intersections. Despite a few chaotic moments with rocks, bottles and fireworks being thrown at officers, no arrests have been made. Robert Kovacik reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017.]]> <![CDATA[SoCal Winter Weather Photos]]> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 03:16:39 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/AP_17019778999979.jpg

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<![CDATA[Women's March in LA: What You Need to Know]]> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 02:18:10 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/177*120/AP_17015811324107.jpg

The streets of downtown Los Angeles are expected to be flooded with people Saturday, the day after Donald Trump's inauguration, as the Women's March hits the pavement.

Though it appears nowhere on the site, the march appears to be in direct response to the election of Trump. But organizers have be clear to point out the march will be "pro-woman" rather than "anti-Trump."

"We stand together in solidarity for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families -- recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country," the site reads.

The march in LA is a sister march to a massive gathering planned in Washington, D.C., where more than 150,000 are expected to turn out, including Gloria Steinem as well as many celebrities like America Ferrera, Ashley Judd, and others.

Participants will begin meeting at Pershing Square at 9 a.m., and the official march will commence at 10 a.m. The march is expected to end at City Hall, and speakers including Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis, Mayor Eric Garcetti, and former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa are expected to attend. Other notable attendees include Jane Fonda, Laverne Cox, Debbie Allen, Miley Cyrus and Ariana Grande. Organizers said more than 100,000 had registered on their site. 

As of Wednesday, 68,000 people on the event's Facebook page had pledged to attend. As organizers pointed out, the march is not just for women.

Organizers also said they have all the required permits and have been working with the Los Angeles Police Department. 

There will be a huge amount of congestion as well as street closures. The march ends at 4 p.m.

How to Get There

Free Shuttle to the Metro From West Hollywood

Anyone departing from West Hollywood planning on taking the Metro Red Line can take advantage of a free shuttle service courtesy of CityLineX.

Full details and locations.

View the schedule.

Taking the Metro

If you are taking the Red Line, which is highly encouraged due to the amount of traffic expected, take the Metro Red Line toward downtown Los Angeles and exit Pershing Square (5th Street).

Here are some park and ride options from Metro.

Driving

Take the 110 Freeway toward Downtown Los Angeles and exit onto 6th Street.

Parking

Parking will be available under Pershing Square all day. Parking will be anywhere from $10-$30 in public lots surrounding Pershing Square.

Amtrak

Union Station is closest to the march start location, about 2.5 miles away.

Ride Share

If you utilize a ride share service like Uber or Lyft, note that streets will be very congested.

Rules

Backpacks are allowed, and signs on sticks are allowed, but the following are not:

  • No alcohol
  • No weapons of any kind
  • No dogs or pets (service animals only, please)

Other rules about signage can be found here

Weather

There will be break Saturday in a trio of storms hitting SoCal, NBC4's Meteorologist Fritz Coleman said. 

Check the forecast here.

Other Things That Are Good to Know

Restrooms will be located along the route and at the start and finish.

Water will also be provided along the route.

For more information, visit the organizer's website.



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<![CDATA[Lakers Rookie Brandon Ingram Inspires Lakers To Win Over Pacers]]> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 00:25:34 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Brandon-Ingram-shines-Lakers-win-over-Pacers_1200x675_859672643754.jpg The Los Angeles Lakers beat the Indiana Pacers, and Brandon Ingram had a standout performance against Paul George. Recorded at Staples Center on Jan. 20, 2017 (Courtesy: Shahan Ahmed)]]> <![CDATA[Lakers Snap Losing Streak, Beat Pacers]]> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 01:38:43 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Lou-Williams-Lakers-road-trip.jpg

On Friday night at Staples Center, the Los Angeles Lakers finally won a game, though it was not nearly as straight forward as the 108-96 final score read.

Just over a minute into the game, starting point guard D'Angelo Russell stepped on power forward Julius Randle's foot and collapsed into a heap. Extremely slow to get up, Russell eventually found his way back to the locker room and did no reemerge. The team announced that the 20-year-old had suffered a mild MCL strain in his right knee and also had a strained right calf.

Russell is scheduled to have an MRI on Saturday to determine the full extent of the injury.

Later in the first half, Russell's starting back court mate, Nick Young, hobbled off the court and also fell down in despair. The 31-year-old shooting guard limped off and was diagnosed with a hyper-extended left knee, but a halftime reevaluation cleared Young to return. Young came back in and played a stellar second half.

While neither team led by more than five points in the first half and LA trailed by two points at the halftime intermission, the second half offered an entirely different narrative. Led by rookie Brandon Ingram scoring 10 points in the third quarter, the Lakers tasted a 12-point lead and carried an 11-point advantage into the fourth quarter.

There, Lou Williams took over the ball game and helped LA jump out to a 20-point advantage. Williams led all scorers with 27 points, 15 of which came in the second half.

Notes: Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr. was cleared for a full practice on Saturday and expects to return on Sunday, on a minutes restriction.



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<![CDATA[Storm Knocks Down Power Lines, Leaving Thousands in the Dark]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 18:47:25 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/215*120/1-20-17-PowerOutage.JPG

Crews worked to restore power Friday to thousands of people in Los Angeles and across the region as stormes knocked down power lines.

Some 10,000 lost power in Los Angeles. In San Jacinto some 2,000 people were without power.

An outage near Los Angeles Valley College in Valley Glen knocked out power to 800 residents due to downed power lines. Officials estimated that crews would fix the outage by 11:30 p.m.

In San Jacinto, nearly 2,000 homes and businesses were without electricity after power lines were damaged during a downpour.

The outage was reported shortly after 2 p.m. in the area of Idyllwild Drive and State Street, according to Southern California Edison.

Technicians were working to restore electricity to 1,842 customers, SCE said.

Repairs were expected to be completed Friday night.



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<![CDATA[Helping Others: SoCal Volunteer Events]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 18:11:17 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/laworksvolunteers12345.jpg

It's not unusual to have a favorite doughnut shop, or taco stand, or go-to cinema, or beloved children's museum, if you call Southern California home.

And while all of those things, and about 7,000 others, make our region exemplary and frankly fantabulous, it is what we do for each other, on a regular and dedicated basis, that gives LA and its environs its famous "glow." 

Sure, the sunsets contribute to that, but when positive vibes are discussed, Southern California is often named as a centerpoint where sunshine (both actual and proverbial) reigns.

And it comes down to this, or mostly: People help people, and help out this place we all call home, either by assisting local school children with homework, or greeting visitors at a pet adoption, or pitching in with food sorting at the LA Regional Food Bank, or planting native flora at a local park.

You don't even need to wait for a special day of the year, or a week-long volunteer event, to start. The Volunteer Opportunity Calendar at L.A. Works is an excellent first stop, and, regardless of your schedule, each and every day of the week, including weekends, shows an event listing.

That means you can find a spot near you, or an area that suits your skills or interests, and commit to at least a few hours of connecting and uplifting other Southern Californians. And/or, of course, bettering a green space, a school, or a community center.

There's no barrier to entry, in short, if you've wanted to volunteer but haven't been sure about how to even begin. Of course, there are hundreds of organizations throughout our area who'd love your time, your talents, and your heartfelt engagement, from Project Angel Food to NKLA to APLA Health to The Midnight Mission.

The new year is not even a month over, as any nearby calendar will reveal, so there is still time to make a resolution, or return to one you've made before.

But here, of course, is the nifty thing about volunteering: No resolution is needed, no pressure because January is flying, no special anything. Just the desire to reach out and make someone else's life better, and the city we call home even more vibe-ier, and positive, than its already sunshiny reputation.



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<![CDATA[Photos: Artist Transforms Baby Helmets Into Dazzling Works of Art]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:44:04 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/knbc-paula-strawn-baby-helmet-art-tn.jpg An artist with Southern California ties is helping parents transform the clinical look of their babies' corrective helmets into dazzling works of art.

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<![CDATA[Obama Expected in Palm Springs]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 20:19:49 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/170*120/casa-blanca-arreglos-011.jpg

Barack Obama and his family were forced to delay their Palm Springs vacation Friday, as weather conditions forced their plane to land about 50 miles west of their destination in western Riverside County.

The Obamas attended Friday's inauguration of President Donald Trump, then departed from Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland at about 10:45 a.m. Pacific time on the same plane that Obama used as president, although it's not called Air Force One unless President Trump rides in it.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Obama "vowed to take his family to a destination that is warmer than Washington, D.C." Friday, but some uncharacteristically rainy weather made their approach into Palm Springs International Airport untenable.

It forced the plane to divert to March Air Reserve Base near Riverside just before 6 p.m., about two and a half hours after they were scheduled to land in Palm Springs. California greeted the Obamas with the second of a trio of thunderstorms expected to strike the region this week.

The first thunderstorm arrived in the area Wednesday night, with a second storm raining down upon the city this afternoon, when NWS predicted the heaviest rains were to fall. Scattered showers were forecast through Saturday, preceding a third storm set to move in Sunday, with its heaviest rains coming in the evening.

Crowds in Palm Springs gathered outside the runway perimeter to catch a glimpse of the now-former first family and the plane, but spent much of the gloomy afternoon peering up through the clouds while the aircraft circled for nearly an hour before being forced westward.

Police blocked off roads surrounding the airport to create a route for the Obamas' motorcade to smoothly exit the airport, though their efforts were ultimately for naught. The airport's executive director, Tom Nolan, said earlier this week that he could not speak to changes the airport might make to security or operations, but that the city and the airport were "flattered" by the attention, especially being the first place Obama visited in the post- presidential chapter of his life.

Once their motorcade arrives in the Coachella Valley following the last- minute delay, the Obamas will stay in Rancho Mirage at the home of outgoing U.S. Ambassador to Spain James Costos and his husband, interior designer Michael Smith, who's been the White House decorator since 2008, the celebrity news site TMZ reported. The house is inside the Thunderbird Heights gated community.

Obama has stayed at the home four times during his presidency. Anyone coming in or out of the property will face restrictions, according to TMZ, with security planning to keep the number of visitors to a minimum and to check IDs. The visit is likely to give new life to rumors circulating for years that the Obamas plan to buy a home at Thunderbird Heights.

"The president and the first lady and their family are looking forward to getting out to Palm Springs and beginning to relax a little bit, but I don't have any updates on their plans beyond that," Earnest said earlier this week.

Though the length of Obama's stay has not been disclosed, Obama tweeted this afternoon that he and his wife were "off on a quick vacation, then we'll get back to work."

On earlier visits to the Coachella Valley, Obama played golf with boyhood friends at courses in Palm Springs, La Quinta and Rancho Mirage, but the rain expected to blanket the Coachella Valley may take one of his favorite activities off the agenda.

Officials at Sunnylands, the "Camp David of the West," said they have not received any word from the White House regarding a potential visit to the estate, which has hosted eight presidents in the past, including Obama. He was last at Sunnylands in February for the ASEAN summit, when he met with leaders from Southeast Asia.

Anne Rowe, Sunnylands director of collections and exhibitions, said that "as a resident of the Coachella Valley, it's an honor that, with all the choices in the world, literally, the first place he decides to visit is right here in the Coachella Valley." Local tourism officials weren't too shocked that the Obamas decided to make Palm Springs their first stop, particularly with all the family's previous visits.

"It's obvious that the Obama are just as much in love with Palm Springs as the rest of us ... who wouldn't love sunshine and blue skies in the winter?" said Mary Jo Ginther, director of the Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism, speaking to the city's more typical weather patterns. "The Obama family's visits to Palm Springs have generated a lot of great press, and we look forward to having them visit many more times in the future."



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<![CDATA[SpaceX's Falcon 9 Arrives at the Port of Los Angeles]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:47:02 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*202/DSC_1712.jpg The Southern California-based company's rocket gave us some glorious views as it was brought into the Port of LA this week.

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<![CDATA[California Responds to Trump's Inauguration]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 23:04:06 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/218*120/AP_17020666423323.jpg

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<![CDATA[$250 Million Mega Mansion: Inside America's Priciest Home]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:26:34 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/knbc-BelAirRoadBackDAY-thumbnail.jpg "The budget was there is no budget." That's what real estate developer Bruce Makowsky said in his note to potential buyers of the most expensive house for sale in the country, listed for a record-breaking $250 million in Bel Air.

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<![CDATA[Joy + Community: Lunar New Year ]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:25:06 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/lunarGettyImages-509015236.jpg

Whether you attend a temple ceremony at midnight, or join a mooncake-sweet festivity, or watch a lion dance, or plan a meal around auspicious eats, the Lunar New Year has a way of bringing luck, joy, and hope for the days ahead to all.

Communities from Hong Kong to Seoul to New York to right here in Southern California will welcome The Year of the Rooster in the coming weeks.

The new year officially begins on Saturday, Jan. 28 — that's a new moon night, you're correct, an event that heralds the start of the celebrations — but some spots will begin the shows, parades, and mooncake goodness ahead of the last Saturday in January.

And, of course, keep the reveleries going well past that date, too. To find your go-to glad-making merriment, and to honor a venerable holiday that's devoutly and joyously observed in places dotting the wide globe, look to...

The 118th Golden Dragon Parade: "Venerable" is certainly the word for this Chinatown spectacular, a popular, well-attended, and dance-filled to-do that can trace its beginnings to the very end of the 19th century. Floats, costumes, and those epic swirling dragons are hallmarks of this happy day. Saturday, Feb. 4

Monterey Park's Chinese New Year: The thing to know, ASAP, about this bustling bash of food, song, and more, is that it has been postponed for 2017. But only by a week. The former dates were Jan. 21 and 22, but, due to the rainstorm, the Lunar New Year Festival will happen on Saturday, Jan. 28 and Sunday, Jan. 29. Firecrackers open the fun first thing on Saturday.

The Original Farmers Market: The landmark clocktowered public market will team up with The Grove on Sunday, Jan. 29 for "...Korean cultural dances, Kung Fu martial arts demos, food demos..." and, of course, a few amazing dances (both lion and dragon). As with other public events at the historic attraction, attending is free.

Beverly Hills: The Saban Theatre is the place to be on Saturday, Jan. 21. It's now sold-out, but if you have your ticket you'll enjoy the "Charming Beijing" variety show as well as a host of "acrobatic and musical performances." Several hotels throughout the city are also featuring special Chinese New Year stay-over packages through the final day of February 2017.

Universal Studios Hollywood: The pomp and party-sweet fun rev up early at the theme park's Lunar New Year celebration. "Early" means Saturday, Jan. 21, and the events run through Sunday, Feb. 5. "Kung Fu Panda" characters are part of the goings-on, and there are Wishing Trees, too. For the full line-up of new year to-dos, click.

The Americana at Brand: The Glendale shopping destination had planned to mark the Lunar New Year a week before its official start, but, due to the wet weather, the revelry will now take place on Saturday, Feb. 4. Stilt walkers, a host of performances, a dragon dance, and classic eats galore (from K-Town Night Market vendors) are on the docket for the afternoon happening.



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<![CDATA[Science Rocks: First Fridays Return]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:15:08 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/nhm11socalmuseums.jpg

The Natural History Museum is, of course, always there for knowledge-seeking Southern Californians.

Should you want to discover how old the Stegosaurus is (150 million years, give or take), or what we can do to protect the animals that live in our urban environment, or about this planet we call home (and must faithfully care for), you can visit the Exposition Park landmark.

True fact: Science, information, and educational amazingness await within its walls and halls.

And that amazingness grows just after the start of the new year when First Fridays return to the museum. The name of the event reveals all you need to know about the date — it is every first Friday through June 2017 — and the vibrant vibe of the event is art meets science.

Which means music, lots of it, both live and of the stylish turntable variety, and science talks from big-of-brain thinkers who know a variety of topics like a paleontologist knows dinosaur bones.

The theme of the first First Friday of 2017, which will happen on Feb. 3, is "Serving Up Science: The Dish on Food," and "top researchers, prestigious food writers, and farm and garden experts will discuss food evolution and the science behind it."

"Your Plate and Your Gut" is the fascinating, applies-to-everyone discussion theme of the night.

As with past First Fridays, tours of the stately structure and all of the wonders it holds are on the schedule. Ah yes, and you can purchase a cocktail to sip as you learn about the Stegosaurus and plant life and the atmosphere and how birds evolved.

Also, you can spend time with those delightful dioramas, which have become symbols of the venerable institution.

First Fridays has proven to be quite the popular party, combining tunes and talks and the love of knowledge in the way it so whimsically (but factually) does.

So best jump at your ticket like a Brachiosaurus jumped at the chance to gnaw upon a tasty-looking tree branch millions upon millions of years ago. Which, we imagine, was pretty darn fast, in dinosaur speed and all.

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<![CDATA[Free Health Care Clinic in South LA]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:41:48 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/193*120/1-20-17+Health+Care+Clinic.JPG People lined up in the rain in South Los Angeles for free health care Friday morning. Toni Guinyard reports live for Today in LA on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017.

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<![CDATA[The Secret Service: What It Means to Protect the President]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 06:43:08 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/secret-service.PNG

For a U.S. Secret Service agent, the stakes are high every day when it comes to protecting the president. 

But there's no bigger event than an inauguration, which requires a massive security undertaking.

"It's our Super Bowl," said Rob Savage, special agent in charge of the Secret Service, who previously served protective detail for George W. Bush. 

NBC4 got a rare and personal look into the life of an agent from the field office in Los Angeles.

"It's a great honor, but it's also a job," said Tin Nguyen, a resident agent in charge. "And it weighs heavily on us."

More than 70 percent of the Los Angeles field office has been deployed to Washington, D.C. for Donald Trump's inauguration on Friday. Agents go through training drills and learn how to respond to a variety of dangerous scenarios.

For agents, the focus is less on who is president, and more about emerging threats.

Robert Rodriguez, assistant special agent in charge, has worked four presidential inaugurations. His first one was for George W. Bush, but the swearing that stands out the most was the first inaugural of Barack Obama.

"I remember the Mall itself, from the Capitol steps, all the way to the Lincoln Monument -- just a sea of people," he said. "It was just amazing."

While the job is exciting, Rodriguez says it requires great sacrifice for an agent because of the amount of travel and the time away from family.

Savage has traveled the world because of this work. He was with Al Gore at Nelson Mandela’s historic inauguration, he did advance work for Bill Clinton’s trip to Yitzhak Rabin’s funeral in Israel, and was in a war zone in Afghanistan with George W. Bush.

"We have a creed in the Secret Service: 'Worthy of trust and confidence,'" he said.

For that reason, Savage won't tell stories about the powerful people he has protected.

"One thing I've learned from being around presidents is to treat every person as a person, regardless of whether they're a head of state or a custodian in the building," he said.



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<![CDATA[Without Stars, Clippers Fall From Earth]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 22:32:22 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/181*120/Screen+Shot+2017-01-19+at+10.01.37+PM.png

Starless Night Part Deux.

For their second separate stint of the season, the Los Angeles Clippers went down in flames without their two biggest stars, Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. 

Karl Anthony Towns had a game-high 37 points and the Minnesota Timberwolves erased a 12-point deficit in the second half to shock the Clippers, 104-101, snapping LA's seven-game win streak on Thursday night at Staples Center.

The 2015-2016 NBA Rookie of the Year dominated down the stretch with 15 fourth quarter points to complete the comeback, whereas the Clips wilted without their two best players in the waning minutes of the game.

Without Paul and Griffin, the Clippers appeared to have the game in the bag as they led by seven points at halftime, and by as many as 12 in the third quarter.

DeAndre Jordan had a career-high 29 points to lead Los Angeles in the loss and Austin Rivers chipped in 20 points.

The Clippers seemed poised to remain the only undefeated team in the NBA when they led 101-98 with 1:12 left in the game, but the T-Wolves scored six unanswered points to close it out, handing L.A. their first loss of 2017.

Andrew Wiggins finished with 27 big points and drained two free throws with five seconds left, leaving L.A. with two last gasp three-point shot attempts that did not go down. 

The victory was just Minnesota's sixth road win of the season, and their first triumph of the season in a game decided by four points or less. Entering the game, the Timberwolves were winless at 0-10 in games decided by less than a handful of points. 

The Clippers are 2-6 without Paul this season and have a franchise winning percentage of just .293 when their floor general doesn't take the court.

Things only get worse for L.A. as they currently sit in fourth place in the Western Conference, just a game and a half ahead of the Utah Jazz, and four games away from being in seventh place. 

The Clippers will play 10 of their next 11 games on the road, and will face seven teams with winning records, including two head-to-head matchups with the NBA-best Golden State Warriors.

The Clippers are expected to be without both Griffin and Paul during that stretch, and are in danger of falling further down the standings in the Western Conference. 



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<![CDATA[Lawyer Says Fatal Police Shooting of Man Not Justified]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 01:20:24 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/200*120/fontana-police-shooting-011917.PNG

The lawyer for the family of a man killed by Fontana police in 2015 released surveillance video Thursday of the shooting the lawyer says proves the shooting was not justified.

The blurry surveillance video was released with no audio by the law firm representing the family of James Hall, 46. Fontana police killed him while responding to an armed robbery call inside a Chevron on Nov. 22, 2015.

It appears in the video that officers tried negotiating with Hall for several minutes before sending in a police dog.

At that point, Hall appears to lift the rock up to his shoulder before scrambling to the corner of the store as officers, with guns drawn, surround him.

"What you observe is an individual who is clearly scared, who's frightened, who is doing nothing but cowering in the corner," said attorney Ben Meiselas, who is representing the Hall family in a lawsuit against the Fontana Police Department.

He says Hall was legally blind and suffered from mental health issues. He also says the video disputes the officers claims that hall lunged at them with the knife, putting their lives in danger.

"It was just nothing short of a coldblooded execution," Meiselas said.

In the video, it is difficult to see exactly what movement led to the shooting or which officer fired the fatal shot. But it does show that officers were several feet away as Hall swayed back and forth in the aisle before an officer opened fire.

Fontana police officials said they cannot comment on the case because it is still being reviewed by prosecutors, who are deciding if the shooting was justified.

"This is a tragic and unfortunate event for everyone involved," said Fontana police Sgt. Kevin Goltara. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and everyone affected by this."

Meiselas said the shooting also highlights the need for more officer training when they are faced with individuals who have mental health issues.

"Here you had a parade of force that turned lethal when you should have had a helping hand," he said.

"That show of militarized force in a mental health crisis escalated a situation that could have been de-escalated and that's ultimately problematic."



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<![CDATA[Police Searching for Family of Man Found Beaten to Death in Alley]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 19:27:12 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/knbc-bruce-johnson-south-la.jpg

Police were asking for the public's help tracking down the family of a man discovered beaten to death in a South Los Angeles alley last Fall.

On Sept. 14, the body of 60-year-old Bruce Johnson was found in an alley near Normandie and Slauson avenues, Los Angeles Police Department investigators said.

Johnson was found naked, covered by a sheet, with a block of ice placed on his head, LAPD Det. John Flores said. A neighbor made the grim discovery.

"The local resident saw something on the floor and there was a block of ice on it," Flores said. "He didn't know what it was so kicked over the block of ice and discovered the person's face."

Detectives learned the ice came from a taco truck that parks nearby, but what they don't know yet is how it got from there to the alley.

"It's a very strange thing, it's unknown what the motive is, but clearly someone picked up that ice and brought it over here and put it on the victim's head," Flores said.

Surveillance video caught a 90s model Town & Country minivan in the alley just before the body was found, but they're not sure yet if there's a connection.

For neighbors, they worry the mystery will remain because of the fear to come forward.

"Just another day in the hood, everybody getting chopped down," South LA resident Maurice Cannon said.

Fingerprints helped identify Johnson, but police have been unable to find anyone who knows him.

"We checked all the addresses we had for him on file, including halfway houses, but we have yet to find anyone who knows him or family members," Flores said.

The LAPD released Johnson's 2002 booking photo and a sketch of what he would look like today in hopes someone will recognize him.

Anyone with information was asked to call the LAPD South Bureau.



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<![CDATA[Police Chase Ends in East Los Angeles With Arrests]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 23:45:41 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/1-19-17-Pursuit.JPG

Three teenagers were arrested Thursday after a pursuit that started in El Monte and wound its way along streets and freeways ended in East Los Angeles, authorities said.

The chase of a possibly stolen gray Honda Accord started in El Monte at 6:43 p.m.

The driver managed to keep going despite several PIT maneuvers, including two that sent parts flying from the car.

Another PIT maneuver finally brought the pursuit to an end about 7:30 p.m. at Flickett and Inez streets in Boyle Heights, the California Highway Patrol reported.

The driver, 16, and two passengers, both 15, surrendered to police.

Neighbors watching on TV looked out windows when they realized it was coming their way and the California Highway Patrol ordered them to stay inside.

One woman was grateful her parked SUV was not hit.

Beverly White contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA['So Why Go?' LA Dems Defend Going to Inauguration]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 05:55:57 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/brad-sherman-adam-schiff-split.jpg

While many Democrats are lining up to boycott President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration Friday, a couple — literally, two — Democratic congressmen from Southern California said they're determined to attend the inauguration now more than ever.

Adam Schiff, representing the 28th District of Pasadena and Echo Park, posted on Facebook about his decision to watch Trump take the oath of office.

"If former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton can demonstrate the grit to attend the Inauguration after Trump's slanderous attacks on her, then so can I," Schiff wrote. "So why go?"

"I was appalled when candidate Trump wouldn't commit to respecting the result of the election if he lost. I feel I would be doing the same thing if I boycotted the ceremony in which the office of the Presidency is passed from one occupant to the next," he added.

Schiff, the ranking member of the House Committee on Intelligence and a member of the committee investigating the attacks on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, said this was the first inauguration he had ever considered not attending because of the alleged interference by Russia in the campaigns.

He noted that he was also insulted by how Trump responded to civil rights leader and Georgia Congressman John Lewis's critical remarks, where he said Lewis was "all talk" and "no action." Many Democrats cited this as the last straw toward skipping the inauguration.

Schiff said he plans to attend the Women's March on Washington the day after Trump takes office to "participate in another fundamental aspect of our democracy — the right to protest."

LA's other Democratic congressman expected to attend is Brad Sherman, who represents Sherman Oaks in the 30th District. He told the Los Angeles Daily News that in addition to respecting the peaceful transfer of power, he wanted to push for further investigation into the Russian hacking of the Democratic National Committee emails.

"You have to respect the process even when it gives a very bad result," he told the News when reached by phone.

Most of the rest of LA's Democratic delegation plans to sit this inauguration out by spending time with their constituents and attending local protests like the Women's March in downtown LA.

Congresswoman Karen Bass asked constituents to send their thoughts on her presence at the inauguration via a Twitter poll, getting an overwhelming 14,000 votes with more than 80 percent saying no.

Xavier Becerra, who represents downtown Los Angeles, hasn't publicly announced his plans because he is about to be confirmed as state attorney general.

Freshman Sen. Kamala Harris, a Democrat, will attend the inauguration but Sen. Dianne Feinstein hasn't shared her plans after recovering from pacemaker surgery last week.

Republican congressmen Ed Royce, chair of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, and Steve Knight, both from the LA area, plan to go to the inauguration.

According to presidential historian Brooks Simpson of Arizona State University, the Democratic boycott is not unprecedented, although uncommon.

Eighty congressmen skipped President Richard Nixon's first inauguration and three presidents — John Adams, John Quincy Adams and Andrew Johnson — each boycotted the inauguration of their successors.



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<![CDATA[Spread Kindness: Big Sunday Give Back]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:11:44 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/222*120/getPartbigsunvalentines.jpg

Big Sunday, which is very much associated with the month of May, and that's the entire month, and not just the first Sunday (which is where the event got its start), is actually a vibrant volunteer effort throughout the year.

For it matters not the week or month or season: Being kind to others, and helping people in our community cope, thrive, and find neighborly support, is the right thing to do.

Meaning you don't have to wait for May to jump into a joy-making volunteer happening with the give-back group, in short. Turn your sweet sights upon Valentine's Day, or, more specifically, the Sunday before Valentine's Day, when volunteers will gather to make Valentine cards "and gift bags" for those in need.

Perhaps a Valentine you make will be sent to someone who is fighting an illness, or is "facing a tough time," and the tender words you write, and the paper hearts you apply to the front, will be the hint of honey that brightens their hour or afternoon or outlook.

That's it, basically: Making cards to make others smile. The three-hour, get-creative event is open to all ages, and it will take place at 6111 Melrose Ave on Sunday, Feb. 12.

If you have food to donate to Alexandria House — "unexpired, non-perishable food" — Big Sunday will welcome your contributions. ("Pasta and sauce" are on the needs list, but do bring whatever you can.)

A "raucous game of bingo" is part of the to-do, as is a community dinner.

Has it been years, or decades, since you made a Valentine for someone? Have you been longing to connect with others, and the community at large, but aren't sure how to take that initial step?

Here's that step. Valentine's Eve Eve 2017 will be the day that a creative cadre of Southern Californians gather to do something wonderful and spirit-raising for people they don't know but know to be in need of cheer. You can be part of the well-wishing brigade, too.



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<![CDATA[Cub Scouts Collect Sleeping Bags for Homeless Veterans]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 12:11:00 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/182*120/Operation-Sleeping-bag-truck-.jpg

Cub Scouts from Calabasas delivered nearly 600 sleeping bags they collected for homeless veterans on Wednesday.

The Cub Scouts, part of Pack 333 from Calabasas, started their drive for sleeping bags after they organized a collection drive in October for disabled veterans, some of which were homeless. They found the number one request from veterans was for sleeping bags, but they only had five sleeping bags to give.

Inspired by their request, Den Leader Steven Rude and his 8-year-old son Aleksander spearheaded "Operation Sleeping Bag," hoping to collect 500 sleeping bags for homeless veterans.

Initially some people thought their goal was too high, Rude said, but most of the pack got involved and a group of Cub Scouts presented 594 sleeping bags to the Veterans Administration in Westwood Wednesday.

In addition to the sleeping bags, they collected about 400 notes from children living in local cities including Westwood, Calabasas and Valencia that will remind veterans that they did a good job and they are not forgotten, Rude said.

The notes also included the phone number for a suicide crisis hotline, because the Cub Scouts recognized that was an issue among homeless veterans after they "were told that many homeless veterans were depressed and wanted to die from all the bad things they saw," Rude said.

Earlier this month, the Los Angeles Times reported over 1,200 homeless veterans still live on the streets in Los Angeles.

In 2016, data from the Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count indicated a 30 percent decrease in homeless veterans living in Los Angeles County, which included data from Glendale, Long Beach and Pasadena, according to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority. The report from LAHSA also indicated homelessness in Los Angeles County rose 5.7 percent from 2015 to 2016.

As word of Operation Sleeping Bag spread on social media, sleeping bags were donated from Calabasas and the greater Los Angeles area, but also from places around the world including Berlin, London, New York City and New Orleans.

"It's pretty amazing how it all got so big," Rude said.

At the presentation Wednesday, Rude's son Aleksander and another Cub Scout were awarded with a certificate from the Veteran's Administration, and he and four other boys also received a certificate of recognization from Mayor Eric Garcetti.



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<![CDATA[Rams Stellar Defense in Hands of Wade Phillips]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 11:20:56 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/215*120/Wade+Phillips.png

Wade Phillips is the Los Angeles Rams' new defensive coordinator, the team confirmed Thursday.

A week after 30-year-old head coach Sean McVay said the 69-year-old Phillips would be joining him on the West Coast, their partnership finally was made official by the Rams, who are rebuilding after finishing 4-12 in their 13th consecutive non-winning season.

Phillips begins his 40th NFL season as a coach with the Rams, the 10th franchise to employ him. He was a head coach at Dallas, Buffalo and Denver, and he served as an interim head coach for New Orleans, Atlanta and the Houston Texans.

The son of famed coach Bum Phillips has been one of the NFL's top defensive minds for decades. He spent the past two years with the Broncos, coordinating the dominant defense that won the Super Bowl last season.

"Wade has seen it all in our league, and I believe that his wealth of knowledge and experience will be a tremendous asset to our entire coaching staff and players," McVay said in a statement. "Our defense has been one of our core strengths, and I expect it to continue to grow and thrive under Wade's leadership."

Phillips, who will turn 70 before the upcoming season begins, might seem to be an unlikely partner for McVay, who will be the youngest head coach in modern NFL history even after he turns 31 next week.

But they have a strong family connection: Phillips' son, Wes, was McVay's tight ends coach for the past three seasons in Washington.

Phillips and his wife also have personal reasons to be excited about a move to Southern California: His daughter, Tracy, works in Los Angeles as a dancer and choreographer.

Gregg Williams was Jeff Fisher's defensive coordinator last season with the Rams, who haven't made the playoffs since the 2004 season in St. Louis. Williams left for the Cleveland Browns shortly after the regular season ended with the Rams losing the final seven games in their homecoming season.

Phillips traditionally runs a 3-4 defense, but Rams defensive linemen Aaron Donald, Robert Quinn and Michael Brockers all excelled in Williams' 4-3 scheme. McVay said last week that he expects Phillips to have no problem coming up with ways to maximize the success of Los Angeles' talented defensive line.

McVay's coaching staff is quietly taking shape one week after the Rams hired the former Washington offensive coordinator. The Rams are retaining special teams coordinator John Fassel, who served as their interim coach for the final three games after Fisher was fired last month.

The Rams are soon expected to announce the hiring of veteran offensive coordinator Greg Olson as their quarterbacks coach. Olson worked on Jon Gruden's staff at Tampa Bay with McVay, who says he will call the Rams' plays next season.

Veteran NFL assistant Joe Barry is in line to become the Rams' assistant head coach and linebackers coach, and Bill Johnson is expected to be their defensive line coach. The team hasn't announced their hiring yet, either.



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<![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Doodles]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 10:33:50 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/01-19-2017-dog-cts-pet-week-1.jpg

Doodles is a 7-year-old neutered silky terrier mix. He came in as a stray about a week ago. He's really sweet and gets along with other small dogs. He likes to go for walks and gives kisses. He still has a lot of energy and needs lots of attention. He will make a great addition to an active family.

ID: A1676284

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<![CDATA[Uncorked LA Wine Festival]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 09:40:20 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/97048424.jpg

Wine festivals, the large-scale ones, the ones that take over a good-sized chunk of land or a big building, are frequently seen when the weather is warm and people are seeking out airy events, the kind where libations cool down a crowd.

But the occasional big vino meet-up has a knack for popping up in the wintertime, too, even when the skies are particularly cloudy and the "airy" end of the equation is more like "cold-airy." 

The show shall go on at Union Station, however, rain or shine, on the evening of Saturday, Jan. 21. That's when Uncorked takes over the aforementioned good-sized chunk of the landmark, the Los Angeles Wine Festival.

"Over 50" wineries'll be in the historic house, with 150+ libations to try. The sustenance end of things? That's incredibly important at a wine festival, and a line-up of food trucks and eats purveyors, including Baby's Badass Burgers, The Chairman Truck, Peaches BBQ, Epic Taco, and more will roll up and break out the bites.

There shall be tunes to nosh by, and sip by, and socialize by, and marvel at the 1939 Streamline Moderne/Art Deco/Spanish Revival wonder by.

There shall be a beneficiary, too, if you're wondering who this evening is lending some love to: MOSTe, or Motivating Our Students Through Experience.

Tickets start at $50, and the event begins at 5 p.m., with an early-ish wrap time of 9 o'clock.



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<![CDATA[120 Santa Clarita Homes Under Evacuation Ahead of Super Storm]]> Sun, 22 Jan 2017 00:30:11 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/120_Santa_Clarita_Homes_Under_Evacuation_Ahead_of_Super_Storm_1200x675_860055619761.jpg Residents living near the Sand Fire Burn area are being asked to evacuate in anticipation of tSunday's storm. Rick Montanez reports for the NBC4 News at 11 on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017. ]]> <![CDATA[Thousands Attend Women's March in Downtown Los Angeles]]> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 22:53:56 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/207*120/March+aerials+2+1-21-17.JPG Thousands attended the Women's March in downtown Los Angeles. Patrick Healy reports for the NBC4 News at 6 on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017.

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