<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - Top Stories]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC4_40x125.png NBC Southern California http://www.nbclosangeles.com en-us Fri, 31 Jul 2015 18:35:38 -0700 Fri, 31 Jul 2015 18:35:38 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Rare Blue Moon Shines Friday]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 06:06:25 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/moon-GettyImages-169149710.jpg

Clear skies over Los Angeles provided a glimpse early Friday of a rare blue moon.

Don't be fooled by the name "blue moon," however. Most likely, the moon will look gray or white as usual, but it will be a full moon. The moon officially became full Friday at 3:43 a.m. and will appear again Friday night at 8:06.

Blue moons are not actually defined by their color. Instead, by popular definition, a blue moon is the second full moon in a month. The phenomenon only happens every few years, making it a relatively rare occurrence. The first full moon of the month happened July 2 or July 1, depending on your location.

A moon that appears blue is caused by dust in the atmosphere, according to Larry Ciupik, an astronomer at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago. If the atmospheric conditions are just right on Friday, then the blue moon may appear slightly blue in color.

The popular definition of a blue moon is as incorrect as the assumption that the moon will actually look blue, however, according to Ciupik. The Farmers' Almanac definition of a blue moon is the third full moon in a calendar season, which is just as rare as the second full moon in a month. The two kinds of blue moons do not usually align, however.

The last blue moon — by popular definition — happened in August 2012, and the next one will not appear until January 2018. The phenomenon can happen any month except February, even during  a Leap Year, because the month does not have enough days, according to Ciupik.

Although Friday's moon may not look any different than any other full moon, Ciupik believes the popularity of the blue moon is due to the general mystery of the moon, including the faces some people see in the orb and the myths that proliferate about full moons causing strange events.

"It's also a kind of romantic thing," Ciupik said. "I think it's kind of primal. You look at the moon, and it's kind of primal. You could be seeing this a thousand years ago, the same thing."

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<![CDATA[Cameras Capture Firefighters' View of House Fire]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 17:55:43 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/204*120/07-31-2015-fire-victorville-2.JPG

Cameras worn by members of the San Bernardino County Fire Department provide a dramatic and smoke-filled view as they fought a fire from the roof of a house.

The cameras rolled Wednesday as firefighters were dispatched to the burning home in 15800 block of La Paz Drive in Victorville. The residents, three adults and four children, were already outside when firefighters arrived.

A family dog was found during a search and reunited with its owners.

Firefighters created holes in the roof to provide ventilation, allowing heat and smoke to escape the single-story residence. One camera shows a firefighter's view as a chainsaw is used to cut a hole in the roof. Fire can be seen shooting through the hole and filling the view of the camera.

The fire was knocked down in about 30 minutes. No injuries were reported.

A cause was not immediately determined.

Photo Credit: San Bernardino County Fire Department]]>
<![CDATA[Cecil the Lion's Killer, Dr. Walter Palmer, Contacts Authorities]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 18:21:45 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-482297396.jpg

Dr. Walter James Palmer, the American dentist who sparked outrage after killing Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe, as reached out to U.S. authorities, U.S. Fish and Wildlife officials said Friday.

A representative for Palmer "voluntarily" reached out to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Office of Law Enforcement on Thursday, the service said in a statement. 

On Thursday, officials said efforts to contact Palmer had been unsuccessful and urged him on Twitter to get in touch.

<![CDATA[3 Surfing Legends Inducted Into Hall of Fame]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 14:15:47 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/Us+Open+of+Surfing+18+7.30.15.jpg

Three legendary surfers were inducted Friday morning into the Surfers' Hall of Fame in none other than Surf City USA, Huntington Beach.

The small ceremony was held on the corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Main, outside of Huntington Surf & Sport, just across the street from the U.S. Open Of Surfing.

Clifton James "CJ" Hobgood, former World and US Open Champion, is one of this year's inductees.

"CJ Hobgood has been on the World Tour for nearly two decades and has brought endless amounts of pure stoked to the fans and to the Surfing World," said Surfers' Hall of Fame founder Aaron Pai. "He's an amazing surfer and amazing waterman along with being a great ambassador for our Sport of Surfing!"

After 17 years on the pro tour, CJ announced last month that 2015 would be his final year on the World Tour, according to the Surfers' Hall of Fame.

Gordon "Grubby" Clark was also inducted this morning, known best for his company Clark Foam, which produced popular polyurethane foam blanks for decades, according to the Surfers' Hall of Fame. They added that Surfer Magazine put "Grubby" on their 2002 list of "25 Most Powerful People in Surfing" at number two.

Huntington Beach native John Davis, the final inductee in this year's trio, was the first captain of the Huntington Beach High School surf team, according to the Surfers' Hall of Fame.

"John Davis is a Local Surf Legend who has been surfing our Pier since the 60s and is still out in the lineup today shredding with style and class," Pai said.

Davis was successful in surfing competitions including ones in Oahu and Malibu, and he won the North Shore Trials of the Smirnoff Pro Am at Sunset Beach in 1972, according to the Surfers' Hall of Fame.

This year's inductees join other famed surfers including Jack O'Neill, Bob Hurley, Kelly Slater, Shaun Tomson, and Rob Machado.

<![CDATA[Thousands of Clinton's Emails Released, Dozens Censored]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 16:08:18 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP_54095660417.jpg

Dozens of emails that traversed Hillary Clinton's private, unsecured home server contain national security information now deemed too sensitive to make public, according to the latest batch of records released Friday.

In 2,206 pages of emails, the government censored passages to protect national security at least 64 times in 37 messages, including instances when the same information was blacked-out multiple times. Clinton has said she never sent classified information from her private email server, which The Associated Press was first to identify as operating in her home in New York.

The Friday release brings the volume of emails publicly released by the State Department to roughly 12 percent of the 55,000 pages Clinton had turned over to department lawyers earlier this year. That falls short of the 15 percent goal set by a court ruling in May, a lag the State Department attributed to interest by the inspector general of the U.S. intelligence community in the possible compromise of classified information.

There were no obviously stunning revelations in the emails released Friday, which reflected the workaday business of government. Some of the documents could reflect favorably on Clinton, such as a message in August 2009 about a 10-year-old old Yemeni girl who had been married and divorced, and had been portrayed as unhappy in a CNN story.

"Is there any way we can help her? Could we get her to the US for counselling and education?" Clinton asked an aide, who began making calls.

Others could be controversial, such as 2009 messages from former national security adviser Sandy Berger about how to pressure Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over negotiations with Palestinians.

Some emails show the extent to which her closest aides managed the details of her image. Top Clinton aide Huma Abedin, for example, sent her an early-morning message in August 2009 advising her to "wear a dark color today. Maybe the new dark green suit. Or blue." Clinton later held a joint news conference with the Jordanian foreign minister. She wore the green suit.

Clinton's decision not to use a State Department email account has become a political problem for her, as Republicans seize on the disclosures to paint her as untrustworthy and willing to break rules for personal gain.

There is also the matter of the classified information that found its way onto her insecure email system.

Memos sent by the inspector general of the intelligence community alerted the FBI to a potential security violation arising from Clinton's use of a private server located in her home.

The inspector general said his office has found four emails containing classified information while reviewing a limited sample of 40 of the emails provided by Clinton. Those four messages were not marked as classified but should have been handled as such because they contained classified information at the time they were sent, the inspector general said.

Clinton has repeatedly defended her email usage, saying her private server had "numerous safeguards" and placing responsibility for releasing the documents on the State Department.

"They're the ones that are bearing the responsibility to sort through these thousands and thousands of emails and determine at what pace they can be released," she said after meeting with labor leaders Thursday in Maryland. "I really hope that it will be as quickly as possible."

Sens. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Ron Johnson, R-Wis., chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, said they were concerned that Clinton's attorney, David Kendall, apparently holds thousands of Clinton's emails — including some that may contain classified information — on a thumb drive at his Washington office.

Grassley wrote a letter to FBI Director James Comey asking him to explain what the FBI is doing to ensure that classified information contained on Kendall's thumb drive is secured and not further disseminated.

Among Clinton's exchanges now censored as classified by the State Department was a brief exchange in October 2009 between her and Jeffrey D. Feltman, then Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs. Clinton emailed Feltman about an "Egyptian proposal" for separate signings of a reconciliation deal with Hamas after the militant organization balked at attending a unity ceremony. Both Clinton's email and Feltman's response are marked B-1 for "classified" and completely censored from the email release.

A longer email sent the same day from Clinton to former Sen. George Mitchell, then the special envoy for Middle East Peace, is also censored as classified despite the fact that Clinton did not send the original message on a secure channel. Mitchell later responded to Clinton that "the Egyptian document has been received and is being translated."

Other now-secret material involved a battle over whom to appoint as the head of the United Nations cultural agency.

The September 2009 issue was over the candidacy of an Egyptian official who had once threatened to burn Israeli books. Abedin on Sept. 22 forwarded to the Secretary of State a chain of emails from department staff summing up the maneuvering over the issue. One sentence in that chain was released redacted, with a code for national security interests as the stated reason.

Previous emails released by the agency revealed that Clinton received information on her private account about the deadly 2012 attack on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya, that was retroactively classified as "secret" at the request of the FBI.

The emails released Friday raised new questions about Clinton's stated reason for routing all her work-related emails through a private server. On several occasions, Clinton received messages not only at her home email server — hdr22@clintonemail.com — but also on a BlackBerry email account through her cellphone provider.

In March, a Clinton spokesman said the only reason Clinton had her own account is because she "wanted the simplicity of using one device" and "opted to use her personal email account as a matter of convenience."

There was no indication from emails released so far that Clinton's home computer system used encryption software that would have protected her communications from the prying eyes of foreign spies, hackers or any other interested parties on the Internet.

Current and former intelligence officials have said they assume the emails were intercepted by foreign intelligence services.

Earlier this year, a district court judge mandated that the agency release batches of Clinton's private correspondence from her time as secretary of state every 30 days starting June 30.

The regular releases of Clinton's correspondence all but guarantee a slow drip of revelations from the emails throughout the Democratic presidential primary campaign, complicating her efforts to put the issue to rest. The goal is for the department to publicly unveil all 55,000 pages of her emails by Jan. 29, 2016 — just three days before Iowa caucus-goers cast the first votes in the Democratic primary contest.

<![CDATA[Southern California Images in the News]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 10:09:50 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/179*120/44479685960141988cefc592a90a512c.jpg Southern California images in the news during 2015.

Photo Credit: Bruce Bolf]]>
<![CDATA[3 Arrested in Venice Pier Lifeguard Attack]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 14:01:58 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/216*120/07-31-2015-lifeguard-venice-bb.jpg

A lit cigarette might have been the spark that ignited a beach brawl involving a lifeguard that was caught on camera Thursday afternoon at Venice Beach, according to police.

Video of the assault shows the lifeguard climb down from his tower before he was repeatedly hit and knocked to the ground as several passers-by crowded around. The altercation began after someone flicked a lit cigarette into the lifeguard tower, witnesses told police.

At least one man tried to break up the fight as another was heard shouting "police are coming." Other lifeguards arrived at the scene during the struggle.

Two men and a woman were arrested in connection to the beating, according to Lt. Daniel Gonzalez of LAPD's Pacific Division.

"It's just disgusting, really," said surfer Kim Ternenyi. "It just makes it sad to come here because you've got a bunch of silly people doing things that just ruin it for everybody."

Another witness called it a street brawl with "a bunch of drunken people."

Officials said they believe the lifeguard was defending himself. The three suspects arrested on suspicion of battery on a executive officer were believed to be intoxicated, Gonzalez said.  Lifeguards are considered peace officers under California penal code.

One of the suspects was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

"There was a woman, who was struggling with the lifeguard, who was screaming," said witness Chase Gilliland. "She appeared to be assaulting the lifeguard, he was trying to fend her off."

The woman repeatedly could be heard shouting that she had been "sexually harassed." As the lifeguard explained what had happened to colleagues after the initial altercation, the woman charged at him and the scuffle continued below the lifeguard tower.

"I've seen a lot of things, but this is a different one," Gilliland said. "Usually, lifeguards are just chill and try to keep the peace. But sometimes the tourists get a little rowdy in the summertime."

Family members of the suspects who spoke to NBC4 off camera dispute claims that the lifeguard was attempting to defend himself. Two of the three suspects posted bond Friday, but their identities were not immediately available.

The lifeguard was also taken to a hospital where he was treated for minor injuries and released. The lifeguard was placed on medical leave, lifeguard Capt. Kenichi Haskett told The Associated Press.

His name was not released because of the police investigation.

NBC4's Ryan Bourgard and Kelly Goff contributed to this report.

Photo Credit: Romy Dee]]>
<![CDATA['Remain Vigilant': Advocates Want More Done to Curb Hot Car Deaths ]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 13:20:02 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/babybackseat.jpg

Child deaths in hot cars are down this year, but that isn’t stopping parents and advocates from looking for long-term solutions to an all-too-familiar tragic situation.

On the eve of National Heatstroke Prevention and Awareness Day, concerned parents from across the nation submitted an open letter to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration, asking to end their delay on finding technical solutions that could save lives. 

"This will never bring our children back, but we are committed to helping keep other families complete so they do not have to live with the grief and guilt our families deal with on a daily basis," the letter read.

Eleven children have died after being left in hot cars for too long this year, down from 21 deaths that happened before August 1 of last year, according to NoHeatStroke.org. There were a total of 31 hot car deaths in 2014.

While deaths are down year over year, officials warn that families are not in the clear, with a few warm months still to come.

“We’re going into a very hot month and we don’t know what’s going to happen in August, or September or October,” Kate Carr, president of SAFEKIDS Worldwide said in an interview with NBC Owned Television Stations. “This is important all the time. You have to remain vigilant about this every single month.”

There have been close calls with hot cars recently. The latest to make headlines happened Thursday in a New Jersey parking lot, where a young girl was saved by police after bystanders noticed she had been left in the car while her mother shopped inside.

While some high-tech efforts to prevent the deaths have been introduced, such as a car seat that sounds an alarm when the car is shut off to remind parents of their child sitting in the back seat, activists say they want more from the government officials.

“Look at technology; we’ve heard thousands of ideas, we have an eight inch pile of different patents and at this point we need to get the government on board as well,” said Janette Fennell, founder of KidsandCars.org.

In 2012, the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act was passed. But some little has been done in the three years since the creation of the law, which promised car safety research.

"During that period of time, we lost our beautiful little boy, Ben. I can't help but imagine that he would still be alive today if the Department of Transportation had sprung into action when they first learned about this risk over a decade ago," one parent, Lindsey Rogers-Seitz, said in the letter.

Officials recommend keeping a shoe, purse, or other important item in the back seat of the car, or keeping a stuffed animal in the front seat as ways to remember children in the vehicle. They add it’s important to remember this can happen to everyone, and take the necessary precautions.

“As hard as we educate and they educate, they say 'It’s not going to happen to me,'” Fennell said. “Ninety percent of the time it happens to the best parents. It’s not bad people.”  

Photo Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto]]>
<![CDATA[Cop Rescues Girl, 2, From Hot Car]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 14:13:43 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/217*120/toddler+hot+minivan+rescue.JPG

A Bergen County Sheriff's officer rescued a wailing, sweat-soaked toddler from inside a locked minivan parked at a Costco in New Jersey on a sweltering afternoon Thursday.

Concerned passersby in the parking lot at the Hackensack Costco began gathering around the minivan, and at least two tried to push down a window, which was already cracked a few inches, cellphone video shows. The child's cries can be heard from inside the car.

One of the men seen trying to get in through the window, Rafael Rodriguez, recounted to NBC 4 New York, "I'm telling the [kid], 'Don't cry, we're gonna get you out.' The boy was drenched in sweat and crying constantly." 

Police officers begin to arrive and one smashes the window on the rear right side, pulls open the sliding door, and another goes into the car to retrieve the child.

"Where are the parents?" asked one bystander.

"I think shopping," another says.

"Are you...kidding me?" he responds.

As the officer emerges from the minivan with a small, crying boy in her arms, the bystanders are stunned.

"Oh, my God," says the woman taping the scene.

The distressed child cries in the arms of the officer, who rubs his back and says he's "soaking wet." The boy's hair appears to be matted to her forehead with sweat.

"Sweat was just coming down, almost as if someone threw a bucket of water on [him], that's how bad it was," said Rodriguez.

Seconds later, the boy's mother arrives at the vehicle with a loaded shopping cart and another child. The officer holding the boy scolds the mother: "You left [him] in the car!"

The mother says "sorry, sorry," and the officer responds, "No 'Sorry!' [He] could have died!" 

It's unclear how long the 2-year-old boy was inside the locked car. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the temperature inside a car, even with the windows open, can jump about 20 degrees in 10 minutes. 

An officer estimated it was at least 80 degrees inside the van, according to Bergen County Sheriff's Office. Temperatures outside hit 90 degrees, though, according to meteorologists.

Rodriguez said it was clear the mother was gone for awhile.

"I thought maybe she forgot something that she was gonna grab. I was surprised to see the shopping cart was full," he said.

The boy was taken to Hackensack University Medical Center and turned over to his father, the sheriff's office said.

Police arrested the mother for child endangerment and released her with a desk ticket.

*EDITOR'S NOTE: Authorities initially said the child was a girl, but they clarified Friday the child was a boy.

Photo Credit: Arislyeda Pena]]>
<![CDATA[Two Arrested in Shooting Death of 4-Year-Old Boy]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 10:01:11 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/208*120/07-31-2015-highland-park-shooting-boy-1.jpg

Two men were arrested Thursday night on suspicion of fatally shooting a 4-year-old boy in Highland while he was playing with his stuffed animal.

Deputies identified the suspects as Darron Daniels, 20, of Highland, and Maurice Kelley, 25, of Fontana.

The victim, identified as Daniel Munoz, was killed by an apparent stray bullet fired on a nearby street while he played in his grandmother's front yard, according to law enforcement and the young victim's family. The boy's aunt was just a few feet away when he was struck by at least one round.

She carried him to a nearby house for help.

The boy's mother had taken Daniel's three older siblings on an outing to Knott's Berry Farm. There was not enough room in the car for Daniel, so he stayed home with his grandmother.

"I should have brought my baby with me," said the boy's mother, Yuliana Morales.

The shooting was reported around 8:30 p.m. in the 7200 block of McKinley Avenue. Teddy bears, flowers and condolences were left at the site of the shooting in memory of the young boy.

"Children are innocent," said Adam Cervantes, of the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department. "It sets in us a certain sense of urgency to find out who did this, who's responsible and bring them to justice."

It was unclear if the case was gang related.

Refresh this developing story for updates.

Photo Credit: KNBC-TV]]>
<![CDATA[California Couple Secretly Marries at Disneyland]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 16:55:03 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/190*120/lexemilydisneyland.jpg

A Bay Area couple got into serious stealth mode recently at the Happiest Place on Earth.

Oakland residents Lex Emmanuel and Emily Rose successfully held a secret wedding in the Enchanted Tiki Room at Disneyland on July 19.

Writer/editor Adam L. Brinklow of San Francisco Magazine, who served as the best man, wrote in the publication that weddings at Disneyland start at $12,000 for an "economy package."

That cost was too prohibitive for Emmanuel and Rose, who decided instead to disguise their 25-person wedding party, including seven children and an officiant, as regular parkgoers, albeit ones slightly spiffed up for the secret occasion.

Photo Credit: Carlos Fundora]]>
<![CDATA[F-35B Stealth Fighter Jet Ready for Combat]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 11:47:21 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/F35B_1004233.jpg

The military's most costly weapons system and latest stealth fighter jet, the F-35B is combat-ready,  officials announced Friday.

F-35B Lightning II aircraft landed in San Diego at MCAS Miramar on Wednesday.

“There's no other airplane in the world that I would want to be in especially if I had to go to combat than this airplane right here - bar none,” said pilot Lt. Col. Chad Vaughn.

Ten jets are ready for world-wide deployment and a Yuma-based U.S. Marines air squadron is the first to become operational, the Commandant of the Marine Corps announced Friday.

"The F-35B's ability to conduct operations from expeditionary airstrips or sea-based carriers provides our Nation with its first 5th generation strike fighter, which will transform the way we fight and win," Gen. Joseph Dunford said in a written release.

Lt. Col. Vaughn is one of 50 pilots trained to handle the aircraft that can hit speeds of 900 to 1,000 miles per hour.

While the jet is stealth, Vaughn says its sensor capability can identify short and long range threats and ability to pass on that information on that sets it apart.

Critics have cited cost overruns for the $391 billion weapons program and the repeated delays

Marine pilots say the delays have allowed them to work closely with Lockheed Martin making changes to complicated software, essential so that the planes are operating safely and effectively from the start.

The aircraft was cleared following a five-day Operational Readiness Inspection (ORI), which concluded July 17. It’s also undergone testing for seven weeks at sea aboard an L-Class carrier.

The jets are expected to replace the AV-8B Harrier, the F/A-18 Hornet and the EA-6B Prowler.

Photo Credit: Lance Cpl Raquel Barraza]]>
<![CDATA[United CEO on Extra Fees: 'It's What Businesses Do']]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 15:16:15 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/unitedairlinesceo1.jpg

 Still hoping for the day airlines let all customers check bags and make reservation changes for free?

Forget it, said United Continental Holdings Inc.'s Chief Executive Jeff Smisek at an industry lunch on Thursday, defending airlines even as they reap billions in profit and face federal probes into pricing practices.

Some travelers are "having difficulty recognizing that we're now a business," Smisek told attendees, recalling the bankruptcies and mergers that reshaped the loss-making industry in the decade after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. "They criticize us if we charge for more legroom. Let me tell you though: That's what businesses do."

<![CDATA[Walnuts Recalled for Salmonella ]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 17:16:12 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/fisher-walnuts-recall.jpg

Update: A spokesman for the company, Josh McColough, said the recall was issued on May 1 and is no longer in effect. 


"All packages related to this recall have been recovered," McColough said. "This was a re-release of an old recall that is no longer in effect."

Sanfilippo & Sons, Inc., announced a voluntary recall on May 1 of Fisher brand chopped walnuts packaged in 10 ounce plastic bags over concern they may be tainted with salmonella.

The voluntary recall is the result of a routine sampling program where the Food and Drug Administration found salmonella in one of the 10 ounce bags. All affected bags have since been recovered, according to a company spokesman. 

The nuts were sold nationwide and in Puerto Rico. Consumers who have purchased the nuts with "Best By" dates of Mar. 3, 2016 were asked to return them to the store for a full refund.

Salmonella, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, sickens 1 million every year in the United States. Of those 1 million, 19,000 require hospitalization and 380 are killed.

"Most persons infected with salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection.The illness usually lasts four to seven days and most people recover without treatment. However, in some, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized," the CDC reports.

Consumers or customers who have questions about the above recall may contact John B. Sanfilippo and Son, Inc. customer service toll-free at 800-874-8734 Monday through Friday from 8:15 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. CT

Photo Credit: Food and Drug Administration
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<![CDATA[Baghdad Hits Temperatures As High As 120 Degrees Fahrenheit]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 13:01:23 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/baghdadheat.jpg

While the U.S. has been hit hard with high temperatures, it pales in comparison to Baghdad, Iraq.

The city is the hottest city in the world, climbing temperatures upward of 120 degrees Friday, according to NBC News. The city felt closer to 159 degrees. 

And Iraqis don't have air conditioning to cool off. Citizens have said they have to go sometimes up to six hours without electricity due to power shortages. 

Photo Credit: Getty Images
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<![CDATA[Pre-Civil War Baseball Card Goes for Over $100K at Auction]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 12:53:51 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/baseballcard.jpg

An heirloom of a baseball player that is over 150 years old was sold at an auction in Chicago Thursday. 

The baseball card was passed down in the family for generations, until being sold for $179,250, according to NBC News. The Brooklyn Atlantics card was from roughly 1860. It was sold at a sports collector's auction.

The card had remained in the family of Archibald McMahon, an outfielder for the Atlantic Baseball Club of Brooklyn. The team was one of the first of baseball's first organized league. 

Among other things sold at the auction included shoes worn by Muhammad Ali and a Yankees jersey worn by Mickey Mantle. 

Photo Credit: NBC News]]>
<![CDATA[Ad: Cops Can Handle Drug Dealers' Competition For 'Free' ]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 12:43:02 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/georgiadrugdealers.jpg

A Georgia sheriff is hoping drug dealing "cutthroat" rivalries lead to arrests, NBC News reported.

"They are cutthroats and they will turn on each other all the time," Country Sheriff Stephen Jessup said Friday.

In a local ad put out by Jessup, it touts a "free service" to remove competition from drug dealing.

"Is your drug dealing competition costing you money?" the advertisement reads. "We off a FREE service to help you eliminate your drug competition!"

While no dealers have turned in any rivals yet, Jessup hopes this puts a dent in the small town's large drug problem: the 12,000 population garnered around 600 drug related arrests last year.  

<![CDATA[Bush: Trump 'Appealed to People's Anger']]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 11:56:17 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP_510329187705.jpg

Jeb Bush called his fellow Republican presidential contender Donald Trump's candidacy a "phenomenon," and said the business man has "appealed to people's anger."

"I was surprised that Donald Trump has surged. I think he's captured the deep frustration that people feel," Bush told NBC News' Lester Holt in an exclusive interview on Friday.

Despite Trump's campaign being controversial from the start—when he accused Mexico of sending its rapists and murderers to the U.S. during his kick-off annoucement—he has a large lead over the other GOP candidates, a Quinnipiac poll showed Thursday. 

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<![CDATA[Search Continues for Missing Indiana Woman, Toddler]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 10:29:14 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Gary+Missing.jpg

Family members of a Gary woman and her young nephew now missing for six days say they are sleepless and anxious but still hopeful the pair will be found with the support of the community.

Diamond Bynum, 21, disappeared with 2-year-old King Walker from her home Saturday, police said.

Indiana search crews in Lake and Porter counties hit the streets again Thursday in an attempt to find the two, who authorities said were last spotted at a McDonald’s Monday and not seen since.

Canine units have briefly picked up on the trace of them but then lost it, police said.

“It’s been so long, we thought we'd have this resolved by now,” Eugene Bynum Jr., Diamond's father and grandfather of the toddler, told NBC Chicago. “[But we’re] hopeful because we have so much help now. We just need the people of Gary to help us.”

The missing woman, who family members say is mentally challenged, has been without her medication.

“Diamond’s medication is very serious,” Eugene Bynum added. “It affects her moods. If she doesn't take it, she won’t think right at all … It just won't be very pretty sight. She may harm herself. I’m not sure.”

Lahsann Walker, Diamond's mother, said her daughter has an eating disorder where she doesn't know when she is full.

The family says they worry about how she is possibly taking care of herself and her beloved nephew on her own.

“This is the longest I’ve ever been away from King,” said the boy’s mother, Ariana Walker, as she wiped away tears. “I am trying to stay strong, but I don't even know what to do no more … I can't deal with it. It’s too much.”

Gary police have expanded their search to a grid covering several miles concentrating on the city’s West Side, near Diamond's Matthews Street home.

Gary Lt. Thomas Pawlak said police have not received any new leads on the two since the McDonald’s sighting.

“We're searching woods and vacant homes to see if they're in vacant house,” Lt. Pawlak said. “[We have] sent 10 teams out [searching the grid area.]”

On Thursday volunteers could be seen joining the manhunt to aid the search at the command center, where everyone knows the clock is ticking.

“The more they're gone, the more I don't know what happened,” a distraught Eugene Bynum said. “Diamond knows my number, she should've used it. We’re very worried now, extremely worried.”

<![CDATA[Beware of New Phone Imposter Scheme]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 19:36:05 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Cell+Phone+Generic.jpg

The Los Angeles Department of Consumer and Business Affairs and the Better Business Bureau are warning about a dirty double-trick that’s being used to cheat Southern Californians out of serious money.

Investigators say the scheme involves predatory short-term loans that are marketed online, offering quick and easy cash regardless of a customer’s credit history.

Valentina Rosas submitted an application recently after an online search turned up what appeared to be a legitimate loan service. She said she was desperate to come up with the cash to pay her mortgage, after her employer had reduced her work hours.

Rosas said she was notified quickly she’d been approved.

"I had a loan of $5,000, guaranteed," she recalled.

Soon after, a man identifying himself as her loan officer called her cell phone number, and the situation quickly grew troubling.

"He said 'You need to make a deposit,'" she said. "I said, 'For what?' He said, 'A city tax.'"

Rosas said the caller told her to buy a MoneyGram worth $149 at her local CVS store, and submit it to a designated online account. That request was followed by several more.

After sending several hundred dollars worth of MoneyGrams, Rosas got suspicious, and told the loan officer she was no longer interested in the loan.

Soon, her phone rang again. This time, her Caller ID indicated the call was coming from the Better Business Bureau.

When she answered, Rosas said the caller told her he represented the BBB, had been in touch with her loan officer, and "he said, 'Miss Valentina Rosas, I guarantee you 100 percent you’re getting your loan.'"

Reassured, Rosas agreed to buy more MoneyGrams, ultimately paying out more than $1500 before she found out from investigators that the Better Business Bureau had never actually been in touch.

Instead, the call had been "spoofed," a tactic allegedly also used by IRS imposters who’ve been calling taxpayers and demanding instant payment.

"[The spoofer] is an electronic device that gets hooked to a telephone device so you can program what number caller id actually reads," said Lt. Mark Stevens of the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department’s Fraud & Cyber Crimes Bureau.

"Just because the number on your phone comes back to the company you're being told is trying to contact you doesn’t necessarily mean that’s where the call’s coming from," Stevens said.

Valentina Rosas learned that the hard way.

"Right now, I’m broke," she said. "They took all my money. And I just hope they get caught."

Better Business Bureau national spokeswoman Katherine Hutt said the group will never contact a consumer on behalf of a company:

"BBB does not endorse any company, and we don’t call consumers on a company’s behalf. Unfortunately, it is possible for scammers to create a fake Caller ID so it looks like the call is coming from BBB… or from anyone," said a statement from the organization. "You can’t believe what you see on the Caller ID, so consumers should always be wary of someone who contacts them and asks for money, personal information, bank accounts, credit card numbers, etc. Consumers can always contact their local BBB to check on a business. Go to bbb.org to find the office nearest you."

The Los Angeles County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs says people should be extremely cautious when applying for online loans.

"There are other options," said Chief Investigator Rigoberto Reyes. "Such as a credit union, a regular bank, or an advance on a credit card… that’s going to cost a lot less than going to these types of companies."

CORRECTION: A previous version of this article misidentified the Los Angeles Department of Consumer and Business Affairs.

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<![CDATA[Lion's Killer Should Be Extradited: Zimbabwe ]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 03:50:22 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/stock-photo-portrait-of-cecil-116478045.jpg

The American dentist who admitted to killing Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe paid for an illegal hunt and should be extradited to face justice, Zimbabwe's environment minister said Friday, Reuters reported. 

"Unfortunately it was too late to apprehend the foreign poacher as he had already absconded to his country of origin," Oppah Muchinguri, Zimbabwe's environment, water and climate minister, told a news conference of 55-year-old Walter James Palmer. "We are appealing to the responsible authorities for his extradition to Zimbabwe so that he be made accountable."

Muchinguri said the prosecutor general had started the process to have him extradited from the United States.

Palmer said he had hired professional guides and believed all the necessary hunting permits were in order for the hunt. The 13-year-old lion was a favorite with foreign tourists and the subject of an Oxford University study.

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<![CDATA[Top Moments From the Special Olympics]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 13:14:20 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Special+Olympics+Runner.JPG The 2015 Special Olympics kicked off in Los Angeles this week, with 6,500 athletes from 165 countries — the largest number to meet in Los Angeles since the 1984 Summer Olympics.

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<![CDATA[Summer Storm Soaks SoCal]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 09:45:37 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*120/0d74977113cc4909a2797c31d3097e65.jpg Hot and humid weather descended on Southern California, bringing with it thunderstorms and flooding captured by NewsChopper4 in northern Los Angeles County on Wednesday, July 29, 2015.

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<![CDATA[Ex-Boxer Stops Shark Attack With Punches]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 08:18:57 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/surfboard7.jpg

A surfer mauled by a shark off the east coast of Australia early Friday survived the attack by punching the animal, just like surfing pro Mick Fanning did earlier this month, NBC News reported.

Craig Ison, a 52-year-old former boxer, was surfing north of Sydney when what is believed to be a bullshark attacked Ison after he flipped off his board. He soon sprung in to action similar to Fanning, and took a few punches at the shark as it attacked his hand and leg.

Ison's friend Geoff Hill watched the attack unfold, telling NBC News it was like "watching Mick Fanning in replay."

Ison suffered serious injuries from the attack but is in stable condition.

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<![CDATA[Netanyahu Calls Abbas After Arson That Killed Toddler]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 08:11:28 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-482493342.jpg

Israel's prime minister made a rare call to the Palestinian Authority's chairman on Friday following the death of an 18-month-old Palestinian boy who was killed in a house fire suspected to have been set by Jewish extremists, NBC News reported.

Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to Mahmoud Abbas to say "everyone in Israel was shocked by the reprehensible terrorism," according to a statement issued by his office.

The mother of the slain child was being treated for burns on 90 percent of her body, hospital officials told NBC News earlier. Israeli officials named the slain child as Ali Dawabsha and said his four-year-old brother was in intensive care. His father was also reported to have been injured.

Dan Shapiro, the U.S. ambassador to Israel, also highlighted Thursday's knife attack at a gay pride parade in Jerusalem.

"Two days, two terrible acts of violence and hate," he wrote on his Facebook page. "I join with so many Israeli leaders and citizens who have condemned the hateful stabbing attacks at the Jerusalem Pride March and the murderous terrorist arson in Duma."

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<![CDATA[Game-Changing Ebola Vaccine Could Stop Virus]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 07:29:31 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-462738974.jpg

An experimental vaccine tested on thousands of people in Guinea exposed to Ebola seems to work and might help shut down the ongoing epidemic in West Africa, according to interim results from a study published Friday, NBC News reported.

If proven effective, the vaccine could be "a game-changer," said Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization, which sponsored the trial.

There is currently no licensed treatment or vaccine for Ebola, which has so far killed more than 11,000 people since the world's biggest outbreak began last year.

In some 4,000 people who received the vaccine within 10 days of being identified as an Ebola contact, there were no cases of the disease. That compared with 16 cases in more than 3,500 people who only got the shot after 10 days.

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<![CDATA[SUV Driver Arrested After Shooting]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 09:04:25 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/203*120/07-31-2015-suv-crash-shooting-san-pedro-1.JPG

The driver of a sport utility vehicle was arrested in connection with a vehicle-to-vehicle shooting, after he went on a driving rampage and rammed the gate of a mobile home community early Friday.

Police have identified the man as Anthony Poe, who was booked into jail Friday after being released from the hospital.

The violence began when a couple traveling in a Porsche Panamera were shot at by the suspect driving a black SUV 9th Street and Western Avenue in San Pedro around 10 p.m. The couple followed the SUV trying to get its license plate number, but pulled over when they saw LAPD.

The suspect continued driving and crashed through a large iron gate to a private golf and mobile home community in Rancho Palos Verdes.

"That's solid, I wouldn't have expected it to go down as easily as it apparently did," said community resident Jim Webb.

"I changed my clothes and raced down here in the golf cart, and there was probably 20, 25 policemen with guns drawn, machine guns etcetera," said David Phillips, another resident.

Phillips added that police told him to stay behind a protective fence while they waited with guns drawn in case the driver returned.

Officers in a police helicopter spotted the SUV driver after he crashed into a second gate separating the community from a nature reserve. The driver got out of the SUV and was taken into custody.

A gun was found nearby, police said.

No one was injured in the shooting.

"We can fix fences and do all that kind of stuff, that's no big deal, but lives are the most important thing," Phillips said.

Jonathan Lloyd contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Rally Banana Returns to Dodger Stadium]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 06:32:23 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/Screen+Shot+2015-07-31+at+6.24.03+AM.png

Kiké Hernandez is making the Dodgers bananas. At first, the potassium packed fruit was a fun-filled way to get Los Angeles out of a paralyzing 35-inning scoreless streak that tied the longest run drought in franchise history.

What started as a silly gimmick has now moved into a full on marketing scheme, complete with hats, t-shirts, costumes, and pageantry.

It is through chaotic times that heroes emerge from obscurity and it's because of a phallic shaped yellow fruit that 23-year-old super-utility player Hernandez has made a name for himself.

"I said, 'I'm on the bench, I've got to help my team somehow, we've got to come up with something,'" Hernandez said. "So I look around and the first thing I see is a banana and I said, 'This banana is going to be a rally banana.'

"You can call it coincidence," he said, "or you can call it a rally banana."

Hernandez hails from Puerto Rico, (but looks like he's from Palos Verdes), what began as a bench player waving a banana into the air during a rally, morphed into a social media bonanza, complete with memes, costumes and money.

"I can't wear the Del Monte banana suit anymore," Hernandez said begrudgingly. "I signed a contract with Chiquita."

Chquita Brands International was one of the first companies to reach out to Hernandez back on May 26th when he first introduced the signal to the baseball gods to bring good fortune upon the Dodgers.

For months, Hernandez was merely a mascot when it came to the rally banana, a symbol for it's comeback capabilities, while his teammates knocked in runs. On Wednesday however, it was Hernandez himself who completed the rally.

With the Dodgers trailing 6-3 to the Oakland Athletics in the bottom of the seventh inning, Hernandez came to the plate as a pinch hitter with two on, and two-out, and LA trailing by one. Hernandez hit a double to the gap in left center, scoring both runners, giving the Boys in Blue a 7-6 lead.

"Any time you can contribute and help the team win it's special," Hernandez said of the at-bat. "I was just trying to stay alive, he hung a curveball and I put a good swing on it. It's a good team win."

After the game, Hernandez was interviewed by Alana Rizzo of Time Warner Sports Net LA. In lieu of the traditional Gatorade shower brought upon players who record game-winning hits, Dodgers outfielder Scott Van Slyke dumped a basket of bananas on Hernandez instead.

 The Dodgers welcome their crosstown rivals the LA Angels of Anaheim this weekend and it will be the first time in the history of the Freeway Series that the Rally Monkey meets the Rally Banana.

Fans of the Angels will come to the stadium with stuffed monkeys in tow, whereas fans of the Dodgers will come dressed in full banana suits.

"If this is something that's going to keep going, why not be the first to do it," said two fans wearing banana suits at Dodger Stadium. "We try and make it out to every series. We have to wear them to every game."


Meet the fans of the #RallyBanana @el_doyer_fan

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It appears the rally banana is here to stay which is great for Hernandez, who continues to conduct his monkey business on the field.

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<![CDATA[Watts Community Wants Riots Anniversary to Spur Change]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 08:36:24 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/195*120/07.30.15_Watts-Development-Demands.JPG

With just weeks until the 50th anniversary of the Watts Riots, area residents met Thursday to address unfulfilled promises they said have been made to the community.

Community members gathered at the corner of East 103rd Street and Graham Avenue, where a vacant piece of property they said was meant to be a movie theater has sat empty for 15 years.

"There is no reason why this property should still be vacant," resident Timothy McDaniel said. "There are over 20 vacant lots within two-and-a-half square miles."

The property is controlled by Watts resident Barbara Stanton, who said construction plans for a 33,000-square-foot theater and entertainment industry job training center have been approved, but funding has fallen through twice in the past 15 years.

City officials said they now hope to take back control of the property because other parties are interested in developing it into a project that will be beneficial to the community..

"We want simple things, restaurants in the community," resident Kevin Collins said. "We want a movie theater in the community. If we get businesses in the community, there’s jobs in the community."

As community members prepare to mark the 50th anniversary of the Watts Riots, members of the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment want to use the milestone to call attention to what hasn’t changed in the community in the past half century.

The six-day-long riots, which began on August 11, 1965 and resulted in 34 deaths and $40 million in damage, were fueled in part by community frustration about a lack of affordable housing, few educational and employment opportunities, and racial tensions with police.

Thursday's event was the second in a yearlong series organized by the community group to address employment opportunities, pedestrian safety, illegal trash dumping and other community improvements residents say have been promised but have gone unfulfilled.

"We want all politicians to understand, we're not standing for this," resident Tommy Beard said. "We want change, and we want it right now.”

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<![CDATA[Dangerous Storms, Flooding Strike Palmdale]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 06:52:11 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/210*120/desert_weather_conditions.PNG

Palmdale and nearby areas were hammered by heavy rain and flooding on Thursday -- and more stormy conditions were expected Friday and through the weekend.

Thunderstorms brought hail and rain to the region, trapping some drivers and forcing even more vehicles to stop.

One driver's SUV got stuck in up to 4 feet of water that flooded a section of the road he was traveling. The driver had to be rescued from his vehicle.

One man said he witnessed a lightening bolt strike a pole, which downed a power line that hit his vehicle.

Although temperatures were expected to be higher than normal into the weekend, humidity was also expected, particularly in desert community areas like Palmdale and Beaumont. The humidity was expected to generate more thunder showers.

Some travelers came to the Palmdale region that day anticipating the rain and thunderstorms.

Officials warned drivers to stay clear of traveling water to avoid dangerous driving conditions.

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<![CDATA[Vandals Topple Jewish Headstones]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 06:11:01 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Adath+Jeshurun+Vandalism+Gravestone+Knocked+Over+AJ+Graveyard.JPG

More than 100 headstones were toppled at a historic Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia.

The groundskeeper of Adath Jeshurun Cemetery arrived around 6 a.m. Thursday to the burial ground along Bridge Street in the city’s Frankford section to find dozens of grave markers knocked down.

"The thought went through my mind, 'this is a disgrace for somebody to do something like this,'" said groundskeeper Johnny Gibson, who has worked at the cemetery for 44 years.

The vandals knocked down 124 headstones, but didn't leave any marking or graffiti, said Gibson.

Some graves on the 12-acre property date back 160 years and there are only a few new burials each year now, said Gibson. On many days, neighbors use the cemetery as a shortcut.

Gibson said that he can’t recall anyone ever desecrating grave sites over the past decades.

“I don't know who would do it,” said Gibson. “Were the people on drugs? Were they drunk? I don't know. But you wouldn't be in your right mind, I don't think, to do something like this.”

Anyone with information on the vandalism is asked to contact Philadelphia Police.

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<![CDATA[Above Normal Temps, Some Thunderstorms Expected]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 05:34:17 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/above_normal_heat_with_some_humidity_1200x675_495007811719.jpg Temperatures were expected to remain above normal into the weekend, while some humidity would create possible thunderstorms in the deserts and mountains. Crystal Egger has the forecast for Friday, July 31, 2015.]]> <![CDATA[Beachcombers Sift Through Scraps for Signs of MH370]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 05:28:22 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/mh370-newsconnect-04.jpg

Beach cleaners scouring the sands of Reunion island in the Indian Ocean for trash have been handing their finds over to local police, hoping that the refuse will provide clues on the fate of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, NBC News reported.

Johnny Begue was among the dozens scouring the shoreline and sifting through scraps of machinery, rubber and more.

He and his colleagues made the initial discovery of a barnacle-covered piece of debris that came ashore was from the missing jetliner. A number on the debris confirms it came from a Boeing 777 — and MH370 is the only missing such model in the world.

Begue later found a suitcase — origins unclear — and on Thursday he found an empty bottle of Chinese mineral water and turned it over to police. The majority of MH370's passengers were Chinese.

The discovery of the debris has also rekindled efforts by family members of passengers on board a missing Malaysia Airlines flight to seek greater compensation, aviation lawyers told Reuters.

"If there is evidence that the aircraft has failed, that very well may trigger a wave of lawsuits,” with families suing the aircraft’s manufacturer, a lawyer at firm Maurice Blackburn in Melbourne said.

<![CDATA[Man Killed in Gardena Shooting]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 07:17:22 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/gardena_shooting_073115.PNG

Deputies were investigating the shooting death of a man in an unincorporated area of Gardena early Friday morning.

The shooting was reported around 12 p.m. in the 14400 block of Loness Avenue near Compton, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. It was unclear if the victim was shot inside or outside of the home.

The victim was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police said the shooting may be gang related.  

No arrests were reported early Friday.

Refresh this developing story for updates.

<![CDATA[Jewish Extremist Eyed in Fire That Killed Palestinian Toddler]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 07:24:06 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP_3240494326.jpg

A house fire in the occupied West Bank suspected to have been set by Jewish extremists killed an 18-month-old Palestinian boy, injured his brother and both of their parents on Friday, Israeli security officials said, NBC News reported

Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said the "Price Tag" slogan used in the past by extremist Israelis was daubed on the walls of the family home that had been torched in the village of Duma, which is located near the West Bank city of Nablus.

The mother of the slain child was being treated for burns on 90 percent of her body and his four-year-old brother was in intensive care, hospital officials told NBC News.  

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<![CDATA[Swimmer Drowns Off Palos Verdes]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 17:17:35 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/210*120/7.30.15_diver_rescue.jpg

A 20-year-old man drowned Thursday while cave-diving in Rancho Palos Verdes.

The man was pulled from the water by rescue crews after being submerged for about 10 minutes, authorities said.

Crews responded about 2:10 p.m. to a call of two people in distress in the water off the 5300 block of Palos Verdes Drive in Rancho Palos Verdes, according to a Los Angeles County Fire Department dispatcher.

Two swimmers were located, pulled aboard a county fire department boat and taken to Los Angeles Fire Department Station 110 at 2945 Miner St., city fire department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart said.

One of the swimmers, a 20-year-old man, had been submerged for 10 minutes and could not be revived. He was pronounced dead at the fire station, Stewart said.

The other swimmer sustained minor, unspecified injuries and was taken to a hospital, according to the county fire department.

An 18-year-old man from Long Beach died last July while cliff diving near where the 20-year-old swimmer drowned on Thursday.

<![CDATA[Healthy Snack Guide Introduced to Combat Latino Obesity]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 20:36:33 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/215*120/7-30-2015+Health+Obesity+Maywood+Latino+Community.JPG

A new healthy snack guide was introduced Thursday at a Southern California grocery store to help combat obesity rates that are growing at an alarming rate in the Latino community.

The Los Angeles County of Public Health partnered with AltaMed Services and Superior Grocers in Maywood to help educate members of the community on healthier food choices through new produce signs and easily identifiable shelf tags.

Nearly 30 percent of adults and 28 percent of children are impacted by obesity in Maywood, according to AltaMed Health Services.

The numbers of school-aged children affected by obesity have tripled in the last decade, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

"In order to decrease blood pressure, in order to help decrease the rates of diabetes and the rates of obesity, we need to support and encourage shoppers and educate them to make healthier choices," Vilma Andari said, co-founder of Nutra Health Food.

Nutritional labels and the new snack guide were important families who attended the unveiling of the snack guide Thursday. The grocery story and its partners said they are committed to providing to help fight obesity through the information and education.

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<![CDATA[4-Year-Old Boy Killed by Gunfire Near Home]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 17:54:52 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/7-30-15-Daneil.jpg

An errant shot fired from the street struck and killed a four year old boy as he played with a stuffed animal in the front yard of his grandmother's house, according to law enforcement and the young victim's family.

The shooting was reported around 8:30 p.m. in the 7200 block of McKinley Avenue in Highland. Teddy bears, flowers and other items were left at the site in memory of the young victim, identified as Daniel Munoz.

Deputies confirmed the boy was with cousins and an aunts in a front yard when he was fatally wounded. The aunt,  who was just a few feet away from the boy at the time of the shooting, carried him to a nearby house for help.

It was unclear if the incident was gang related.

"Children are innocent," said Adam Cervantes, of the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department. "It sets in us a certain sense of urgency to find out who did this, who's responsible and bring them to justice."

Authorities are searching for a white Toyota Camry, possibly a 1990s model, with black bumpers in connection with the shooting. Investigators are attempting to determine whether occupants of the vehicle were the intended targets of the shooting.

Authorities released a security camera image of a man who might have been a passenger in the gunman's vehicle.

"We're trying to identify him and get him in for questioning," said Cervantes.

"I should have brought my baby with me," said the boy's mother, Yuliana Morales,  as she stood in the yard of her mother in law's home.  She said she had taken Daniel's three older siblings on an outing to Knott's Berry Farm, but for lack of room in the car, left Daniel with his grandmother.

NBC4's Kevin LaBeach contributed to this report.

<![CDATA[Summer Storms Bring Flash Flood Warnings]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 14:20:54 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/197*120/07-30-2015-clouds-weather-storm-susan-monroe-1.jpg

Showers developed Thursday over much of Southern California, including downpours in the High Desert and San Bernardino County mountains, ahead of flash flood warnings that went into effect for a widespread part of the region.

Flash flood warnings are in effect Thursday afternoon for parts of San Bernardino, Ventura, Los Angeles and Riverside counties.

Beaumont, Hemet and other Inland Empire communities reported some of the heaviest showers at noon Thursday. Thunder and lightning also were reported in the Santa Clarita Valley north of Los Angeles.

A flash flood watch includes the Colby fire burn area in the San Gabriel Valley foothills. Rainfall rates might reach 1 to 2 inches per hour or more, possibly causing mud a rock slides in the area east of Los Angeles that burned in January 2014.

Roads might be closed due to flooding, according to Azusa police.

Hot and humid weather that has descended on the region brings the threat of thunderstorms and flooding at least through Friday. Isolated thunderstorms and sometimes-heavy rain are forecast to continue into early next week.

Unlike the storm system two weeks ago resulting from remnants of Hurricane Dolores, which dumped rain across Southern California, the latest weather system is driven by moisture coming from the Gulf of Mexico and will mostly affect only the mountains and deserts.

In those areas, there will be a chance of thunderstorms every day through early next week, with the potential for heavy precipitation in some places.

Dangerous rip currents are expected along the Southern California coast.

On Tuesday, more than 400 rescues were reported off the California coast. There were about 66 rescues at Northern beaches, 103 rescues at central beaches, and 235 rescues in the South Bay area, according to Los Angeles County Fire Department.

On Wednesday, four people were rescued off Venice Beach.

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<![CDATA[From Big League Dreams to Skid Row]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 09:48:52 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/knbc-javier-rivas.jpg

A gifted athlete who found himself living in Los Angeles' Skid Row after suffering a career-ending injury is back on his feet with the help of a homeless shelter.

When Javier Rivas was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in 1991, it appeared he was on his way to a promising career in the majors.

"I could not believe it, it was incredible. I was going to go play professional baseball," he said.

But those big league dreams turned into a nightmare after he blew out an elbow.

"Just like that, in one day," he said with a snap of his fingers. "Everything is gone."

Rivas grew up playing baseball in Puerto Rico. He later moved to Southern California and played baseball at Los Angeles City College.

"They said I was a five-tool player. So once the word gets around, the scouts start showing up," he said.

His stellar play drew offers from four-year colleges, but Rivas opted for the lure of pro baseball.

Thirty-six games into his minor league career, he suffered the injury. Without a "Plan B," as Rivas calls it, his sales career in the real world was halted by drugs and he ended up losing everything.

On Skid Row, Rivas found a way out: the Weingart Center. He became one of the thousand or so people per year the Weingart Center sends back into the workforce.

"We are not just trying to provide basic needs like food and housing, but we're also trying to move you from the streets to actual self-sufficiency," said Kevin Murray, the Weingart president and CEO.

Rivas has come full circle as a Weingart counselor showing others a way out of homelessness.

"This is the moment I've been looking for," Rivas said. "I finally get a chance to start over again and do what I want to do with my life."

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