<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/top-storieshttp://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC4_40x125.pngNBC Southern California http://www.nbclosangeles.comen-usMon, 25 Jul 2016 03:21:13 -0700Mon, 25 Jul 2016 03:21:13 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations<![CDATA[Raging Sand Fire Burns 51 Square Miles]]>Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:11:22 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/236*120/sandfiree.JPG

As an out-of-control Santa Clarita wildfire exploded to 51 square miles Sunday evening and thousands of residents were forced from their homes, firefighters were battling flames through the night to prevent more homes from being consumed.

"This fire, what we've seen in 72 hours, is almost unprecedented," said Los Angeles County Fire Department Battalion Chief Dennis Cross.

Eighteen homes were lost to the fire by Sunday night as thousands were forced to flee their homes, worrying if they would still be standing by Monday morning.

The smoke from the blaze blanketed Southern California, causing air quality concerns as ash rained down.

The fire was only at 10 percent containment Sunday before midnight.

More than 1,500 homes were threatened by the 33,000-acre fire.

"We're really relying on aircraft and bulldozers out ahead of this thing to try and pinch it off, but as you're seeing with 100-foot flame lengths, it's crossing bulldozer lines, aircraft isn't able to keep it in check and we're playing this game of hopscotch," Cross said.

Residents were ordered to leave their homes on Agua Dulce Canyon Road north to the Antelope Valley (14) Freeway, Crown Valley north to the Antelope Valley (14) Freeway and all of Soledad Canyon between those two areas.

By Sunday evening, residences from Golden Valley Road to Sand Canyon, excluding the Sand Canyon Mobile Home Park, were evacuated.

Also by that time, the flames grew from burning 22,000 acres to 33,172 acres, Los Angeles County Fire officials said. 

Evacuation centers were in place at Highland High School at 39055 25th Street West in Palmdale; at Hart High School at 24825 Newhall Ave. in Santa Clarita; and at Lakeview Terrace Recreation Center at 11075 Foothill Boulevard.

The Sand Canyon exit on the northbound 14 Freeway was to remain closed. There is no entry into Sand Canyon from Sand Canyon and Soledad Canyon roads; no access to Sand Canyon, Soledad Canyon Road and Placerita Canyon, Agua Dulce Canyon Road or Crown Valley Road from the 14 Freeway; Sand Canyon Road was shut down east of Placerita Canyon to 12300 Little Tujunga Canyon Road.

A wildfire burning 300 miles up the coast near Big Sur claimed six homes, burning 17 square miles. It was 5 percent contained by Sunday evening.

Kate Larsen contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Former Gang Member Gets Second Chance at Life]]>Sun, 24 Jul 2016 22:52:37 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/Life+Conn+Thumb.JPG

Alex Lopez and his construction crew work on an old, damaged sidewalk in Wilmington, making it brand new again.

A second chance: it's something Lopez knows all too well. 

He is a member of the Los Angeles Conservation Corps, a non-profit that gives "at-risk" young people a second chance to succeed.

"I believe, honesty, it started where I grew up," he said.

Lopez came up in the mean streets of East Los Angeles and fell into hardcore streets gangs.

He accepted them as his "family" and his life started to spiral out of control.

"From grand theft auto and assault with a deadly weapon to you know, just being a menace to society," Lopez said.

At 24, he was serving five years for assault.

When he got out in 2002, he left with the haunting words of a fellow prisoner serving 25 years.

"He told me, 'This is not for you: Prison life is not for you,'" Lopez said.

He added that watching his daughter, who had just been born, grow up without a father is what hurt the most.

Bo Savage, Alex's boss at the LA Conservation Corps, welcomed him with open arms after he was released from prison.

"We create a family atmosphere that, by providing them with support and guidance, they may not have at home," Savage said. 

Lopez said it's priceless to be able help others overcome major life challenges, like Jennifer Rivera.

"I had two kids at a young age," Rivera said.

The corps helped her finally graduate high school and now she's college-bound and hopes to pursue a career in criminal justice. 

"I guess I would do whatever it takes to find a way to provide for my daughters," she said.

The corps connected Lopez to the family he's been searching for all his life, and to people like Rivera who can pay it forward.



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<![CDATA[2 Dead in Florida Shooting]]>Mon, 25 Jul 2016 02:57:04 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/210*120/072516+fort+myers+shooting.jpg

An overnight shooting at a Fort Myers, Florida nightclub left two dead and over a dozen injured.

Local police responded to the scene at the Club Blu around 12:30 AM. 16 victims were transported to Lee Memorial Hospital, where one died and six others remain hospitalized. Officials say several others left the scene on their own to seek medical attention.

Police say there were two other scenes connected with the incident. Three people have been detained and labeled by police as a “persons of interest” while both Fort Myers Police and Lee County Sheriff's deputies continue to search for anyone else that may be involved as well as a possible motive.

Stay tuned to NBC 6 for the latest on air and online.



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<![CDATA[2 Dead at Fort Myers Nightclub Shooting]]>Mon, 25 Jul 2016 02:50:38 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/FL_Screen-Shot-2016-07-25-at-4.44.45-AM.jpg

At least two people were killed and more than a dozen others injured in a shooting outside of a Florida nightclub early Monday, officials said.

Gunshots were fired in the parking lot of Club Blu in Fort Myers at around 12:30 a.m. ET.

Police said "at least 14-16 people" were wounded in the shooting, with their injuries ranging from minor to life-threatening.

A person of interest was detained at another location, and shots were fired — lightly injuring another person — five blocks away from the nightclub, police said.



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<![CDATA[45K Pets Find Homes Through Clear the Shelters]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 20:16:46 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/kids-cats-cts.jpg

Tilda the pug terrier mix, Charizard the iguana, Rose the Huskie and more than 20,000 other animals found new homes on Saturday as NBC’s pet adoption drive emptied shelters across the country.

More than 45,000 pets in all were adopted this month as part of the second annual Clear the Shelters campaign, after more than 40 local NBC and Telemundo television stations teamed up with more than 680 animal shelters in states across the country and in Puerto Rico. The shelters offered no-cost or reduced-fee adoptions, or they waived spaying and neutering fees to help families bring home dogs, cats and unusual animals like the iguana. 

Pet owners who mentioned the campaign during the adoption process were included in NBC's 2016 count, which was more than twice the number of animals given forever homes during last year's event. 

"Our entire division of NECN, Telemundo and NBC stations and our corporate staff are overwhelmed and thrilled with the extraordinary results of this year's Clear The Shelters event,” said Valari Staab, the president of NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations. "We want to thank all of our shelters, NBC and Telemundo affiliates that joined us this year and our partners, including Petco and VIP Petcare. Together, we emptied at least 13 shelters and found more than 45,000 animals new loving homes."

The BARCS animal shelter in Baltimore was emptied of dogs in just six hours on Saturday, one of numerous shelters cleared as pet lovers came forward to take in homeless animals.

"Empty cages!" the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter wrote on Facebook in a post that showed shelter workers waving goodbye from the cages. "All of these doggies found homes today during Clear the Shelters."

Thirty-seven dogs went to new homes and another 35 adoptions are pending, the applications competed but the animals still needing to be spayed or neutered.

Eleven other shelters in the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas were also cleared, with 2,894 animals adopted on Saturday.

Within minutes of opening its doors Saturday morning, the Stonington Animal Rescue Project in Stonington, Connecticut, had found homes for all of its kittens.

Kittens are always popular but shelter officials were unprepared for the speed at which these 13 were adopted at the beginning of NBC's second annual Clear the Shelters drive.

"We were totally cleared by 10:10," said Brooke Russell, who is charge of social media for the shelter.

Still to find homes at the Stonington shelter: two guinea pigs, some roosters, barn cats and a few older cats, Russell said.

"We're an all-species rescue group," she said. "We rescue any animal in need of help."

In New York, a Huskie named Rose reached the end of a long journey that began a month and a half ago in Turkey. 

Rescued by a woman in Turkey, Rose and another dog, a Doberman, were flown to the Westchester County chapter of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Briarcliff Manor.

The Doberman was adopted quickly but Rose is a bit unsteady on her feet, a result of a neurological syndrome that made her more difficult to place until Saturday, when a man who seemed a perfect fit came in and took her home to Connecticut.

"She’s going to fine for her life but it's just something to look out for and keep on top of," said the shelter’s executive director, Shannon Laukhuf. "When you see her walk, she's usually fine but every ten steps she might sway a little bit."

"She doesn’t let it stop her," Laukhuf added. "She's just the most playful dog. She loves other animals, she's great with kids."

Nearly 20,000 animals found new homes last August during Clear the Shelters, among them Roxie. An older pit bull, she was left in a backyard in Stockton, California, when the woman who owned her went to prison. She had been well cared but ended up at the city shelter, shivering, anxious and unable to walk.

Another dog thought to be her daughter was adopted but she languished until she was moved to the Muttville Senior Dog Rescue in San Francisco in time for NBC's nationwide pet adoption drive last year. And there she met Terry and Doug Burke.

They took her home and showered her with affection.

"Roxie is thriving," Doug Burke said. "She's loving her life."

At the Muttville Senior Dog Rescue on Saturday, Jennifer Gonzalez of Santa Cruz wanted a calm and mellow lap dog and she got just that, in Santana, an 11-year-old Yorkie mix. 

Beth Martin, who has already adopted three dogs and fostered 22 others, fell in love with Peggy Sue, a terrier mix stray from Sacramento with a broken leg. The two went home to Silicon Valley.

Ruben Echeverria Hernandez wanted another dog who needed attention and Ringo Starr fit the bill. He joins a home with two other dogs. Hernandez was diagnosed with AIDS and said the dogs keep him happy and busy.

And Sue and Sasha Smirensky brought home Tilda, a pug terrier mix, to join them and Pickle for their walks on Half Moon Bay every morning.

Natalie Morales, NBC News' West Coast anchor for the "Today" show, will host a 30-minute special on Friday, July 29 to recap the day. It will air on the NBC Owned Television Stations and on more than 120 NBC affiliated stations.

A similar show airing on the Telemundo stations will be co-hosted by Stephanie Himonidis, known as "Chiquibaby," and Elva Saray, hosts of the daily entertainment show "Acceso Total" on Telemundo 52 Los Angeles or KVEA.

The Muttville shelter had about 80 dogs available for adoption Saturday — of all types and sizes, from 3 to 110 pounds. They were strays or lost their homes when their owners moved, went into nursing homes, died or in some other way were no longer able to care for them. The one thing the mutts have in common is that they are all at least 7 years old.

"What you see is what you get," said Sherri Franklin, founder and executive director of the Muttville shelter. "Their personalities are already formed. A lot of our dogs have grown up in families so we sometimes are able to give that kind of background on the dog. They're trained, they're not going to chew up your shoes."

Last year's mood was festive, drawing in people who might have been putting off getting a dog, she said. At the end of the day, 19 dogs had new homes. 

Muttville is on what's known as "Rescue Row," which it shares with the Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the San Francisco Animal Care and Control shelter and the Northern California Family Dog Rescue.

"If you're looking to adopt, you can find anything on Rescue Row," said Patty Stanton, who handles the shelter's public relations.

Roxie is the second dog the Burkes have adopted from Muttville — and their fourth rescue dog in all — and she has been playing with Doug Burke from the first day in their home.

"And she hasn’t stopped since," Terry Burke wrote in describing the adoption. "Except to eat and sleep, both of which she also enjoys tremendously. Along with giving little tiny kisses, which my friend told me from pit bulls are called 'pibbles.'"



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<![CDATA[Controversy Kicks Off Democratic National Convention]]>Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:26:06 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Controversy_Kicks_Off_Democratic_National_Convention_1200x675_731510339888.jpgNewly-leaked emails suggested that the DNC actively favored Hillary Clinton over Sanders ahead of DNC kickoff. Conan Nolan reports for the NBC4 News at 11 on Sunday, July 24, 2016.]]><![CDATA[USA Basketball Routs China 106-57]]>Mon, 25 Jul 2016 02:35:23 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/DeAndre-Jordan-USA-Basketball-China-7-23-16.jpg

Kevin Durant led Team USA with 19 points in 18 minutes, as USA Basketball cruised to a 106-57 victory over China on a warm Sunday evening at sold out Staples Center.

"I want to thank the people of Los Angeles," Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski said after the lopsided game. "What a great crowd: Unbelievable, staying late, full house, terrific."

Krzyzewski added, "We really played hard, and we shared the ball well to have 29 assists on 41 buckets. We should have won, but the way we won was excellent."

The crowd had stayed late, largely, due to the acrobatic and dominating play of DeAndre Jordan. Sure, Durant may have only missed two shots and hit four of his five three-point attempts to lead all scorers, but Jordan's physical size and athletic movement kept the crowd interested until the sun set in LA and on China.

In his postgame comments, Chinese coach Gong Luming admitted via a translator that the result was decided before the game even started. Sunday night offered an exhibition akin to the Harlem Globetrotters playing against the Washington Generals, but Team USA still managed to put on a show.

Krzyzewski played the right strings by contorting his lineups to fit Jordan, who regularly starts for the LA Clippers in the same arena, over the probable starter at Rio 2016, DeMarcus Cousins. Also Krzyzewski left Durant on the bench and pushed Southern California natives Paul George of Palmdale and DeMar DeRozan of Compton into the starting lineup.

DeRozan had a good night with 13 points on 6-8 shooting from the field in just under 17 minutes of floor time. Klay Thompson, who was born in LA and went to high school in Orange County, was the only player to play over 19 minutes in a comfortable performance that did not stress the home team.

Jordan, who is on his first senior national team, repeatedly stole the show with his rim rocking slam dunks and breathtaking block shots. Jordan stood out at Team USA Camp in Las Vegas, and the ferocity he showed in the desert appears to be carrying into the exhibition season.

"It's bigger than the Clippers; it's bigger than everything," Jordan spoke about the pride with which he wears the Team USA jersey. "It's a huge honor representing your country. I've dreamt about this since I was a kid."

Krzyzewski added emphatically added about Jordan, "As good as I thought he was on T.V. or tape, he's better. He's really, I think, one of the great players in the league right now—and an amazing teammate. He does dirty work willingly, and he does it at the highest level."

Strictly statistically speaking, Jordan finished with 12 points, five rebounds, three blocks, two assists and two steals in 17 active minutes.

Next, Team USA faces the same Chinese team in Oakland on Tuesday. Durant will likely return to the starting lineup, as he plays at Oracle Arena for the first time since signing with the Golden State Warriors.



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<![CDATA[Goodbye to Disney's 'Tower of Terror' Ride]]>Sun, 24 Jul 2016 23:11:00 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/GOTGExt1280.jpg

Disneyland and California Adventure fanatics must say their final farewell to a "terrifying" park favorite as Marvel announces the demise of "The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror" to revamp the ride into a "Guardians of the Galaxy" experience.

Kevin Feige, President of Marvel Studios, announced the big change Saturday at Comic-Con in San Diego, according to the Disney Parks blog.

The last chance for Disney enthusiasts to plummet 13 stories down the iconic elevator shaft will be early 2017.

Reaction on Facebook wasn't exactly positive; many said the removal of the ride was a bad move, and a sign that Disney was catering to trendy flicks. Audience members reportedly booed at the concept image presented at Comic Con.

The "Guardians of the Galaxy - Mission: BREAKOUT!" ride will feature Rocket the raccoon, voiced by Bradley Cooper in the film, enlisting the help of the riders to break the fellow Guardians of the Galaxy out of The Collector's display cases. The ride is said to have a "breathtaking free fall sensation" with "visual and audio effects."  

The music featured in the ride will change from 1930s era to popular 70s tunes played by Star-Lord, AKA Chris Pratt's character Peter Quill, in the film.

It slated to open summer 2017 in concert with the sequel's release.



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<![CDATA[Rare Wolverine Sighting in Sierra Nevada]]>Sun, 24 Jul 2016 18:46:24 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/wolverine41.jpg

TRUCKEE, Calif. -- Scientists following up on a rare wolverine sighting in the Sierra Nevada set up cameras and captured video of the animal scurrying in the snow, scaling a tree and chewing on bait.

They believe the wolverine is the same one that eight years ago became the first documented in the area since the 1920s.

Chris Stermer, a wildlife biologist with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, set up the remote cameras in the Tahoe National Forest after officials at a field station sent him photos in January of unusual tracks in the snow near Truckee.

"They were definitely wolverine tracks," Stermer told the Sierra Sun newspaper.

Wolverines, a member of the weasel family that look like a small bear with big claws, once were found throughout the Rocky Mountains and as far west as the Sierra. An estimated 250 to 300 wolverines survive in remote areas of Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Oregon and Washington state, according to wildlife officials.

Prior to the 2008 sighting, scientists were convinced fur trapping during the early 1900s had wiped out the species in California. Now, a warming planet is threatening to shrink the deep mountain snows that wolverines need to den, scientists say.

The male carnivore near Lake Tahoe apparently migrated from the Sawtooth Range in Idaho, Stermer said.

Since then, the animal that scientists nicknamed Buddy has been detected more than 20 times over nearly 300 square miles, but it had not been sighted since November 2014, Stermer said.

Video from the remote cameras soon provided additional evidence. One clip recorded the night of Feb. 19 offers a glimpse of the wolverine before it scurries away. A second daytime clip captured Feb. 27 shows it climb a tree before chomping and tugging at a baited sock.

"When you see them on video, a wolverine is a pretty exciting species to have in California," Stermer said. "With the population we have in California, thinking that we can have a wild wolverine amongst us is pretty amazing. It really begins to restore our larger carnivores back in California."

Stermer is awaiting test results on DNA samples taken from saliva collected from the tree bait to confirm its identity.

"I'm pretty certain - 95 percent - that it's the same animal," he said.

If the DNA samples match, Buddy is estimated to be at least 9 years old, Stermer said. The life expectancy of a wild wolverine ranges from 6 to 10 years, he said.

Talk of reintroducing wolverines in California has been put on hold while the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service considers its response to a federal court order in Montana that overturned its decision denying protection of the animal under the Endangered Species Act, Stermer said.

U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen ordered wildlife officials to act as quickly as possible to protect the species as it becomes vulnerable to a warming planet.

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<![CDATA[Good Samaritan's Quick Thinking May Have Saved Man's Life]]>Sun, 24 Jul 2016 23:18:39 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/rwc-pinned2.jpg

A good Samaritan may have saved the life of a man who became pinned underneath a full-size SUV after a crash in Redwood City on Saturday night, authorities said.

The victim was crossing the street at Bridge Parkway and Redwood Shores Parkway about 9:50 p.m. when the crash occurred, and another motorist stopped to help. The good Samaritan, who had been driving home from the grocery store, used his carjack to lift the vehicle off the pedestrian.

"It was just my instinct to run out and help this guy," said Idris Mustafa, who just moved to the Bay Area about a week ago from Washington, D.C. "Because I saw him under the car, and he was like a brother to me, like a member of my family or a friend, and I just wanted to help him."

The victim was suffereing from significant trauma and was taken to a nearby hospital with serious injuries that were not considered life-threatening, police said. The driver of the vehicle remained at the scene.

The crash is under investigation, but it did not appear drugs or alcohol contributed, police said.



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<![CDATA[Uber Driver Accused in Sexual Assault Banned From Using App]]>Sun, 24 Jul 2016 23:47:09 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Continua_la_oposicion_ante_la_llegada_de_UBER.jpg

A Redwood City-based Uber driver arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a female passenger as he was giving her a ride home Friday evening from Palo Alto is banned from using Uber, company officials said Sunday.

Rodolf Vjerdha, 59, was arrested at 4 p.m. Saturday in East Palo Alto after police spotted him in a burgundy 2014 Kia Optima that he was allegedly driving Friday evening.

That evening, Vjerdha allegedly picked up the victim after she was socializing with friends, according to police.

The victim opted to use Uber Pool, which would allow her to share the ride with other passengers.

Allegedly, Vjerdha arrived in the 200 block of University Avenue to pick up the victim and told her to get in the front seat because he was expecting other passengers.

She did not want to ride in the front but finally consented, police said.

When she got in, allegedly Vjerdha called the other prospective riders to tell them he could not pick them up because he was going the opposite way.

While he was driving the victim home, allegedly he locked the vehicle and touched the victim's leg several times.

The victim asked Vjerdha to stop the vehicle, but allegedly he didn't.

Once he was at the victim's home, he allegedly kissed her and asked her to let him into her apartment.

The victim turned down the request but she could not exit the vehicle because allegedly Vjerdha kept the doors locked.

After several attempts, she was able to get out, police said.

Police are looking into whether there are other victims.

Uber officials said the type of behavior Vjerdha allegedly exhibited is a clear violation of company guidelines, which prohibit drivers from inappropriate and sexual conduct.

Anyone with more information about the incident can get in touch with the East Palo Alto Police Department anonymously at epa@tipnow.org or by text of voicemail at (650) 409-6792.

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<![CDATA[Man Dies After Jumping Into Rough Waters Near Sunset Cliffs]]>Sun, 24 Jul 2016 22:40:16 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/SD+Lifeguards+HQ.JPG

A man has died after he jumped into rough waters near San Diego's iconic Sunset Cliffs, San Diego Lifeguards confirmed. 

The incident happened at approximately 1 p.m. Sunday near the 900 block of Sunset Cliffs Boulevard. 

The man, fishing off the reef, decided to cool off by jumping in the water, Lifeguards Lt. John Sandmeyer said. However, the current turned out to be too strong for him to handle. 

Sandmeyer said the man entered the water at a dangerous and unusual place. Witnesses say they saw him struggling almost immediately. 

During the struggle, the victim struck his head against the reef. 

Two people jumped in and tried to save him, lifeguards said. Another man tried to keep the victim afloat. 

A bystander stayed with the victim until lifeguards reached him on jet skis. 

Officials performed CPR once they pulled him out of the water, but the victim died. 

"It was fortunate that these bystanders tried to help him...so he had a fighting chance," Lt. John Sandmeyer of San Diego Lifeguards told NBC 7. "Unfortunately he was under water for too long." 

The San Diego County Medical Examiner's office is on scene. The man's identity has not been revealed. 

No other information was immediately available.

Check back for updates on this breaking news story. 



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<![CDATA[Yahoo Has a Buyer; It's Verizon in $5 Billion Deal: Report ]]>Sun, 24 Jul 2016 23:21:49 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/yahoo21.jpg

Verizon has agreed to buy online portal Yahoo Inc. for roughly $5 billion, according to multiple media reports, each citing a single unnamed source.

The deal is expected to be announced formally on Monday before markets open, the reports said.

Verizon had emerged in recent days as the front-runner for the beleaguered internet company. Yahoo is expected to sell its email service and news, finance and sports websites in addition to its advertising tools under pressure from shareholders fed up with a downturn in the company's revenue during the past eight years.

The deal is likely to end the four-year reign of Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, a former Google executive who flopped in her attempts to turn around the Sunnyvale, California, company.

Yahoo has been in a long, deep slump even as advertisers have been pouring more money into what is now a $160 billion market for digital advertising, according to research firm eMarketer.

Most of that money has been flowing to internet search leader Google and social networking giant Facebook. They are two of several companies that have eclipsed Yahoo, who slid from an online sensation once valued at $130 billion to a dysfunctional also-ran. Yahoo attempted to buy both companies while in their infancy.

After the sale is completed, Yahoo will become a holding company for its two stakes in China's e-commerce leader, Alibaba Group, and Yahoo Japan, which is where the majority of Yahoo's market value comes from.

Yahoo declined to comment on the reports. A spokesman for Verizon did not return requests for comment.



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<![CDATA[Dodgers Crush Cardinals in St. Louis]]>Sun, 24 Jul 2016 21:04:08 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/204*120/Adrian+Gonzalez+Grand+Slam.png

Welcome to the big leagues, kid. 

Adrian Gonzalez hit a grand slam home run off St. Louis rookie starter Mike Mayers, and the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Cardinals, 9-6, on Sunday night at Busch Stadium.

Mayers was making his Major League debut and needless to say it was as disastrous as could be as the 24-year-old right-hander got rocked, allowing nine runs on eight hits in just 1 and 1/3 innings. 

Most of the damage was done in the first inning as the first three batters of the game reached base for the Dodgers' butter and egg man, Adrian Gonzalez. The power-hitting first baseman slugged his 299th home run of his career, a grand slam to give LA the 4-0 lead.

The Dodgers tacked on two more runs as starting pitcher Scott Kazmir hit a two-run single up the middle as LA batted around off Mayers in the first inning. 

The six runs were all that Kazmir (9-3) would need as he cruised to his ninth victory of the season allowing three runs on six hits with three strikeouts in five innings. 

The Cardinals mounted a comeback with two runs in the second inning and three runs in the seventh inning to cut the gap to 9-6. 

Tommy Pham hit a two-run home run in the second inning and Matt Holliday and Stephen Piscotty both hit RBI doubles in the game. 

Howie Kendrick hit a two-run home run for LA to extend his hit streak to 16 games and Gonzalez finished 3-for-4 with four RBI and two runs scored.

Adam Liberatore allowed three runs in relief in the seventh inning, snapping his streak of 28 consecutive scoreless appearances, a franchise record. 

The victory moves the Dodgers within three games of the first place San Francisco Giants in the NL West after their rivals lost to the Yankees 5-2 on Sunday in New York.

Players of the Game:

Adrian Gonzalez: 3-for-5 with a home run, 4 RBI and 2 runs scored.
Howie Kendrick: 2-for-5 with a double, home run and two RBI.
Tommy Pham: Two-run home run.

Three Takeaways:

1. End of an ERA: Adam Liberatore allowed three runs in a 1/3 inning of relief on Sunday, snapping his 28-game scoreless appearances streak, a Dodger franchise record. Liberatore's ERA jumped from 0.55 to 1.35 within a single inning.

2. Let's Go Streaking: Howie Kendrick had a home run and a double and extended his hitting-streak to a season-high 16 games. Kendrick's streak is the second longest in the National League this season behind teammate Corey Seager.

3. Hot Start: The Los Angeles Dodgers tied their record for the most runs scored in an inning (6) set on June 18th in the third inning against the Milwaukee Brewers. It was the first time the Dodgers have scored six runs to start the game this season.

Up Next:

Dodgers (56-44): Los Angeles will have an off-day on Monday as they head back to LA for a brief two-game series with the Tampa Bay Rays.

Cardinals (52-46): St. Louis travels to New York where they will take on the Mets on Monday.



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<![CDATA[Man Found Dead Amid Santa Clarita Wildfire]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 21:38:42 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/217*120/firessand-072316.JPG

A man was found dead amid the raging 20,000-acre Sand Fire in Santa Clarita, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.

Deputies responded to the 26700 block of Iron Canyon Road in Santa Clarita to investigate the death of a man.

Deputies said a person went missing on the same block of Iron Canyon Road, but it wasn't immediately clear if the person was trapped in the fire or had evacuated and not been able to get in touch with family.

It wasn't immediately clear where the body was found.

The body was burned, according to wire reports.

It still is unknown if the death was fire-related. The victim's age and identity were being withheld.



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<![CDATA[Evacuations in Sand Fire: Where to Go]]>Sun, 24 Jul 2016 13:48:19 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/sandfire-evacs-072316.JPG

As a wildfire in Santa Clarita burned in Southern California, evacuations were ordered for 1,500 homes.

On Sunday, mandatory evacuations were ordered for parts of Acton on Agua Dulce Canyon road north to the 14 Freeway, Crown Valley Road north to the 14 Freeway and all of Soledad Canyon.

Earlier Sunday, authorities said it was likely resident would be allowed to return to homes in the Sand Canyon area, but later decided the evacuation order would remain in place due to shifting winds.

Where to Go:

Highland High School 
39055 25th Street Wes

Highland High School

39055 25th Street West 

Lakeview Terrace Recreation Center

11075 Foothill Blvd, Lakeview Terrace, 91340

Hart High School

24825 N. Newhall Ave 

Where Animals Go:

Shelter for large animals was made available at Pierce College at 6201 Winnetka Ave in Woodland Hills.

LA County Animal Control also said livestock could be taken to the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds at 2551 W Avenue H in Lancaster.

Hansen Dam Equestrian Center had reached capacity, officials said.

Small pets can be taken to Golden Valley High School at 27051 Robert C. Lee Parkway.

    Who to Call:

    Residents can call 626-574-5208 to get updates throughout the evening.

    The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station also reminded residents to keep the six "P’s" ready in the event that residents must evacuate:

    • People, pets
    • Papers, phone numbers, important documents
    • Prescriptions, vitamins, eyeglasses
    • Pictures, replaceable memorabilia
    • Personal computers (information on hard drive and disks)
    • Plastic – credit cards, ATM cards, cash



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    <![CDATA[Man Proposes at Comic-Con]]>Sun, 24 Jul 2016 15:36:14 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/7-24-16-Jodie+Twitter+Supernatural+Proposal+Hall+H+Comic-Con+2016.jpg

    It was a "Supernatural" day indeed for one fan at the show's Hall H Comic-Con panel Sunday when her boyfriend got down on one knee in front of thousands to propose to her. 

    "You are the sun that brightens my day and the moon of my life," he said in front of the thousands of people in the notoriously large Hall H, in a video posted to Twitter. "I can't think of anyone else I'd want by my side slaying zombies and killing vampires and killing demons and whatever else is out there." 

    Cheers erupted from the audience as the man got down on one knee in front of the panel, full of the show's stars. 

    "What I'm trying to ask you...Ashley...will you marry me?" he asked her.

    Ashley nodded and hugged her new fiancé. 

    The sweet moment prompted loud cheers and swoons from the audience. Hall H seats more than 6,000 people. 

    Watch more video below.



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    <![CDATA[Ambassador Stevens' Mom to GOP: Stop Exploiting His Name]]>Sun, 24 Jul 2016 06:43:33 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-543417512.jpg

    The mother of the U.S. ambassador killed in the 2012 attack in Benghazi has asked that Donald Trump and the Republican Party to stop the "opportunistic and cynical" use of her son's name and death.

    "As Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens's mother, I am writing to object to any mention of his name and death in Benghazi, Libya, by Donald Trump's campaign and the Republican Party," Stevens' mother, Mary Commanday, wrote in a letter published in The New York Times online Saturday.

    Trump, in a speech accepting his party's nomination Thursday, referred to the four victims of the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi on Sept. 11, who he claimed were "left helpless to die at the hands of savage killers" by Clinton, who was Secretary of State at the time, NBC News reported. 

    "I know for certain that Chris would not have wanted his name or memory used in that connection. I hope that there will be an immediate and permanent stop to this opportunistic and cynical use by the campaign," she added.



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    <![CDATA[Brush Fire Burns Homes in Santa Clarita]]>Sun, 24 Jul 2016 14:37:18 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/07-24-2016-sand-fire-2.jpg

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    <![CDATA[Chicago Transit Station Collapses]]>Sun, 24 Jul 2016 20:13:43 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/blue+line+collapse+0724.jpg

    Blue Line trains were halted Sunday evening due to a possible lightning strike hitting the tracks, according to the Chicago Transit Authority and fire officials.

    Shortly before 7 p.m., the canopy along a pedestrian ramp collapsed at the Illinois Medical District station located at 430 S. Damen Ave on Chicago's Near West Side, according to the CTA.

    The CTA tweeted just after 7 p.m. that trains were standing at Illinois Medical District due to an obstruction and crews were working to restore service. The aluminum canopy fell the the tracks, officials said, and video of the incident shows large sparks igniting among the damage. 

    Preliminary reports indicated the cause of the damage was a lightning strike, according to the Chicago Fire Department, but the investigation is ongoing. 

    No injuries were reported, authorities said, but a nearby train was evacuated.

    A spokesperson for the CTA said that the concrete flooring of the ramp is still in place, though the extent of the damage was not immediately known. The length of the delay was unclear, though crews were working to restore normal operations in time for the morning commute. 

    Red Line service between Belmont and Grand and Brown Line service between Southport and the Loop were also suspended due to tree debris on the track near Armitage, according to the CTA.


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    <![CDATA[28 Injured in Pa. Crash]]>Sun, 24 Jul 2016 21:01:17 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Tractor-Trailer-Bus-Collide.jpg

    Over two dozen people were hurt during a crash involving a jeep, SEPTA bus and tractor trailer in Delaware County Sunday afternoon.

    According to preliminary reports, the Route 113 bus was traveling southbound on Lansdowne Avenue when a Jeep Liberty pulled out of a driveway and onto the street. The jeep crashed into the bus which then collided with a tractor trailer that was stopped near the intersection, officials said.

    A SEPTA spokesman told NBC10 that 26 passengers on the bus and two pedestrians were injured in the crash. The spokesman said he did not know the conditions of the victims but none of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening.

    Yeadon Police and SEPTA are both investigating the accident.

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    <![CDATA[Kaine Returns to Longtime Parish to Attend Mass]]>Sun, 24 Jul 2016 17:57:35 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/TimKaine-AP_16194841924998.jpg

    Sen. Tim Kaine returned to St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Richmond, Virginia, on Sunday, a day after being introduced as Hillary Clinton’s running mate, according to NBC News. 

    Kaine and his wife, Virginia Secretary of Education Anne Holton, were swarmed by reporters, photographer and network cameras.

    The church made a few nods to Kaine and his wife during Sunday mass. The congregation offered a prayer of petition, "especially we pray for Tim Kaine and Anne Holton" and the couple participated in the presentation of the gifts. Kaine also sang with the church’s choir, something he occasionally does. 

    The last time Kaine attended services at the church was two weeks ago.



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    <![CDATA[12 Injured, Bomber Killed Outside German Music Festival]]>Sun, 24 Jul 2016 21:32:05 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AnsbachMap.png

    A Syrian man blew himself up in Ansbach, Germany, killing himself and injuring 12 others on Sunday during an outdoor festival, police confirmed to NBC News. 

    The three-day open-air festival was taking place in Ansbach, a city of 40,000 people about 20 miles southwest of Nuremberg in Bavaria. The blast occurred just two days after a gunman killed nine people at a mall in Munich.

    Joachim Herrmann, the interior minister in Bavaria, said at a news conference Monday morning that three of the wounded were in serious condition but that none of the injuries was believed to be life-threatening.

    Herrmann said it remained to be determined whether the explosion was related to terrorism, but because the man wore a backpack carrying explosives and metal projectiles capable of hurting many people, "we must assume that it was not purely a suicide."



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    <![CDATA[Trump Aide Dismisses Russian Link to DNC Email Leak]]>Sun, 24 Jul 2016 17:17:34 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/PaulManafort-GettyImages-524993070.jpg

    A top Donald Trump campaign adviser dismissed allegations that Russian hackers were behind the DNC email leak, NBC News reported. 

    Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort said it showed how “desperate” Hillary Clinton’s campaign is after Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook made the suggestion to CNN on Sunday. 

    "They're pretty desperate pretty quickly," Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort said at a press conference in Philadelphia on Sunday. "It's a far reach, obviously. To lead their convention with that tells me they really are trying to move away from what the issues are in this campaign." 

    Manafort downplayed the possibility that Russia was involved with the leaks, saying “we don’t know who’s behind the leaks,” but tied them to Clinton’s use of a private email server, suggesting she created a bigger risk than the one created by the DNC leak. 



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    <![CDATA[Child Dies in Hot Car in Dallas]]>Sun, 24 Jul 2016 20:48:47 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/0721416+Hot+car.jpg

    A 3-year old boy who was left in a car outside a church has died, a Dallas Police spokesman said.

    Dallas Police spent several hours at Dallas Matu Christian Church, located on the 1100 block of Shiloh Road, questioning church members and analyzing a Honda Pilot in the parking lot.

    Services were taking place at the church when the boy's father rushed outside.

    "I think he wanted to call police but he doesn't speak English," said Reng Om.

    The church is dominated with families from Burma, Om said. Despite a language barrier, church members were able to call 911.

    "They are a perfect family. I'm very upset for him," Om said.

    The child was taken to Baylor Medical Center White rock and later pronounced dead, Dallas Fire-Rescue said.

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    <![CDATA['People's Life Savings': Residents Lose Homes to Sand Fire]]>Sun, 24 Jul 2016 21:28:18 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/GeiserHouse.JPG

    All Tim Geiser has left are the tools in his truck.

    Since the so-called Sand Fire erupted on Friday in Santa Clarita, it has consumed 18 homes across three communities. 

    Tim Gieser stayed behind at his home as the 51-square-mile wildfire spread and fire authorities ordered mandatory evacuations. 

    "I wanted to see if I could save something," he said.

    He lost family photos and the good memories that went along with them to the fire, he said.

    Despite structure protection crews equipped with 15 fire engines working to protect four homes on Sand Canyon Road, the homes were lost to the erratic blaze.

    Geiser isn't just feeling the loss of his home, but those of his neighbors' homes too.

    "It's pretty bad. It's a lot of these people's life savings. It's a nice, serene place to live," he said.

    At first, Geiser didn't think the fire was going to reach his home.

    "The Forestry people came back and said, 'Hey it looks like it's burned past and it's moving away from us,' but something changed," he said.

    Geiser is no stranger to fires and added that things can change in a matter of seconds.

    He came back to the property to make sure nothing else happened, traversing a rock-littered roadway, to shut off propane tanks that were left behind.

    Darian Thomason, a resident of the Robinson Ranch area, watched as the fire crept closer to his home as he sat parked in a nearby golf course parking lot.

    "I wanted to see what was going to happen with that fire, to see if it was going to jump across the street to my house or that house," he said.

    Even though he wouldn't be able to do anything to stop the flames, he said it would have been for peace of mind and to be able to tell neighbors if their houses had survived. 

    Thomason had patrolled the neighborhood, checking on people's houses, checking for locked doors and for damage. 

    He was not alone, as neighbors came back to their home, trying to save valuables.

    Mickey Peterson, visiting his son from Europe, came back for his passport and other items. He had to walk four miles to get to the home, since fire authorities were not letting people back into the area.

    "We had our passports and other things so we had to come back for them," he said.

    Despite the fire, he said didn't think it would cut his vacation short.

    "It's what happens here, but it got pretty rough last night," he said.



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    <![CDATA[Munich Gunman Planned Attack: Police]]>Sun, 24 Jul 2016 15:50:44 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Munich-AP_16206400473478.jpg

    The 18-year-old gunman behind the shooting at the Munich shopping mall on Friday spent at least a year planning the attack, and visited the site of a 2009 school massacre, NBC News reported. 

    The shooter, identified by local media as David S., also received two months of psychiatric treatment last year, according to a spokesman for the Munich prosecutor’s office. 

    Evidence found at the shooter’s home showed he was an avid player of first-person games. Investigators also found a manifesto and a digital camera that showed he visited the site of a high school massacre in Winnenden, southern Germany.

    Officials say the shooter likely obtained his weapon, a 9mm pistol, illegally through the dark web. It was unclear where he purchased the ammunition. 

    The shooter killed nine people before shooting himself.



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    <![CDATA[Millennials Less Likely to Support Gun Control: Poll]]>Sun, 24 Jul 2016 15:02:11 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GunControl-AP_16183685320961.jpg

    Recent polling shows millennials are less likely than those over 30 to support strict gun laws, NBC News reported.

    A Gallup poll from October 2015 found that 50 percent of 18-29-year-olds support stricter gun laws compared to 57 percent of those 30-49. People aged 30 and 49 support tougher gun laws at a rate of 56 percent, versus 55 percent among those 65 and older. 

    This is in contrast to other social issues such as sex between unmarried people and LGBT issues, where younger people tend to skew far more liberal, according to Gallup Poll Editor-in-Chief Frank Newport. 

    "Millennials are ... less interested in gun control than those who are older, so the data suggests it's unlike a number of other attitudes say like, gay marriage where young people are much more liberal," he said. "We did not see that in our data on guns."



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    <![CDATA[Debbie Wasserman Schultz to Resign as DNC Chair]]>Mon, 25 Jul 2016 02:03:28 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP_16148564916949-debbie-wasserman-schultz.jpg

    Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz says she will step down at the end of the party's convention in Philadelphia. DNC Vice Chair Donna Brazile will serve as interim chair through the election.

    The announcement comes amid growing pressure for the Florida congresswoman to step down after email leaks suggested committee officials favored Hillary Clinton during the party's primary.

    "I think she should resign, period, and I think we need a new chair who is going to lead us in a very different direction," Sanders said Sunday on ABC's "This Week."

    The Vermont senator also reiterated his calls for Wasserman Schultz to resign on "Meet the Press," after more than 19,000 emails leaked Friday by the website WikiLeaks revealed that some DNC officials internally showed favoritism towards the Clinton campaign while outwardly claiming impartiality.

    "This really does not come as a shock to me or my supporters. There is no question but the DNC was on Secretary Clinton's side from day one," Sanders told NBC's Chuck Todd.

    The Vermont senator says a new leader is needed to focus the DNC on defeating Donald Trump, attracting young voters and improving the economy.

    The White House said President Barack Obama called Wasserman Schultz Sunday afternoon to let her know that he is grateful for her leadership of the DNC. Obama said Wasserman Schultz "had my back" and brought Democrats together to accomplish the party's shared goals for the country.

    "Her critical role in supporting our economic recovery, our fights for social and civil justice and providing health care for all Americans will be a hallmark of her tenure as Party Chair," the statement read. "Michelle and I are grateful for her efforts, we know she will continue to serve our country as a member of Congress from Florida and she will always be our dear friend."

    Trump and his team responded to the news of Wasserman Shultz's resignation.

    In a tweet, the Republican candidate called her "neurotic," saying that she "is angry that, after stealing and cheating her way to a Crooked Hillary victory, she's out!"

    Trump's campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, called on Clinton to drop out of the race in a statement issued Sunday, saying Wasserman Schultz failed to "secure the DNC's email servers and the rigged system she set up" with Clinton. 

    "Now Hillary Clinton should follow Wasserman Schultz's lead and drop out over her failure to safeguard top secret, classified information both on her unauthorized home server and while traveling abroad," he said. "Wasserman Schultz's emails only put the Democratic Party at risk, but Hillary Clinton's emails put all of America at risk.

    On the eve of the Democratic convention in Philadelphia, party officials were holding discussions about whether Schultz should resign as chairwoman of the DNC, the Associated Press reported, citing a person familiar with the discussions who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the matter publicly.

    Earlier Sunday, party officials announced Wasserman Schultz will not preside over the Democratic convention, voting instead to have Rep. Marcia Fudge of Ohio act gavel each session to order and close beginning Monday.

    Fudge said in a statement issued Sunday she is "happy to serve" as chair of the Democratic National Convention this week in Philadelphia, and thanked Clinton for recommending her to the position.

    "I am looking to a great convention and our ongoing efforts as we work together for a strong party and a successful election," she added.

    Sanders was critical of the Florida congresswoman throughout the primary, accusing the party of rigging the process in favor of Clinton.

    Saturday, an official with the campaign of presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton said: "We are very proud of the campaign that we ran. Hillary Clinton has said a number of times publicly that Sen. Sanders ran an extraordinary, hard-fought-campaign based on a real vigorous, and contested primary. As far as Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Bernie Sanders, that's a question to ask Debbie Wasserman Schultz."



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    <![CDATA[Costume Highlights From Comic-Con 2016]]>Sun, 24 Jul 2016 14:23:21 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-579379590.jpgZealous fans packed the San Diego Convention Center for 2016 San Diego Comic-Con International. The four-day pop culture spectacular includes celebrity panels, vendors, sneak peek screenings and lots of attendees sporting colorful costumes that pay tribute to their favorite characters.

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    <![CDATA[Bloomberg to Endorse Clinton at DNC]]>Mon, 25 Jul 2016 02:39:07 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/GettyImages-468907398.jpg

    Michael Bloomberg is expected to endorse Hillary Clinton during his speech at the Democratic National Convention, an adviser for the former New York City mayor told NBC News.

    Bloomberg is making the endorsement because of concerns about Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. He also sees himself as a person with authority who can debunk Trump's claims about business and the economy, the former aide said.

    Bloomberg has not been a member of the Democratic Party since 2000, according to The New York Times. He was elected the mayor of New York City as a Republican and later became an independent.

    Bloomberg announced in March he wouldn't be running for president, saying: "When I look at the data, it's clear to me that if I entered the race, I could not win. I believe I could win a number of diverse states — but not enough to win the 270 Electoral College votes necessary to win the presidency.”

    He also said at the time Trump "has run the most divisive and demagogic presidential campaign I can remember, preying on people's prejudices and fears," citing Trump's proposal to ban most Muslims from entering the United States and deporting those here illegally.

    In May, Bloomberg told CNBC, "Trump marches to his own drummer it would seem, and so far, that drummer has been playing the right tune to get him this far."



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    <![CDATA[Syrian Migrant Kills Woman With Machete in Germany]]>Sun, 24 Jul 2016 12:20:08 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Syrian+Machete+Attacker+Germany.png

    A Syrian man killed a woman with a machete and wounded two others outside a bus station in Germany Sunday before being arrested, NBC News reported.

    The 21-year-old asylum seeker, who was known to police, was having an argument with the woman at the central Omnibus station in Reutlingen before attacking her at about 4:30 p.m. The suspect, whose name was not released, wounded another woman and a man as he fled, according to local police.

    The woman died of her injuries at the scene, officials said.

    The attack comes as Germany remains on edge following a rampage in Munich, where nine people were killed by an 18-year-old gunman at a city shopping center Friday. Days before, an Afghan teen attacked passengers on a train, severely injuring at least three people.



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    <![CDATA[16-Year-Old Arrested After Pursuit]]>Sun, 24 Jul 2016 10:21:44 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Police+Siren+Generic+123.jpg

    A 16-year-old boy was arrested Friday after he was pursued in a stolen vehicle through San Bernardino.

    When a deputy attempted to pull the car over for vehicle code violations around 3:30 p.m., the driver raced away headed eastward on Rialto Avenue, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department.

    During the pursuit, the driver ran several stop signs and red lights before crashing into a signal light as he attempted to turn right on the corner of Tippecanoe Avenue and Harry Sheppard Boulevard, police added.

    Three people inside the car were detained, and police determined the driver fled because he was driving a stolen vehicle, according to officials. The driver was booked into juvenile hall.

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    <![CDATA[Fact Checking Clinton’s Greatest Hits]]>Sun, 24 Jul 2016 10:00:23 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/HillaryClinton-AP_16140607364144.jpg

    Note to Reader

    FactCheck.org is a non-partisan non-profit organization that will hold candidates and key figures accountable during the 2016 presidential campaign. FactCheck.org will check facts of of speeches, advertisements and more for NBC.

    Clinton’s Greatest Hits



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    <![CDATA[Mom of Slain NY Escort Found Dead]]>Sun, 24 Jul 2016 21:08:00 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/sdfdsfsdfsdffffffffff.jpg

    The mother of a New Jersey escort whose 2010 disappearance led to the discovery of 10 butchered bodies on a Long Island beach has been killed, and her other daughter has been charged in the slaying.

    Mari Gilbert, 52, of Ellenville, New York, was killed sometime Saturday morning, the Ellenville Police Department said in a news release posted on Facebook. Her body was found around 2:15 p.m. Saturday.

    Soon after the body was found, police located her daughter, Sarra Gilbert, 27, of Ellenville and took her into custody.

    Sarra Gilbert was charged with second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon, according to police. It wasn't known if she had an attorney who could comment on her behalf.

    She is due to appear in court Tuesday for a preliminary hearing. Additionally, a news conference is scheduled for noon Monday at which time more details will be released, investigators said.

    Mari Gilbert is the mother of Shannan Gilbert, a 24-year-old escort who vanished while on a call in 2010, sparking a massive search that led to the discovery of 10 sets of human remains believed to be linked to at least one serial killer.

    Shannan Gilbert was last seen screaming and running from a home in the Oak Beach complex, where she met her client. Before she disappeared, she called 911 from a client's home and told an operator someone was trying to kill her.

    Gilbert's remains were found in December of 2011 on Long Island's Gilgo Beach. Nine sets of remains — eight women and a man — belonged to prostitutes, authorities said. Another set of remains were found to be a baby girl. Five of them, including the infant, have not been identified.

    Police have said that Gilbert's death isn't linked to the other bodies and that she drowned in the marsh where she was found.

    However, an autopsy report released in February shows Gilbert may have been strangled. Although the autopsy performed by famed forensic pathologist Michael Baden didn't conclude how she died, it did suggest that she had been the victim of some violence prior to her death.

    Gilbert’s family had been involved in a civil suit with a doctor who lives on Gilgo Beach. They believe he may know more about her disappearance.

    No one has been charged or named as a suspect in any of the killings. 

    Marie Gilbert said at Shannan's funeral that family members don't believe she drowned but was a victim of a serial killer. Marie also said she believed the Suffolk County Police Department had given up on her daughter.

    "They say she's at rest now, but she's not" said Marie Gilbert at the time. "She'll never be at rest until I complete the fight and give her justice."

    In January, it was announced that two FBI agents would assist Suffolk County police in their five-year-old case.



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    <![CDATA[South Bay Uber Driver Sexually Assaults Female Rider: PD]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 23:12:12 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Continua_la_oposicion_ante_la_llegada_de_UBER.jpg

    A young woman enjoying a night out with friends was sexually assaulted by her Uber driver, according to the Palo Alto Police Department. The driver has since been arrested and police are investigating to see if there have been more victims.

    According to police, the victim had been in downtown Palo Alto when she used the Uber app to catch a ride home. The victim told police she opted to use Uber Pool, which would have allowed other riders to join in and share fare, only the driver she met up with allegedly cancelled on all other riders and kept her locked in the car.

    Police say she was picked up by Rodolf Vjerdha, a 59-year-old Redwood City man who was driving a burgundy 2014 Kia Optima. She says that Vjerdha made her sit in the front seat of the car against her wishes and then repeatedly tried to rub his hand on her leg.

    When they arrived at the victim’s home, Vjerdha allegedly tried to kiss the suspect and asked to be let inside her home. The victim refused, and, after several attempts, she was able to free herself from the car, police said.

    Uber announced Sunday that the driver has been banned from being an Uber provider.

    Anyone with knowledge about this case or a case that may be related has been asked to call Commander Jeff Liu at 650-853-5904.

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    <![CDATA[Marine Severely Injured in Afghanistan Receives Adapted Home]]>Sun, 24 Jul 2016 22:31:16 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/injured+vet1.PNG

    Marine Sergeant Toran Gaal lost both legs and suffered a severe brain injury when an improvised explosive device detonated while he was deployed to Afghanistan is June 2011.

    He woke up from a coma two months later with no memory of being a Marine and thinking he was still in high school. Through physical therapy and help from family and friends, Sgt. Gaal has recovered mentally and made great strides physically as well.

    Five years later, Gaal is seeing his new home for the first time.

    Homes for Our Troops built the specially-adapted home in Valley Center to meet the needs of Gaal and family, making it easier for him to move around the home and have access from his wheelchair.

    Supporters lined the driveway Saturday to welcome Gaal to his new mortgage-free home. He, his wife Lisa and their daughter will move in soon.

    "To have a home that I no longer can't access something, I can't even explain the amount of independence that I feel already and I don't even live here yet,” Gaal said.

    The home is the 221st built for veterans through the Homes for Our Troops organization.



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    <![CDATA[Kids With Special Needs Beat the Heat at the Beach]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 20:27:10 -0700http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/beach2.PNG

    A group of kids with the Best Day Foundation, a volunteer group that helps kids with special needs build confidence through activities, splashed through the waves at La Jolla Shores Saturday – something they don’t get to do often.

    “It takes a lot more work and you know a lot more help to get a lot of these kids out on the water and on the surfboards,” volunteer Erin Cain said. “Something that’s so simple for us is something that's really special for them…[They] built some little sand castles, these kids are having so much they're not even thinking of the heat.”

    At one point Saturday’s temperatures reached 81 degrees prompting thousands of others to flock to the beach to cool off as well.

    “It’s been hot, the surf has been a little bit challenging and the beach is more crowded than we're used to,” Brooks Lambert of the Best Day Foundation told NBC 7.

    Lifeguards said they’ve been extra busy watching over the influx of beachgoers.

    “The last couple of weeks we've been busy all summer long,” Lt. Rich Stropky with San Diego Lifeguards said.

    For lifeguards bigger crowds mean more rescues, but the children weren’t complaining about the weather.

    For Michael Bradstreet it was a day to feel just like every other kid.

    “All I [can] say [is] awesomeness,” he said with a big smile.

    Each child in the group is paired up with a volunteer who makes sure they avoid rip currents or get dehydrated.

    “We're just trying to drink lots of fluids you know staying wet and staying in the shade,” Cain said.

    The group was even assigned its own lifeguard who watched out for dangerous conditions.

    It's not every day these kids get to play in hot weather, sand or water, serving as a reminder that if you can't beat the heat maybe you should join it.

    Lifeguards said they had 22 rescues as of noon Saturday, and they expect the number to rise



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