<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC4_40x125.png NBC Southern California http://www.nbclosangeles.comen-usMon, 26 Sep 2016 08:49:46 -0700Mon, 26 Sep 2016 08:49:46 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Southern California Faces Triple-Digit Heat, Winds]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 05:55:36 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/212*120/09-26-2016-weather-heat-red-flag-1.JPG

A fire weather warning is in effect Monday in almost all of Los Angeles County because of strong wing gusts, heat, low humidity and extremely dry vegetation.

The warning will extend to in the San Fernando, Santa Clarita and San Gabriel valleys, both the San Gabriel and Santa Monica Mountains, the Angeles National Forest, beach cities, metropolitan Los Angeles and the Hollywood Hills -- but not the Antelope Valley. Red flag warnings are also in force in Ventura County. Winds will blow through the warning areas at between 15 and 30 miles per hour, gusting to 45 mph.

Expect highs of 92 on Mount Wilson; 94 in Avalon and Palmdale; 95 at LAX and Lancaster; 100 in downtown L.A.; 101 in Long Beach and Saugus; 103 in Pasadena, San Gabriel and Burbank; and 105 in Woodland Hills.

Temperatures will decrease Tuesday -- by as little as 3 degrees in some communities and by as much as 9 degrees in others -- and fall again progressively over the ensuing days. By Sunday, downtown is forecast to have a high of 79, 21 degrees lower than Monday, and Woodland Hills will top out at 83, or 22 degrees below Monday's high.

In Orange County, where a heat advisory will be in force until 8 p.m., expect sunny skies and highs of 91 in Newport Beach and Laguna Beach; 92 in San Clemente; 101 in Anaheim, Mission Viejo and Fullerton; 102 in Yorba Linda; and 103 in Irvine.

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<![CDATA[Motorcyclist Killed in Collision With Expo Line Train]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 06:32:50 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/208*120/09-26-2016-motorcycle-crash-metro-expo-train.jpg

A motorcyclist was killed Monday morning when he collided with a Metro Expo Line train west of downtown Los Angeles, authorities said.

The crash was reported at 1:29 a.m. at Washington Boulevard and Flower Street, according to the sheriff's Transit Services Department. The motorcyclist was traveling at a high rate of speed before hitting the train, which stopped several blocks later at Flower and 30th streets, investigators said.

The train operator and passengers were not aware of the collision until the train reached the next stop, authorities said. Eight passengers were aboard the train.

Train passengers were transferred to buses during the investigation. The Expo Line began operating again later Monday morning.

The victim was identified only as a man in his 20s.

The fatality is the first on the Expo Line, which connects downtown Los Angeles with Santa Monica, since it opened last year. 

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<![CDATA[2 Men, Teen Girl Arrested in Fullerton Triple Homicide]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:45:07 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/222*120/Acosta-Felix-Mug.jpg

Two adults and a teen girl were arrested in connection with a triple homicide in Fullerton, police announced Sunday. 

A child called police and "indicated" her parents had died, prompting officers to go to the home where they found three dead adults Saturday inside a Fullerton home, Fullerton police said in a statement.

A 17-year-old named Katlynn Goodwill Yost went missing after the three were found dead and was later found the day after the murders. 

Fullerton police said they received the call around 8:21 a.m. Saturday. They responded to a home in the 400 block of South Gilbert Street where they found two men and a woman dead. The victims' identities have not yet officially been released.

Two children – a 6-year-old and a 10-year-old – were also found in the home, but both were safe, authorities said.

Fullerton police noted the incident was being investigated as a triple homicide. 

As of 8:45 a.m. Sunday, two adult males were arrested in connection with the three murders. A 17-year-old girl was also detained in connection with the murders, but police would not release the girl's name.

"State laws prevents law enforcement from releasing the names of juveniles arrested for crimes. That being said, a 17-year-old female juvenile has also been detained in connection with the murders and is in the custody of the Orange County Juvenile Hall," Sgt. Jon Radus of the Fullerton Police Department said. 

Anyone with information about the deaths was urged to call Det. Coffman 714-738-5361, or Sgt. Rowe 714-738-6776, both of the Fullerton Police Department Crimes Persons Unit.

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<![CDATA[Marlins Pitcher Jose Fernandez's Career in Photos]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 06:21:45 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/021714+jose+fernandez.jpg

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<![CDATA[Calif. Braces for Heat Again, Fire in Sonoma Co.]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 08:45:37 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/0926-sawmill-09.jpg

Californians braced for another hot day as forecasters warned of soaring temperatures and wildfires, including one burning in Sonoma County, due to hot, dry and windy conditions.

A high pressure ridge is expected to bring temperatures in the 80s and 90s in coastal areas and triple-digit heat in inland areas on Monday, the National Weather Service said.

For example, temps could soar to 102 degrees in the Tri-Valley area near Livermore on Monday and even break the 90-degree mark in often-foggy San Francisco, according to the NWS. In Southern California, Los Angeles could see temperatures as hot at 103 degrees and San Diego could reach 100.

This follows on a second consecutive day of heat. Several parts of the state saw record-breaking heat on Sunday as temperatures ran 10 to 25 degrees above normal for this time of the year.

San Francisco had a high of 98 degrees. A record 104 degrees was set in Camarillo, about 47 miles northwest of Los Angeles, beating the old record of 102 set 38 years ago.

Meanwhile, the weather was not helping the state's firefighters. Cal Fire crews had to battle a wildfire in rural Sonoma County in nearly 100-degree heat. The fire, which broke out Sunday morning near Cloverdale, spread to more than 2 square miles and forced about 90 people to evacuate from their homes, state fire officials said.

The fire was threatening The Geysers, a large geothermal field that provides electricity to Sonoma and its four neighboring counties.

By Monday morning the fire was 20 percent contained.

<![CDATA[Memorable Moments From Presidential Debates Past]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 08:37:00 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/nixon-debate-P1.jpg

You can argue whether presidential debates have the power to swing an election, but they are a dependable source of images and sound bites that help color voters' perception of the candidates - for good and for bad. It began with the first televised debate between a tanned and vibrant John F. Kennedy and a peaked, flu-wracked Richard M. Nixon in 1960 and continued through 2012, when Mitt Romney's story about "binders full of women." Countless quips, gaffes and zingers have occurred in the intervening years. Here are some of the most memorable, in chronological order.

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Welcome to television, Mr. Nixon

Pollsters found that people who listened to this debate on the radio thought that Nixon, the vice president, beat Kennedy. But those who followed on television, where Kennedy's youth and poise contrasted with Nixon's age and dourness, sided with Kennedy, who won the election. No single moment of this debate stands out; the entire episode illustrates how Nixon underestimated the power of television. Nixon would later run for president and win, but he refused to debate ever again.

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Ford's foreign policy blunder

President Gerald Ford, who ascended to office after Nixon's resignation, was challenged by former Georgia Gov. Jimmy Carter in 1976. In this clip from the second of three debates, Ford tells an incredulous Max Frankel that "There is no Soviet domination of Eastern Europe, and there never will be under a Ford administration." Carter would later say that the debates helped him win the election.

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Reagan's zingers

Carter and former California Gov. Ronald Reagan debated only once in 1980, a week before election day, and Reagan showed himself adept at two key debate techniques: affably diffusing an attack and distilling a candidacy down to a single phrase. When Carter criticized Reagan's position on Medicaid, Reagan quipped, "There you go again." And during his closing arguments, Reagan asked voters to ask themselves: "Are you better off than you were four years ago?" Both lines became classics, and Reagan won by a landslide.

Carter's Amy speech

Reagan's inspiring performance stood in stark contrast to Carter's flatness. That was exposed in his closing arguments, when he finished an argument about nuclear weapons by invoking his daughter, Amy. Some analysts point to this remark as the debate's worst.

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Reagan strikes back

Reagan was challenged in 1984 by Walter Mondale, who'd served as vice president under Carter. Reagan maintained a large lead for most of the campaign. But Mondale appeared to gain ground in their first debate, when Reagan, who was, at 73, the oldest sitting president, appeared tired and a little disoriented. In the second debate, Reagan again showed his knack for amiably diffusing criticism by addressing the age issue head-on.

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The rape question

The 1988 race between Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis and Vice President George H.W. Bush featured two debates, the first of which was largely uneventful. But the second began with journalist Bernard Shaw asking Dukakis if he would support the death penalty for someone who raped and killed his wife. Dukakis, a staunch opponent of capital punishment, answered resolutely that he would not, but the dryness of his response cemented the prevailing image of him as reserved and stiff. Soon after the debate, Bush began to climb in the polls.

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Perot's "giant sucking sound"

The series of debates in 1992 featured three candidates: President Bush, former Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton and independent candidate Ross Perot, whose campaign was fueled by anti-Washington anger. Bush and Clinton spent much of the first debate attacking each other, and voters reacted in polls by declaring Perot the winner. In the second, Perot's straight-talking, humorous delivery reached a crescendo in his opening remarks, when he went on a tirade against the North American Free Trade Agreement, predicting that it would result in a massive loss of jobs to Mexico. The line became an instant hit.

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Bush checks his watch

Later in the second debate of 1992, a member of the audience stood to ask the candidates a question about how the national debt had affected them personally. From the back of the stage, Bush glanced at his watch and then botched the question, struggling to explain himself before admitting, "I'm not sure I get it." A few minutes later, Clinton gave an impassioned response, and the debate was as good as won.

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Gore tries to intimidate Bush

The last of three debates between Vice President Al Gore and Texas Gov. George W. Bush in 2000 was held in a town-hall meeting style, leaving the candidates free to roam the stage while answering questions. The exchanges between Bush and Gore had become increasingly testy, with Gore at times expressing impatience with Bush's answers. That tension came to a head during Bush's attempt to explain how he thought the two men differed. Gore stood up and approached Bush in what seemed to be an effort to intimidate him. But Bush's handling of it gave him the upper hand.

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McCain: “that one”

The 2008 race featured three debates between Senators Barack Obama and John McCain. In the second, a town-hall style meeting, the candidates largely refrained from attacking each other's character but parried on policy in what was generally considered a boring exchange. Perhaps that is why the Democrats and the media fixated on a slight blunder by McCain as he tried to explain the two men's differences on energy policy. Emphasizing a point, he referred to Obama as "that one," which Obama's campaign tried to exploit as evidence that McCain was out of sorts and irascible. T-shirts and Facebook pages mocking the phrase sprouted up. Pundits argued whether it was that bad of a mistake, but it became the most discussed aspect of the debate, and that wasn't good for McCain.

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Romney's "binders full of women"

In in answering a question about pay equity for women, Mitt Romney said during the 2012 presidential debate that as governor of Massachusetts he made an effort to include women in his administration. He said his team reached out to several women groups to find applicants and got "binders full of women." The commentary about Romney's phrase took off online even before his second debate with President Barack Obama wrapped up. 

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<![CDATA[Carport Fires Damage Vehicles, Apartment]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 08:12:42 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/190*120/09-26-2016-fire-carport-1.JPG A carport fire burned vehicles overnight in Florence. Michelle Valles reports for Today in LA on Monday Sept. 26, 2016.

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<![CDATA[Elena Delle Donne Opens Up in Video]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 08:11:53 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-514542562.jpg

Chicago Sky superstar Elena Delle Donne is well-known for her exploits on the court and her status as the defending WNBA MVP, but what you may not know is the story of how her bond with her sister resurrected her basketball career.

In a new video released by Gatorade, Delle Donne recounts the story of how she walked away from the UConn women’s basketball team to take care of her sister Lizzie, who has cerebral palsy and is blind and deaf.

"Lizzie has always been my strength, but going away to play college basketball meant that I had to say goodbye, and I just wasn't ready," she said. "Everybody thinks I came home to take care of her, but she was the one helping me."

She took a year off from basketball, but ultimately decided to come back to the sport and became a star at the University of Delaware. In the video, she describes how her sister’s love of the wind helped give her a new perspective on life.

"If you close your eyes, and you can't hear anything, and the wind comes across your face and blows your hair, it makes you feel a certain joy. To her, it's just pure joy and it's incredible to watch something that simple make her so happy," Delle Donne shared.

"I'll step outside after a rough practice, feel the wind, and it's like, 'Oh. There you are Liz,'" she added. "Liz has taught me so much. You don't focus on what you don't have - you celebrate what you do." 

Delle Donne has gone through other obstacles in her career as well, including contracting Lyme disease during her sophomore season. Eventually she overcame those challenges and was drafted by the Sky with the second overall pick in the 2013 WNBA Draft.

Unfortunately for Delle Donne, she has more adversity to go through now, as she’s dealing with recovery following thumb surgery earlier this month. The star forward is hoping to return to the court during the WNBA playoffs, but her timetable for recovery is unknown at this point.

Even with that latest setback, Delle Donne proves in the video that she is willing to take on any challenge, and going through adversity is something she’s become very adept at in her career.

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<![CDATA[Earthquake Rattles Imperial and San Diego Counties]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 08:27:25 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/el-centro-quake-092616.jpg

An earthquake measuring a magnitude of 4.2 struck in the Imperial County early Monday.

The quake struck at 7:31 a.m. PT. Seven other smaller earthquakes measuring magnitudes between 2.5 and 3.3 were also recorded within an hour of the 4.2 quake.

The epicenter is nearly 60 miles northwest of El Centro and nearly 100 miles southeast of Palm Springs, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

The quake was felt as far away as Carmel Mountain Ranch and Scripps Ranch according to responses posted to the USGS website.

<![CDATA[Gunman Sought in Fatal Shooting Outside Mall]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 08:02:33 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/09-26-2016-car-club-san-bernardino-shooting.JPG

A man was shot and killed late Sunday when a gunman opened fire outside a mall during a car club event in San Bernardino. 

No arrests were reported Monday morning in the shooting outside Carousel Mall. Cars streamed out of the mall parking lot after several gunshots.

The victim was found on the ground and later died at a hospital.

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<![CDATA[A Whole New World of Alan Menken]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 07:27:17 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Alan-Menken-segerstrom.jpg

The story of Disney history is a tail — er, tale — that includes several dozen Dalmatians, a steamboat-piloting mouse, hippo ballerinas, and a singing governess with a penchant for the surreal adventure.

But it is a story that can't be fully told without a look at the company's animated renaissance of the late 1980s and early '90s, when "The Little Mermaid" and "Beauty and the Beast" and "Aladdin" were not only a return to Disney form, in the cinematic sense, but something rather new.

Thank composer Alan Menken in large and lively scored part for that. Along with lyricist Howard Ashman, Mr. Menken fashioned a fully scoped universe for a new crop of instant Disney classics, lending an aural feel, and memorable hooks, to everything from Beast's castle to Aladdin and Jasmine's planet-wide carpet ride.

Hear the opening of "A Whole New World" from the 1992 film and you'll be humming it all day long, it's pretty much guaranteed.

And to hear Mr. Menken unpack the stories behind these films, and his multiple other movies and stage shows (think "Little Shop of Horrors," "Enchanted," "Tangled") is a treat as rare as meeting a genie, but magic does happen, and will, at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts on Friday, Sept. 30.

Mr. Menken's yarn-filled one-man show, "A Whole New World of Alan Menken," will include both music-sweet moments and "behind-the-scenes stories." It's a big night for both Broadway fans (where the composer has left his merry-hearted mark over the years) and animation aficionados who thrill to the opening notes of "Be Our Guest" and "Kiss the Girl."

Making it all a bit more sentimental is the not-so-far distance from the Segerstrom to the Happiest Place on Earth. A walk through Disneyland is an ear-happy visit with Mr. Menken's many fantastical compositions, tunes that enhanced both fictional worlds and the memorable characters inhabiting them.

Perhaps a stop by the world's most famous theme park, followed by a 20-minute drive to Costa Mesa to see Alan Menken in person, is about as Disney a day as Disney days come. 

But like so many things in the magical universe, this day won't happen often: Sept. 30 is your chance, so rub that lamp, or wave that sparkly wand, if you prefer, now.

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<![CDATA[Watch: Best Waves Go to the Dogs at Surf Contest]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 07:21:38 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Surf_Dog_OC_Beach_1200x675_773165635827.jpg There were wipeouts and wagging tails Sunday Sept. 25, 2016 at the annual surf dog competition off Huntington Dog Beach.]]> <![CDATA[Firefighters Battling Rapid Wildfire in Sonoma County]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 06:58:59 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/9-26-16-sonoma-county+fire.jpg

A wildfire ignited in the North Bay on Sunday, sending fire crews scrambling amid high temperatures and gusty winds.

The Sawmill Fire, a fast-moving wildfire burning in Sonoma County, grew to 1,500 acres and was 20 percent contained as of Monday morning, according to Cal Fire.

The fire, which started just before 11 a.m., is in steep, challenging terrain with difficult access and is threatening structures, Cal Fire said. Fuels are heavy, with areas of grass and pockets of oak woodland. The vegetation is extremely dry due to the past five years of drought conditions.

"As it progressed and the fire activity picked up, it just took off," said Paul Lowenthal of the North Bay Incident Management Team. "We've had fires up here, we know there's potential for significant fires in this area, so we augmented our response team, we added resources to it."

Temperatures were in the high 90s with low relative humidity Sunday, and forecasts call for similar conditions on Monday.

"The humidity levels are going to range pretty low through the night, which isn't a good thing," Lowenthal said. "A lot of good work needs to be done overnight to try to button this thing up and increase the percentage of containment before the temperatures pick back up."

Evacuation orders were in place for dozens of homes on Geysers Road in Cloverdale, Cal Fire said. Red Cross opened an evacuation center at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church at 1402 University St. in Healdsburg, where food, water and shelter are available to evacuees.

About 240 personnel from nine agencies were assisting in battling the Sawmill Fire, Cal Fire said. There was no timetable for when the flames would be extinguished.

The cause of the fire was unknown and under investigation, Cal Fire said.

A second Sonoma County blaze was reported in Santa Rosa's Annadel State Park around 2:15 p.m., according to the Santa Rosa Fire Department.

Fire crews made quick work of that blaze, containing it to 5 acres, according to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat.

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<![CDATA[Jose Fernandez Remembered By MLB Teams]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 08:48:43 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/187*120/GettyImages-610389982.jpg

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<![CDATA[Boater Missing a Week Found Alive Off East Coast; Mom Still Missing ]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 07:36:49 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/BLOCK-ISLAND-MISSING-BOAT.jpg

One of two boaters from Middletown, Connecticut, missing for a week was found alive at sea on a life raft, but his mother is still missing.

Nathan Carman, 22, and his mother, 54-year-old Linda Carman, were reported missing Sept. 18 after they failed to return from a fishing trip off Point Judith, Rhode Island.

On Sunday, a freighter spotted a life raft 115 nautical miles off Martha's Vineyard and found Nathan Carman inside of it, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. He had an emergency bag of food and water, but there was still no sign of Linda Carman.

The Coast Guard had searched an area near Block Island and the search expanded through 62,000 square miles, from the coast of Rhode Island to New York and as far as New Jersey.

Sharon Hartstein, who has been friends with Linda for more than 20 years, said Linda let her know she would be leaving Ram’s Point Marina in Point Judith early on the morning of Sunday, Sept. 18, and they were supposed to come back later that day. They went out in a 31-foot aluminum fishing boat named the Chicken Pox, The Associated Press reported.

She showed us the last text messages between her and Linda: “So she sent this email Friday, I mean text message, saying that they were going from ‘Rams Point around 1 [a.m. Sunday], back by 9 [a.m. Sunday]. Call me 12 noon if you don’t hear from me. Thanks for being there.’”

Nathan – who suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome -- was the center of a 2011 investigation when he went missing and was found in Virginia.

A friend of the family said on Sunday that Nathan is in good condition.

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<![CDATA[Bill Nunn Dies at 62]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 03:59:16 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/radioraheem.jpg

Bill Nunn, the actor most famous for his role as Radio Raheem in Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing," died Saturday in Pittsburgh, Lee announced on Instagram. He was 62.

"My Dear Friend, My Dear Morehouse Brother- Da Great Actor Bill Nunn As Most Of You Know Him As Radio Raheem Passed Away This Morning In His Hometown Of Pittsburgh. Long Live Bill NUNN," Lee wrote on Instagram.

Nunn appeared in a number films throughout his career, which spanned from the late 1980s into the 21st Century. He acted opposite Tobey Maguire in the "Spiderman" franchise, in "New Jack City" with Wesley Snipes, and in "Sister Act" starring Whoopi Goldberg.

But his most notable role was Radio Raheem, the Bedford-Stuyvesant resident who spoke in poetic prose about his brass knuckles emblazoned with the words "love" and "hate." 

In the film, racial tensions in the Brooklyn neighborhood simmer during a steamy summer day. They boil over at night when Nunn's character is choked to death by a New York City police officer. 


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<![CDATA[Mike Ditka on Kaepernick's Protest]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 05:06:10 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/mike+ditka+GettyImages-463267928.jpg

Former Bears coach Mike Ditka has weighed in on the protests sparked by 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, and he certainly did not hold back. 

"I think it’s a problem, anybody who disrespects this country and the flag," Ditka said in a radio interview Friday. "If they don't like the country, they don't like our flag, get the hell out, that's what I think."

"I have no respect for Colin Kaepernick, he probably has no respect for me," the Hall of Fame coach continued. "That’s his choice. My choice is that I like this country. I respect our flag."

"And I don't see all the atrocities going on in this country that people say are going on," he added. "I see opportunities if people want to look for opportunities. Now, if they don't want to look for them, then you can find problems with anything."

"But this is the land of opportunity because you can be anything you want to be if you work. Now if you don't work, that's a different problem," he concluded. 

Ditka's disapproval of the protests came just days after three players on the Philadelphia Eagles raised their fists at Soldier Field ahead of the Bears' home opener Monday night. 

That demonstration joined the national conversation ignited by Kaepernick who sat, then kneeled, for the playing of the national anthem beginning in August to call attention to the oppression of minorities across the United States. 

Since then, Kaepernick has been joined by several other NFL players, including four members of the Miami Dolphins, Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters, and Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall.

While some have expressed support for the message of the demonstrations, the protests have sparked outrage among others, including local police unions in Miami and San Francisco, both of which have threatened some form of boycott. 

A recent poll found Kaepernick to be the most disliked player in the NFL, which was conducted just days before his cover for Time Magazine's October issue was revealed. 

He revealed Tuesday that he has received death threats over his protest, and pledged to donate $100,000 in each of the next 10 months to organizations that work toward goals consistent with his message of fighting racial inequality.

This is not the first time Ditka has spoken out on social or political issues. A well-documented conservative, he has publicly expressed support for Donald Trump and flirted with the idea of speaking at the Republican National Convention in July.

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<![CDATA[The Challenge]]> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 01:24:43 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/199*120/09-06-2016-challenge-logo-small.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[Debate Details Revealed: Clinton Gets 1st Question]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 07:19:06 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/clinton-trump-texas-encuestas.jpg

WATCH the debate live at 9 p.m. ET.

Debate officials have released the details of Monday night's presidential debate between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump, NBC News reported.

Clinton will receive the first question from NBC News' Lester Holt, who will moderate the first debate of the election season at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York.

The debate will 90 minutes long and divided into six, 15 minute "pods," the Commission on Presidential Debates announced on Sunday.

Clinton's podium will be stage left and Trump's podium will be stage right, the CPD said.

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<![CDATA[Teen Trapped Under Tree Survives]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:38:15 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/160925-agua-dulce.jpg

A 17-year-old is recovering in the hospital after a downed tree fell on top of him. 

"We heard a cracking noise," Brenda Flinders told NBC4. "I heard screaming and apparently it was our neighbor boy." 

The Los Angeles County Fire Department responded Sunday evening to a teen trapped under a downed tree on Agua Dulce Canyon Road. The tree also brought down wires.

Flinders' pine tree snapped in half, and on its way down took out live power lines. The downed tree trapped Flinders' teenage neighbor who happened to be in the street when the tree fell around 6:45 p.m.

LA County Fire said they do not know if wind was a factor in the tree falling.

Firefighters initially could not access the victim because of the wires. Crews had to wait for Edison to arrive and de-energize the power lines so they could rescue the teen. 

He was rescued shortly after 8 p.m. and suffered only minor injuries. He was taken to a nearby hospital.

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<![CDATA[Texas Woman Gives Birth on Side of Interstate ]]> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 19:44:35 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NC_roadsidebirth0923_1920x10802.jpg

Happy birthday to the Austinite who was delivered on the side of the road Thursday morning.

The right shoulder was blocked on Interstate 35 and Airport Boulevard while Jazmin Martinez delivered her own baby, NBC affiliate KXAN reported. The father, Luiz, called 911 at 4:53 a.m. saying "the baby's coming out!"

Austin-Travis County EMS arrived minutes later, after the baby was already born.

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<![CDATA[Dodgers Players React to Death of Jose Fernandez]]> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 15:30:14 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/Puig+and+Fernandez.jpg

So fast, so far. You were gone too soon.

News of the death of Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez spread like a wildfire on Sunday as it sent shockwaves up the spines of the small circle that is Major League baseball.

Players and coaches were emotional on Sunday morning when they work up to the news that Fernandez and two passengers had been killed in a boating accident in the early morning hours. 

The news hit the Dodgers here on the west coast as they awoke to play their final home game of the season against the Colorado Rockies.

For obvious reasons, Dodger players and former teammates of Fernandez were stunned and at a loss for words in the clubhouse before the game. 

None were more emotional than Yasiel Puig, who like Fernandez, was also Cuban-born, and lived in Miami. Puig said that he and Fernandez were close friends who hung out together in the offseason. Puig dedicated Sunday's game to Fernandez and as tears rolled down his face as he said:

"My friend, my brother. You know how much I loved you. I have no words."

Fernandez almost became a Dodger in the offseason as trade rumors flew like wild swans, last winter. The front office was actively trying to acquire Fernandez, even willing to part with top pitching prospect, Julio Urias, at one point.

However, after the rival Diamondbacks traded away No. 1 overall draft pick Dansby Swanson and two others for right-hander Shelby Miller, the price tag for Fernandez went up considerably.

According to sources, the Marlins asked for three players in exchange for a deal with Fernandez: Urias, Corey Seager and Joc Pederson. Naturally, the Dodgers said, "No Thanks."

A No. 16 Los Angeles Dodgers jersey with the name "Fernandez" written across the back hung in the Dodgers clubhouse throughout the game, and alone before the game as the Dodgers stood on the third baseline along with the 50,000 fans in attendance for a moment of silence in Hernandez's memory.

Flags at Dodger Stadium flew at half-mast and the Dodgers shared this picture of Fernandez watching fireworks on a Friday night from the field after a game between the Marlins and Dodgers earlier this season.

Here are the tweets and reactions from the Dodgers and players of the passing of their friend, Jose Fernandez:

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<![CDATA[Charlotte Mayor Lifts Curfew; Protests Remain Peaceful]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 04:45:39 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP16268114579629_opt.jpg

Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts lifted a citywide curfew Sunday evening after a weekend of peaceful protests and demonstrations over the police-involved shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott, NBC News reports.

In a statement, Roberts and the chairman of the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners urged the community to continue to "show their unity in a peaceful and legal manner."

Violent protests rocked the city last week after a police officer shot and killed Scott on Tuesday. North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory declared a state of emergency, calling in the National Guard.

As the week drew on, the demonstrations continued, but protesters remained peaceful. Many called for the police to release the dashcam and bodycam footage taken during the shooting, and the department released some of that footage to the public Saturday.

Photo Credit: Chuck Burton, AP]]>
<![CDATA['I Hope' My Foundation Hasn't Broken the Law: Trump]]> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 17:27:02 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP_16268837219115-Trump-shrugs.jpg

When asked in an interview Sunday whether he was confident he’d followed the law with regards to his personal charitable foundation, Donald Trump said that he “hoped so.”

Media reports have found that Trump has used his charitable organization, The Donald J. Trump Foundation, for personal purchases and to pay off legal fees. Those actions may have been taken in violation of IRS laws, NBC News reports.

The host of Sunday talk show "Full Measure," Sharyl Atkinson, asked the GOP presidential candidate directly if he was “confident that the Trump Foundation has followed all charitable rules and laws.”

“Well, I hope so. I mean, my lawyers do it,” Trump said.

Photo Credit: Steve Helber, AP]]>
<![CDATA[Dodgers Clinch Fourth Straight NL West Title]]> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 22:18:25 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/207*120/Vin+Scully+Salute.png

As if it would end any other way…

So pull up a chair, we're going to tell you a story.

Charlie Culberson hit a walk-off home run and the Los Angeles Dodgers clinched the National League West in dramatic fashion in Vin Scully's final game at Dodger Stadium.

Corey Seager hit the game-tying home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth and Culberson hit his first home run of the year in the bottom of the 10th as the Dodgers defeated the Colorado Rockies, 4-3, clinching their fourth consecutive NL West title in a storyook ending to Scully's career at Chavez Ravine.

The Dodgers had their destiny in their own hands before the game: a win and they clinch their fourth consecutive NL West Division title. A loss, and the celebration would have to wait. 

Thankfully, they took the bull by the horns and sealed their own fate with one swing. Here's how it went down:

Colorado got on the board first with two runs in the top of the third inning. Christhian Adames led off the inning with a single and scored on a double one play later by Dustin Garneau.

The Dodgers got a run back in the bottom half of the inning when Yasiel Puig hit a sacrifice fly to deep center that scored Howie Kendrick from third.

Seager tied the game with a one-out triple in the bottom of the seventh that scored Justin Turner from first base.

Tyler Anderson was terrific for Colorado, but was chased from the game in the seventh inning after surrendering the triple to Seager.

The left-hander gave LA fits at the plate, allowing two runs on 10 hits with one strikeout in 6 and 1/3 innings of work.

Brandon McCarthy was activated from the disabled list before the game and made his ninth start of the season for the Dodgers.

McCarthy was effective and efficient, allowing just the two runs on four hits with one walk and six strikeouts in 5 and 1/3 innings of work. The lanky right-hander's command was much better than before he went on the disabled list, and he'll likely make another start before the season ends next Sunday. 

The game stayed tied into the ninth inning when manager Dave Roberts inserted his closer, Kenley Jansen, in hopes of giving the Dodgers a chance to win in walk-off fashion in the bottom of the ninth.

After retiring Carlos Gonzalez and Nolan Arenado, Dahl crushed a 96MPH cutter into the seats in right-center to give the Rockies the lead.

Next, Colorado closer Adam Ottavino entered the game to try and earn his sixth save of the season.

Like Jansen, Ottavino retired the first two hitters before serving up the game-tying home run to Seager on a cut-fastball that sent the crowd into a frantic frenzy.

Then, Culberson sent them into a fever pitch as he stroked a fastball from Boone Logan into the short porch in left field and the Dodgers celebrated with champagne on the field, making sure to toast Scully the entire time.

Players of the Game:

Charlie Culberson: Walk-off home run.
Corey Seager: Game-tying home run.
David Dahl: Go-ahead home run in the 9th.

Three Takeaways:

1. Thank You, Vin: Sunday marked the final home game of the 2016 regular season for the Dodgers, and the final game of legendary broadcaster, Vin Scully, at Dodger Stadium. Fans in attendance chanted "Vin, Vin, Vin!" throughout the game along with "Stay! Stay! Stay!"

2. Salute to Vin: Every member of the Los Angeles Dodgers starting lineup tipped their cap before entering the batter's box as a salute to Vin Scully.

3. The Greatest Storyteller: Vin Scully told his last story ever at Dodger Stadium and wouldn't know the baseball gods were not content with the best broadcaster the game has even seen putting down the mic quietly after nine innings. No, as fate would have it, this game needed a dramatic finish, fitting for the best storyteller since Shakespeare. 

Up Next:

Rockies (73-83): Colorado heads to San Francisco for a three-game series at AT&T Park starting Tuesday.

Dodgers (90-66): The Dodgers have an off day on Monday before heading South on the I5-freeway to San Diego for three-game series with the Padres. Jose De Leon will start at 7:10PM PST.

Please refresh this page for more updates, stats and player reactions…

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<![CDATA[LA Rams Beat Tampa Bay Bucs 37-32 in Shootout]]> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 17:42:59 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Todd-Gurley-Rams-vs-Bucs.jpg

When quarterback Case Keenum found wide-receiver Brian Quick for a 44-yard pass in the first quarter, the Los Angeles Rams ended a 22-year drought and scored the team's first touchdown since Dec. 24, 1994.

Yes, the LA Rams finally scored a touchdown, but more importantly, they beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and collected an important road victory to improve to 2-1 on the season.

In an exciting contest, Jameis Winston and the Buccaneers played their part in a back-and-forth game that was probably best categorized by the Rams' second possession, as much as it was defined by Keenum's 44-yard bomb on the opening drive.

Attempting to force a ball to Tavon Austin, Keenum threw an interception that was immediately returned for a touchdown.

By the time time ran out on the game clock, LA had scored four touchdowns, including one by the defense. Just as Keenum made history on his opening drive, he also made history with the interception for a touchdown, which was the first time that had happened to the LA Rams since Nov. 27, 1994.

After Gregg Zuerlain hit a field goal, Winston and the Buccaneers responded by putting together a 75-yard drive to take the lead. Then, the home team added to its points off turnovers after Rams wide-receiver Kenny Britt coughed up the football early in the second quarter. Winston led another impressive drive for a touchdown that gave the Buccaneers a 20-10 lead.

That score should have held for the half, but Tampa Bay threw an interception and set up the Rams on Tampa Bay's 22-yard line just shy of the two-minute warning. LA would hand the ball off to Todd Gurley III, and the talented running back scored his first touchdown of the season to bring LA within three points at the intermission.

The second half started with a series of punts before the game continued being anything but ordinary. Buccaneers kicker Roberto Aguayo missed a 41-yard field goal attempt, after having missed an extra point earlier in the game. Seemingly, the miss spurred the Rams forward, and the ensuing drive finished with Gurley claiming his second touchdown of the day.

As the game rounded into the fourth quarter, the Rams' defense got into the scoring act, too. Defensive-end Robert Quinn stripped Winston and defensive tackle Ethan Westbrooks picked up the football and ran it in for a touchdown and gave LA a 31-20 lead early in the fourth quarter.

However, Winston and the Buccaneers simply refused to go gently. Less than three minutes later, the Bucs had scored anothe touchdown, as Winston found tight-end Cameron Brate for the score. Tampa tried for a two-point conversion and failed, so the score stuck at 31-26.

Thankfully for the visitors, they did not close the playbook and focus on simply running the clock out. Instead, Keenum found speedy receiver Tavor Austin, who did a quick move and waltzed in for a 43-yard touchdown. LA attempted a two-point conversion and also failed, but the scoreboard read 37-26 with 4:38 remaining in the game.

While fans around LA began prematurely celebrating, Winston and Tampa Bay responded with yet another touchdown to draw the home team within five points. Again, the Buccaneers went for two-points and, again, the Buccaneers failed to commandeer any points.

If Tampa Bay had only hit the extra point after every touchdown and also hit the missed field goal, the home team would have been ahead.

Instead, the Rams got the ball back leading 37-32 with 2:23 remaining in the game, and Austin made a poor decision to return the kickoff to only the six-yard line. Backed up deep into their own end of the field and facing 3rd and long, a lightning storm forced a stoppage at the two-minute warning.

After about 70 minutes of waiting for the weather to approve, the Rams and Bucs finally got back onto the field for two vital minutes of football. Predictably, the Rams did not get the first down and had to punt.

So, Winston and the Buccaneers started in good field position at their own 45-yard line with 1:42 to play in the game. Immediately, Winston found Vincent Jackson for a 16-yard gain into Rams' territory. From there, Winston led the Bucs to the 20-yard line.

However, poor clock management and dropped balls led to Tampa Bay running out of time. As Winston was pummelled on the final play, the Rams jumped in celebration as the final score read "37-32."

LA improved to 2-1 on the season and is now tied for first place in the NFC West with the Seattle Seahawks.

Notes: (LA) Keenum threw for 190 yards with two touchdowns and one interception on 14/26 passing. Gurley rushed for 85 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries. Austin led the team with five receptions for 82 yards and one touchdown. (TB) Winston threw for 405 yards with three touchdowns and one interception on 36/58 passing. Charles Sims rushed for 55 yards and one touchdown on 13 carries. Mike Evans led the team with 10 receptions for 132 yards and one touchdown. 

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<![CDATA[Couple Searches for Cure to Fatal Brain Disease]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:16:56 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/204*120/09-26-2016-brandi-father-1.JPG

Three years ago, Brandi Evans' father, Neil Foster, started experiencing a pain in his leg. What seemed like nothing at first quickly became much worse: Brandi and her family learned that her father had something called Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, otherwise known as CJD. His brain was slowly destroying itself.

"It just takes everything away from you,” Brandi said. “It takes away your ability to function properly, carry a conversation, losing your motor skills.”

Her father’s death gave Brandi a new purpose. Now she and her husband Jeffrey are doing everything they can to educate the public about CJD and to find a cure. The two have become somewhat experts on the disease, but they never expected a chance encounter over a cup of coffee to give them hope for a cure.

Jeffrey is the director of Nespresso’s boutique shop in Beverly Hills. One day, he struck up a casual conversation with a customer.

“I just matter-of-factly said, ‘And what do you do, sir?’” Jeffrey said. “And he said, ‘I’m a neuroscientist.’”

That customer was Dr. Babak Kateb, the scientific director at California Neurological Institute and president of the Brain Mapping Foundation. After meeting Jeffrey, Kateb spoke to his own team of researchers. They have since developed a new approach that uses light to detect brain abnormalities like CJD.

The research is complicated, but Brandi says any attempt to discover why CJD happens is a step forward.

“I would hope physicians would see this and would be curious to gain more information,” she said.

CJD is so rare that only 350 cases are diagnosed every year in the U.S, according to the Center for Disease Control. However, research is still necessary to find a cure for the devastating disease.

That is where the CJD Foundation can help. Its president Debbie Yobs says the foundation works with families to connect money for research with scientists willing to take on the challenge. Every year, the foundation presents a Strides for CJD 5k run/walk to raise awareness.

“It’s just so important for us to get out there and do something about it,” Brandi said.

For Brandi and Jeffrey, the CJD Foundation is an opportunity to further support the cause they both care about. The two are hosting a Strides for CJD event at Beverly Hills High School on Sunday, Oct. 2.

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<![CDATA[Police: Avoid Area After Shooting Near Cal State Northridge]]> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 14:51:36 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/212*120/lln-northridgeshooting.PNG

Police were asking the public to avoid the area east of Cal State Northridge campus as they searched for a gunman suspected in a shooting that left two critically wounded Sunday.

A report of three shots fired came in at about 8 a.m. in the 9800 block of Zelzah Avenue, near Lassen Street.

Officers were told that three men were fighting in an apartment when residents heard screams. 

Police discovered a man who had been battered, and took one person into custody. 

Three men were taken to the hospital: a 25-year-old and 27-year-old who had been shot and critically wounded, and another man in his 20s, according to Los Angeles Fire Department's Margaret Stewart.

They set up a perimeter to search for the gunman northeast of the college campus. 

Police were asking the public to avoid the area just east of the Cal State Northridge campus. The perimeter is bounded by Zelzah Avenue on the west, Lassen Street on the north, White Oak Avenue on the east, and Superior Street on the south.

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<![CDATA[Protesters Kneel During Anthem Outside Panthers' Stadium]]> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 12:47:36 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-610389880.jpg

As the Star-Spangled Banner played and police in riot-gear looked on, a sea of people took a knee outside of Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte Sunday, NBC News reported.

Activists were demonstrating at and boycotting Sunday's NFL game between the Carolina Panthers and the Minnesota Vikings in protest of the shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott by a police officer last Tuesday.

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton — who has often been criticized for being silent on social justice issues — warmed-up for Sunday's game in a black t-shirt with the Martin Luther King Jr. quote: "Injustice anywhere is a threat to injustice everywhere."

Security around the stadium was increased in light of recent protests that turned violent. About 50 Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers dressed in riot gear received an ovation from fans waiting to get into the stadium for Sunday's game.

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<![CDATA[New Shake Shack Opens in Glendale]]> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 18:52:28 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Glendale_Shake_Shack_1200x675_772666947709.jpg There's a new Shake Shack in town and it's located in Glendale. Kathy Vara reports for the NBC4 News at 5 on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016. ]]> <![CDATA[Top Moments From Dodgers' Vin Scully Pregame Celebration]]> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 15:59:10 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/202*120/Vin+Scully+Day.png

"In a year that has been so improbable, the impossible has happened."

That's right folks, the impossible has happened. Vin Scully is calling it a career.

After 67 years behind the mic, Scully has called more than half of the games the Dodgers have ever played in a 100+ year history.

On Friday, before the team took on the Colorado Rockies, 67 years of gratitude, generosity and dedication poured over onto the field as the city of Los Angeles said goodbye to the greatest broadcaster in the history of sports.

The pregame tribute to Scully started promptly at 6:30PM as the Dodgers aired a video tribute on their two big screens honoring Scully. The short film was narrated by the great Bob Costas and featured congratulatory words from Kobe Bryant, Kirk Gibson, Magic Johnson, Al Michaels, and more.

Immediately following, Dodgers radio announcer Charley Steiner introduced the 42nd mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti, the commissioner of MLB Rob Manfred, Dodgers chairman, Mark Walter, Sandy Koufax, Clayton Kershaw, Spanish Language broadcaster Jaime Jarrin, and Kevin Costner. Finally, Scully and his wife Sandi were introduced.

After a three-minute standing ovation for Scully, those aforementioned people who were present on the stage, delivered speeches for Scully.

Garcetti got the ceremony going by presenting his first key to the city during his tenure as Mayor to Scully.

Manfred presented Scully with a check for $50,000 from MLB in Vin Scully's name to the Jackie Robinson Foundation.

The Dodgers then played a clip of Scully's greatest call, as voted on by the fans, the walk-off home run by Kirk Gibson in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series.

Steiner said it best about the call, "Nineteen words that will last as long as baseball has been played."

Dodgers chairman Mark Walter then stepped up to the microphone and announced that Scully would enter the Dodgers ring of honor located in the left field foul pole area next season.

Next was Koufax, who said he was more nervous than any time he played on the field, and told a story about Scully going to church to pray before every World Series game he ever called. Koufax mentioned that he didn't pray for the Dodgers to win, or for certain players to play well, but simply prayed for heroes, not goats on the field.

Kershaw then took the microphone on behalf of the Dodgers team and simply said, "Thank you."

Finally came Costner who brought everyone in attendance to tears, including the media in the press box and those watching at home.

Costner called Scully, "The Chosen One," and said that "The game will not lose its way, but it loses its perspective, a singular voice."

As the Field of Dreams soundtrack played in the background Costner continued with these gems:

"You tricked us into thinking you were a sports announcer. When really, you were a poet."

"When we were at a loss for words, you were the Norman Rockwell, painting us the clearest of pictures."

"Shame on us if you ever have to pay for another meal in public again."

"You're our George Bailey, and it has been a wonderful life."

Finally, Scully himself was introduced to the crowd who roared to life with excitement and gratitude.

"Oh, it's just me," said Scully smiling.

He started his speech by saying, "Welcome to my Thanksgiving."

He went on to thank everyone, from every player who ever put on a uniform, to the media and sportswriters, to his family and finally the fans.

"When you roar, when you cheer…for a brief moment, I am 8 years old again," he said.

He told the sold-out crowd that he's going to spend time with his wife, children and many grandchildren in retirement and said, "I am going to try and live."

After Scully sat back down, out of the dugout came the Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra led by John Williams, one of the most storied film composers ever. He played a rousing rendition of the national anthem, and then Scully stepped back to the mic to unearth his historic words that will live on forever, "It's time for Dodger baseball."

After another standing ovation from the crowd, Scully left the field down a blue carpet, surrounded by the current Dodger players. Now that's a way to go out.

Thank you, Vin.

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<![CDATA[1 Dead, 4 Injured in Shootings at the University of Illinois Campus]]> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 17:26:00 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/u+of+i+shooting.jpg

One person was killed and four others wounded in a pair of shootings near the University of Illinois in Champaign early Sunday, according to police.

Around 12:38 a.m., officers responding to multiple reports of a shooting in the 300 block of East Green Street found four victims with gunshot wounds, according to a statement from the Champaign Police Department.

Police said an argument broke out at an apartment party near the scene, then spilled out into the street where a fight broke out and shots were fired, striking four people.

All four were taken to area hospitals, according to police, where one was pronounced dead. He was later identified as 22-year-old George Korchev, of Mundelein. The other three victims sustained non-critical injuries, according to police.

Korchev and the other victims were not involved in the fight, authorities said, but were walking in the area when gunfire erupted.

A fifth person who was running from the gunfire was struck by a vehicle and also sustained minor injuries, according to police. 

Approximately 30 minutes later, police received another report of a shooting less than a mile away, in the 700 block of South State Street a few blocks west of campus. Officers found a shooting victim who was taken to an area hospital for a non-critical wound.

Police said preliminary investigations suggest that the two shootings may be related. Authorities also said the gunman was not believed to be a student, according to an email sent to undergraduates in one of the university's residence halls. 

Of the four surviving victims, three had been released from the hospital by Sunday evening, officials said. 

The investigation is ongoing, as police continue to search for a suspect in both shooting incidents. The driver of the car that struck the pedestrian came forward, according to police, and was cooperative with law enforcement. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Champaign Police via email at police@champaignil.gov or by phone at 217-351-4545.

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<![CDATA[Boo at the LA Zoo: October-Long Festivities]]> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 02:23:59 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GL-BooHippo_jamiepham.jpg

While we humans have alerts and apps and alarms to remind us of the exact dates our favorite pumpkin treats hit the stores and restaurants, the animals residing at Los Angeles Zoo only need wait for the arrival of October to nosh upon fall's most famous gourd.

That's when Boo at the LA Zoo begins, and while the animal park's eerie festivities were once scheduled solely over a single weekend, the party has expanded to fill out the whole macabre month.

Well, it isn't too macabre. After all, the animals are pretty stoked to dig into those pumpkins, and the public is stoked to watch the critters enjoy their crunchy, seedy treats. (The feedings happen on "select dates," and the carnivores, of course, receive meals that are decidedly not pumpkins, so check with the zoo as to when this popular event will happen, if you want to see it or forgo seeing it.)

Loads of "(f)ang-tastic activities" are on the Oct. 1 through 31 schedule, with crafts, "strolling characters, pumpkin carving," a "costume-encouraged dance party," and "Animals and You" encounters with all sorts of spidery, snaky sweeties, from tarantulas to scorpion.

A few haunted highlights? The "Mad Science Fire and Ice Show," the Spooky Caves at the Winnick Family Children's Zoo, and weekend appearances by Peppa Pig are all sure to be popular. It's good to note, before you and yours slither to Boo at the Zoo, that some of the special to-dos go down at specific times and days, so if your heart is set on a particular event, check out the web site or contact the zoo to make sure you coordinate your visit just so.

It's all as big as a sprawling pumpkin patch, schedule-wise, so study up on your Boo doings ahead of its October start.

Ultimately, it is more sweet than scary. There's nothing too goosebumpily about animal education, which is at the heart of this yearly not-too-frightful festival. 

Okay, the tarantulas might deliver a goosebump or two, but they're gentle creatures. Call this month-long party the flip side of the spookiest holiday, the behind-the-curtain peek at its scurrying symbols and how they really live.

(Nope, tarantulas do not dangle from strings or pop out of paper decorations in real life, despite decorative evidence to the contrary.)

Photo Credit: Jamie Pham]]>
<![CDATA[Fans, Marlins Mourns Death of Pitcher Jose Fernandez]]> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 12:06:18 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-488189159.jpg

Baseball fans and players awoke Sunday morning to the tragic news of Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez's death.

The ace right-hander was one of three people killed in a boating accident in Miami Beach. The Cuban-born athlete was just 24 years old. 

Miami Marlins players gathered at the team's ballpark to grieve together following the death of their teammate.

"A lot of words were said, meaningful words and emotion and prayer," Marlins president David Samson said at a news conference, surrounded by more than two dozen players wearing black Marlins jerseys. "Jose is a member of this family for all time."

Manager Don Mattingly and president of baseball operations Michael Hill flanked Samson and fought back tears.

"When I think about Jose, it's going to be thinking about a little kid," Mattingly said. "I see such a little boy in him ... the way he played. ... Kids play Little League, that's the joy Jose played with."

The Marlins' game Sunday against Atlanta was canceled. Their home game Monday night against the New York Mets will be played as scheduled, the team said.

"Deep in our hearts there is a lot of pain," third baseman Martin Prado said. "Somehow we've got to overcome that."

Fans, athletes and sports teams took to social media Sunday to mourn Fernandez's death, tweeting condolences and prayers for his family and the Marlins organization.  

"Hands down one of my favorite guys to watch pitch! He brought nothing but intensity and passion," Boston Red Sox pitcher David Price said on Twitter early Sunday.

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<![CDATA[6 People Stabbed at House Party in Pasadena]]> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 21:35:29 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/199*120/9-24-16+Pasadena+stabbing+party.JPG

A man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after six people were stabbed at a Pasadena house party early Saturday morning, police said.

Police responded to a residence on the 3100 block of East California Boulevard around 3:10 a.m. after a fight broke out during a house party, according to Lt. Vasken Gourdikian of the Pasadena Police Department. About 100 to 150 people were in the home.

When officers arrived, they found six victims with stab wounds. According to police, a fight broke out after someone bumped into the suspect, identified as 21-year-old Aaron Te, and the San Gabriel resident pulled out a knife and began stabbing people around him.

Te was in front of the home when responding officers arrived and detained, Pasadena police said in a statement.

Police recovered Te's knife, which he had before he came to the party, Gourdikian said.

It was unclear if the man knew the victims or if he was an uninvited guest.

The victims were transported to local hospitals. All of the victims were described by police as Asian men in their early 20's. As of Saturday morning, one victim was in serious condition, two of the victims were in critical condition, and three others had moderate to severe injuries, but were expected to recover, police said.

"Te was arrested for attempted murder and booked at the Pasadena City Jail," Pasadena police said in statement. It was not known if Te had an attorney.

Anyone with information about the stabbing was asked to call 626-744-4620. 

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<![CDATA[Police Pursue Stolen Vehicle in West LA Area]]> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 13:29:09 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/215*120/160924-police-pursuit.JPG

Police were pursuing a stolen vehicle in the West LA area on Saturday evening.

The pursuit ended around 11:10 p.m. in the Brentwood Heights area where several people were taken into custody. 

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<![CDATA[Vin Scully's Final News Conference]]> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 21:42:17 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Vin_Scullys_Final_News_Conference_1200x675_772674115744.jpg Vin Scully gives his final press conference with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016. ]]> <![CDATA[East LA Community Takes Part in Live Disaster Drill]]> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 21:29:31 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/258*120/disaster-drill.JPG In East Los Angeles, volunteers are actively participating in disaster drills in order to be able to help in case of an emergency. Marin Austin reports for the NBC4 News at 6 on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016.

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