<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC4_40x125.png NBC Southern California http://www.nbclosangeles.comen-usTue, 17 Oct 2017 02:50:38 -0700Tue, 17 Oct 2017 02:50:38 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Google Honors Selena With a Doodle ]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 01:09:41 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NEW-GOOGLE-DOODLE.jpg

Google celebrated the late "Queen of Tejano music" Selena Quintanilla with a Google Doodle on Monday that included one of her hit singles, "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom" to go along with the cartoon.

The adorable Doodle follows Quintanilla as a child with a love for singing who turned that love into a passionate career, much like Selena did in real life. The Doodle premiered just a day before the Mexican-American singer's anniversary of her first self-titled album that paved the way for her five other albums.

Quintanilla's legacy is evident as many fans continue to listen to her music two decades after her untimely death. The singer also inspired a limited-edition MAC Cosmetics collection in September 2016 after fans petitioned for it to come to life for the 20th anniversary of her death.

Not only did Selena change the music world as one of the first artists to successfully cross over from a Mexican to American platform, but she also designed many of her own stage outfits, opened two boutiques and was a philanthropist who encouraged children to stay in school.

Adoring fans and her loved ones remember her for being a humble person while the rest of the world recognize her best for her hits, "Como La Flor," "El Chico Del Apartamento 512," and "Dreaming of You."

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<![CDATA[Meet the Retired Cop Who Caught Justin Turner's Homer]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 20:18:53 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/keith+hupp.JPG

A Dodgers mega-fan became an overnight sensation after catching Justin Turner's game-winning home run in the second game of the team's National League Championship Series against the Chicago Cubs.

Keith Hupp was at the game with his son when he made the catch seen 'round the world. The retired police captain from South Gate has been to every Dodger home game this year, plus another 30 or so away games.

The catch, a dramatic, three-run, walk-off home run, happened 29 years to the day of the famous Kirk Gibson walk-off home homer in 1988. But while Hupp is usually a collector of sports memorabilia, he doesn't sell baseballs and often tries to meet the player who knocked one out of the park toward him.

That's what happened Sunday night as Hupp, who says he's caught 18 home run balls in just the last two years, handed the game-winning ball back to Turner.

"This should all be about him," Hupp said of Turner. "He's a fantastic player and a really good person, too. I got to meet him and that was a really fun thing to do. Justin wanted the ball probably more than I did, and it was kind of cool to be able to give it back to him."

Hupp is headed to Chicago next, where he hopes to see his beloved Dodgers sweep the Cubs. With his luck, he'll probably catch a few more homers while he's at it.

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<![CDATA[Frank Sinatra's Rustic Retreat Gets a Price Cut]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 19:16:15 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/knbc-frank-sinatra-palm-desert-villa-maggio-tn-2.jpg When Frank Sinatra put down roots in a rocky landscape just outside of Palm Springs, he did it his way, designing a rustic retreat fit to entertain a long list of celebrities and dignitaries.

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<![CDATA[Calif. 1st to Allow Gender-Neutral Birth Certificate]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 12:15:19 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-659105591.jpg

California became the first state to allow a non-binary gender marker on birth certificates Sunday when Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation backed by San Diego Sen. Toni Atkins.

California also allowed residents to be identified by a gender marker other than "F" or "M" on their driver license, becoming the second state in the nation to do so after Oregon. Washington, D.C., also voted to allow gender-neutral licenses.

Atkins (D - 39th District) introduced the bill, SB 179, also known as the Gender Recognition Act, earlier this year. The legislation will take effect in 2018.

San Diego native a.t. furya is only the fifth person in the country, according to the Transgender Law Center, to obtain court documents that grant “non-binary” as their legally designated gender.  

Non-binary means the person does not designate male or female as a gender.  

"Agender for me or not having a gender has been spot on because then I don't feel like okay like, I'm this, but I’m not really. It fits. I don't know how else to explain it," said a.t. furya.

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<![CDATA[Gabriel Fernandez: Child Abuse Tragedy]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:48:27 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/217*120/Fernandez06.jpg Eight-year-old Gabriel Fernandez's shocking death following years of child abuse allegations sparked calls for reform of the county's child protection system. ]]> <![CDATA[Police Bust Indoor Pot Farm in Placentia]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:41:14 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*213/Marihuana+en+Placentia+2.JPG Placentia police Monday were investigating an illegal marijuana growing operation in an industrial building discovered when it caused a utility pole to catch fire, authorities said.

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<![CDATA[Spooky, Scary, Funny: Haunted House Reactions]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:45:41 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/FEAR-pic-2016-09-19-rthumb.jpg The Nightmares Fear Factory has been scaring poor souls for years, much to our delight. Hidden cameras capture the visitors freaking out in Niagara Falls, Canada. ]]> <![CDATA[Otterly Cute: Otter Pups Born in Santa Barbara]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 19:25:07 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/SB+Zoo+Otters+Born+3.jpg A trio of Asian small-clawed otter babies arrived to first-time parents Gail and Peeta on Saturday, Oct. 7.

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<![CDATA[Puppy Portraits Help Shelter Pets Find New Homes]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 18:23:48 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/lulu3+imp1.JPG ]]> <![CDATA[Big-Named Organizations Drop Harvey Weinstein]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 01:41:22 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Big-Named_Organizations_Drop_Harvey_Weinstein.jpg

More organizations are dropping Harvey Weinstein after recent allegations from women saying he sexually assaulted and harassed them have come to light. Robert Kovacik reports for the NBC4 News at 11 on Monday, Oct. 17, 2017.

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<![CDATA[An Up-Close Look at the US-Mexico Border Wall Prototypes]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 22:16:43 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/muro17.JPG ]]> <![CDATA[Masked Robbers Assault Carl's Jr. Employee]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 20:24:14 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/carls+jr+robbery.JPG

An employee was injured during a robbery at a Burbank Carl's Jr. on Monday.

The robbery occurred around 2 a.m. when two masked robbers entered the restaurant and hit the employee in the head before taking an undisclosed sum of cash.

Before the attack, a surveillance camera captured the suspects strolling along the Verdugo Avenue sidewalk right in front of the restaurant. Inside, an employee could be seen sweeping the floor. Suddenly, the suspects dash across the parking lot and barge through the front door.

After taking the cash, the suspects can be seen running west on Verdugo Avenue. Police say they got into a getaway car, but the camera does not appear to have recorded that.

The employee hurt in the robbery did not require hospitalization, but the suspects face felonious assault charges in addition to other charges.

Both suspects are described as men in their 20s. Anyone with information is asked to call the Burbank Police Department.

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<![CDATA[75-Year-Old Man Rescued After Falling Into Old Septic Tank]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 19:05:04 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/171016-ie-sinkhole-rescue.JPG

A 75-year-old man described the moments when he suddenly fell through the ground in his front yard and into an old septic tank below on Sunday.

"It was like an avalanche of dirt caving in on me," Dennis Love said. "The next thing I know I’m under water and I don’t know where I am or what happened."

Love had fallen into an old septic tank under the front yard of his Apple Valley home. He screamed to his wife Sandy Love for help, as he held onto tree roots to keep his head above the contaminated water.

"I knew there was no way I could get him out of there," she said.

As Sandy called 911, she alerted her neighbor and he rushed over with his brother to help.

Charles Baumanns and his brother Matt both laid down and tried to pull Dennis up, but "he was just so exhausted that he couldn’t move."

"He couldn’t grasp onto us," Baumanns said.

The men couldn’t pull Dennis out because the hole was continuing to cave in around him. So when sheriff’s deputies arrived, one of them grabbed a rope.

They were able to put the rope around Dennis' waist to prevent him from slipping farther down into the hole.

After about 45 minutes inside the hole, firefighters were finally able to pull Dennis to safety. He and his wife say they're thankful to those who helped save his life.

"And it makes us feel good to help somebody in a positive way like that,"Deputy Tyler McGee said.

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<![CDATA[Mom Jailed for Not Taking Daughter to See Dad in Prison]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 17:37:25 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NC_momjailed1016_1920x1080.jpg

A mother in Indiana has been sent to jail for the fourth time due to disobeying a court order to take her child to a prison for parental visits.

"Jennifer" refuses to take her daughter to visit her father, an inmate at Wabash Valley Correctional Facility, four hours away in southern Indiana, NBC affiliate WTHR reported

Sam Davis, Jennifer's husband, is serving time for drunk driving causing death.

A Kosciusko County judge is sending Jennifer to jail for 21 days for contempt.

"Sam doesn't care about her and he is just doing this to hurt me," Jennifer said.

Read more from WTHR

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<![CDATA[Man Wanted for Attempted Sexual Assault in Tustin]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 16:49:46 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/215*120/Tustin+Sexual+Assault+1016.JPG

Authorities on Monday were searching for a suspect wanted in connection with an attempted sexual assault in Orange County over the weekend.

A woman walking down Mitchell Avenue headed towards Red Hill Avenue in Tustin was approached by a man walking in the opposite direction about 6 a.m. Saturday morning.

"Walking toward each other, he puts her on ground, starts to take her pants off. She yells, he takes off running," said Sergeant Sean Whiteley from the Tustin Police Department.

The suspect is described as a white male around 30-years-old. He has a thin build and stands between 5 feet 5 inches and 5 feet 8 inches tall.

At the time of the attack, he was wearing a hoodie which covered much of his face. However, the victim remembered that he had a distinctive red mustache. 

People who live in the neighborhood say it's quiet and safe, but the assault has sparked concern within the community.

"My mom always walks to the store. She feels safe. Pretty much I feel safe walking to the store, but that’s why I’m concerned," said Tustin resident Angie Ramirez.

Police have been checking surveillance cameras in the area in hopes it will give them more clues about the suspect. They say the victim did the right thing by drawing attention to herself and the crime.

If anyone has any information regarding this incident, they are urged to contact Detective D. Nguyen at 714-573-3250. 

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<![CDATA[True Blue Dodger Fans Smell a World Series Title]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 17:31:46 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/true-blue-dodger-fans.jpg Dodger fans are ready to party like it's 1988, when the team last delivered a World Series championship to the city of LA.

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<![CDATA[Fires Test Cellphone Emergency Alert System]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 19:16:51 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/10-16-17-Alert.JPG

The fires in Northern California and Orange County have tested an emergency alert system designed to warn people on their cellphones about an emergency.

Some have questioned when the alerts have or have not been sent out.

In the past you would have to be on the radio or watching television to get an emergency alert, but for the wireless emergency alerts, all you need is a cellphone. The system is run by the federal government but local emergency officials decide when to send out these alerts leading to calculated moments of risk and reward.

It is the warning sound that an emergency is happening somewhere near you.

"It's designed to wake you up at 2 a.m. from a dead sleep so that you don't die," said Kate Hutton, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Emergency Management Department.

Hutton says these warnings include the "wireless emergency alert" or WEA.

"We have to select how urgent, how certain and how severe the incident might be," Hutton said.

Cell towers are used to target who receives the warnings. Incident commanders designate when the warning is needed. Emergency officials map out where the alerts will go.

One from Orange County called for mandatory evacuations when the Canyon Fire 2 erupted.

"We have to balance what information we include in those alerts so we don't send out undo fear and undo panic, but also that the right people make the right decisions at the right time," Hutton said.

LA city's last wireless emergency alert in August 2016 described an active shooter situation at LAX. There was no shooter but people were sent running.
"LAX was a great learning experience for us in terms of how we send out messages and to who we send out messages," Hutton said.

She said they will also be learning from the recent deadly fire in Northern California. No wireless emergency alert was sent out. Emergency officials said they did not want to cause a traffic jam. Their actions were criticized as the fire caught people off guard.

Hutton says traffic is a real concern.

"If you are on a narrow street, coming out of a canyon, there is only one way in and out," she said.

While WEA is good, Hutton encourages people to get on the NotifyLA system. You have to sign up but can get alerts based on your ZIP code. Text a ZIP code to 888777.

<![CDATA['Twin Peaks' Pop-up Opens on Melrose]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 08:19:20 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/twinpeaksmelrose1.JPG

Different dimensions, duplicitous doppelgängers, and delicious cherry pie? 

Those are just some of the things an obsessed viewer could count on seeing in "Twin Peaks," the early 1990s ABC phenomenon that returned, for 18 atmospheric episodes, to Showtime in 2017.

But lookalikes and weird worlds weren't the only things that a fan knew they'd encounter while dipping into the singular, surreal world created by David Lynch and Mark Frost.

One other certainty? Once a mysterious doorway to another dimension shimmered into view, it wouldn't be around for long.

Such is the exact case with the strange dimension that's suddenly appeared at 7505 Melrose Avenue. It's the Double R Diner, a main setting for the supernatural mystery series, and it will only be open from Monday, Oct. 16 through Sunday, Oct. 22 from noon to 8 each day.

What's inside the "Twin Peaks" Halloween pop-up? Merchandise related to the atmospheric TV phenomenon, like Double R baseball caps, coffee mugs that read "Damn Good Joe," and David Lynch Signature Cup Coffee.

Yummy-looking "Twin Peaks"-themed macarons are available as well, and they're as red as a billowing red curtain from the Black Lodge. Look also for Great Northern keychains and dapper socks that bring to mind a certain chevron zig-zaggy floor.

Costumes recalling various characters from the series will also cameo in the diner, in case you want to give your Halloween outfit a little Lynchian polish.

"Twin Peaks" made a pop-up appearance at South by Southwest in the spring of 2017, an event that drew devotees of Agent Dale Cooper, Audrey Horne, and Laura Palmer to Texas. (Coincidentally, a state that appears in the revival series, which moved beyond the original run's Washington State base.)

Austin wasn't the final stop for this shimmer-into-brief-existence dimensional sphere, though: Melrose Avenue is up next, for seven days, so slip into your bobby socks and your saddle shoes and dance, dreamily, for the "Twin Peaks" diner.


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<![CDATA[Glamour Shots Help Rescue Pugs Get Adopted]]> Fri, 13 Oct 2017 16:07:30 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/pugs1-tn.jpg Shelter dogs are already pretty cute, but sometimes it takes some special effort to make that cuteness really shine through. Los Angeles photographer Casey Christopher put her skills to work to help these pugs from Pug Nation Rescue of LA put their best snub-nosed faces forward. All it took was a pretty pink background and a bit of whipped cream to get these pooches ready for their close-ups.

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<![CDATA[Traffic Delays as Fire Erupts Near 101, 134 Freeways]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:03:02 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/toluca+lake+fire.JPG

Traffic was jammed on the 101 Freeway in Toluca Lake after a structure fire erupted near the Cahuenga Boulevard off-ramp Monday afternoon, fire officials said.

Firefighters were able to knock down the fire on 4500 Cahuenga Blvd within 24 minutes, but the blaze left high power lines exposed to flames, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. The Department of Water and Power was informed of the problem with power lines.

Commuters were warned to expect delays on the eastbound 101 Freeway. Southbound Cahuenga Boulevard was also closed at the 134 Freeway.

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<![CDATA['The Brave Little Toaster': 30th Anniversary Screening]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:57:05 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/bravelittletoaster123.jpg

The following list is what you typically get when you purchase a movie ticket:

A) a movie ticket.

That much is usually true, though sometimes a beverage or popcorn is thrown in, or a poster, depending upon the venue, studio, and the film's promotion budget.

What isn't included in your ticket, at least, oh, almost 100% of the time? An actual artifact from the film you're there to enjoy, a real piece of its history, something tangible and beautiful and take-home-able, too.

That will not be the case, though, at the 30th anniversary screening for "The Brave Little Toaster," set for Tuesday, Oct. 17 at the TCL Chinese Theatre. For every single ticket holder will leave with an original sketch or animation cel from the 1987 animated classic.

Buy a $10 ticket and you'll receive a nifty sketch from the movie. A $20 ticket? You'll be admitted to the screening, and you'll nab both a sketch and animation cel.

Spend thirty dollars and those two neato "Toaster" visuals are yours, plus background art from the film.

And a VIP ticket, for $50, means Donald Kushner, the movie's producer, will sign your cel (you'll also be seated in the VIP section in the balcony).

"Additional artwork" will also be for sale at the theater.

This is all mighty special for cineastes, but the magic of the evening will only grow, thanks to the fact that over a dozen people who worked on "The Brave Little Toaster" will join a Q&A.

Director Jerry Rees, who co-wrote the screenplay with Joe Ranft and added his voice to the story, will be in the house, as will a talented line-up of layout artists, animators, and voice actors. 

The film, which follows an adventuresome clutch of sentient household objects, was based on a 1980 novella by Thomas M. Disch, as fans surely know, the same fans who've found the film, and fallen in love with it, over the last three decades. 

While some fans have been at the side of "The Brave Little Toaster" since the beginning, other aficionados found it through its connections to a number of creative people who went on to make Pixar so beloved.

So watch Toaster, Lampy, Radio, and the other lovable appliances on the big screen, and take home a sketch, or a cel, or a piece of background art, or all of the above, after departing the TCL Chinese Theatre on Oct. 17.

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<![CDATA[Lonzo Ball 'Playing For Sure' in Season Opener]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:53:40 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Lakers-Lonzo-Ball-Brandon-Ingram-practice-10-16-17.JPG

After taking the day off on Sunday, the Los Angeles Lakers met for practice on Monday to gear up for their 2017-18 NBA regular season opener on Thursday.

The moment the practice facility doors opened to external eyes, rookie Lonzo Ball appeared on the court playing in a full court scrimmage and seemingly displayed no signs of an ankle injury that had forced the 19-year-old to miss the final two weeks of preseason.

"I'm playing for sure," Ball said with clear confidence regarding his involvement in Thursday's season opener.

Ball admitted that he was rusty from the time on the sidelines and his coach, Luke Walton, echoed that same sentiment. Both referenced the point guard's passing being a bit off the mark. However, the superstar kid ended his practice with a half-court shooting content, which he won, and sounded downright giddy about his first NBA regular season game.

"I'll be ready for Thursday," Ball said after admitting his rusty return to the practice court.

Walton also looked relieved to have his starting point guard back, but the coach offered a balanced view of his rookie's return on Monday: "Lonzo showed why he's going to be really good, but he also showed that he’s been out for a couple weeks with some of the turnovers he had."

Ball and the Lakers don't have too much time to get their house in order, as the team only has two more practices, on Tuesday and Wednesday, and one final shootaround session on Thursday before the lights come up on the Lakers' 2017-18 season and Ball's NBA career.

For Ball and the Lakers' sake, hopefully, that rust falls off sooner rather than later.

Notes: Julius Randle did limited work, mainly getting shots up. The 22-year-old did not take part in the scrimmage. Randle suffered back spasms during Friday's preseason finale. Rookie Josh Hart strained his Achilles during Monday's practice and was scheduled to go for an MRI later on Monday afternoon. Andrew Bogut practiced but did not take part in the scrimmage. Walton said that the Australian big man's availability is still up in the air for Thursday's season opener.

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<![CDATA[School Board Pulls 'To Kill a Mockingbird' From Reading List]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:17:47 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-469622398.jpg

The school board in Biloxi, Mississippi, has pulled "To Kill a Mockingbird" from an eighth-grade reading list after receiving complaints about wording in the book, NBC News reported. 

Last week, Kenny Holloway, the board's vice president, said there was language in the book that "makes people uncomfortable."

"We can teach the same lesson with other books," Holloway said, according to the The Sun Herald newspaper. "It's still in our library. But they're going to use another book in the eighth-grade course."

The Biloxi School District didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

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<![CDATA[Ahead of White Nationalist Speech, Fla. Gov Declares Emergency]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 16:39:55 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-831454884.jpg

Ahead of a speech by a white nationalist leader at the University of Florida, Gov. Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency to direct resources to ensure Gainesville's safety.

Scott signed the Law Enforcement Coordination executive order following a request from Alachua County Sheriff Sadie Darnell in anticipation of the Thursday event.

The order allows Darnell to quickly "coordinate resources from other state, county and municipal law enforcement agencies," Scott's office said in a statement, adding the governor will maintain in constant communication with security officials to ensure "every request to the state is quickly granted to keep the public safe."

The Southern Poverty Law Center describes Spencer as: "one of the country’s most successful young white nationalist leaders – a suit-and-tie version of the white supremacists of old, a kind of professional racist in khakis."

The SPLC points to a 2014 column Spencer wrote for the National Policy Institute — the white nationalist think tank he led at the time — in which he wrote that "immigration is a kind of proxy war — and maybe a last stand — for White Americans, who are undergoing a painful recognition that, unless dramatic action is taken, their grandchildren will live in a country that is alien and hostile."

UF officials reluctantly granted Spencer permission to speak.

However, UF President Kent Fuchs has urged his students to "avoid the event" and to "not let the message of hate and racism go unchallenged."

Protests challenging Spencer's rhetoric are scheduled for Thursday.

Scott said violence by any side will not be tolerated.

“We live in a country where everyone has the right to voice their opinion; however, we have zero tolerance for violence, and public safety is always our number one priority," Scott said in a statement.

"I have been in constant contact with Sheriff Darnell, who has requested this Executive Order to ensure that county and local law enforcement have every needed resource," he continued. "This executive order is an additional step to ensure that the University of Florida and the entire community is prepared so everyone can stay safe.”

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<![CDATA[Brown Vetoes Presidential Candidate Tax Disclosure Bill]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:14:46 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/173*120/gov+brown-0627.jpg

California Gov. Jerry Brown late Sunday vetoed legislation that would have forced presidential candidates to publicly share their tax returns in order to appear on the state's ballot.

The bill was aimed at forcing President Donald Trump to release his tax returns if he runs for the White House again in 2020 and to ensure that future candidates will reveal theirs. Trump bucked tradition and did not during his 2016 campaign.

The Democratic governor's action dashed the hopes of bill supporters who hoped California would move forward with the requirements even as similar measures failed in more than two dozen other states.

Brown said in a letter to lawmakers that he worried the proposed law might not be constitutional and that it could have led to other litmus tests for candidates.

"Today we require tax returns, but what would be next?" Brown wrote. "Five years of health records? A certified birth certificate? High school report cards? And will these requirements vary depending on which political party is in power?"

Tax returns reveal income sources, charitable giving, exemptions and other financial information.

Trump said he did not want to disrupt an ongoing federal audit of his returns by releasing his. But his opponents and critics argued they would have shown conflicts of interest or that Trump paid little to no federal income tax.

For decades, every major party presidential candidate — except Trump — has released his or her tax returns.

Opponents of the disclosure bill questioned whether it was constitutional, arguing the U.S. Constitution already outlines the qualifications to be president. Democratic office holders, though, have argued that states have the power to determine ballot access.

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<![CDATA[Police Seek Inmate Who Walked Away During Canyon Fire 2]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 12:24:53 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Armando+Castillo.jpg

Authorities on Monday were searching for a prisoner suspected of walking away from an inmate firefighting crew helping to battle the Canyon Fire 2 near Peters Canyon Regional Park in Orange.

Armando Castillo, 31, was last seen at 4:45 p.m. Sunday before the group of inmates to which he was assigned returned to Prado Conservation Camp in San Bernardino County, according to Krissi Khokhobashvili of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Castillo was serving a five-year sentence in a Yucaipa conservation camp for possession of a firearm and evading police while driving recklessly. Castillo, who was convicted in Los Angeles County and was sent to prison on Aug. 23 of last year, was due to be released and placed on probation next May, according to Khokhobashvili.

Inmates like Castillo earn $1 an hour for fighting fires and get two days for credit for time served for each day they battle a blaze.

Castillo is 5-foot-11 and weighs about 190 pounds. He has brown eyes and black hair.

Anyone who sees the inmate should dial 911, or call authorities at (209) 984-5291, ext. 5439, or (909) 797-0196 to provide information on his whereabouts.

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<![CDATA[Ex-Obama Aides: Trump's Fallen Soldiers Claim Is a Lie]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:34:28 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/120767608-Obama-Dover-Families-of-Fallen.jpg

President Donald Trump insisted without evidence on Monday that Barack Obama didn't call the families of fallen soldiers when he was president, then promptly walked the claim back when fact-checked by a reporter.

Some of Obama's former aides reacted angrily on Twitter, calling Trump's statement a lie. Obama has in the past also talked about spending "countless hours" grieving with Gold Star families. 

"President Trump’s claim is wrong," a former Obama administration official told NBC News. "President Obama engaged families of the fallen and wounded warriors throughout his presidency through calls, letters, visits to Section 60 at Arlington, visits to Walter Reed, visits to Dover, and regular meetings with Gold Star Families at the White House and across the country."

The issue came up at a wide-ranging news conference Monday, when Trump was asked why he hasn't discussed the Green Berets who died in an ambush in Niger in early October. Trump explained that he's written their families personal letters that have either gone out or will by Monday night, and added that he will "at some point" call their families.

"The toughest calls I have to make are the calls where this happens, soldiers are killed," Trump said. "It gets to a point where you make four or five of them in one day, [it] is a very, very tough day."

Trump went on to say that Obama and other prior presidents "didn't make calls," and that he likes to do it "when it's appropriate, when I'm able to do it."

When pressed by NBC News' Peter Alexander, Trump walked his statement back.

"I don't know if he did," Trump said. "I was told that he didn't often, and a lot of presidents don't."

He added that he does a combination of phone calls and letter writing.

Late Monday afternoon, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump "wasn't criticizing predecessors, but stating a fact."

"When American heroes make the ultimate sacrifice, Presidents pay their respects," she said in a prepared statement. "Sometimes they call, sometimes they send a letter, other times they have the opportunity to meet family members in person. This President, like his predecessors, has done each of these. Individuals claiming former Presidents, such as their bosses, called each family of the fallen, are mistaken.”

Alyssa Mastromonaco, a deputy chief of staff for Obama, used an expletive to call Trump's first statement a lie.

"To say President Obama (or past presidents) didn't call the family members of soldiers KIA - he's a deranged animal," Mastromonaco tweeted, using the acronym for "killed in action."

Obama foreign policy adviser Ben Rhodes tweeted, "This is an outrageous and disrespectful lie even by Trump standards. Also: Obama never attacked a Gold Star family."

Rhodes was referring to the feud between Trump, then running for president, and the family of a Muslim-American Army captain killed in combat in Iraq. 

“No one — no one has given more for our freedom and our security than our Gold Star families,” Obama said at the time. “Michelle and I have spent countless hours with them. We have grieved with them.”

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<![CDATA[Missing Couple Found Dead in Embrace in Joshua Tree]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 18:33:05 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/8-1-17+Missing+OC+Hikers+in+Joshua+Tree.jpg

Efforts resumed Monday in Joshua Tree National Park to recover the embracing remains of two people believed to be a Southland couple who went missing after departing on a hike in July.

The remains were found Sunday by a search team that included Gilbert Orbeso, the father of one of the missing hikers. Rachel Nguyen, 21, of Westminster, and 21-year-old Joseph Orbeso, of Lakewood, were last seen July 27.

They were reported missing the next day after they did not check out of their Airbnb rental.

"We hope that they can rest in peace now," Gilbert Orbeso told local TV station KESQ Sunday afternoon after helping to discover the remains in a remote area of the park near Maze Loop. "I believed that I was going to find them. I didn't know when. But I had my answer today."

Sheriff's officials tried to recover the remains Sunday but due to darkness, the effort was suspended until Monday morning. Once recovered, the remains will be sent to the San Bernardino County coroner's office to be positively identified.

Orbeso, who has kept up the search effort since the pair disappeared, told the station he and the search team were scaling boulders about two miles from Maze Loop when they spotted the couple's clothing, some water bottles and food wrappers.

The crew followed the trail and saw the remains of two people -- the bodies embracing each other. Orbeso said he had a "sense of relief that we have found them after going a long time on these hikes."

"I feel that we have closure," he said. "And we know we found them. That was our main goal was to find them."

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<![CDATA['Krack' Security Flaw Puts Every Wi-Fi Connection at Risk]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 11:28:48 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/551984311-Hacker.jpg

A newly discovered Wi-Fi security flaw reveals that your home network is hackable, giving outsiders access to everything from private chats to baby monitors, NBC News reports.

The attack, called Krack, takes advantage of the longstanding connection between devices and routers that is supposed to deliver a fresh, encrypted session every time you connect.

"When I woke up this morning and saw this one, I was taken aback," said Bob Rudis, chief data scientist at threat intelligence company Rapid7.

The gaping hole in the Wi-Fi protocol is fixable, and the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team has been reaching out to the many vendors who are affected. Rudis recommends checking with your internet service provider for the latest information on updates.

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<![CDATA[Trump Says He Understands Bannon's War on GOP Establishment]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:05:06 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP_17289583762038.jpg

President Donald Trump said Monday he can "understand fully" why his "friend" and former chief White House strategist Steve Bannon has declared war on the Republican establishment.

"I can understand where Steve Bannon is coming from," Trump said. Praising his former adviser's commitment "to getting things done," he added, "I know how he feels," NBC News reported.

Trump's comments came just an hour before the president was scheduled to have lunch with McConnell.

But after their lunch, Trump said that while Bannon is doing what he "thinks is the right thing," he will try to talk Bannon out of seeking primaries against some Senate Republicans.

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