<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - Top Stories]]> Copyright 2016 http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC4_40x125.png NBC Southern California http://www.nbclosangeles.com en-us Thu, 11 Feb 2016 17:32:05 -0800 Thu, 11 Feb 2016 17:32:05 -0800 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Watch Live: NBC4 News]]> Thu, 11 Feb 2016 16:33:39 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/nbc4-generic-open-nbcla.jpg

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<![CDATA[Weekend: 117th Golden Dragon Parade]]> Thu, 11 Feb 2016 10:21:50 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/goldendragonlaGettyImages-903449.jpg

The 117th Golden Dragon Parade: Gatherings to welcome the Year of the Monkey started in a celebratory spirit in late January, but the major centerpiece of the Lunar New Year season, this venerable procession through Chinatown, will dance on Saturday, Feb. 13. And "dance" we do indeed mean; lion dances and colorful costumes all aswirl are hallmarks of the happy occasion, one that draws tens of thousands of spectators. The concurrent Chinese New Year Festival features acrobatics, calligraphy demos, teapot juggling, and martial arts galore.

Skechers Performance LA Marathon: Ever tied on your favorite soles and hoofed it from Dodger Stadium to Santa Monica? Many, many runners shall on Sunday, Feb. 14 as part of our city's most major run extravaganza. Cheer Alley, a vocal and vivacious tradition, can be found around Mile 18, just after Beverly Hills, but count on plenty of Angelenos to line the streets, cheering both their pals on and you, too. What's at the end? The Finish Festival, a beer garden, and accolades and glory, natch.

Valentine's Weekend: Those who purvey in roses, fancy dinners, and boxes of chocolates will stay humming through the weekend, but if you want to add a little whipped cream to your love sundae, consider taking a gondola ride or booking a hotel suite where a president honeymooned or watching vintage burlesque or visiting the biggest kiss-in, hug-a-thon around, the Bulldog Beauty Contest in Long Beach (a heartfelt Valentine's Weekend happening, year in and year out). "Woof" means "I love you," as anyone knows.

Presidents Day Celebration: Where will Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and George Washington be on Monday, Feb. 15? Three of our Commander in Chiefs always make a point to stop by the Nixon Library in Yorba Linda, to chat with history buffs and perhaps indulge in some complimentary cherry pie. The U.S.S. Iowa, "the Battleship of Presidents," will honor the holiday with special happenings and birthday cake (it's the San Pedro-based ship's 73rd).

Queen Mary ScotsFestival: The landmark ocean-liner that's called Long Beach home for nearly a half century was built in Scotland, and each and every year that fact is celebrated with a hoot of a party. Bagpipes are central to the bash, as is whisky and haggis, as are Highland-style athletics. Ever seen a caber tossed into the air, in person? Quite the stunning, "how'd they do that?" sight. The festival jigs through the Queen Mary's grounds on Feb. 13 and 14.

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<![CDATA[Uber Agrees to Pay $28.5M to Settle Lawsuits]]> Thu, 11 Feb 2016 15:42:40 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Uber-GettyImages-499837184.jpg

Uber said Thursday it agreed to pay $28.5 million to settle litigation brought by customers who alleged the service misrepresented its safety practices and its fees, Reuters reported.

The two cases, filed in a Northern California federal court said Uber charged passengers a “Safe Ride Fee” of $2.30 per trip to support its background check process. But the company doesn’t use the fingerprint identification required by taxi regulators, according to court filings.

As part of the settlement, Uber also agreed to rename the “Safe Ride Fee” to a “Booking Fee.” Around 25 million riders could qualify to take part in the settlement, Uber said.  

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<![CDATA[Hyde Park Family Seeks Justice in 21 Year Old's Death]]> Thu, 11 Feb 2016 16:17:41 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/199*120/2-11_Gerrik+THomas.PNG

A month after Gerrik Thomas was killed, his family pleaded for help to solve the case.

Thomas, 21, was shot to death while walking on a Hyde Park sidewalk on Jan. 25.

Thomas' family believes that members of the community may have information that could help police track down Thomas' killer. However, they say there is a "code of silence" that prevents anyone from coming forward.

"Just to have his life taken away by someone who didn't even know him, didn't even care, that really hurts," said Karen Stenson, Thomas' great aunt. "I pray that someone tells where this person is so he can get what he deserves."

According to family members, Thomas was a nice, young man who was not in a gang.

"We shout and hold rallies when our kids are killed by police officers but won't speak up when our own are killing each other," said Denise Woods, the family's spokeswoman.

There is a small shrine on the corner of Ninth Avenue and West 54th Street where Thomas was found wounded.

Anyone with information can call the LAPD Criminal Gang Homicide Division at 323-786-5113. Anonymous tips can be called in to Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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<![CDATA[Southern California Images in the News]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 07:18:37 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*120/02.09.16_Newspaper-Box-Homeless-Struck02.JPG Southern California images in the news during 2016.

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<![CDATA[Opening Statements in Decade-Long Abduction Case]]> Thu, 11 Feb 2016 17:08:12 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/186*120/garcia+abduction+kidnap+belll+gardens.jpg

A lawyer says a man charged with kidnapping and raping his girlfriend's 15-year-old daughter, whom he later fathered a child with, didn't abduct the girl but helped her run away from an unhappy home life as she had yearned.

During opening statements Thursday in the trial of 42-year-old Isidro Garcia, defense attorney Seth Bank said his client conceded to having an inappropriate sexual relationship with the girl but that it was consensual.

Bank showed photos of the smiling couple getting married years later and celebrating their daughter's birthday.

Bank says Garcia's wife went to police in 2014 with a fabricated story of her 2004 abduction when she regretted her choice and wanted to reunite with her family.

The girl arrived in the U.S. from Mexico in February 2004 to be with her mother and sister in Santa Ana, according to the Santa Ana Police Department's investigation. The abduction occurred in August of that year while Garcia was in a relationship with the girl's mother, according to police.

The suspect then convinced the girl that her family no longer wanted her and threatened her with deportation, according to prosecutors. She was later forced to marry Garcia, police said.

Investigators say Garcia drugged the teenager, moved her to different locations and used fake documents to change both of their identities.

Authorities said Garcia fathered a daughter with her.

<![CDATA[John Lewis Questions Sanders' Civil Rights History]]> Thu, 11 Feb 2016 16:52:24 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/JohnLewis-AP_845681499037.jpg

Rep. John Lewis said Thursday he never saw Sen. Bernie Sanders during the most tumultuous years of the civil rights movement, NBC News reported.

"I never saw him. I never met him," the Georgia congressman said. "I was chair of the student non-violent coordinating committee for 3 years, from 1963 to 1966. I was involved in the sit-ins, the freedom ride, the march on Washington, the march from Selma to Montgomery and directed the board of education project for six years."

Sanders was a prominent figure during the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s, and was arrested for trying to desegregate school housing.

The charge comes as both Sanders and Hillary Clinton are vying for African-American support moving into the South Carolina primary — and as the Congressional Black Congress PAC endorsed Hillary Clinton.

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<![CDATA[Apparent Road Rage Leads to Attack on SoCal Fwy]]> Thu, 11 Feb 2016 14:07:44 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Traffic-lagenerics.png

A man is expected to face charges after he was allegedly involved in an apparent road rage attack caught on camera in the middle of a freeway near Glendale.

The aggressive incident occurred on Saturday around 3:15 p.m. in the wesbound lanes of the 134 Freeway near the State Route 2 interchange, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The video shows the driver of a black Nissan Infiniti repeatedly trying to cut off a silver Volkswagen Jetta. Suddenly, the Infiniti stops and that driver jumps out and apparently starts beating the Jetta's driver. The attack stops when the Infiniti driver runs back to his car and takes off.

Investigators identified the driver as Dikran Gligoriu of Temple City. He had three children in the car with him during the altercation, according to CHP.

"At this time, sufficient evidence exists to indicate Mr. Gligoriu was the driver and committed a crime," CHP said.

Authorities said a complaint will be filed with the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office for consideration. The recommended charges will include assault against another person and child endangerment.

The victim, not seen in the video, but seated in the silver car, did not sustain physical injuries.

CHP said no arrests had been made.

Anyone with information on the attack was asked to contact the CHP at either (818) 240-8200 during business hours or the CHP Communications Center at (323) 982-4900, 24-hours a day.

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<![CDATA[Reports of Green-Blue Light Across SoCal Sky]]> Thu, 11 Feb 2016 11:40:45 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/211*120/green+light+021116.JPG

Reports of a mysterious greenish-blue light streaking across the sky poured in from all over Southern California Thursday morning, prompting a slew of questions on social media.

Residents in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, Ventura and San Diego counties took to social media to report the sighting shortly after 6:30 a.m.

Commuters in Downey, Irvine and Hesperia, to name a few, said they spotted the light while on Sothern California freeways.

Speculations quickly sprung about what the light could be, as some pointed to a shooting star, a meteor and even aliens.

The American Meteor Society reported on its website it had received more than150 reports of a bright fireball seen over California and Arizona early Thursday morning.

Dr. Ed Krupp, director of the Griffith Observatory said there was no confirmation on what the object was but that is was most likely coming from a natural cause.

According to Krupp, the "green streak" might have been a bright meteor or space debris that fell into the atmosphere.

"This happens every day but it happened today at a time when people were out driving to work and saw it," said Krupp.

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<![CDATA[Wife of Accused Georgia Hot-Car Dad Files for Divorce]]> Thu, 11 Feb 2016 15:22:54 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/LeanneHarris-AP_252271481856.jpg

The wife of the Atlanta-area man charged with killing their toddler by locking him in an SUV has filed for divorce, NBC News reported.

Leanna Harris submitted paperwork, saying the 10 year marriage was “irretrievably broken.”

Her husband, Justin Ross Harris, is behind bars. His trial is scheduled to begin on April 11.

Prosecutors content he was having marital problems and that he left his 22-month-old son Cooper in a hot vehicle on purpose for seven hours. Temperatures topped 92 degrees that day.

The accused dada claims he drove to work and didn’t realize his son was strapped in the back seat.  

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<![CDATA[Teen Wanted in Baseball Bat Attack Surrenders]]> Thu, 11 Feb 2016 16:32:45 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/02.11.16_Samuel-Alvarez-SantaAna1.JPG

The man wanted in connection with the baseball bat beating of a 72-year-old man in Santa Ana has surrendered, police said Thursday.

Samuel Elijah Alvarez, 18, is accused of beating Jose Chacon Sunday in a 76 gas station parking lot after an argument between the two.

Chacon was walking out of the gas station when he stumbled and fell on Alvarez’s car, according to Cpl. Anthony Bertagna, a spokesman for the Santa Ana Police Department.

The two began to argue, and police said the teen grabbed a bat and started beating the man.

The 72-year-old went to his car to try to find something to help defend himself, but swung at Alvarez and missed, police said.

Bertagna said Alvarez continued to attack Chacon, who was hospitalized in the intensive care unit after the beating.

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<![CDATA[43 Percent of Americans Are Still Renting Homes]]> Thu, 11 Feb 2016 14:13:19 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/ForRent-GettyImages-450103914.jpg

The number of renters across the United States grew to just over 43 percent between 2006 and 2014, according to a new report by real estate site Trulia.com.

According to the survey, half of households in Las Vegas are currently renting, almost a full ten percent increase from the last ten years, NBC News reported.

More millennials between 26 and 34 — 67 percent — were renting rather than buying homes, the survey showed. The increase in men in the rental market was greater than women after the mortgage crisis. Minorities, especially Latinos, were having a hard time recovering from the mortgage crisis.

A recent Bankrate.com survey found poor credit and lack of funds for a down payment were the reasons many American families rent rather than buy their own homes.  

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<![CDATA[Free: Bacon Cupcake Valentine's Giveaway]]> Thu, 11 Feb 2016 17:23:08 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/baccupcakes-horz.jpg

Sugar-fancy, icing-laden confections have long been a staple of Valentine's Day, from the heart-shaped boxes of chocolates to the cakey centerpieces that arrive at the end of our special meals out.

But there's no rulebook anywhere that specifically states that those special sweets need to fall strictly on the non-savory side of the eating-out equation. You can have a Valentine's Day cocoa truffle that has a zing of habañero to it, green chile can appear in an apple pie, and kale can help deepen a cake's batter.

And, yes, bacon can cameo inside a cupcake. When that cupcake is free, and it happens to be Valentine's Day, and you can pick one up and nosh upon it with your honeybun, well, so much the better. (And, no, the two of you don't need to bicker about what can and can't go in a cupcake, because many ingredients and add-ins work just fine.)

So what's the deal? Farmer John is pairing up with The Oinkster in Hollywood for a noontime bacon cupcake giveaway on Sunday, Feb. 14.

Those zingy treats are free, and this is a "while supplies last" kind of deal, so they could go in a jif, if bacon buffs and cupcake mavens happen to be out in full post-brunch, dessert-craving force.

The hashtag, because, yes, there is a hashtag? #BaconLovesYouBack

The cupcakes, by the by, are chocolate bacon, with a salted caramel buttercream frosting. 

There are bacon festivals to come around Southern California over the summer months, and plenty of taverns and bars serve up Bloody Marys complete with strips of bacon all year long, but Valentine's Day is about the chocolate, the cake, the end-of-meal goodie.

That the goodie contains a breakfast table staple adds some salty zing to the treat, and the pay-nothing part of the outing to The Oinkster is kind on the pocketbook, which Valentine's Day is sometimes not.

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<![CDATA[Porter Ranch Gas Leak Stopped]]> Thu, 11 Feb 2016 16:03:42 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Porter_Ranch_Gas_Leak_Fix_1200x675_617127491990.jpg

The gas well above Porter Ranch that has been leaking since October has been temporarily capped, Southern California Gas Company said Thursday.

Thousands of households have been relocated after residents complained of ailments they believe are linked to the natural gas leak at the utility’s Aliso Canyon facility.

Residents complained of headaches, nausea, nosebleeds and other symptoms. Public health officials blame the ailments on an odorant added to the gas and have said there shouldn't be long-term health problems.

The blowout at the largest natural gas storage facility west of the Mississippi River has released more than 2 million tons of methane into the air above the San Fernando Valley.

The leak has been stopped by the building of a relief well, but SoCalGas said in a statement it will continue work on a permanent seal to the faulty well.

“We have temporarily controlled the natural gas flow from the leaking well and begun the process of sealing the well and permanently stopping the leak.” said Jimmie Cho, SoCalGas senior vice president of gas operations and system integrity, in a written statement.

Cement will be injected from the relief well into the faulty well as part of the permanent cap. SoCalGas said that could happen in the next couple of days.

Residents in temporary housing including hotels will have up to eight days to return home. Those in rental housing will return home when their leases are up.

Governor Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency because of the leak, and SoCalGas is facing nearly a dozen lawsuits from regulators, residents and the city.

State and local regulators have launched investigations into the leak, which began Oct. 23.

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<![CDATA[Birds Shot Through Neck With Blow Darts: Police]]> Thu, 11 Feb 2016 13:39:37 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/209*120/Projectile+Birds+21116.jpg

Police in Newport Beach are asking for the public's help to find those responsible of wounding several birds with what authorities believe to be blow darts.

In recent weeks, three Heermann's gulls and one Mallard duck have been shot through the neck by orange arrow-like projectiles, according to the Newport Police Department. Police suspect there may be more birds wounded by the darts.

Investigators believe the animals were wounded with blow darts, approximately 8 inches in length, used in conjunction with a blowgun.

Possession, use, or sale of a blowgun or darts is a violation of California state law, officials said.

Because the birds are still able to fly, Animal Control officers have had difficulty capturing them for medical treatment.

Authorities urge anyone who sees an injured bird to report the animal's location immediately by caling 949-644-3717 and do not approach or attempt to capture the bird. 

Anyone with information regarding those involved in the cruel activity is asked to call 949-644-3688 ext. 2716.

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<![CDATA[4 Remaining Oregon Occupiers Surrender]]> Thu, 11 Feb 2016 12:31:26 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/AP_706528614943.jpg


The four remaining occupiers at an Oregon wildlife refuge surrendered Thursday morning after hours of tense negotiations, bringing an end to the weekslong protest over land rights and personal liberties.


Federal officials said Jeff Banta, Sean Anderson, Sandy Anderson and David Fry were taken in without incident after FBI agents surrounded the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge overnight.

The occupation came to an emotionally heated conclusion as Fry, the last to leave, threatened suicide in a phone conversation with self-described "liberty activist" Gavin Seim and conservative radio host KrisAnne Hall that streamed live on YouTube.

"Unless my grievances are heard I will not surrender," Fry screamed. "Liberty or death."

All four arrested are expected to face an arraignment before a magistrate judge in Portland on Friday.

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<![CDATA[16-Year-Old Girl Shot While Walking to School in Chicago]]> Thu, 11 Feb 2016 15:20:14 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/222*120/16yo+shot+maragos+int.jpg

A 16-year-old girl was shot Thursday morning half a block from her home while she walked to school in Chicago.

The teen, who asked to be identified only as Alex, told NBC 5 she was walking to school with a friend around 8:30 a.m. in the 1400 block of North Kildare Avenue in Chicago’s West Humboldt Park neighborhood and didn't notice an exchange of gunfire happening on the street. 

"I heard two shots behind me and that's when the third shot hit me like a paintball like right behind so I started running," she said. 

Authorities believe the girl was not the intended target and may have been struck by a stray bullet. Nearby residents described a shootout involving someone in a car and a U-Haul driver. 

"They had a shootout," said one witness, who wished to remain anonymous for safety concerns. "They were shooting back and forth at each other."

The teen girl told officers she was walking on the street when she heard gunshots and felt pain in her leg, according to Officer Jose Estrada with Chicago Police News Affairs. She was taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center in stable condition, officials said. 

Witnesses reported seeing a shootout near the scene, but police could not immediately confirm that information. According to area residents, someone inside a vehicle opened fire at a U-Haul and the U-Haul driver fired back. 

The U-Haul driver attempted to get away, but crashed into a parked car, causing damage to several vehicles, witnesses said. 

Crecia Vinson said her car was among those damaged in the crash. 

"I was just hoping it was some bullet holes," she said. "But that's a whole lot of damage. Not replacable at all."

Alex said the bullet was still in her leg when she returned home from the hospital hours later, but her family said with rest and eventually surgery, she is expected to recover. 

Neighbors said the shooting is frightening as it happened at a time when other children were walking to school. The teen is the second unintended victim to be shot by a stray bullet in the city in the past week. 

On Friday, 25-year-old Aaren O'Connor was shot while returning from work in the city's Heart of Chicago neighborhood. She died two days later, her family said. 

"The violence just needs to stop," Vinson said. "This nonsense about shooting, riding down the street, killing our kids and damaging each other's property, it's sad. It needs to stop... I just pray the little girl is OK and she comes out on top and whoever is responsible goes down for what happened."

Alex told NBC Chicago she plans to spread an anti-violence message in her community following the shooting. 

"I hate violence," she said. "I try to help [prevent] violence and the fact that it happened to me now- it gives me more time to actually tell people the experience and the violence just needs to stop."

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<![CDATA['Broken' Fitbit Reveals Pregnancy]]> Thu, 11 Feb 2016 13:00:41 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/fitbit-baby-0211.jpg

A Brooklyn man learned a surprising bit of data while trying to troubleshoot what he thought was a problem with his wife’s Fitbit: they were going to be parents.

David Trinidad said he and his wife, Ivonne, had both recently gotten Fitbits with heart rate monitors and were using them to stay in shape. One day his wife mentioned that she thought something was wrong with her device, so he took a look.

Trinidad said his wife’s heart rate was above 100 beats per minute for most of the day and that the device had indicated she had been burning fat for an unusually long 10 hours.

“That’s almost impossible,” he said. “I thought something was wrong with the watch.”

So the 34-year-old went to a Fitbit page on Reddit and outlined his issues, trying to get a fix for the device before sending it back to customer service.

It wasn’t long before one user offered up an explanation, saying maybe his wife was pregnant.

“Has she experienced anything really stressful in the last few days or is it a possibility she is pregnant?” the user said.

The father-to-be said that as soon as he saw the reply, “That’s when the light bulb went off.” He said the pair had been trying to get pregnant for a couple months.

Trinidad said he called his wife and told her to pick up some pregnancy tests on her way home from work. Every test came back positive.

Afterward, they were quick to share the news with their family and on social media, creating @babyfitbit Twitter and Instagram accounts for the little one.

“We’re happy, the grandparents are very happy,” he said. “It’s just been great. Friends and family support us, there’s been tons of support online which has been really unexpected.

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<![CDATA[Breathing Problems Reported After Flight Diverts to LAX]]> Thu, 11 Feb 2016 15:17:20 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/160211-flight-diverted-to-lax.jpg

Eight people aboard an American Airlines flight that was diverted to Los Angeles International Airport on Thursday morning complained of breathing problems after landing, but they were all expected to be OK, fire officials said.

Firefighters were standing by the runway when Flight 564, carrying 125 passengers and five crew members, landed safely shortly before 11 a.m. after the aircraft experienced what the airline described as a mechanical issue.

American Airlines spokesman Ross Feinstein said the mechanical problem may have stemmed from a leak in the hydraulic system. Fluid got into an auxiliary power unit, which caused smoke to enter the rear of the plane, he said.

Eight people complaining of "respiratory irritation" due to an "unspecified odor" were checked out by paramedics, said Brian Humphrey, spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department. They included seven passengers and one flight attendant.

The fire department initially said a woman had been taken to the hospital, but later issued a correction saying the woman had asked to be taken to the hospital but changed her mind and was never transported.

A cellphone video posted online showed multiple people receiving medical attention inside a terminal.

The aircraft, an Airbus A319, was taxied to a gate and inspected.

All the passengers were re-booked on other flights, according to the airline.

"We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience, and are working to get them to Arizona as soon as possible," the airline said in a statement. 

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<![CDATA[Babysitter Leaves Toddler in Hot Car: Police]]> Thu, 11 Feb 2016 14:07:13 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Generic_Handcuffs_Chris_Caesar_NECN_12416.jpg

A babysitter faces child cruelty charges for leaving a toddler alone inside a parked car with interior temperatures of nearly 100 degrees, El Segundo police said.

Officers on Tuesday were called just before noon to Plaza El Segundo in the 700 block of S. Sepulveda Boulevard, where a witness reported seeing a child unattended inside a car left with the windows open about two inches, according to the El Segundo Police Department.

Using a temperature gauge, officers measured the interior temperature at 95 degrees. After pulling the child out of the car, they measured the temperature again and in five minutes they said it had risen to 105.

Police found the babysitter inside one of the stores at the plaza. She told them she left the child in the car while she returned some items.

The babysitter was taken into custody on suspicion of cruelty to a child.

The toddler was taken to the hospital to be checked out. He was later released to his parents.

<![CDATA[New Whole Foods Stores May Include Tattoo Parlors]]> Thu, 11 Feb 2016 11:46:29 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/WholeFoods-AP_826610878819.jpg

Whole Foods is going beyond the traditional grocery store experience in an attempt to reach a newer, younger customer-base.

The Austin-based company said its new venture, 365 by Whole Foods Market, will streamline the retail environment for money-conscious millennials. 

“We are investing in expanding Whole Foods Market in thoughtful ways and more strategic ways,” Whole Foods Market co-chief executive officer Walter Robb said to Bloomberg TV.

The company will engage food and non-food related businesses — including health and wellness retailers and tattoo parlors — that will operate independently within each location, according to its website. The 365 locations will be smaller than the average Whole Foods grocery stores. 

Sales at Whole Foods dipped in the last quarter, dropping 1.8 percent in stores open at least 57 weeks, with more consumers turning to cheaper alternatives like Trader Joe’s and even Wal-Mart. The company said it still remains optimistic that the new venture will help it get back into the black. 

Robb told Bloomberg TV the new banner will help bring a “smaller, more curated selection with excellent prices points" to consumers, while helping boost the company's footprint into newer communities. 

The first three 365 stores will open in 2016, with ten more expected to open in 2017.   

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<![CDATA[Southwest Airlines Intends to Service Long Beach Airport]]> Thu, 11 Feb 2016 04:11:16 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-545709149-san-diego-international-airport-generic.jpg

Southwest Airlines announced its intentions to offer flights at Long Beach Airport this year, the company announced Wednesday.

The air carrier formally applied this week for slot authority to offer new services at the airport, pending approval, according to a press release.

If approved, Long Beach Airport would be the fifth airport in Los Angeles County where Southwest provides service. Southwest currently provides services to Los Angeles International Airport, Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, John Wayne Airport in Orange County and Ontario International Airport.

Southwest President and CEO Gary Kelly made the announcement Wednesday at an employee rally in Las Vegas, while employees in downtown Los Angeles viewed via satellite, according to a press release.

If approved, the addition to Long Beach Airport would be the tenth service location in California in Southwest Airlines' airport map.

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<![CDATA[Judge Says Camille Cosby Can Be Deposed]]> Thu, 11 Feb 2016 11:46:30 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/Camille_Cosby_2008.jpg

The wife of embattled comedian Bill Cosby will be deposed in a civil suit involving her husband later this month, NBC News reports.

In January, Camille Cosby appealed a ruling ordering her to be deposed by lawyers for seven women accusing Bill Cosby of defamation.

A Massachusetts federal district judge has since ruled that Camille Cosby can, in fact, be deposed, but "may refuse to answer deposition questions which call for testimony prohibited by the marital disqualification rule and not falling within an exception," according to NBC News.

Camille Cosby's deposition is scheduled for Feb. 22 in Springfield, Massachusetts.

It's unclear whether Camille Cosby's attorneys can appeal the latest ruling.

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<![CDATA[Discover: The Sunken City in San Pedro]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 11:27:19 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/2-10-16-Sunken-City-Aerial-Chopper-Shot-.PNG Gritty graffiti and crumbling slabs of concrete give way to an ocean view in San Pedro’s Sunken City.

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<![CDATA[Stray Bullet Nearly Hits Student]]> Thu, 11 Feb 2016 15:44:14 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/212*120/021116+frances+tucker.JPG

A stray bullet nearly hit a child in a portable elementary school classroom Thursday morning in the second shooting outside a Miami-Dade school in as many days, officials said.

Miami-Dade Supt. Alberto Carvalho said two bullets hit the portable classroom at Frances S. Tucker Elementary School at 3500 Southwest 37th Avenue, also known as Douglas Avenue, in Miami's Coconut Grove neighborhood.

One bullet ricocheted, while the other one pierced the building wall and narrowly missed a child, authorities said. No injuries were reported.

Miami Police said the shooting happened shortly after 9 a.m. and involved an exchange of gunfire between unknown parties.

In a press conference outside the elementary school, Carvalho described the scene inside with crying children huddled under their desks. He described hugging children with tears still in their eyes.

"It was shocking to me to walk into the school and to see kids cowered under desks with teachers stoically protecting them, that should not be a scene that anybody should witness here in Miami," Carvalho told NBC 6.

At least five shots were fired nearby, Carvalho said. The school was placed on lockdown. Miami-Dade School Board Police said they are working to locate bullet casings.

"I heard like seven gunshots, it was right by the school and there were some kids in the portables," student Khyarree Jackson said. "My teacher just locked down the doors and turned off the lights."

The shooting comes less than a day after shots were fired outside Carol City Senior High School in Miami Gardens. Although school officials initially said a student had been shot, they later clarified that no one was hurt.

Carvalho called the narrow misses "two miracles in two days."

He took to Twitter Thursday morning, calling the shootings "disturbingly unacceptable."

"Bullets have no place in our community. Bullets certainly have no place in our classrooms," he said.

Carvalho said that the schools themselves are safe but the conditions outside the schools are dangerous.

"When chance and luck are the best defense that our children have in Miami or in this county, something is terribly broken," Carvalho said.

Carvalho indicated that over the past 12 months, 60 children have been shot in Miami-Dade, resulting in the deaths of 20 children.

"Our schools are safe, but we need the community's involvement to make sure they continue to be safe and the communities need to be safe and we want people to speak up," Dade Schools Police Chief Ian Moffett said.

Stay with NBC 6 for updates on this developing story.

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<![CDATA[U.S. Denies Russian Claim That It Bombed Syrian City]]> Thu, 11 Feb 2016 10:37:25 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AleppoSyria-GettyImages-508601178.jpg

The State Department dismissed on Thursday Russia's claims that two American warplanes bombed the war-torn Syrian city of Aleppo, NBC News reported.

The Russian Ministry of Defense claimed that two U.S. Air Force A-10 attack aircraft on Wednesday bombed nine targets in the city, which has been subjected to increased levels of violence in recent days.

The ministry said in a statement Thursday that the U.S. "did not make this mission public" and speculated that "perhaps there had been two hospitals" among the targets.

However, a senior State Department official told NBC News that the Russian claims were "false" and that there had been no U.S. missions over Aleppo on Wednesday or Thursday.

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<![CDATA[Valentine's Day And Your Wallet]]> Thu, 11 Feb 2016 09:39:49 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/219*120/Generic-Flowers-2.jpg

Valentine's Day isn't just for lovers as 50 percent of singles report being proud of their relationship status. But whether you're in a relationship or not, Americans have no problem spending big for the holiday for their loved ones and even themselves.

$19.7 billion is projected to be spent in the United States for the holiday this year, with the average person spending nearly $150. Some of that money will go towards furry friends as one in five people will buy their pet a gift in the name of Cupid and 24 percent of singles will gift themselves a treat as well, according to WalletHub.

For the couples across America, 90.8 percent plan to give their significant other a gift which is a good idea considering 53 percent of women say they would break up with their significant other if they didn't receive one for Valentine's Day.

The day of love can also prove life changing for some couples as 14 million marriage proposals are slated to happen this holiday.

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<![CDATA[Repairs After Balcony Collapse]]> Thu, 11 Feb 2016 13:22:35 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP543125309084.jpg

Inspections performed in the wake of last summer's deadly balcony collapse near the University of California, Berkeley revealed more than 400 buildings with balconies, stairways, decks and landings in need of repair, according to a city report released Wednesday afternoon.

Six students were killed — including five from Ireland and one from Rohnert Park — and seven others were injured June 16 when a balcony broke off a downtown Berkeley apartment building during a woman’s 21st birthday celebration.

Wednesday's report notes that Berkeley wanted to respond "swiftly following the tragic collapse of the 4th floor balcony" at 2020 Kittredge Street, known as the Library Gardens apartments, and develop code amendments to "reduce the likelihood that a catastrophic collapse" could occur again.

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Problems ran the gamut from minor water intrusion to major leaks, according to the report. The city had 2,200 such buildings with "weather-exposed elements," and inspectors found that 402 needed fixes. The story was first reported by Berkleyside.

Property owners were given 90 days to make the fixes and city spokesman Matthai Chakko said "most" had been completed.

The city council in July required the inspection of all weather-exposed exterior elements in properties with at least three units and ordered that subsequent inspections take place every three years.

Berkeley also stiffened requirements for building materials and venting in order to make inspections easier to conduct and improve airflow to elements that could be impacted by water damage and other problems.

City staff sent out nearly 6,090 letters to property owners of multi-family buildings to inform them of the new inspection rules. The city received responses to about 4,400, or 72 percent of the letters that were sent, the report notes.

The Alameda County district attorney launched a criminal investigation last year into the cause of the balcony collapse. The DA’s office has not released any information about the probe since its initial announcement in June.

Teresa Drenick, spokeswoman for the office, confirmed Wednesday to Berkeleyside that the investigation is ongoing. 

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<![CDATA[Bitter Cold Could Break Records Valentine's Day]]> Thu, 11 Feb 2016 09:04:29 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/cold+weather2.jpg

Lovers, snuggle up. Millions of people from New England to Florida will be in the path of an Arctic blast this weekend, with possible record lows predicted for Valentine's Day.

The Northeast will register single-digit and sub-zero temperatures: In New York, the wind chill could get as low as negative 15 degrees Sunday morning, forecasters said.

According to the Weather Channel, the Northeast will likely see its coldest temperatures of the winter so far, The Weather Channel reported. Subzero cold is also expected in parts of the Midwest, forecasters added.

Meanwhile, in California and Arizona, it could get into the 70s and 80s, the National Weather Service said.

<![CDATA[Customer Tries to Shoot Barber: PD]]> Thu, 11 Feb 2016 09:06:31 -0800 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/barber+shop+0210+2016.jpg

A woman who said she was unhappy with her haircut returned to a San Diego salon and tried shooting her barber, but the gun jammed and employees tackled the woman, police and the barber told NBC 7.

The incident happened Wednesday morning at the 619 Barber Shop on the 3900 block of 30th Street, where 29-year-old Adrian Blanche Swain went to get a trim.

Barber Manny Montero told NBC 7 she left happy, giving him a $20 tip on top of her $20 cut, but an hour later, Swain returned upset — and with a different haircut.

"She said, 'Look what you did to my hair,'" Montero said. "She came in with a bald spot on the side, and I am like, 'I didn't do that.'" 

Disgruntled, the woman pulled out a gun and tried firing at Montero, police said. The gun was loaded but malfunctioned, clicking three times as Swain allegedly tried to fire off rounds.

"She had it. She was gonna do it," said Montero. "For some reason, God was there."

Chris Tatum, another barber who was watching the confrontation, told NBC 7 if the gun had worked, Swain could have shot three or four people in the shop.

Montero said he was more angry than scared. 

"Grabbed her arm, grabbed the gun," he recalled. "We threw her to the floor and held her until authorities came." 

Police arrested Swain, who was expected to face a charge of attempted murder. Information on an attorney for Swain was not immediately available.

After his brush with death, Montero left work early to see his young sons. Whatever brought Swain back to the shop, she is already forgiven, the mild-mannered barber said.

"Your whole life runs in front of your eyes, so that's what it did. That's what happened," said Montero.

The San Diego Police Department's Mid City Division is investigating. Anyone with information is asked to call San Diego police or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.

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