<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - Weird News]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/weird http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC4_40x125.png NBC Southern California http://www.nbclosangeles.comen-usSat, 21 Oct 2017 16:21:12 -0700Sat, 21 Oct 2017 16:21:12 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Fireball Streaks Across Tri-State Skies]]> Fri, 20 Oct 2017 03:51:44 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/fireball-nj-1019.jpg

Hundreds of people in the tri-state area saw a fireball streak across the afternoon sky Wednesday afternoon, according to one scientific group. 

The American Meteor Society, a nonprofit astronomy group, said that at least 150 people from northern Maryland to eastern New Hampshire reported seeing the fireball --  which the group describes as a meteor brighter in the sky than Venus, one of the brightest celestial bodies in a night sky -- at about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday. 

The group, which also aggregates reported sightings on a map, said that it appeared that the fireball traveled from northeast to southwest before ending its flight hundreds of miles southeast of the Long Island shore.

One New Jersey resident posted a dashcam video to YouTube showing the fireball crossing the sky in Monmouth County. The footage shows a bright light streak across the sky before disappearing. 

According to the American Meteor Society, several thousand meteors capable of creating fireballs pass into the Earth's atmosphere every day. But the organization said the vast majority of those meteors pass over uninhabited regions or are masked by daylight. 



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<![CDATA[Man Builds Two-Story ‘Star Wars’ Transport Replica]]> Fri, 20 Oct 2017 06:43:59 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/DIT+Star+Wars+Display+THUMB.jpg

Nick Meyer decided that his AT-AT walker model wasn’t big enough, so he built a two-story replica of the famous “Star Wars” vehicle on the front lawn of his house. The display has inspired some neighborhood Jedis to sharpen their lightsaber skills.

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<![CDATA[Chicken of the Sea?]]> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 08:44:17 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NC_chicken_1920x1080.jpg

You may only see this in the Florida Keys -- a pet chicken who likes to paddleboard!

The hen's owner, Karly Venezia, said she enjoys excursions on the water with "Loretta."

The 1-year-old chicken has no fear of the open water and calmly sits at the front of the paddleboard and gazes at the water.

"Loretta's very curious and follows us around the yard. Living in the Florida Keys, we like to get out on the water, so it only seemed natural to us to take Loretta paddleboarding and boating and things that we do with our dogs," said Venezia.

Read more: http://bit.ly/2yxhZGL



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<![CDATA[Chicken of the Sea? Pet Chicken Loves to Paddleboard]]> Wed, 18 Oct 2017 22:33:17 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NC_chicken_1500x845.jpg

You may only see this in the Florida Keys -- a pet chicken that likes to paddleboard.

The hen's owner, Karly Venezia, said she enjoys excursions on the water with "Loretta."

The 1-year-old chicken has no fear of the open water and calmly sits at the front of the paddleboard and gazes at the water.

"Loretta's very curious and follows us around the yard. Living in the Florida Keys, we like to get out on the water, so it only seemed natural to us to take Loretta paddleboarding and boating and things that we do with our dogs," said Venezia.

Read more at WPTV.



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<![CDATA[Woman Pleads Guilty in 'Rape Fantasy' Case]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 18:58:55 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/222*120/ocda-angela-diaz.jpg

A woman pleaded guilty Tuesday -- and was immediately sentenced to five years in prison -- for framing the ex-fiancee of her now- estranged husband, a U.S. marshal, causing the victim to be wrongly arrested by Anaheim police and charged with stalking and attempted rape.

Angela Maria Diaz, 32, of Phoenix, Arizona, pleaded guilty to two counts each of kidnapping, false imprisonment, forgery and possession of a forged check exceeding $950, and single counts of perjury and grand theft. She also admitted a misdemeanor count of falsely reporting a crime to police.

The plea deal crafted by Orange County Superior Court Judge Nicholas S. Thompson allows her to appeal the kidnapping convictions which amount to two strikes, said defense attorney Allison Margolin.

Also, Diaz may continue to pursue a subpoena of her estranged husband's employment records to see if there's anything in his background that could help with the appeal or mitigate the convictions, Margolin said.

Orange County prosecutors were able to get some of the personnel records, but federal authorities have been reluctant to release all of them, Margolin said. Margolin's law partner, Thomas McMahon, said the appeal could set a legal precedent on the issue of using police officers as unwitting accomplices in a frame-up. Orange County prosecutors objected to the ruling on an appeal, McMahon said.

Diaz, who has been in custody since January, would have about three more years to serve. Had she gone to trial and been convicted, she would have faced up to 12 years and eight months in prison and another 11 years in jail.

"She's ready to take early responsibility and she doesn't want to waste any more resources of the court, or have the victims suffer the uncertainty of continuous court proceedings," Margolin said.

The 30-year-old victim, Michelle Suzanne Hadley, spent several months behind bars in the case due to what turned out to be bogus allegations, prosecutors said.

All charges were eventually dropped against Hadley, who was falsely accused of using online classified ads to encourage men to fulfill rape fantasies with Diaz in Anaheim, according to Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas.

Hadley, formerly of Ontario, was engaged for about two years to the U.S. Marshals Service agent who subsequently married Diaz in February 2016. The two subsequently separated, Margolin said, but it's not clear if their divorce has been finalized. His name was withheld.

Rackauckas said in January that Diaz had used sophisticated computer software to spoof emails and make it appear Hadley was posting online classified ads encouraging men to sexually assault Diaz. After Diaz staged an attempted sexual assault on herself in which she had red marks on her neck and breast, police arrested Hadley, he said.

At some point during the investigation, as authorities were seeking computer addresses for the origin of the emails, they began to suspect Diaz was framing Hadley, Deputy District Attorney Rick Zimmer said.

Diaz doctored a paycheck to add $2,000 to it, a crime uncovered during the investigation. Diaz also faked cervical cancer, masqueraded as an attorney, forged doctor's notes, faked a pregnancy and posed as two ex-girlfriends of her estranged husband, he said.

Hadley was previously falsely accused of directing multiple threats against Diaz and an "unborn child" via email between June and July of last year. It appears Diaz "faked a sonogram" of twins at one point, Zimmer said.

Hadley was served with a protective order June 6 of last year prohibiting her from contacting Diaz, but the false "stalking" continued, according to Zimmer.

After the posting of Craigslist ads inviting men over to fulfill "rape fantasies," at least two responded, including a 17-year-old boy, he said.

Diaz called Anaheim police June 24, 2016, to report that a man got into her garage and attempted to rape her before she was able to call for help and scare off her attacker, Rackauckas said.

Hadley was arrested later that day and the threatening emails ceased, Rackauckas said. But once Hadley posted bail and was released, the threats resumed, he said.

The emailed threats included images of decapitated bodies and aborted fetuses, the county's top prosecutor said.

Hadley was arrested again on July 14 of last year and was ordered held on $1 million bail. She was released on her own recognizance nearly three months later when investigators noticed the cracks in Diaz's story.

Investigators suspected Diaz might have learned how to spoof emails and disguise the origins of the correspondence through her job with a U.S. Bankruptcy trustee, Zimmer said. In that line of work, she became familiar with virtual private networks, or VPNs.

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<![CDATA[Paddington Bear Dances with the Duchess of Cambridge]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 06:43:41 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/DIT+PADDINGTON+DANCE+Thumb.jpg

Paddington Bear shared a dance with the Duchess of Cambridge, the former Kate Middleton, at a charity event the Royals were hosting at the famous Paddington Station, where the iconic children's book character got his name.

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<![CDATA[This Is What Happens When You Take a Fidget Spinner to Space]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 12:25:48 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/DIT+SPACE+FIDGET+SPINNER+THUMB.jpg

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station tested a fidget spinner in zero gravity. They had time to play with the popular toy in between three scheduled space walks this month.

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<![CDATA[Man Who Blamed Government Mind Control Sentenced in Slaying]]> Sun, 15 Oct 2017 09:05:01 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Prison-Generic2.jpg

A Southern California man who blamed a "government mind control project" for his actions in the point-blank shooting death of a store clerk has been sentenced to 93 years to life in prison.

Junior Tejeda was convicted of murder in July after serving as his own attorney during trial. He was sentenced Friday.

Investigators said that in November 2010 Tejeda walked into a San Bernardino store and demanded the clerk open the register. Before the clerk could respond, prosecutors said, Tejeda shot the man once in the head.

Tejeda was identified as the murder suspect after more than a year when he robbed the same market again.

The San Bernardino Sun reports Tejeda claimed as part of his defense that the government was controlling his mind at the time of the killing.



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<![CDATA[Cows Keep Traffic From Moo-ving on Nashville Parkway]]> Sat, 14 Oct 2017 16:32:09 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/cowshighway.png

A truck carrying cows overturned in Nashville, Tennessee, allowing the animals to roam free.

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<![CDATA[Fla. Man Googled 'How to Rob a Bank,' Robbed Bank: Deputies]]> Wed, 11 Oct 2017 13:05:43 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/101117+William+Joe+Johnson+Largo+bank+robbery+suspect.jpg

A Florida man who googled "how to rob a bank" was arrested after authorities say he did just that.

William Joe Johnson, 26, was arrested Monday in the Oct. 5 robbery of an Achieva Credit Union in Largo, near Tampa, Pinellas County Sheriff's Office officials said.

Authorities say Johnson approached a bank teller, implied he had a gun and demanded cash. The teller gave him money and he fled the bank, officials said.

Detectives were able to identify Johnson as the suspect and found him at an Express Inn, where he was taken into custody, officials said.

Johnson told detectives he needed money so he googled "how to rob a bank," authorities said. He said he planned to rob a different bank but changed his mind when he discovered the teller was a large man, authorities said.

Johnson said he used the money he stole to pay his rent, utilities and go on a drug binge, authorities said. The money ran out and he had planned to rob another bank but was arrested before he could, authorities said.

Authorities charged Johnson with one count of robbery. Attorney information wasn't available.



Photo Credit: Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]]>
<![CDATA[Mama Bear and Cubs Break Into Pizzeria]]> Tue, 10 Oct 2017 07:03:36 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Mama_Bear_and_Cub_Break_Into_Pizzeria_1200x675_1066500675645.jpg

A mama bear and her cubs were caught on camera sneaking a special snack from a Colorado pizzeria. In the surveilence video, the three bears are seen rooting around Antonio's Real New York Pizza. The pizza place in Estes Park took to Facebook not to shame the bears, or call for their extermination, but instead, call for their safety. They say new bear proofing on dumpster's in the town has forced bears to look in people's homes and businesses to try and find food to bulk up for the winter.



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<![CDATA[Man Clings to Front of School Bus in Road Rage Case]]> Mon, 09 Oct 2017 07:40:46 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Man_Clings_to_Bus_in_Road_Rage_Incident-150755184653400002.jpg

Baltimore police arrested a man in a bizarre case of road rage last Thursday, after a video showed him clinging to the front of a moving school bus and banging on the hood while demanding the driver open the door. Baltimore County police said the man was trying to get into the bus after he said a bottle, thrown from the bus, hit his car.

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<![CDATA[Grandma Charged With Smuggling Drugs to Jailed Grandson]]> Mon, 02 Oct 2017 00:23:50 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/handcuffs-GettyImages-141810855.jpg

Authorities say a West Virginia grandmother has joined her grandson in jail after being accused of smuggling drugs to him behind bars.

The Mountain State Fugitive Task Force said 64-year-old Carolyn Lou Gay was arrested Wednesday on 15 charges related to drug possession and delivery.

News media report a criminal complaint says Gay visited her grandson Sept. 2 at Eastern Regional Jail near Martinsburg. The complaint says a guard heard inmate Shawn Douglas Weister tell Gay to "go ahead." It says Weister was directed to a strip search room, but instead ran away. When guards caught up, he yelled: "Run granny, they caught me."

The complaint says investigators found 22 sealed drinking straws containing various drugs including heroin in Weister's possession, and Gay is the only person who visited him.



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<![CDATA[Fish 'Literally Fell From the Sky' With Rain in Mexican City]]> Sat, 30 Sep 2017 04:21:05 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/tamaulipas-fish-rain.jpg

Civil defense officials in northeast Mexico say a light rain was accompanied by small fish that fell from the sky.

Tamaulipas civil defense says in a brief statement that rain Tuesday in the coastal city of Tampico included fish. Photos posted on the agency's Facebook page show four small fish in a bag and another on a sidewalk.

"Curious case in Tampico (Col. Lomas de Rosales) where there was a light rain that included small fish that literally fell from the sky," the civil defense said in the post.

Lomas de Rosales is a neighborhood in the seaside city of Tampico on Mexico's eastern coast.

According to the U.S. Library of Congress, it's a phenomenon that has been reported since ancient times. Scientists believe that tornadoes over water — known as waterspouts — could be responsible for sucking fish into the air where they are blown around until being released to the ground.




Photo Credit: Tamaulipas Civil Defense via Facebook]]>
<![CDATA[Trump Drawing of Empire State Building Goes to Auction]]> Thu, 28 Sep 2017 12:50:08 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/trump+drawing+esb.jpg

A sketch of the Empire State Building drawn by President Donald Trump is going up for bid at a Los Angeles auction house.

Julien's Auctions says the 12-inch-by-9-inch black marker depiction of the iconic New York City skyscraper was created by Trump for a charity auction in Florida during the time he opened his Mar-a-Lago estate as a private club in 1995.

Julien's says the piece signed by Trump went for less than $100 the first time it was sold and is now estimated at $8,000 to $12,000. The auction house says a portion of the proceeds of any sale will benefit National Public Radio.

The artwork is part of Julien's Street, Contemporary & Celebrity Art auction, which takes place in L.A. and online on Oct. 19.

In July, a sketch Trump did of the Manhattan skyline went up for auction. It fetched nearly $30,000. 



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<![CDATA[Ominous Origami Threatens Seattle]]> Wed, 27 Sep 2017 07:53:33 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NC_origami0927_1920x1080.jpg

People are finding origami butterflies with ominous messages, scattered on the ground throughout Seattle. The folded papers have a puzzling warning about safety, but no one seems to know who is behind the campaign or what it's about.

When unfolded, the message "you are not safe," is revealed and there is a date: 9-28-17. The flip side has illustrations of Russell Wilson, Kurt Cobain, the Starbucks siren, and a message about peace.

"It could be a marketing gimmick for an artist or something, I don't know," said Henry Bridges, who found one of the papers in Capitol Hill.

A website listed on some of the papers directs people to the same "you are not safe" message, along with the 9-28 date.

Read more: http://kng5.tv/2hyN3fm



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<![CDATA[Judge to 'Think Out' Sentencing for Songbird Smuggler]]> Mon, 25 Sep 2017 12:16:39 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Bird+Seizure+3-24-2017+a.jpg

A judge heard arguments Monday but delayed sentencing a Fountain Valley man who admitted smuggling nearly 100 tiny Asian songbirds - - most of which died in transit -- in his luggage on a flight from Vietnam.

Kurtis Law brought 93 of the colorful birds -- worth a total of more than $90,000 on the black market -- into the country on March 24. Investigators who searched his luggage at Los Angeles International Airport determined that the birds were at risk of extinction and protected under the federal Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.

Prosecutors said the birds were individually wrapped and placed in Law's suitcases under "horrific conditions" in a way "that allowed each bird little or no movement." All but eight of the 93 birds ultimately died.

U.S. District Judge Manuel Real heard from a prosecutor, Law's attorney and the 50-year-old defendant himself, but delayed imposing a sentence until Oct. 16. The judge said he needed time to "think it out."

Federal prosecutors asked Real to sentence Law to two years behind bars. The defense recommended probation.

In a letter to the court, Law described himself as "Jane Goodall to the Asian bird world," a reference to the British conservationist known for her support of animal welfare issues. He told Real that his main interest was in protecting the birds and giving them new homes.

Prosecutors wrote that Law is "a large-scale trafficker in protected birds for profit -- birds that risk extinction because of traffickers like him."

Law's attorney countered that there is no evidence that Law was attempting to profit from the birds.

Law pleaded guilty in July to one felony count of importing wildlife contrary to law.

Court documents show that songbirds can be purchased in Southeast Asia for $1 or $2 each and fetch as much as $1,000 apiece in the United States.

The protected birds found in Law's luggage were Bali myna, Chinese hwamei, red-billed leiothrix and silver-eared mesia. Such birds are sold illegally at some Chinese markets in Southern California and are thought to bring good luck.



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<![CDATA[Calif. Hits Gatorade in Court for 'Anti-Water' Video Game]]> Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:29:30 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/185*120/GettyImages-812761106.jpg

Gatorade has agreed not to make disparaging comments about water as part of a $300,000 settlement reached Thursday with California over allegations it misleadingly portrayed water's benefits in a cellphone game where users refuel Olympic runner Usain Bolt.

The game, downloaded 30,000 times in California and 2.3 million times worldwide, is no longer available.

The dispute between the sports-drink company and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra was settled in less than a day after Becerra filed a complaint in Los Angeles County.

Becerra's complaint alleges the game, called Bolt!, misleadingly portrayed the health benefits of water in a way that could harm children's nutritional choices. The game encouraged users to "keep your performance level high and avoid water," with Bolt's fuel level going down after drinking water but up after drinking Gatorade, the complaint alleged.

The settlement should serve as a warning to companies that falsely advertise, Becerra said.

"Making misleading statements is a violation of California law. But making misleading statements aimed at our children is beyond unlawful, it's morally wrong and a betrayal of trust," he said in a statement.

Gatorade agreed to the settlement but has not admitted wrongdoing.

"The mobile game, Bolt!, was designed to highlight the unique role and benefits of sports drinks in supporting athletic performance. We recognize the role water plays in overall health and wellness, and offer our consumers great options," spokeswoman Katie Vidaillet said in an email.

In addition to agreeing not to disparage water, Gatorade agreed not to make Bolt! or any other games that give the impression that water will hinder athletic performance or that athletes only consume Gatorade and do not drink water. Gatorade also agreed to use "reasonable efforts" to abide by parent company PepsiCo's policy on responsible advertising to children and to disclose its contracts with endorsers.

Of the settlement money, $120,000 will go toward the study or promotion of childhood and teenager nutrition and the consumption of water.

The game was available in 2012 and 2013 and for a limited time in 2017.



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<![CDATA[Koala Hitches 10-Mile Ride in Wheel Arch]]> Sun, 17 Sep 2017 17:25:26 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP_17260185265990.jpg

For a stowaway who made a 16-kilometer (10-mile) journey squeezed in a wheel arch, a koala was lucky to escape with just scratches.

The driver of the four-wheel vehicle was unaware of the extra passenger until they arrived at their destination in the outskirts of Adelaide, Australia, and he heard some unusual cries.

After seeing the koala in the wheel arch, he immediately called animal rescuers, who removed the wheel and eventually extricated the frightened but very lucky animal.

"You think you've seen it all. No, I've never seen anything like that and it's absolutely incredible," said Fauna Rescue worker, Jane Brister.

The koala suffered superficial injuries and was covered in grease from under the car.

"She was crying a little bit, she was a little bit shaken, she was certainly in shock but I rushed her straight to the vet," Brister said.

The koala was dubbed Kelli, after one of the firefighters who rescued her.

"Kelli's one of our fine station officers and she led the rescue crew that day and she was quite excited to have such a good outcome," said Dave Juniper of the South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service.

After being cleaned up and monitored for a week, it was released back into the bush on Saturday.

"After everything she's been through, she's had so much stress and trauma, to see her just toddle off and up the tree, and currently she's found the biggest fork in the tree, she's snuggled up, she's fast asleep," Brister said.

Rescue workers say it's not unusual for koalas to seek shelter in unusual places.



Photo Credit: Metropolitan Fire Service via AP]]>
<![CDATA[300 Drones Light Up Night Sky Over Downtown LA]]> Fri, 15 Sep 2017 16:54:17 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/DIT+WONDER+WOMAN+THUMB.jpg

To celebrate the Blu-ray release of “Wonder Woman,” 300 drones flew over downtown Los Angeles in an illuminated, choreographed art show creating some stunning visuals. Patty Jenkins has signed on to direct the sequel, and the deal will make her the highest-paid female director of all time.

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<![CDATA[Double Whopper: Babies Born Back-to-Back at NJ Burger King]]> Wed, 13 Sep 2017 15:03:06 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/BATTLE+BABIES+BORN+BURGER+KING+NJ+MATERIAL+-+14482420_WNBC_0000.jpg

Two women have delivered healthy babies on back-to-back days in the parking lot of the same Burger King restaurant in New Jersey.

Denville police say they were called to the restaurant around 7:30 p.m. Friday for a woman going into labor. They say the parents were on the way to the hospital but had to pull over after getting stuck in traffic on Route 80.

From the parking lot of the Burger King, the dad called 911. 

Detective Scott Tobin told News 4 New York, "When we responded, he told us that this isn't their first child, it's their third, and that the first and second came pretty fast so they weren't going to have enough time to get there." 

Sure enough, 10 minutes later, officers and emergency responders then helped the woman deliver a healthy baby boy.

The same patrol officers, including Tobin, went back to the restaurant the next night for a report of another woman going into labor. Authorities say the couple was heading to the hospital when the woman started going through severe contractions.

"My partner and I were in the back doing the paperwork from the night before when the road sergeant called it in," Tobin said. "And I said it's not a joke, we're going again." 

Make that a double: same parking lot, same EMTs, same cops. This time, baby Braydon was already making his entrance in the couple's vehicle by the time they arrived. 

"I had to cut the umbilical cord because it was wrapped around his neck and his stomach, we had to make sure everything was OK," Tobin said. 

Burger King worker Pedro Cruz had arrived at work Saturday to the news that the first baby had been delivered there the night before.

"When I was taking out the trash I saw all the lights and I was joking and I said, 'It's another baby,' and then a customer came in and said, 'Yeah, it's another baby!'" he said. 

Both babies did eventually make it to St. Claire's Hospital, just a couple of minutes from the Burger King parking lot. The second baby was still at the hospital for observation Wednesday but both are expected to be fine. 



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<![CDATA[Watch: Speedy Duck Flies In and Out of Traffic on 118 Fwy]]> Thu, 14 Sep 2017 13:36:54 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/215*120/09-15-2017-duck-118-freeway.JPG

Sometimes, the commute just seems to fly by.

That was the case Wednesday morning when a camera on David Lasher's motorcycle captured video of a duck flying through traffic on the 118 Freeway in the Northridge area. The duck, keeping decent pace with traffic, scooted along about 3 to 4 feet off the road, veering across lanes before swooping off to the side of the freeway.



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<![CDATA[Lawyer Who Planted Drugs to Frame PTA Member Disbarred]]> Wed, 13 Sep 2017 12:49:55 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/01-attorneys.jpg

A Southern California attorney convicted along with his then-wife of planting drugs in the car of a PTA volunteer has been disbarred.

The State Bar says 43-year-old Kent Easter can no longer practice in California because of his felony conviction and "moral turpitude."

Kent Easter and Jill Easter -- who now goes by Ava Everheart -- were both convicted of false imprisonment in separate criminal trials.

The couple planted prescription painkillers, marijuana and a pot pipe in Kelli Peters' car in 2011 and then called police, who briefly detained her.

The couple had an ongoing dispute with Peters over what they believed was improper treatment of their son.

The Orange County Register says the couple was ordered by a jury to pay Peters $5.7 million following a civil trial.

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<![CDATA[Armed Robbers Pick Wrong Bar]]> Tue, 05 Sep 2017 09:36:32 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NC_copbar0905_1920x1080.jpg

Two men who police said robbed a pub in Woodlawn, Maryland may not have expected it to be full of police officers.

Baltimore County police have two suspects in custody who they said robbed a pub Tuesday night at gunpoint.

The armed suspects walked in to Monaghan's Pub a little before 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. It turns out that the pub was hosting a police officer's retirement party with dozens of off-duty officers in attendance.

"I'm sure that they weren't planning on there being a large room filled with police officers," Baltimore County police Officer Jennifer Peach said.

Investigators said two men entered the take-out portion of the restaurant and held an employee up at gunpoint.

Read more: http://bit.ly/2eYPSpJ



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<![CDATA[Library: We Don't Accept Chuck E. Cheese Tokens]]> Mon, 04 Sep 2017 14:09:47 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000008699868.JPG

Some avid readers in Massachusetts are being called out by a local library for trying to pay printing and late fees with tokens.

The Peabody Institute Library of Danvers took to its Facebook page Wednesday to clarify that it does not, in fact, accept Chuck E. Cheese and Bonkers Fun House tokens as valid forms of payment.

According to the post, this summer has seen a surge in people attempting to pay in coins from the two children's entertainment centers.

The library noted that neither type of token is actual legal tender and added that it doesn't accept Canadian coins either.

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<![CDATA[Cow Takes a Dip in Gilroy Pond Amid Scalding Heat Wave]]> Sun, 03 Sep 2017 11:24:13 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/9-2-17_Cow_Gilroy_Swimming.jpg

When triple-digit heat bears down, humans aren't the only ones who flock to the water to savor some much-needed relief.

One cow in Gilroy on Sunday decided to wade its way through a chest-deep watering hole much to the amazement of its owner.

"I couldn't help but start laughing," Brent Kirk said. "She seemed to be as happy as could be."

Kirk, who runs a ranch on the east side of Gilroy, came across the cow around 9:30 a.m. and initially thought his animal was in trouble.

"At first I thought she was stuck in the mud," he said.

That was hardly the case. As Kirk soon realized, the cow was blissfully splashing around, soaking in a brief break from the sweltering sun. 

"This girl's got the right idea," Kirk could be heard saying as he recorded the swim.

Gilroy topped out at 112 degrees Saturday, according to the National Weather Service, joining several other cities around the Bay Area in crossing over the triple-digit threshold.



Photo Credit: Brent Kirk]]>
<![CDATA[Rare Yellow Lobster Makes Debut at New England Aquarium]]> Fri, 08 Sep 2017 06:45:06 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/216*120/Screen+Shot+2017-09-01+at+9.51.29+AM.png

The New England Aquarium added a rare yellow lobster to its collection of uniquely colored lobsters. The odds of a yellow lobster in the wild are estimated at one in 30 million.

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<![CDATA[Squirrel Hides in Car, Climbs Up Woman's Leg as She Drives]]> Fri, 01 Sep 2017 10:46:15 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/233*120/Screen+Shot+2017-09-01+at+9.44.39+AM.png

A University of North Carolina professor keeps her cool and makes a new friend when a stowaway squirrel climbs up her leg as she's driving. WRAL's Lynda Loveland reports.

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<![CDATA[Un-Bee-Lievable! Canadian Man Sets New Bee Beard Record]]> Tue, 05 Sep 2017 06:27:22 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/beebeard.jpg

A bee honey worker from Ontario, Canada, set a new Guinness World Record time for wearing a bee beard.

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<![CDATA[Motorcyclist's Leg Not Found After Being Severed on Freeway]]> Thu, 31 Aug 2017 13:42:57 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*120/15-freeway.JPG

A motorcyclist's leg was severed and never found after a hit-and-run crash on a Southern California freeway.

California Highway Patrol Officer Dan Olivas says the man's motorcycle sputtered and he tried to make it to the shoulder of Interstate 15 in Lake Elsinore on Wednesday, but a vehicle hit him then fled.

Motorcycle parts littering the freeway were collected, but after an extensive search of the area the leg could not be found.

Olivas tells the Riverside Press-Enterprise the motorcyclist was alive and undergoing treatment at a hospital in Wildomar.

The CHP has found no witnesses, and had no description of the vehicle that hit the man.



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