<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - Southern California News]]>Copyright 2017https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC4_40x125.png NBC Southern California https://www.nbclosangeles.comen-usMon, 18 Dec 2017 01:11:24 -0800Mon, 18 Dec 2017 01:11:24 -0800NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[From No. 8 to No. 24: Kobe Bryant's Incredible Career]]> Mon, 18 Dec 2017 00:31:58 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/161*120/GettyImages-52223507.jpg Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant will have his no. 8 and no. 24 jerseys retired and become the first NBA player to have both his jerseys retired.

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<![CDATA[Nonprofit Provides Business Attire to Low-Income Individuals]]> Sun, 17 Dec 2017 23:54:41 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/215*120/171217-clothes-the-deal.JPG

For some, it doesn't matter what mall, what clothing or specialty store you go into ... nothing ever fits. It's a challenge that many people with disabilities face every single day. But one "magical place" is turning that challenge and frustration into a "perfect fit" for free.

"Clothes the Deal" in Downey is a nonprofit organization that provides business attire to low-income individuals. The goal is to empower them to "interview with dignity and confidence" as they undergo the job application process and eventually secure gainful employment.

Suzzy Canny is the head seamstress at Clothes the Deal.

"There's so much magic that takes place inside this little closet that they have," Canny said.

One of their clients, Hector Ochoa, was born with osteogenesis imperfecta, a condition more commonly known as brittle bones.

Ochoa has broken or fractured 120 bones throughout his life but still "my medical diagnosis hasn't been the challenge or barrier for me," he said.

Instead, Ochoa says being able to find a suit in a department store is impossible.

It's challenges like these that Clothes the Deal is ready to take on.

"I always say 'we're dressing you from the inside out,'" CTD President Patrice Jinso-Springer said.

Jinso-Springer heads up the nonprofit that has spent the last two decades primarily using its donated clothing to dress women going from welfare to work. Now, they customize some of that donated clothing for people like Carlos Benavides, who is a tetraplegic.

"It's just got to fit everything ... including their inner spirit and inner being," Canny said.

The process starts with a referral. Then comes a personalized walk through of the "magic closet."

Canny measures, pins the fabric and fires up her sewing machine -- relying on her expertise, intuition and innovation.

"It makes you feel good - in and out," Benavides said.

Clothes the Deal establishes a connection with clothing and how its power can turn one's challenges into confidences - one stitch and one fit at a time.

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<![CDATA[Gurley's 4 Touchdowns Lead Rams in Win Over Seahawks]]> Sun, 17 Dec 2017 21:15:47 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/161*120/GettyImages-894379404.jpg

Move over Seahawks, you've been dethroned. 

The Los Angeles Rams are going to win the NFC West after they dominated the rival Seattle Seahawks, 42-7, on Sunday afternoon at CenturyLink Field.

The Rams must have watched the film on the Seahawks defense last week, as Seattle allowed 157 yards on the ground to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

With the Seahawks depleted on defense, the Rams ran early and often, as Todd Gurley finished the game with 152 yards and three touchdowns on the ground.

Gurley also did damage in the secondary as he caught three passes for 28 yards and a touchdown, giving the All-Pro running back a total of four touchdowns in arguably the biggest game of the season for Los Angeles.

In total, the Rams rushed for 244 yards against the Seahawks, as Seattle had no answer for the likes of Gurley and backup running back Malcolm Brown.

Jared Goff did not need to do a whole lost as he was 14-for-21 for 120 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.

The Rams started slow with a couple of field goals by Greg "Leg-A-Tron" Zuerlein, but it didn't take long for LA's patient offensive attack to find the end zone as Gurley punched in his career-high 11th rushing touchdown of the season midway through the first quarter.

Gurley did it again, to start the second quarter, capping off a five-play, 36-yard drive with another 1-yard touchdown up the middle, his 15th of the season overall.

Leading 20-0, the Rams changed it up a little bit on their third score, as Goff found receiver Robert Woods in the front left corner of the end zone for the score.

Woods missed the last three weeks with a shoulder injury, but returned for the NFC West matchup with the Seahawks, making six receptions for 45 yards and a touchdown.

A few minutes later, Gurley made it a hat-trick when he found the end zone for the third time, breaking through the Seahawks front four, running 57-yards for the score. 

By halftime, the game was all but over as the Rams led 34-0 at the break. Nonetheless, Gurley and the Rams put a cherry on top of their "Sunday," as he caught a pass from Goff out of the backfield, and walked in for the 14-yard score.

Gurley now has an NFL-best 17 touchdowns this season, and also leads all running backs with 11 100+ yard games from scrimmage this season.

Seattle's only score of the game on pass from Russell Wilson to tight end Luke Willson late in the third quarter. 

The Rams improve to 10-4, and have a two-game lead in the NFC West, owning the tiebreaker, provided they are able to defeat the San Francisco 49ers at home in the final game of the season.

Meanwhile, the Seahawks (8-6) suddenly find themselves on the outside looking in on the NFC playoff picture. The Seahawks will need wins against the Cowboys and Cardinals in their final two games of the season.

Up Next:

The Rams will spend Christmas in the Music City as the travel to Tennessee to face the Titans on Christmas Eve. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00PM PST. 

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<![CDATA[As Thomas Fire Flames Near, Zoo Preps for Evacuations]]> Sun, 17 Dec 2017 23:32:15 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/santa+barbara+zoo+animal+evacs.jpg

The Santa Barbara Zoo closed its doors Sunday as it prepared for possible evacuations related to the massive Thomas Fire.

The closure comes as the fire, which had scorched 269,000 acres and become California's third-largest wildfire by Sunday morning, threatened to reach the zoo.

"We're opening on a day-by-day basis," said Dean Noble, the zoo's marketing director. "(Saturday) night we had many animals placed in crates and kennels as a precautionary measure," he said.

The poor air quality resulting from the fire has been of particular concern.

"We are trying to keep the animals in their night kennels to take them out of the bad air," Noble said.

He added, however, that keepers are providing "enrichment" activities - including toys, games and puzzles - for the animals while the zoo remains closed. "If we don't find something for them to do, they'll get in trouble," he said.

The zoo houses about 500 animals and 150 different species, including big cats, elephants and gorillas.

Should the zoo be forced to evacuate, it has contingency plans to transport its animals to other locations.

Already, the zoo has transported four endangered California condors, two Griffin vultures and one turkey vulture to the Los Angeles Zoo, Noble said. In addition, the zoo has transported its stock of pigs, goats and reindeer to the Earl Warren Showgrounds.

The San Diego Zoo has also offered to take in the zoo's big cats, which include lions and leopards, Noble said.

In addition, Safari West has offered to take in some of the animals, a gesture that Noble described as "very sweet," considering the fact that the animal preserve not too long ago survived the deadly wildfires that devastated the Bay area. "I thought their offer of assistance was particularly meaningful," he said.

The zoo's elephants would remain on-site, however, due to the fact that they are being kept in a cinderblock and steel barn without any ignitable grass nearby, Noble said.

Local community members and businesses have also pitched in to help, providing trucks and trailers in case the zoo has to quickly evacuate animals, Noble said.

Others wishing to help, however, should stay away from the zoo, he said, because the staff already has a plan ready and knows how to handle the situation.

Instead, Noble said, people wishing to help can make a donation, especially considering the monetary strain that evacuation preparations have put on the zoo and the lost revenue from the closed doors.

The zoo will make a decision on whether to reopen its doors on a day-to-day basis. Anyone who wants to see if the zoo is open should check the Santa Barbara Zoo Facebook page, Noble said.

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<![CDATA[Buyers Beware: California Pot Sold Jan. 1 Could Be Tainted]]> Sun, 17 Dec 2017 13:21:27 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/174*120/Marijuana-Leaf-Generic.jpg

That legal weed you'll be able to buy in California on New Year's Day may not be as green as it seems.

Any marijuana sold when recreational sales become legal Jan. 1 in the nation's most populous state will have been grown without regulatory controls that will eventually be in place. Pot could contain pesticides, molds and other contaminants.

"Buyer beware," cautioned Donald Land, a University of California, Davis, chemistry professor who is the chief scientific consultant at Steep Hill Labs Inc., which tests marijuana in several states.

Earlier this year, Land oversaw testing that found 93 percent of samples collected by KNBC-TV from 15 dispensaries in four Southern California counties tested positive for pesticides. That may come as a surprise for consumers who tend to trust what's on store shelves because of federal regulations by the U.S. Agriculture Department or the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

"Unfortunately, that's not true of cannabis," Land said. "They wrongly assume it's been tested for safety."

Stiffer regulations and testing requirements are being phased in next year, but growers and sellers have a six-month grace period to sell existing inventory grown under the loosely regulated medical marijuana program in place two decades.

With only a year to a develop a complex bureaucratic infrastructure of regulations, taxes and licensing for recreational marijuana, state officials recognized it wasn't realistic or fair to require inventory grown or manufactured under existing rules to suddenly meet testing standards.

Shops will have six months to sell the current crop of cannabis before their inventory has to pass tests. Any pot harvested or manufactured after Jan. 1, however, will be subject to testing for potency and contaminants with a high public health risk. Stricter limits will be phased in by the start of 2019.

Meanwhile, any pot that hasn't been tested will need to be labeled, said Alex Traverso, Bureau of Cannabis Control spokesman.

"That's one of the biggest reasons for regulation: to establish rules that protect public safety and improve the quality of the product," Traverso said. "When people see a sticker that says 'Not tested,' at least they know and they can choose whether they want to purchase that or not."

That means there will probably be a lot of labels required when everything from joints to cookies and oils go on sale. Land estimated that less than 5 percent of medical marijuana -- the only pot legal to sell before 2018 -- is now tested.

As the industry emerges from the shadows, growers, manufacturers, shops and related businesses have to navigate a maze of regulations that are still taking shape across state and local jurisdictions as sales are about to begin.

Juan Hidalgo, agricultural commissioner for Santa Cruz County, said pesticides are a top concern, and he wants to know what is being applied and whether workers on site are protected. Farmers who spray their own pesticides have to get a certificate from the commissioner that requires passing a test and taking refresher courses every three years.

"A lot of these folks, up until now, they haven't been aware of what those requirements are and the proper use of pesticides," Hidalgo said. "That's something we're hoping we can change in the coming weeks."

The incentive will be that entire crops or batches will have to be destroyed if unacceptable levels of contaminants are discovered.

Several years ago, Steep Hill tested concentrates at a cannabis contest and found traces of solvents from extracting hash oil used in edibles and other products in all but three of 135 samples, Land said.

"At first they were mad because they couldn't sell their stuff the way they wanted to," Land said.

But eventually, manufacturers figured out how to more safely produce their products, and two years later all 140 samples the lab tested passed. He thinks a similar thing will happen with pesticides as testing becomes mandatory and the industry adapts.

Initially, though, it could mean lower yields.

Mike Winderman, manager of The Green Easy in Los Angeles, supports the idea of eliminating pesticides, but also thinks the issue has been overhyped when the vast majority of crops that people eat are grown with pesticides and even organic crops could be subject to pesticides drifting from nearby farms.

"I think it's a little funny that this year everybody's caring about pesticides," he said. "People have been smoking weed 30, 40, 50 years, and it's never been an issue."

Like many shops, Winderman's products are tested for potency, but not pesticides. Prices are dropping for the current crop because they have a limited shelf life due to the regulatory controls that will eventually go into place.

Winderman said he wouldn't be surprised to find shops snapping up inventory now to avoid taxes that will take effect Jan. 1 and because some popular products may not be available if small producers who don't want to pay registration fees drop out of the industry.

Robert Watson, assistant manager of Dutchman's Flat in San Francisco's Dog Patch neighborhood, said it isn't an issue because his dispensary always tested for pesticides and will continue to do so if it is allowed to sell recreational pot.

"It's something we believe in," Watson said. "I think most patients out there wouldn't get medicine that isn't tested."

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<![CDATA[Felon Arrested After Critically Injuring 68-Year-Old Woman]]> Sun, 17 Dec 2017 17:54:32 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/christopher+arenas.jpg

A 40-year-old convicted felon on a new, violent crime spree attacked and critically injured a 68-year-old woman in her house in West Covina, and has been arrested, police said today.

Officers located Christopher Arenas about 11:55 p.m. Saturday hiding behind the $3.99 Pizza Co., 2435 S. Azusa Ave., the West Covina Police Department reported. Arenas initially ran from officers but was eventually found hiding in some bushes, police said.

Arenas had been out on post-release community supervision for vehicle theft and prior convictions for burglary, auto theft, being a felon in possession of a firearm and parole violations, according to the West Covina Police Department.

On Thursday night, a man later identified as Arenas broke into a house in the 3000 block of Loggers Lane Thursday night, and was confronted by a resident.

"The suspect assaulted the resident and fled on foot," according to a police statement. "The resident sustained minor injuries to his face. A car was stolen from the parking lot near the Corner Tavern bar (at 3660 Nogales St.) and later located abandoned at Shadow Oak Park.

"Two more burglaries occurred on the 2400 block of Belinda Street, which is just north of Shadow Oak Park. In both instances the residents confronted the suspect. The suspect fled on foot, injuring himself in the process."

Police believe Arenas attempted to steal a different car in the area.

"Officers conducted an extensive search but were unable to find the suspect," police said.

Officers responded about 7 a.m. Friday to a report of a burglary in progress in the 3000 block of Cindy Street, police said. "The suspect broke into the home and assaulted the resident, a 68- year-old female, and fled the location," police said.

"The female was transported to a local hospital in critical condition."

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<![CDATA[Thomas Fire Grows to 270K Acres, Threatening 18K Structures]]> Mon, 18 Dec 2017 00:01:16 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/thomas+fire+sunday+dec+17.JPG

The third-largest wildfire in California history continues to spread in Santa Barbara County, fanned by overnight winds.

The deadly Thomas Fire, which on Sunday was nearing the two-week mark since it first broke out Monday, Dec. 4, continues to threaten homes after already consuming 270,000 acres and costing an estimated $116,948,500.

The blaze, which Cal Fire said by Sunday around 11:30 p.m. was 45 percent contained, continues to threaten 18,000 structures as 8,529 firefighters continue to battle the flames. It has already destroyed 1,020 and damaged another 242, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Two people have been killed as a result of the blaze.

Virginia Pesola, 70, was found dead at a crash site along an evacuation route, killed by blunt force injuries, smoke inhalation and burns.

Cory Iverson, 32, was part of a strike team of San Diego Cal Fire engines who were helping in the firefight. Iverson died Thursday during an accident in an active area of the fire, suffering thermal injuries and smoke inhalation.

In addition to the fatalities, the fire has also forced 104,607 people to flee their homes, according to Cal Fire.

Over the weekend, three homes were destroyed in Montecito. Despite those lost over the weekend, firefighters were able to save hundreds of other homes. 

The Behrman family returned from Colorado Sunday to find their burned out home.

"The winds just changed in the wrong way yesterday and boom, the house was just gone," Behrman said. 

"It’s sadness, but at the same time it's only the house. The family is okay. We’ve got a lot of memories out," he added. 

Current mandatory evacuations are in place for the following areas:

  • All areas east of Highway 154, south of East Camino Cielo, west of Toro Canyon and north of Highway 101 at Toro Canyon to South Salinas then north of Alameda Padre Serra and to Highway 192 west to 154.
  • The previous evacuation order for the area east of Toro Canyon to Casitas Pass Road north of Highway 192 and south of East Camino Cielo remains in effect.
Click here for a complete list of evacuations and road closures. 

An evacuation center has been established at the UC Santa Barbara Recreation Center at 516 Ocean Road.

Animal evacuation centers are available for people in evacuation zones. Those wishing to coordinate sheltering for both small and large animals should call the Santa Barbara County Animal Services hotline at (805) 681-4332.

NBC4's Rick Montanez contributed to this report. 

<![CDATA[Four Killed in Head-On Freeway Crash in Lake View Terrace]]> Sun, 17 Dec 2017 14:13:31 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/fatal+210+crash.JPG

A 30-year-old wrong way driver triggered a two- vehicle, head-on crash Sunday that killed him and three women in another car on the Foothill (210) Freeway in Lake View Terrace.

The California Highway Patrol was notified at 1:47 a.m. of a vehicle going westbound in the eastbound lanes of the Foothill (210) Freeway near Wheatland Avenue, said CHP Peter Nicholson.

At 1:52 a.m. the CHP received reports of a two-car crash involving a 2011 Chevy Impala, driven by a resident of Chatsworth, and a 2015 Toyota Corolla with three occupants, a 60-year-old woman driving the car and her two passengers -- a 50-year-old woman and a 30-year-old woman.

Firefighters and paramedics dispatched at 1:53 a.m. to the crash scene reported that three people were pronounced dead at the scene and one person, the 60-year-old woman, was rushed to Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in critical condition, according to Amy Bastman of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The 60-year-old woman later died from their injuries, Nicholson said. The occupants in the Toyota were residents of Baldwin Park. A SigAlert, issued at 2:40 a.m., closing all eastbound lanes at Wheatland Avenue, was lifted at 7:40 a.m., CHP officials said.

The CHP's Altadena office asked anyone who saw the crash to call them at (626) 296-8100.

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<![CDATA[Rams vs. Seahawks: Preview and Predictions]]> Sun, 17 Dec 2017 06:32:13 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-859144018.jpg

The NFC West is up for grabs on Sunday when the Los Angeles Rams travel to CenturyLink Field to battle the Seattle Seahawks.

It wouldn't be winter if the Rams didn't make their annual visit up to the rain-soaked city, as the team has travelled to Seattle each of the last eight seasons to play the Seahawks in either December or January.

Over the span of those last eight years, the Rams have been mostly bad. Struggling to stay above .500, while the Seahawks seemingly won the division each year, including four out of the last five years.

This year is different however, as the Rams enter the game in first place in the NFC West, and have a winning record this late in the season for the first time since 2003. 

Despite the fact that the Rams have been subpar over the last few seasons, they've still managed to play the Seahawks well, as the two teams have split the last head-to-head matchups against each other. 

"It's going to be a big one," Rams QB Jared Goff said about the game. "A big one for us, and a big one for them." 

Goff isn't lying. Both teams are coming off disheartening losses in week 14, and are looking to bounce back. The Rams (9-4) need to win, in order to put two games between them and the Seahawks, with two games left to play in the season, all but guaranteeing themselves the division title.

Meanwhile, the Seahawks (8-5) need a win over the Rams to move into a first place tie in which they would hold the tiebreaker over the Rams. If both teams somehow finish with an identical record at the end of the season, the Seahawks would be crowned the winners of the NFC West, and the Rams likely would have to play a road game in the Wild Card round of the playoffs, if they even make the playoffs at all. 

The Rams will be without starting CB Kayvon Webster who was lost for the season with a ruptured achiles, but WR Robert Woods is expected to return after missing the last three weeks with a shoulder injury. 

The Seahawks are riddled with injuries and are expected to be without starting safety Kam Chancellor, DE Nazir Jones, LB K.J. Wright, and perhaps All-Pro LB Bobby Wagner.

The Rams and Seahawks will kickoff at 1:05 PM PST from CenturyLink Field in Seattle, WA. The game will air live on FOX. The game can be live streamed here and on FuboTV.

Fantasy Football Start/Sit:

Start: Russell Wilson, Todd Gurley, Mike Davis, Doug Baldwin, Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods, Jimmy Graham, Greg Zuerlein, Seahawks Defense. 

Sit: Jared Goff, Paul Richardson, Sammy Watkins, Tyler Higbee, Gerald Everett, Blair Walsh, Rams Defense.

Betting Odds (Courtesy of Bovada):

Rams: +1 (-105)
Seahawks: -1 (-115)
O/U: 47 

Prediction: 30-28 Seahawks

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<![CDATA[Chargers Can't Get Out of Their Own Way in Kansas City]]> Sat, 16 Dec 2017 21:48:31 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/174*120/GettyImages-893963086.jpg

The Kansas City Chiefs made a huge statement with a 30-13 win over the Los Angeles Chargers on a brisk Saturday night.

Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt sealed the deal with his second rushing touchdown of the night late in the fourth quarter.

Kansas City scored 17 points off of three turnovers committed by the Chargers. Three interceptions thrown by quarterback Philip Rivers didn't matter at all. In his two games versus the Chiefs, Rivers' passed for 500 yards, one touchdown and six interceptions.

"We didn't play our best, we have to look ourselves in the mirror, figure out why we didn't come prepared for a big game like this," Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn said. "Maybe we made this game bigger than what it was."

With the AFC West division on the line, both the Chargers and the Chiefs were tied at 7-6 entering this game. Kansas City not only captures sole possession of first place in the AFC West, but now has a great chance to win the division.

The Chiefs have won eight straight games against the Chargers, matching the team’s longest win streak over the Chargers franchise (from 1990-93).

The last time the Chargers beat the Chiefs was Dec. 29, 2013 -- a Week 17 game at Qualcomm Stadium that the Chargers won in overtime, 27-24. The Chargers are seeking their first five-game winning streak since 2014.

A gutsy call by head coach Andy Reid on 4th down and 3, allowed quarterback Alex Smith to remain on the field as he found Kareem Hunt for 21 yard catch and run for the first down. Two plays later, Kansas City settled for a 31-yard field goal by Harrison Butker just before the end of the first quarter for a 3-0 lead.

Kansas City continued their offensive onslaught, as Alex Smith found a speedy Tyrek Hill on a go -rout for a 64-yard catch and run for a touchdown. Hill scored his 10th touchdown of the season for the 10-0 lead early in the second quarter. The Chargers responded back in a huge way off of the running talents of Melvin Gordon, who made tremendous runs in that drive. That eventually led to a 2-yard run up the middle for the touchdown. Los Angeles didn't enter the red zone until 3:53 of the second quarter.

A marvelous effort by the Bolts defense early in the third quarter set up a magnificent drive led by Gordon's 49-yard catch. Several plays later, Rivers found Allen for a 15 yard catch near the Chiefs 10 yard line. Eventually Rivers found Antonio Gates for his 113th career touchdown and the 13-10 lead.

Gates' recorded his first touchdown catch since his record-setting grab in Week 2. It was the 86th time that Rivers found Gates in the end zone, second only to Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison.

Kansas City decided to retaliate as Smith spreads the ball around to various targets that included Travis Kelce, and capped off by a supreme 3-yard touchdown run for the 17-13 lead. With the Bolts backs against the wall, Rivers threw a crucial interception to cornerback Marcus Peters who took it back 62 yards to the Chargers' 6-yard line. Hunt nearly caught his second touchdown, but the ball hit the ground while he was trying to pull it in. Kansas City settled for a field goal taking a 20-13 lead over the Chargers with 28 seconds left in the third quarter.

Rookie running back Austin Ekeler fumbled the ball at the next Bolts possession, as Marcus Peters stripped the ball from Ekeler, and Ron Parker recovered for a 7 yard return to the Chargers 41 yard line. The Bolts defense led by Joey Bosa held the Chiefs in check and only allowed a 51-yard field goal midway through the final quarter.

Philip Rivers completed 20-of-36 passes for 227 yards, three interceptions and a touchdown.

RB Melvin Gordon finished with 169 total yards and one touchdown in the loss.

Melvin Ingram captured his 10th sack of the season on Alex Smith in the opening quarter. The first time he's hit double digit sacks since 2015. Joey Bosa has 11.5 sacks on the season. This is the first time defensive coordinator Gus Bradley has had two players with multiple sacks in nine seasons as a head coach or coordinator. Bosa and Ingram are the first Chargers duo to have double digit sacks in the same season since 2006.

Alex Smith completed 23-of-30 passes for 231 yards and two touchdowns.

RB Kareem Hunt ran for 172 yards in Week 3, the most the Chargers have given up to any running back this season. Hunt ran for 155 rushing yards on Saturday night.

The Chargers must win their last two remaining games against the N.Y. Jets and Oakland Raiders, and will need help to get into the playoffs.

The Bolts also lost players due to injuries such as Denzel Perryman (hamstring), Keenan Allen (back), Austin Ekeler (hand), Austin Philips (ankle).

If Kansas City defeats the Miami Dolphins next Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium, they will win the AFC West.

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<![CDATA[High-Speed Pursuit Ends in Crash in Long Beach Neighborhood]]> Sat, 16 Dec 2017 23:27:24 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/171216-pursuit-crash.JPG

A high-speed pursuit ended in a head-on crash in Long Beach on Saturday evening.

The four suspects -- who were wanted for robbery -- led police on a chase from La Palma to Long Beach.

Around 7:30 p.m., officers were called to the 7400 block of Bourbon Street in La Palma. A neighbor reported seeing four suspicious men enter a home. 

When police arrived, the suspects got into a Honda Accord and the pursuit began, according to the La Palma Police Department. 

The driver eventually lost control of the car and crashed into a pole in Long Beach around 8 p.m.

Multiple people ran from the car and as of 11 p.m., at least two people were taken into custody.

Authorities were searching the neighborhood for an additional two suspects.

It was not immediately clear if anyone was injured.

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<![CDATA[NewsConference: More Sexual Harassment Cases to Come?]]> Sun, 17 Dec 2017 15:25:56 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NewsConference_More_Sexual_Harassment_Cases_to_Come.jpg

Political consultants Bill Carrick and Mike Murphy talk about the current political scandals involving sexual harassment. They also talk about the possibility of a presidential run for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

<![CDATA[NewsConference: The Race for California Governor]]> Sun, 17 Dec 2017 15:02:37 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NewsConference_The_Race_for_California_Governor.jpg

Political consultants Bill Carrick and Mike Murphy weigh in on the 2018 race for the California governorship.

<![CDATA[NewsConference: Impact of the Alabama Election]]> Sun, 17 Dec 2017 14:59:50 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NewsConference_Impact_of_the_Alabama_Election.jpg

Two top political consultants, Democrat Bill Carrick and Republican Mike Murphy, analyze the Alabama election and what it could mean for the congressional midterm elections.

<![CDATA[NC Extra: A Conversation With Adam Schiff]]> Sun, 17 Dec 2017 14:57:04 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NC_Extra_A_Conversation_With_Adam_Schiff.jpg

NBC4's Conan Nolan talks with Rep. Adam Schiff, who is the leading Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee. Schiff explains why he believes the Republicans are trying to quash the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

<![CDATA[Court Orders Lakers Player Not To Leave California]]> Sat, 16 Dec 2017 14:42:02 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Kentavious-Caldwell-Pope-DUI-restrictions.jpg

On Saturday, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope told reporters that he had been ordered by court to stay in California for a period of 25 days in relation to his guily plea to a DUI in Michigan while he was still a member of the Detroit Pistons.

After Caldwell-Pope plead guilty in May, the NBA suspended Caldwell-Pope for the first two games of the 2017-18 NBA season, but the new restriction guarantees that the shooting guard will miss a minimum of six games related to this incident. In addition to the game in Cleveland, Caldwell-Pope will be unable to travel with the team to Houston (twice) and Minnesota in the coming weeks.

"For me, this is new," Lakers coach Luke Walton said following Saturday's practice, sharing that he was not notified in advance that Caldwell-Pope would miss Thursday's game.

Walton added, "There's still some legal stuff that they're doing still, so I'm not going to comment on specifics."

After Walton, Caldwell-Pope took time to speak with reporters and provide further details on his updated situation.

"My restriction is only California," a typically soft spoken Caldwell-Pope said at the team's practice facility in El Segundo. "That was part of the agreement with the court that we came up with."

Caldwell-Pope said that the original plan was for him to leave New York, travel to Detroit for the legal matter and meet the team in Cleveland before Thursday's game against the Cavaliers. However, the court put in the new restriction and Caldwell-Pope flew directly back to California to adhere to the court's decision.

"With the court situation, we came up with the agreement that I still get to carry on with my season but only in the state of California for the 25-day restriction that I have," Caldwell-Pope said. "I was blessed that I was able to continue to play ball."

Caldwell-Pope said that the restrictions would not have any impact on practice time.

The 24-year-old said, "It was very disappointing to me, as well. As far as my teammates, I feel like I let them down, as well the coaches, the organization."

The Georgia-native said that he did not know about the possibility of the restriction changing, nor did he provide any long term outlook on the situation.

Caldwell-Pope concluded, "For right now, it is what it is."

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<![CDATA[Former USC Football Player Convicted of Running Drug Ring]]> Sat, 16 Dec 2017 14:26:33 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/lagenerics-usc-helmet.jpg

A former USC football player has been convicted in San Diego of running an international criminal enterprise that included illegal drugs, gambling and money laundering.

Owen "O-Dog" Hanson, 36, was sentenced Friday to more than 21 years in federal prison and a lifetime of supervised release.

"It is difficult to understand how you got here, other than greed," U.S. District Judge William Hayes told Hanson in court.

According to the government sentencing papers, Hanson's criminal activity began while he was a football player at the University of Southern California, where he sold recreational drugs and steroids to his teammates.

Hanson's organization, ODOG, trafficked thousands of kilograms of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, MDMA, marijuana, anabolic steroids and Human Growth Hormone, court records show.

ODOG also operated an illegal gambling operation focused on sporting events. The organization used threats against its customers to force compliance.

One victim told the court that Hanson's operation sought to collect a $2 million debt by sending DVDs to the victim and his wife showing beheadings and vandalizing the gravestone of the victim's mother.

Hanson's criminal career ended when an undercover FBI agent coordinated a drug deal with him.

He was initially indicted and arrested on September 9, 2015 after arranging the delivery of five kilograms of cocaine and five kilograms of methamphetamine.

The case arose out of a joint investigation by FBI and the New South Wales Police Force in Australia, in conjunction with the New South Wales Crime Commission.

In addition to a sentence of more than 21 years in prison, Hanson was also sentenced to forfeit assets totaling $5 million, including $100,000 in gold and silver coins, a Porsche Panamera, two Range Rovers, other luxury watches, homes in Costa Rica, Peru and Cabo San Lucas, a sailboat, and interests in several businesses.

So far, 21 of the 22 defendants charged in connection with the case have pleaded guilty, officials said.

Hanson was a back-up tight end on USC's 2004 team.

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<![CDATA[Cause of Death Released for SD County Firefighter]]> Sat, 16 Dec 2017 19:20:18 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/201*120/firefighter+killed+cory+iverson+2.jpg

A San Diego County firefighter died of smoke inhalation and thermal injuries while battling the massive Thomas Fire in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, a medical examiner determined Saturday. 

Cal Fire Engineer Cory Iverson, 32, of Escondido was part of a strike team made up of five engines with Cal Fire San Diego that were in an active area of the Thomas Fire in Fillmore, California when an accident occurred at about 9:30 a.m. Thursday. 

Iverson was killed in the accident. The Ventura County Medical Examiner's Office said Saturday Iverson died of thermal injuries and smoke inhalation. 

Cal Fire said they are conducting an investigation into the incident, which will provide insight into the circumstances surrounding the death. 

A procession will be held Sunday starting at 10 a.m., transporting Iverson's remains from Ventura County across several Los Angeles and San Bernardino county freeways before entering San Diego County via southbound Interstate 15 at about 1:20 p.m.

The procession will continue to travel along I-15, passing SR-78 at about 1:45 p.m. and Camino Del Norte at about 1:50 p.m. before exiting at Miramar Road at 2 p.m.

Iverson's remains are expected to arrive at El Camino Memorial Park on Carroll Canyon Road at 2:12 p.m.

A memorial service will be held for Iverson at The Rock Church on Rosecrans Street in Point Loma next Saturday at 10 a.m.

Iverson leaves behind his wife, Ashley and their two-year-old daughter. The couple was expecting their second child in May. 

Those who knew Iverson said the top priority right now is to take care of his family. Online fundraising efforts are underway to do just that.

An online fundraising page was created by a close friend and co-worker of Iverson’s widow to assist the family with funeral costs and other expenses they may have. In it's first few hours live, the page had already raised $20,000 for the Iversons. 

By Saturday afternoon, the page was nearing $300,000.

Cal Fire San Diego County Firefighters Benevolent Fund has also set up a donation page for Iverson’s family. Donations can be made here

Iverson's remains were taken in a procession to the coroner's office Friday. Along the way, firefighters stood in salute on a freeway overpass and on top of fire department vehicles lining the side of a street. 

The 32-year-old had spent most of his life fighting fires. Iverson was an eight-year veteran of Cal Fire and had previously spent seven years with Harmony Grove Fire Department. 

Iverson’s friends and co-workers said they’re heartbroken over his death.

“I can only imagine the pain that his family and his are going through,” said Cal Fire Capt. John Heggie. “My heart’s shattered knowing what happened to him and knowing what his family is going through.”

They described him as a model firefighter and happy man who was always in a good mood, whether he was at the fire station on or the lines.

“To put it bluntly, he’s the kind of man you’d want your daughter to marry and the type of fireman you’d want your son to grow up to be,” Heggie added.

Following Iverson’s death, 17 San Diego-based firefighters with Cal Fire were taken off the Thomas Fire lines so they could return home to grieve the death of their colleague.

The death is the second attributed to the fire, which was in its 12th day of burning Saturday and spanned both Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. 

The blaze had exploded to 259,000 acres, surpassing the 2007 Zaca fire to become the state's fourth-largest wildfire on record. 

Cal Fire estimated firefighting costs were nearing $104 million. 

Firefighters had the blaze 40 percent contained with full containment expected Jan. 7, 2018.

Photo Credit: Cal Fire Engineer Cory Iverson with wife Ashley and their two-year-old daughter.
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<![CDATA[Matt Kemp Headed Back to the Dodgers in 5-Player Trade]]> Sat, 16 Dec 2017 18:26:58 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/matt+kemp+photo+.jpg

Matt Kemp is returning to the Los Angeles Dodgers after the team traded four players plus cash to get him back.

Kemp, who last played for the Dodgers between 2006 and 2014, is returning for round two after the team traded Adrián González, Scott Kazmir, Brandon McCarthy and Charlie Culberson to acquire him from the Atlanta Braves, the Dodgers announced Saturday.

Gonzalez then was designated for assignment by the Braves.

After sitting on the sidelines during the recent winter meetings, the Dodgers moved quickly to dump nearly $50 million in salary committed to Gonzalez, Kazmir and McCarthy for 2018. Kemp is owed about $43 million over the next two seasons.

Los Angeles was looking to reduce baseball's highest payroll of $240 million last season as a way of lowering exposure to higher luxury taxes.

Kemp has hit 259 home runs in his career, 182 of those homers in Dodger blue. Last season, he hit 19 homers and batted in 64 runs in 115 games while amassing a .276 batting average for the Braves.”

The 35-year-old Gonzalez helped the Dodgers win five straight National League West division titles after being acquired from the Red Sox in August 2012. He was an All-Star in 2015 and led the NL in RBIs in 2014, but went on the disabled list with a herniated disk in his back last season for the first time in his career. He was usurped at first base by NL Rookie of the Year Cody Bellinger.

The Dodgers let go of Gonzales after the 35-year-old played only 71 games in 2017. Despite being liked by fans, his injury last season, coupled with his made him disposable to the Dodgers.

Gonzalez is owed $21.5 million in the final year of a $154 million, seven-year contract that the Dodgers absorbed in the 2012 trade with Boston.

Kazmir didn't pitch last season because of a hip injury, one of many in his career. The 33-year-old left-hander went 10-6 with a 4.56 ERA in 26 starts in 2016, his first with the Dodgers. He is owed $15 million in 2018.

McCarthy was 11-7 with a 4.51 ERA in 29 starts over three seasons with the Dodgers. The 34-year-old right-hander missed most of 2015 and 2016 after undergoing Tommy John surgery. He went on the DL three times last season. He is owed $12 million in the last year of a $48 million, four-year deal.

Culberson is known for a pair of memorable homers with the Dodgers. His game-ending drive against Colorado in the 2016 regular-season finale clinched the NL West title. He also went deep in Game 2 of the World Series last season.

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<![CDATA[Journey to the Magical Land of 'Floating Strings']]> Sun, 17 Dec 2017 09:04:32 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/fs-exhibit5.jpg

WHILE THE SOUND OF AN INSTRUMENT... can often summon particular memories for a person, from days driving to the beach to nights spent in the backyard, no one would dare say that certain instruments belong to certain seasons alone. Even if a ukulele reminds you of the backyard and summertime, the uke's panache-filled twang can seem just as sweet on an icy January day. And if the beach drives of your youth make you think of drums, well, drums are percussively perfect in any weather, at any point on the calendar, and that is true. So to say that the harp guitar can have a sophisticated, gentle, yuletide-cool vibe is accurate, but the gifts of the string-lovely instrument spans far beyond the Christmas season. You'll hear the harp guitar on all sorts of recordings, whether they involve carols or not, and the songs will likely take on a bit of enchantment, some depth, and emotional beauty thanks to the marvelously shaped instrument. Want to know more about it? Best take a wondrous journey into...

FLOATING STRINGS, an exhibit on now at The Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad. The show isn't just on through the holiday; rather, it'll be open through April 29, 2018, so you have time, if the end of the year has you running. And if the end of the year has you running, you surely need some time listening to some harp guitar, a centering act of the most soundful and soulful sort. "Over 40 harp guitars" are on display at the center, with a focus on the history of "the forgotten instrument." The "floating strings" of the centuries-old instrument have helped to inspire "the inventiveness of players and builders," and that inventive spirit shines through at "Floating Strings: The Remarkable Story of the Harp Guitar in America." Want to know more about the instrument's rise back in a 30-year period that spanned from 1890 to 1920? Want to see more than a few up-close? Have to know more about those somewhat surreal strings that don't typically have a traditional guitar neck to rest against? Looking for a new instrument to take up, try out, master, or love as a listener? Carlsbad is the spot for a satisfying dive into an instrument that brings the gentle and moving strums in myriad ways.

Photo Credit: The Museum of Making Music]]>
<![CDATA[LA's Shelter Dogs Could Go Vegan]]> Sat, 16 Dec 2017 13:57:03 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-75618139.jpg

A new proposal being considered by Los Angeles' Animal Services Commission could change the diet of the city's shelter dogs.

The proposal, from commission board member Roger Wolfson, would switch shelter dogs away from meat-based kibble toward vegan food, NBC4 media partner KPCC reports.

"This idea that LA Animal Services could stop supporting the killing of farm animals just to feed dogs that no one questions are omnivores, thereby having our small department do its part in protecting the environment, it seemed like a no brainer," Wolfson said at a commission meeting.

The commission will spend the next two months looking over research and talking with experts to see if the change is viable.

Read more at KPCC.

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<![CDATA[Battle Against Thomas Fire Estimated to Cost $110M]]> Sun, 17 Dec 2017 07:50:02 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Thomas-fire-utilities.jpg

This article is no longer being updated. For the latest information on the Thomas Fire, click here.

The massive Thomas Fire exploded to 267,500 acres by Saturday evening after it scorched through Ventura and Santa Barbara County for a 12th day. Fire crews have been able to contain the monstrous blaze by 40 percent and expect it to be fully contained by Jan. 7, 2018, with the cost of the extensive fight expected to reach $110 million.

Dry heat and Santa Ana winds have posed a threat for firefighters as conditions have been fueling the blaze since it first began on Monday, Dec. 4. A red flag warning will remain in effect through Sunday evening, with experts expecting gusts of winds to reach up to 40 mph.

The northerly "sundowner" wind was driving the fire south and west.

"When the sundowners surface in that area and the fire starts running down slopes, you are not going to stop it," Mark Brown with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said at a news conference. "And we are not going to stand in front of it and put firefighters in untenable situations."

The flames destroyed nearly 1,000 structures and the cost associated with battling the fire is $110 million, according to Cal Fire. One Cal Fire engineer’s life was claimed by the fire after 32-year-old Cory Iverson of Escondido died battling the inferno.

The wind-driven blaze, which has been dubbed as the state’s third-largest wildfire ever, prompted mandatory evacuations for some 95,000 people in the flames’ path.

Evacuation orders are still in effect for the areas of Sespe Creek to the west, Burson Ranch to the east, the Los Padres Forest boundary to the north and the Fillmore City limits to the south.

By around 10 a.m., new mandatory evacuations were issued for the areas north of the 101 Freeway, south of the 192 Freeway, west of Toro Canyon Road and east of Summit Road. The 101 Freeway was closed at Seacliff Road to allow people to evacuate.

The Santa Barbara Zoo, which is near the mandatory evacuation zone, announced it was putting some animals in crates to prepare for possible evacuation. The zoo has about 150 species of animals, including a pair of Amur leopards, a critically endangered species.

Everything about the fire has been massive, from the sheer scale of destruction that cremated entire neighborhoods to the legions attacking it: about 8,400 firefighters from nearly a dozen states, aided by 78 bulldozers and 29 helicopters.

Numerous schools announced closures in wake of the fire:

  • Fillmore Unified School District
  • Santa Paula Unified School District
  • Ventura Unified School District
  • Briggs Elementary School
  • Mupu Elementary School
  • Oxnard Union HSD
  • Rio Elemantary School
  • Santa Clara Elementary School
  • Ventura Charter School
  • California State University, Channel Islands’ Goleta campus will remain closed through Dec. 23.
  • All VCOE-operated schools in the Ojai Unified and Ventura Unified School Districts will be closed through Dec. 22.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Police Chase Ends in Freeway Crash]]> Fri, 15 Dec 2017 22:07:40 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/12-15-17-chase.JPG

A chase ended Friday night in a crash on the 91 Freeway in Anaheim Hills.

The pursuit started in Santa Ana on a report of a stolen car. It ended on the 91 Freeway in Anaheim Hills when the car lost control, crashed and came to a stop on the freeway shoulder.

Several people were detained on the freeway.

<![CDATA[Happy 80th Season, Snow Valley Mountain Resort]]> Sat, 16 Dec 2017 14:57:56 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/12-15-17+Images+of+Snow+Valley+Mountain+Resort+Opening+Day+Snow+Play+Sledding.jpg

SO YOU SAY THAT YOU... and your five snow-obsessed besties love a good six-person chairlift? That isn't always easy to find. It isn't, though, an order that's too tall, at least in Southern California, for there is a six-person chairlift at Snow Valley Mountain Resort. The San Bernardino Mountains go-to for snowy good times rocks the only six-person chairlift in Southern California, as a matter of fact, and it rocks a long and impressive history, too. Snow Valley has counted up eight decades now, as of the beginning of the 2017-2018 season, and over that time it has become known for its night skiing, its Slide Peak (a slope that sports a 35-degree pitch), and 240 acres of ski-ready terrain, as well as being a value favorite in the region. It's also a favorite day trip for locals around Southern California, as it is quite accessible. So accessible that you can go hit the hill for a few hours and then be home in time for supper. If this all appeals, and you can't wait on wintry pursuits for another minute, take heart: Snow Valley...

OPENED ON FRIDAY, DEC. 15: Night skiing hasn't kicked off just yet, but will, do note, as will the Snow Valley Express, that six-person chairlift, which will rev up at the end of December. The snowmaking continues, and temperatures are dropping, meaning more substantial ski-tastic spread for the slopes. For now, it is all about you, your skis, your board, and the snow, and lift tickets for adults are $35 for a full day (half day tickets are available, too). If you're looking to learn how to ski, check out Ski School, which is expanding this season (and, yep, there's "learning-only terrain," giving newcomers a chance to hone the skills they need) For all the need-to-knows about the Running Springs resort, ride in this direction. Happy 80th, Snow Valley!

Photo Credit: Michael Lee/Snow Valley]]>
<![CDATA[Skirball Fire Fully Contained]]> Fri, 15 Dec 2017 22:05:28 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-887188462.jpg

The Skirball Fire was fully contained Friday after burning for 10 days in the Sepulveda Pass, destroying six homes. The fire was declared 100 percent contained about 6 p.m, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

"Firefighters will continue to monitor the area to ensure safety," the LAFD's Erik Scott said.

The fire scorched 422 acres after breaking out shortly before 5 a.m. on Dec. 6. It was determined to have been caused by "an illegal cooking fire" at a homeless encampment in a brush area next to where Sepulveda Boulevard crosses under the San Diego (405) Freeway, authorities said.

No one was at the scene of the fire's origin when firefighters arrived, and no one has been arrested, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. The flames also damaged 12 homes, and prompted the evacuation of about 700 homes and an apartment building in the Bel-Air area.

One firefighter suffered neck burns during the battle and was treated at a hospital. Two other firefighters suffered minor injuries. The initial acreage was adjusted downward from 475 acres due to more accurate mapping, LAFD officials said.

The fire was kept on the east side of the San Diego Freeway. Some evacuees were allowed to return home last Friday, and all remaining evacuation orders were lifted Sunday. All road closures have been lifted, with no restrictions in place.

Just under 70 firefighters were working on the blaze Thursday. Councilman Paul Koretz introduced an emergency motion Wednesday asking various city departments to report on the problem of hillside homeless encampments. The motion, which was approved on an 11-0 vote, calls for reports from the city's fire and police departments, as well as the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority and Caltrans.

"What we've been told most recently indicates that the (Skirball) fire was started at a homeless encampment hidden by ridges and foliage from view, and so it is believed that this property not only was not visible to anyone but also was not a property controlled by the city of Los Angeles," Koretz said.

Koretz wants the departments to report on the specific encampment connected to the Skirball Fire to determine if homeless people were trespassing on land not open to the public when they set the illegal cooking fire. The motion also asked that the reports identify homeless encampments in very high fire severity zones and what actions can be taken to prevent trespassing in those areas.

Evacuation orders covered a 3.2-square-mile area bounded by Mulholland Drive to the north, Sunset Boulevard to the south, the San Diego Freeway to the west and Roscomare Road on the east. The exception to the evacuation order was the Bel-Air Crest housing development, which was not threatened, according to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

In its first week, the fire prompted the closures of the Getty Center and the nearby Skirball Center, both on the west side of the freeway, as well as 265 Los Angeles Unified School District schools. Additionally, classes were canceled at few nearby colleges. The fire burned in the same general area as the devastating Bel-Air Fire of 1961. That blaze destroyed about 500 homes and led to various policy changes, including a prohibition on wood-shingle roofs and a strict requirement to clear brush around properties.

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<![CDATA[Robert Woods Interview: Rams' Receiver Is Ready to Return]]> Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:57:18 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Robert+Woods+Returns.png

He's back. 

The Los Angeles Rams have been without their number one receiver Robert Woods for the past three weeks.

Woods injured his shoulder against the Vikings back in Week 11, and since that time the Rams are 2-2, and currently one game ahead of the Seattle Seahawks for first place in the NFC West.

That makes Sunday's pivotal showdown in Seattle at CenturyLink Field, a must-win game for the Rams, if they want to win the division and host a home playoff game in 2018.

Woods spoke to NBC LA reporter Michael Duarte after practice this week and stated he was ready to go for the big game on Sunday.

Here's the transcript of the interview:

Robert, you have been dealing with a shoulder injury the past few weeks, and have not been able to play, how has the rehab process been for you?

Everything's good. Long process trying to get back, trying to get healthy. Guys did well prepping up to this. Getting wins and everything, and I'm finally back trying to finish it off with the team.

You practiced last week, could you have suited up and played against the Philadelphia Eagles if you needed to?

It felt good. I was going out there and running routes and everything, but I just wanted to play it cautious, play it safe. It's a long season. We're looking forward to playing these games, so I wanted to make sure I'm healthy and can last.

Is your shoulder still bothering you? Are they any final hurdles you need to clear this week before returning to the field? 

I wouldn't say so. The movement and everything is there. Everything is good and ready. I've been in practice last week and starting this week, I'm very confident in it.

When I first talked to you after you went down with the injury, you said there was no structural damage and you would not require surgery. Just how close were you from this injury being a lot worse, and how relieved were you it was nothing too serious?

I was very grateful that I didn't need surgery and I didn't hit anything important. Just looking at Aaron Rodgers injury, he broke his. Fortunately, mine wasn't broken. Just a little injury. Being able to bounce back and able to recover quick enough to return this season is a big testament to our training staff and our coaches.

Is this the biggest game of the season for the Rams so far this Sunday against the Seahawks with the NFC West division on the line?

We look at it like any other game. We know it's Seattle, we know there's a lot on the table. But we go in prepping to win. There's always a lot on the table when you're trying to win, no matter if it's Seattle, Philadelphia, whomever lines up, we're going in with all we got like it's our last game.

How do you think your team looked these past three weeks without you?

They moved the ball well. Gurley was doing Gurley things running all over the field. Sammy made big plays. Josh stepped up and so did Cooper Kupp on the outside.

Why do you think the Seahawks are just so good each and every year, despite the injuries?

Their unity. They play well as a unite on the defensive side and offensive side. Just looking at them on a defensive side, they play as a unit, they communicate well, they fly over, and their communication from Earl [Thomas] to Bobby Wagner at the linebacker position.

What's it like entering that hostile environment at CenturyLink Field, they have one of the best home field advantages in the NFL?

The environment helped. It's loud and fun. It's a competitive game, a competitive team. You just want to go out there and go against good competitors and good opponents and when they play well, you play well, and the team plays well. Our main goal is just to go out there and get a win.

How's your timing going to be with Jared Goff?

I did some throwing and route running last week. I wanted to make sure to keep my timing down with Jared. I didn't do a whole lot with the team, but just wanted to make sure me and Jared still had our timing straight.

Did you happen to see that "Snow Game" in Buffalo on Sunday? Did it bring back any memories?

No, it didn’t. [laughter] I actually walked past the TV and had to do a double-take. It was pitch white out there. It looked fun for a little bit, but I know playing in it before it probably wasn't the best. Happy that they got a win though.

How glad were you watching it that you were here in Southern California where it's 80 degrees and sunny and not out there playing in the Snow Bowl?

This is football weather right here. 

The Rams and Seahwaks will kickoff at 1:05PM PST from CenturyLink Field in Seattle, WA on Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017. The game will air live on FOX. 

Photo Credit: Harry How/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Last Chance for the 2017 Holiday Boat Parades]]> Sat, 16 Dec 2017 08:14:53 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Dana+Point+Harbor+Boat+Parade.jpg

When we visualize the shimmery holiday boats that sail in many California harbors come the second and third weekends of December — and visualize we often do, especially in the toastier days of August — we tend to picture the picturesque site from our vantage point on the shore.

For that's where most people stand to see the bulb-lined, decoration-pretty show, an on-the-water line-up of vessels absolutely blanketed in blinky, wondrous glimmer.

Consider, though, seeing the shimmer from out in the ocean, looking in at the land. What must our whale friends, and the seals, and the gulls, think of all of this over-a-top-a-tude that sails near the shore each December?

Do the denizens of the ocean wonder at our human whimsy, our festive fun, or why a bunch of singing people on a yacht are all dressed like Santa?

Ask the next gull or seal you encounter for their opinion on the merry matter, but, in the meantime, there are a few more boat-stravaganzas to go before the super-festooned canoes and kayaks and dinghies sail off for another year. 

The 43rd Annual Dana Point Harbor Boat Parade of Lights glides on Saturday, Dec. 16, and the theme for 2017 is as cape-tastic as they come: A Superhero Holiday. Best keep an eye out for odes to favorite characters and stories while watching the boats go by.

In Ventura, the 41st Annual Ventura Harbor Parade of Lights will cruise around the harbor on Saturday, Dec. 16. A carnival and marketplace is happening earlier in the day, and groups will be raising money for fire relief. Stop by and give some support to our friends in the area, all while enjoying the long-running tradition.

And if you've seen every Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade since the boat parade began, well, count 'em up: You've watched it 108 times. We're in year 109, so best keep the count going, for your own personal record, but even if you haven't watched it from the beginning, that's cool: This is your moment to see one of the best-known boat processions around. It delights (and lights the night) through Sunday, Dec. 17.

And while Dec. 16-17 is the last major weekend of 2017 for our major SoCal boat parades, do keep in mind that boat companies up and down the coast are still taking ticketed passengers out to admire the Christmas lights on land.

Check with your favorite harbor cruiser to see if and when they're running as the close of December draws near.

Photo Credit: Dana Point Harbor Boat Parade]]>
<![CDATA[CHP Officer Saves Life of Woman About to Jump the Freeway ]]> Fri, 15 Dec 2017 19:50:06 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/12-15-17-Vara.JPG

A California Highway Patrol officer made a split-second decision that saved the life of a woman who was threatening to jump from a Pasadena overpass with her dog.

"It's now or never. I either do something or she's going to go over the side," said Officer Casey Ramstead.

Ramstead was the first on the scene after hearing the call of a woman threatening to jump from an overpass on the 210 Freeway. He arrived to see the woman sitting on the edge with her dog.

"If she just leaned forward more she would have fallen," he said. "She was just sitting there and the dog was right there on the ground next to her."

Ramstead used his training and experience to try and talk her down.

"I just kept trying to get her to calm down. I kept trying to get closer," said Ramstead. "Last ditch effort, I go, 'What about your dog?' She said, 'What about it?' I said, 'Why don't you give him some water?' At that point she leaned back and to the right."

It was the opportunity he was waiting for.

"I jumped forward and grabbed her arm and pulled down with all my might," Ramstead said.

Thanks Ramstead, the woman and the dog survived.

"It was the most exhilarating thing I've ever experienced because I knew we were safe now."

<![CDATA[NBC4 Grants a Wish]]> Fri, 15 Dec 2017 19:41:04 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NBC4_Grants_a_Wish.jpg

Fritz Coleman surprises a single mother of two, who is also taking care of her special needs mother, with three months of paid rent. Fritz Coleman reports for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 15, 2017.

<![CDATA[Man Reports Problem With Star Wars VR Headset Order]]> Fri, 15 Dec 2017 19:07:43 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/Star_Wars_VR_Headset_Complication.jpg

A man, who pre-ordered a Star Wars VR headset from Best Buy, did not receive his headset until after help from the NBC4 I-Team. Randy Mac reports for the NBC4 News on Friday, Dec. 15, 2017.

<![CDATA[Reptile Ranch Destroyed By Creek Fire]]> Fri, 15 Dec 2017 19:05:30 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Reptial_Ranch_Destroyed_By_Creek_Fire.jpg

A popular ranch booked for weddings was destroyed by the Creek Fire. Kim Baldonado reports for NBC4 News on Friday, Dec. 15, 2017.

<![CDATA[Family Seeks Answers in Mysterious Death]]> Fri, 15 Dec 2017 19:03:50 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Family_Seeks_Answers_in_Mysterious_Death.jpg

A woman was found stabbed to death in her apartment and now her family is searching for answers to find out what happened. Tony Shin reports for NBC4 News on Friday, Dec. 15, 2017.

<![CDATA[See What's on the Menu for the 75th Golden Globe Awards]]> Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:21:12 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Golden+Globes+11.jpg The 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards are on the way and of course there is food involved.

Photo Credit: Khallid Shabazz]]>
<![CDATA[Ho, Ho, Ho, It's Christmas at the OC Zoo]]> Fri, 15 Dec 2017 22:16:56 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/christmasattheoczoo.jpg

HALLOWEEN AT A ZOO... can involve costumes (on the visiting humans) and decorations (out along the pathways or in the trees) and all sorts of gourds and not-so-spooky noshables for the residents, depending upon their diets. It's a popular event at many animal parks, the October-themed feedings, and the picture-taking opportunities are plentiful. But something rather akin to what happens in the autumn also occurs just before the close of the year at many animal parks, and it involves presenting the critters, both wee and big, with gifts of the season. Well, gifts that the animals'll be super into, like carrots or meat or ice blocks or whatever keepers decide will delight the beastie (and, of course, be healthy for the animal, too). And the seasonal surprises will be out for the furry, spiny, toothy, clawful denizens of the...

OC ZOO... on Saturday, Dec. 16. That's the date for Christmas at the Zoo, and it twinkles from 10 a.m. to 3 o'clock. Will you get to see the seasonal sweetness with your paid admission to the Orange destination? You will, for no extra admission fee is required. Will the porcupines and other cuties "...receive holiday 'gifts' and treats hidden inside Christmas trees!" Oh, hold onto your heart, for they shall. Will Mr. and Mrs. Claus put in an appearance? That's part of the festiveness of the day, so yes. And will you see oodles of animals who call the southwestern United States home? That's what the zoo does, so bet on it. Admission is two bucks (yes, two bucks), so if you're seeking a sweet-spirited seasonal outing, with a hefty amount of animal-amazing chomping, chowing, gnawing, and cute-a-tude, make for Orange for an hour or two of critters enjoying an early Christmas.

Photo Credit: OC Zoo]]>
<![CDATA[SpaceX First Recycled Rocket Soars With Recycled Capsule]]> Fri, 15 Dec 2017 12:51:05 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/spacexrecycledrocket_1200x675.jpg

SpaceX, Elon Musk's rocket company, launched the first recycled rocket with a recycled capsule Friday in Florida to deliver groceries to the International Space Station for NASA, CNBC reported.

It was NASA's first use of a reused rocket and it holds nearly 5,000 pounds of goods, including mice for a muscle-wasting study, a first-of-its-kind impact sensor for measuring space debris as minuscule as a grain of sand and barley seeds for a germination experiment, CNBC reported. 

SpaceX — one of two private shippers contracted by NASA — has been making station supply runs since 2012.

Musk's company is at the forefront of a global shift in rocket launches, with this year the first in history that commercial launches will outpace government-sponsored ones, CNBC reported.

Photo Credit: NASA via Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Fire Burns Simulated Disaster Zone Used to Train Search Dogs]]> Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:23:03 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/219*120/12-15-2017-search-dog-training-thomas-fire-55.jpg Search dogs and their handlers are trained to respond to natural disasters. But earlier this month, they were getting out of the way of one in Southern California.

Photo Credit: National Disaster Search Dog Foundation]]>
<![CDATA[Police Pursue Motorcycle in East LA]]> Fri, 15 Dec 2017 23:03:46 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/200*120/motorcycle+pursuit1.jpg

Police pursued the driver of a wrong-way motorcycle Friday in the East Los Angeles area.

The erratic driver sped through multiple freeways before he ditched the vehicle at Fifth Street and Lorena Street.

Police lost sight of the driver after he fled the scene.

Photo Credit: NewsChopper4]]>
<![CDATA[3 More Homes Burn During Thomas Fire]]> Mon, 18 Dec 2017 00:00:49 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/3_More_Homes_Burn_During_Thomas_Fire.jpg

The Behrman family's home is among three that was destroyed over the weekend during the Thomas Fire. Rick Montanez reports for the NBC4 News at 11 on Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017.

<![CDATA[Giving Business Clothes a Second Life, Someone Else a Second Chance]]> Sun, 17 Dec 2017 23:53:16 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/215*120/171217-clothes-the-deal.JPG

"Clothes the Deal" is giving business clothes a second life and someone else a second chance. Michael Brownlee reports for the NBC4 News at 11 on Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017.

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