<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - Weird News]]>Copyright 2018https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/weird http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC4_40x125.png NBC Southern California https://www.nbclosangeles.comen-usFri, 23 Mar 2018 00:23:20 -0700Fri, 23 Mar 2018 00:23:20 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[‘High’ Tea Parties Come to Los Angeles]]> Thu, 22 Mar 2018 18:55:19 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/216*120/Screen+Shot+2018-03-22+at+6.54.08+PM.png

Now that cannabis is legal in California, there is a demand for more diverse cannabis products. Some women are turning to cannabis tea to spice up parties but also to ease pain.

<![CDATA[Miniature Therapy Horse Stolen From Animal Sanctuary ]]> Thu, 22 Mar 2018 06:18:36 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*137/29365670_10213694176740747_5583045803594743808_n.jpg

A man is looking for answers after his beloved miniature horse, named "Smokey" was taken from his pen Thursday night. 

Michael Pratt owns the Ferdinand’s Familia & Rescue and Sanctuary Ranch, an animal sanctuary in the Tijuana River Valley near Imperial Beach. 

"I'm sure he's terrified," said Pratt. "It's just really amazingly sad that he's not here right now." 

According to Pratt, he knew Smokey was stolen when he discovered the lock to the gate of the sanctuary had been broken. The door to his pen was open. 

But Pratt says the one most heartbroken about it is Smokey's girlfriend, a white mini-horse named Sol Blanca. 

"There's a real melancholy," said Pratt. "Everyone is very upset." 

Pratt uses Smokey as a therapy horse, to help children, adults with with Autism and veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. 

"For those whose therapy revolve around contact with Smokey, it's terrible," said Pratt. 

He said the patients are devastated Smokey was taken. 

Pratt said Smokey was most likely taken because he is worth about $5,000. 

Pratt added it is a mystery who could've stolen Smokey. But he believes the heist was premeditated because it was during a storm when it was noisy outside and no one was around. He is asking for the public's help finding him. 

Smokey is about 2 feet 1 inch tall. He is black with shades of red in his mane. 

A police report was filed. If you know anything, call the San Diego Police Department. Or contact the sanctuary directly. 

<![CDATA[In the Doghouse: Woman Hides in Pooch's Home]]> Wed, 21 Mar 2018 12:25:45 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/ezgif-5-6d57f2b948.gif

When a woman in Riverside was "in the doghouse," her predicament was quite a literal one.

Police say the woman was a passenger in a stolen car and darted from police and into a yard, where a surveillance camera captured her trying to hide inside the homeowners' doghouse.

Sarah Stephens says around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, she heard noises coming from her backyard. "I ran and woke up my husband and called the cops," she said.

Stephens immediately checked her surveillance cameras and saw a woman trying to open the slider and then walking over to a large cooler before finally crawling into the doghouse to hide. Stephens' husband grabbed a bat and she grabbed a shotgun, ready to protect their 10-year-old son.

"If she would have come into our house, she would have had a shotgun blast through her body," Stephens said.

Thankfully for Stephens - and the woman - officers quickly arrived and threatened to unleash a K-9. The woman eventually crawled out of the doghouse and surrendered.

"She saw my husband on the way out and said, 'Sorry, but you got a nice doghouse, though," Stephens said.

Riverside Police Department Officer Ryan Railsback said the woman could have been seriously injured during the ordeal, since officers had no way of knowing if she had a violent background or was carrying a gun. Investigators said that if she hadn't run from police, she wouldn't have gotten into trouble.

Now, though, she is facing a misdemeanor charge of obstruction of justice because she ran from officers. The alleged driver of the stolen vehicle, 18-year-old Angelo Calamandrei, was arrested for evading police and driving a stolen car.

Photo Credit: Sarah Stephens]]>
<![CDATA[Pickle-Flavored Slush Coming to Sonic]]> Mon, 19 Mar 2018 14:41:06 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/SONIC1.jpg

There are fried pickles, pickle-flavored chips and other options for all the pickle lovers out there. But soon there'll also be a pickle-flavored slush, thanks to Sonic.

The drive-in chain announced Friday it will soon serve a pickle juice slush, likely beginning in early June.

“Quite simply, pickle juice is fun,” said Scott Uehlein, vice president of product innovation and development. “Nothing says summer like a SONIC slush and only SONIC can bring a completely on trend beverage flavor into 3,500 restaurants. The Pickle Juice Slush launches nationwide in June for a limited time only.”

According to Food & Wine, which got a sneak preview taste test of the new slush at Sonic's Oklahoma City headquarters, the treat's syrup has a "sweet and tangy" punch to it.

Customers will also be able to add pickle juice to any drink.

Photo Credit: Sonic]]>
<![CDATA[Could a Ferry Service Solve LA's Traffic Troubles?]]> Sat, 17 Mar 2018 12:14:52 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/lagenerics-ferry.jpg

One Los Angeles resident is thinking outside the box when it comes to avoiding LA traffic.

USC alum David Bailey sat down and created a plan that could help make the commute from South Bay to Malibu faster by getting a boat involved, NBC4 media partner KPCC reports.

The city was recently named the most traffic-congested city in the world, according to transportation analytics company INRIX. Bailey has seen the effects of that traffic firs-hand, watching his former colleagues making the daily commute between South Bay and Santa Monica.

"I was just thinking, maybe we could use the old piers that we had: Redondo Beach, Santa Monica, Manhattan Beach, [Malibu], and provide some sort of ferry service so it would be a strong alternative to the road system that we have," Bailey said.

Bailey estimates the time taken to drive from, say, Santa Monica to Manhattan Beach could be cut down by more than half.

USC civil engineering professor Jim Moore believes a ferry could offer a unique advantage.

"Under ideal circumstances, an open road would probably get you there faster, but how often is the 405 an open road?" Moore said, adding that a ferry service could be put in place quickly and allow for a high number of travelers.

However, though the idea seems ideal, the time saved on the ferry would be lost during the docking process, said KPCC transportation reporter Meghan McCarty-Carino.

Read more at KPCC.

<![CDATA[Cows Wander New York Highway After Snowy Pileup]]> Fri, 16 Mar 2018 10:21:17 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/cow+2.JPG

Dozens of cows roamed an upstate New York highway early Friday morning after escaping a tractor-trailer that got into a multi-vehicle pileup, video shows.

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<![CDATA[A Perfect Match: Husband Donates Kidney to Wife]]> Thu, 15 Mar 2018 11:36:30 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+KIDNEY+TRANSPLANT+THUMB.jpg

A man gave his wife the ultimate wedding anniversary present: his kidney. After the wife was diagnosed with a disease and found out she needed a kidney transplant, doctors determined that her husband was a perfect match.

<![CDATA[Debris Flies Through Windshield, Kills Driver on 210 Freeway]]> Thu, 15 Mar 2018 15:08:27 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/3-15-2018-car-debris-210.jpg

This story was updated Thursday, March 15, 2018. 

Authorities Thursday identified a 24-year-old driver who died when another motorist ran over metal debris, sending it crashing through the windshield of his vehicle on the westbound Foothill (210) Freeway in Duarte.

Stace Woodward, 24, of Eastvale died at the scene about 12:45 p.m. Wednesday at Buena Vista Street, according to the coroner's office.

Woodward was driving a 2014 Volkswagen in the No. 4 lane when a tan pickup truck or SUV ahead of him in the No. 3 lane ran over and kicked up metal debris, the California Highway Patrol reported.

"The metal debris entered the Volkswagen through the windshield,'' striking Woodward, said CHP Officer Rodrigo Jimenez.

A 25-year-old Upland man riding with Woodward was not injured, Jimenez said.

"The passenger immediately took control of the Volkswagen and brought the vehicle to a stop at the Buena Vista Street off-ramp,'' Jimenez said.

"The passenger attempted first aid until (the) Los Angeles County Fire Department arrived.''

The No. 1 lane of the Buena Vista Street off-ramp was blocked for about three hours while the fatal crash was investigated and the scene was cleaned up, Jimenez said.

Investigators are hoping to locate the driver who ran over the debris.

Anyone with information on the case was urged to call Officer Kyle Croxford at the CHP's Baldwin Park Area Office, (626) 338-1164.

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<![CDATA[Teacher Who Fed Puppy to Snapping Turtle Under Investigation]]> Wed, 14 Mar 2018 15:36:27 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NC_turtlepuppy0314_1500x8451.jpg

A beloved science teacher at an Idaho high school is under investigation after he allegedly fed a live puppy to a snapping turtle in front of students.

Robert Crosland, a science teacher at Preston Junior High School, is accused of feeding the puppy to the turtle in his classroom after school hours.

Jill Parrish, an animal rights activist with children at the school, reported the incident after hearing what had happened. Since then, she says she's received several threats.
<![CDATA['BBC Dad' Reflects on Mostly Fun, 'Sometimes Weird' Year]]> Tue, 13 Mar 2018 09:31:49 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/653466564-BBC-Dad-Family-Viral-Fame.jpg

The professor whose live TV interview was adorably interrupted by his two young children a year ago is reflecting on how his life has changed, "Today" reported.

"People often ask me and my wife what it has been like to suddenly become virally famous," Robert Kelly wrote in an essay published this weekend. "It has mostly been fun, and sometimes weird."

Kelly was speaking to the BBC live from his home office in South Korea last March when his 4-year-old daughter, Marion, toddled into the room. She was followed by her baby-walker bound little brother James and her mother, Kim Jung-A.

Now Kelly's known as "BBC Dad," a moniker he acknowledges the Pusan National University professor will likely carry "for the rest of my life."

Photo Credit: Yelim Lee/AFP/Getty Images
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<![CDATA[Thief Struggles to Steal Animal Shelter's Gumball Machine]]> Mon, 12 Mar 2018 13:21:39 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Gumball_Thief_Sacramento_Social_1200x675_1183516227918.jpg

Security camera video from a Sacramento animal shelter shows a thief struggling to steal a gumball machine. The Front Street Animal Shelter, which uses the machine to raise funds, pointed out that a small donation box is located a just a few feet away. Video posted March 9, 2018.

<![CDATA[The History of Daylight Saving Time]]> Fri, 09 Mar 2018 13:24:21 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+DAYLIGHT+SAVING+TIME+THUMB.jpg

Every spring we set our clocks forward an hour — but why? Before you spring forward this weekend, learn the real story behind Daylight Saving Time.

<![CDATA[Bug Off: San Francisco Signs Suggest 'Angry' Bees in Cars to Prevent Break-Ins]]> Fri, 09 Mar 2018 08:23:44 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/PreventTheftBeesSign.JPG

Some people are offering an interesting tip to protect car owners from thieves busting into vehicles in San Francisco.

At least two signs posted near Alamo Square Park encourage folks to adhere to common knowledge break-in prevention tips: lock your car, take your keys with you and conceal your belongings. The last tip is much more bizarre. It spurs car owners to "fill a decoy purse with thousands of angry, poisonous bees."

A woman who lives in the neighborhood said residents crafted the signs.

NBC Bay Area has reached out to the San Francisco Police Department for comment.

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Last year, 28,984 car break-ins were reported to San Francisco police, according to the San Francisco District Attorney's Office. For comparison's sake, there were 24,624 car break-in reports in 2016, an 18 percent increase.

A recent NBC Bay Area hidden-camera investigation revealed thieves smashing into cars, snatching valuables and darting from the scene in a matter of seconds.

Photo Credit: Christie Smith/NBC Bay Area
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<![CDATA[This Is Why Alexa Was Creepily, Spontaneously Laughing]]> Thu, 08 Mar 2018 07:47:57 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AdobeStock_158536083-amazon-echo-alexa.jpg

Since February, Amazon Echo users have been reporting that Alexa, its virtual personal assistant, has been breaking into laughter unprompted, NBC News reported.

People have been posting videos of childlike laughter coming from their devices. "Lying in bed about to fall asleep when Alexa on my Amazon Echo Dot lets out a very loud and creepy laugh... there's a good chance I get murdered tonight," @GavinHightower tweeted last month.

On Wednesday, Amazon said it was working on the issue, and later revealed what was going on.

"In rare circumstances, Alexa can mistakenly hear the phrase 'Alexa, laugh,'" Nate Michel, a spokesman for Amazon, told NBC News, explaining what the company was doing to fix it.

Photo Credit: Adobe]]>
<![CDATA[Wild Turkeys Causing Neighborhood Rift Near Concord Hospital]]> Wed, 07 Mar 2018 07:10:39 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/concord_turkeys_0306_1954053.JPG

A flock of wild turkeys has been ruffling feathers at John Muir Health Center in Concord, and officials say because the birds' aggressiveness poses a health and safety risk, they plan to trap and euthanize them.

Residents, however, say the turkeys are part of their community.

Patients at the hospital and some neighbors often are faced with groups of the wild gobblers.

"They have chased my kids, and they’re not afraid of cars," resident Vanessa Davidson said. "They’re not super ferocious, but they can get intimidating because they’re big."

John Muir officials say they’ve tried to get the big birds to leave by using motion-sensor sprinklers, repellent and other measures, but nothing has worked. Now, they plan to trap the turkeys and likely euthanize them because they say the birds have become aggressive toward patients and have even damaged property.

Some in the neighborhood are outraged, saying the turkeys are an important part of the community. They’ve been watching the feathered families for the past decade.

"When I learned they might be trapping them and euthanizing them, that makes me sad," neighbor Cassie Zola said. "We go on our morning walks, and we see them. Our son Jaxon loves to wave at them. He actually knows how to do a turkey call."

Charles Dimacali says the birds have lived in the community longer than he has, and everyone knows it's turkey territory.

"They literally are like family," he said. "There are people who care about them and want them to be part of the small community we have here."

John Muir officials said they’ve already tried to trap the turkeys once, but someone released them before USDA picked them up.

Photo Credit: NBC Bay Area]]>
<![CDATA[Craft Stores Serve as Backdrops for Photo Shoots ]]> Fri, 02 Mar 2018 16:20:27 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/208*120/Michaels_Challenge.jjpg.png

Fake flowers, yarn, ferns, fabric and ivy are just some of the items founds in craft stores that are also being used in a social media photo challenge. 

Portraits that look like they were taken in a garden are posted on Twitter and Instagram using #HobbyLobbyChallenge and #MichaelsChallenge. 

The photo shoots started with photographer Kelsey Maggart of Indiana posting photos from a Hobby Lobby store's floral aisle.

Maggart tweeted: "shooting in hobby lobby is the new thing now am I right"

The response to her photos quickly moved to Michael's stores being used because Hobby Lobby employees reportedly frowned on their stores being used for photo shoots. 

Michael's, the largest craft store in North America, according to their website, welcomed the challenge and encouraged customers to use their location as a garden backdrop or photo studio.

"At Michaels, we are “faux real” about allowing customers to have some fun creating alluring photography in our floral department. As a company rooted in creativity, we love seeing how people put their unique spin on the #MichaelsChallenge and bring their beautiful portraits to life," said Michael's Public Relations Manager Mallory Smith in an email. 

A local Michael's aisle 10 just might serve as the next portrait session location. You may get inspiration from the images posted on social media below. 

Hobby Lobby did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 

Photo Credit: Michael's
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<![CDATA[Bees, Hive Removed From Wall at South Bay Nursing Home]]> Thu, 01 Mar 2018 07:19:05 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/sc_bees_0228_1889082.JPG

A South Bay nursing home had some unwelcome guests removed Wednesday. They actually had been staying at the home for a lot longer than anyone realized.

A swarm of bees and their hive was discovered inside one of the walls on the fifth floor of a building at 390 N. Winchester Blvd. in Santa Clara, occupied by a senior center. Rather than fumigate, a beekeeper was called in to safely remove the bees and their hive.

The beekeeper used special vacuums to suck out the bees, and he also removed the hive so that he could later reunite the bees and their home in a safe place.

"Say your exterminator comes out here and blows a bunch of dust and kills the hive. About a month or two later you might get the hive to come right back," said Tim Dauber, master beekeeper for Bee Friendly. "That happens quite a bit."

Dauber said the bees were inside the wall for up to three years.

Photo Credit: NBC Bay Area]]>
<![CDATA[Three Billboards Out of Hollywood, California?]]> Wed, 28 Feb 2018 21:24:56 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/three-billboards-hollywood-1.PNG

Photo Credit: KNBC-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Amelia Earhart’s Half-Million Dollar Car Found]]> Tue, 27 Feb 2018 20:47:25 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Amelia_Earhart_Car.jpg

To this day, the whereabouts of Amelia Earhart herself remain a mystery. However, the whereabouts of a car formerly owned by the American aviation pioneer are not.

The Los Angeles Police Department recovered the stolen treasure Monday night and returned it to its owner, Jim Somers, on Tuesday.

The 1932 vehicle formerly belonged to Amelia Earhart and is worth $500,000, Somers told police.

He stored the vintage car in a trailer left at 1200 West Collins Ave. for safekeeping. But on Friday, Feb.23 the trailer and the vehicle mysteriously disappeared.

However, officers from the LAPD Hollenbeck division found the car without the trailer on Lombardy Boulevard and Alhambra Avenue in El Sereno.

Orange County Police Department Sgt. Phil McMullin said it's possible that the theft was an inside job done by someone who knew that Somers owned the car and where it was housed.

Although the area in which the car was stolen is an industrial area, it is not a high-crime area, McMullin said.

Authorities have yet to identify the car thief but are working to solve the case. They retrieved a video of a pickup truck believed to be the suspect's vehicle.

Photo Credit: Orange County Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Drunk Man Arrested After Riding Horse Onto 91 Freeway: CHP]]> Sun, 25 Feb 2018 18:56:17 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/180224-horse-dui-thumbnail.jpg A drunk man celebrating his 29th birthday was arrested early Saturday morning after he rode a horse onto the 91 Freeway in Long Beach, officials said.

Photo Credit: CHP Santa Fe Springs]]>
<![CDATA[No, LA Restaurant Doesn't Have Permission to Serve Dog Meat]]> Tue, 20 Feb 2018 18:32:16 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Dog-GettyImages-100394559.jpg

A Los Angeles restaurant doesn't have permission to kill as many as three dogs a day and serve the meat to customers, despite claims in a widely shared false story this week. Health officials say the restaurant doesn't exist.

A post that has appeared online in various forms since at least 2014 surfaced again recently on the site quotes-news. The Los Angeles County Health Department said it has no record of any restaurant named Puchow de Manila Eatery and Fine Dining. Even if there were such a place, the department said the sale of dog meat for human consumption is illegal in California.

The false story quotes World Animal Protection as being "shocked" about the restaurant but a spokeswoman for that group said it was never asked to comment. A photo linked to the story is from a 2014 New York Times story about a dog meat festival in China.

Photo Credit: Getty Images/File]]>
<![CDATA[Olympics Fans Wear Their National Spirit in Pyeongchang]]> Sat, 24 Feb 2018 14:09:05 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP_18055271774971.jpg From painted faces to colored mustaches, fans from across the globe have unique ways of showing pride in their country at the Winter Games.

Photo Credit: Natacha Pisarenko/AP]]>
<![CDATA[Oregon Woman Pulls Parasitic Worms From Eye]]> Fri, 16 Feb 2018 20:29:14 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/eye-worms-or.PNG

An Oregon woman is believed to be the first human to ever contract a rare eye worm parasite usually found in cattle. KGW's Katherine Cook reports.

<![CDATA[Watch: Road Rage Rollover on California Freeway]]> Fri, 16 Feb 2018 10:25:12 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/2-15-2018-road-rage-freeway-rollover.gif

An argument between two driver quickly heated up Thursday Feb. 15, 2018 after one of the drivers stepped out of his vehicle to confront the other on Highway 78. One of the drivers appears to spit into the other's SUV during the confrontation. Witnesses said the dispute began after one driver tried to cut in front of traffic.

Photo Credit: Dallas Montanez]]>
<![CDATA[NBC4 Reporter Dips, Dodges When Moth Invades Live Shot]]> Mon, 12 Feb 2018 10:21:26 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/2-12-2018-gonzalez-moth.gif

NBC4 reporter Jonathan Gonzalez dipped and dodged to avoid a moth during his live shot Monday Feb. 12, 2018 on Today in LA. 

Photo Credit: KNBC-TV]]>
<![CDATA[The Stache Heard Round the World]]> Sun, 11 Feb 2018 08:05:14 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+ROBERT+JOHANSSONS+STACHE+THUMB.jpg

Norway’s Robert Johansson may have gotten the bronze medal in the ski jump, but his mustache takes home the gold. Johannson said he started growing it two years ago and it has treated him well ever since.

<![CDATA[The Olympic Park's Meal-Shaped McDonald's Is Awesome]]> Fri, 09 Feb 2018 12:45:03 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/mcdonalds+korea.jpg One of two Golden Arches outposts at Gangneung Olympic Park in South Korea gleams with an extra-large outdoor replica of the Oak Brook-based chain's iconic fries and red box. And there's a hidden meaning in the construction of the building.

Photo Credit: Katie Kim, NBCChicago.com]]>
<![CDATA[Colossal 213 Pound Bagel Breaks World Record in NYC]]> Fri, 09 Feb 2018 15:43:39 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/huge_bagel_1280x720_1158097987829.jpg

The smell of onions filled the Acme Smoked Fish warehouse as onlookers packed the room to watch an attempt at building the largest bagel and lox sandwich ever recorded. In a partnership with Zucker’s Bagels shop, the celebration arrived just in time for National Bagel and Lox Day Friday.

The enormous bagel weighed in just over 213 pounds, making it the New Guinness world record holder for the largest bagel and lox sandwich. It included 30 pounds of smoked salmon and 40 pounds of cream cheese.

The event was held at the Acme Smoked Fish facility on 30 Gem Street in Brooklyn, where Acme co-CEO Adam Caslow and Zucker’s Bagels shop founder Matt Pomerantz attempted the feat. 

According to a press release from Acme, “The companies will follow the rules set forth by the Guinness Book in order to set the record, and the sandwich will be carefully constructed and weighed before it is cut and distributed to the crowd.”

The crowd went wild after the sandwich was confirmed to weigh in over 200 pounds. Caslow, before the sandwich was completed, said he thought the task was going to be impossible.

“I want to thank everyone for being here,” he said. “I thought [Richie] was nuts. I thought there’s no way. It can’t be done. There’s no way to make the biggest bagel and lox that weighs 200 pounds.”

After the sandwich was weighed, it was sliced up and handed out to everyone to enjoy.

<![CDATA[Is This the Worst Bed Bug Infestation Ever?]]> Fri, 09 Feb 2018 15:47:43 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+BED+BUGS+HOUSE.+THUMB.jpg

A New Jersey house may be home to one of the worst bed bug infestations ever seen. Pest control found thousands of the tiny bloodsuckers all over the house and it took three months to get rid of them all.

<![CDATA[Libraries: A Surprising New Home for Bed Bugs]]> Fri, 09 Feb 2018 15:44:02 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+BED+BUGS+LIBRARY+THUMB.jpg

It may surprise you to learn that libraries have become a hotspot for picking up bed bugs. So as you turn the pages on the latest teen vampire novel, there may be an actual bloodsucker living inside.

<![CDATA[K-Pop Quiz: Olympians Guess If Groups Names Are Real or Fake]]> Fri, 09 Feb 2018 14:33:29 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/K-POP+THUMB.jpg

South Korea has a long history of producing and promoting hugely successful boy band and girl band pop acts known as “K-Pop.” We put the Olympians from Team USA to the test to see if they can tell the difference between real K-Pop group names and a fake ones.

<![CDATA[Someone Tried to Express-Mail a Tiger Cub]]> Thu, 08 Feb 2018 20:59:04 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/tigre-correo-mexico-12.JPG

Mexican inspectors have found tigers in all sorts of situations: on leashes, in neighbors' yards and wandering the streets.

But the office for environmental protection announced a new twist Wednesday: Someone tried to express-mail a tiger cub.

The cub was sedated and packed into a plastic container. Nobody realized it was there until a sniffer dog looking for contraband detected it.

The cub was mailed in the western state of Jalisco to an address in the central state of Queretaro. It was dehydrated but otherwise well, and was handed over to an animal management center.

The tiger's papers were apparently in order, but it was seized because the mailing constituted mistreatment.

The agency says the case is under investigation.

Photo Credit: APTN]]>
<![CDATA[Olympian Brianna Decker's Recurring Dinosaur Nightmare]]> Fri, 16 Feb 2018 22:18:13 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+BRIANNA+DECKER+DREAM.jpg

We've all had that nightmare of being chased, and Olympian Brianna Decker is no different, although her nightmare has a Jurassic twist.

<![CDATA[LAPD Finds 14 Meth Burritos During Traffic Stop]]> Mon, 05 Feb 2018 15:29:15 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/lapd+meth+burritos.jpg

Officers confiscated 14 foil-wrapped methamphetamine packages that look like burritos at a routine traffic stop in Angelino Height, police said Sunday.

On the LAPD HQ's Twitter page, they reported "14 'burritos' and a gun off the streets thanks to #LAPD Rampart Officers. But these aren't your typical burritos...these were filled with meth!"

Officers also found a "large amount" of cash and a handgun and arrested a man on suspicion of transportation of narcotics during the routine traffic stop around 7 p.m Saturday, according to the department. 

Photo Credit: Los Angeles Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Eagles Fan Thought She Missed Super Bowl After Surgery]]> Thu, 01 Feb 2018 20:02:26 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+FB+Super+Bowl+Teen+THUMB.jpg

Haley Parks thought she missed watching the Philadelphia Eagles play against the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl after waking up from surgery to get her wisdom teeth removed. Her mother recorded the entire conversation, assuring her daughter that she did not miss the Super Bowl, and that she still had time to give the the Eagles a "pre-talk" if she wanted. Super Bowl LII is this Sunday on NBC.

<![CDATA[Philly vs. Boston Accents]]> Thu, 01 Feb 2018 07:29:30 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+SUPER+BOWL+WORDS+Thumb.jpg

Water. Yard. Bagel. Car. Although the two cities heading into the Super Bowl this weekend are geographically close to one another, you’d never know it from the different ways they pronounce these words. Watch to learn all the nuances of the Philadelphia and Boston accents.