<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - Weird News]]>Copyright 2018 https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/weird http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC4_40x125.png NBC Southern California https://www.nbclosangeles.com en-usWed, 26 Sep 2018 06:29:47 -0700Wed, 26 Sep 2018 06:29:47 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Cop Takes Selfie With Raccoon Busted in Woman's Bathroom]]> Thu, 20 Sep 2018 07:55:08 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/raccoon+on+thing.jpg

A raccoon busted pawing through a woman's bathroom cabinet was subjected not to a mugshot, but to a selfie.

The rogue raccoon was looking somewhat guilty when it was caught with its arm in the bathroom cabinet of a home in Pinellas County, Florida, this week.

"A masked bandit!" Pinellas County Sheriff's Office captioned a photo of the perp on Facebook." The raccoon is shown perched atop the bathroom cabinet with its tail hanging down, one paw in the cabinet, the other gripping the mirror for stability. 

The woman "was quite surprised to find this furry intruder in her home when she woke up!" police said.

The officers said they were able to catch and release the vain intruder safely, but not before taking a quick selfie.

Photo Credit: Pinellas Country Sherrif's Office]]>
<![CDATA[Over 2 Dozen People Sickened at Wedding Near Beaumont]]> Sun, 09 Sep 2018 11:32:55 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/wedding+illness+09092018.JPG

Five people suffered major injuries and nine others sustained moderate injuries after falling ill at a wedding or wedding-related event near Beaumont, where people were extremely sick to their stomachs, a county fire department spokesperson said Sunday.

Riverside County firefighters, paramedics, and sheriff's deputies were dispatched at 8:02 p.m. Saturday to a wedding venue in the 31100 block of San Timoteo Canyon Road, near the Riverside-San Bernardino line and adjacent to Redlands.

While the Riverside County Fire Department listed the affected as "injured," that term was used to mean "got sick" or "fell ill," said department spokeswoman Jody Hagemann.

Police from Beaumont and firefighters and police from neighboring cities and San Bernardino County were also called in.

Five people were vomiting violently, and 12 others also suffered illness from a still yet to be determined cause, Hagemann said.

The ill were transported by ground ambulance and a bus provided by the Beaumont Police Department to area hospitals, Hagemann said.

"The Riverside County Fire Department Hazardous Materials Team has ruled out hazardous materials, however, the investigation continues," she said.

The Riverside County Sheriff's Department is investigating whether there was any "criminal culpability" involved. 

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<![CDATA[Man Plunges 40 Feet at Abandoned Missile Site]]> Sun, 09 Sep 2018 08:37:00 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/ezgif.com-video-to-gif+%283%291.gif

A man had to be hoisted to safety after plunging 40 feet down a hole at an abandoned missile site in Chatsworth.

Los Angeles city and county firefighters used a pulley system to raise the man from the hole at the decommissioned Nike missile site in Chatsworth after friends say he fell while they were drinking and smoking during a party there early Sunday morning.

Rescuers arrived around 4 a.m. and were finally able to get the man out of the hole and safely onto a gurney around 6:30 a.m. The man's friends said they are thankful for the emergency workers who saved their friend, who is now being treated at a hospital.

The Nike missile sites are relics of the Cold War era, according to the National Park Service. They housed Nike antiaircraft missiles and were commissioned to defend against possible aerial attacks from the Soviet Union.

About 300 Nike missile sites were active throughout the country between 1959 and 1974, according to the NPS.

<![CDATA[A Hot Mess: Truck Spills Peppers Onto Roadway]]> Sat, 08 Sep 2018 09:11:39 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/red+pepper+spill+3+09082018.JPG

Things got a whole lot spicier on the streets of Santa Paula when a truck overturned and spilled its flavorful cargo.

Lanes were closed at Telegraph and Briggs roads when the truck flipped over at a drainage ditch and spilled its trailer full of red bell peppers Friday night, the California Highway Patrol said.

A crane was brought in and helped to turn the trailer back upright.

The CHP didn't say what caused the accident, but noted that no one was injured and that lanes were back open by Saturday morning.

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<![CDATA[Rep. Billy Long Uses Auctioneer Skills to Drown Out Protester]]> Thu, 06 Sep 2018 07:21:08 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+AUCTIONEER+PROTEST+090518.00_01_03_11.Still003THUMB.jpg

Former auctioneer Rep. Billy Long (R-Mo.) used his unique skills to override the voice of right-wing activist Laura Loomer, who had interrupted the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing with Twitter Wednesday.

<![CDATA[Friends Hang up Fake Poster at McDonald's in Texas]]> Wed, 05 Sep 2018 09:43:45 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/168*120/mcdonalds30.JPG

A couple of friends noticed a blank wall at a McDonald’s in Pearland, Texas and decided to pull what might be the best unnoticed prank on the franchise — ever.

Jevh Maravilla and Christian Toledo took a picture of themselves holding McDonald’s burgers and fries and made a poster out of it which they hung up at their local fast food restaurant.

"I noticed there was a blank wall at McDonald’s so I decided to make this fake poster of me and my friend. It’s now been 51 days since I hung it up," Maravilla tweeted Sunday.

The tweet has now gone viral, gaining more than 200,000 retweets and nearly a million likes.

The pair also posted a video on YouTube titled "How to Become McDonalds Poster Models" explaining they noticed there were no Asians on the restaurant walls so they decided to take matters into their own hands.

One of them found a McDonald’s shirt at a thrift store for $7, put on a name tag and fooled all customers into thinking he was an employee and voila, mission accomplished.

"It was all so very exciting, I really hope they’ll never take it down," Maravilla said in the video.

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<![CDATA[Adorable Blue-Eyed Mountain Lion Kittens Found]]> Tue, 04 Sep 2018 15:24:34 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/mtn-lion-kittens-090418.jpg

Photo Credit: National Park Service]]>
<![CDATA[Texas Mom with Baby Leads Police on High-Speed Chase]]> Mon, 03 Sep 2018 13:09:36 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/MOM+CHASE.gif

Newly-released video shows a Texas mother with her baby lead police on a wild, high-speed chase.

The pursuit chase happened in June near San Antonio.

Police say 29-year-old Caitlyn Rodriguez, who had outstanding warrants, tried to elude police in her vehicle.[[492338251,R,300,450]]

After running over a spiked strip, Rodriguez's SUV crashed into the back of a stopped truck. She got out and opened the back door before pulling out a baby in a carseat.

Moments later, she ran across several lanes of traffic before trying to carjack another driver.

Police made their move and arrested her.

In addition to warrants, Rodriguez now faces charges of child endangerment, evading arrest and possession of a controlled substance.

Photo Credit: Texas Dept. of Public Safety
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<![CDATA[These Are the Laziest States in America, New Study Says]]> Tue, 28 Aug 2018 14:20:56 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/lazy+pexels.jpg New Jersey, New York and Connecticut all fell among the laziest states in WalletHub's new study on which states are the hardest-working.

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<![CDATA[Man Busted With 800 Pounds of Stolen Lemons]]> Mon, 27 Aug 2018 08:54:45 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/dionicio+fierros.jpg

A 69-year-old man was arrested in Thermal, California, for possessing hundreds of pounds of lemons allegedly stolen from a nearby farm, a sheriff's sergeant said Saturday.

Dionicio Fierros of Los Angeles was pulled over at 9:45 a.m. Friday at the intersection of Grapefruit Boulevard and Pierce Street and was arrested when deputies found 800 pounds of freshly picked lemons in his vehicle that sheriff's officials said were stolen.

The arrest was part of a larger ongoing investigation into agriculture theft in the Coachella Valley, Riverside Country Sheriff's Sgt. Chris Frederick said.

Fierros was booked into the Indio Jail and was released after posting $10,000 bail.

Photo Credit: Riverside County Sheriff's Department]]>
<![CDATA[Radio DJ Big Boy Involved in Odd DUI Crash with Prosecutor]]> Thu, 23 Aug 2018 10:50:35 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Big-Boy-DUI-crash.jpg

Los Angeles radio personality Big Boy was involved in a crash with an apparent drunk driver Tuesday in an odd sequence of events caught on video that went viral Wednesday.

After the crash, the alleged drunk driver proceeded to remain behind the wheel of the wrecked vehicle and drink from what appeared to be a bottle of alcohol. Eventually, police arrived on the scene and arrested the man, who stumbled and fell in process, with pants falling down around his ankles. 

Outragous as those visuals were, the story didn't end there.

Michael Kenneth Pettersen, 54, of Northridge was booked on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, Lt. Joe Mendoza of the LA County Sheriff's Department at the Lost Hills/Malibu Station confirmed Wednesday.

In videos posted online, Big Boy, whose real name is Kurt Alexander, appears to be in disbelief as the driver drinks after the crash. The radio personality also did an interview with TMZ expressing shock at learning that Pettersen was a prosecutor with the LA County District Attorney's Office.

Pettersen was reportedly on leave from the LA County District Attorney's Office at the time of the incident. In addition, the longtime attorney was no longer allowed to practice law after he failed to pay his California Bar membership fees in 2017, according to the California State Bar website.

It was unclear why Pettersen was on leave from the LA County District Attorney's Office.

He now remains in custody and is facing felony charges and two outstanding warrants in Ventura County.

It was not immediately clear if Pettersen had a lawyer.

On his Twitter page, the radio personality wrote, "I can’t believe what I was seeing. He was still on the bottle."

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<![CDATA[Crazy Video: Suspected Burglar Tunnels Into La Verne Store]]> Wed, 22 Aug 2018 02:28:07 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/giphy-burglar-dairy-new.gif

A man was caught on camera after he allegedly tunneled into a store in La Verne, popping out from a hole in the wall while wearing a white mask and crawling around on his knees in a bizarre robbery attempt Monday.

In over 40 years of business, the owners of the Inland Dairy Store at the corner of White Avenue and First Street near the L.A. County Fairground say the store has never been broken into, let alone in such a strange way.

The owner, who didn't wish to be identified, said he couldn't believe what he saw when he reviewed the video with police.

The surveillance video shows the man suddenly pop out from a tiny space in between two refrigerators, knocking a soda display to the ground. The sodas explode on impact.

The man, identified by La Verne police as Rudy Mindiola of Pomona, crawls around on his knees for several minutes trying to open doors.

The only time he gets up on his feet is when the alarm is triggered and he bolts back to the tiny hole police say he made to crawl inside.

La Verne police officers responded minutes later at 4 a.m. Police found a hole in the wall of the store when conducting a perimeter search.

They said they ultimately found Mindiola hiding in some brush along the nearby train tracks.

Mindiola faces commercial burglary charges after police said they found specific tools when they arrested him.

It's not immediately clear if Mindiola has an attorney who can speak to his arrest.

Photo Credit: La Verne Police Department
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<![CDATA[Mexican City of Guadalajara to Allow Sex in Public]]> Tue, 21 Aug 2018 03:58:43 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/couplemexGettyImages-77418399.jpg

The authorities of the city of Guadalajara, considered to be one of the most conservative cities in Mexico, approved a law that allows sexual relations in public view, unless there's a public complaint. 

With the legal reforms, the police will no longer have the authority to sanction public sex acts, so long as there isn't a complaint from a third party. 

"Having sexual relations or committing acts of exhibitionism of a sexual nature in public places, vacant lots, inside vehicles or in private locations in public view will be considered administrative offenses, as long as a citizen requests police intervention," details the modification to article 14 of the Bylaws of Good Government. 

The changes were issued in the capital of the state of Jalisco under the argument that the police should focus on combatting crime and not bother those who might be lacking funds to pay for a hotel.

That change has caused indignation among many citizens who label it as a moral issue, and also warn that it makes it easier for rapists and pedophiles to abuse their victims.

Once these changes go into effect, the police will only be able to detain and fine those who have intimate encounters in public view if there is an expressed complaint from other citizens. 

This initiative has a history in the world, now that Vondelpark in Amsterdam, one of the most popular public parks in the capital of the Netherlands, has allowed sex in the open air spanning over a decade.

The only rules in Amsterdam are to keep the space clean, the activities should be conducted in areas away from dedicated child zones, and if there's too much noise, police can ask the lovers to leave. 

Photo Credit: Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Woman a Self-Appointed ‘Bachelorette’ in NYC Tinder Scam]]> Tue, 21 Aug 2018 07:11:53 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Tinder+Logo+Generic.jpg

Although she wasn’t handing out any roses, one woman in NYC managed to trick dozens of men into competing for a chance to date her in a stunt that became her very own version of “The Bachelorette.”

According to Gothamist, dozens of men arrived at Union Square on Sunday evening expecting to go on a fairly normal date with Instagram model Natasha Aponte, only to discover that they were all being strung along by the same woman.

The stunt went viral when Twitter user @bvdhai posted a thread detailing his own experience with the massive Tinder scam.

According to @bvdhai, everything had started out fairly normal when he first matched with Aponte on Tinder. The two made small talk and soon exchanged numbers.

Aponte ended their conversation by saying that she was busy with a work presentation, assuring @bvdhai that she would reach back out to him when she had more free time.

The concept of being ghosted is common in the land of dating apps, so @bvdhai figured that Aponte had just made up an elaborate excuse to stop talking and that he would never hear from her again.

Much to his surprise, Aponte contacted him two weeks later, inviting him to check out a DJ with her near Union Square.

It wasn’t until he arrived at Union Square and noticed a large crowd of men loitering by the DJ’s stage that he started to think something weird was going on.

When Aponte took to the stage herself with a microphone, his fears were confirmed.

“Then she says I’ve invited you all here for a chance to go on a date with me and proceeds to give a hunger games speech about what its gonna take to date her,” @bvdhai tweeted.

Even though @bvdhai praised Aponte’s “fallopian fortitude” at pulling off the scam, he wasn’t quite ready to volunteer as tribute. He chose to leave instead.

Many of Aponte's victims were offended by the scam, walking away from the scene without a second look or yelling out profanities at the woman who had misled them.

Several other men, however, did decide to play along with Aponte’s game.

According to NY Mag, Aponte quickly went to work cutting down her pool of suitors by asking those with certain characteristics to leave, including anyone who supported Trump, was looking for just a hookup, or had a beer belly.

As the crowd thinned, Aponte asked the remaining men to participate in physical tests like push-ups and sprints. She also allowed the men to give 1-minute pitches as to why she should date them.

According to reddit user UncleChen69, the 22-year-old Aponte was joined by two women dressed as referees to help monitor the competition.

Many men left the park with bruised egos and newfound trust issues that night.

Aponte has received a notable amount of backlash online for her actions, both from men who were victims of the scam as well as outside observers.

She has since changed her Instagram account to private.

At this time, it’s unclear whether Aponte picked out a winning man for her date.

Photo Credit: Getty Images, File
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<![CDATA['Baaaaaad Boys': 2 Goats Roam Tracks of NYC Subway]]> Tue, 21 Aug 2018 05:55:17 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/goats+on+subway+tracks.jpg

Goats have to commute, too. 

Two goats were spotted roaming on the above-ground N tracks near Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn Monday morning, and after about an hour, the MTA said it had to reroute trains on the line so cops could safely catch them.  

The MTA says it called NYPD and Animal Control about the goats, who were on the tracks between the Fort Hamilton and New Utrecht stations, before 11 a.m. By 12:30 p.m., the goats were still on the tracks. They were surrounded.  

Transit officials tweeted a picture of the black and white goats, captioning it, "Two very baaaaaad boys." N trains were running on the D line in both directions from 36 Street to Coney Island as crews worked to corral them.

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They were tranquilized a short time later and have been taken to the Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen, New York, with the help of comedian Jon Stewart, who has a history of bringing rescued animals to that farm.

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It's not clear how the goats got on the tracks, nor where they came from, but it is the third recent incident in a nationwide goat-on-the-lam trend. 

First, more than 100 goats ran amok in an Idaho neighborhood, eating everything in sight. 

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Less than two weeks ago, 75 goats (and sheep) escaped a New Jersey livestock auction and went wandering around Hackettstown. In that case, it appeared someone may have left a gate unsecured.

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Photo Credit: @NYCTSubway]]>
<![CDATA[Bright Red Outdoor Urinals Pop Up in Paris]]> Thu, 16 Aug 2018 03:04:02 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/paris-potty.jpg

The City of Lights has debuted an especially flashy new way to curtail public urination: bright red eco-toilets for those on the go. 

Industrial designer Faltazi created the waterless urinal, called "Uritrottoir," to be filled with straw that can be composted. The tops of the urinals double as flower beds. 

Several of the toilets were first rolled out in the spring to a muted reaction, The New York Times reported. But a backlash has developed after one was recently installed on the picturesque Ile St. Louis, according to reports

Not everyone is saying oui, oui to the attention-grabbing boxes, which include signs illustrating how to use them.

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A local mayor told the Times he would consider a "fine tuning" of the location of the urinal but stressed it was necessary to cut down on public urination. 

Outdoor urinals aren't an only-in-Paris thing. San Francisco became the first city in the U.S. to install an open-air urinal in 2016 with the "pissoir" that city authorities placed in Dolores Park in 2016.

Photo Credit: Michel Spingler/AP
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<![CDATA[Giant Lobster Named After Bon Jovi]]> Mon, 06 Aug 2018 05:36:20 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/bon-jovi-lobster.jpg

There's Bon Jovi the rock star and then there's Bon Jovi the rock lobster. 

Jon Bon Jovi stopped at a Long Island supermarket on Saturday to help promote his son's new line of rosé, surprising shoppers at the Farmingdale store. 

But perhaps most surprised was a 19-pound lobster who was named "Bon Jovi" in honor of the "Wanted Dead or Alive" singer. 

Bon Jovi and his son Jesse were also greeted by Stew Leonard, Jr., the CEO of the eponymous grocery store chain. 

They were promoting "Diving Into Hampton Water" rosé, which will be available throughout the East Coast. Stew Leonard's Wine and Spirits is launching the sale of the wine. 

Photo Credit: Stew Leonard’s Wines and Spirits]]>
<![CDATA[Drug Bust Yields Over $15K Worth of Steroids, Along With Guns, Cash]]> Sat, 04 Aug 2018 15:25:14 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/VenturaRoidBustThumb.jpg

A man was arrested after authorities found over $15,000 worth of illegal steroids, along with thousands of dollars in cash and several different types of guns at his home and business, the Ventura County Sheriff's Department said.

Dustin Kirn, 29, was stopped Thursday by a patrol deputy near Spinnaker and Navigator drives in Ventura in connection with an ongoing narcotics investigation, VCSD Sgt. Jose Rivera said. Upon searching his car, Ventura Sheriff's detectives found two loaded handguns.

Detectives also carried out search warrants at Kirn's home on the 10000 block of Orange Circle and his business on the 2000 block of Palma Drive. There, they found several other handguns along with a shotgun and an assault-style rifle, as well as ammunition and several high-capacity magazines, the VCSD said.

"One of the magazines was a double drum magazine with a 100 round capacity," the department added.

Investigators also seized over 100 vials and 1,600 pills containing illegal steroids as well as a "large sum" of cash that is believed to be from illegal drug sales.

Rivera estimated the street value of the vials alone at around $15,000. The value of the other steroids is yet to be determined because of the large number and variety of pills seized, Rivera said.

Kirn was arrested and booked for possession for sale of a controlled substance. He later posted bail and is set to appear in court on Aug. 16, the VSD said

Photo Credit: Ventura County Sheriff's Department]]>
<![CDATA[Bigfoot Lumbers Into Virginia Congressional Race]]> Tue, 31 Jul 2018 08:57:51 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/bigfoot-candidate.jpg

Bigfoot is now a campaign issue in a Virginia race for U.S. Congress.

Democratic candidate Leslie Cockburn took to Twitter on Sunday to accuse her Republican opponent Denver Riggleman of being a “devotee of Bigfoot erotica.”

Riggleman said the attack stems from satirical Instagram posts depicting a nude Sasquatch.

Riggleman told News4 that he does not believe Bigfoot exists but that he's fascinated by the mythology of the ape-like creature.

He accused Cockburn of taking out of context pieces of a long-running joke he’s had with friends. He said he didn’t know a subset of erotic fiction depicting sexual encounters with Sasquatch existed until Cockburn brought it up.

"This has been one of the most bizarre, surreal and funny things I’ve ever experienced," he said. 

The two are running in Virginia’s 5th Congressional District. It runs from the North Carolina border to Northern Virginia and includes Charlottesville.

The seat is currently held by Republican Tom Garrett, who announced that he's an alcoholic and will not seek re-election.

Cockburn's first tweet about Bigfoot is accompanied by a screenshot of an Instagram post showing a hand-drawn hairy, bearded figure with a censored bar over the groin area. 

The Instagram caption says “Cover art for #matinghabitsofbigfoot almost complete. I hide nothing in this magnificent tome. Don’t erase the censor box….”

Cockburn then tweeted a second screenshot depicting Sasquatch with another censored bar and a crudely pasted square photos of Riggleman on the head.

The caption reads, “My “buddies” thought this pic was fitting for my birthday next week and to celebrate my new book release in about a month or 2… “Mating Habits of Bigfoot and Why Women Want Him…”

The tweets caught fire, and the story has gotten national coverage. 

The Cockburn campaign declined to say whether they had evidence Riggleman had written Bigfoot erotica.

"Sounds to me like the same old 'locker room talk’ defense. Denver is just more of the same,” Cockburn’s campaign manager, Louise Bruce, said in a statement.

Riggleman said he did write a book titled "The Mating Habits of Bigfoot and Why Women Want Him," but it’s not erotic fiction. The cover image he posted on Instagram was a joke from a friend, he said. 

Riggleman said the unpublished book is a collection of Bigfoot stories shared among friends for more than a decade.

“All of the stuff you see is just 14 years of joking,” he said.

Riggleman told News4 he helped write a short story with outdoors writer Don Barone. It is titled, “Bigfoot Exterminators Inc. The Partially Cautionary, Mostly True Tale of Monster Hunt 2006.”

Riggleman, who is a co-owner of Silverback Distillery in Nelson County, Virginia, accused Cockburn of distracting voters with the erotica allegations posted to her Twitter account.

During the campaign, Cockburn has faced accusations of anti-Semitism, and Riggleman has been accused of supporting white supremacists.

The Republican Party of Virginia accused Cockburn, a former investigative journalist, of anti-Semitism over a 1991 book she co-authored. She has denied the claim.

The book, called "Dangerous Liaison: The Inside Story of the U.S.-Israeli Covert Relationship," examines the history of relations between the two nations.

Melvin Leffler, a public policy scholar and history professor at the University of Virginia, told The Roanoke Times "the book contains no evidence that Cockburn is anti-Semitic."

Bruce did not address the Virginia GOP's allegations that Cockburn’s book was anti-Semitic.

Bruce drew a stark contrast between the two candidates, warning Riggleman would continue Garrett’s “far right voting record.”

She tied his candidacy to Senate hopeful and Republican firebrand Corey Stewart. Cockburn took on Washington special interests when she was a journalist and gave voice to people unable to speak for themselves, her spokeswoman said.

The pro-Democrat group Blue Virginia accused Riggleman of campaigning with Isaac Smith, who they called a white supremacist. Smith is one of the founders of Unity and Security for America, according to The Washington Post. The newspaper called the organization "a fledgling group that calls for 'defending Western Civilization.'"

Riggleman wrote an editorial published in the Roanoke Times on July 25 renouncing white supremacy.

He quipped Monday that Cockburn's mudslinging may not play well in the rural areas of the district, warning she could be "alienating Bigfoot voters."

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<![CDATA[Foo Fighters' Hilarious List of Banned Items at Wrigley Field Shows]]> Sat, 28 Jul 2018 09:13:27 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP_518884556443.jpg

If you want to see the Foo Fighters perform at Wrigley Field this weekend you’ll have to leave your leg warmers, derogatory press clippings of Shania Twain and pirated VHS tapes of “Land of the Lost,” the series, at home.

The iconic rock band is set to perform in Chicago Sunday and Monday, and in an email to fans, the Cubs revealed which items would not be allowed at the shows.

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The list included the obvious professional audio and video recording devices, fireworks, weapons, bags larger than 8x11, waist packs, mixtapes not in CD format, unflattering photos of Ryan Seacrest and containers such as cans, bottles and coolers.

But it also included some unexpected items, like Creem magazines that do not mention Ted Nugent, homemade nut milks, beige or mustard colored macramé wall hangings, free radicals and any pencil that isn’t a number two pencil.

Fans on Twitter were quick to notice the unusual “list of prohibited items,” which the team said were “specifically prohibited by Foo Fighters.”

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It appears Dave Grohl isn’t a huge fan of wallet chains. Who knew?

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<![CDATA[Photos: Trump Chicken Bobbing About the Bay]]> Tue, 24 Jul 2018 10:40:10 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/cover+image.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[2-Year-Old Plays Catch With Dog Over Fence]]> Thu, 19 Jul 2018 17:47:51 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+TWITTER+DOG+VIDEO.00_00_08_14.Still003THUMB.jpg

This cute Twitter video that has gone viral shows a little 2-year-old playing catch with a neighbor's dog over their fence. The dog and child play together every time they're both outside at the same time.

<![CDATA[Naked Man Rides Bike on California's Highway 101]]> Fri, 20 Jul 2018 17:43:13 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/naked+man1.JPG

Not your average Bay Area commute.

A naked man was spotted riding a bike on Highway 101 near Alum Rock in San Jose Wednesday morning, prompting several 911 calls from drivers around 9:30 a.m.

Callers said the bike rider was "all over the freeway," said the California Highway Patrol.

A CHP officer responded to the scene but was unable to locate the rider.

The following morning, a San Jose patrol officer located an adult male, believed to be the same man on the bike, walking on North King Road at Berberry Lane in San Jose with only a shirt on.

The man was reportedly in a "mental crisis," police said and was taken to a local hospital.

No additional information was immediately available. 

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<![CDATA[Dino Derby: T-Rexes 'Race' at Washington Racetrack]]> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 10:30:26 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/trexgif.gif

You haven't seen a derby like this. Racers in T-Rex costumes took a turn on the Emerald Downs racetrack in Auburn, Washington, in a hilarious 10 second sprint caught on cam. 

<![CDATA[Mattress Firm Hiring 'Snoozetern' to Join Social Media Team]]> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 08:22:19 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/071718mattressfirms.jpg

You don't have to stay awake at work as a Mattress Firm intern.

The national mattress company said last week it's hiring what it's calling a "snoozetern" to help the its social media team tease product launches and assist customers in selecting the ideal bed.

The intern, who will be based at Mattress Firm's headquarters in Houston, will be responsible for testing beds, creating written and video reviews for the store's website, offering sleeping tips on Facebook Live streams and generating videos that highlight Houston residents' sleeping habits.

"We are excited to hire our first ever Snoozetern," said Chief Marketing Officer Scott Thaler in a news release. "It's not every day that an intern is hired to sleep on the job, but that's just one of many perks."

The job is paid but part time. Applicants must be 18 or older and "proficient in napping, regardless of time of day." But Mattress Firm also wants applicants to know how to use a variety of video editing software, according to the snoozetern website. Applications are due July 23.

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<![CDATA['Zombie' Rat Climbs Out of NYC Bathroom Sink]]> Mon, 16 Jul 2018 15:52:47 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/rat-diptych.jpg

A Brooklyn couple experienced firsthand one of New York City’s most disgusting urban legends: a rat came wiggling its way out of their plumbing.

Bari Finkel said a rat crawled out of the sink drain in their Bedford-Stuyvesant brownstone Friday night.

“It looked like a zombie coming out of the grave,” she recalled.

Finkel said it was actually her boyfriend who discovered something amiss with the sink -- which had no stopper because of a slow drain -- while using the restroom.

When he looked over at let out a yelp, Finkel went over to the bathroom thinking that he had somehow hurt himself. She said she let out her own horrified scream when she saw the critter for herself.

“I looked over and saw this small creature just emerging from the drain,” she said.

She added, “It was just so insane I couldn’t not laugh.”

Finkel said she went back to the living room to keep her dogs out of the bathroom while her boyfriend tried to handle the situation with a grocery bag. But she said she went back into the bathroom to document what had happened.

“After a couple minutes, (the rat) was making sounds and was clearly also freaked out,” she said. “I said ‘we should probably take a couple of pictures, because this is insane.’”

She said that when she lifted the bag to get pictures, the rat escaped the only way it could: it climbed back down the drain.

“I’m glad we didn’t have to figure out what to do with it, but I did not love the idea of it being in the pipes,” she said.

Finkel said she’d never seen rodents in her apartment building before, and even members of her block association had never heard of anything like that happening.

She told her landlord, whose only response was, “that’s a first.”

They were a little wary of using the bathroom for a few hours after the critter’s visit, Finkel said, but they don’t have any plans to change their routine -- other than replacing their sink stopper.

Photo Credit: Bari Finkel
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<![CDATA[Partying Goat Placed Under 'House Arrest']]> Mon, 16 Jul 2018 07:26:29 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NC_goat0713_1920x1080.jpg

A mischievous goat with a talent for escaping his owner's yard is placed on "house arrest" by Oklahoma police after making his way into a Cherokee bar. KFOR's Brent Skarky reports.

<![CDATA[Video Shows Woman Capture, Bag Live Birds in Philly Park]]> Fri, 13 Jul 2018 07:05:50 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/birdlady.JPG

A U.S. park ranger confronted a woman seen snatching birds at a historic square in Philadelphia and placing them alive in plastic bags, and she claimed she released the birds after catching them.

Videos posted to Instagram on Wednesday show the woman capturing what appear to be sparrows as she and a man sit on a bench near Independence Hall in Washington Square.

The man appears to toss food to a cluster of birds as the woman leans down and grabs one and puts it into a small plastic bag, which she ties off as the bird flaps around inside.

Park Service spokeswoman Gina Gilliam says a ranger approached the couple Tuesday over a complaint they were catching birds.

The ranger observed empty plastic bags and told the couple that trapping wildlife in the park is illegal.

Photo Credit: Sniffr Media]]>
<![CDATA[Teen Boy Arrested for Impersonating a Peace Officer, Again]]> Fri, 13 Jul 2018 13:29:43 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/impersonating-officer-thumb-071218.png

A 14-year-old boy was arrested Wednesday morning after violating his probation.

The teen also was arrested in March for impersonating an officer.

The Victorville Police Department responded to a call from San Bernardino County Juvenile Probation Officers shortly after 11 a.m. to assist with the boy's probation-check. Police arrived at the 12400 block of Kirkwood Drive, and discovered numerous items that showed the teen was impersonating a peace officer once again.

Officers found uniform shirts decorated with San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department patches, a metal badge and uniform pants.

The 14-year-old was arrested and is currently booked at High Desert Juvenile Detention Center in Apple Valley.

It wasn't immediately clear whether there were any victims in the most recent case. 

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact the Victorville Police Department at 760-241-2911. If you wish to remain anonymous, call the We-Tip Hotline at 800-782-7463 or leave information on their website

Photo Credit: Victorville Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Trailer With 15,000 Pounds of Apple Pies Burns on Freeway]]> Thu, 12 Jul 2018 08:41:43 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/207*120/7-12-2018-apple-pies-rancho-cucamonga-freeway-fire.jpg

A big rig carrying 15,000 pounds of apple pies caught fire early Thursday on a Southern California freeway, closing lanes overnight for the cleanup.

The fire likely started with the truck's brake and spread to the trailer on the 210 Freeway in Rancho Cucamonga, according to the California Highway Patrol. Firefighters extinguished the flames, allowing crews to unload the boxes of frozen pies.

The driver, who disconnected the cab from the burning trailer, was not injured. Lanes reopened later Thursday morning. 

Photo Credit: HitandRunJustice]]>
<![CDATA[Man Wins Grand Prizes on 9 Mass Cash Lottery Tickets]]> Wed, 11 Jul 2018 20:37:58 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Robert+Lundstedt.png

A Massachusetts man has done the unthinkable and won a total of nine $100,000 grand prizes on tickets he purchased for Monday night's Mass Cash drawing.

Robert Lundstedt of Brockton had a strange feeling about the drawing, so he bought four tickets at Trucchi's Supermarket in West Bridgewater, two tickets at Quick Stop in West Bridgewater, two more at The Corner Market in West Bridgewater, and one ticket at Cumberland Farms in Bridgewater.

"I bought a Gatorade, gave her a five, I had change," Lundstedt said of buying the final ticket. "I had the ticket in my pocket, and I said, 'Here, just play this one time.' And I did."

On Tuesday morning, he picked up a newspaper to check the numbers and discovered the ones he chose matched.

The winning numbers were: 1, 7, 11, 26 and 30.

"I wasn't too surprised," Lundstedt told NBC10 Boston in an exclusive interview.

Met with disbelief, he quickly reversed.

"No, OK, I was, yeah," he said with a smile.

Lundstedt gave two of the tickets to his children, Kristen and Brian, which will leave him with $700,000 in winnings — minus tax withholdings. He doesn't plan to make any flashy purchases, and his kids will be using their winnings to pay their student loans.

"It's not going to change too much for us. We're pretty simple," Brian Lundstedt said. "Just have a little extra in savings."

Lundstedt, a carpenter, told lottery officials he plans to use his winnings to pay off the mortgage on his home. But he also hopes to keep his lotto luck rolling, telling NBC10 Boston he will "absolutely" play again.

"I still play it. That number's going to come in again," he said.

An additional $100,000 prize winning ticket from Monday night's drawing sold at Fisher's Pub in Middleborough has yet to be claimed, lottery officials said.

Photo Credit: NBC10 Boston]]>
<![CDATA[Deforestation Threatens Some of Earth's Natural Cures]]> Thu, 12 Jul 2018 06:56:00 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/deforestation.png

Amazing medical cures from the Earth’s forests are threatened by deforestation.