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    Grab your buddies and prepare to enter the Upside Down at Halloween Horror Nights.

    Photo Credit: UNIVERSAL ORLANDO

    Break out the Christmas lights, for Universal Studios just revealed first-look images from the “Stranger Things” haunted maze on Wednesday, Sept. 5. The maze is coming to Halloween Horror Nights 2018.Break out the Christmas lights, for Universal Studios just revealed first-look images from the “Stranger Things” haunted maze on Wednesday, Sept. 5. The maze is coming to Halloween Horror Nights 2018.

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    In a magic-laden, enchantment-thick Disney film, keeping an eye on the clock, or calendar, is probably a wise idea.

    After all, special things sometimes happen when a character reaches an important birthday, or completes an essential task, or performs another necessary errand that helps the story move forward.

    Likewise, when "Dream Big, Princess" sails into view, a nearly five-week run of five Disney classics featuring royal characters, you'll also want to keep an eye on the calendar, to make sure you won't miss the movie you'd like to see again, on the big screen at AMC Theaters.

    Of course, you may wish to catch them all, but since five weeks moves as quickly as a dancer moves through a ballroom, an entrepreneur opens a restaurant, a heroine wields a frying pan, an adventurer boards her a boat, or young woman looses a shoe at midnight, best line up your dates now.

    The live-action "Beauty and the Beast" screens from Sept. 21-20, "The Princess and the Frog" returns from Sept. 21-27, "Tangled" is back from Sept. 28-Oct. 4, "Moana" runs from Oct. 5-11, and the live-action "Cinderella" wraps it all up from Oct. 12-18.

    Participating AMC Theaters?

    They're as plentiful as fiesty coconut pirates or talking household items, but you'll still want to make sure your local AMC is on board.

    Check here, before donning your favorite regal outfit, all to enjoy your must-watch Disney princess film, again, played large and very much in charge.



    Photo Credit: Disney

    Enjoy five Disney princess films, including Enjoy five Disney princess films, including "Moana," over five weeks at participating AMC theaters. Just checked dates, times, and the info on your local AMC.

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    Wayback machines, and time travel devices, and strange elevator-like boxes that allow you to zip forward and back through the decades?

    They don't pop up on every corner. Goodness, they don't even exist, as far as we currently know, except in films and books and our hope-iest dreams.

    But sometimes you can enter a world of bygone-a-tude, one that has a lot of the sounds and sights of a time you knew as a kid, or a time you never knew, except through snapshots and stories.

    That bygone-a-tude will shine, shimmer, and swing at Santa Anita Park on Saturday, Sept. 15 when the VintageVibe Festival arrives, with a host of musical artists and long-ago larks in charming tow.

    The musical theme of the day is "21st century bands with a 20th century sound," and fulfilling that promise is a line-up of great artists and acts. The Shelters, Las Cafeteras, Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, Lizzy & the Triggermen, and several more singers of catchy songs and players of delightful ditties shall appear.

    Movie cars, photo booths, "barbers and stylists" that know the pin-up fashions well, and other activities and sights shall light up the day, like so many blinking lights on a time machine's dashboard.

    A ticket is $95 for the ten-hour whoop-di-doo, and a portion of your price will be donated to CASA of Los Angeles.

    Best leave the wayback machine in the garage, especially if it is low on gas or time-travel fluid; Santa Anita Park has what you're seeking, on Sept. 15.

    But best dress like you're journeying into the past, for the chance of you meeting fellow time travelers at the VintageVibe Festival is as solid as a snappy, get-your-feet-moving tune.



    Photo Credit: Fabian Fioto

    Lizzy & the Triggermen will summon the sounds of yore at Santa Anita Park on Saturday, Sept. 15, along with several other outta-the-past (but of today) artists.Lizzy & the Triggermen will summon the sounds of yore at Santa Anita Park on Saturday, Sept. 15, along with several other outta-the-past (but of today) artists.

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    Video from New Bern, NC shows flood waters in the neighborhood rising as Florence continues to dump rain on the area.


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    Florence knocked down a power line in Cameron, North Carolina that sparked a small fire Friday. Fire and rescue services warn resident of the dangers of downed power lines during this storm.


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    Next Thursday, the Federal Emergency Management Agency will begin testing a system that allows President Trump to send messages to most U.S. cellphones. 

    All the major wireless carriers and over 100 mobile providers are participating in the roll out, FEMA stated in a message posted on its website Thursday

    "The EAS [Emergency Alert System] is a national public warning system that provides the President with the communications capability to address the nation during a national emergency," FEMA said.

    The test message will have a header that reads "Presidential Alert," according to the agency.

    The wireless emergency alerts (WEA) system was authorized by Congress in 2015 under a law that states the "system shall not be used to transmit a message that does not relate to a natural disaster, act of terrorism, or other man-made disaster or threat to public safety."



    Photo Credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images

    In this Sept. 11, 2018, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump listens as FEMA Administrator Brock Long speaks during a meeting with Long and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen in the Oval Office in Washington, DC.In this Sept. 11, 2018, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump listens as FEMA Administrator Brock Long speaks during a meeting with Long and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen in the Oval Office in Washington, DC.

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    The Hello Kitty Grand Cafe -- the first of its kind in the U.S. -- opened Friday in Irvine. In addition to the supercute cafe area, the eatery boasts a hidden pink oasis in the Bow Room where guests can enjoy Afternoon Tea or evening Cocktail Service.

    Photo Credit: Jakob N. Layman

    The Hello Kitty Grand Cafe opened in Irvine on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018.The Hello Kitty Grand Cafe opened in Irvine on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018.

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    A 28-year-old Tustin man pleaded guilty Friday to an attempted rape in Santa Ana and was immediately sentenced to six years and eight months in prison. Jorge Cruz De Armas pleaded guilty to assault with the intent to commit a sex offense, attempted forcible rape and false imprisonment.

    As part of the plea deal, a kidnapping to commit a sex crime charge was dropped, according to court records. De Armas was driving his pickup in Santa Ana about 4:30 p.m. Dec. 18 when he offered a 28-year-old woman a ride, according to Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna.

    The Tustin resident was walking home from downtown Santa Ana at the time, Bertagna added. When the woman asked him where he was going, he told her he was looking for a Wells Fargo branch, Bertagna said. The woman told her there was one on her way home and she would direct him there. After she got into the truck, he told her, "I want sex," but she declined, Bertagna said.

    When he asked for her phone number so he could call her for a date, she said she didn't have one, he added. The suspect then drove her to an alley in the 1600 block of East Palm Street, Bertagna said. When the woman remarked they weren't at a Wells Fargo branch, he responded, "I told you I'm going to get some sex," before he "jumps on top of her," Bertagna said.

    Investigators suspect he "choked her out" because she didn't remember him putting duct tape over her mouth, Bertagna said. A witness who was attempting to turn from the alley into a parking lot where he worked, but was blocked by the pickup truck, got out of his vehicle to ask the driver to move, Bertagna said.

    He heard the victim's muffled screams and saw she was muzzled, so he pulled open the truck's door and helped the woman out before the suspect hastily drove off, Bertagna said. The good Samaritan managed to take pictures of the car and captured an image of the license plate, which led detectives to De Armas, Bertagna said. When police arrested the suspect the duct tape was still in the vehicle, Bertagna said.


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    Reginald McLendon had helped set up for his big brother's big 60th birthday bash at his home in Gramercy Park all afternoon on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017.

    He didn't know then that the celebration of life would end, with the taking of his own. It was just after 1 a.m. on the Sept. 17 when Reggie and his brother were outside saying goodbye to some family and friends who had come to celebrate, when two young Black men approached and fired multiple shots.

    LAPD South Bureau Homicide Detective Jonathan Kincaid says the two then ran up the block to a waiting SUV and disappeared into the night.

    In the aftermath: Reggie's brother was shot but survived. Reggie was shot and died.

    "It's hard because every time I walk down the driveway, I still see him there," Lara McLendon says of the home she shared with her husband. "It went from us singing happy birthday to his brother to us thinking it was fireworks and me seeing my husband laying on the ground."

    The LAPD released new surveillance video of the SUV they believed to be involved in the crime — a late-90s model Chevy Suburban with chrome wheels, tinted windows, a roof rack and some sort of rectangular white item on the front dash.

    Even though it's been a year since the homicide, they believe someone can recognize that vehicle and lead them to the killers.

    "We do need the community's help in providing closure to this family," Detective Kincaid says.

    "Reggie was a father, he was a husband, he was a best friend," Mrs. McLendon recalls. "People do need to understand that when you take a life, you not only hurt the family but you hurt the community."

    Reggie's daughter Jazmine says whoever killed her dad couldn't have known the man she knew and loved.

    "He was an amazing, amazing person," she says. "My daughter, his granddaughter, she was only 2 and she'll never get to spend the rest of her life growing up with her grandfather and I lost out on having my dad."

    "My dad's intentions in life were to always help because what he always preached to me is love," Robert Bell says, stepson to Reggie.

    Bell says he believes his dad would have already forgiven his own killer, and hopes that whoever pulled the trigger may also have just a little bit of love inside his heart that could help them step forward and take responsibility for what they've done.

    "I hope there's love in that person's heart somewhere," he says.

    Anyone with information is asked to call LAPD South Bureau Homicide at 323-786-5100.


    Reginald McLendon and his wife pose for a photo on the right.Reginald McLendon and his wife pose for a photo on the right.

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    A new California Highway Patrol task force is trying to put a stop to a sideshow that seen night after night at location after location on the streets of Southern California.

    The riskier the tricks, the more excited the crowd. Drivers do doughnuts, dangerously close to spectators at this sideshow in Anaheim.

    "They're not regulated," said CHP Officer Paul Fox during a ride-along with the street racing task force. "They're showing off, doing things that are very very dangerous. That's when people start getting hurt."

    During the ride-along, police learned sideshow organizers planned to hit six different Orange County locations, traveling in groups and moving fast.

    "It's pretty difficult to find a location where they're meeting," said Officer Florentino Olivera. "By the time we get there, they're gone."

    The problem spans Southern California. Viral videos show spectators getting hit, some critically hurt. The CHP is hoping to send a strong message to participants — they're cracking down.

    "I like fast cars," Olvera said. "I like going to car shows, but there's a time and place. You want to race go to a racetrack. Do it where its legal."


    The California Highway Patrol is cracking down on street sideshows in Southern California.The California Highway Patrol is cracking down on street sideshows in Southern California.

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    Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's decision to plead guilty and cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller could be a game-changer for Mueller investigation and dramatically ratchets up the pressure on the president, NBC News reported.

    Even vigorous Trump defender Alan Dershowitz acknowledged on MSNBC Friday that the Manafort plea was a "big win" for Mueller that potentially "opens up lots of doors that probably haven't been open before."

    Legal experts say it could lead directly to Trump's deepest secrets.

    Because Trump isn't known to use email, Mueller is unlikely to find Trump's name on a smoking-gun document as he investigates whether the campaign coordinated with Russians interfering in the 2016 election. But Manafort sat in on crucial meetings, like the infamous one with a Russian lawyer in Trump Tower, and can testify about all of it.

    If there was a conspiracy between the campaign and Russia, it's hard to imagine Manafort wouldn't know, analysts said.



    Photo Credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images, File

    Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort leaves the Albert V. Bryan U.S. Courthouse after an arraignment hearing, March 8, 2018, in Alexandria, Va.Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort leaves the Albert V. Bryan U.S. Courthouse after an arraignment hearing, March 8, 2018, in Alexandria, Va.

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    An hourslong barricade situation ended in an arrest Saturday after a suspect fired a gun in a North Hollywood duplex and forced neighbors from their homes.

    Police responded to the 10800 block of Kling Street around 2 a.m. when a suspect assaulted a neighbor, the Los Angeles Police Department said. When officers arrived, the suspect fired a weapon either into the sky or at the ground, police said.

    Surrounding neighbors were forced to evacuate their homes for hours as police negotiated with the suspect.

    "They just told us there was an active shooter two houses away, you guys need to evacuate," said Sarah Turla. "At that moment, I'm just like, 'Let me just get my stuff and get out for all of our safety. You never know what could happen."

    Neighbors were finally able to return home after police arrested the suspect around 7 a.m.

    No other details were immediately available.



    Photo Credit: KNBC-TV

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    Renowned chef Jose Andres has turned up in North Carolina to lead a hot food drive as the state deals with Tropical Storm Florence.

    Andres was in Wilmington, a city on the coast near South Carolina, on Saturday, running a kitchen full of volunteers cooking food to be delivered to shelters and emergency workers in the flood-stricken region.

    "I love these guys, they are really amazing heroes," Andres said in a video posted to Twitter as he toured the Wilmington kitchen where his organization, World Central Kitchen, had set up shop.

    Florence has caused major power outages in the Carolinas, displaced tens of thousands and killed at least five people. While it's been downgraded to a tropical storm from a hurricane, its slow speed meant it was still set to continue dumping an overwhelming, dangerous amount of rain on the area.

    Andres has become something of an expert in cooking during disasters. A Spaniard who rose to fame in Washington, D.C., he won the James Beard Award for the best chef in the U.S. in 2011, one year after he started World Central Kitchen in 2010 in the wake of an earthquake that heavily damaged Haiti.

    The organization is perhaps best known for feeding people in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria crippled the island. World Central Kitchen says it made more than 3.6 million meals in 25 kitchens there since the disaster last September. That work, along with responses to Hurricane Harvey in Houston and the wildfires in California, was cited when the James Beard Foundation awarded Andres its humanitarian of the year award this year.

    Andres is also known for criticizing President Donald Trump. He dropped out of a planned restaurant in the Trump International Hotel in D.C., citing Trump's comments "disparaging immigrants," which led to a two-year legal spat they eventually settled.

    This week, Andres reacted to Trump's denial that about 3,000 people died from Maria by blaming Trump and the federal government's handling of the devastation.

    "I was screaming for help, 'Please, let us help you federal government. We could feed the entire island,'" he said on MSNBC.

    Andres said in another video posted to Twitter Saturday, this one filmed as he drove through the rain on a delivery run, that it appeared in North Carolina that FEMA had learned lessons from Maria — Andres saw power generators "all over the place."

    For those who want to help those displaced by Florence, Andres suggested donating blood to the American Red Cross as well as donating money to his organization, even if it's just $1.

    He also put out a call for more volunteers to come help at the kitchen on 127 S. College Road in Wilmington.



    Photo Credit: Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images, File

    This May 1, 2018, file photo shows Jose Andres at an event in Los Angeles. He was in North Carolina on Saturday, Sept. 15, to help organize relief teams through his organization, World Central Kitchen, that provide food for emergency workers and people in shelters.This May 1, 2018, file photo shows Jose Andres at an event in Los Angeles. He was in North Carolina on Saturday, Sept. 15, to help organize relief teams through his organization, World Central Kitchen, that provide food for emergency workers and people in shelters.

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    Universal Studios Hollywood will feature fun foods inspired by the hit Netflix series during its annual fright fest, a flavorful complement to the event's first-ever "Stranger Things" maze.

    Photo Credit: Universal Studios Hollywood

    Universal Studios’ “Halloween Horror Nights” Serves Up a Taste of the Upside Down with Tempting Treats Inspired by Netflix’s “Stranger Things” at Universal Studios Hollywood. Pictured? Eleven's Waffle ExtravaganzaUniversal Studios’ “Halloween Horror Nights” Serves Up a Taste of the Upside Down with Tempting Treats Inspired by Netflix’s “Stranger Things” at Universal Studios Hollywood. Pictured? Eleven's Waffle Extravaganza

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    You can probably name a dozen haircut styles off the top of your, yes, head. Predictions? You might call out the buzz cut first, or the fade, or a pompadour, or the pixie.

    But what do you call a noggin-topping style that has a bit of fluff on the back, and some mature feathers in the front, and the ability to handle a whole lot of H2O, all day, every day, without growing overly frizzy?

    You'd call it the style that's seen on young penguins somewhere between that adorable downy-feather'd stage of very young penguindom and being a grown-up bird, with all of the necessary insulation that fully mature feathers provide.

    It's the sweet style that a trio of Magellanic penguin patooties are sporting at the Aquarium of the Pacific these days, and if you need to see this particular penguin coiffure, you can, if you make for the Long Beach spot's June Keyes Penguin Habitat.

    To-knows about this sweet threesome? They were born in May 2018. There are two females and a male. And they've been off view, growing bigger and stronger.

    But on Sept. 13, they joined the habitat, and said hello to the public for the first time. They're now enjoying the habitat, and living among siblings and with their parents, who also call the penguin-splashy area home.

    These penguins are no longer super-small, as in babylike, any longer, but they are rocking some lighter plumage, which should make them easy to find among the other waterfowl on view.

    Also beyond cool? "This is the sixth year that penguin chicks have hatched at the aquarium." And the total number of hatchlings for the AOP? Thirteen.

    Also from the "beyond cool" department? People who join the Aquarium of the Pacific's Adopt an Animal program at $100 level or higher before September ends will be in the running to name of the female chicks.

    It's all beyond cool, in fact, and literally so, too, since we're talking about penguins, birds that do adore a refreshing swim.

    See these cuddly newbies taking to the water in their habitat, in Long Beach, soon. Because the truth about baby penguins? Time passes and, before you know it, they're waddling straight into adulthood.



    Photo Credit: Robin Riggs

    Fuzzy times three: See these sweeties at the June Keyes Penguin Habitat at the Aquarium of the Pacific.Fuzzy times three: See these sweeties at the June Keyes Penguin Habitat at the Aquarium of the Pacific.

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    Hurricane Florence made landfall on the coast of North Carolina early Friday morning as a Category 1 storm, flooding beachfront cities with ocean water and pouring rain.

    Photo Credit: Steve Helber/AP

    This aerial photo shows a sailboat stacked up onto a house as a result from Florence, now a tropical storm, in New Bern, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018.This aerial photo shows a sailboat stacked up onto a house as a result from Florence, now a tropical storm, in New Bern, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018.

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    A bloodhound K-9 named Copper located an 80-year-old man who was reported missing after he walked away from Fern Basin Campground near Idyllwild, according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

    The man had been missing for more than seven hours by the time Copper and his handler, Deputy George Scott, were called to assist in locating him. After being provided a jacket to find the man's scent, Copper tracked him over the mountain terrain before ultimately locating him on the side of a hill.

    Riverside Mountain Rescue Unit and Riverside County CAL-FIRE personnel helped free the man from the hillside before reuniting him with his family. He was treated for dehydration, according to the Sheriff's Department.

    Copper was rewarded for his efforts with a sweet treat from a local coffee shop.



    Photo Credit: Riverside Sheriff's Department

    Copper, a Riverside County Sheriff's Department bloodhound K-9 unit, and his handler Deputy George Scott pose after teaming up to locate a lost elderly man who had wandered away from his family at a campground near Idyllwild.Copper, a Riverside County Sheriff's Department bloodhound K-9 unit, and his handler Deputy George Scott pose after teaming up to locate a lost elderly man who had wandered away from his family at a campground near Idyllwild.

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    Police in Glendale are seeking additional possible victims after a man was arrested for allegedly molesting a boy at a Glendale music school.

    Harmik Haghverdian, 48, was arrested Aug. 8 for "inappropriately touching" an 11-year-old boy during a guitar lesson, Glendale Police Department spokesperson Tahnee Lightfoot said in a news release. The arrest followed an investigation into the incident that started Aug. 3.

    Haghverdian was booked for lewd and lascivious acts on a child under 14, but police fear there may be more victims.

    Anyone with information is asked to call GPD Detective Suzanne O'Brien at 818-548-3106 or email her at sobrien@glendaleca.gov.



    Photo Credit: Glendale Police Department

    Harmik Haghverdian was arrested for allegedly molesting an 11-year-old boy at a Glendale music school. Police are looking for more possible victims.Harmik Haghverdian was arrested for allegedly molesting an 11-year-old boy at a Glendale music school. Police are looking for more possible victims.

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    A Southwest Airlines flight bound for San Diego was diverted to LAX on Saturday morning due to a medical emergency, the airline confirmed.

    According to those on board, a woman had a seizure and a flight attendant kept the woman safe until landing.

    Flight 6641, which left the Sacramento Airport just before 6 a.m., landed in Los Angeles at 7:16 a.m.

    The patient and three family members got off the plane at LAX.

    The flight finally landed in San Diego at 8:30 a.m., an hour and 10 minutes behind schedule.



    Photo Credit: Tabitha Gomez

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    What's more likely to make your legs quiver, your elbows throb, and your knees turn to jelly?

    Approaching an incredibly tall roller coaster you're about to ride for the first time, or even the tenth, or heading into a very shadowy maze that you know, for a fact, is not monster-free?

    There's the potential for jelly-like joints in both cases, but then that's half the adventuresome fun.

    The other half of the fun, at least at Fright Fest, the annual scream-it-out extravaganza at Six Flags Magic Mountain, is actually getting on the ride, or entering the haunted attraction, and laughing/shrieking your way through.

    And that laughing/shrieking can begin at Fright Fest presented by Snickers, which will begin to haunt the Valencia theme park on Saturday, Sept. 15.

    The final evening of eerie-o-sity? That would be Oct. 28. And while Fright Fest won't be freaking the frights nor festing it up each night, it will be live over several September and October nights.

    Er, or undead?

    For that's the vibe, brave lovers of Halloweentime events. There are chilling attractions to explore, including a twist on Red Riding Hood, and Scare Zones, too, like Witches Lair and The Shadows (think "long windy howls," hoo boy).

    As for shows? If you dig hypnotism with a dash of humor, grab a seat for High Sierra Hypnotist.

    But, like the hauntingest season, Fright Fest can't lurk about the land o' mega coasters forever. So best float, like a ghost, in this dastardly direction, to line up your ticket or pass now.



    Photo Credit: Six Flags Magic Mountain

    Magic Mountain is awash in monsters, so best make your way to the roller-coaster-y theme park... if you dare... from Sept. 15 through Oct. 28, on select nights.Magic Mountain is awash in monsters, so best make your way to the roller-coaster-y theme park... if you dare... from Sept. 15 through Oct. 28, on select nights.

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