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- Always snap a picture of the backseat when you get out of the car.
- Contest the cleaning charge through the app.
- Provide a detailed description of your ride.
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In what's being called an "unprecedented" effort, a team on Monday recovered a body 1,062 feet below the surface of Lake Tahoe, according to the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office.
Crews utilized an underwater remote-operated vehicle to retrieve the body of 33-year-old Cameron Park resident Chaitanya Datla, who reportedly drowned roughly one week prior, according to the sheriff's office.
The sheriff's office called the recovery "unprecedented" due to the technology that was needed in order to pull off the retrieval and the extreme depths of the alpine lake. Lake Tahoe is more than 1,600 feet deep at its deepest point.
A local resident recently donated the remote-operated vehicle used in the mission to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, according to an El Dorado sheriff's official. Douglas County deputies just so happened to recently complete remote-operated vehicle and sonar training.
Members of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office and South Lake Tahoe Fire Department worked with a number of other agencies to pull off the recovery.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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Sauntering along a red carpet?
It's immediate shorthand for success in Hollywood. It's what you do when you've made it as a movie star. It's the place to be seen, should you want to stand before a row of bright, flashing bulbs.
Perambulating along a purple carpet?
That's rather rarer, but if the colorful ground covering is also seen in Hollywood, at a major landmark, you may be on your way to experience something rather whimsical, should you enter the landmark and take a seat before its very large screen.
A purple carpet did indeed pop up for the Sept. 16 premiere of "The House with a Clock in Its Walls" at the TCL Chinese Theatre, and it was determined that the delightful concrete-covering rug should stay for a few extra days, right through to the film's Sept. 21 opening.
So stay it shall, but you don't need to be a celebrity to walk it, nor do you need a ticket to the cinema. It's right outside the doors, complete with a "front door" area that pays homage to the spooky abode seen in the film.
There are faux pumpkins, too, which ups the "fall is here" feel.
The whole forecourt isn't covered, so there are still starry handprints to be admired, but it is an offbeat occasion when something so sizable moves into the iconic area, at least for a few days.
"The House with a Clock in Its Walls" stars Cate Blanchett and Jack Black and debuts on Sept. 21, at the TCL Chinese Theatre and nationwide.
You? You're strolling that mysterious purple carpet, and posing for pictures in front of the pop-up house entry, if you call upon Hollywood before it all wraps.
Photo Credit: TCL Chinese Theatre
The fanciful forecourt covering was seen during the TCL Chinese Theatre premiere for "The House with A Clock in Its Walls"; now it is staying up for a few extra days. The movie opens at the historic movie palace on Friday, Sept. 21.
An Orange County animal shelter is asking for donations after a severely injured pug was found abandoned in a box last week.
The 18-month-old pug was discovered inside a box in Fullerton on Sept. 11. She was somehow suffering from devastating trauma, left with just half of both her hind legs. An investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact OC Animal Care at 714-796-6460.
The pup was taken to OC Animal Care for treatment where the staff named her Mila. It's short for milagro, which means "miracle" in Spanish.
Now, the shelter is seeking donations so that the "precious pug" has the opportunity to "live a long and happy life."
"She has a long road to recovery, but with the generosity of our community we have the opportunity to ensure Mila heals from her injuries both physically and emotionally and is given the chance to find the loving home she deserves," the shelter said in a press release.
Click here to donate. One hundred percent of the donations will go to Mila's care and recovery efforts and any excess monies will be used for animals in need of medical rehabilitation in the future.
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Mila is an 18-month-old pug who was found abandoned and severely injured in Orange County on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018.
Some riders are saying Uber drivers are claiming they've left a mess in the backseat, leaving the passenger to foot a hefty cleaning bill. But the problem is there is no mess at all, and passengers are left to sort it out with Uber to get their money refunded.
Erin Diamond said this exact situation happened to her.
It was a typical Friday night for Diamond and her friends -- dinner, a drink, and an Uber ride home.
"We called an Uber, seven-minute ride," she said. "We were back home, and I got charged $7.50, and thought nothing of it."
But then Uber hit erin with another $80 charge the next day.
"They said there was a mess left in the backseat of the driver’s car. He had to clean it. And it cost $80, so they were charging me that fee."
The driver told Uber she had vomited in the car, she said.
"Our first thought was - this is absurd. We did absolutely nothing," she said.
But Uber sent Diamond a picture - one the driver supposedly snapped when she got out of the car. It was vomit. But Diamond said it wasn't hers.
"I, too, can Google image search for a picture of vomit in the backseat of my car. And send it out and claim someone got sick in my car. This is not true," she said.
Desmond Chargualaf also reached out to NBC4 after he said Uber charged him $150 to clean up vomit that wasn’t his.
Another passenger reached out to our sister station Telemundo 52 with the same complaint. And passengers are complaining online about the same thing - some have even dubbed it "Uber vomit fraud."
"I think we just seemed like an innocent, easy target," she said.
In an email to NBC4, Uber said the "vast majority" of cleaning fee reports are legitimate. Uber would not reveal how the company verifies the reports.
Uber said "we are constantly evaluating our processes and technology related to these claims and will take appropriate action whenever fraud may be detected."
"I want my money back," Diamond said.
Uber refunded Diamond and Chargualaf, who are both reticent to use the rideshare service again.
"It could be a very long time before I do that," Chargualaf said.
Uber wouldn’t reveal to NBC4 if Diamond's driver was removed from the platform.
Online forums show riders complaining of "vomit fraud" occurring with Lyft drivers as well. NBC4 reached out to the company for comment, but didn’t hear back.
Tips on Avoiding Becoming a Vomit Fraud Victim:
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Some passengers came forward to NBC4 to share that their Uber drivers claimed they left a mess in the car, and charged them hefty bills. But the passengers say they were taken for a ride, and never left any kind of mess in the rideshare driver's vehicles.
New surveillance video released Wednesday shows a robber with a machete, and now investigators say the suspect could be the same one who attacked two women in recent months.
The video of the March 12 incident at the Victorville Food 4 Less in the 14700 block of La Paz Drive could potentially lead to the attacker, San Bernardino County Sheriff's investigators said.
In the video, a woman and two men are seen taking a cart full of items from the store.
As they approach the exit, a security guard tries to stop them. But a man pulls out a machete and slices the guard in the hand.
The three suspects got away.
"There's absolutely a possibility that it could be the same person and that is definitely something we are focusing on," Mara Rodriguez of the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department said.
Investigators said he is possibly the same person who was seen on surveillance video in late August running to a Victorville home where he used a machete to seriously injure a woman before driving off with her purse.
A couple of days later, a 16-year-old girl was also attacked outside her home a few miles away.
The sister of the girl who was attacked said the victim saw a black car parked in front of the house, and then the next thing she sees is a man running toward her with a large knife.
Investigators are asking people to look closely at all the surveillance images, especially the man with the machete.
Residents said they are hoping an arrest is made soon, as the attacks have taken away their sense of security.
"It's so concerning because if he has the guts to do it on camera imagine what he can do when there are no cameras," Maria Aboites said.
Photo Credit: San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department
The video of the March 12 incident at the Victorville Food 4 Less in the 14700 block of La Paz Drive could potentially lead to the attacker, San Bernardino County Sheriff's investigators said. In the video, a woman and two men are seen taking a cart full of items from the store. As they approach the exit, a security guard tries to stop them. But a man pulls out a machete and slices the guard in the hand.The three suspects got away.
Two deputies responding to a report of assault with a deadly weapon were shot in East Los Angeles Wednesday evening, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.
The shooting occurred at Salazar Park, close to the intersection of Whittier Boulevard and South Indiana Street at 6:37 p.m., LA County Sheriff's Public Information Officer Nicole Nishida confirmed.
The two wounded officers were rushed to LA County USC Medical Center per the LA County Sheriff's headquarters. At approximately 8:00 p.m., Nishida tweeted that both deputies were in "stable" condition.
At 8:15 p.m., the LASD issued a press release confirming that both deputies were in "stable" condition and stated that four suspects were involved in the incident: One suspect died at the scene; one suspect was injured and taken to a local hospital; one suspect was taken into custody; one suspect was outstanding.
LA County Sheriff Jim McDonnell appeared outside the hospital at approximately 8:45 p.m. and provided an update. McDonnell confirmed that a search was ongoing for a fourth suspect.
In addition, the sheriff said that the original report for assault with a deadly weapon came in at approximately 6:20 p.m. when four suspects in a car pointed a gun at a victim at Salazar Park, and two deputies responded to the call in separate vehicles.
"They approached the vehicle, and as they got out of the black and whites, they were fired upon," McDonnell said. "Both deputies sustained gunshot wounds."
McDonnell added, "This was a gun fight out there tonight from what I was told."
The two deputies were in "serious buy stable" condition, according to the sheriff, and McDonnell described both deputies as "veterans" with over 10 years of experience.
McDonnell said that the injuries sustained were to the upper body for both deputies but that he had spoken to both wounded law men.
A search for the additional suspect in the area around Salazar Park was ongoing with the LASD asking the public for help.
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call "Crime Stoppers" by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP on Google play or the Apple App Store or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org
The Wild Horse is stuck in the stable.
He had hit five homers in a span of 20 hours, one of which left the stadium at a record 114MPH, the hardest hit home run by a Dodger since the exit velocity stat was first recorded in 2006. Yasiel Puig had just carried his team past the St. Louis Cardinals on back-to-back days, and launched his team back into the postseason picture.
On Monday, Puig stood on the steps of the Dodgers dugout looking out at the field dubbed "Blue Heaven on Earth." He lightly stroked his unkempt beard, flexed his bicep muscles as strong as steel, and revealed that contagious childish grin of his.
His youthful energy and exuberance are contagious. He's provided his team with a much-needed spark when they required it throughout the season, so naturally, he would be in the lineup every game for the pivotal three-game series with the first place Colorado Rockies.
Puig was in the starting lineup for the first game of the series on Monday, batting fifth, and recording two hits in an 8-2 victory that catapulted the Boys in Blue back into first place in the hotly contested NL West. The two hits marked Puig's 25th multi-hit game of the season, and came on a day he was named the National League Player of the Week.
There was no doubt in anyone's mind that Puig was by far turning everything he touched into scorched earth. In his last 11 games, he had hit .433 with six home runs and 11 RBI, he had placed the team on his proverbial back and the man coined the "Wild Horse," by Hall-of-Fame broadcaster Vin Scully, was ready to carry his team back into the postseason and possibly their sixth consecutive division title.
Do you remember that arcade game in the mid-90s called "NBA Jam?" It was an exaggerated style of basketball that featured two-on-two play, explosive slam dunks, monster heads, and a secret mode determined by the announcer's electrifying voice: "He's on Fire!"
When a player had made three consecutive shots from beyond the arc, everytime that player touched the basketball from that point forward, it turned into flames. As kids in arcades across the country soon learned, if a player was on fire, you gave him the ball until he missed.
To stay with that analogy, Yasiel Puig is on fire, and accordingly, he needs to be at the plate and in the lineup as often as humanly possible until he finally cools off. At least that's what NBA Jam and popular culture would tell you.
Despite that knowledge when the Dodgers starting lineup was posted in the dugout on Tuesday, Yasiel Puig's name was not on it.
"Yasiel has played a lot recently," said Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts, inexplicably explaining why Puig wasn't in the lineup against left-hander pitcher Kyle Freeland. "To get them a blow and a day off two days before an off day I think is a good thing."
Right-handers are batting .252 with 15 home runs and have more success against Freeland statistically than left-handed hitters who are batting a paltry .168 with just two home runs this season. Roberts and the front office know this about Freeland, so they stacked the staring lineup with all right-handed hitters. Puig was still not on it, and never appeared even as a pinch-hitter, despite six different pinch-hitters being used in a game that went to extra innings.
Puig was also noticeably absent from the team's walk-off celebration in the bottom of the tenth inning after Chris Taylor hit his first career game-ending longball. Puig is normally the first player out of the dugout to douse his teammates in Gatorade during these situations, but on Tuesday night he was nowhere to be seen.
News came out early Wednesday morning that Puig's Encino home had been burglarized for the fourth time, possibly explaining his absence on the field. TMZ reported that three suspects, the same ones believed to have tried to rob him on Aug. 30, broke into his home through a backdoor, ransacking the place and dragging a safe down the stairs before ultimately leaving it in the doorway. LAPD believes the burglars caused around $10,000 in damages.
Perhaps the unsettling feeling of having your home violated was behind the decision to not start Puig in the finale of the three-game series on Wednesday, but ultimately Roberts said it was more about finding playing time for Matt Kemp, than giving Yasiel another day off.
"I think that it's more of really trying to get Matt going," said Roberts before the game on Wednesday. "Yasiel will probably be in there on Friday. I know he's swinging the bat really well, righties and lefties."
"Really well," is an understatement for the reigning NL Player of the Week who if he does start on Friday, will have not played in a game in three consecutive days. A deep roster for the Dodgers packed with All-Star talent certainly makes it difficult to find playing time, and the personal issues surrounding his home and family don't help, but regardless, the hottest hitter on the team should be in the lineup down the stretch.
UPDATE: Proving the initial point of this story, Yasiel Puig appeared as a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the seventh inning of a tie game on Wednesday night and hit a go-ahead three-run home run.
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Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers waits in the hole during a game against the St. Louis Cardinals in the eighth inning at Busch Stadium on September 14, 2018 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
With the approval he had sought for six years, a deported US military veteran returned Wednesday from Mexico to his California home.
Accompanied by advocates who had fought to have his residency restored, Fabian Rebolledo crossed the border from Tijuana to San Ysidro to be reunited with his parents, sisters, and son.
"It feels terrific!" Rebolledo said, proudly wearing his Army full dress uniform.
Rebolledo became the fourth deported veteran to be permitted to return to California since last year. It's estimated dozens more remain in the Tijuana area alone. Their plight has drawn attention, and assistance from such organizations as the Deported Veterans of America, the ACLU, and the Immigrants Rights Clinic affiliated with the law school at the University of California Irvine.
An ACLU study entitled "Discharged, Then Discarded" documented an uptick in deportations of veterans since the 1990's. For legal residents, military service is a path to citizenship, but requires the immigrant to follow an application process. Those who were deported for felony convictions had not done so.
"There is no bigger injustice", said Juan Carlos Mercado, himself an Army infantry veteran, now working in law enforcement, who founded Deported Veterans of America in San Diego. "For Fabian today, we did the right thing. We fixed that wrong."
Born in Cuernavaca, Rebolledo was in his early teens when he emigrated with his parents, and had legal US residency status when he enlisted in the Army at age 23. He was accepted into the 82nd Airborne Divison, and during a tour of duty in Kosovo during the UN peacekeeping mission was wounded in the leg by gunfire. He received a general discharge.
Rebolledo recalls his Army recruiter telling him his service would earn him US citizenship, but he assumed it was automatic and did not apply, he said.
Returning to the San Gabriel Valley area, Rebolledo struggled with PTSD, anger management, and alcohol abuse, and was cited for DUI. He launched a construction business that failed during the economic downtown a decade ago. When he tried to pass a bad check for $750, he was convicted of felony forgery that caught the attention of immigration officials.
After first being deported in 2010, the very next day he used his old residency card to come back over the border, he acknowledged, and remained two years until immigrations officials learned of his return from a speeding ticket.
At the time, Rebolledo was staying with his parents in the San Gabriel Valley. He recalls immigration agents came to the door three separate times. The first two times, on learning he was a veteran, the agents left without taking action. His luck ran out on the third.
"Today is not your lucky day," he was told, according to an account by J. Malcolm Garcia published in his book "Without a Country: The Untold Story of America's Deported Veterans," and online at Salon.com.
Residency was restored to the first three returning deported veterans after Gov. Edmund Brown erased their felony convictions with pardons.
In Rebolledo's case, the enactment of Proposition 47 downgraded the forgery conviction from a felony to a misdemeanor, eliminating the grounds for deportation.
"We are not done," said Annie Lai, co-director of UCI Law's Immigrant Rights Clinic, which represented Rebolledo in the final round of his case. "There are still other veterans stranded abroad."
Rebolledo was accompanied on his return by Lai and Mercado, and on the U.S. side of the border was able to hug his son Derick, now 18, for the first time since he was 12.
"I was pretty stoked to see him," said Derick Rebolledo, who has been raised by his mother.
His father says he believes he has his demons under control. In retrospect, he sees that he hit bottom after the 2012 deportation that left him alone in a country where he had not lived since childhood.
For now, Fabian Rebolledo will be staying with one of his sisters and her husband at their Azusa home. Rebolledo may return to construction, or consider other options for earning a living, he said.
Regardless, he intends to do what he cans to help expedite the returns of the other deported veterans he got to know in Mexico.
But first, he's applying for US citizenship.
Photo Credit: KVEA
Fabian Rebolledo and his mother. Rebolledo became the fourth deported veteran to be permitted to return to California since last year.
Several California elementary schools made it on the “America’s Healthiest Schools” this year, a victory that marks a move towards a healthier generation in the country.
The Alliance for a Healthy Generation is an organization that works with schools, companies and healthcare professionals to improve children’s health.
The organization released a list in which 461 schools around the country were recognized for healthy practices such as offering healthy breakfasts daily, implementing wellness policies and at least 60 minutes of physical education a week.
“The most important investments we can make are those that support kids’ health and education,” said Brian Weaver, Chief Program Officer for the organization.
According to the Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health, one in three children in California is overweight or obese. This is more prevalent in areas with significant racial and ethnic disparities, which is seen across California with more than 38 percent of the residents being Hispanic or Latino.
Below are some of the California schools that made it on the “America’s Healthiest Schools” 2018 list:
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A dead baby minke whale, too big for a transport container, flopped onto the concrete in a parking lot in Rye, New Hampshire, and the 4,000-pound mistake was all caught on camera.
"Oh, that's just terrible," gasped Sarah Rogers, a Stratham resident, as she watched the video.
The whale washed ashore on Jenness Beach Monday morning. Experts say it likely died after getting tangled in fishing lines and crews added insult to injury when they tried to move it.
"That was a mistake that shouldn't have happened and I take full responsibility for that," Rye Police Chief Kevin Walsh said.
Walsh says it was a coordinated effort to remove the dead animal from the public beach. The town called on the state to bring in the dumpster to help transport the whale for a necropsy.
"Our goal was removing the biohazard right away," Walsh said.
He says the problem was simple miscommunication.
"We said, 'baby whale,' so everyone thought it was a small whale," Walsh explained. "We should have measured the length of the animal so it was clear what size container we would need."
When asked why they still attempted to put the large animal in the too-small container, Walsh said they had a strategy. The operator of the front-end loader was trying to drop it into the dumpster diagonally to let the tail stick out.
"And then we had a way we were going to cover it up," Walsh said.
That didn't work.
So the 16-foot whale spent Monday night in the beach parking lot until a larger container was brought in on Tuesday to haul it away.
"It's heartbreaking, honestly," Rogers said.
"It's too bad they didn't manage it a little bit better," said Rye resident Jen Carney.
Chief Walsh says it was a lesson learned the hard way. On behalf of all the agencies involved, he promised to do a better job next time.
A necropsy on the whale was scheduled for Wednesday.
Biologists are hoping to learn more about the minke whale and what may be causing others to wash ashore from Florida to Maine.
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A 23-year-old man was arrested and charged Thursday in the "unprovoked" fatal stabbing of a woman who was jogging through D.C.'s Logan Circle neighborhood, officials said.
Police say surveillance video of the attacker in a distinct shirt and tips from the public helped them track down the suspect, Anthony Crawford of Northwest D.C., to a park near 14th and Girard streets NW Wednesday night. He was charged with first-degree murder while armed.
Authorities had no information to suggest that the suspect and victim knew each other or had any interaction before the stabbing in one of D.C.'s most popular neighborhoods.
"It looks like it was an unprovoked attack," Police Chief Peter Newsham said.
Wendy Martinez of Northwest D.C. was out for a run just before 8 p.m. Tuesday when she was stabbed multiple times. The 35-year-old, who had recently become engaged, was jogging west on P Street NW and was attacked after arriving at the intersection with 11th Street.
Newsham said Crawford has a criminal history, but there was no indication that any of it was violent. He said police will also look into whether Crawford had mental health or substance abuse issues.
After being taken into custody, Crawford was taken to the hospital for an injury on his hand, Newsham said.
Police initially said they were searching for up to three attackers, but Newshawm said Thursday they believe Crawford acted alone.
"It's Pretty Terrifying"
The violent crime left neighbors stunned because of the area's popularity and perceived safety.
"As a runner, it's pretty terrifying. You'd think running on lit streets, you would be safe, but that’s mind-boggling," one woman said.
Another woman who jogs in the area brought flowers to the crime scene Wednesday morning, telling News4 that the victim easily could have been her.
By Thursday morning, the pile of flowers remembering Martinez had grown. A running shoe could be seen at the makeshift memorial.
The crime rate in the area near Logan Circle is relatively low, with few violent crimes reported, D.C. crime statistics show. A number of upscale homes and trendy restaurants are located near the scene of the crime.
"I think that it is unsettling for anyone who lives in this city to see something like this happen," Newsham said Thursday. "This is a very isolated instance. You don't see crimes much like this, even during the course of my career, so it's a very unlikely thing that occured here at this intersection. At the same time, I'm sure that doesn't bring any level of comfort to the Martinez family."
Police released surveillance video Wednesday afternoon showing the attacker walking along 11th Street NW in a long-sleeve shirt that went down past his waist. Footage from another camera shows him walking with a knife in his hand. The knife used in the stabbing was found nearby.
Newsham said Thursday a combination of information from officers and tips from community members helped police identify Crawford as the suspect.
Newsham said police do not have a motive yet, but the "unsettling" attack was likely random.
Strangers Rushed to Help the Victim
After the stabbing, Martinez staggered into a nearby carryout restaurant. She collapsed a short time later.
The manager of the restaurant said he heard someone scream and saw Martinez covered in blood.
"I scared. I don’t know what happened, and I just try to call police," said the manager, who asked not to be identified.
Strangers rushed to the woman's side to help her, and the manager called 911. Martinez died of her injuries a short time later.
On Thursday, Newsham thanked members of community, including a nurse, for trying to provide medical help for Martinez on the scene and for providing tips that led to to the suspect.
"Wendy Karina Martinez Was the Light of Our Lives"
Martinez was an avid runner who lived in an upscale apartment just three blocks away.
She and her boyfriend got engaged just last week, her family said in a statement.
"Wendy Karina Martinez was the light of our lives. Not only was she an avid runner, but she was a devout Christian, a wonderful friend, and a driven professional. Everything you hope that a daughter and a friend could be," her family said Wednesday. "She was also excited to be planning her upcoming wedding to her fiancé, Daniel Hincapie. They were engaged just last week."
"Simply put, Wendy was fearfully and wonderfully made! Now we know she has found the one whom her soul loved. (Song of Solomon 3:4)," the statement said.
Martinez's family asked for respect for their privacy as they grieve and urged anyone with information on her killing to contact police.
Martinez was chief of staff of the software and data company FiscalNote.
"The entire FiscalNote family is shocked and deeply saddened to learn that Wendy Martinez, our Chief of Staff, was killed last night," the company said in a tweet Wednesday afternoon. "Wendy was an invaluable member of our team and a vibrant member of the community. Our thoughts and prayers are with Wendy’s family and friends."
Martinez was a University of Florida and Georgetown University graduate who previously worked for the Organization of American States and the Inter-American Development Bank, according to her LinkedIn page.
Martinez is from Palm Beach County, Florida, family members told NBC affiliate WPTV.
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Wendy Martinez was fatally stabbed near Logan Circle on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2018. She had been jogging along 11th Street NW, police said.
Buena Park's famous fright scene opens with new eeky mazes and classic terrors.
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There are 14 attractions in all, including "Dark Entities" which is set in space. Hold onto your moon boots, all who dare enter this new maze.
Multiple people were killed in a shooting at a Rite Aid distribution center in Harford County, Maryland, and a woman has been taken into custody in connection with the incident.
The shooting was reported just after 9 a.m. Thursday at the Liberty Support facility, which is part of a Rite Aid distribution center. The facility is located in the area of Spesutia Road and Perryman Road in Perryman, just south of Aberdeen, Maryland.
There are multiple injuries and fatalities, Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler said at a news conference Thursday morning.
A woman believed to be the shooting suspect is in custody and is in critical condition at a local hospital. Authorities say all the shots fired inside the facility came from a single handgun. No shots were fired by law enforcement.
There is no additional threat to the area, officials say.
"Another tragic event for us in Harford County," Gahler said. "We’ve stood here before and we stand here yet again today."
Alexie Scharmann, an Aberdeen resident, told NBC affiliate WBAL in a phone interview that her mother was inside the building where the shooting took place. She said her mother sent her a text message saying there was a shooter in the building and that she was hiding.
"That’s the last thing I heard from her," Scharmann told the station.
She added, "I have no idea what’s going on. That’s the only thing I can do is watch the news and pray."
Scharmann later said her sister had received a message from their mother saying she was "outside and safe. I love you."
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan said he is "closely monitoring the horrific shooting."
"Our prayers are with all those impacted, including our first responders. The State stands ready to offer any support," Hogan said on Twitter.
The shooting comes a day after separate mass shootings in two states. Three people were wounded and a fourth grazed by a bullet when a gunman, who was killed by police, opened fire at a software company in Wisconsin. Hours later in western Pennsylvania, a gunman wounded four people at a court building before being killed by police.
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The Chargers are coming off a victory in Buffalo and are preparing for their cross town rival, the LA Rams, but the team isn’t into the hype about “Fight for LA.”
What the players and coaches are focused on is how to stop a red-hot Rams team that has bulldozed the competition in their first two games this season.
“That doesn’t mean anything for us,” said Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn about the “battle” over territory. “I'm sure it's good for the storylines and all that, but we fight for one another. We fight for ourselves. We don't pay attention to the ‘Fight for LA’ thing. It's just another game for us.”
The Chargers are going to have their hands full this Sunday against the Rams because their defense is no joke. The Rams have outscored their opponents 57-0, picked off the opposing quarterback four times, and haven’t allowed a single touchdown all in the last six quarters.
As we all know, games are won and lost in the trenches and the Rams have one of the best interior defensive linemen in the NFL in Aaron Donald, and he’s flanked by Ndamukong Suh, and Michael Brockers. All three have been dominant at the beginning of the season and the Chargers have taken notice.
“It is somewhat different because most weeks — it's a big-named edge rusher it seems like every week, but obviously these inside guys get a ton of attention. Not to take away from the outside guys, but rightfully so those inside guys get most of the attention. They're really solid players. It's a heck of a challenge,” explained quarterback Philip Rivers.
One player that could have some insight on one of the Rams interior players is center Mike Pouncey. He played with Suh for three seasons in Miami and knows what it is like to be out there on a hot day going up against a bull like Suh.
“You’ve just got a guy (Suh) who’s been a dominant player for a long time,” Pouncey said, “And he’s next to another dominant player. It’s going to be a real challenge for the offensive line. It’s going to be a really good test for us to see how we are up front as a unit.”
One thing the team will have to work on is not getting complacent. Last weekend against the Bills, the Chargers went into halftime up 28-6 but ended up only scoring three points in the second half, and against a team like the Rams you have to continue applying pressure.
“It really came down to we didn't get going. We had opportunities and we missed a play here or a play there. It seemed like [there] was one in every one of those series. I think it was three series in a row where we didn't get going. If we just made one of those plays, if we had stayed on the block a half-second longer, if we had used the correct technique, then I think we would have been back in that mode of the way we were playing in the first half,” explained offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt.
“If’s” won’t cut it this weekend against a team that plays “knock you out” football. When they sense the opposing team is about done they go for the final blow. So, if the Bolts have any chance of winning this game they will have to go blow for blow with the Rams. They may be in the same city, but the only thing they are both fighting for is another win in a long season.
NUTS N’ BOLTS
•Chargers injury report: defensive end Joey Bosa (foot), right tackle Joe Barksdale (knee), fullback Derek Watt (thumb), tight end Antonio Gates (illness) did not practice. Receiver Travis Benjamin (foot) was limited in practice and running back Melvin Gordon (neck) was a full participant.
•The Chargers worked out defensive end Kony Ealy. Coach Lynn downplayed the situation and said he has full confidence in Isaac Rochell starting in place for Bosa. He said they worked him out just in case they need a player in the future they know they are ready to play and are in shape.
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BUFFALO, NY - SEPTEMBER 16: Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers gives encouragement to Dan Feeney #66 and Mike Pouncey #53 in the closing moments of the their NFL game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field on September 16, 2018 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
A magnitude-3.4 earthquake was reported early Thursday in the San Bernardino area.
The quake at 5:44 a.m. was centered about a mile southwest of San Bernardino. Weak to light shaking was reported in San Bernardino, Perris, Grand Terrace, Redlands, Colton and other communities east of Los Angeles.
There were no immediate reports of damage.
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A magnitude-3.4 earthquake was reported early Thursday in San Bernardino.
California's best-known surfing spots evoke daydreams of waves rolling toward a sandy shoreline with dramatic pastel sunsets providing an otherwordly background over the Pacific Ocean. Lemoore, California is not one of these iconic coastal destinations.
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A look at Kelly Slater's Surf Ranch, located about 100 miles from the ocean in California's San Joaquin Valley.
A two story home in the Historic South-Central area of Los Angeles was sending thick smoke into the sky, as a man attempted to battle the blaze with a water hose before firefighters arrived Thursday.
The fire broke out in the 4100 block of Wall Street just after 10 a.m.
Firefighters were seen battling the blaze on the roof of the large home as smoke and flames shot through crevices in the structure.
By 10:30 a.m., firefighters had knocked down the fire. No one was injured, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.
Meet Flower, the pet of the week for Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018.
Flower is a sweet, 8-year-old Chihuahua spayed female. She's a little shy at first, but warms up quickly and will shower you with kisses. The 15-pound pup enjoys walks and playtime and when ready to relax, some couch time.
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Flower is the pet of the week for Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018.
The Bel-Air home of legendary Hollywood star Zsa Zsa Gabor has sold for $20.8 million, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The French Regency-style home, which was originally built in 1955, has high ceilings, a sought-after location and, of course, a star-studded pedigree with rumors of everyone from Frank Sinatra to Queen Elizabeth visiting the famous estate.
Gabor was living in the estate at the time of her death in December 2016 with her ninth and last husband, Frederic Prinz von Anhalt.
Most recently, the home was featured in in HBO's Liberace biopic, "Behind the Candelabra," starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, and Ben Affleck's Oscar-winning film "Argo."
The property comes with incredible 360 degree views of Los Angeles spanning from the Pacific Ocean to downtown.
The listing acame with approved permits and plans designed by the architecture firm Harrison Designs for a replacement mega-mansion, although its unclear what the buyer is planning to do with the property. The plans are approved by the City of Los Angeles.
The current home is more than 8,800 square feet while the new plans would offer a 24,020-square-foot residence with the six-car garage measuring more than 4,000 square feet alone. The new house would also offer seven bedrooms and 10 bathrooms along with a gym, steam room and playroom.
"There is also a good possibility that someone could fall in love with this rare Hollywood estate and choose to restore it," said Jade Mills, of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, who held the listing, before the sale.
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The Bel-Air home of legendary Hollywood star Zsa Zsa Gabor has sold for $20.3 Million.