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    First things first.

    When you hear that something tasty is headed into its final weekend, but you also have the knowledge that if it runs out early, well, that's it, you should take that to heart and go directly to the goodie that you're dreaming about.

    The goodie in question at the moment is The Donut Man's famous strawberry doughnut, which has a pretty long annual run, all told, but there are months when these glistening beauties are not available for purchase. 

    Think of that blue time as "most of the fall" and "part of winter," which makes sense, as the strawberry's reign does coincide with the finer days of spring and summer.

    And as it is now fall, you can bet that the pastry, which has a way of drawing people to the historic Glendora doughnut shop from points all over, is wrapping up its sweet stretch for 2018.

    Which leads us to break this news to you, via a recent social media posting by The Donut Man: The weekend of Oct. 6 and 7 is expected to be the final time to snag one of these $4.50 gems, a gooey, fruit-laden, and highly luscious experience.

    But, and this is a major "but," listen here, kindly, if you will: The strawberry doughnuts may not last through to Sunday, Oct. 7, if a bunch of fans get a hankering over the coming days.

    So don't put off your Glendora excursion, if you need one strawberry doughnut in 2018. Go now. Go well ahead of the weekend. Get there in time to make sure you get one.

    And if you don't?

    Don't straw-ss out: Strawberry doughnuts returned to the beloved stand in February 2018, which means a mid-winter 2019 showing for this SoCal classic could very well be in the culinary cards.



    Photo Credit: The Donut Man

    Haven't chowed down on one of these iconic pastries yet this year? That window is closing. Get to Glendora by the first weekend in October, or sooner, because when the strawberry doughnuts are gone for the season, that's it.Haven't chowed down on one of these iconic pastries yet this year? That window is closing. Get to Glendora by the first weekend in October, or sooner, because when the strawberry doughnuts are gone for the season, that's it.

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    In the days leading up to a public allegation that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh exposed himself to a college classmate, the judge and his team were communicating behind the scenes with friends to refute the claim, according to text messages obtained by NBC News.

    Kerry Berchem, who was at Yale with both Kavanaugh and his accuser, Deborah Ramirez, has tried to get those messages to the FBI for its newly reopened investigation into the matter but says she has yet to be contacted by the bureau.

    The texts between Berchem and Karen Yarasavage, both friends of Kavanaugh, suggest that the nominee was personally talking with former classmates about Ramirez’s story in advance of The New Yorker article that made her allegation public. 



    Photo Credit: AP

    President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, answers a question about guns from Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., during a third round of questioning on the third day of his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington, to replace retired Justice Anthony Kennedy.President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, answers a question about guns from Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., during a third round of questioning on the third day of his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington, to replace retired Justice Anthony Kennedy.

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    Police were pursuing a silver Honda Accord in the San Fernando Valley Monday night.

    Eliana Moreno and Newschopper4 Alpha were over the pursuit at approximately 7:30 p.m.

     

    Refresh this page for updates.



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    Julie Swetnick says she's a shy person who pays no attention to politics. But she says she felt she had to go public with serious allegations against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

    In an exclusive broadcast interview with NBC News, Swetnick claims she saw Kavanaugh behave inappropriately at parties in the early 1980s.

    "He was very aggressive — very sloppy drunk, very mean drunk. I saw him — go up to girls and paw on them, try to, you know, get a little too handsy, touching them in private parts. I saw him try to shift clothing," she told Snow.



    Photo Credit: AP

    This undated photo of Julie Swetnick was released by her attorney Michael Avenatti via Twitter, Wednesday, Sept. 26. 2018.This undated photo of Julie Swetnick was released by her attorney Michael Avenatti via Twitter, Wednesday, Sept. 26. 2018.

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    Two shooting incidents only blocks apart took two lives and hospitalized three others in Compton Sunday.

    During the noon hour, a man was shot to death on the 1500 block of Long Beach Boulevard, according to a statement issued by Deputy Charles Moore of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Headquarters Bureau.

    Hours later, 12 blocks to the south, gunfire mortally wounded a 17-year-old girl behind the wheel of a car, and at least three others required hospital treatment, said LASD Lt. Scott Hoglund.

    The victims were struck just west of Long Beach Boulevard, in or near a narrow, alley-like road known as Crane Avenue, according to Hoglund.  On the other side, separated by a fence, is the playground of Optimal Christian Academy, an elementary school where hundreds had gathered for a dance exhibition featuring clowns.

    No one on the playground was hurt.

    The car with the 17-year-old continued north two blocks until it crashed into cars parked outside homes. Neighbors called 911 and ran to help. The victim was taken to a hospital but did not survive.

    A passenger in the vehicle struck by gunfire jumped out and ran south, saying his brother had been shot, according to one of the neighbors.

    Of the two wounded adults, one was treated and transported to a hospital, according to Battalion Chief Anthony Adams of the Compton Fire Department. Another shooting victim had left the scene before paramedics arrived and went to a hospital in a private car.  A 14-year-old girl who fled to safety by scrambling over the schoolyard fence was treated for a wound in her hand.

    The shots appeared to come from the direction of the boulevard, Hoglund said.

    Several of the dance performers denounced the recklessness of the shooting so close to an event for children.

    "Whoever did it, y'all cowards," said one of the dancers who clustered outside the scene, yet to change from his show costume.

    Two days earlier, eruption of gunfire inside a house in the 600 block of West Palmer Street struck three people and killed two. One of the victims was identified Monday as 65-year-old Eddie Talley, Jr. Talley's wife was wounded, and a teenage daughter died.

    Jamie Williams, 43, was arrested and booked for murder.


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    For 11 kids from an anti-bullying campaign, the Monday morning blues quickly turned into Dodger Blue. These kids were surprised by Dodger alumni Many Mota and former Dodger pitcher Dennis Powell with free Dodger passes.

    They are students at La Rosa Elementary in Temple City, which participates in the MLB’s anti-bullying program called Shred Hate, and the students surprised this time exemplify the program's message.

    Aside from the free passes, the kids were also treated to team T-shirts and hats while the two players were waiting for them outside.

    And the kids couldn't hide their emotions as they cheer happily.

    "I felt so excited," said third-grader Jaslyn Young.

    Monica Lukesh, Assistant Principal at La Rosa Elementary School, said that the 11 kids selected are kind and that they look after people who are being bullied.

    The Dodgers transported the kids in a luxury bus. Some of the kids admitted that they loved the idea of skipping school to go to a Dodgers' game.

    "It's really cool they would invite students to go to a game and skip school," said seventh grader Daniel Matta.

    They also shared the school’s core beliefs in sign language which is: be safe, be kind, be a positive learner.



    Photo Credit: KNBC-TV

    Former Dodgers Dennis Powell and Manny Mota gave around a dozen lucky kids a free pass to the Dodgers' game on Monday, Oct. 1, 2018.Former Dodgers Dennis Powell and Manny Mota gave around a dozen lucky kids a free pass to the Dodgers' game on Monday, Oct. 1, 2018.

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    An official environmental analysis by the government found that as many as 299 premature deaths annually by mid-century would be the result of President Donald Trump's weakening of pollution and fuel-efficiency standards for new cars, NBC News reported

    Additionally, the proposed change in standards, which rolled out in August, would cost Americans nearly 17,000 days of work a year, due to increased illnesses.  The emissions rule would do nothing to rein in the potentially catastrophic global warming either, according to the analysis by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

    The likely negative health impacts from allowing more pollution are outlined in a chart deep in the NHTSA’s environmental impact statement. It predicts 199 additional cases of acute bronchitis a year, 62 added emergency room visits from respiratory distress annually and a total of 16,819 missed work days per year. The premature death total of 299 annually would come under one predictive model, while another model suggests premature deaths would top out at 134 a year.

    The Environmental Protection Agency did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 



    Photo Credit: Eric Risberg/AP, File

    In this Sept. 19, 2013 file photo, automobile traffic flows over the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. An official government environmental analysis found that President Donald Trump's weakening of pollution and fuel-efficiency standards for new cars would lead to more illnesses and deaths.In this Sept. 19, 2013 file photo, automobile traffic flows over the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. An official government environmental analysis found that President Donald Trump's weakening of pollution and fuel-efficiency standards for new cars would lead to more illnesses and deaths.

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    A liquor store owner got her purse stolen with $12,000 inside, but its not the money that saddens her as much as does the six carat diamond ring in that purse.

    “My previous husband just bought it to me as a gift before he passed away” says Maha Hanna, owner of Glory Liquor store on Pacific Coast Highway in Wilmington. “It just means a lot… to me that’s something that will never come back.”

    Hanna was stocking her new store and said was busy going back and forth unloading tons of shopping and forgot to put the cash and ring in a safety deposit box.

    The thief was caught on surveillance camera and can be seen passing by the vehicle and casually opening the door and grabbing the purse.

    “I feel my stomach hurt,” she says as she watches the video. “I felt I was violated.”

    Other business’ in the area caught on surveillance camera the moment the thief was rummaging through the purse. Another camera caught the suspect leaving a nearby restaurant in what detectives believe was a black Dodge pick-up truck.

    Hanna and her husband are offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspect. Detectives urge witnesses to help and contact them at 31353@lapd.online



    Photo Credit: KNBC

    Thief takes purse with thousand and diamond ring in it outside of a liquor store in Wilmington.Thief takes purse with thousand and diamond ring in it outside of a liquor store in Wilmington.

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    An attempted burglary in Suitland, Maryland, went all wrong when the suspect's brick ricocheted off bulletproof glass and smashed into his head. 

    Police are calling him the "Bad Luck Bandit."

    The suspect shattered the front glass to get inside a waiting area of a takeout restaurant, police said. Surveillance video shows him then trying to break through a window to a back room.

    The suspect lobbed the brick once, then twice, but the bulletproof glass resisted. He wound up his pitch for a third attempt and flung the brick to the window. It bounced back.

    The suspect flinched, but it was too late.

    The brick smacked him in the head, sending him to his hands and knees.

    He tried to pick himself — and the brick — up again, before realizing the extent of his pain. Video shows the suspect rolled back, lay down on the restaurant floor and stayed there.

    Police say he was on the ground for several minutes before giving up and leaving.

    Prince George's County police are looking for the suspect. He was in the area of the restaurant in the 4000 block of Suitland Road in Suitland, Maryland, in the early hours of Sept. 20, police say.



    Photo Credit: Prince George's County Police

    Maryland police are searching for a man they've dubbed the Maryland police are searching for a man they've dubbed the "Bad Luck Bandit" who was hit in the head by a brick he threw at a store window.

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    A woman who was allegedly beaten and tied up in her Wisconsin home by her ex-boyfriend was saved last week when a Domino's Pizza delivery driver noticed she was in distress, NBC News reported.

    What seemed like a normal delivery turned into a rescue mission for deliveryman Joseph Grundl after he noticed the woman had a black eye, he said.

    "She mouthed 'help me' to me and then after when the guy left to get money and she mouthed 'call the police.' This was just as I was about to leave," he told NBC News, confirming a Sheboygan County Sheriff's Department incident report.

    Grundl called 911 when he got back to the restaurant. Deputies arrested Dean Hoffman after seeing him try to keep the woman from leaving and hearing her yell "help me."



    Photo Credit: Sheboygan County Sheriff's Department

    Dean HoffmanDean Hoffman

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    About every three years, Porsche throws an over-the-top party for fans of its race cars. Rennsport Reunion VI, celebrated during the last weekend of September on California's Monterey Peninsula, featured hundreds of Porsches representing the automaker's 70-year history.

    Photo Credit: Jonathan Lloyd/NBC4

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    Lobsters are not uncommon in New England, but rare-colored crustaceans make for some excitement. Some have gone on display at aquariums and science centers.

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    A stabbing victim was found dead late Monday near the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

    The man in his 20s was stabbed in Parking Lot K along the loop around the Rose Bowl, police said. Witnesses reported what sounded like a fight between at least two men before the stabbing. 

    The man died at the scene. No arrests were reported early Tuesday.

    A detailed description of the attacker was not immediately available.

    The loop around the historic football stadium is popular among runners and walkers, some of whom exercise late at night. Details about what led up to the confrontation were not available early Tuesday.



    Photo Credit: KNBC-TV

    A stabbing victim was found dead late Monday Oct. 1, 2018 near the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.A stabbing victim was found dead late Monday Oct. 1, 2018 near the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

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    At least two envelopes found Monday inside a mail processing center on the Pentagon's campus are suspected to contain ricin, according to initial testing, officials tell NBC News. 

    The mail processing center is located on the Pentagon campus but not within the Pentagon building itself.

    Two suspicious envelopes were addressed to U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis and U.S. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson, a source familiar with the incident told NBC News. 

    The source said there were no indications that anyone had been exposed to the substance.

    Security officials found a suspicious substance during mail screening, Pentagon spokesman Col. Robert Manning III said Tuesday afternoon. 

    "On Monday, the Pentagon Force Protection Agency detected a suspicious substance during mail screening at the Pentagon's remote screening facility," Manning said in a statement. 

    The FBI said tests on the envelopes were being conducted Tuesday. 

    A federal official told NBC News that a field test indicated the presence of ricin. Those tests can be unreliable, the official said. 

    All mail received at the facility was quarantined and poses no threat to Pentagon personnel, Manning said. 

    Ricin is a poison found in castor beans. It can be a mist, a powder or dissolved in water, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If inhaled or ingested, it can be deadly. 

    Stay with NBC for more details on this developing story.



    Photo Credit: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call, File

    This Sept. 24, 2017, file photo shows an aerial view of the Pentagon.This Sept. 24, 2017, file photo shows an aerial view of the Pentagon.

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    The Bob Baker Marionette Theater is leaving its longtime home for "new locations across all of Los Angeles." Coming up? A day-long closing celebration.

    Photo Credit: Bob Baker Marionette Theater

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    We read it time and again, hear about it from many people, and have to acknowledge it for ourselves: Upload a photograph to the internet and there it is likely to stay, and/or be shared, for all of time, or through to the end of the internet, whichever arrives first.

    The lesson here, in short? Contemporary photos have an inherent foreverness to them. And many such snapshots, at least nowadays, tend to be of the took-it-myself variety.

    It was just a matter of time before a light-hearted institution devoted to the snapping of the perfect selfies popped up, and pop up, it did, with cheek, verve, and charm, in Glendale in the spring of 2018.

    But, like that selfie that invariable gets deleted, even fun pop-ups generally come to a conclusion. Which is why the Museum of Selfies has gone on the road to find a new and permanent location.

    It didn't have to travel too far, however: The forever home of this picture-seeking spot will now be found in Tinseltown, at 6757 Hollywood Boulevard, beginning on Friday, Oct. 12.

    The displays that fans have come to adore will also make the journey, including the "bathroom selfie" area, which contains a mirror area with no actual mirror.

    Visitors can also play at being a movie star in the selfie-themed awards ceremony room, which, of course, is an ideal fit for the museum's new neighborhood.

    An optical illusion room by artist Darel Carey and 3D angel wings created by Colette Miller will be part of the larger, yes, picture. (You know these wings, from walls around town, but these are Ms. Miller's first three-dimensional wings.)

    A ticket for an adult? It's $25, while children may enter for $20 each (kids age 4 and under are free).

    Doesn't it make rather delightful sense that such a museum should land, with permanence, in a city that's become synonymous with image awareness, high fashion, and that perfect, red-carpet pose?

    Find your favorite picture-taking device and/or selfie stick, practice that pout, then head for the selfie's new home on, you got it, Hollywood Boulevard.



    Photo Credit: Elkhan Pitman/Museum of Selfies

    The Museum of Selfies will open the doors to its new forever home at 6757 Hollywood Boulevard on Friday, Oct. 12.The Museum of Selfies will open the doors to its new forever home at 6757 Hollywood Boulevard on Friday, Oct. 12.

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    A board game called "Deportation Time" that was created by students at a North County San Diego middle school has sparked a backlash from some students and parents.

    Four seventh- and eighth-grade students at César Chávez Middle School in Oceanside created the game as part of a class project that asked students to design a game themselves.

    The goal was to be the first player to cross the border into the United States and reach an American flag. Players could deport each other with a dice roll. 

    "This type of game is humiliating," said Christina Santiago, a parent of a student at the middle school.

    The project "was intended to develop collaboration, decision-making and learning to divide workload," Superintendent Dr. Julie Vitale said in a statement from the Oceanside Unified School District. 

    Santiago told Telemundo 20 her son raised concerns the game was racist, yet the teacher still approved the project.

    In her statement, Vitale didn't address the parent's claim but said, "while their intention may have been to leverage a current event, we believe it is our responsibility as educators to help them understand that the theme is potentially painful and hurtful to many people."

    The family of each student has been contacted and the district is using the incident to teach students, "an important life lesson" about "unintended consequences," OUSD said. 


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    The death toll has grown to more than 1,200 following the catastrophic 7.5 magnitude earthquake and tsunami that hit Indonesia's central island of Sulawesi on Sept. 28.

    About 62,000 people have been displaced with fuel and food running out in the aftermath of the natural disasters, which come less than two months since another earthquake struck Lombok Island.

    Here's how you can contribute to organizations working to address the disaster:

    Red Cross Society: Indonesia's Red Cross currently has over 175 volunteers and staff working in the region, conducting search and rescue efforts, offering medical support, and dispersing goods. They will continue doing so for months. Jan Gefland, head of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, said the Red Cross' "biggest challenge at the moment is getting access to all communities, and then bringing large quantities of vital relief supplies into the disaster zone." You can donate by mailing a check to your local Red Cross chapter, by writing "Indonesia" in the memo field. Also, here's the IFRC's Sulawesi Tsunami specific donation page.

    CARE: The humanitarian non governmental relief agency, which partners with USAID, is collecting donations to provide clean drinking water, emergency family shelter, and resources including hygiene kits.

    UNICEF: The United Nations Children's Fund has taken their humanitarian efforts to Indonesia. They are now collecting donations on their website for issues specific to children, including reuniting children with their families and providing clean water.

    International Medical Corps: On Friday, the relief agency announced its emergency response team was being dispatched to Indonesia, providing victims with care and supplies. The ask for donations here.

    Project HOPE: On the ground in Palu, the humanitarian organization is collecting general donations. Donations specific to Indonesia's recovery can be made here.

    The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee: The relief organization is assessing the region's specific needs. A donation, the organization writes, would contribute towards the organization providing emergency medical care, supplies and psychological support.

    Food for the Hungry: The international relief and development organization, founded in 1971, has a page for direct donations, for "faithfully answering God's call to respond to suffering." The organization is a charter member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability. 



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    In this file photo, Indonesian men survey the damage in Balaroa neighborhood in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018.In this file photo, Indonesian men survey the damage in Balaroa neighborhood in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018.

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    There are nearly 1.5 million more registered voters heading to the polls this California gubernatorial election than the last one, according to a new report from the Secretary of State of California’s office.

    There were 19,086,589 Californians registered to vote as of Sept. 7, the department said.

    This means more than 75 percent of the state’s eligible voters are registered.

    It’s the largest amount of registered voters for a general election in the history of California, according to the secretary of state.

    “The next step for our registered Californians is turning out to vote,” said Secretary of State Alex Padilla. “I'm also calling on elections officials and community leaders to help inform voters about their options for participating.”

    The secretary referenced the state’s Voter Information Guide and Quick Guide to Props to help California’s make a decision come November.

    To check if you are registered to vote, see the secretary’s voter status website.

    The last day to register online or by mail is Oct. 22. The general election is on Tuesday, Nov. 6.



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    See spectacular designs flutter across the grand, Grand Avenue-based structure through Oct. 6, all to honor the LA Phil's centennial.

    Photo Credit: Refik Anadol Studio

    The story behind this monumental projection art? The story behind this monumental projection art? "To answer the question of what the Walt Disney Concert Hall’s dreams might look like, Anadol worked with the Artists and Machine Intelligence program at Google Arts and Culture to apply machine intelligence to the orchestra’s digital archives, nearly 45 terabytes of data."

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