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    The secret to a long and happy life? The key to longevity? 

    These are questions that people often ponder, but it seems as if Mickey Mouse, who is turning 90 in 2018, has it all figured out.

    A) Keep chipper, even in the face of chaos, even if the orchestra you're conducting is swept up in the wind or the brooms you've magically brought to life create more problems than solutions.

    B) Have a lot of friends over to your place, all the time, like, say, at Disneyland.

    C) Rock a close crew, stick with a look that works, and bring joy to millions, if possible.

    Easy enough?

    The 90-year-old icon, who is, without quibble, the most famous creation of Walt Disney, continues to serve as a pop culture king, a character full of zing, and an enduring symbol of positive can-do and mouseful moxie.

    A moxie that was well on display in "Plane Crazy" and "Steamboat Willie," the earliest cartoons from the plucky superstar's canon.

    So how can you properly pay tribute to the 90th anniversary of the very first wearer of those world-famous mouse ears?

    Cue Mickey's iconic laugh: A new pop-up art installation is opening at Lupetti Pizzeria in the Arts District on Wednesday, Oct. 10.

    A fabric bale work by artist Shinique Smith is the fantastical focus of the LA pop-up, so make time to linger before "Bale Variant No. 0026 (Ode Mickey Mouse, My First Love)."

    The Mickey-laden plush piece is on view at the pizza restaurant through Oct. 23. Next up? It'll head for New York City in November, as part of a larger exhibition. 

    "Mickey: The True Original Exhibition," is an "immersive, photo-worthy art experience inspired by Mickey's status as a 'true original' and his consistent impact on art & pop culture."

    Need more Mickey in your life? There's a 90th birthday television special coming up, on Sunday, Nov. 4 on ABC.

    A bevy of celebratory clips, cartoons, songs, and stars, including appearances by Kristen Bell, Sofia Carson, Leslie Odom, Jr., Josh Gad, NCT 127,  and Josh Groban, bring the Mickey-fied fun to the two-hour "Mickey's 90th Spectacular."

    Happy nine decades to a marvel of a mouse, a symbol of sweetness and friendship, a keep-on character who has cheerily reigned just about every corner of the pop culture universe, and then some.



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    Find Shinique Smith's Find Shinique Smith's "Bale Variant No. 0026 (Ode to Mickey Mouse, My First True Love)" at Lupetti Pizzeria in the Arts District through Oct. 23.

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    USA Today is being criticized for publishing an op-ed Wednesday from President Donald Trump with factual inaccuracies that go unchallenged.

    The opinion piece claims that a push by some Democrats for "Medicare for All" would hurt seniors and effectively eliminate the Medicare program, which provides healthcare to Americans older than 65 and those with disabilities.

    "How can @usatoday allow Trump tp [sic] publish an article with documented falsehoods?" tweeted Glenn Kessler, who writes the "Fact Checker" blog for The Washington Post.

    Others pointed out that the op-ed contains links that include information directly refuting the op-ed's claims, NBC News reported.

    Journalism professor Dan Gillmor called the decision to publish the op-ed "journalistic malpractice."

    Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer tweeted out a version of the op-ed with "false and misleading" parts marked up with red ink.

    USA Today's standards editor did not respond to requests for comment by NBC News.



    Photo Credit: AP
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    President Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018.President Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018.

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    Tell a friend we've got a party to go to this weekend?

    That's a pretty common bit of information to share.

    Tell a friend that we've got a hoedown, though, and we're off to pet a goat, join a pie-eating contest, and clap along as a musician rocks the washboard?

    Far rarer, all told, unless you happen to be a fan of the Original Farmers Market at Third & Fairfax, and you also happen to know that it is home to one of the oldest Fall Festivals around, and that this particular jamboree is as sweet and as old-timey and as spirit-lifting as larks come nowadays.

    Oh yes: And this Fall Festival is also free.

    But perhaps you're that rare bird, and, if so, chances are you are flying directly for the clocktower'd destination on Saturday, Oct. 13 and Sunday, Oct. 14. 

    For that's when this founded-in-the-'30s hoedown will summon the banjos and set out the pies for the "no-hands" pie-eating showdown.

    Visitors will have the chance coo over goats, dance to twangy bands, cheer on the young'uns competing in "pedal-powered tractor pull competitions," and observe the making of various crafts, too.

    Candy corn hole, pumpkin bowling, pumpkin decorating, and, yes, the R.I.P. ring toss add a happy Halloween sheen to the sunny day out.

    In short? It's a homespun celebration that brims with the autumn-flavored sweetness city folk so often seek come this time of year.

    As for the shopping end of the nostalgia-driven to-do? Look for the olive oil that's been pressed right there, and the fresh produce, and the oodles of goodies to buy and bite around the sizable public market. 



    Photo Credit: Original Farmers Market

    Devour pie (without your hands), love upon a piggie, and pose for perfectly autumn-awesome pics at the beloved landmark on Oct. 13 and 14, 2018.Devour pie (without your hands), love upon a piggie, and pose for perfectly autumn-awesome pics at the beloved landmark on Oct. 13 and 14, 2018.

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    Three people were arrested in a kidnapping, torture and attempted murder, of a man found bound, beaten and doused in paint in an abandoned home in unincorporated Fontana, officials said.

    Jose Alvarez, 31, Roberto Gonzalez, 39 and Adilene Calvillo, 31 all from Fontana, were booked into jail in connection with the crime, according to a news release from the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.

    The incident happened Oct. 4, after a citizen called police about homeless people occupying an abandoned home on Catawba and Ceres avenues, in unincorporated Fontana, officials said. Police said they didn't know the motive. Deputies arrested the three suspects there and found the victim after hearing shrieking cries for help, officials said.

    They found him naked, bound with rope and covered in white paint. He had been severely beaten and submerged in a tub of water, authorities said.

    Anyone with information is urged to contact Fontana Sheriff's Station, Criminal Investigations Division, Detective Eric Lugo, at (909) 356-6727. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call th e We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at www.wetip.com.


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    For months rat-infested trash has been piling up on Ceres Avenue, a street that connects downtown LA's bustling produce and garment districts. Now, health officials say accumulations of trash like this could be a cause of an outbreak of the bacterial disease typhus. 

    LA's mayor is now in apology mode.

    "It's disgusting and it's unacceptable," LA Mayor Eric Garcetti told NBC4, after the I-Team showed him pictures of garbage piling up for months. 

    When asked why the city hasn't collected trash on a city street, Garcetti responded:

    "Well, it should have been. And we're going to get to the bottom of why it wasn't and make sure that it is."

    The LA County Public Health Department says "typhus is a disease that infected fleas can spread to humans." The fleas often live on rodents, cats, and dogs that are drawn to garbage.

    There are 57 cases of typhus reported in LA County so far this year, far higher than most years. A cluster of nine cases has been identified in what officials now call "The Typhus Zone," a section of downtown LA encompassing Skid Row and newer upscale residential housing and businesses.

    "I actually kind of wanted to die, because I couldn't figure out what I had," said Van Shemirani, who owns a clothing company in the Fashion District. He told NBC4 he suffered two months of high fever and nausea before his doctors at UCLA Medical Center diagnosed him with typhus.

    Shemirani says his warehouse was constantly overrun by rats, which he suspects were the cause of his typhus infection.

    "I definitely think I got it from the rats," Shemirani said.

    People who work in the downtown and Skid Row areas say they've complained constantly to the city's 311 number to pick up piles of trash but the calls often go unaswered.

    Records obtained by the I-Team show the Department of Sanitation received more than 2,200 calls to 311 over a two-year period to pick up trash near homeless encampments but failed to respond to more than half of those calls.

    "If someone is calling 311 and not getting through that's unacceptable," Mayor Garcetti told NBC4. "Things sometime slip through the cracks but this is unacceptable and I'm going to make sure that it doesn't happen, Garcetti added.

    After Garcetti spoke to NBC4 about the typhus outbreak and the city's failure to control trash and rats, the Mayor's Office called the I-Team. His spokesman Alex Comisar said the city is now allocating an extra $300,000 to cleaning up trash and sanitizing streets around the "Typhus Zone." The clean-up, according to Comisar, has already begun.

    There is a typhus epidemic in LA County right now with a recent outbreak of cases around downtown LA.

    Here are five things to know:

    1. Typhus is not typhoid. Typhus is a disease spread to humans by fleas from dogs, cats and rats. Typhoid is a food-borne illness transmitted through contaminated food and water.

    2. A typhus outbreak in LA includes people living on the streets and also workers and business people.

    3. Typhus symptoms include high fever, rash, abdominal and muscle pain.

    4. Typhus is rarely fatal and can be treated with antibiotics.

    5. You can prevent getting typhus by using flea products on your pets and keeping away from wild animals like feral cats and rodents.



      Photo Credit: KNBC-TV

      For months rat-infested trash has been piling up on Ceres Avenue, a street that connects downtown LA's bustling produce and garment districts. Now, health officials say accumulations of trash like this could be a cause of an outbreak of the bacterial disease typhus.For months rat-infested trash has been piling up on Ceres Avenue, a street that connects downtown LA's bustling produce and garment districts. Now, health officials say accumulations of trash like this could be a cause of an outbreak of the bacterial disease typhus.

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      It’s pretty common for parents to meddle in their adult children’s love lives, but after one Florida woman used her single son to make a political statement about the #MeToo movement, her son felt he had to respond.

      Marla Reynolds Carr wrote Oct. 6 that her son Pieter Hanson, a 32-year-old Navy veteran from Orlando, won’t go “on solo dates” because of “false sexual accusations by feminists with an axe to grind.” 

      The tweet seems to refer to the sexual misconduct and assault allegations made against recently confirmed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh vehemently denied the accusations at a hearing where Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, one of his accusers, recounted her experience.

      Supporters of #HimToo, which gained popularity during Kavanaugh’s hearing, argue that the judge is an innocent man falsely accused in a #MeToo climate that supports sexual assault survivors and vilifies all men.

      That tweet has since been deleted, and Hanson felt it misrepresented him. He created a Twitter account @Thatwasmymom to clarify how he feels. The account has now evolved into a platform for his outpourings of support for people fighting cancer and photos of cute cats.

      Dubbing himself “a proud Navy vet, Cat Dad and Ally,” Hanson said he supports women who have shared their experiences of sexual assault.

      “That was my Mom,” Hanson wrote in the account’s first tweet. “Sometimes the people we love do things that hurt us without realizing it. Let’s turn this around. I respect and #BelieveWomen. I never have and never will support #HimToo.”

      Since its creation on Tuesday, the account has gained more than 39,500 followers.

      Hanson’s clarification didn’t stop the wave of “This is my son” memes that erupted on Twitter in response to Carr’s original tweet.

      Twitter users have accompanied pictures of theirs pets, famous movie characters and TV personalities with “This is my son” descriptions parodying Carr’s original tweet.

      “Also, Twitter, your meme game is on point,” Pieter Hanson complimented. 

      Hanson’s older brother, Jon Hanson, 35, told "Today" the situation is “the ultimate gift” for teasing his younger brother, who he said is “overwhelmed and tired” because of the massive social media response.

      “But he’s being a really good sport, and trying to make it a positive thing,” Jon Hanson said. “It’s still so funny to me. I told the story so many times.”

      Jon Hanson also said this isn't the first time their mom has tried to score them a date using social media.

      “She’s done it to us, but nothing political before,” Jon Hanson, who is currently engaged, said. “But she’ll write things like, ‘Gosh, my sons are good guys. Why are they still single?’”

      Jon Hanson also tweeted a screenshot of a 2015 Facebook post in which their mom said she was “so proud” of Pieter Hanson, “one of the handsomest guys in the world.”

      Despite deleting her Twitter account, their mother has also been able to laugh at the situation, according to her older son.

      “I think we’re all getting a laugh out of it right now,” Jon Hanson said in an interview this morning. “I talked to her an hour ago. She is upset but we got her to laugh.”

      Pieter Hanson, a University of Central Florida business student with plans to open a brewery, is using his new handle to correct the misrepresentation shared in his mom’s tweet.

      A scroll down the @Thatwasmymom page will reveal photos of his cats Monkey and Chalupa and retweets of other people’s stories about battling and surviving cancer. Pieter Hanson’s younger brother Cooper is a non-Hodgkin lymphoma survivor. 

      In one of his more recent tweets, Peter Hanson called on his followers to help him maintain the good vibes and said he was “overwhelmed and humbled by the outpouring of love, positivity and cat photos.”

      “If you have positive things you want me to share let me know! Oh and more cats!” Hanson wrote.



      Photo Credit: Pieter Hanson
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      Pieter Hanson is pictured in a March 17, 2018, Instagram photo. The current University of Central Florida business student created a Twitter account to challenge his mother's political tweet.Pieter Hanson is pictured in a March 17, 2018, Instagram photo. The current University of Central Florida business student created a Twitter account to challenge his mother's political tweet.

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      Although media coverage of the #MeToo movement has typically focused on public figures, the movement has also reshaped how companies handle and work to prevent sexual harassment allegations on a daily basis, with varying degrees of success, according to a recent study.

      An increase in sexual assault allegations has caused company leadership to reconsider how employer and employee behavior affects the work environment.

      Last Friday, Oct. 5, marked the one year anniversary of the publication of The New York Times report detailing a series of sexual harassment allegations that had followed Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein for decades.

      The #MeToo movement, which gained prominence as a Twitter hashtag in October 2017, has evolved into a cultural revolution promoting justice for sexual violence survivors. It has helped topple rich and powerful men like actor Kevin Spacey, CBS Corp. Chairman and CEO Les Moonves, NBC "The Today Show" anchor Matt Lauer and CBS anchor Charlie Rose. 

      One-third of company executives reported changing their behavior during the #MeToo movement, according to a study released Oct. 4.

      The study was organized by the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) and surveyed executives, managers and non-managers in 15 industries.

      Johnny Taylor, Jr., the president and CEO of the human resource organization, said that many of these respondents changed their conduct to avoid making others uncomfortable if there was a possibility that could be the result.

      “It’s really clear to say, these were not people who said they were engaged necessarily in inappropriate or even truly legal sexual harassment,” Taylor said. “But they said the perception is as important as anything, so they modified their behavior in response to it.”

      Among these positive reactions, Taylor said the organization also received responses like “I will never hire any of them,” implying that the respondent would no longer hire women because of an unfounded fear of increasing sexual assault allegations. About 5 to 10 percent of the responses could be classified as extreme.

      Taylor said that human resource department can use the data to “create better training interventions so that essentially there is no overcorrection or backlash to the #MeToo movement.”

      Taylor also noted that “what people say is sometimes different than what they do.”

      Chai Feldblum, the commissioner of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission had a different opinion. 

      “That is clearly illegal,” Feldblum said. “Those people are putting their employers at legal risk. So it is a very short sighted and in fact dangerous response, as a matter of law.” 

      Feldblum added that often they “were the people who were not mentoring or hiring women before, and now they’re sort of using [the #MeToo movement] as an excuse.” 

      The EEOC has also released reports noting the positive impacts of the movement. 

      During the 2018 fiscal year—which lasted from Oct. 1, 2017, to Sept. 30, 2018—the EEOC filed 41 lawsuits alleging sexual assault, a 50 percent increase from fiscal year 2017, according to an EEOC press release.

      Feldblum said the #MeToo movement has helped women be “more comfortable to begin to come forward and to vindicate the rights that they have to work” in a professional sphere.

      The human resource management survey found that 10 percent of respondents believed the zero-tolerance policies increasingly implemented by companies following the rise of the #MeToo movement were important in preventing sexual harassment.

      Both Feldblum and Taylor cautioned that zero tolerance policies can be too strict. The policies often call for the dismissal of individuals whose conduct may be inappropriate but does not rise to the seriousness of sexual harassment. Feldblum said the right level of discipline might be something short of dismissal.

      “We encourage employers to communicate that no act of harassment, however low-level, will be tolerated,” Feldblum said. “But then, send the message that incidents of misconduct, that after investigation, have been proven to be true, will receive timely and proportionate discipline.”

      If the punishment is too harsh, it could diminish the reporting because often someone wants the conduct to stop, not for the person to be fired, she said.

      Taylor said zero-tolerance policies can also hurt new, younger hires, who need time to adapt to professional culture. 

      “We’re trying to show them that the behaviors they engaged in May, just before graduation, aren’t acceptable in July in the workplace,” Taylor said. “And so that’s why training is so critical. These aren’t necessarily bad people, they’re just learning what it means to be working adults.



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      The #MeToo, which gained traction in October 2017, has swept though the media industry and toppled leaders in all levels of the companies involved.The #MeToo, which gained traction in October 2017, has swept though the media industry and toppled leaders in all levels of the companies involved.

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      A Manhattan Beach restaurant once hailed by the late great LA Times food critic Jonathan Gold is teaming up with the Los Angeles Chargers and LA Rams for NFL's Kick Hunger Challenge.

      Chef David Lefevre of Manhattan Beach hot spot, MB Post, is fundraising for the Los Angeles Chargers, and Chef Steve Samson of Sotto is fundraising on behalf of the Los Angeles Rams for the NFL's Kick Hunger Challenge.

      One hundred percent of the proceeds the local chefs raise will go to the Los Angeles Food Bank.

      Gold once referred to MB Post as "a restaurant you'd want to cater your tailgate party."

      Chef Lefevre gave NBC4 the inside scoop, if you will, with a quick and easy tailgate recipe. Check out the video above, and follow NBCLA on all our social channels for more.



      Photo Credit: Getty Images

      Chargers play against the Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 23, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Both of LA's NFL teams have recruited local chefs, as they take part in the NFL Kick Hunger Challenge to raise money for the Los Angeles Food Bank (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Chargers play against the Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 23, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Both of LA's NFL teams have recruited local chefs, as they take part in the NFL Kick Hunger Challenge to raise money for the Los Angeles Food Bank (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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      Food trucks? We don't mean to shock anyone, or rock any various boats, or shake things up, but they're generally where you go to get food.

      It's in the name, after all, and while you and your co-noshing pals may talk about a host of topics, while you wait at the truck's window for your meal, those topics don't necessarily weave their way into what you're eating.

      But if you're inclined to talk films with your friends, and about pop culture with your pals, as you're chowing down at the local food truck, check out the offbeat opportunity truckin' this way soon: "The E! People's Choice Awards food truck" will be setting up sweet shop in Hollywood and at Universal CityWalk for two special days, and we do mean "sweet."

      For the food truck will be giving away complimentary goodies themed to the finalist you vote for, when you walk up to the truck.

      Oh yes, there's the "offbeat" angle to this eat-fun story: Visitors to the truck are invited to "... place their votes for a 'The E! People's Choice Awards' category and then receive a free, customized, Instagrammable food item representing their choice."

      Is there a hashtag? You bet: It's #PCAs.

      Are there dates? Thursday, Oct. 18 and Friday, Oct. 19.

      You'll want to head to Hollywood Boulevard between Highland and Orange on Thursday and the 5 Towers area of Universal CityWalk on Friday. And you'll want to be there from 11 a.m. to 5 o'clock on Thursday or in the afternoon and evening on Friday, to vote for a finalist and nibble on your free treat.

      When to see "The E! People's Choice Awards" and find out if your food truck vote sent your favorite finalist to the top? E! will broadcast the awards show on Sunday, Nov. 11.

      Universal Studios and NBC-owned TV stations operate under the same parent company NBC Universal.



      Photo Credit: Erik Bardin

      The E! People's Choice Awards food truck will toodle into Hollywood on Oct. 18 and Universal CityWalk, with themed treats in tow, on Oct. 19.The E! People's Choice Awards food truck will toodle into Hollywood on Oct. 18 and Universal CityWalk, with themed treats in tow, on Oct. 19.

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      An arrest was made Wednesday afternoon during a search in the Calabasas and Malibu areas for an armed burglar wanted for questioning in the shooting death of camper, several law enforcement sources told NBC4. 

      The man was spotted walking through the brush near Mulholland Highway during an intensive search involving dozens of LA County Sheriff’s Department deputies and detectives.

      A gun was found, the sources confirmed.

      NBC4 obtained security video images of the wanted man recorded during a burglary in the early morning hours of Sunday, Sept. 30. It showed a man wearing a face mask and head lamp pulling the screen off of a window.

      Another image shows the burglar had a long gun slung over his left shoulder as he climbed into a construction office at the intersection of Mulholland Highway and Las Virgenes. The man made off with a cache of food and left other valuables untouched.

      The trailer is less than a quarter-mile from the Malibu Creek State Park campground where camper Tristan Beaudette was shot to death in June.

      Several days later detectives said the same man burglarized a building at a nearby water treatment facility, again, stealing only food from a refrigerator and freezer.

      On Tuesday the man was again recorded on security video attempting to break-in to vending machines at the Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center on Malibu Hills Road.

      The law enforcement sources said the gun seen on security video could be a key piece of evidence in the Beaudette case, if it can be linked through ballistic tests to the bullet recovered at the Beaudette scene.

      The Sheriff’s Department said it was also investigating whether the same man could be responsible for a series of seemingly random shootings reported in the same area over the last year.

      The sources cautioned that not all of those shooting incidents were consistent with the Beaudette case, and it was possible multiple people were responsible.

      The recent series of food burglaries was similar to several others at outbuildings on properties with large homes and businesses in the area, and investigators not authorized to discuss the case publicly told NBC4 they believed the burglar could be living in the wilderness area nearby to avoid detection by residents or law enforcement.

      "It should be noted there have been four or five reported burglaries of unoccupied offices and other buildings at night in the general area in the past two years," the Department said in a statement last week.

      "It is unknown if those burglaries are related to this incident, but there are some similarities."



      Photo Credit: KNBC

      Suspect in Malibu and Calabasas burglaries wanted for questioning in shooting that killed father camping at Malibu Creek State Park being arrested on Oct. 10, 2018.Suspect in Malibu and Calabasas burglaries wanted for questioning in shooting that killed father camping at Malibu Creek State Park being arrested on Oct. 10, 2018.

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      President Donald Trump directly accused Hillary Clinton of engaging in a conspiracy with Russia to affect the 2016 election during a campaign rally in Erie, Pennsylvania, Wednesday night, NBC News reported.

      "There was collusion between Hillary, the Democrats and Russia," Trump said, just after his supporters had chanted "lock her up" about Clinton. "There was a lot of collusion with them and Russia and lots of other people."

      Special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating whether Trump or his operation colluded with Russia or obstructed justice afterward. But Trump allies in Congress and on cable news programs have argued that Democrats, Justice Department and FBI officials and the Clinton campaign conspired to frame him.



      Photo Credit: AP

      President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Erie Insurance Arena, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, in Erie, Pa.President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Erie Insurance Arena, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, in Erie, Pa.

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      Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist and Washington Post contributor, is feared dead after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last week and has not been seen since. Khashoggi has been a vocal critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman. Khashoggi went to the consulate to pick up paperwork in order to marry his fiancee.


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      For months rat-infested trash has been piling up on Ceres Avenue, a street that connects downtown LA's bustling produce and garment districts. Now, health officials say accumulations of trash like this could be a cause of an outbreak of the bacterial disease typhus. 

      LA's mayor is now in apology mode.

      "It's disgusting and it's unacceptable," LA Mayor Eric Garcetti told NBC4, after the I-Team showed him pictures of garbage piling up for months. 

      When asked why the city hasn't collected trash on a city street, Garcetti responded:

      "Well, it should have been. And we're going to get to the bottom of why it wasn't and make sure that it is."

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      The LA County Public Health Department says "typhus is a disease that infected fleas can spread to humans." The fleas often live on rodents, cats, and dogs that are drawn to garbage.

      There are 57 cases of typhus reported in LA County so far this year, far higher than most years. A cluster of nine cases has been identified in what officials now call "The Typhus Zone," a section of downtown LA encompassing Skid Row and newer upscale residential housing and businesses.

      "I actually kind of wanted to die, because I couldn't figure out what I had," said Van Shemirani, who owns a clothing company in the Fashion District. He told NBC4 he suffered two months of high fever and nausea before his doctors at UCLA Medical Center diagnosed him with typhus.

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      Shemirani says his warehouse was constantly overrun by rats, which he suspects were the cause of his typhus infection.

      "I definitely think I got it from the rats," Shemirani said.

      People who work in the downtown and Skid Row areas say they've complained constantly to the city's 311 number to pick up piles of trash but the calls often go unaswered.

      Records obtained by the I-Team show the Department of Sanitation received more than 2,200 calls to 311 over a two-year period to pick up trash near homeless encampments but failed to respond to more than half of those calls.

      "If someone is calling 311 and not getting through that's unacceptable," Mayor Garcetti told NBC4. "Things sometime slip through the cracks but this is unacceptable and I'm going to make sure that it doesn't happen, Garcetti added.

      After Garcetti spoke to NBC4 about the typhus outbreak and the city's failure to control trash and rats, the Mayor's Office called the I-Team. His spokesman Alex Comisar said the city is now allocating an extra $300,000 to cleaning up trash and sanitizing streets around the "Typhus Zone." The clean-up, according to Comisar, has already begun.

      There is a typhus epidemic in LA County right now with a recent outbreak of cases around downtown LA.

      Here are five things to know:

      1. Typhus is not typhoid. Typhus is a disease spread to humans by fleas from dogs, cats and rats. Typhoid is a food-borne illness transmitted through contaminated food and water.

      2. A typhus outbreak in LA includes people living on the streets and also workers and business people.

      3. Typhus symptoms include high fever, rash, abdominal and muscle pain.

      4. Typhus is rarely fatal and can be treated with antibiotics.

      5. You can prevent getting typhus by using flea products on your pets and keeping away from wild animals like feral cats and rodents.



        Photo Credit: KNBC-TV

        For months rat-infested trash has been piling up on Ceres Avenue, a street that connects downtown LA's bustling produce and garment districts. Now, health officials say accumulations of trash like this could be a cause of an outbreak of the bacterial disease typhus.For months rat-infested trash has been piling up on Ceres Avenue, a street that connects downtown LA's bustling produce and garment districts. Now, health officials say accumulations of trash like this could be a cause of an outbreak of the bacterial disease typhus.

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        It's October and ghouls just want to have fun. If you're looking for family-friendly and downright devilish activities to get into the Halloween spirit, here are some of the many events this month has to offer.

        Theme Parks

        Halloween Horror Nights

        Considered the "scariest event of the year," Halloween Horror Nights promises to blow your soul away.

        This year’s Horror Nights counts with super scary mazes and attractions which include:

        • Stranger Things
        • Trick 'R Treat
        • The First Purge
        • Poltergeist
        • Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers
        • The Horrors of Blumhouse: Chapter Two
        • Universal Monsters
        • The Walking Dead Attraction
        • Terror Tram

        For more details check out Mazes and Attraction here

        Check out this year’s Scare Zones.  

        Guest will also have the chance to see a JABBAWOCKEEZ show.

        Halloween Horror Nights which runs through Nov. 3. There are a variety of entry tickets you can choose.

        If you are only considering a single night experience, you can choose from the following options:

        • General Admission
        • Universal Express
        • After 2pm Day/ Night
        • Universal Express After 2pm
        • R.I.P Tour

        If screaming and running from horrifying creatures if your thing, then you can purchase the frequent fear passes, which include:

        • 2 Nights of Fear Pass
        • Frequent Fear Pass
        • Ultimate Fear Pass

        For more details on event admission, dates and tickets prices, visit this page

        This event is not recommended for children under the age of 13. Not costumes or masks are allowed.

        Plus, check out the Stranger Things menu. (Of course, there is a plate of Eleven's Eggos.)

        Mickey’s Halloween Party

        This family-friendly event runs through Oct. 31 and is exclusively for party ticket holders, including early access to both parks, up to three hours before the event!

        Upon arrival, each guest receives a bag for trick-or-treating but you can also bring your own. Follow the treat trail by using a special map or the Disneyland app to discover trick-or-treat stations.

        Looking for allergy-friendly or sugar-free treats? Ask a cast member at any of these locations for help along with a list of ingredients, while supplies last.

        Get the full experience and watch the Halloween Screams fireworks, listen to the bone chilling tunes of the Cadaver Dans, and encounter The Headless Horseman marching down Main Street.

        Meet and greet characters in their Halloween costumes and take wicked pictures with some of the Disney Villains right in the middle of Town Square.

        Everyone hail to the pumpkin king! A new parade will take place this year featuring Disney villains and Haunted Mansion characters.

        All guests are welcome to use costumes but must be family-friendly and follow Disney's guidelines.

        Aside from the fab spooky decor, both Disney Parks offer various ways to get into the Halloween spirit.

        • Tours: For $85 you can book a 2.5 hour tour around the parks and learn about the legends of the park’s creepy characters and their creators.
        • Seasonal goodies: Download the food guide and grab a spooky drink or treat at either of the Disney Parks , don’t forget to snap a picture!
        And don't forget to check out the Headless Horsemen, and the famous gingerbread house on the Haunted Mansion ride.

        Knott’s Scary Farm

        Knott's Scary farm is offering endless nightmares.

        The Halloween-transformed theme park features haunted mazes, attractions and shows.

        You can also scream along with more than 1,000 horrifying creatures coming at you in every corner of the park.

        Tickets start from $44 through Oct. 31.

        But if you really enjoy haunted dreams, Knott’s Scary farm is also offering its "Haunted Dreams Hotel Package" which includes:

        • Hotel
        • Scary farm admission
        • Buffet and early entry

        Packages start at $280 per night.

        Six Flags Fright Fest

        Be ready to scream and look for a place to hide!

        Six Flags Fright Fest is here until Oct. 28.

        This year's Fright Fest is filled with zombies, nightmares and screaming.

        Make sure to check out the haunted attractions and scare zones

        Rides also sound better at night—especially in the dark and with horrifying company around.

        For more information on tickets and dates you can go here.

        Spooky Things to Do

        Griffith Park Ghost Train

        Location: 5202 Zoo Dr. Los Angeles, CA 90027

        Dates: Click here for dates. 

        Time: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

        Your Halloween adventure awaits. This is a family-friendly 23-minute train ride through an imaginary world.

        There's about 30 creative displays and don't worry: there aren't jump scares or bloody decorations.

        General Admission is $20 and tickets are available at the gate the day of the event. There are two online ticket options available. There are express tickets for $30 and advance tickets for $25. It is asked for riders to be at least 34 inches tall and weigh less than 350 pounds.

        Haunted Hayride in Griffith Park

        Leave the wee little trick-or-treaters at home for this one. The LA Haunted Hayride, while in the same vicinity as the Ghost Train, is a little different. At the Old Zoo in Griffith Park you will sit on a lengthy hayride where, yes, you actually do sit on actual hay, and not hay bales, as it wends through numerous wicked and whimsical scenes. Tickets start at $35.99 for select nights through Oct. 31. The haunt is recommended for children 8 years and older. Learn more about it here.

        Dark Harbor at the Queen Mary in Long Beach

        For scream-filled dreams Sept. 27 through Nov. 2 on select nights, you can take your love of horror to the water on the Queen Mary in Long Beach. There are six terrifying mazes and secret rooms, live entertainment, bars and exciting rides. Admission starts at $20. If you are brave enough to stay aboard the storied haunted ship, rates to book a room start at $85 with special code "NIGHT."

        Booking a night on the Queen Mary, called one of the "Top 10 most haunted places on Earth" by Time Magazine, allows guests to see the "alleged paranormal activity" that makes the ship so unique.

        Pumpkin Patches and More

        Cal Poly Pomona Pumpkin Festival and Pumpkin Patch

        Location: 4102 S. University Dr. Pomona, CA 91768

        Dates: Oct. 9 to 31

        Hours: Hours vary.

        Go on a treasure hunt through the corn maze that is taller than 12 feet, find your way out and receive a 'Maze Magician' button.

        Play and compete in games run by student clubs, enjoy live music, food and hay wagon rides.

        There are many attarctions for little ones such as the kid's pumpkin patch, farm kids activity zone and kid's corn maze.

        Planning on taking a field trip? Check out what dates and times are available.

        Parking is free but limited, and while admission is free into the Pumpkin patch, fees apply for other activities.

        Forneris Farms

        Location: 15200 Rinaldi St, Mission Hills, CA 91345

        Dates: Sept. 29 to Oct. 21

        Festival Hours: Monday-Friday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

        Pumpkin Patch Hours: Open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

        Go through the four acre corn maze and find all 12 hidden riddles, keep track of them in your scorecard and enter it for the Corny Grand Prize. This year's corn maze design celebrates 100 years of John Deere. Check here for rules and pricing.

        Entry is free but attraction prices for 3 years and up are $15 per person which include the Corn Maze, Train Ride & Farm Frolic area.

        A giant pumpkin jumper, hay pyramid and the Haybale Mini Maze are some of the many things the Farm Frolic area has to offer.

        On weekends you'll find a refreshment stand, live entertainment, pony rides, a petting zoo and face painting.

        Unfortunately, educational school trips are not offered this season.

        Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch

        Location: 10100 Jefferson Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232

        Dates: October 5-30. Closed Oct. 15

        Hours: Sunday – Thursday 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday and Saturday 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

        Ride giant rocking horses, explore the pumpkin village, decorate pumpkins and take part in many other activities at Mr. Bone's Pumpkin Patch. 

        Dress up your furry friends in their best dog costume as there will be a contest on Oct. 17 from 5:30 p.m to 7:30 p.m. sponsored by Best Friends Animal Rescue and on Oct. 26 get your sweet tooth ready for Mr. Bones annual  trick-or-treat event. 

        There will be entertainment on select nights and food trucks will be on site.

        Admission is only free Monday through Thursday and Friday’s from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in person or online.

        Pumpkin Nights

        Location: Fairplex . 1101 W McKinley Ave, Pomona, CA 91768

        Dates: Oct. 12 to Nov. 4, except Halloween

        Hours: 5 p.m.-10 p.m.

        Discover the Forbidden Pumpkin City, dig for treasure in the Pumpkin Pirate Cove and explore six other lands built out of more than 3,000 hand-carved artificial and real pumpkins. Enjoy games and entertainment such as the Spirit of Pumpkins fire show, demonstrations by professional pumpkin artists, fire breathers and dancers. Little ones can take part in a scavenger hunt, catch a screening of Disney's "Coco" or get their faces painted. Local food trucks will be on site selling food and beverages.

        Tickets prices vary, as there is general admission from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and night owl specials from 8 p.m. to closing time. It is recommended to reserve tickets online in advanced as there are limited tickets sold on-site. Parking is $12 at Gate 17 on Fairplex Dr.

        Live Oak Canyon Pumpkin Patch

        Location: 32335 Live Oak Canyon Rd., Redlands, CA 92373

        Dates: Sept. 22 to Oct. 31

        Hours: Hours vary, check calendar

        Farm admission is free Monday through Thursday. On Wednesdays, Farm Fun Bands are available at the gate for $19.95, granting unlimited access to most attractions.

        From Friday through Sunday admission is $5. At the event, one can enjoy live music, buy food, access the farm, flower garden, pumpkin house and pumpkin patch. Watch pig races, or a magician (who's only there on Saturdays and Sundays).  Go on tractor rides or strike a pose with some of the fall photo props around the farm.

        Tear it up in the corn maze, carousel, bouncy houses, zip line, pumpkin blasting, paint balling and 30 other attractions, specialty activities and carnival games are available to choose from.

        Get tickets here.

        Shawn's Pumpkin Patch

        Location: 6020 W. Jefferson Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232

        Dates: Oct. 6 to Oct. 31

        Hours: 9 a.m to 8 p.m.

        Searching for the perfect looking pumpkin for Halloween?

        Shawn's Pumpkin Patch might have it, and the best thing yet — entry is free.

        At Shawn's Pumpkin Patch you can find fun attractions for all ages, such as:

        • Bounce houses
        • Ponies
        • Petting zoo
        • Train rides
        • Straw maze
        • Giant slides
        • Kiddie rides
        • Face painting and so much more!

        If you're thinking of throwing a Halloween or pumpkin themed birthday party, check out the packages here.

        You can find field trip information here.

        Nights of the Jack in Calabasas

        Nights of the Jack will feature thousands of hand-carved, illuminated pumpkins at the the historic King Gillette Ranch in Calabasas. It's good, family fun, and the ranch promises a "Halloween season like never before!"

        Tickets for everyone 13 years of age and older are $25, children's tickets (4-12 years old) are $20, and babies 3 and under are free. It's on Oct. 11 through Nov. 4 at 26800 Mulholland Hwy., Calabasas, CA 91302. 

        Boo at the LA Zoo

        Planning to go to the LA Zoo sometime this month?

        The LA Zoo is hosting a spooky event throughout the whole month of October.

        There will be entertainment and different activities on weekends—such as live shows, special animal feedings and themed photo options for people from all ages.

        Trick-or-treaters are welcome Oct. 20, 21, 27 and 28, as there will be treat stations throughout the zoo.

        Don't foget to wear a costume!

        Vampirates at Pirates Dinner Adventure Halloween Show in Buena Park

        Just a hop, skip and jump away from Knott's Berry Farm, Pirates Dinner Adventure -- kind of like a Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament but with pirates -- is going ghoulish for Halloween. 

        The family-friendly show is on Oct. 5 through 31, and features death-defying stunts, swordplay, duels to the death, and a dastardly crew of Vampirates. 

        Enjoy a four-course dinner while the show rolls on. 

        Tickets range from $37 for kids under 11 to $62 or more for adults. They offer military discounts.

        Adults Only

        Free "Beware the Dark Realm" Haunted House in Santa Clarita

        This one is not for the kids! The Beware the Dark Realm haunted house, an award-winning haunt, is so scary, children under 10 years old are encouraged to stay home. See the shockingly real realm Saturday, Oct. 13, Friday, Oct. 19, Saturday, Oct. 20, Friday, Oct. 26, and Saturday, Oct 27.

        Location: 28621 Sugar Pine Way, Santa Clarita, CA 91390

        Admission is free, but donations to the Sivley Family are welcome. With a $5 donation per person to the SCV Child and Family Center, each person can snag a front of the line pass.

        Hours: 7 p.m.-10 p.m.

        The Cauldron Spirits and Brews in Buena Park

        Looking to enjoy some "spirits" for Halloween? Fun is bubbling up at a Halloween-themed tavern in Orange County. The Cauldron Spirits and Brews is across Beach Boulevard from Knott's Berry Farm. The Cauldron's Executive Chef, Lara Hannemann, once served as a Creative Director at Knott's Berry Farm. You'll find "...enchanted décor, ornately framed vintage illustrations of witches and cats, flickering lights, and more," plus "wooden beams, potions, 17th-century relics and a familiar magical white owl." Hours? 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. Wednesdays through Sundays.


        From theme parks to pumpkin patches, here are some of the family fun and spooky things to do during October, because Halloween is just around the corner.From theme parks to pumpkin patches, here are some of the family fun and spooky things to do during October, because Halloween is just around the corner.

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        Police on Wednesday beefed up patrols in a Long Beach neighborhood where a great-grandfather was shot to death as he watered his lawn a day earlier.

        Police said no suspects have been arrested, but declined to release any further information on what investigation has learned.

        Family members identified the victim as Raul Corrales, 69, describing him as the beloved patriarch of a large family that includes 17 grandchildren and one great grandchild.

        "Everyone around here knows my dad," said Rebeca Rodriguez, one of his five daughters. "I had the best dad anyone can ask for."

        He was shot Tuesday as he was on the sidewalk with several grandchildren who had stopped by to visit, according to Rodriguez. The kids ran when they heard.

        "When they turned around, he was on the ground," Rodriguez said.

        A mechanic by trade, Corrales had moved into the neighborhood more than a quarter century ago. Since retiring, he had devoted his life to caring for Maria, who suffers from kidney disease. He drove her to her daily dialysis treatments, family said.

        Throughout the day, family members kept vigil at a memorial of photos, flowers and candles on the sidewalk.

        "I just ask whoever done this can see the pain that he's causing the family," Rodriguez said.

        Facing unplanned funeral expenses, the family has launched a Go Fund Me page


        Raul Corrales, 69, was shot to death on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018 while watering his lawn.Raul Corrales, 69, was shot to death on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018 while watering his lawn.

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        Ever driven down Hollywood Boulevard, with an out-of-town friend in the car, and felt inclined to point at various buildings and landmarks and statues and signs along the way?

        Chances are strong that if you've shared a few silver-screen-y stories about the hallowed thoroughfare, you've also noted which structures include tenants of the otherworldly assortment.

        For such locations, the kind of locations with said-to-levitate residents, are pretty plentiful in Tinseltown, thanks to the neighborhood's long history — well, long for this area, at least — and assortment of big personalities, big moments, and movie-major lore.

        But if you need to brush up on your phantom-focused tales for the next time an out-of-towner rides in your car through Hollywood, there's a way to do so, and quite soon, too.

        Make that two ways, or, at least, two opportunities: The Old Hollywood Walking Tour is going to feature its Haunted Hollywood Edition on the evening of Thursday, Oct. 11 and again on the morning of Friday, Oct. 26.

        'Tis the spookiest season, indeed.

        Hollywood-loving tour guide April Brooks Clemmer will weave wraithful tales of days gone by through her history stroll-about, so you might just learn about a few new spots where things that are normally unseen have been, well, seen.

        Sights spied along a traditional Old Hollywood Walking Tour include some of the vintage theaters around the fabled area as well as the "oldest remaining residence on the Boulevard."

        Yep, it is all a tad ghosty, if you subscribe to such a spirited outlook.

        A ticket is $25.

        Might you encounter a star of decades gone by? Or a blip of light out of the corner of your eye? Or just the gentle thrill of slightly unsettling yarns spun on an October day or night?

        Float in this direction now, ghost fans, for a ticket to the special twist on the traditional Hwood walk.



        Photo Credit: Bison Archives

        Enjoy a look at the Tinseltown of yore, and, just perhaps, some of its ghosts, on Oct. 11 and 26. (Pictured: Warner Hollywood Theatre, 1928)Enjoy a look at the Tinseltown of yore, and, just perhaps, some of its ghosts, on Oct. 11 and 26. (Pictured: Warner Hollywood Theatre, 1928)

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        After alleged sexual abuse of three underage girls in the police explorer program, the Irwindale Police Department reached what's being called a record multi-million dollar settlement. 

        Attorney Anthony M. DeMarco, who represents the victims, said he believes there could be more out there.

        Three women reached a $4.055 million settlement with the city of Irwindale and its police department, while just last year, a fourth woman settled for nearly $3 million. All of them allege they were molested by former police Officer Daniel Camerano.

        "He would take these girls to isolated parts of the city that were dark and abuse them," DeMarco said in an interview with NBC4. 

        Camerano was convicted in 2015 for molesting one victim. The abuse taking place betweeen 2008 and 2010 when the girls were between ages of 14-17. Their attorney said Camerano would molest them during ride-alongs, in the utility room, and in the briefing room, and alleged that other officers knew what was happening.

        "Just he and her into this utility room so they’d been seen going in there alone, close the door, and there for 20 to 30 minutes at a time, just the two of them," DeMarco said.  

        Learning for Life, an offshoot of the Boy Scouts of America that organizes the police explorers nationwide program, was also named in the lawsuit. 

        DeMarco is calling for reform so that no young person ever be allowed to ride along with officers alone.

        "Ride-alongs should have either two officers and one explorer, or one officer and two explorers at all times," he said. 

        NBC4 reached out to Learning for Life and has not gotten a response. Irwindale ended its explorer program after Camerano’s conviction but he is now out of jail and a registered sex offender. 



        Photo Credit: KNBC-TV

        The Irwindale Police Department reached what's being called a record multi-million dollar settlement after the alleged sexual abuse of three underage girls in the police explorer program, an attorney said Oct. 10, 2018.The Irwindale Police Department reached what's being called a record multi-million dollar settlement after the alleged sexual abuse of three underage girls in the police explorer program, an attorney said Oct. 10, 2018.

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        Los Angeles city work crews were out in force Wednesday morning near downtown LA, as part of a new effort to remove trash and filth from more streets.

        The effort is part of the city’s attempt to stem an outbreak of typhus, a bacterial disease that has infected at least nine people in the downtown area. Typhus causes high fever, rashes, and stomach pain. 

        The action comes in the wake of an NBC4 I-Team investigation that documented how trash, infested with rats and flies, has been piling up since at least May and the city hadn't removed it.

        On the orders of LA Mayor Eric Garcetti, who allocated an extra $300,000 for the clean up effort, Sanitation Department crews will now regularly remove trash and feces and then power wash the entire area the city now calls "The Typhus Zone."

        The Zone spans from 3rd Street to 7th Street and Spring Street to Alameda Street, an area which includes not just homeless encampments but pricey new residential and commercial buildings.

        "Every area around here, that will be in the Typhus Zone, will be cleaned up every four weeks," said Enrique Saldivar, who heads up LA's Bureau of Sanitation.

        But people who live and work in the area say the expanded street sanitizing effort doesn't go far enough. There are many trash strewn streets that are just outside the clean up boundary, like Ceres Avenue in the Produce District. 

        "This is a city thoroughfare and it's the city's responsibility to clean it up," said Estela Lopez, executive director of the LA Downtown Industrial Business Improvement District.

        Because of the I-Team's report, the Bureau of Sanitation now says it will clean out mountains of trash from Ceres Avenue on Friday.

        As for the streets that are being regularly sanitized, Sanitation Department crews aren't removing all the filth. On one street, the I-Team noticed a dead rat and a pile of feces left behind after crews supposedly cleaned that block.

        "If this is called street cleaning somebody's not doing their job," said Darwin Spears, who told NBC4 he lives in a tent on San Pedro Avenue and witnessed that street being cleaned today. 

        "They don't do a good job," he said, pointing to a pile of feces still on the street after crews had power washed it. "That s--- has been there for about three or four days," said Spears.


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        California voters will choose the state's next governor, lieutenant governor, superintendent of public education and other statewide offices on Nov. 6.

        Photo Credit: AP/Jonathan Lloyd/Facebook

        A look at the candidates running for state office in California in 2018.A look at the candidates running for state office in California in 2018.

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        A crash involving nine cars closed lanes Thursday morning on the southbound 101 Freeway near downtown Los Angeles. 

        Aerial video showed several damaged cars near the center divider near Vignes Street. Traffic was backing up into the Hollywood area.

        No injuries were reported.

        Details about the crash were not immediately available. Refresh this page for updates.



        Photo Credit: KNBC-TV

        A crash closed part of the 101 Freeway Thursday morning near downtown Los Angeles.A crash closed part of the 101 Freeway Thursday morning near downtown Los Angeles.

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