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    A high-tech effort to stop shark attacks before they happen involves a sonar system now in place in Newport Beach. 

    The high-tech shark monitoring system certainly got the attention of surfers at Beacon's Beach in Encinitas, where two weeks ago, a 13-year old boy was injured in a great white attack.

    There have been a growing number of shark sightings in Southern California waters.

    "Every animal in the ocean has a fingerprint,” said Craig Anderson with Smart Marine Systems. “And its fingerprint is the way it swims.”

    Anderson is behind a high tech monitoring system called the Clever Buoy.

    It uses sonar anchored to the ocean floor which in real time, can analyze the swim pattern of any animal that enters a 500-yard area.

    The primary target: Sharks.

    “Once it decides there is a high probability that it's a shark, then it sends information about its location, it's size, and the direction it's swimming into the lifeguards,” Anderson said.

    His system is part of a two-month pilot program. The technology is being tested in Newport Beach near the Balboa Pier.

    “I think it's cool if it’s keeping people safer, there's a lot more activity these days due to climate change,” surfer April Mirvis said when we caught up with her in Encinitas.

    “I don’t feel like I'm normally on their diet plan, so and maybe that's a naive point of view, but that's probably how most of us operate, So, more information is a good thing,” said surfer Jeff Manuel.

    University of San Diego researchers say that, while shark sightings are becoming more frequent off the California coast, it is extremely rare for anyone in the world to be bitten.

    The monitoring system will be tested through November. City leaders will then evaluate its effectiveness and ultimately decide whether this becomes a new tool in the battle between humans and shark. 

    On September 29, a 13-year-old boy diving for lobster at Beacon's Beach was bitten on the arm, ear, shoulder and back. 

    Nearby kayakers, an off-duty police officer and an off-duty lifeguard rushed to the boy's side and got him to shore. 

    It was later determined through DNA that the animal that attacked the teenager was a great white shark.


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    In a first-of-its-kind case, Los Angeles police and Drug Enforcement Administration agents arrested a suspected drug dealer for causing the death of a 23-year-old man in Sherman Oaks.

    In an affidavit unsealed last week, LAPD homicide detectives say they have video evidence that James Dorian Rodriguez, 27, sold a lethal dose of the opioid fentanyl to Romulo Rice on March 18.

    The exchange allegedly happened outside a business on Ventura Boulevard in Sherman Oaks. Just a few hours later, Rice was found dead inside his car in a parking lot nearby. Rodriguez, a Van Nuys resident, was arrested at a motel in Mission Hills.

    The arrest followed Rodriguez being charged in the first indictment brought under a new task force to investigate opioid overdoses. The indictment, returned by a federal grand jury on September 28, charges Rodriguez with distributing the lethal dose of fentanyl.

    "We got a lot of investigating leads concerning this case and it kept unraveling and unraveling and unraveling," says LAPD Detective Kenneth White. "We're no longer going to stand on the sidelines."

    The arrest of Rodriguez signals the first case brought under a new state-federal law enforcement partnership established to aggressively investigate opioid overdose deaths and prosecute the responsible drug dealers.

    The DEA's newly formed Tactical Diversion Squad is part of the Southern California Drug Task Force, which operates under the Los Angeles High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) program.

    "With this state and federal partnership, we are going after drug dealers who leave a trail of death and misery in their wake," said United States Attorney Nicola Hanna. "Fentanyl is a highly dangerous synthetic drug that has caused countless overdose deaths in our community, and we will use every tool at our disposal to send the dealers to federal prison."

    "DEA wants to send a very strong and clear message to street opioid dealers: You are predators and the federal law enforcement system will not tolerate you," said DEA Associate Special Agent in Charge Daniel Comeaux.

    The unsealed affidavit in support of the search warrant reflects how investigators used surveillance video, phone records and witness statements to determine that Rodriguez supplied the narcotics to the victim only hours before he was found dead. The affidavit also states that Rodriguez had intended to sell cocaine to Rice, but accidentally gave him fentanyl instead. The overdose was the result of him snorting the drugs.

    "That's where the danger lies," says LAPD Valley Homicide Detective Andrea Marsh. "They don't know what they're getting and it's in there and something they think they won't die from but they're actually overdosing on."

    The affidavit documents how Rodriguez sold the fentanyl only one month after he was convicted on felony cocaine trafficking charges in Los Angeles Superior Court. When he was arrested on that state case in April 2017, Rodriguez was in possession of cocaine, various pharmaceutical narcotics and marijuana.

    Rodriguez is expected to be arraigned on the indictment this afternoon in United States District Court. If convicted of the charge in the new indictment, Rodriguez would face a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years in federal prison.

    The statutory maximum sentence for the narcotics distribution charge is life without parole. Valley Detectives say they will be looking back on overdose cases to see if additional cases warrant further investigation and possible prosecution.


    Romulo Rice and his mother, Pat RiceRomulo Rice and his mother, Pat Rice

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    If you don't quite believe that records are made to be broken, well, they're certainly obsessed over, pondered, deeply considered, and gossiped about, by both an event's organizers and those attendees who'd like to be among the record-breaking throngs.

    So put this in your shell and slurp it: In 2017, visitors to the DTLA Oyster Festival at Grand Central Market devoured "... more than 14,000 oysters over two days of the festival," an impressive number, especially when you consider that each of those oysters had to go through the time-honored shucking process.

    Is this a process you'd like to watch and even learn about? Or are do you stand tall in the "I'd just like to eat some excellent oysters" camp? 

    Either way, the DTLA Oyster Festival is coming back around, with bivalves by the bucketload, for its fourth festive celebration.

    The dates are Saturday, Oct. 13 and Sunday, Oct. 14, Grand Central Market is the salty spot, and shucking'll be going down, bivalve by bivalve, from 11 a.m. through to 6 in the evening each day.

    Six storied farms are showing up to play a delicious part, including Chelsea Farms of Washington State and Glacial Point Oysters of Alaska, and the chance to meet the pros who perfect the old art of oyster farming is one that can't be missed, if you're a true seafoodian.

    You'll want to show with money, too, to eat those oysters, or to call upon the vendors of Grand Central Market and see what out-of-the-ocean edibles they'll be serving up in honor of the weekend (or, indeed, what oyster-based bites they always have on their menus).

    Temptations will include beer-battered fried oysters at Prawn and Southern-fried oysters at Horse Thief BBQ.

    The Mudbug Brass Band'll be offering up the effervescent sounds, while an activity area for the young'uns will center on, you got it, shell art.

    Are you an oyster aficionado, through and through?

    Unless you've done a good bit of coastal traveling, chances are you haven't had the opportunity to chat up too many oyster farmers.

    Change that, on Oct. 13 and 14 at Grand Central Market, and slurp up a few glistening goodies from the half-shell, too, while you're swimming along the shuck-tastic scene.



    Photo Credit: Grand Central Market

    The art of shuckery will be in focus at Grand Central Market on Oct. 13 and 14. As will the art of oyster-eating enjoyment from a host of top-notch farms from various coasts.The art of shuckery will be in focus at Grand Central Market on Oct. 13 and 14. As will the art of oyster-eating enjoyment from a host of top-notch farms from various coasts.

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    Detectives who arrested an alleged armed burglar suspected of breaking in to several businesses and buildings in Calabasas and Malibu had identified the wanted man by name months ago but couldn't find him.

    A variety of law enforcement sources told NBC News in July that Anthony Rauda, 42, was also wanted for questioning in the shooting death of camper Tristan Beaudette. 

    The sources initially described Rauda as a drifter with a criminal record in Texas and Florida, including an assault case in El Paso and a series of less serious violations in Tampa, court records show.

    In Los Angeles County Rauda was prosecuted in 2003 for commercial burglary and was sentenced to a few months in jail. In 2004 he was arrested again and prosecuted for being a felon in possession of a gun and explosives. He was sentenced to more than 4 years in state prison.

    Booking records show Rauda was last in jail in LA in September, 2016, when he was arrested by deputies at the Sheriff's Lost Hills Station. Rauda was sentenced to serve a 30-day sentence on a misdemeanor charge and a 10-day sentence for a probation violation, court records show.

    On Wednesday Rauda was spotted walking through brush near Mulholland Highway by detectives from the LA County Sheriff's Department's Major Crimes unit and was arrested without incident.

    Rauda was armed with a long gun or rifle when he was caught, the officials said.

    The armed, masked man became the focus of an intensive wilderness manhunt after an early-morning burglary September 30 at a construction office at the intersection of Las Virgenes and Mulholland Highway.

    Security cameras captured video of a masked man with a rifle slung over his left shoulder prying a window open and climbing inside.

    NBC News obtained still images from that video that showed the burglar was wearing a battery-powered headlamp and tactical-style clothing.

    Investigators also told NBC4 food was stolen but valuables including cash were left behind. The break-in was similar to several other food-thefts in the same area, authorities said, leading detectives to consider whether the burglar was hiding out somewhere in the brush-covered hills of Malibu.

    The gun seen on the security video also raised questions about whether the burglar could be responsible for a some of the seemingly random shootings reported in the same area over the last year, including the killing of Beaudette, who was shot while he camped with his 2- and 4-year-old daughters at Malibu Creek State Park in June.

    Preliminary ballistics analysis showed more than one type of gun was used in the shootings, the sources said, so it was not immediately clear how many - if any - incidents might be linked to the gun seen in the security video.



    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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    Celebrating the Los Angeles Dodgers last World Series title 30 years ago in 1988, the Inland Valley Humane Society & SPCA in Pomona is offering a special discount on adoption fees for dogs lasting the entirety of the Dodgers 2018 playoff run.

    Currently, adoption fees for dogs range between $60 and $200, depending on the age of the dog and even what day of the month the adoption takes place.

    The promotion will run the duration of the Dodgers run in the playoffs which could be as early as Oct. 16, or as late as Oct. 31. 

    Dogs named Yasiel Pug, Curly Tail Kershaw and Walker Buehler Retriever will be up for adoption. 

    The Dodgers face off against the Milwaukee Brewers in game 1 of the National League Championship Series (NLCS) on Friday, Oct. 12, in a best-of-seven series to determine who advances to the World Series. The winner will move on to the World Series to face the winner of the American League Championship Series between the Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros.

    Click here for more information about which dogs are available and what time the shelter is open. 



    Photo Credit: Alex Vasquez

    The Inland Valley Humane Society & SPCA is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Dodgers’ World Series championship by making all dog adoptions $30.The Inland Valley Humane Society & SPCA is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Dodgers’ World Series championship by making all dog adoptions $30.

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    Uber announced it will offer free rides to customers on Election Day.

    The rideshare company wants to support the democratic process. Uber will offer free rides to more than 125 U.S. greenlight Hub locations around the country for  its customers and get them to their polling place on November 6th.

    Uber has partnered with national campaigns #VoteTogether and Democracy Works to help provide free rides to the polls.

    In order to get the free ride, you need to:

    • Download the Uber app
    • Sign up for an account
    • Click on the 'Get to the Polls Button'
    If you are already signed up for Uber, make sure you have the latest version of the app.
    To find a Greenlight Hub near you go to https://www.uber.com/en/us/drive/.

    A free ride to the polls is a few taps away on your Uber app.A free ride to the polls is a few taps away on your Uber app.

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    Residents of a gated Hollywood Hills house could not believe it happened again, another intruder prowling inside Wednesday night, just two days after another man had entered an occupied bedroom of the home on Outpost Drive.

    "You don't know what their intentions are. That's what's so scary," said the homeowner, who identified herself as Lynne.

    She was upstairs Monday morning when her guests downstairs awoke to a man in their room.

    "You could not see him, it was that dark," said the resident who identified himself as Jordan. "But you definitely heard the mumbling, and him going back and forth, and the footsteps." 

    Jordan and girlfriend Zoah were not sure if the man saw them, and they remained quiet as he continued mumbling to himself. He then went out the outside door they had left ajar for ventilation, and apparently tripped, falling into the swimming pool, they said. As they locked the door and called police, he pulled himself out, and was lying on the deck when officers arrived.

    "He didn't seem to know where he was or whose house he was at," Zoah said.

    Police told the residents they man appeared to be under the influence of methamphetamines.

    The home is in Outpost Estates, a classic old Hollywood neighborhood that dates to the 1920s and remains a magnet for celebrities, despite its proximity to a stretch of hotels and motels and other businesses on busy Franklin Avenue.

    Wednesday night, when Jordan was home alone, he noticed someone trying the doorknob. Thinking it was Lynne, he called out to her, then heard footsteps running down the hallway. The intruder got out of the house without being seen.

    Later, outside, after police arrived, Jason and Zoah saw a stranger — not the Monday intruder — suddenly cross Outpost Drive toward the gated estate of Kat Von D, the famed tattoo artist and reality TV star. They yelled when he went through the gate, and moments later he left, heading south toward Franklin Avenue, passing through a hotel property before police caught up and arrested him.

    Von D and her husband said they were not aware of the intruder at the time and he did not get into their home.

    He was known to police as a heroin addict, the residents were told. Like the Monday suspect, he was cited for misdemeanor trespassing and released.

    A more serious count of felony burglary requires evidence of criminal intent, an LAPD Hollywood detective explained.

    Lynne suspects both intruders may have entered her property through the driveway gate that did not seal completely, and appeared Monday to have been pushed back.

    Thursday, as a crew was repairing the gate, she said she is making other safety improvements around the property, including updating security cameras.

    She also spoke of getting firearms training.

    "I have to protect my family," she said.


    Different intruders entered a Hollywood Hills home twice in three days, but apparently did not take anything, and their motives were unclear.Different intruders entered a Hollywood Hills home twice in three days, but apparently did not take anything, and their motives were unclear.

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    The members of a youth center in Alamitos thought they were in a safe zone, until parts of their bus, used to help thousand of children, got stolen right next to a police station.

    For someone to come in and steal something, its horrible,” said Lina Lumme, executive director at The Youth Center in Los Alamitos. “For someone to go cut the part under the bus, it takes guts.”

    The Youth Center serves over a thousand kids every year and provides after-school programs, mentorship, scholarships and field trips. But now, these are all in limbo until they fix what was their only mode of transportation.

    The bus, which was clearly marked with the name and logo of The Youth Center, was parked right along the curb in front of the center’s building and right next to a police station.

    Police believe the thieves stole the catalytic converter sometime around Sep. 28 and left the bus inoperable, and the center devastated.

    “It’s mind boggling,” said Lumme. “I’m really thinking, is there anything sacred nowadays? It's our kids, it’s our future.”

    To help the center raise $3,000 to fix their bus, you can contact them and donate here.



    Photo Credit: KNBC

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    Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of the embattled archbishop of Washington, D.C., the Vatican announced Friday.

    Wuerl apologized again for "any past errors in judgment." His resignation comes amid a massive sex abuse scandal roiling the Catholic Church.

    "Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has accepted the resignation first offered on November 12, 2015, when I reached my 75th birthday," Cardinal Donald Wuerl said in a statement. "I am profoundly grateful for his devoted commitment to the well-being of the Archdiocese of Washington and also deeply touched by his gracious words of understanding.

    "The Holy Father's decision to provide new leadership to the Archdiocese can allow all of the faithful clergy, religious and lay, to focus on healing and the future. It permits this local Church to move forward. Once again for any past errors in judgment I apologize and ask for pardon. My resignation is one way to express my great abiding love for you the people of the Church of Washington."

    Wuerl will now move into an Apostolic administrative role and will help with the transition to the next Archbishop of Washington. Because of the time it took to accept Wuerl's resignation, it's likely the Vatican or the pope has a successor in mind, church experts say.

    Wuerl had said he would ask Francis to accept his resignation after facing a storm of criticism and calls for his resignation after a Pennsylvania grand jury report said he allowed priests accused of sexually abusing children to be reassigned or reinstated when he was the bishop of Pittsburgh.

    He submitted his resignation three years ago when he reached the church-stipulated retirement age for bishops of 75. While bishops are requested to submit a resignation at that age, the pope is not required to accept it, and they continue in their positions unless the pope does accept it.

    The Pennsylvania grand jury report found that some 300 priests abused more than 1,000 children since the 1940s, and Wuerl is one of a string of bishops in six dioceses the report says covered up for them.

    Most of the victims were boys. Some were teens, while others were prepubescent. Several alleged victims were lured with alcohol or pornography. Afterward, they turned to substance abuse and even suicide to escape the lingering trauma.

    Wuerl has asked for prayers and forgiveness for what he calls his lapse of judgment in dealing with reports of abuse by priests.

    The archbishop recently called for a "Season of Healing," inviting parishes and parishioners to observe six weeks of Friday prayers in recognition of the pain of the victims and the need for healing.

    Last month, a man stood in a Mass Wuerl was celebrating in D.C. and yelled "Shame on you" after Wuerl asked parishioners to keep Pope Francis in their prayers.

    Pope Francis summoned the presidents of every bishops conference around the world for a February summit to discuss preventing clergy sex abuse and protecting children — evidence that he realizes the scandal is global and that inaction threatens to undermine his legacy.

    The Feb. 21-24 meeting of the presidents of the more than 100 bishops conferences is believed to be the first of its kind and signals a realization at the highest levels of the church that clergy sex abuse is a global problem and not restricted to the Anglo-Saxon world, as many church leaders have long tried to insist.



    Photo Credit: NBC Washington, File

    Cardinal Donald Wuerl at Annunciation Catholic Church on Sept. 2, 2018.Cardinal Donald Wuerl at Annunciation Catholic Church on Sept. 2, 2018.

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    A former WeWork employee was sexually assaulted by two fellow WeWork employees at company-wide events — incidents enabled by the coworking giant's "entitled, frat-boy culture," a new lawsuit charges. 

    Ruby Anaya, 33, who lives in New York City, started working in WeWork’s technology department as a director of product management in 2014, a lawsuit filed against the company and its co-founder Miguel McKelvey in Manhattan Supreme Court on Thursday says.

    In 2017, Anaya became WeWork’s Director of Culture, according to the suit.

    The lawsuit claims Anaya had just left the stage at a company-wide "Summit" event in January 2018 after presenting an award when she tripped over one of her heels and stumbled as she was trying to “navigate the large and alcohol-infused crowd,” the lawsuit says.

    Anaya put her hand on a man’s shoulder to steady herself, then apologized and told the man she’d almost tripped, at which point the man grabbed her waist, pulled her toward him and “forcibly kissed her,” the suit claims.

    She pushed the man away and slapped him, but he “just smiled at her,” according to the suit.

    Anaya told her coworkers what had happened after the incident and reported it to WeWork's human resources department, but didn’t hear anything after a month, the suit says.

    When Anaya reached out to an HR employee about the investigation, the employee told her the company had interviewed the male employee, who'd said he "had ‘no recollection’ of the incident and… ‘would have remembered if he had been slapped,’” the suit says.

    The HR employee told Anaya the man was a “high performer,” and said the company had “closed out” the investigation, according to the suit.

    Distraught, Anaya sent a text message to McKelvey and to WeWork's Chief People Officer about the incident, but McKelvey never responded, the suit claims.

    The January incident wasn’t the first time Anaya was sexually assaulted by a male WeWork employee, according to the lawsuit.

    At a "Summer Camp" event in August 2017, Anaya was in a crowd of employees when one of them grabbed her from behind “in a sexual manner,” the lawsuit claims.

    Anaya took his hands off of her and told him not to touch her, but the employee “just smiled and walked away,” the suit says.

    Anaya reported the incident to HR the next day, but the employee later told HR he “was black-out drunk and had no recollection of the incident,” according to the lawsuit.

    The HR department told Anaya the man would take a sexual harassment prevention course, the suit says.

    Both men still work at the company today, according to the suit.

    “The sexual harassment and assaults of [Anaya] did not happen in a vacuum,” the suit says. “They are product in part of the entitled, frat-boy culture that permeates WeWork from the top down.”

    The lawsuit claims WeWork co-founder Adam Neumann asked Anaya whether she drank tequila during her interview with the company, pouring her shots when she said she did.

    WeWork also stocks free beer at its outposts and “has a mandated happy hour for employees every Friday,” which employees are pressured to attend, according to the suit.

    The "Summits," for which attendance is mandatory, are “a huge, three-day, alcohol- and drug-laden party for all employees at the company,” the lawsuit claims.

    More than one WeWork employee in the company’s New York office “has commented to [Anaya]... that ‘it’s only a matter of time until someone gets raped’” at one of the company's events, the suit says.

    The suit claims Anaya was fired on Aug. 3, after she’d voiced “disagreement and distress” over WeWork’s decision not to fire the second WeWork employee who allegedly assaulted her, and brought up concerns about women at WeWork not receiving the same pay as men.

    McKelvey told Anaya she had “not been showing up for her team” when he fired her, according to the suit, but she claims that the “timing of [her] termination was no accident.”

    “Aug. 3 was just before the company’s 2018 Summer Camp event, and just before [Anaya] was to vest in another tranche of her stock options — options that have increased tremendously in value since she began working,” the suit says.

    A WeWork spokesperson on Thursday called Anaya’s claims “meritless,” adding that the company would “fight this lawsuit.”

    "WeWork has always been committed to fostering an inclusive, supportive and safe workplace," the spokesperson said in a statement. "WeWork investigated this employee’s complaints, took appropriate action, and this employee was terminated solely because of her poor performance."

    The spokesperson claimed Anaya “received negative performance reviews, including one more than a year before she was terminated,” adding that she was “rated as one of the lowest performers on her team, based on feedback from her peers and managers.”

    “Upon being terminated, she acknowledged her poor performance and that she hadn’t been showing up to work regularly,” the statement added. “She even expressed concerns about her performance to a colleague shortly before her termination.”

    The lawsuit, however, claims Anaya “received almost exclusively positive feedback on her work efforts and performance” and “only positive performance reviews” up until she was fired.

    Anaya's attorney Seth Rafkin on Thursday said his client "denies the statement's WeWork's unidentified spokesperson has asserted." 

    "We also note the obvious: if our client had been a poor performer for a year or more, why didn't WeWork ever give her a warning or a performance plan, something human resources professionals will tell you is typical practice?" he asked in a statement. "And why did the decision to fire her come only after she complained again about a sexual assault and the way it was handled?" 

    WeWork's spokesperson on Thursday noted that WeWork's "Summits" are three-day business meetings, with a single evening event. 

    Friday happy hours, the spokesperson added, are not mandatory. 

    Anaya is seeking damages including lost wages and benefits, as well as attorneys’ fees and costs of suit.

    WeWork provides shared office space for rent by entrepreneurs, freelancers, artists and other businesses.



    Photo Credit: Theo Wargo/Getty Images

    iHeartMedia and WeWork host launch event to introduce new partnership and iHeartMedia and WeWork host launch event to introduce new partnership and "Work Radio" at WeWork's New York City headquarters in Chelsea, June 14, 2016.

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    Artists and community members in fire ravaged Mendocino County town of Redwood Valley are marking the one-year anniversary of the tragic fire by looking back through art.

    This week artist Elizabeth Raybee installed a mosaic mural on the side of the Redwood Valley Grange where fire victims gathered in the days after the fire for hot meals, counseling and camaraderie. Raybee said the mural has been under way for months with some 40 people, including some who lost homes and even loved ones in the October 8th, fire pitching in.

    “The intention is to memorialize what was really a catastrophic and community and life changing event for so many people in the area,” Raybee said.

    The large mosaic contains dozens of images in ceramic that symbolize the many experiences the night of the fire; cars filled with families trying to escape the flames; the countless domestic and wild animals that perished; the chimneys that remained as the only evidence of the homes that once stood.

    In the center of the mosaic is a large heart containing the names of the nine Redwood Valley people who died in the fast-wind-swept fire.

    “I think this mural is phenomenal,” said Redwood Valley resident Jaye Alison Moscariello watching the installation. "It’s moving, it honors the people who died and it honors the rest of us who survived.”

    On Friday, the community will turn out to dedicate the mural with music, poetry and the sort of communal spirit that has carried the area forward since the disaster. Judy Gerlinney, who successfully battled a night of flames to save her home, said working on the mural alongside other survivors proved a therapeutic experience.

    “It was very healing for me and also my neighbors were there,” Gerlinney said. “Everyone could put a little bit of something into it — a community effort."

    The town has spent the week holding gatherings to remember the victims of the fire. Not far from the mural, the community this week dedicated a plaque on a large rock. Art galleries around the area have hosted fire-related art exhibitions.

    Marybeth Kelly, who lives just down the road from The Grange said the mural will serve a dual purpose as a reminder and a memorial.

    “It’s needed, that’s the main thing that I see,” Kelly said. “This community needs to unfortunately go back and touch that pain but to honor.”

    Raybee stepped back as the crew of volunteers tucked the final piece of the mural onto the wall and screwed it in. The mural faces East Road where many of survivors traversed to escape the inferno. She hoped drivers passing the mural would not only reflect on the tragic disaster that devastated a community — but also its force as a catalyst for a community banding together in its recovery.

    “We want to memorialize the whole event,” Raybee said, “the good parts, the bad parts.”



    Photo Credit: Joe Rosato Jr./NBC Bay Area
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    The Art from Ashes mosaic mural will be dedicated Friday to mark the one-year anniversary of the fire that devastated the town of Redwood Valley. (Oct. 11, 2018)The Art from Ashes mosaic mural will be dedicated Friday to mark the one-year anniversary of the fire that devastated the town of Redwood Valley. (Oct. 11, 2018)

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    The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday that over 35,000 pounds of Valley Fine Foods products spoiled and should not be eaten.

    Some of the products were sold at Lucky’s and Safeway locations from Aug. 15 through Oct. 4 and include refrigerated Simple Dishes’ chicken penne alfredo, chicken primavera and Italian sausage ziti.

    The products subject to recall bear the number P-22102B or M-22102B on the side, according to recall release.

    Valley Fine Foods said there’s been no confirmed reports of anyone getting sick after consuming their products.



    Photo Credit: USDA

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    A University of Oregon runner from Southern California got lifechanging news when he found out he has a contract with Nike. Robert Kovacik reports for NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Oct. 11, 2018.



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    A University of Oregon runner from Southern California got life changing news when he found out he has a contract with Nike.A University of Oregon runner from Southern California got life changing news when he found out he has a contract with Nike.

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    Investigators planned to resume their search Friday morning at a property north of Angeles National Forest to determine if remains found there are human.

    Homicide detectives were sent about 3:55 p.m. Thursday to the 30900 block of 106th Street in an area known as Juniper Hills, according to Deputy Morgan Arteaga of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The community is about 60 miles northeast of Los Angeles.

    The property had a burned-out structure and car on it. Investigators used orange flags to mark several locations on the property.

    Arteaga called the investigation "active and ongoing."

    The sheriff's department did not disclose how the remains came to light. A neighbor said deputies have visited the property several times in recent weeks.



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    Deputies search a property in the Antelope Valley Thursday Oct. 11, 2018.Deputies search a property in the Antelope Valley Thursday Oct. 11, 2018.

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    The third largest jackpot in Mega Millions history is on tap for Friday’s drawing.

    Last won on July 24, the jackpot has been growing for 22 consecutive games and reached $548 million after no winning tickets matched all six numbers drawn on Oct. 9.

    The lucky winner who choose to take the cash option will receive $309 million.

    Mega Millions tickets cost $2 and have odds of 1 in 302.6 million to win the jackpot. Players must select five numbers from 1 to 70 and one Mega Ball from 1 to 25.

    The winning numbers will be drawn Friday at 11 p.m. ET. 

    Mega Millions is one of two national lottery games. It's played in 44 states plus Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

    The largest jackpot in U.S. history was a $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot won in January 2016 by players in three states. The record prize for Mega Millions was $656 million for the March 30, 2012, drawing, in which there were also three winning tickets.



    Photo Credit: Getty Images

    File - Mega Millions sign.File - Mega Millions sign.

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    A man who bought a stolen male French mastiff puppy helped bring him home Wednesday to be reunited with his owners and dog parents.

    Mesquite police are still investigating after two men were captured on surveillance video this week taking "Chipper" from behind the fence of a breeder's home.

    Bryan Vazquez said a man, who he is certain is the same person shown in the video, sold him the dog for $300 at the tire shop he works at in east Dallas. He said he suspected the dog was stolen and that's why he decided to buy it. 

    “If I don’t get it, who knows what happen with it," he told NBC 5 he was thinking. "Let me go ahead and buy it from him and then I’ll figure it out afterward.”

    Vazquez said he had no idea a search was underway for the dog until his wife saw the surveillance video posted online. Video of the snatching was widely distributed and picked up by news outlets. 

    The dog's owner, Ivy Bordeaux, posted the video on social media, which shows two men approaching the fence.

    A man in a dark-colored shirt calls the puppy over, grabs it by the neck and lifts it up over the gate. The two men then drive off in a dark-colored SUV.

    Vazquez says he didn't hesitate to return "Chipper" when he learned the puppy was stolen.

    "It feels good to have returned the dog and to have everything for the dog to be back where it belongs," Vazquez said.

    On Wednesday night, Vazquez returned the dog to the breeder's home where it was stolen.

    The puppy was adopted Thursday to a family from Dripping Springs.



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    Robocalls to Americans' phones hit an all-time high in September, and the number of unwanted calls shows no signs of slowing.

    That's the finding of Irvine-based tech firm YouMail, which released its latest Robocall Index this week. YouMail says Americans received 4.4 billion calls last month -- an average of 147 million calls per day -- up more than 4 percent from a month earlier.

    While many robocalls come from legal sources, such as political campaigns, banks, and pharmacies, YouMail says scams and telemarketers are behind nearly two-thirds of such calls. Illegal scams alone make up about 41 percent, according to YouMail's figures.

    California, the nation's most-populous state, ranked No. 2 overall for robocalls, at about 490 million, just behind Texas, with 501 million. YouMail said the Bay Area received the ninth-most calls of any major metropolitan area, with about 83 million calls to numbers in and around San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose.

    CEO Alex Quilici recently told NBC Bay Area YouMail uses data from calls made to customers using the company's app to calculate its robocall index.

    "It helps us understand where the problem is the biggest, and then we can start exploring more data in those areas, to try to understand why, and then feed that back and improve our service," Quilici said. "Originally, we did the robocall index because nobody was measuring the scope of the problem."



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    Southern California Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, who tells a story of losing a drunken arm-wrestling match with Vladimir Putin in the 1990s to settle who won the Cold War, has long advocated friendly ties with Russia. 

    But what in the past has been seen as part of the pot-friendly Republican's maverick streak now runs the risk of a more sinister interpretation. He met with a Russian woman later charged with being an agent of the Kremlin trying to infiltrate the National Rifle Association, and dined with her alleged boss. FBI agents even warned him that Russian spies were trying to recruit him.

    In this new political universe, with Russian intelligence officials charged with meddling in the U.S. presidential race in 2016 to help get Donald Trump elected, and special counsel Robert Mueller investigating whether Trump's campaign colluded with Russia to win the election, Rohrabacher's affinity for the Russian president is one more weapon for the Democrat trying to unseat him in November's midterm election.

    "He's always been a kind of flake," said Gary Jacobson, an emeritus professor of political science at the University of California, San Diego. "He's been an unusual person and one of his characteristics is his favorable view of Russia. But after Trump and after the 2016 election it's probably more of a problem for him to be identified as a Russophile than it would have been earlier."

    This year, the 15-term congressman for California's 48th Congressional District is facing one of his strongest challenges ever, from Harley Rouda, a lawyer, real-estate developer and Republican-turned-Democrat who moved to California from Ohio about a decade ago. 

    After squeaking by in the primary by just 125 votes, Rouda hopes to appeal to a district that is increasingly less conservative and whose changing demographics now include more Hispanic and Asian voters.

    This article, part 2 in a series, examines one of the key battleground races for control of the House of Representatives in the Nov. 6 midterm elections. Carried by grassroots momentum, Democrats must take 23 seats from Republicans to win the balance of power. They are contending with Republicans' experience, organization and an outspoken but polarizing president.

    The race is close — far closer than it was in 2016, when Rohrabacher won the historically Republican district in Orange County by more than 16 percentage points, even while Democrat Hillary Clinton won it by 2 points. Now, the Cook Political Report rates the district a toss-up.

    A July poll from the Monmouth University Polling Institute gave Rouda 46 percent of the vote to 43 percent for Rohrabacher; the UC Berkeley Institute for Governmental Studies found after a September survey that the race was a dead heat. 

    "What's important about this particular race, of course, is Rohrabacher's profile, particularly in his defense of Russia," said Patrick Murray, the director of the Monmouth poll. "I think if Rouda can win this, it will be seen as a repudiation of the softer stance that the president has taken on Russia."

    Like Rohrabacher, Trump has sought closer ties with Russia. Trump held a controversial summit with Putin and often refuses to place the blame for 2016 election meddling squarely on Russia, despite the U.S. intelligence community's conclusion.

    Rohrabacher is known for his laid-back surfer style and libertarian leanings — he pushes for states to have autonomy on marijuana policy and once joked that, as a young man, he "did everything but drink the bong water." He reportedly questioned whether Robert F. Kennedy's assassin acted alone and whether there was a foreign connection to the Oklahoma City bombing carried out by Americans.

    In the late 1980s, he took off for Afghanistan briefly to visit Afghan rebels fighting the Soviet invasion; he later told The Los Angeles Times that's when he realized that he was fighting communism, not Russians.

    Rohrabacher's more recent pro-Russia activities may have caught the eye of Mueller's investigators, but if the 48th District does flip from red to blue, Murray believes that voters will be driven less by Russia than their feeling of insecurity over health care costs and the state of the economy, "concerns about having the rug being pulled out from under you, that you're only one crisis away from a bankruptcy," he said.

    "These are the kinds of voters who are toying with voting Democrat even though they normally vote Republican," he said.

    'Extremist Views,' 'Completely Disconnected'
    The 48th District follows California's coast from Seal Beach south to Laguna Niguel. It has a median household income of nearly $89,000, an average jobless rate in 2016 of 4.4 percent and nearly three-quarters of its residents have some college or higher educational levels, according to the Census.

    Rouda, 56, told NBC he thought Rohrabacher was vulnerable "because of his outlandish, extremist views and his unbridled support for Russia while failing to meet his obligations as a representative of the district."

    Among the views Rouda cited: that homeowners should not have to sell their homes to gays and lesbians (a practice banned by California but not nationally); that undocumented immigrants in the United States, including "Dreamers,"  should be deported, and that high school students could be trained to use guns stored on school premises in the event of a mass shooting (the result of a prank pulled on Rohrabacher for a TV show that the congressman later called "a sick fraud").

    "It's clear that he has lost touch with the vast majority of voters and their values here in the district," Rouda said.

    Rohrabacher, a former speechwriter for President Ronald Reagan, did not agree to a request for an interview, but his spokesman, Dale Neugebauer, provided a statement. It called Rouda too liberal for the district, noting that he had been endorsed by the Progressive Democrats of America, had pledged to join the Congressional Progressive Caucus and had endorsed "Medicare for All." 

    "In fact, it is Mr. Rouda whose views are far outside the normal bounds of political discourse and completely disconnected from those of voters in the 48th District," Neugebauer said.

    A District in Flux
    Rohrbacher, 71 has held on to his seat for so long because Republicans have dominated in the district, said Jacobson, the UC San Diego professor emeritus. But this year Trump might make the difference, he said.

    "In a normal year, he probably wouldn't be particularly vulnerable," Jacobson said. "Trump, as unpopular as he is, especially in California, that gives an opportunity for a challenger that might not otherwise be there."

    Rohrabacher still has strong support in the Republican bastion around wealthy Newport Beach, and Republicans have a nearly 10 percentage point advantage in voter registration, but constituents elsewhere in the district are open to someone new, said Murray, the Monmouth pollster.

    "They are not your older Orange County families who are used to voting Republican," he said. "They are willing to take a look at the Democrats, particularly in this race."

    The share of the county's population that identifies solely as white has dropped by 5 percent since 2006 to about 60 percent, according to Census data, made up by a corresponding rise in populations that identify as Asian or Hispanic/Latino. Countywide, Republicans' advantage over Democrats in voter registration has dropped from a high of 22 percentage points in 1990 down to 2.8 this March, according to the Orange County Register.

    In the July poll, Rohrabacher was favored by white voters who did not have a college degree. Those with a college degree were split between him and Rouda, while Rouda led among women, those under 50 and black, Latino and Asian-American voters.

    In last month's Berkeley poll, which put the candidates in a dead heat, more than 60 percent of the respondents rated the candidates' views on the economy, health care, gun laws, immigration and taxes as among the most important.

    Russia was divisive: Forty-four percent of respondents said Rohrabacher's connections to Russia made them less likely to vote for him, but half said the connections had no effect on their vote.

    Rohrabacher's Russia Connections
    Rohrabacher has scoffed at the idea that his Russia ties are problematic and called the federal indictment of Maria Butina, accused of trying to infiltrate the NRA, ridiculous and part of a "deep state" plot to undermine Trump.

    "It's stupid," he told Politico in July. "She's the assistant of some guy who is the head of the bank and is a member of their Parliament. That's what we call a spy? That shows you how bogus this whole thing is."

    Butina, a 29-year-old gun rights activist, is charged with conspiracy to act as an unregistered agent on behalf of the Russian government. Rohrabacher met her in Russia in 2015 but a spokesman told The Mercury News in July that he did not remember the encounter and recalled Butina only as an aide to the deputy governor of the Russian central bank who is reported to have tried to broker a meeting between Trump and Putin.

    Rohrabacher's spokesman told NBC that the congressman's position on the House Foreign Affairs Committee required him to pay attention to the U.S. relationship with Russia. 

    "With respect to our relations with Russia, he believes we should cooperate with them only on those areas where we have a mutual interest and that open hostility towards them is not in the interest of the United States," Neugebauer said.

    Some of Rohrabacher's supporters are untroubled by his ties to Russia.

    And Rohrabacher's advocacy for Russia is not at the top of Rouda supporter James Percival's concerns, either. 

    "To me there are so many other bad things about him that that's just one other blemish," said the 62-year-old Newport Beach lawyer.

    Percival criticized Rohrabacher for accomplishing little in his 30 years in office and his refusal to say anything negative about Trump. He opposes Rohrabacher's positions on immigration, gun rights, climate change, health care, immigration and gay rights and said Rouda had a better heart.

    Rouda "believes government can be a force for good not only on behalf of the wealthiest who seem to control the levers of power but also on behalf of the powerless and the downtrodden and the economically deprived," Percival said. 

    The Other Issues
    Some of the positions Rohrabacher's spokesman emphasized to NBC, along with the congressman's longtime connections to the district — he surfs, and the district is home to the U.S. Open of surfing — are bipartisan. Rohrabacher was one of the few Republicans to vote against the president's tax cuts last year, for example.

    Last week, he released a new ad in which he portrayed himself as a health care advocate who would protect those with pre-existing conditions medical conditions from losing coverage.

    The ad was personal: It features his daughter Annika who was diagnosed with leukemia when she was younger. But critics noted that Rohrabacher voted for the American Health Care Act of 2017, which would have repealed the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare." According to a Congressional Budget Office report, the American Health Care Act would have undermined protections for pre-existing conditions and would have resulted in 23 million Americans losing health-care coverage.

    Other Rohrabacher policy positions are within the Republican mainstream, like opposing undocumented immigration.

    In a video on his campaign website, Rohrabacher warns that California's quality of life is changing because of "a massive flow of illegal immigrants" over the last decades. He says he stands by Trump's efforts to control the country's borders, even if it means building a wall.

    Orange County has shown some support for strict immigration enforcement as well — its board of supervisors and some cities joined a March lawsuit brought by the Trump Justice Department against California's sanctuary laws, which restrict how local law enforcement can cooperate with federal immigration enforcement officers. 

    Rohrabacher has an "A" rating from the National Rifle Association's Political Victory Fund, supports offshore drilling for oil and supported Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement. He told KPCC, Southern California's public radio: "I disagree with the theory that CO2, caused, done by mankind, is a major cause for climate change."

    Rouda, 56, said he would work in Congress toward reforming immigration laws, creating middle-class jobs and addressing gun violence, climate change, health care and women's rights, all important issues, he said.

    But, he said, "The one that has really come to the top in the last 60 days in the sense that our democracy is under attack."

    He accused Republicans of failing to stand up to foreign adversaries trying to influence the U.S. presidential election.

    He describes himself as a centrist, having left the Republican party in 1997 and staying independent for two decades until registering as a Democrat. The GOP is no longer the party of Reagan, Rouda said, and it was Trump's election as president that spurred him to run for office himself, though he said he was not running against Trump but Rohrabacher.

    He was particularly critical of Rohrabacher's failure to get laws passed during his time in office. Govtrack.us, a website that tracks congressional legislation, credits Rohrabacher with being the primary sponsor of three bills that have been enacted as law over his 30 years in Congress.

    "He's shown how ineffective he is," Rouda told NBC.

    Rohrabacher's campaign responded that the congressman had been effective however many bills his name was on, giving as an example his work helping to get federal funding for flood mitigation along the Santa Ana River. 

    As far Rohrabacher's opponent, Neugebauer asked: "Which Harley Rouda should voters believe? The far left liberal extremist who won the Democrat primary? Or the slick politician spending millions of dollars to remake himself now?"


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    Candidates for California's 48th Congressional District: Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, left, and Democrat Harley Rouda.Candidates for California's 48th Congressional District: Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, left, and Democrat Harley Rouda.

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    Civil rights groups sued Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, the Republican candidate for governor who also oversees elections in the state, saying the method his office uses to verify new voter registrations is discriminatory, NBC News reported.

    The lawsuit, filed late Thursday in the U.S. District Court in Atlanta, comes after the revelation that thousands of applications remain in a pending status just weeks ahead of November's midterm election.

    The filing alleges that Georgia's "exact match" protocol — which requires information on voter registration applications to precisely match information on file with the state's Department of Motor Vehicles or the Social Security Administration or be placed on hold — suppresses minority votes in violation of the Voting Rights Act, the 14th Amendment and the 1993 Voter Registration Act.

    "Under this 'exact match' protocol, the transposition of a single letter or number, deletion or addition of a hyphen or apostrophe, the accidental entry of an extra character or space, and the use of a familiar name like 'Tom' instead of ‘Thomas’ will cause a no match result," lawyers for the civil rights groups wrote in the suit.



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