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    LeBron James recorded his first victory as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night in Phoenix, as the 33-year-old led the purple and gold to a 131-113 victory over the Suns.

    James, who nearly recorded a triple-double despite sitting the entirety of the fourth quarter, finished with 19 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds in 28 minutes on the court.

    With the win, the Lakers improved to 1-3 for the 2018-19 season.

    In addition to James, Lakers center JaVale McGee had a standout performance and recorded 20 points on 8-13 shooting from the field, including a made three-pointer. More in character, McGee recorded four blocks in 26 minutes on the court.

    All five Lakers' starters finished scoring in double figures, and all 10 Lakers to feature in the court recorded at least one assist to highlight the balanced display Luke Walton's men put on display in Arizona.

    Off the bench, Lance Stephenson continued his strong start to the season with a team-high 23 points, along with eight rebounds and eight assists in 25 minutes. The former Indiana Pacer made 10 of his 14 field goal attempts on the night.

    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who was moved to the bench to provide sophomore Josh Hart a starting spot, was the only other Lakers' reserve to score in double figures on the night.

    For the Suns, Devin Booker led the way with 23 points, seven assists and seven rebounds, and rookie Deandre Ayton added 22 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.

    Next, the Lakers host the Denver Nuggets at Staples Center on Thursday night.

    Notes: Brandon Ingram and Rajon Rondo remain suspended. Rondo will miss Thursday's game, while Ingram will sit out the next two games.



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    LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers stands on the court during the first half of the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena on October 24, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers stands on the court during the first half of the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena on October 24, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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    Special counsel Robert Mueller's office has obtained communications suggesting that a right-wing conspiracy theorist might have had advance knowledge that the emails of Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman had been stolen and handed to WikiLeaks, a source familiar with the investigation told NBC News

    Mueller's team has spent months investigating whether the conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi knew WikiLeaks had obtained emails hacked by Russian intelligence officers before the public did and whether he passed information about the stolen emails to Trump associate Roger Stone, multiple sources said. 

    Mueller's investigators have reviewed messages to members of the Trump team in which Stone and Corsi seem to take credit for the release of Democratic emails, said a person with direct knowledge of the emails.

    The source and other people familiar with the matter say they have seen no evidence suggesting either man played any role in the hacking or release of the emails. Stone has denied doing anything besides passing on information already in the public domain.

    Corsi and his lawyer, David Gray, declined to comment. Mueller's spokesman, Peter Carr, said the office had no comment.



    Photo Credit: Charles Sykes/AP, File

    In this Wednesday, May 25, 2011, file photo, Jerome Corsi signs copies of his books at the Book Expo America in New York.In this Wednesday, May 25, 2011, file photo, Jerome Corsi signs copies of his books at the Book Expo America in New York.

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    Rapper Tyler, the Creator was involved in a traffic collision early Thursday morning in Los Angeles.

    The Los Angeles Police Department and Los Angeles Fire Department responded to a call at around 12:30 a.m. about a traffic accident involving a white Tesla Model X at the intersection of Veteran Avenue and Sunset Boulevard.

    According to LAPD officials, the Tesla belongs to the rapper, whose real name is Tyler Okonma. The car struck a parked vehicle, pushing it about 50 feet from where the collision happened.

    Tyler, the Creator is also a record producer, music video director and is a Ladera Heights native. 

    No injuries were reported and the artist could not immediately be reached for comment. 



    Photo Credit: FilmMagic for Life Is Beautiful

    In this file photo, Tyler, the Creator performs on Bacardi Sound of Rum Stage during the 2018 Life Is Beautiful Festival on Sept. 23, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.In this file photo, Tyler, the Creator performs on Bacardi Sound of Rum Stage during the 2018 Life Is Beautiful Festival on Sept. 23, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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    Investigators seized three more suspected package explosives -- two addressed to former Vice President Joe Biden in Delaware and one addressed to Robert De Niro in New York -- early Thursday, bringing the total number of confiscated devices sent to high-profile Democrats and others to 10 in 72 hours.

    News of the De Niro device broke first. That one was addressed to him and had been sent to a Greenwich Street building he owns that houses offices for Tribeca Films and Tribeca Grill, law enforcement officials tell News 4. A building worker called police early Thursday because, after seeing Wednesday's news, he remembered seeing a similar package a day or so ago. The device was removed from the property and no evacuation was ordered; the building was unoccupied.

    Less than two hours later, the FBI and local police swarmed a postal facility in Delaware in connection with the bombing investigation. Sources had said authorities suspected a similar device may have been addressed to Biden. Nothing was found at his house, but investigators apparently tracked it down in a New Castle postal facility, officials said. It was said to be akin to the others. About an hour later, a second package addressed to Biden was confiscated at a postal facility in Wilmington, Delaware. Details on that one weren't clear. 

    The De Niro device and at least the first Biden package had the same stamps and return address (that of ex-Democratic National Committee chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz) as others reported on Wednesday.

    As of early Thursday, there have been 10 such packages. In addition to Biden and De Niro, two devices in separate packages were addressed to Rep. Maxine Waters of California; ones were also addressed to Hillary Clinton, former President Obama, ex-Attorney General Eric Holder and former CIA director John Brennan. The first in the series was a mailbox pipe bomb left at the Westchester County home of billionaire philanthropist George Soros.  

    None of the devices detonated and no one has been hurt. Authorities are examining the crude explosives and warning there could be more out there. NBC News obtained an X-ray photo of one of the bombs, which shows protruding wires that appeared to be connected to a cylindrical device.

    According to sources, the explosive devices were made from PVC pipe and contained a timer (likely a digital alarm clock) to set off the detonator. The powder contained in the bombs comes from pyrotechnics. X-rays show there was likely shrapnel inside the PVC pipe, law enforcement officials say.

    Multiple senior bomb technicians briefed on the case said the devices had all the components necessary to set off a successful explosion, though other experts have argued they may not all have been viably constructed. 

    And that may have been on purpose. 

    "There’s a theory that the bombs were not intended to explode, but were intended to intimidate," Gov. Cuomo said on CNN Thursday. "If that is the intent, then this is having the desired intent. And it could actually be fueling the group that’s doing it."

    Meanwhile, investigators examining the explosive devices are working to glean forensic clues to help identify who sent them, gathering fingerprints and DNA evidence while tracking the origin of the packages and the components used.

    Larry Johnson, a former head of criminal investigations for the U.S. Secret Service who also served as a special agent in charge of the presidential protective detail, said it is highly likely that the person or people who built the bombs have been previously flagged by law enforcement.

    If you have info that could assist the #FBI's investigation of suspicious packages, call 1-800-CALLFBI (225-5324) or use http://tips.fbi.gov. 

    The reaction to the devices was swift and visceral, with high-level people on both sides of the aisle, including the president, pledging Wednesday no resources would be spared in taking down whoever was responsible.

    The tone became more partisan-charged over the course of the day, with some assailing the White House for its "violent political rhetoric." Upon news three more packages, including two addressed to Biden, were seized early Thursday, Brennan, who was the addressee on the CNN package, tweeted at Trump to "Look in the mirror" and "Clean up your act." 

    "Stop blaming others," Brennan tweeted. "Your inflammatory rhetoric, insults, lies & encouragement of physical violence are disgraceful." 

    The president responded shortly thereafter, slamming "Fake News" as "a very big part of the Anger we see today in our society." 

    "Mainstream Media must clean up its act, FAST," Trump added.



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    The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum unveiled bobbleheads commemorating the 2018 World Series with the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Boston Red Sox.

    The Dodgers bobbleheads are individually numbered to only 1,000 and could soon be outdated making them a rare collector’s item for Dodgers fans.

    Dodgers’ World Series Bobbleheads would be the first for the team as they started being produced in the early 2000s, before the Dodgers’ last title in 1988. This would make it the first time for all players to have a bobblehead, except for David Freese who was the World Series MVP for the St. Louis Cardinals in 2011.

    “Whether you’re a bubblehead collector, or someone just looking for a fun collectible to commemorate this year’s World Series,” Phil Sklar, co-founder and CEO of the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum said, “this bobblehead is perfect.

    The bobbleheads are available now for $40 each with a $8 shipping fee. You can find them here.



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    The Dodgers bobbleheads are individually numbered to only 1,000 and could soon be outdated making them a rare collector’s item for Dodgers fans.The Dodgers bobbleheads are individually numbered to only 1,000 and could soon be outdated making them a rare collector’s item for Dodgers fans.

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    A collection of images reveal caught-on-camera crimes across Southern California.

    Photo Credit: OCHawk

    A man in a construction vest is wanted in a robbery at an Anaheim doughnut shop.A man in a construction vest is wanted in a robbery at an Anaheim doughnut shop.

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    Want to carve a unique design into a pumpkin this Halloween? Watch this video to find out how.


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    Click here to see how fans are celebrating their team's run to the World Series.

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    Dodgers fans show their true blue spirit.Dodgers fans show their true blue spirit.

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    Furry critters and beak-tastic wing-rockers and clawful creatures are like us: They sometimes are up to different things after the sun goes down.

    Perhaps, if they're active in the daytime, under the sun, they take the darker moment for a well-earned snooze. Perhaps, if they're nocturnal, they pep up by moonlight, and begin to think about a snack, or three, as the wider world quiets down.

    Whatever a particular animal does come twilight and the hours that follow, this much we can be sure of: We humans have much to learn, and be fascinated, when it comes to how our fellow earthlings spend their evenings.

    The Big Bear Alpine Zoo understands this curiosity we share, and, each fall, as part of its special autumn programming, the higher-elevation animal park presents Flashlight Safari, an after-hours look at some of the zoo's residents.

    It's happening on Friday, Oct. 26 and Saturday, Oct. 27, and, as you can gladly guess, this is very much a kids-are-welcome sort of thing (and, yes, their parents are, too).

    You'll want to arrive with a flashlight in tow, and even though it has been on the warmer side, do wear a jacket, or more, as you will be in the mountains after our nearest star makes its daily exit.

    So, brrr? Or something adjacent to brrr?

    An adult ticket is $12, a senior ticket is $9, as is a ticket for children ages 3 to 10 years old.

    The "unique mountain experience" begins at 7 o'clock, but you'll want to arrive at 6:30 when the gates open (and, nope, no one'll be admitted after the tour begins at 7).

    What do mountain critters, from owls to bears to coyotes, do when the sky grows starry? Find out in this nature-meets-Halloween-meets-education outing, with a sweet helping of high-elevation beauty.



    Photo Credit: Big Bear Alpine Zoo

    Hoot hoot: See beautiful critters after the sun sets at this mountain-cool animal destination, on Friday the 26th and Saturday the 27th.Hoot hoot: See beautiful critters after the sun sets at this mountain-cool animal destination, on Friday the 26th and Saturday the 27th.

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    President Donald Trump on Thursday denied a New York Times report that claimed Chinese and Russians are spying on him when he uses an unsecured cellphone, saying the story is "soooo wrong!"

    Citing current and former American officials, the Times reported that Trump's aides have warned him that the calls to friends aren't secure and that the information the spies are allegedly picking up is being used to influence him and impact administration policy.

    While NBC News has not verified the Times' reporting, U.S. officials tell NBC News that they have been concerned for months that Trump has been discussing sensitive information on an unsecured cell phone with informal advisers, including Sean Hannity of Fox News.

    Trump said on Twitter that he only uses government-authorized cellphones or land lines and called the article incorrect.

    "The New York Times has a new Fake Story that now the Russians and Chinese (glad they finally added China) are listening to all of my calls on cellphones. Except that I rarely use a cellphone, & when I do it’s government authorized. I like Hard Lines. Just more made up Fake News!" the president tweeted.

    Earlier, he tweeted that the Times article is "long and boring" and "so incorrect I do not have time here to correct it. I only use Government Phones, and have only one seldom used government cell phone. Story is soooo wrong!"

    Officials told the newspaper that Trump "has two official iPhones that have been altered by the National Security Agency to limit their abilities — and vulnerabilities — and a third personal phone that is no different from hundreds of millions of iPhones in use around the world."

    While the devices are not completely secure, The Times reported, the calls are intercepted while traveling through international cellphone networks.

    While Trump tweeted that "I rarely use a cellphone," the message was sent from an iPhone, according to social media manager Tweetdeck. One of his phones is optimized for Twitter and other apps, according to the Times report. He also dictates tweets to aides.

    Apple said it is not commenting on the report, and NBC has also reached out to the Federal Communications Commission for comment.

    China on Thursday denounced the report as "fake news" and suggested Trump exchange his iPhone for a cellphone made by Chinese manufacturer Huawei. 

    Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters that the journalists behind the report in the Times "are sparing no efforts to win the Academy Award for best screenplay." 

    A 2012 congressional report said Huawei's equipment was a security risk.

    If the U.S. is still concerned about security, Trump could "abandon all modern communication devices and cut off contact with the outside completely," Hua said.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.



    Photo Credit: Shealah Craighead/White House

    This Jan. 26, 2017, file photo from the White House shows President Donald Trump talk on the phone aboard Air Force One during a flight to Philadelphia to address a joint gathering of House and Senate Republicans. U.S. officials tell NBC News that they have been concerned for months that Trump has been discussing sensitive information on an unsecured cell phone with informal advisers, including Sean Hannity of Fox News. Trump denied using unsecure phones in Twitter messages sent Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018.This Jan. 26, 2017, file photo from the White House shows President Donald Trump talk on the phone aboard Air Force One during a flight to Philadelphia to address a joint gathering of House and Senate Republicans. U.S. officials tell NBC News that they have been concerned for months that Trump has been discussing sensitive information on an unsecured cell phone with informal advisers, including Sean Hannity of Fox News. Trump denied using unsecure phones in Twitter messages sent Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018.

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    Officers pursued a driver Thursday on freeways in the San Fernando Valley before bringing the chase to an end on the busy 101 Freeway near Hollywood. 

    The pursuit began after a report of a man wanted for assault with a deadly weapon. Details about the crime were not immediately available.

    The pursuit involving a red sedan was on the 101 and 134 freeways before th driver turned onto the southbound 170 Freeway and into the Cahuenga Pass. The driver appeared to sideswipe at least one vehicle as the driver passed traffic on the right shoulder of the freeway.

    Officers conducted a PIT manuever on the 101 Freeway near the Highland Avenue exit, forcing the car to spin out. The driver surrendered and was taken into custody.

    Details about what led to the chase were not immediately available.



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    Officer pursue a driver Thursday Oct. 25, 2018 in the San Fernando Valley.Officer pursue a driver Thursday Oct. 25, 2018 in the San Fernando Valley.

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    Two people have died after apparently falling from Taft Point in Yosemite National Park, park officials stated Thursday.

    The bodies of the male and female park visitors were being recovered by park rangers Thursday morning.

    The deaths are under investigation, according to park officials.

    Authorities have yet to determine the identities of the park visitors, park officials stated.

    Taft Point features a lookout spot from the edge of a cliff that offers visitors expansive views of Yosemite Valley, El Capitan and Yosemite Falls.

    Yosemite National Park spokesman Scott Gediman says railings only exist at some parts of the overlook. Visitors can walk to the cliff's edge, where there is no railing.

    Gediman says more than 10 people have died this year in Yosemite, some from natural causes and others from falls.

    Last month, an Israeli teenager visiting the park fell hundreds of feet to his death while hiking near the top of 600-foot-tall Nevada Fall. The death of 18-year-old Tomer Frankfurter was considered an accident, the Mariposa County coroner's office said.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.



    Photo Credit: Amanda Lee Myers/AP

    In this Sept. 27, 2018, file photo a wedding couple are seen being photographed at Taft Point in California's Yosemite National Park. A Yosemite National Park official says two visitors have died in a fall from the popular overlook.In this Sept. 27, 2018, file photo a wedding couple are seen being photographed at Taft Point in California's Yosemite National Park. A Yosemite National Park official says two visitors have died in a fall from the popular overlook.

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    Attempting to dethrone the drinks of autumn?

    Telling any sippable goodie worth its pumpkin spice that there's a new treat in town, ready to share the crown?

    Claiming that the fall beverages need to make way for freezer-ready sweets that pay homage to the squash family?

    Nobody wants to challenge the indubitably iconic fall drinks, whether they're served hot, cold, smothered in orange sprinkles or topped with a hill-sized heap of whipped cream.

    But here's something true: Pumpkin ice creams at some of our most artisanal dessert shops are currently making a sweet and successful run at flavorful fall glory.

    Will these squashy scoops ever become the ultimate October decadence? That depends if you're more into libations or lickable confections.

    National Pumpkin Day is just ahead, on Oct. 26, and if you want to celebrate it by enjoy a trendy scoop of tasty pumpkin-themed ice cream, head for...

    McConnell's Fine Ice Creams: The 70-year-old ice-creamery, which began in Santa Barbara in 1949, has a brand-new flavor on its roster for fall. It's the Mapled Squash & Ginger Cookies ice cream, a collaboration with cuisine pros Jon & Vinny, and it is available now at McConnell's scoop shops. 

    Four Winters: The recently debuted West Third shop is honoring Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch of Culver City with its newest cold and creamy sweet. The name? Mr. Bones Pumpkin Harvest. Spiced pecans and housemade salted caramel are involved, mmm. Find it at Four Winters through October.

    Cool Haus: If you prefer some cheesecake notes with your pumpkin ice cream, do go Coolhaus, which has a new flavor that has some incredibly rich autumn cred. There are pints, too, if you need to take home all of that pumpkin-y cheesecake-i-ness for yourself. Details? Where to find? Go Coolhaus for this straight-out-of-the-patch snack.



    Photo Credit: McConnell's/Four Winters

    How to properly acknowledge National Pumpkin Day, which is Oct. 26? You can find a McConnell's Fine Ice Creams and order the new Mapled Squash & Ginger Cookies, a fresh collaboration between the company and Jon & Vinny. Four Winters also has a new pumpkin ice cream, a tribute to Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch.How to properly acknowledge National Pumpkin Day, which is Oct. 26? You can find a McConnell's Fine Ice Creams and order the new Mapled Squash & Ginger Cookies, a fresh collaboration between the company and Jon & Vinny. Four Winters also has a new pumpkin ice cream, a tribute to Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch.

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    Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer, a New York-based restaurant known for outlandish milkshakes and decadent burgers, is hosting a job fair looking to hire job seekers to work at their new Downtown Disney District spot.

    The job fair will be held Thursday, Oct. 25, and Nov. 14 and 15, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

    Interviews for all restaurant positions will be held in-person at Splitsville, the groovy bowling alley next door to the forthcoming Black Tap. Head to the second floor.

    Head on over to 1530 S. Disneyland Drive on those days. You can score free parking, as long as you get validation from Black Tap -- just remember to bring your ticket.

    Black Tap offers a New York feel with award-winning burgers and their unique CrazyShake milkshakes. If ever in need of photos worth sharing on Instagram, Black Tap is the place to go.

    Black Tap opened its first location in 2015 at New York's SoHo neighborhood. Today, there are three New York restaurants, as well as locations in Las Vegas, Dubai, Geneva and Singapore.

    The Downtown Disney location will be opening Winter 2018/2019.

    You can find more places hiring for the holidays here.



    Photo Credit: Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer

    Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer is opening a location at the Downtown Disney District, and they're hiring. Job fairs will be held Oct. 25, and Nov, 14-15, 2018.Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer is opening a location at the Downtown Disney District, and they're hiring. Job fairs will be held Oct. 25, and Nov, 14-15, 2018.

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    Some of the 10 suspected mail bombs addressed to high-profile Democrats and others over the last few days were flawed and not capable of exploding, while others have yet to be fully analyzed, several investigators said Thursday.

    In some cases, the flaws were substantial. In others, more subtle, they said. 

    The news comes after investigators said the devices appeared poorly made and that it was unclear if they were hoaxes or simply cases of bad construction. Earlier in the investigation, officials in multiple states had described the items as live explosives and a number of senior bomb techs briefed on the probe said they had all the components necessary for successful explosions.

    At a joint NYPD/FBI briefing in New York Thursday afternoon, Mayor Bill de Blasio urged people to come forward with any information on suspicious packages. Officials revealed it was a retired NYPD detective watching the news Thursday morning who alerted them to a device mailed to Robert de Niro. He recognized the suspicious packages on the broadcast as similar to one he had screened earlier in the week.

    FBI New York assistant director William Sweeney said initial analysis of powder found in packages in New York found it posed no biological threat. But investigators cautioned that the analysis is far from complete, and they say anyone who encounters one of the parcels should treat them as dangerous. Officials said they were treating the items as "potential explosive devices".

    None of the 10 seized devices detonated, and no one has been hurt. 

    The latest development could lend credence to a theory NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo mentioned in a Thursday interview with CNN, where one of the devices was sent. 

    "There’s a theory that the bombs were not intended to explode, but were intended to intimidate," Cuomo said. "If that is the intent, then this is having the desired intent. And it could actually be fueling the group that’s doing it." 

    Investigators familiar with such probes caution against a rush to judgment on any theoretical motive, suspect or group of suspects. 

    “There's an old saying with investigations, and that’s 'assumptions are your enemy,'" said Michael Clark, a retired FBI special agent who now teaches criminal justice at the University of New Haven.

    There are no solid leads on a potential suspect or suspect at this point, multiple officials briefed on the investigation said Thursday afternoon. Authorities are looking into whether at least some of the packages were mailed from Florida.

    Officials didn't elaborate on the reasoning, but the return address listed on each one was the Florida office of congresswoman and ex-Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Investigators are looking into any past incidents involving her office to determine if there could be any connections to the current probe, but have said there is no suggestion she had involvement.

    As of Thursday afternoon, there have been 10 such packages. Three -- two addressed to former Vice President Joe Biden in Delaware and one addressed to Robert De Niro at a building he owns in Manhattan -- were discovered in a flurry of frenzied hours before 10 a.m. Thursday. 

    The others came in the prior 72 hours: two were addressed to Rep. Maxine Waters of California; ones were also addressed to Hillary Clinton, former President Obama, ex-Attorney General Eric Holder and former CIA Director John Brennan. The first in the series was a mailbox pipe bomb left at the Westchester County home of billionaire philanthropist George Soros. 

    According to sources, the explosive devices were made from PVC pipe and contained a timer (likely a digital alarm clock) to set off the detonator. The powder contained in the bombs comes from pyrotechnics. X-rays show there was likely shrapnel inside the PVC pipe, law enforcement officials say.

    Meanwhile, investigators are working to glean forensic clues to help identify who sent them, gathering fingerprints and DNA evidence while tracking the origin of the packages and the components used. While some have made note of the fact that the devices were not postmarked, multiple officials have said this was not uncommon, and that because of the soft packaging they could not go through automated sorting machines to have their postage canceled. 

    Larry Johnson, a former head of criminal investigations for the U.S. Secret Service who also served as a special agent in charge of the presidential protective detail, said it is highly likely that the person or people who built the bombs have been previously flagged by law enforcement.

    If you have info that could assist the #FBI's investigation of suspicious packages, call 1-800-CALLFBI (225-5324) or use http://tips.fbi.gov. 



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  • 10/25/18--12:31: Pet of the Week: Clary

  • Meet Clary, the pet of the week for Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018. 

    Clary is a 6-month-old Chihuahua mix who is available for adoption. She's a friendly puppy who will brighten up your world with her sunny personality. Clary will make a great addition to any family.

     

    ID: A5229888

    Baldwin Park Animal Care Center

    4275 Elton St. 

    Baldwin Park, CA 91706

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    Clary is the pet of the week for Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018.Clary is the pet of the week for Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018.

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    The burger restaurant of your Instagram dreams is looking to hire staff ahead of the winter opening date. Black Tap Burgers & Beer, an NYC-started spot known for out-of-this-world milkshakes, is holding two job fairs in October and November.

    Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer is looking to hire for its new Downtown Disney location, setting up shop next to Splitsville winter 2018/2019.Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer is looking to hire for its new Downtown Disney location, setting up shop next to Splitsville winter 2018/2019.

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    Election Day is fast-approaching, and there are ballot measures that could change the way you eat, how much you pay for gas, and even change the time of day in California.

    Here's a comprehensive guide to all 11 propositions to help you make an informed decision come Nov. 6.

    Prop 1: Veterans' Home Loans

    This proposal allows the state to sell general obligation bonds for $4 billion to finance affordable housing for low-income people, including war veterans.

    Its financial impact in California is an increase in state costs to reimburse the average amount of these bonds of about $170 million per year over the next 35 years.

    Those for the measure say the best part is it finds a solution, while not raising taxes. 

    Those against the measure say there are better ways to fix California's housing crisis. They also argue it would waste taxpayer money on interest payments.

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    Prop 2: Homelessness Prevention

    This proposal would allow the state to use funds from county mental health programs to fund housing for the homeless with mental issues.

    The approval of this proposal would not increase state taxes and makes the existing legislation that establishes the program official.

    Homeless advocates, social workers, doctors and emergency responders urge voters to say yes to Prop 2.

    Those against it however, say it makes no sense to take money away from mental health services to build homes with that money. 

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    Prop 3: Water and Environmental Projects

    The proposition authorizes the use of $8.877 billion in general obligation state bonds to finance aquifer and environmental projects.

    The fiscal impact for the state would be the increase in costs to pay bonds of $430 million as an annual average for more than 40 years. However, the state government could save hundreds of millions of dollars annually in water-related projects in the coming decades.

    Proponents say it is a measure that will guarantee safe drinking water and drought protection. But those against it say it hands money over to a lot of different organizations, but doesn't provide a new way of getting clean water. 

    They also say "interest payments on the bonds will double the amount that has to be repaid." They say it does nothing to solve our water shortage problems. 

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    Prop 4: Children's Hospitals

    It would allow the state to sell $1.5 billion in general obligation bonds to finance the construction, expansion, renovation and equipping of children's hospitals.

    The fiscal impact for the state would be the increase in costs to reimburse bonds of $80 million per year over the next 35 years.

    Those for the measure argue the hospital systems are like cellphones -- think of how much they've increased in technology over the last 10 years. They argue the demand for specialized pediatric care has only gone up, and hospitals are needed to meet that demand.

    Those against say the proposition really only benefits the hospitals backing the measure, and that the money could be spent in a better way. 

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    Prop 5: Homebuyers Taxes

    The approval of this prop would allow all homeowners over 55 years of age, of any property contaminated or affected by a natural disaster, and severely disabled owners, to be eligible for property tax savings should they move to another home.

    The fiscal impact would be for schools and local governments, which would lose more than $100 million per year in property taxes.

    It essentially the "moving penalty."

    Those against it say it cuts "$1 billion in local revenue from public schools, fire, police, health care and other services" but doesn't build any new housing. They say it's going to make it harder for cities to pay for schools while giving a nice tax break to the wealthy.

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    Prop 6: Gas Tax

    Prop 6 would repeal a 12-cent gas tax and an increase in vehicle registration that was approved last year to fund road fixes and better transit programs. The aim was to pay for $5 billion a year in improvements, and raise $52 billion over a decade for road repairs. The gas tax took effect last November.

    Construction industry and firefighter unions oppose repealing the measure.

    Former Republican councilman Carl DeMaio proposed it, saying the cost of living in California outrageous enough as it is.

    "Everything in California is so much more expensive and the question is why," he once said.

    Voting no keeps the tax right where it is.

    Opponents say since cars are becoming more energy efficient and using less gas, there won’t be enough funds to support the program.

    Opponents contend there aren't enough funds to keep up with the transit needs of California's 40 million people. Over the last two decades, automobiles have become more fuel efficient — a boon for the environment but a challenge to transportation budgets as drivers need less gasoline.

    Prop 7: Daylight Saving Time

    Daylight saving time may not seem that big of a deal to most Californians, but it’s a divided issue.

    If Californians vote yes, they’d be asking to end daylight saving time, meaning no “spring forward” nor “fall back.” But voting yes wouldn’t make it a done deal -- the measure would still need to clear the hurdle in the federal government. The measure would need a two-thirds vote from the Legislature.

    Basically, the time wouldn’t change, like in other states that don’t follow Daylight Saving Time: Hawaii and Arizona (except for in Arizona’s Navajo Nation).

    Voting no would mean that everything would stay how it is – you lose an hour in spring, and gain an hour in fall.

    Some proponents say the idea is very outdated. It all started during WWI as an energy saving program. They argue that studies have shown that daylight saving time may actually increase electricity use in the summertime. They also argue that daylight saving time would cause more pedestrian crashes because the sun sometimes doesn’t rise until 8 a.m. in winter.

    Those who are against the measure say it’s too much change, and Californians are used to switching their clocks back and forth.

    Prop 8: Dialysis Clinics Refunds

    Proposition 8, while at first glance is not as controversial as the gas tax or daylight savings props, actually is a source of heated debate. If passed, it would cap profits at kidney dialysis clinics by using a formula.

    Proponents of 8 say big dialysis companies are netting monster profits without putting enough money back into sanitation and patient care. Those in support, like the Democratic Party and veterans, say the proposition would stop the companies from overcharging, and would help provide quality care for patients.

    But those against the prop – which includes nurses, doctors and physicians – say many clinics would be forced to close if the prop passes. Many people without functioning kidneys depend on the clinics, and those against the prop say it would increase costs for tax payers, and reduce access to care because clinics would have to close.

    Prop 10: Regulating Rent

    This is set to be a big source of debate in November. Voting yes means state law would not limit rent control laws in cities and counties. What that means is it would establish rent control authority in communities, in hopes to keep people in their homes and reduce the homeless population.

    But those opposing the measure say that if state law is not allowed to continue overseeing rent control, it would actually make the housing crisis worse. They argue Prop 10 is bad for homeowners because it allows the regulation of single family homes and would allow more fees on top of rent.

    Those against it say it will hurt homeowners because it will lower real estate values. They also say it would limit new construction and cut the already-choked housing supply in California. Opponents also say landlords who managed smaller properties would struggle or be pushed out.

    Prop 10 repeals Costa-Hawkins Housing Act, and it is one of the most expensive propositions on the ballot.

    According to the state, renters in California already spend more than half their income on rent.

    Those in favor say Prop 10 would help people getting pushed out of their homes, because it would control how much landlords increase rent per year as well as regulate how much they are asking of new renters.

    Prop 11: On Call Ambulances

    If Prop11 passes, ambulance workers would have to stay on call during their paid lunchbreaks so they could respond to 911 calls. It would also give them more training. Proponents argue it’s a proposition that would save lives.

    Voting no means EMT’s and paramedics would have to remain unreachable while on a paid break, and cannot provide care, even if they are the closest ambulance available.

    State Assembly Member Freddie Rodriguez argues however that the proposition is not what it seems.

    Rodriguez says it would allow private companies to get out of paying millions in wages.

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    Prop 12: Ban Selling Meat From Confined Animals

    A yes vote would require farmers to provide more space to caged animals used for meat or food, like egg-laying hens, pigs, and calves. It would ban the sale of meat and eggs from animals in cages that do not meet

    If it sound familiar, it’s because in 2008, Prop 2 was passed preventing caged animals from being raised in confinements so small they couldn’t move.

    But it’s back in the form of Prop 12, because out-of-state farmers aren’t subjected to the same requirements. Also, there were no specific measurements in Prop 2.

    Hens would also have to be totally cage free by 2022.

    Starting in 2020, a calf would have to be given at least 43 square feet of floor space.

    Pigs would need 24 square feet starting in 2022.

    In 2020, egg-laying hens, would need 1 square foot of floor space each – the cages would be totally gone by 2022.

    Costs would probably rise for the foods produced by using meat and eggs from these animals, the state's nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's Office found.

    The Association of California Egg Farmers says it could cause a shortage of eggs for sale because farmers would have to make a lot of unforeseen changes to structures.



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    Dressed in a police officer uniform – which is almost an exact replica of his father's – Drake Walker proudly took an oath.

    "Will you promise to serve to protect the people and places of our fine city?"

    "Yes," the 7-year-old replied, leaning into the microphone as he stood next to his father, James Walker, a sergeant with the Torrance Police Department.

    Drake was sworn in as an honorary police officer during a Torrance City Council meeting on Oct. 16.  The honor also served to bring awareness to the boy's dire situation as he battles a highly aggressive brain tumor. 

    He was recently diagnosed with DIPG, Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, according to Get Up 8 Foundation. The local non-profit organization is raising funds for the Walker Family this weekend. 

    The organization is hosting their signature event "The Auction" on Saturday at Dave & Busters in Orange to raise funds for the Walker family. 

    The brain tumor is often considered "the worst type in existence," according to the foundation.

    Drake is currently participating in a clinical trial, which includes a six-week radiation treatment, at Children’s Hospital Orange County. Because of the size and location of DIPG – in the brainstem – surgery is not an option. 

    The Get Up 8 Foundation hopes to raise funds to help create memories that will last forever for Drake and his family.

    More information on its fundraiser can be found here

    If you would like to donate to a GoFundMe account set up for the Walker Family, you may do so here. Note that GoFundMe deducts 2.9 percent of all funds raised, plus 30 cents per donation, in the form of payment processing charges.



    Photo Credit: Get Up 8 Foundation
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    Drake Walker, 7, has been diagnosed with a highly aggressive and difficult to treat pediatric brain tumor.Drake Walker, 7, has been diagnosed with a highly aggressive and difficult to treat pediatric brain tumor.

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    Spying the perfect photograph of P-22?

    That would also be called, quite simply, "a photograph," for every snapshot taken of the handsome mountain lion, one of Southern California's best-known residents, is of the perfect variety.

    That's because just seeing this beautiful and powerful feline living in the hills above Los Angeles affirms our understanding that urban wildlife can thrive here, and does, which only helps to strengthen how we interact and care for our closest swathes of nature.

    And one of those nature-amazing settings, Griffith Park, will again serve as a party place for those who adore the story of P-22, of other mountain lions in the region, and of all the critters that chirp and buzz and scurry around our Southern Californian homes.

    The exact spot for the P-22 Day Festival 2018 is Shane's Inspiration, the date is Saturday, Oct. 27, and you'll want to be at the festival from 11 a.m. to 4 o'clock.

    Admission? It's as free as the breeze that surely flutters P-22's fur, from time to time, though do show with cash to buy lunch, if you like.

    A P-22 photobooth (nope, the big cat won't be there, but his "likeness" will be), an urban garden wildlife installation, a ranger-helmed walk, live tunes, and lots more animal-amazing, nature-knowing to-dos will fill the five-hour span.

    To see more about this third annual go-around, an honorary shindig for one of the whiskeriest, paw-biggest, tail-swishiest celebs around, pad, cat-style, over to this page at once.



    Photo Credit: Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

    Love our urban wildlife, including that purrful star P-22? The much-loved mountain lion won't make the party in his honor, but you can be there, in Griffith Park, on Saturday, Oct. 27.Love our urban wildlife, including that purrful star P-22? The much-loved mountain lion won't make the party in his honor, but you can be there, in Griffith Park, on Saturday, Oct. 27.

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