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    Día de los Muertos: You've got your skull-spectacular make-up on, and flowers in your hair, and the sort of bone-tastic togs that convey a costume possibly bought on the other side of the Great Beyond? Then dance for Hollywood Forever, where one of the most major of the muertos-themed fiestas will take place. The date is Saturday, Oct. 27, "Coatlicue: Mother of Gods" is the festive focus, and Aztec dancing, beautiful voices raised in song, and mum-strewn altars will add joy, meaning, and depth to the day. Make that "half-day," for the calacas will play for an impressive twelve hours, from noon to midnight.

    Día de los Muertos Festival: The San Pedro party, which marked its first half-decade a couple of years back, has become so popular that some 10,000 people are expected. Many revelers will be in full muertos grandeur, as they stroll along 6th street and the afternoon becomes the evening on Sunday, Oct. 28. The fun is free, the start time is 3 p.m., it all wraps at 9 o'clock, and a tequila garden will be part of the spirited end of the affair. This Day of the Dead party is free, but you'll need to reserve a ticket. You can do so here, merry skel-raisers of Southern California. 

    Anaheim Fall Festival and Parade: You want to talk about long-running larks centered around autumn happiness in Southern California? Then definitely include this out-sized hullabaloo, which will mark its centennial in a few short years. Saturday, Oct. 27 is the date, the Center Street Promenade is the hub for the Halloween-y high jinks, and a "nighttime pageant of ghosts, goblins, jack-o'-lanterns, and witches" will fill the parade's vibrant line-up. The cost? It's all free, so gussy up in your ghoulish finery and join one of our region's oldest seasonal/spooky shindigs.

    Haute Dog Howl'oween Parade: Dogs are the sweet centers of their humans' lives, it is true. But on one day of the year, at least for many people, dogs also become the center of a themed costume group, if that group is heading for this ear-scratchingly adorable tradition in Long Beach. Oodles of gussied-up pups turn out, but humans in costumes, costumes that relate to what their dogs are wearing, are also a quirky sight. It's ten bucks to enter a dog, but spectacting? And oohing/aahing over the canine competitors at the Oct. 28 parade? Totes free. Yes, totes.

    Boo!-nion Station: Hoping for a free, kid-cute festival where your tot can wear her costume before the 31st? And are you also hoping for some nifty stuff to do, like activities and crafts? And are you also longing for a landmark-amazing location, the kind of place that almost looks, with its vaulted ceilings and historic designs, as if it sprung from some wonderfully spooky film? You'll find it, at the landmark's first go-around of a family Halloween festival. It's happening on Oct. 27 and 28, and, as mentioned, you won't need admission cash. Just funds for lunch, and any other fun you find while pre-celebrating Halloween at Union Station.



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    The 12-hour fiesta looks beyond this world, into the past, and into the hearts/dreams of those who attend for an ethereal celebration honoring the eternity-minded occasion.The 12-hour fiesta looks beyond this world, into the past, and into the hearts/dreams of those who attend for an ethereal celebration honoring the eternity-minded occasion.

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    As investigators analyze at least 10 suspicious packages sent across the country to high-ranking Democrats, including former President Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Robert De Niro and Maxine Waters, you may be looking for ways to deal with a suspicious package if you come across one.

    Here are some tips on how to handle the situation from the United States Postal Service.

    What to Look For on Envelopes:

    • No return address.
    • Restrictive markings, like labeling it "personal."
    • Envelopes sealed with tape.
    • Badly typed or handwritten wording.
    • Misspelled words.
    • Possibly mailed from a foreign country, or using excessive postage stamps.

    What to Look For on Packages:

    • Excessive tape.
    • Oily stains, discoloration, or crystallization on the wrapping.
    • Strange odors.
    • Incorrect title or addressed to the title only at a business. 
    • Rigid or bulky packaging.
    • Lopsided or uneven packaging.
    • Protruding wires.

    The USPS suggested the following tips for dealing with the package:

    • Stop, don't handle the item.
    • Isolate it immediately.
    • Don't open, smell or taste it.
    • Activate your emergency plan, if you have one, and notify a manager.
    • If you spot a suspicious package that you think may contain a bomb, or a chemical threat: isolate the area, call 911, and wash your hands with soap and water.


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    The United States Postal Service had a list of tips on what to do if you encounter a suspicious package.The United States Postal Service had a list of tips on what to do if you encounter a suspicious package.

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    A Long Beach man who teaches at a Huntington Beach high school pleaded not guilty on Thursday Oct. 25 to charges of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old boy.

    Andrew Bueno Potts, 43, was charged Wednesday with one felony count each of sodomy by intoxication, sodomy of a person under 18, sexual penetration by foreign object and intoxication and sexual penetration by foreign object of a person under 18.

    He is due back in court in Long Beach Friday Nov. 2. Potts was arrested Tuesday at his Long Beach home.

    Police said an investigation began in July when the 17-year-old alleged victim came forward. Long Beach police said detectives believe Potts sexually assaulted the teen on three occasions between July and December of last year, with one attempted sexual assault also occurring during that period.

    The teen was never a student at Ocean View High School in Huntington Beach, where Potts teaches, police said.

    “Potts met the victim when the victim attended a school function hosted by Ocean View High School," said Long Beach police. "The suspect befriended the victim, and eventually took the victim in to live with him.”

    Police claim Potts plied the teen with alcohol and drugs.

    He is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail. He faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted, according to the District Attorney's Office.


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    Sanrio's best-known superstar must surely be Hello Kitty, which is beyond understandable, given the character's sparkly outlook, bright bow, and sheer positivity, traits she has rocked for over four super-fun decades now.

    But recent years have seen a devoted fandom growing for a shell of a guy who can be a bit sleepy, a bit cranky, and prone to staying in bed (which, quite often, is a plate containing bacon and other breakfast foods).

    It's Gudetama we speak of, of course, one of Sanrio's most beloved icons, a fellow that doesn't always embrace the ebullient side of life, but does yawn, sigh, and express a lot of the "so over it" feelings we humans know so well.

    Not only is he a good egg, but, well... He's an egg.

    And while Gudetama can be a bit ho-hum about life, he is up off his iconic plate and gracing several items at a new address: Highland Park Bowl.

    The vintage bowling alley and bar recently entered a partnership with Sanrio, bringing the yolk-rocking favorite to the venue in numerous ways.

    Is he on some of the bowling balls? Yep. Is there a special egg-topped pizza you can order? Mmm. And will you see Gudetama's sweet face on some of the polished bowling lanes? He's there, so look for him.

    And look for the special "themed bowling package," which is available through February 2019, if you want to further Gudetama-up your life.

    And if you want to further further Gudetama-up your life, take note: There's a Sanrio-sweet costume contest at Highland Park Bowl's Halloween Party on Saturday, Oct. 27.

    This isn't the first friendship between the Japanese pop culture powerhouse and a Southern California destination; Sanrio and Tanaka Farms paired up a couple of years back to bring Hello Kitty and her pals to special happenings, like the Irvine property's annual pumpkin patch.

    Are you egg'd-on over the glorious Gudetama and his oh-so-gettable grumpiness? Best make for the Highland Park bowling alley for all the Gudetama-ness you require.

    Omlette-ing you onto a secret: This is where the adorable egg's aficionados will congr-egg-ate in the months to come, no yolking.



    Photo Credit: 1933 Group

    Adore Sanrio's most famous shell-rocking celebrity? Find Gudetama at Highland Park Bowl, in the food, the lanes, and the merchandise, too.Adore Sanrio's most famous shell-rocking celebrity? Find Gudetama at Highland Park Bowl, in the food, the lanes, and the merchandise, too.

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    Watch out Clayton Kershaw. Hector "Tetris" Arias and his crew can paint corners too.A real-estate company purchased the two-story house on Wednesday, at 1626 S. La Brea Ave., and Arias and his team started painting a Dodgers-themed mural on it.Arias and his team covered the two-story house in Dodger Blue with current and former players depicted on the house.

    Photo Credit: Khallid Shabazz

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    Reality TV star and former Olympian Caitlyn Jenner penned an op-ed for The Washington Post in which she renounced her endorsement and support for President Donald Trump.

    "Sadly, I was wrong," Jenner wrote in the mea culpa, which was published Thursday afternoon. "The reality is that the trans community is being relentlessly attacked by this president."

    Jenner had been a rare transgender supporter of the president and the Republican Party, and her politics earned her the ire of many LGBTQ advocates, who widely view the president's policies as harmful, NBC News reported.



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    Caitlyn Jenner attends the Jeremy Scott Runway Show at Spring Studios during New York Fashion Week on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018 in New York.Caitlyn Jenner attends the Jeremy Scott Runway Show at Spring Studios during New York Fashion Week on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018 in New York.

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    The Trump administration is drafting an executive action that would make it exceedingly difficult for Central American migrants seeking asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border to gain entry, three sources familiar with the proposed measures told NBC News

    The exact details have not yet been finalized, the sources said. The news comes as President Donald Trump and National Security Adviser John Bolton have grown increasingly frustrated with the rising number of undocumented immigrants crossing the southern border and the Honduran migrant caravan currently making its way to the U.S.

    "The administration is considering a wide range of administrative, legal and legislative options to address the Democrat-created crisis of mass illegal immigration," a White House official said. "No decisions have been made at this time. Nor will we forecast to smugglers or caravans what precise strategies will be employed."

    One piece of the action under consideration would use an authority similar to that invoked by the travel ban, which would block entry to unauthorized immigrants who are not yet in the U.S., said the three sources. However, if these immigrants cross the U.S.-Mexico border and claim asylum, they would have the ability to apply for asylum.

    Other, more extreme measures under consideration include not allowing immigrants who are apprehended between ports of entry to claim asylum, said the senior administration official. The administration is also "examining plans" to temporarily close ports of entry at the Southern border to counter the Honduran migrant caravan. 



    Photo Credit: AP, File

    In this Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, file photo, hundreds of Honduran migrants stand at the shore of the Suchiate river on the border between Guatemala and Mexico, in Tecun Uman, Guatemala.In this Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, file photo, hundreds of Honduran migrants stand at the shore of the Suchiate river on the border between Guatemala and Mexico, in Tecun Uman, Guatemala.

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    When you hear the phrase "driving under the influence," you likely think of someone who is drunk.

    But drugs are increasingly responsible.

    Determining what is considered legally impaired is a new challenge for police.

    The NBC4 I-Team got a first look at how officers in the field are using new techniques to pinpoint if a driver is "too high to drive."


    The NBC4 I-Team rode along with Glendale police cracking down on drivers who used marijuana and drove.The NBC4 I-Team rode along with Glendale police cracking down on drivers who used marijuana and drove.

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    Newborns, infants and toddlers melted hearts as they paraded in their best Halloween apparel.

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    Sheriff's investigators said on Thursday Oct. 25, that six people have come forward in the past week alleging they were sexually assaulted by a former Santa Monica Police Athletic League volunteer already charged with molesting four boys beginning as far back as 1986.

    Eric Uller, 50, was charged Monday with six felony counts -- three of lewd acts on a child, two of oral copulation of a person under 18 and one of continuous sexual abuse, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

    Uller, who is being held in lieu of $2 million bail, appeared at the Airport Courthouse on Monday afternoon but did not enter a plea and his arraignment was postponed to Nov. 5.

    Prosecutors said three of the four alleged victims were under the age of 14 at the time the alleged crimes were committed -- between December 1986 and September 1995.

    Sheriff's Sgt. Todd Deeds told reporters Thursday that six additional potential victims have come forward since Uller's arrest last week. He said Uller targeted little boys.

    “We believe he befriended them, groomed them and then he sexually assaulted them,” Deeds said.

     Sheriff's officials said they believe there may still be more victims, and Deeds urged people to come forward with information.

    Uller, who works for the city of Santa Monica as a systems analyst, has been the subject of an investigation by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Special Victims Bureau since June, when detectives received information from the Santa Monica Police Department, officials said.

    The Los Angeles Times reported that Santa Monica police received an anonymous tip about the alleged lewd acts. Uller has been placed on administrative leave from his job with the city.

    Anyone with information about Uller or additional possible victims are urged to call the sheriff's Special Victims Bureau at (877) 710-5273.

     Anonymous tips can be submitted to Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS or lacrimestoppers.org.



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    Eric Uller, 50, was charged Monday with six felony counts -- three of lewd acts on a child, two of oral copulation of a person under 18 and one of continuous sexual abuse, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.Eric Uller, 50, was charged Monday with six felony counts -- three of lewd acts on a child, two of oral copulation of a person under 18 and one of continuous sexual abuse, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

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    A 24-carat bracelet considered a family heirloom is now long gone as it was snatched from a Long Beach woman’s wrist.

    Pamara Khensouvann was being distracted by a woman who attempted to steal her bracelet - and she did.

    Surveillance video from Khensouvann’s home shows a white SUV passing by, and then reversing.

    A woman waves from the back seat asking for directions to a hospital and as Khenosouvann explains, the woman strangely offers her a gift. The gift was as necklace that the woman forced onto her wrist and as she wrapped it around, she took the 24-carat bracelet.

    “I used to wear it everywhere I go,” Khensouvann said, “that’s a gift from my mom.”

    Reportedly, several people have been victims of the same couple of women.

    Khensouvann hopes this video leads to their arrest.


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    This series examines several battleground races in the fight for control of the U.S. House of Representatives ahead of 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 and organization, and an outspoken but polarizing president.

    NBC Owned Television Stations is taking a look at some of the most closely fought races across the country to see what issues matter most to voters and how the national headwinds are affecting the candidates. Those district profiles can be found below, with more coming as Election Day nears.

    We also asked viewers why they are or aren’t inspired to vote in the midterms and compiled hundreds of replies for an interactive display

    Freshman's Test: How to Keep This Moderate Philadelphia Suburb Republican

    Dem Seizes on Rohrabacher’s Russia-Friendly Views in SoCal

    National Issues Loom Large in Key House Race Near DC

    Health Care Vote a Pre-Existing Condition for Illinois GOP Congressman


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    A nationwide search is underway for the culprit or culprits responsible for targeting critics of President Donald Trump with crudely made mail bombs and investigators now say some, if not all, of the packages were mailed from the South Florida region. 

    Officials added that although they have honed in on the Sunshine State, they do not have a specific suspect or motive just yet. They are looking for ongoing forensic work or tips from the public to help them catch a break in the bizarre case quickly. 

    The NYPD swarmed a mall at the Time Warner Center Thursday after unattended toys sparked a suspicious package scare, just a day after the Columbus Circle office that houses CNN was evacuated. It was deemed a false alarm; however, authorities at the same time flocked a mail facility north of Miami to search for clues they say was the real deal. 

    The FBI said they think that regional post office processing center is where the pipe bombs first passed through, meaning some if not all of the 10 bombs were mailed from that area to top Democrats and others in New York, Washington, Delaware and Los Angeles. 

    It's small break in the four-day case. As of Thursday evening -- several days after the first device was found at the New York home of billionaire George Soros -- there were still no leads on a suspect in the case. It also remains unclear if their builder intended for them to actually explode or were part of some politically motivated hoax.  

    Hours after authorities found devices addressed to former Vice President Joe Biden and one to actor Robert De Niro Thursday, investigators revealed the devices examined so far were poorly made.

    So far, there have been 10 packages discovered, none of which have been detonated. 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.

    Officials said a retired NYPD detective watching the news Thursday morning alerted them to a device mailed to De Niro. He recognized the suspicious packages on the broadcast as similar to one he had screened earlier in the week.

    The others came in the prior 72 hours: two were addressed to Rep. Maxine Waters of California; others were also addressed to Hillary Clinton, former President Obama, ex-Attorney General Eric Holder and former CIA Director John Brennan. The first was left at Soros' home in Westchester County on Monday.

    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.

    Officials in several states have described the devices as live explosives, and a number of senior bomb technicians briefed on the probes said they all had the needed components to detonate successfully.

    "As far as a hoax device, we're not treating it that way," said Police Commissioner James O'Neill.

    Officials didn't elaborate on the reasoning, but the return address listed on each one was the Florida office of ex-Democratic National Committee chair Rep. 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.

    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 the person or people who built the bombs have been previously flagged by law enforcement.

    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.

    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."

    The latest development could lend credence to a theory New York 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.

    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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    A police officer and dog are shown outside a postal facility, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018, in Opa-locka, Fla. Investigators searched coast-to-coast Thursday for the culprit and motives behind the bizarre mail-bomb plot aimed at critics of the president.A police officer and dog are shown outside a postal facility, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018, in Opa-locka, Fla. Investigators searched coast-to-coast Thursday for the culprit and motives behind the bizarre mail-bomb plot aimed at critics of the president.

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    Los Angeles has painted itself blue to support our boys, The Dodgers, going against the Boston Red Sox during the 2018 World Series.

    Game one and two were played in Boston, but games three, four and five will be here at home.

    Tickets to watch the game in person might not be within our budgets, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it at home or overseeing our scenic LA buildings and streets with friends and some brews.

    Here’s a list of bars that will be showing the game. Go Dodgers!

     

    The Short Stop

    1455 W. Sunset Blvd. in Echo Park

    Starting at 12 p.m., the DJ will be spinning LA classics. Want more? There's a pre and post game party!.

     

    Mikkeller DTLA

    330 W.Olympic Blvd.

    Happy hour and over 50 differt types of beer? Yes, please. 

     

    Arts District Brewing Company

    828 Traction Avenue in the Arts District

    Did someone say Dodger Dogs and Jim Beam shots?

     

    Thunderbird

    12217 Wilshire Blvd. in Brentwood

    Happy hour from 4-7p.m.

     

    The Woodman

    13615 Ventura Blvd. in Sherman Oaks

    Are 16 screens enough? Oh, and happy hour from 4:30 - 8 p.m.

     

    33 Taps

    3725 Sunset Blvd. in Silver Lake

    Free Dodgers swag? Yes! Adidas installed a digital vending machine where fans can get free gear during the World Series. 

     

    The Greyhound

    5570 N. Figueroa St. in Highland Park

    #BlueHour specials, from the first pitch to the last out of every game.

     

    Lucky Baldwins

    17 S. Raymond Ave. in Old Town Pasadena

    Nothing like a good ol' British pub, right?

     

    Story Tavern

    150 S. San Fernando Blvd. in Burbank

    $6.50 draft beers, can you beat that?

     

    Beelman's

    600 S. Spring St. in downtown L.A.

    We're in California, right? Beelman's knows that and offers a plant-based food menu.

     

    The Nickel Mine

    11363 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

    One very important thing about this place: New York Style Pizza. 


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    A San Dimas season ticketholder shows off the five game balls he caught from Manny Machado. Video broadcast Friday Oct. 26, 2018 on Today in LA.


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    Employees at the Lids hat store know him by name. Video broadcast Friday Oct. 26, 2018 on Today in LA.


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    Crude pipe bombs addressed to prominent Democrats and others who have drawn ire from the right were found in mail sorting rooms across the country this week.

    No one has been hurt since the first device was found on Oct. 22, and it's not clear if they were ever meant to explode. Multiple law enforcement agencies have scrambled to find the culprit or culprits and understand the motive behind the mailings.

    Click the arrows for more information about the incidents, and click here for the latest news about the investigation.


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    Two more suspected mail explosives were discovered in New York City and in Florida early Friday, one addressed to former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and one to New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, law enforcement sources and officials familiar with the investigation tell News 4 and NBC News.

    The two parcels seized Friday bring the total number of suspected mail bombs to 12. Postal workers flagged the parcel at the Hell's Kitchen facility, NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill said. The NYPD shut down West 52nd and West 51st streets between Eighth and Ninth avenues for about two hours.

    Workers were seen streaming out of the post office and a nearby school and urgent care center also had to be evacuated as a safety precaution while bomb squad techs secured the package. Chopper 4 followed the NYPD containment vehicle as it carried the suspected device through blocked-off city streets, likely en route to the same Bronx facility where the other local ones were taken.

    The two parcels seized Friday are similar to the other 10, which were all in manila packaging with six stamps and listed the same return address in Florida. 

    The device intercepted in Florida Friday morning was addressed to the Camden, New Jersey, office of Booker, another high-profile Democrat. It was located at a sorting facility, Royal Palm Processing and Distribution Center, in Opa-lacka.

    The device intercepted in Manhattan was addressed to Clapper at CNN. Clapper was tapped to lead the national intelligence program by former President Barack Obama, another target of the packages, in 2010.

    Clapper, speaking on CNN shortly after the device was secured, said, "This is definitely domestic terrorism, no question in my mind." 

    Acknowledging the seriousness of the situation, he said he was glad no one had been hurt or killed. Clapper also had a clear message: "This is not going to silence the administration’s critics."

    A Booker spokesperson declined comment and referred all questions to law enforcement. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy tweeted that he was "saddened and angered" that Booker had been targeted. Murphy said the NJ Office of Homeland Security was working with federal, state and local partners on the response. 

    NARROWING SEARCH 

    Friday's developments come as authorities narrow their focus and initial search for a suspect to south Florida; the FBI said Thursday they think the regional post office processing center is where the pipe bombs first passed through, meaning some if not all of the bombs were mailed from that area to top Democrats and others in New York, Washington, Delaware and Los Angeles.

    None of the bombs have detonated, no injuries have been reported and authorities said Thursday it appeared some of the devices were flawed and incapable of exploding, though it wasn't clear if they were purposefully structured that way or it was just bad construction. 

    Three of the packages -- 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 Thursday.

    The others came in the prior 72 hours: two were addressed to Rep. Maxine Waters of California; others were also addressed to Hillary Clinton, former President Obama, ex-Attorney General Eric Holder and former CIA Director John Brennan. The first was left at Soros' home in Westchester County on Monday. 

    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.

    The return address listed on each one was the Florida office of ex-Democratic National Committee chair Rep. 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.



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    Four more suspected mail explosives were discovered in New York City, Florida and California early Friday, one addressed to former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, one to New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, one to California Sen. Kamala Harris and one to businessman Tom Steyer. 

    The four parcels seized Friday bring the total number of suspected mail bombs to 14 and they mostly bear the same unusual hallmark -- a lumpy manila envelope with six uncancelled stamps. 

    But if they were sent through the mail, why weren't the stamps postmarked?

    Four separate officials briefed on, or involved with, the investigation have told NBC this week that some packages were not postmarked because the soft packaging could not go through the postal machines.

    In fact, the U.S. Postal Service's own website says postmarks aren't required in all cases.

    "Postmarks are not required for mailings bearing a permit, meter, or precanceled stamp for postage, nor to pieces with an indicia applied by various postage evidencing systems," the USPS says on this page

    None of the bombs have detonated, no injuries have been reported and authorities said Thursday it appeared some of the devices were flawed and incapable of exploding, though it wasn't clear if they were purposefully structured that way or it was just bad construction. 

    Florida resident Cesar Sayoc is in custody in connection with the mail bombs.

    Three of the packages -- 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 Thursday.

    The others came in the prior 72 hours: two were addressed to Rep. Maxine Waters of California; others were also addressed to Hillary Clinton, former President Obama, ex-Attorney General Eric Holder and former CIA Director John Brennan. The first was left at Soros' home in Westchester County on Monday. 

    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.

    The return address listed on each one was the Florida office of ex-Democratic National Committee chair Rep. 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.



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    The package sent to former DNI James Clapper and recovered in Manhattan Friday morning.The package sent to former DNI James Clapper and recovered in Manhattan Friday morning.

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    It appears that the New Jersey Senate race between incumbent Sen. Bob Menendez and his opponent Bob Hugin is a toss up, according to a recent The Cook Political Report analysis.

    The latest report, published Friday, says the toss up is due in part to Democrat Menendez’ alleged ethics problems and Hugin’s outspending his opponent in political television ads.

    Hugin, a Republican and former pharmaceutical CEO, has outspent Menendez $27.7 million to $11.8 million, according to the pre-election FEC report, and most of Hugin’s money has funded television ads, The Cook Political Report says.

    Hugin has poured millions of dollars into ads attacking Menendez over his 2017 corruption trial. Menendez denied wrongdoing in the bribery case and the trial ended in a mistrial. Prosecutors dropped the charges.

    The Senate Majority PAC, which is the Democrats’ Senate super PAC, has now invested almost $6.5 million in the race, including a $3 million advertising buy this week alone. The investment “levels the playing field somewhat, but Hugin still holds a very definitive advantage on television,” the report says.

    The analysis determined that the biggest threat to Menendez’s re-election is not Hugin, but rather the voter who goes to the polls and decides to send Menendez a message in the same way that many did during the primary when 38 percent voted for his unknown primary opponent.

    Though it seems the scale is tipping in favor of Menendez, who is said to have a lead of between four and six points, The Cook Political Report says that the race is close enough to warrant a move to a toss up in New Jersey, which tends to be a blue state.



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    Sen. Bob Menendez (left) and opponent Bob HuginSen. Bob Menendez (left) and opponent Bob Hugin

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