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BREAKING: A 14th mail bomb has been seized that appears to have been sent by Cesar Sayoc, officials say.
A Florida man with an extensive criminal background and a fervent admiration for President Trump is in custody in connection with the pipe bombs mailed nationwide this week.
The suspect is 56-year-old Cesar Sayoc Jr., originally from Brooklyn and currently of Florida. Public records show he has a lengthy record of arrests for battery, theft, moving violations, and steroid-related charges -- as well as a 2002 incident where he threatened to throw a bomb. In that case, he was accused of telling a power service representative he was going to blow up the company and it would "be worse than 9/11." Sayoc pleaded guilty in that case and received probation.
A registered Republican, his social media accounts identify him as an ardent supporter of President Trump who attended many rallies -- and who continued tweeting about some of his targets even after the bombs started arriving. When he was arrested, authorities seized a van festooned with stickers of Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, as well as anti-Democrat and anti-media stickers (some overlaid with crosshairs).
Attorney General Jeff Sessions, at a Department of Justice news conference, said Sayoc would face five charges and up to 48 years in prison if convicted. According to sources, Sayoc was questioned under national security exception where he denied the charges before asking for a lawyer and refusing to answer further questions.
A 'VERY NICE' PERSON
A cousin who wished to remain anonymous told NBC News that Sayoc had been working in strip clubs since he was 22, as both a dancer and bouncer. In a 2014 court filing, Sayoc described himself as a road manager for traveling male "revues" during which dancers strip.
“He’s very estranged from his family," this cousin said, describing Sayoc as a "loner" with "a lot of problems."
As recently as Thursday night, Sayoc was working as a DJ at a strip club in West Palm Beach, NBC affiliate WPTV reported.
Another cousin of the suspect described Sayoc as a "very nice, thoughtful person." Asking not to be identified, the woman said she was stunned to hear about his arrest. She knew nothing about his political beliefs or arrest history, she said. The two hadn't connected in 20 years until recently, when her father died.
"It was mostly just small talk, how's your family, that kind of thing," the woman said. "I don't really know that much about him. We have a very big family."
His one-time defense attorney Daniel Aaronson described Sayoc as being "as polite of a client as I’ve ever represented" and said he would be willing to represent him in this case.
But not everyone had such nice things to say. A former TV reporter named Rochelle Ritchie tweeted that the suspect had previously threatened her life on social media accounts following a TV appearance.
The Seminole Tribe of Florida issued a statement denying Sayoc was a member or that he had worked at the tribe's Hard Rock casino, despite Sayoc's claims on social media to the contrary.
The arrest news followed shortly after the discovery of two more suspected mail explosives in New York City and in Florida, one addressed to former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and one to New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker. After Sayoc's arrest, word emerged of another suspicious package sent to Sen. Kamala Harris in Sacramento.
The four parcels seized Friday bring the total number of suspected mail bombs to 14. All of the packages were irregularly shaped, in yellow manila envelopes, with six stamps that were not postmarked.
None of the bombs detonated, no injuries were 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.
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 had said they were 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 any involvement whatsoever.
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Cesar Sayoc Jr, the suspect in custody in the nationwide mail bombings, and the van that was seized as part of the investigation.
A couple of die-hard Dodger fans took to Facebook to announce the newest addition to their lineup. Alyssa and Steven Balderas are expecting their second child on March 2019.
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A Dodger fan couple announced the newest member on the roster during the World Series.
Baseball is unpredictable.
With the Dodgers backs against the wall, they somehow fought back.
Max Muncy hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 18th inning and the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Boston Red Sox, 3-2, in the longest game in World Series history.
"This was a gut-wrenching game for both sides," said Muncy following the win. "This is one of those games that whoever came out on top is going to have a lot of momentum going into tomorrow. This was an extremely long game, 18 innings. A lot of pitchers were used. Every position player was used. Injuries on both sides. Their guys are banged up, our guys are banged up. It's one of those things when you're able to come out on top from a game like this, you have to feel it gives you a little momentum going to the next one."
Boston still leads the series, two games to one.
Muncy took a 90MPH cutter from Nathan Eovaldi to opposite field in left-center to end a marathon game that saw both teams burn through 18 pitchers and 27 position players (both postseason records), in a seven-hour and 20-minute affair.
"I fell behind 3-0 and just wasn’t able to execute my pitch," Eovaldi said of the homer to Muncy. "It’s difficult. When you go that far, you want to come out on top. He was clutch right there. It’s frustrating."
Before that, Eovaldi pitched six innings of relief, allowing no runs, while throwing 97pitches. Oh yeah, and he pitched in Game 1 and Game 2 in Boston.
"When he came in, I asked him, 'How do you feel?' He's like, 'Let me finish it,'" said Red Sox manager Alex Cora of Eovaldi after the 17th inning. "So his stuff was still good. The last out, Turner, that was good. And then Muncy put a good swing on it, and hit it out of the ballpark."
The exhausting and exhilarating game began as a pitcher's duel between former Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello and rookie Walker Buehler.
With Sandy Koufax watching from behind home plate, Buehler, the 24-year-old rookie, became just the second youngest Dodgers pitcher in postseason history to have a scoreless start since Johnny Podres threw a complete game shutout in Game 7 of the 1955 World Series at 23 years old.
"It's pretty cool, but at the same time, this is something I've probably pictured for a long time," said Buehler of his start. "I'm just glad it worked out the way it did. It's a pretty special moment for me."
The Dodgers took the lead in the third inning when Joc Pederson crushed a first pitch changeup from Rick Porcello into the Boston bullpen.
The longball snapped an 0-for-24 slump by Dodgers hitters against the Red Sox dating back to the fourth inning of Game 2.
The story before Game 1 was all about All-Star pitchers in Clayton Kershaw and Chris Sale. In Game 2 it was all about Cy Young Award winner David Price dominating the Dodgers lineup. Yet in a series that has featured three different Cy Young Award winners, and a seven-time All-Star, it was the unassuming rookie with the famous last name that became the first to pitch into the seventh inning.
Against the best team in baseball, on the biggest stage the sport offers, Buehler surrendered just two hits, and retired the last 14 batters he faced as he struck out seven over seven scoreless innings.
"I think that certain people can handle a moment like this and understand what was at stake tonight," said Roberts of Buehler. "We needed his best effort. And we needed him to go deeper than their starter, log some innings. And some guys run from it. Some guys can't answer the bell. But this guy, he's got an overt confidence, a quiet confidence, a little combo. But he's got tremendous stuff. And he lives for moments like this."
If writing his name in Dodgers history wasn't enough for Buehler, he also joined elite company as he became the second pitcher to have at least seven strikeouts, two or fewer base runners and not allow a run over seven innings since Don Larsen's perfect game in the 1956 World Series.
"His stuff is amazing," Cora said of Buehler. "We were putting good at-bats early on, and all of a sudden he started throwing cutters and changeups, and he was able to keep us off balance. For him to go seven at this stage, they needed it and he did an outstanding job."
After Buehler's dominant performance, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts wanted just one man to pitch the final two innings of the game: All-Star closer Kenley Jansen.
"We felt that in a must-win game to go to Kenley for two innings, we liked that," said Roberts of his decision. "That was the plan."
Maybe he should have rethought that decision.
Jackie Bradley Jr. took Jansen deep with two outs in the eighth inning for the game-tying homer.
"It didn't work out," admitted Roberts of the blown save by Jansen.
Bradley Jr.'s homer was the 14th allowed by Jansen during the 2018 season, he had never allowed more than six in any previous season.
The game would head to extra innings where the Red Sox threatened to take the lead in the top of the 10th.
Pedro Baez walked J.D. Martinez, and Ian Kinsler entered the game to pinch-run for him. After a single by Brock Holt put runners at the corners with out one, Eduardo Nuñez hit a fly ball to centerfield that appeared to be deep enough to score the tying run.
But Cody Bellinger had other ideas as the center fielder threw a cannon to catcher Austin Barnes who tagged out Kinsler just before the plate, keeping the score tied at 1-1.
"I thought for sure that game wasn’t going to end," Bellinger said after the threw out Kinsler at home. "I thought we’d have to wake up in the morning to finish it. I'm just glad Max Muncy hit that home run so we can go home and sleep."
Both bullpens continued to throw lights out, but with two of the best teams in baseball battling head-to-head, a game with a razor-thin margin of error was bound to come down to one fatal mistake.
Ironically, it came down to two, as both teams scored on bizarre errors in the 13th inning.
Brock Holt led off the inning with a walk. One pitch later, Holt stole second on a ball in the dirt, and he scored on dribbler back to the pitcher that turned into disaster for the Dodgers.
Nuñez, who broke Game 1 open with a three-run homer, hit a little nubber back to reliever Scott Alexander, but first baseman Max Muncy was charging in on the play, so second baseman Kiké Hernandez had to hustle to cover first base.
Alexander threw underhand to Hernandez, but he slipped on the base and the ball flew over his head, allowing Holt to score from third and the Red Sox to finally take their first lead of the game, more than five hours after the first pitch had been thrown.
"It was a flukey thing," Clayton Kershaw who had to enter the game as a pinch-hitter in the 17th inning said of the 13th. "It was in no-man's land with that grounder. It seems fitting for this game. Both were just really weird plays."
Less than a week away from Halloween, it's fitting that the 13th inning proved to be the most bizzare for both teams. In fact, it's a surprise a black cat didn't run onto the field or a witch fly overhead on her broomstick.
The Dodgers half of the unlucky 13th inning began with Muncy staring at 101MPH fastballs from Eovaldi. Eventually, he worked a walk, putting the tying run on base.
After a flyout from Machado, Bellinger hit a fly ball in foul territory down the third base line that Nuñez dove into the seats to catch. Muncy wisely tagged on the play, and found himself in scoring position with two outs.
Yasiel Puig followed with a groundball up the middle that Ian Kinsler backhanded for what appeared to be the final out of the game. But Kinsler's throw went wide at first base, allowing Muncy to score on the error and tie the game.
Both teams squandered numerous chances with the former Dodger, Eovaldi, holding the team that drafted him back in 2008 in check for seven innings until Muncy's big blast in the bottom of the 18th.
Muncy's walk-off homer was his first career walk-off hit of any kind, and the first walk-off home run in the World Series for the Dodgers since Kirk Gibson's legendary longball in Game 1 of the 1988 Fall Classic.
"Obviously there's not many words I can use to describe that," Muncy said of his walk-off homer. "The feeling was just pure joy and incredible excitement. That's about all I can think of because it's hard to describe how good a feeling it is."
Boston's loss snapped a five-game road winning streak dating back to the AL Division Series against the New York Yankees.
Rich Hill will get the ball in Game 4 as the Dodgers look to even the series, with the Red Sox starter still to be determined. First pitch is scheduled for 5:09 p.m. PT.
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Max Muncy #13 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates his eighteenth inning walk-off home run to defeat the Boston Red Sox 3-2 in Game Three of the 2018 World Series at Dodger Stadium on Oct. 26, 2018, in Los Angeles, California.
The grandparents of a man are pleading for help to raise money to pay the bills for their grandson hospitalized in critical condition in Mexico to get him back to Northern California.
Chuck Dovey says his grandson, Ian, 26, was in a motorcycle crash on Saturday.
"In a way, I'm grateful that he's unconscious so he doesn't have to be aware of everything that's going on," he said.
Ian Dovey was in a motorcycle crash Saturday, his family said. He suffered major injuries, including spinal trauma.
Dovey's family wants to get him out of Mexico where he and his wife have been living for the past year.
But the family claims the hospital in San Jose del Cabo has demanded hundreds of thousands of dollars from them.
A hospital official reached by phone said the hospital would never hold or kick out any patient based on their ability to pay.
Dovey's family claims that with each day the threats are growing more hostile.
"My greatest fear is that they carry out that threat, and he's not able to be be transported, he's not stable enough and he dies," Chuck Dovey said.
The family says they are confused and frustrated.
"I just want to help him," Chuck Dovey said.
The Mexican Consulate said they can't do anything to help.
The family has raised about $65,000 so far. They are hoping to raise more through a gofundme site.
Chuck Dovey, grandfather of Ian Dovey
How fast does a pumpkin move?
If it is a small pumpkin, say a Jack Be Little, it can tumble off your front step in a matter seconds. If it is pumpkin that's inside a piece of pie that's on your fork, it can head in the direction of your mouth in a flash.
And if you're participating in the time-honored tradition of pumpkin bowling? Goodness, can those gourds roll at a considerable clip, depending the arm-oomph you deliver.
But racing pumpkins, such as the ones seen in the annual Pumpkin Race at Manhattan Beach Pier, are a whole other marvel-filled matter. These seed-packed competitors have wheels, which do quite a lot, we needn't tell you, in the whole sending-the-squash-forward-and-fast department.
If you've never witnessed such a thing, you're in some kind of lucky luck. Just find your way to the course on Sunday, Oct. 28, before noon, preferably, and then cheer on the colorful and decorated pumpkins as they hurtle for the finish line.
There's lots to know about this tradition, including the fact that there's some good-spirited, um, creative winning that may or may not go down (yes, cheating).
And if a Cheater Pumpkin is caught in the act? The Mallet-O-Justice will fall upon it, sending seeds hither and yon.
It's quite the crowd-pleaser, understandably.
There are other good-to-knows, like where to buy a Pumpkin Race Kit, the rules of the race, and such.
No need to jump in and compete right away if you've never seen pumpkins on the go, go, go. Just visit the squashy scene and observe what goes on, before plotting what sort of superstar pumpkin-based vehicle you'll construct in 2019.
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Squat squashes'll go stem-to-stem for glory, at Manhattan Beach Pier, on Oct. 28, 2018.
A 46-year-old man armed with an assault rifle opened fire at a synagogue in Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill neighborhood on Saturday morning, the Jewish Sabbath, killing 11 people and injuring four police officers, according to officials and law enforcement sources.
The suspect, Robert Bowers, traded gunfire with police and was shot several times. Bowers, who was in fair condition at a hospital, was charged late Saturday with 29 federal counts, including hate crimes and weapons offenses. It wasn't immediately known if Bowers has an attorney to speak on his behalf.
A circumcision celebration known as a bris was taking place at the Tree of Life synagogue in Squirrel Hill when gunfire erupted, congregants told MSNBC. Officials said the shooting, which officers responded to just before 10 a.m., is being investigated as a hate crime.
"Please know that justice in this case will be swift and it will be severe," Scott Brady, the chief federal prosecutor in western Pennsylvania, said at a news conference, characterizing the slaughter as a "terrible and unspeakable act of hate."
"Today, the nightmare has hit home in the city of Pittsburgh," said public safety director Wendell Hissrich, who described the "very horrific crime scene" as "one of the worst that I've seen."
No children were killed in the attack, officials said. There were six injuries, including the four male officers, three of whom were shot. The officers sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries while the others were critically wounded, and they were all taken to area hospitals.
The Anti-Defamation League, which tracks anti-Semitism in the United States, said in a statement this "is likely the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in the history of the United States."
Authorities say that just before 10 a.m., Bower entered the large synagogue with an assault-style rifle and three handguns.
Witnesses said the gunman shouted anti-Semitic comments as he was being taken into custody.
The survivors included Daniel Leger, 70, a nurse and hospital chaplain who was in critical condition after undergoing surgery, his brother, Paul Leger, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Daniel Leger was scheduled to lead a service Saturday morning, he said.
Social media accounts under Bowers' name included anti-Semitic comments. Earlier Saturday, a post under his name made hateful comments about a Jewish-American organization that helps refugees, NBC News’ Pete Williams reported. Many other comments on the account also featured disparaging comments about Jews. The account also posted comments critical of President Donald Trump.
Officials said he was not known to law enforcement prior to the shooting.
Police departments across the country, from New York City to Los Angeles, said security was being increased at local synagogues in response to the attack.
Speaking at a previously scheduled event in Indiana, Trump decried the "wicked act of mass murder" as "pure evil." He thought about the "cruel hate and twisted malice that could cause a person to unleash such terrible violence" in a place of worship on a holy day. He said anti-Semitism "represents one of the ugliest and darkest features of human history. The vile hate-filled poison of anti-Semitism must be condemned and confronted."
Earlier, he speculated that the deadly violence would have been curbed if the building had had an armed guard.
With both the death toll and details of the synagogue’s security still to be disclosed, Trump said gun control “has little to do with it” but “if they had protection inside, the results would have been far better.”
When asked if all places of worship should be armed, Trump said that "it's certainly an option in this world."
Trump hosted a Make America Great Again rally Saturday night in Illinois where he said, "the evil anti-Semitic attack is an assault on all of us."
The president — who, at times, has been accused by critics of failing to adequately condemn hate, such as when he blamed "both sides" for the violence at a Charlottesville, Virginia, white supremacist rally in 2017 — said that anti-Semitism must be "confronted and condemned everywhere it rears it very ugly head." He called for the imposition of the death penalty for "crimes like this."
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, on the scene with Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey, described the incident "an absolute tragedy," saying, "These senseless acts of violence are not who we are as Americans."
He called for action to "prevent these tragedies in the future" and said, "Dangerous weapons are putting our citizens in harm’s way." He later ordered flags in Pennsylvania to be flown at half-staff.
One man who spoke to WPXI said his father-in-law was inside the Tree of Life synagogue at the time. He called the incident "unbelievable" and said "people have to stop hating."
The tree-lined residential neighborhood of Squirrel Hill, about 10 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh, is the hub of Pittsburgh’s Jewish community. More than a quarter of the Jewish households in the Pittsburgh area are in Squirrel Hill, according to a Brandeis University study of the Greater Pittsburgh Jewish community.
More than 80 percent of Squirrel Hill residents said they had some concern or were very concerned about the rise of anti-Semitism, the study said. And many also said they experienced incidents of anti-Semitism in the past year, including insults, stereotypes, physical threats and attacks.
The ADL warned earlier this year that 2017 saw the largest single-year increase on record of anti-Semitic incidents, a spike of 57 percent from the previous year. The 1,986 incidents included physical assaults, vandalism and attacks on Jewish institutions.
And a Friday report from the ADL said that far-right extremists have ramped up an intimidating wave of anti-Semitic harassment against Jewish people ahead of next month's U.S. midterm elections. Posts were sometimes orchestrated by leaders of neo-Nazi or white nationalist groups.
“We are devastated,” ADL Director and CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said Saturday on Twitter. “Jews targeted on Shabbat morning at synagogue, a holy place of worship, is unconscionable. Our hearts break for the victims, their families, and the entire Jewish community.”
In 2010, Tree of Life Congregation — founded more than 150 years ago — merged with Or L’Simcha to form Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha.
The synagogue is a fortress-like concrete building, its facade punctuated by rows of swirling, modernistic stained-glass windows illustrating the story of creation, the acceptance of God’s law, the “life cycle” and “how human-beings should care for the earth and one another,” according to its website. Among its treasures is a “Holocaust Torah,” rescued from Czechoslovakia.
Its sanctuary can hold up to 1,250 guests.
Jeff Finkelstein, of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, said local synagogues have done “lots of training on things like active shooters, and we’ve looked at hardening facilities as much as possible.” He told WPXI that the organization’s security officer has notified all JCC synagogues and that they are on modified lockdown.
“This should not be happening, period,” he told reporters at the scene. “This should not be happening in a synagogue.”
Tree of Life Rabbi Jeffrey Myers posted a column on the congregation's website in July lamenting Washington's inaction against gun violence.
"Despite continuous calls for sensible gun control and mental health care, our elected leaders in Washington knew that it would fade away in time," he wrote. "Unless there is a dramatic turnaround in the mid-term elections, I fear that the status quo will remain unchanged, and school shootings will resume. I shouldn’t have to include in my daily morning prayers that God should watch over my wife and daughter, both teachers, and keep them safe. Where are our leaders?"
And just three days before the shooting, Myers noted in another column that people make time to attend funerals, but not for life’s happy occasions. He ended his column with words that now seem all too prescient.
“We value joy so much in Judaism that upon taking our leave from a funeral or a shiva house, the customary statement one makes (in Yiddish) is ‘nor oyf simches’ - only for s’machot,” Myers wrote. “While death is inevitable and a part of life, we still take our leave with the best possible blessing, to meet at joyous events. And so I say to you: nor oyf simches!”
Cathie Mayers, who lives in the Point Breeze neighborhood next to Squirrel Hill, said Tree of Life is a well-known place in the area.
"If you mention Tree of Life to people in Pittsburgh, they know what you’re talking about," she told NBC. "If you drive around Squirrel Hill on a Saturday, or Friday night, you’re going to see people attending service."
Mayers called the shooting "surprising" and "very, very saddening," saying that "it’s unusual for Squirrel Hill, but this is a very, very surprising incident for Pittsburgh, especially at a place of worship."
World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder called the shooting "an attack not just on the Jewish community, but on America as a whole."
The Holocaust Memorial Museum in D.C. condemned the attack on the Tree of Life synagogue and called on "all Americans to actively work to promote social solidarity and respect the dignity of all individuals."
Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump, who converted to Judaism ahead of her marriage to Jared Kushner, tweeted: "America is stronger than the acts of a depraved bigot and anti-semite. All good Americans stand with the Jewish people to oppose acts of terror & share the horror, disgust & outrage over the massacre in Pittsburgh. We must unite against hatred & evil. God bless those affected."
The Council on American-Islamic Relations also condemned the "heinous and cowardly attack on a house of worship," saying in a statement, "This attack is on American values and principles of humanity, and we all need to come together to restore civilized values to our society."
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted that he was "heartbroken and appalled by the murderous attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue today. The entire people of Israel grieve with the families of the dead. We stand together with the Jewish community of Pittsburgh."
"We are incredibly saddened to hear of this morning's tragedy at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. We send our thoughts and prayers to all those affected," the Pittsburgh Penguins tweeted.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted that "Canadians’ hearts are with the Jewish community in Pittsburgh today."
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First responders surround the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pa., where a shooter opened fire Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018.
Hollywood celebrities show off their Dodger blue.
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From right, Los Angeles Dodgers part owner Magic Johnson, country singer Brad Paisley and Dallas Cowboy coach Jason Garrett watch Game 3 of the World Series baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday, Oct. 26, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
At least 8 people have been reported dead in the Saturday shooting.
A leftover bottle of prescription drugs in the medicine cabinet may not seem like a big deal. However, with the nation in the midst of an opioid epidemic, proper disposal of prescription medication can be a life-or-death issue.
The LAPD and Kaiser Permanente are offering the opportunity to safely get rid of leftover or expired medication at several locations throughout the LA area on Saturday.
Medication can be dropped off anonymously at the following sites from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles Medical Center: 6041 Cadillac Avenue, Los Angeles - Parking Lot #3
Kaiser Permanente Panorama City Medical Center: 13652 Cantara Street, Panorama City - Front of North 3 Medical Office
Kaiser Permanente South Bay Medical Center: Parkview Medical Office Building, 25825 South Vermont Avenue, Harbor City
Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center: 4760 West Sunset Blvd, Hollywood
Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills Medical Center: 5601 De Soto Ave, Woodland Hills
KOA Center Parking Lot: 3727 West 6th Street, Los Angeles
Hollywood Station Senior Lead Officer Building: 6501 Fountain Avenue, Hollywood - Senior Lead Officer building
Spring Street Park - 426 South Spring Street, Los Angeles
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A gunman attacked a Pennsylvania synagogue Saturday morning, the Jewish Sabbath, killing and wounding multiple people.
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Tammy Hepps, Kate Rothstein and her daughter, Simone Rothstein, 16, pray from a prayerbook a block away from the site of a mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood on October 27, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Two Anaheim Police officers were injured in a scuffle with an assault suspect Saturday morning. The suspect went into cardiac arrest while being apprehended, according to the department.
The officers responded to a report of an assault on the 2200 block of Broadway Ave. at 8:40 Saturday morning. When they arrived, they attempted to arrest the suspect, who fought back. The officers were injured during the altercation, according to APD.
During the incident, the suspect went into cardiac arrest. He was taken to the hospital in serious condition. The officers were also transported to the hospital with serious injuries that are not life threatening.
An attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue Saturday in which multiple people were shot to death comes amid a sharp rise in anti-Semitism reported by a Jewish civil rights organization, particularly before the mid-term elections.
Far-right extremists have rallied before the elections next month to spread hate online, according to one report released on Friday by the Anti-Defamation League. There is a consistent pattern of harassment of Jewish Americans by white supremacists and neo-Nazis — much of it based on hateful stereotypes and conspiracies — and some of it is bleeding into more mainstream U.S. conservatism, it found.
George Soros, a billionaire, philanthropist and a Hungarian-born Jew, was one of the most frequent online targets by white nationalists. Soros — who received one of the pipe bombs that were sent over the past week to prominent Democrats and CNN — has been falsely accused of funding, among other things, the caravan of Central American migrants heading for the U.S. border, and of paying the women who confronted Republican senators about Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. Those charges and others, some spread by mainstream politicians, have been debunked.
And Jewish journalists faced an onslaught of online persecution and overtly anti-Semitic tweets between 2015 and 2016, the Anti-Defamation League found. The five most common words in the account bios of those sending the harassing tweets were Trump, conservative, white, nationalist and America, according to the report. Reporters received threatening messages that included references to concentration camps, gas chambers and Hitler.
"Prior to the election of President Donald Trump, anti-Semitic harassment and attacks were rare and unexpected, even for Jewish Americans who were prominently situated in the public eye," the report said. "Following his election, anti-Semitism has become normalized and harassment is a daily occurrence."
The shooting Saturday morning took place near the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh while a circumcision celebration, known as a bris, was taking place, congregants told MSNBC. In addition to the fatalities, two other victims had critical injuries and four police officers, three of whom were shot, had non-life-threatening injuries, according to the Pittsburgh public safety director.
The suspect, 46-year-old Robert Bowers of Pittsburgh, who is in custody, was armed with an AR-15-style rifle and multiple handguns, NBC News reported. What appeared to be his account on a social media site called Gab, contained multiple anti-Semitic messages, including ones aimed at a Jewish-American organization that helps refugees, as well as comments critical of Trump.
The shooting will be prosecuted as a hate crime, according to a tweet from the Pittsburgh Department of Public Safety.
"A staggering expansion of online harassment coincided with, and arguably fomented, the increase in offline anti-Semitism," the ADL report said. "Fringe Internet communities, such as 4chan, 8chan, and Gab allowed for the propagation of such ideas, which quickly spread to Twitter, Reddit, and other mainstream online communities."
Gab said in a statement that it contacted law enforcement quickly with the information from Bowers account.
Jonathan Greenblatt, the CEO of the ADL, tweeted that the organization was working "to push back on prejudice."
"We are devastated," he wrote. "Jews targeted on Shabbat morning at synagogue, a holy place of worship, is unconscionable."
In the same statement, Gab reiterated that they have a zero tolerance policy on terrorism and violence.
"Gab unequivocally disavows and condemns all acts of terrorism and violence."
Trump tweeted, "God Bless All!," and later said: "It's a terrible, terrible thing what's going on with hate in our country, frankly, and all over the world," the president said. "It's a violent world. You think when you're over it, it just goes away but then it comes back in the form of a madman, a wacko."
Later, during a previously scheduled event in Indiana, Trump said that anti-Semitism "represents one of the ugliest and darkest features of human history. The vile hate-filled poison of anti-Semitism must be condemned and confronted."
A 2017 study of the Greater Pittsburgh Jewish community released by Brandeis University found that more than two-thirds of the community had some concern about local anti-Semitism.
Another report from the ADL in May found that about 3 million Twitter users posted or reposted at least 4.2 million anti-Semitic tweets over a 12-month period ending Jan. 28, according to The Associated Press.
And in February, the ADL reported that the number of anti-Semitic incidents — harassment, vandalism, desecration of Jewish graves, physical assaults and bomb threats against Jewish institutions — rose nearly 60 percent last year over 2016, the largest single-year increase on record.
There were 1,986 incidents reported across the United States. For the first time since 2010, an incident had occurred in every state in the country.
The sharp rise was in part due to an increase in incidents in schools and on college campuses, it wrote.
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First responders surround the Tree of Life Synagogue, rear center, in Pittsburgh, where a shooter opened fire Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, wounding four police officers and causing "multiple casualties" according to police.
Your marigolds, the ones you grew all summer and autumn? They're looking orange-y and auspicious and bright.
Your crown of flowers, or your top hat, and the make-up that says "skeleton" to all who behold you? Your ensemble is looking as ethereal as it should as Day of the Dead approaches.
Your plan on Sunday, Oct. 28?
If you're fully calaca'd-out, you could be headed one of the largest Día de los Muertos fiestas around.
It's in San Pedro, it's the 7th annual go-around for the delightful Día party, and it is now drawing over 10,000 people.
This means that the six-hour festivity, which dances from 3 to 9 p.m., will bustle, and while entry is free, it is ticketed, and you'll want to reserve your spot ahead of time.
What to watch for? A Jose Cuervo Tradicional Tequila Garden, plus comida sabrosa, like menudo from Juanita's Mexican Foods.
Over 30 vendors, of both the edible and the crafty variety, will be there, as will numerous altars. In fact, there's an Altars Competition and Exhibition, so plan on see a host of gorgeous tributes to those we love and remember, this time of the year and all times of the year.
The Grand Prize for the most glorious altar? It's $1,000.
Mariachi bands and other entertainment will keep the cool calaca spirit aloft, so plan on a celebration that is both deep-of-emotion and delightful-of-tone.
The group behind the large-scale seasonal gathering? It's the San Pedro Property Owners' Alliance.
Finding more information on this well-attended to-do? And how to reserve that free ticket? Lovers of this world and the next: Dance this way, in your calacas finery, for more information.
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Calling all calacas: Join other revelers walking an otherworldly path in Downtown San Pedro on Sunday, Oct. 28.
Robert Bowers, the Pennsylvania man accused of fatally shooting 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue Saturday morning, posted frequently online about conspiracy theories and made repeated threats to Jews.
He made a specific threat against Jews on the social network, Gab, just hours before allegedly conducting the attack.
In the post, Bowers said that the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, a humanitarian aid nonprofit group that provides assistance to refugees, brought immigrants to the United States to do violence against others.
“Screw your optics, I'm going in," he wrote.
Bowers also frequently posted about the migrant caravan, a group of several thousand refugees walking to the U.S.-Mexico border from Honduras to seek asylum.
Bowers anti-semitic posts and apparent contempt for the caravan are tied to a viral photo depicting refugees hopping onto the bed of a truck with a Star of David visible on the side.
Conspiracy theories about the image of the truck and anti-semitic comments from other users reposted by Bowers, are still visible on Gab.
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People watch as first responders move through the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh where a shooter opened fire during services at the Tree of Life Synagogue on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018.
An AMBER Alert was issued in Southern California just after 1 p.m. Saturday for an abducted child from Vancouver, Washington.
A 4-year-old girl was taken by her mother Thursday afternoon, and now local police are asking for help, according to KGW8 in Portland, Oregon.
The girl was on a court-supervised visit with her mother, Esmeralda Lopez, at the Vancouver Mall when she was taken, KGW8 said.
The 4-year-old's name is Aranza Lopez.
She was last seen wearing a long sleeve, dark blue shirt with a bulldog on the front, said KGW8. Aranza was also wearing pink pants and PAW Patrol shoes.
Esmeralda, 21, is also a person-of-interest in a robbery that occurred around the same time as the abduction.
She was last seen wearing a red and white striped soccer jersey.
Based on the mother's history, police fear for Aranza's safety.
The car Esmeralda was using was described as a red Chevrolet Cobalt.
It has a Washington license plate that reads “BLK1552.”
Los Angeles was one of 26 counties to issue the AMBER Alert, according to CHP.
Many counties south of Vancouver and along the coast were notified.
If anyone has information, call 911.
No other information was available at this time.
Please refresh this page for updates on this story. Details may change as more information becomes available.
Let's play two.
The Los Angeles Dodgers won the war of attrition over the Boston Red Sox in Game 3 of the World Series. The longest game in postseason history featured 17 pitchers and a combined 44 total players.
After a seven-hour and 20-minute marathon ended with the Dodgers walking off to a 3-2 win, and back in the series overall after falling into an 0-2 hole, most people believe that the advantage is now firmly in the hands of the Boys in Blue after Boston was forced to burn through three different starting pitchers and their entire bullpen in Game 3.
However, that's exactly what baseball wants you to think.
Game 3 ended in the wee hours of Saturday morning, and a little over 12 hours later, Game 4 will begin. After starting right-hander Rick Porcello, using David Price on one day rest, and throwing expected Game 4 starter Nathan Eovaldi in six innings of relief (97 pitches), the Red Sox are choosing to start left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez in Game 4.
Rodriguez appeared in relief in Game 3, making only six pitches, so he shouldn't be that tired for Game 4. The Red Sox are making history by starting Rodriguez, as he will become the first pitcher to start a World Series game after appearing in the previous game in a relief role since Firpo Marberry did in 1924 for the Washington Sentators.
Hill has been solid as a rock this postseason, allowing just three runs in two starts with a 2.61 ERA. Last year in the World Series, Hill made two starts against the Astros, and surrendered just two total runs, lowering his World Series ERA to 2.08.
Hill hasn't pitched since Game 6 of the NLCS, when he threw an inning of relief in a loss. Before that, he last started Game 4 of that series on October 16, giving Hill 10 days of rest between starts.
With Hill ready and rested, and Rodriguez coming off an appearance in Games 1 and 3, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts believes the Red Sox left-hander might not go to deep into the game. Therefore, Roberts went against his traditional all right-handed lineup against a southpaw starter like he did in Games 1 and 2, and instead is starting two of his top power hitters in Max Muncy at second base and Cody Bellinger in center field.
If the Dodgers are able to jump on Rodriguez early, and Hill finds a rhythm with his curveball, Los Angeles could be looking at a level series with their ace Clayton Kershaw on the mound in Game 5.
But as we saw in Game 3, baseball is unpredictable. Everything we thought we knew goes against the grain. The Dodgers were leading Game 1-0, with four outs remaining and All-Star closer Kenley Jansen on the mound.
Despite an up-and-down regular season, Jansen had not allowed a run in the postseason leading up to the World Series. Game over, right? Wrong.
Jackie Bradley Jr. tied the game with a solo shot in the bottom of the eighth and the winds completely came out of the sails for the Dodgers. That would bode well for Boston who took the lead in top of the 13th inning with Nathan Eovaldi on the mound. Game over, right? Wrong.
Los Angeles tied the game in the bottom of 13th on an error by veteran second baseman Ian Kinsler. The bizarre series kept the extra innings affair going and the Dodgers eventually walked it off on Muncy's homer in the 18th.
The Dodgers became the first team to win a World Series game after trailing in the 11th inning or later. Again, everything we thought we knew we didn't.
It would be the most baseball thing ever for both teams to be feeling the physical and emotional hangover of the marathon game just a few hours earlier, and Eduardo Rodriguez and the Red Sox to throw up zeroes while the fresh and rested Rich Hill shows signs of rust.
The Red Sox are hoping for that outcome and are looking to take a commanding 3-1 series lead, with a chance to win their fourth World Series in the last 15 years on Sunday against Kershaw.
Nonetheless, if the Dodgers are able to get to Rodriguez early, and force Red Sox manager Alex Cora to burn through his already depleted bullpen again, then we can hit the proverbial reset button on the World Series and watch in awe as it becomes a best-of-three with a Cy Young winner taking the mound in every game.
First pitch of Game 4 is scheduled for 5:09 PM PT and will be broadcast live on FOX.
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Manny Machado #8 and Enrique Hernandez #14 of the Los Angeles Dodgers react to their teammate Max Muncy's (not pictured) #13 eighteenth inning walk-off home run to defeat the Boston Red Sox 3-2 in Game Three of the 2018 World Series at Dodger Stadium on October 26, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
From the adorable Kershaw siblings to a determined looking Danny Trejo and the family of Jackie Robinson, we have a collection of some of the best ceremonial first pitches at Dodger Stadium.
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LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 27: Dennis Eckersley (L) and Kirk Gibson shake hands on the mound after throwing out a ceremonial first pitch prior to in Game Four of the 2018 World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on October 27, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gary A. Vasquez - Pool/Getty Images)
The Boston Red Sox are one win away from being crowned World Series Champions.
Mitch Moreland hit a three-run homer in the seventh, and Steven Pearce hit a game-tying home run in the eighth as the Boston Red Sox rallied from a four-run deficit to stun the Los Angeles Dodgers, 9-6, in Game 4 of the World Series at Dodger Stadium on Saturday night.
Undaunted after an 18-inning marathon in Game 3, unworried about a four-run deficit in Game 4, the Red Sox continued to prove why they are considered the best team in baseball Boston compiled big hits like trick-or-treaters compile candy.
Before Boston broke out the bats against a bullpen meltdown of epic proportions, Game 4 began as an unlikely pitcher's duel between left-handers Eduardo Rodriguez and Rich Hill.
Both starters took turns throwing five shutout innings before Yasiel Puig broke the game open with a three-run blast in the bottom of the sixth that put the Dodgers up 4-0.
Puig's blast sparked the Dodgers sellout crowd, and awoke an anemic offense that that been silent for the better part of two games.
Both teams struggled offensively from the start, a likely hangover from the physical and emotional toll from the seven-hour and twenty minute game just hours earlier.
Before the sixth inning, both teams were a combined 0-for-12 with men on base, and 4-for-46 in the last two games overall.
Christian Vazquez broke up Hill's no-hitter in the fifth inning after he roped a line drive single into left field.
Hill became a part of some not-so-super World Series trivia when he became the first pitcher since 1968 to hit the opposing pitcher in the Fall Classic. Hill hit Rodriguez with an 86MPH fastball to leadoff the third inning.
Outside of that, Hill was outstanding in his third career World Series start, allowing just one run, on one hit, with three walks, and seven strikeouts in 6 and 1/3 innings.
Hill has allowed a run in each of his three World Series starts in his career, bringing his Fall Classic ERA to 1.80.
Unfortunately for Hill, he was unable to get out of the seventh inning, and it was disastrous for the Dodgers.
Hill issued a leadoff walk to Xander Bogearts before striking out Eduardo Nunez for the first out of the inning. Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts didn't want Hill to face Brock Holt, so he went to the left-hander Scott Alexander in the bullpen.
Alexander was tasked with one job: to get Brock Holt out. Instead, he walked him on four pitches. Roberts went to Ryan Madson after that.
Alex Cora countered with back-to-back left-handed pinch-hitters and Mitch Moreland kicked off the comeback with a three-run moon shot off Madson to cut the lead to one.
Moreland's blast came with two outs, and the Red Sox have now scored 17 of their 23 runs in the World Series with two outs.
Meanwhile, Madson's miserable World Series continues. Madson has inherited seven runners so far in the World Series and somehow eight have scored.
He's surrendered eight runs while he's been on the mound, but yet Moreland was the only one he's been responsible for in his three appearances in the World Series.
In a moment of déjà vu, Dave Roberts brought in closer Kenley Jansen in the eighth inning of a one-run game for presumably a two-inning save.
For those that forgot, Roberts made the same move in the eighth inning of Game 3 on Friday night, and Jackie Bradley Jr. hit the game-tying homer off him.
Well, lightning struck twice on Roberts and the Dodgers, as Jansen surrendered the game-tying homer to Pearce less than 24 hours later.
Jansen has now blown saves in back-to-back World Series games, becoming the second pitcher in MLB history to allow a game-tying homer in consecutive games of a World Series since Arizona's Byung-Hyun Kim did it in Games 4 and 5 of the 2001 Fall Classic.
Roberts managerial decisions will surely be questioned for years to come as his team's latest bullpen meltdown felt forseeable and predictable as he put his team on the precipice of their second straight World Series let down.
Even President Trump weighed in on Roberts as he tweeted his hot take from the comfortable confines of the White House in Washington D.C.
After Brock Holt hit a one-out double in the top of the ninth, Rafael Devers knocked in the go-ahead run with a single up the middle and the Red Sox completed the comeback.
The last time the Red Sox rallied from three runs down in the World Series was against the Cincinnati Reds in Game 6 of the 1975 World Series. Many fans might remember that game for Carlton Fisk's dramatic "fair or foul," home run in the 12th inning.
Pearce, a 35-year-old veteran, became the latest hero in Boston's decorated postseason history when he cleared the bases with a double in the gap that put the Red Sox ahead 8-4.
Bogaerts followed with a single and Boston's party began with a five run lead.
Enrique Hernandez kicked off the Dodgers half of the bottom of the ninth with a two-run homer that cut the lead to 9-6, but Cody Bellinger flied out to end the game with the tying run in the on-deck circle in Yasiel Puig.
Game 5 is on Sunday at Dodger Stadium, where three-time Cy Young award winner Clayton Kershaw takes the mound looking to avoid the Dodgers from becoming the first team to lose back-to-back World Series on their home field since the New York Giants in 1936-37.
The Red Sox will counter with Game 2 starter David Price, who will take the mound on three days rest, looking to close out the Dodgers and secure Boston's ninth championship in franchise history.
Only six teams have ever comeback from a 3-1 deficit in the World Series, with the 2016 Chicago Cubs the last team to win three straight elimination games in their quest for a title.
David Price will face off with Clayton Kershaw in Game 5. First pitch is scheduled for 5:15PM PT.
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Steve Pearce #25 of the Boston Red Sox celebrates on his way to second base after hitting a solo home run in the eighth inning of Game Four of the 2018 World Series against pitcher Kenley Jansen #74 of the Los Angeles Dodgers (not in photo) at Dodger Stadium on October 27, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
A mother and child who were the subject of an Amber Alert Saturday night were found safe during a traffic stop, according to California Highway Patrol.
Brandon Alexander, 31, is believed to have taken the 15-month-old child, Xavier Alexander, and his mother around 5:45 a.m. Saturday, according to the Upland Police Department.
Alexander has a restraining order against him and is on post-release community supervision for domestic violence, according to a tweet from the department.
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Long Beach Police are looking for the driver of a white pickup truck believed to be involved in a hit-and-run crash that left a 22-year-old woman dead early Sunday morning.
Officers found the woman in the street at the corner of Tivoli Drive and 2nd Street at around 1:30 a.m. She was rushed to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Surveillance video of the incident shows the woman walking along the median between lanes as cars whip past on either side of the divide. She appears to stagger as she walks before falling down. A white pickup appears into the frame, stops briefly, then continues driving forward over the woman.
Police are searching for the driver of the truck and for any other witnesses.