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- 11/05/18--17:14: 405 Freeway Reopens After Both Directions Shut Down in Inglewood
- 11/05/18--17:42: New Holiday Fun 'Sets Sail' Aboard the Queen Mary
- 11/05/18--19:56: Orange County May Not Know Elections Results for Weeks
- 11/05/18--18:03: Motorcyclist Suffers Major Injuries in Torrance Crash
- 11/05/18--21:51: LAPD Cops Face New Threat: Fleas, Rats, and Typhus Disease
- 11/06/18--11:01: AFI FEST Is Back with Big Films, Free Tickets
- 11/06/18--11:29: First Trial Delayed in Beverly Hills Police Workplace Lawsuits
- 11/06/18--15:37: 'I Voted': Show Us Your Election Day Selfies
- 11/06/18--11:56: DUI Suspect Charged With Murder in Death of Fire Captain
- 11/06/18--12:38: An Hour-by-Hour Guide to Watching Election Night 2018
- 11/06/18--21:42: Police Believe Banning Toddler Was Tortured
- 11/06/18--16:55: Mammoth Mountain Delays Opening
- 11/06/18--17:09: Brrring It: Outdoor Rink Season Is Nearly Here
- 11/06/18--21:15: Election Night For the Left: From 2016 Flashback to Joy
- 11/06/18--21:10: Pelosi's House: What to Watch For When Dems Take Control
- 11/06/18--21:35: Midterm Elections Full of Upsets and Surprises
- 11/06/18--20:41: California Campaign Spending Topped $1 Billion
- 11/06/18--13:34: Man Accused of Repeatedly Molesting Girls in Tustin
The 405 Freeway was shut down in both directions in the Inglewood area Monday in the middle of the evening commute.
The closure came at 5 p.m., closing southbound and northbound lanes at Florence Avenue due to police activity. People stuck in the backup were seen getting out of their cars.
The closure was lifted around 5:25 p.m., and traffic was moving again.
The word "nostalgia" may not look like the words "Christmas" or "holiday" or "yuletide," but you can bet that the spirit of everything nostalgic, from childhood memories to photos of fabulous celebrations gone by, is deeply woven into the season of celebrating.
Truth? We like to return to the same carols, the same candies, the same sweater we wore last year, and the year before.
And the chance to return to a vintage holiday of yesteryear, via one of the yesteryear-iest spots in all of Southern California?
It feels as festive as a pretty tree-topper or a bowl of ready-to-crack walnuts.
The Queen Mary, the famous ocean-liner that's forever-in-Long-Beach, will be venturing back to that vintage time during its all-new holiday experience. It's called "Queen Mary Christmas: Where Holidays Set Sail," and tickets for the sparkly spectacular are now on sale, as of Nov. 5.
The dates? The marine-merry times'll festoon the ship from Nov. 23, 2018 through to Jan. 6, 2019.
The goings-on? An ice skating rink on the ship's Sports Deck, an 80-foot LED-twinkly tree, Santa sightings, a Channel of Lights, stocking decorating at The Stocking Shop, seasonal cocktails, cocoa (complete with a cocoa-toppings bar), and spirited entertainment, too.
Tickets? An adult admission is $22, a child's ticket is $16, and there are Grand Passport options, too, if you'd like to jump on a tour. Your adult ticket is $40 and the child's ticket is $20.
And, yes, a VIP ticket is the way to make sure all of the separately priced activities are included, so consider going that route, if tempted. (An adult is $70, while a child is $55.)
All levels are now on sale, as of Nov. 5, so, go, ho, ho and purchase yours.
CHILL, the former fall-to-winter fun time at the ship, is chilling, but a vintage-lovely Christmas rose has bloomed in its place.
Saunter along the ship's famous Promenade while humming an old carol, or snap your photo in front of one of those berry-red, very huge funnels, the icons of the ocean-liner, beginning on Nov. 23, 2018.
Photo Credit: Queen Mary
A fresh and festive take on the sparkly season? You'll find it at the Long Beach landmark, from Nov. 23, 2018 through Jan. 6, 2019.
Some analysts have called Orange County ground zero for whether there will be Democratic control of Congress but we won't know for sure who wins some races for days, maybe even weeks.
The head of the elections office in Orange County says they have been gearing up since the spring when they knew they were going to have some competitive Congressional races. A typical midterm election has some 5,000 to 6,000 people working at polling places or in the counting room. On Tuesday, there will be an extra 2,000 to 3,000 people working the polls.
"I have never seen a midterm like this," said Neal Kelley, the Orange County Registrar. "Early, in-person voting is 130 percent ahead of where we were in 2016. That's really kind of the indicator for tomorrow where we can have strong turnout."
Races could have huge national implications. Some 80,000 people have registered in the last 30 days. But even with more resources and workers added, election officials say prepare for results to take awhile.
"I would estimate it's going to take us about three and a half weeks to get the full count complete," he said.
Here's why -- 65 percent of voters in the county use mail-in ballots. Unlike before, Kelley says, many are waiting to drop them off on Election Day.
"If you think about it, it will take us another 10 days roughly to process that many ballots."
Then there are the provisional ballots for voters who are not on the rolls or have some other issue. Also, for the first time in the county, there is same-day registration. People can walk in and do it all at once.
Voters also are allowed to make corrections and if a signature doesn't match the one at registration voters now have up until Dec. 1 to make corrections.
To see what it takes to count one ballot click here.
To verify your mail-in ballot, click here.
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TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 22: Voting booths are setup at the Yuengling center on the campus of University of South Florida as workers prepare to open the doors to early voters on October 22, 2018 in Tampa, Florida. Florida voters head to the polls to cast their early ballots in the race for the Senate as well as the Governors seats. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
A motorcyclist suffered major injuries Monday morning in a collision in Torrance.
The crash was reported about 7:25 a.m. in the area of 190th and Beryl streets, according to Lt. Jeremiah Hart of the Torrance Police Department.
A 2017 Honda Accord was traveling west on 190th Street when the driver began turning left onto southbound Beryl and collided with the eastbound motorcycle, Hart said.
The motorcyclist, a 56-year-old Redondo Beach man whose name was withheld, suffered major injuries and was taken to a hospital.
The 27-year-old man who was driving the Honda was not injured, but his passenger, a 22-year-old Gardena woman, was taken to a hospital to be checked out, Hart said. The Honda driver's name was not released.
Neither alcohol nor drugs appear to have been factors in the collision.
The crash closed 190th Street in both directions for about two hours as police investigated.
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LAPD cops stationed near downtown LA's Skid Row now work in fear of becoming the newest victims of the county's growing typhus epidemic, officers tell the NBC4 I-Team.
The LAPD confirms to the NBC4 I-Team there may be "a flea and rodent problem" inside the Central Station near Skid Row, home base for over 350 officers. This past Friday, the LAPD closed down the station to fumigate for fleas that could carry typhus. The station has been fumigated repeatedly since August but officers say the flea problem remains.
"They're in the desk drawers, on the floor, they're in the patrol cars," an LAPD cop, who asked not to be named for fear of retaliation, told the I-Team. "In one case, the employee looked down at his pants and noticed it was covered with at least fifteen fleas," the cop added.
Another LAPD employee filed a complaint with CAL OSHA over the flea problem, according to documents obtained by the I-Team. Fleas that live on rodents can spread the typhus bacteria to humans, says the LA County Department of Public Health.
Some 109 people have now been infected with typhus in LA County in 2018, a record number of cases. It's a disease associated with unsanitary conditions, that can cause severe headaches, high fever, and rashes.
Cops tell the I-Team they've been getting sick from the multiple fumigations at Central Station, which they say have been done in areas with poor ventilation. The insecticide used, Dinotefuran, comes with a warning to "ensure adequate ventilation."
"Many of us are suffering from respiratory issues, watery eyes, headaches," because of the fumigation, an LAPD cop told the I-Team.
An email to the I-Team from LAPD spokesman Josh Rubenstein said the department uses a "licensed and bonded firm to do that work.... they informed us that all of the work was done in a safe manner.
The health of our people is paramount and we take every concern regarding working conditions seriously."
There may be a flea and rodent problem inside the Central Station near Skid Row, home base for over 350 officers.
Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies asked for the public's help Tuesday in the search for a missing 12-year-old boy.
Tony Acosta was last seen around 5 p.m. Monday near West Vernon Avenue and South Flower Street in Los Angeles. He was wearing a red shirt, tan pants, black shoes and carrying a black hooded sweatshirt at the time.
Family members have not heard from him since then and said he has no history of running away.
Call 323-264-4151 with information.
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Tony Acosta, 12, was reported missing Monday Nov. 5, 2018.
A panel of justices on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments Tuesday from attorneys for former LA County Sheriff Lee Baca, who said his 2017 convictions on federal charges of obstruction of justice, conspiracy, and making false statements should be reversed because of legal errors.
Baca's appellate attorney, Benjamin Coleman, urged the court to find Baca's defense at trial was improperly prevented from telling jurors about the ex-sheriff's Alzheimer's disease diagnosis and that there were problems with the use of a key prosecution witness' testimony to suggest Baca was warned in advance about breaking the law.
Baca, 75, was sentenced to three years in prison, but has been free on bail during the appeals process.
He was convicted during a second jury trial of masterminding a scheme in which members of the LA County Sheriff's Department hid an inmate-turned-informant from FBI agents investigating civil rights abuses inside County jails, then lying when questioned by the federal government.
Baca's first trial ended in a mistrial in late 2016 when jurors deadlocked 11 to 1 in favor of acquittal. Months before that, the trial judge rejected Baca's offer of a guilty plea because the plea agreement with prosecutors did not contain enough prison time.
Ten other Sheriff's officials, including former undersheriff Paul Tanaka, were convicted in connection with the obstruction of justice case, and 11 other ex deputies were convicted of other crimes discovered during the FBI investigation.
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A panel of justices on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments Tuesday Nov. 6, 2018 from attorneys for former LA County Sheriff Lee Baca.
Leaps in sci-fi travel are often written about — a spaceship can suddenly find itself in a different galaxy — and leaps in knowledge happen, too, in the real world, such as when a scientist finally unravels a knot of divergent thoughts, in an instant.
There are leaps, though, in actual life, where suddenly some time spent at the cinema can grow us, make our lives feel roomier and our minds more expansive, and we depart the theater feeling a level higher on the empathy scale, on the laughter scale, or the I-get-this-character scale.
AFI FEST presented by Audi is a great vessel to board for such a life leap, for it draws together a host of films, films hailing from around the globe, for a week and a day of delightful and deep storytelling of the most dramatic, humorous, and thought-impacting sorts.
Oh yeah, and it is free.
How many super-big, important-of-purpose, brain-embiggening experiences come without a dollar sign attached?
Spoiler alert: Not nearly enough.
The tickets to ride this totally free, life-bettering ship are courtesy of Audi, as the event name reveals.
And there are lots left, for many of the movies on the packed-packed-packed grid, so score your seat before opening day.
That's Nov. 8, and the final day is Nov. 15, and you could literally bounce around between The Egyptian, TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX, TCL Chinese Theatres, and the Hollywood Roosevelt during those eight awesome days, watching another film, and then another, and reveling in that movie-obsessed vibe that is a central characteristic in this world-class film festival.
And upping that world-class-ness of the event?
A host of major offerings in 2018, including "Green Book" with Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen, "On the Basis of Sex" with Felicity Jones, "Mary Queen of Scots" with Saoirse Ronan, and "Widows" with Viola Davis.
Other headlining films, the kind that go up, up, up the ladder o' awards season, festoon the schedule.
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"Green Book" is one of the buzzed-about offerings at the 2018 AFI FEST presented by Audi. The week-long, film-laden spectacular opens in Hollywood on Thursday, Nov. 8.
Trial has been delayed in the first of a series of workplace lawsuits filed against the chief of the Beverly Hills Police Department.
Jurors are now set to hear opening statements in Capt. Mark Rosen's religious and age discrimination case in late November, according to court officials. The trial had been set to begin Tuesday.
Rosen sued in 2017 and claimed he was effectively stripped of his senior position after he and other officers allegedly overheard Chief Sandra Spagnoli make insensitive remarks about Jews and Catholics, and Rosen's age.
To date, at least nine other Beverly Hills Police employees, including two lieutenants, have filed lawsuits that said they lost pay, benefits, and professional standing as a result of the chief's actions.
Spagnoli has not commented directly on the litigation. A statement from the Beverly Hills City Attorney said the city is, "deeply disappointed by the personal attacks on the integrity of our police department."
One of the most recent cases was filed by Officer Anne Marie Lunsman, who said she missed out on promotions and special assignments as a result of an alleged, "hostile work environment."
Lunsman claimed in August she was passed over because of her gender, age, race, and religion.
Another recent case was filed by a civilian police business manager, Tania Schwartz, who said she was marginalized and lost merit pay after she warned Chief Spagnoli about the irresponsible use of public money.
"On a regular and continuous basis Plaintiff warned or complained that Chief Spagnoli was not following the legal requirements of the municipal code, financial rules, or regulations," Schwartz's complaint read. "Spagnoli would mock Plaintiff when she noted the inappropriateness and legal irregularities of Spagnoli's budget expenditures."
The City of Beverly Hills has declined to address specific the accusations in Rosen's case or in the other lawsuits, citing the ongoing litigation.
"The city is committed to maintaining a respectful work environment free from harassment, retaliation and discrimination and provides ongoing harassment prevention training to employees," City Attorney Larry Weiner said earlier this year in a prepared statement.
Spagnoli was hired in early 2016 and was directed to implement a series of reforms that had been outlined in a consultant's report.
"She has been successfully addressing the recommendations of a 2015 report," the city's statement said.
Photo Credit: Eddie Calderon/KNBC-TV
A Beverly Hills Police Department patch is pictured in this undated photo.
As Southern California voters head to the polls Tuesday to cast ballot, we want to see your patriotic spirit. As you exercise your civic duties, show us your selfies with the "I Voted" sticker.
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Show us that patriotic selfie! Have you exercised your civic duty and voted like Zuma, our @nbclapuppy? Show us! Tag #nbcla in your ballot or "I Voted" sticker selfies. Reminder: Ballot selfies are now legal in California, as long as you don't show who and what you voted for. Happy snapping!
A man accused of driving under the influence of drugs when he struck and killed a Costa Mesa fire captain who was riding his bike was charged Tuesday with murder.
Capt. Mike Kreza was hospitalized Saturday in critical condition after he was struck by a van in Mission Viejo. He died Monday morning.
The driver, Stephen Taylor Scarpa, 25, of Mission Viejo, was charged Tuesday with on felony count of murder. He allegedly crossed into the bike lane on eastbound Alicia Parkway near Via Burgos, drove onto the sidewalk and struck 44-year-old Kreza, an 18-year member of the Costa Mesa Fire Department.
Multiple prescription medications were found inside the van, according to the Orange County District Attorney. It was not immediately clear whether Scarpa has an attorney.
There was an outpouring of condolences from Kreza's colleagues and other Southern California fire departments following his death. During a procession Monday to the Orange County Coroner's Office with Kreza's flag-draped casket, firefighterson freeway overpasses saluted as the motorcade passed.
"Our brother, Mike Kreza passed away early this morning," the fire department said in a tweet. "Words alone cannot describe the immeasurable heartache felt by his friends & family, including his fire family. No further information will be provided at this time. RIP brother Mike, we love you!"
Kreza is survived by his wife and their children.
"We are eternally grateful for the outpouring of support from our brothers and sisters from fire departments, law enforcement agencies, and the collective communities throughout the state," the Costa Mesa Fire Department said.
Anyone with information on the crash was asked be deputies to call the Orange County Sheriff's Department at 714-647-7000 or Crime Stoppers at 855-TIP-OCCS.
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Stephen Scarpa was charged with murder in the DUI crash that killed a 44-year-old Costa Mesa fire captain.
With well more than 100 competitive House and Senate contests happening on Tuesday, keeping track of the big picture on Election Day could seem pretty daunting.
Polls start closing at 6 p.m., and we’ll start seeing voter data that could give us a sense of how each party is faring — and how real a potential blue wave might be. Watch results for Kentucky in the 6 p.m. hour, as well as Georgia, Indiana and Virginia in the 7 p.m. hour. Florida, Maine, New Jersey and Tennesse are ones to watch when polls close at 8 p.m. and Arizona, Minnesota, New York and Texas will close at 9 p.m. Also keep an eye on the West Coast (California and Washington) when polls close at 11 p.m.
The NBC News Political Unit has identified key races that will tell the story of Election Night 2018 as it evolves. These are the ones we’ve identified as being the most informative about the political landscape.
Keep in mind: Democrats need a net gain of 23 seats to gain back control of the United States House, while they need a net gain of two to gain the majority in the Senate. Democrats are favored by most analysts, including NBC News, to reach their goal in the House; Republicans have the advantage to maintain their dominance in the Senate.
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Sloane, 2, waits as her father and other voters cast their ballots at a polling station set up at Grady High School for the mid-term elections on Nov. 6, 2018, in Atlanta, Georgia. Georgia has a tight race to elect the state's next governor.
After a Banning father rushed the lifeless body of his 2-year-old daughter to the hospital with a head injury Tuesday, police alleged the girl's death was the result of child abuse.
A sergeant told NBC4 that it was apparent the child had been tortured. Police called it one of the worst cases of child abuse that they had ever seen.
The girl's father rushed the child to San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital at 6:45 a.m. Tuesday, Banning police said.
The child was not breathing, police said. She later died at the hospital.
Hospital staff said the girl had significant bruising on her face and body. Police concurred, saying the toddler was covered head to toe with bruises, which is why they believe she was tortured.
"We have evidence to show when the child left the mother she was in a good state, and had no injuries and here we are, the child has injuries that ultimately resulted in her death," Sgt. Mike Bennett told NBC4.
The man's identity was not released, and he was detained for questioning. He has not been arrested, but police were calling him a suspect. He has not been cooperating with police, they said. The girl's mother has been cooperative.
The girl's mother said the father is her ex-boyfriend, and was recently granted partial custody.
It was the first time the toddler had visited her father alone, and police said the toddler had been with the man for five or six days.
Tuesday evening, investigators were gathering evidence from the Banning home.
They also cordoned off a blue Ford Mustang used to take the child to the hospital.
Family members had just celebrated the girl's birthday in October.
Anyone with information regarding the case was asked to call the Banning Police Department at (951) 922-3170.
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Police were calling a Banning toddler's death one of the worst cases of child abuse they had seen Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018.
Whatever special snow-summoning songs you've been humming, you'll want to hum them a bit louder.
And the way you never, ever wax your skis before driving for the Eastern Sierra, all to bring luck in the cold-weather department? Maybe start waxing, to see if that changes things up.
For the previously announced opening day at Mammoth Mountain, the ever-busy, November-to-??? ski resort high up in the Sierra peaks, has been delayed.
The first day of the 2018-2019 season was supposed to happen on Thursday, Nov. 8, a celebratory occasion that would include the requisite banner breaking, and the much-anticipated first chair up, and a cute cameo by Woolly, the ski resort's furry mascot.
Alas: The "warm temperatures" of late have slowed the start of ski season down, despite the fervent snow-making that has been going down, or rather up across the slopes over the first days of November 2018.
But hang tight, board buffs and pole-wielding super-fans: The rescheduled opening date is expected to take place in "... days, not weeks," says a mountain representative, and the team will consider conditions "day-by-day" while deciding on a new official opening date.
The hope-filled note that a social post ended on, on the morning of Nov. 6? "Colder temps are in the forecast and we'll get this party started soon!"
Ponder that, and remember this: The 2016-2017 season, which was only last year, saw so much copious snowfall that skiing pushed into early August, making it the second longest season for Mammoth Mountain, well, ever.
Could this season be a repeat? It's a slow-starter, but perhaps, poles crossed, not for long. Start humming those snow songs, and watch Mammoth's social for the sure-to-be-constant updates.
Photo Credit: Peter Morning/Mammoth Mountain
Yep, it is a weather situation. Nope, it won't be long, so hold tight, ski people.
Even though the official solstice-flavored start of wintertime stands about seven weeks from the day after Halloween, lovers of the coldest season can grow impatient when November arrives and "a winter feel" is desired.
This can mean Christmas carols played in the car, or peppermint-flavored coffee orders, or some household decorating of the nutcrackeriest kind.
But winter-seekers don't have to wait too long for one of early November's first frosty gifts: The opening of the seasonal ice rinks.
Peppermint people and wearers of scarves, be heartened, for Ice at Santa Monica is officially throwing a Grand Opening Celebration just a week into November, on Thursday the 8th, and skating will be free for three fantabulous hours that evening.
The so-called fantabulous stretch of free ice skating? Be on the blades from 6 to 9 o'clock.
Catering trucks, DJ-spun tunes, an interactive photo booth, and "a performance by some of California's elite skaters" will also add sparkle to the icy opening.
Even if you can't pirouette by on Nov. 8 for a few free spins on the skates, be gladdened, for Ice at Santa Monica will keep the wintry good times glittery, right through to Jan. 21, 2019.
Fifteen dollars nabs you "all-day admission," and skate rental, before and after the free event on opening night.
Where to find this frosty pop-up? Just blocks from the ocean, at Fifth Street and Arizona Avenue.
How long has Ice been chilling at that location? A dozen delightful years.
Is it winter yet? Nope, not for some weeks yet, but you can find a few seasonal staples, early, if you know in which direction to skate.
Photo Credit: Ice at Santa Monica
Ice at Santa Monica, a seasonal ice rink located at 5th and Arizona, debuts on Nov. 8. Cool bonus? Ice skating is free on opening night, from 6 to 9 o'clock.
At the start of election night, when results first started dripping in, liberal twitter started to panic: Was this 2016 all over again?
In the end, the Democrats delivered a big win, swinging enough seats from Red to Blue to take control of the House of Representatives.
But for a few tense hours, it seemed like deja vu.
Writer Touré tweeted: "It’s funny, this is just about the time I started freaking out on Election Day 2016. And tonight there’s still not much to be happy about. Yet."
That tone was set early by MSNBC pundit and former Clinton stragetist James Carville, who gave a dour prognosis on MSNBC while analyzing results in Florida, where Democrat Andrew Gillum lost the governor's race to Ron DeSantis and Bill Nelson lost to Rick Scott.
The Blue Wave, Carville said, wasn't going to happen.
As Republicans locked up key Senate seats, winning key races in Tennessee, North Dakota, Texas and more, the outlook appeared bleak for Democrats.
But then a funny thing happened: A bunch of House races started to turn blue, just as the polls in the weeks leading up to the election predicted they would.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 29, elected to Congress representing New York. She's the youngest woman to be elected to the House.
Kansas elected Sharice Davids, the first lesbian Native American woman elected to Congress.
First-time candidate Donna Shalala, 77, was elected to Congress in Florida, turning the 27th Congressional district blue after decades under Republican control.
Kendra Horn is the first Democrat to win a Congressional seat in Oklahoma's 5th district in four decades.
And once again, James Carville set the tone.
See more reaction to the election results alluding to a flashback to 2016 as seen on Twitter.
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James Carville, Democratic Strategist and Nicolle Wallace, Republican Strategist, on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016 in New York.
The divisive, down-to-the-wire midterm elections dominated by President Donald Trump and his denunciation of immigrants ended with Democrats gaining control of the House for the first time since 2010, according to NBC News projections.
Victories in hard-fought races will enable the Democrats to take charge of committees, issue subpoenas and block parts of Trump's agenda. Nancy Pelosi, a target of many Republicans during the hard-fought election season, is expected to retake the role of Speaker of the House.
Here's a look at what could be in their plans as they wield power against a president who is under investigation for possibly conspiring with Russia to win his office but who has predicted he could work with Democrats.
Investigating the Trump Administration
Democratic leaders steered clear of talk of impeachment during the campaign, although activists such as Tom Steyer have raised it frequently, and they want to allow Special Counsel Robert Mueller to complete his investigation.
First off could be protecting Mueller's probe, a step the House Judiciary Committee unsuccessfully tried to take in September, with a bill that would have prevented Trump from firing him without good cause.
With control of just one chamber of Congress, Democrats likely can't protect Mueller legislatively. But with control of the House, they'll have other tools.
Democratic Rep. Jerry Nadler, who is on the Judiciary Committee, earlier requested hearings on Trump's use of his pardon power and his attacks on the FBI and the Justice Department. Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee issued a report separate from the Republicans' finding of no evidence of collusion in the 2016 election, and it could be used for future investigations. Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff of California has said he wants to know whether Russians were laundering money through the Trump Organization.
And Democrats are poised to ask for Trump's tax records from the IRS through a seldom-used 1924 law, which says the treasury secretary must comply with such a request. The move would likely lead to a court battle with Trump, who has guarded his returns carefully.
Stabilizing Obamacare and Other Health Laws?
Even as Trump painted a grim picture of an America in danger of a caravan of asylum seekers from Central America, Democrats stayed focused on health care, which, in a turnaround, was the very issue that caused them to lose control of the House in 2010. But since then, Republicans have repeatedly failed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, votes that Democrats used against them. Key to the debate: protection for pre-existing conditions, which last year's Republican bill weakened.
With Senate Majority Mitch McConnell threatening to try again to dismantle Obamacare, House Minority Nancy Pelosi said in an interview with The New York Times that Democrats would focus on improving it rather than immediately work to replace it with a single-payer system. Medicare for All is popular even among some Republicans. Democrats also will emphasize keeping down the price of prescription drugs, with some advocating allowing the federal government to negotiate Medicare drug prices, and increasing funding for birth control.
Infrastructure Projects That Might Have Bipartisan Appeal
House Democrats have proposed $1 trillion in infrastructure improvements to fix roads, modernize schools, enhance rail transportation, ports and airports, protect drinking water and expand broadband access. They say the work would create more than 16 million jobs.
Pelosi has said the package is a top priority for Democrats and it is one they might find agreement on with Trump. The president had campaigned on rebuilding the country's infrastructure in 2016. The White House wants to spark $1.3 trillion in spending from state and local governments and the private sector with $200 billion in federal spending.
To pay for the plan, some lawmakers back raising the federal gas tax.
Mitigating Climate Change
Pelosi told The New York Times that if the Democrats win the House she wants to revive a select committee on climate change, to prepare legislation on conserving energy and taking other steps to combat global warming and to educate the public on extreme weather. The Democrats could also investigate the administration's response to Hurricane Maria, which left Puerto Rico devastated.
Immigration Policy Oversight
Trump urged the U.S. Supreme Court this week to consider whether his administration can quickly end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program begun under President Barack Obama -- even before challenges make their way through federal courts. Democrats have opposed discontinuing the program, which has allowed 700,000 young people who are known as Dreamers and who were under 16 when they were brought to the U.S. to remain in the country. Their control of the House would enable the lawmakers to scrutinize all immigration policy. In an op-ed on NBCNews.com, Democratic Rep. Jimmy Gomez of California argued that the Oversight Committee would be able to put a spotlight on a senior adviser, Stephen Miller, who has driven the administration's attempts to restrict immigration -- from ending birthright citizenship to banning immigrants from certain Muslim countries to separating families at the U.S. Mexico border.
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Supporters cheer as they watch returns at an election night party for Democrat congressional candidate Jennifer Wexton, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Dulles, Va.
The story of the 2018 election has been full of upsets and surprises, but NBC is projecting that Democrats will take control of the House and Republicans will remain in control of the Senate.
Spending for California's 2018 election cycle, which included congressional midterms, a gubernatorial race and several statewide initiatives, topped $1 billion, NBC News reported.
Campaign data publication California Target Book estimates that figure to include over $287 million on congressional candidates, plus $20 million alone on a U.S. Senate race between two Democrats. For top statewide offices, including governor, spending exceeded $222 million. Spending for state legislative seats surpassed $156 million.
There was more than $366 million spent on statewide initiatives, which included a proposal to allow cities to expand rent control and another that would repeal a 12 cents per-gallon gas tax.
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A cable car rolls past a polling station on Hyde Street as voters cast their ballots in San Francisco, California, on Nov. 6, 2018.
A man whose wife was the baby sitter for two children is accused of repeatedly molesting in Tustin, beginning when each girl was 4 years old, was scheduled to make his initial court appearance Monday Nov. 5 on felony charges.
Gerardo Garcia Lopez, 67, was charged Oct. 4 with two counts of lewd acts with a minor and four counts of lewd or lascivious acts with a minor younger than 14, with sentencing enhancement allegations for multiple victims and substantial sexual conduct.
The Spokane, Washington resident was arrested on a warrant Oct. 26 and waived extradition to Orange County, Tustin police Lt. Robert Wright said.
Lopez was booked into the Orange County Jail on a $1 million dollar bail.
The defendant's wife was the babysitter of both alleged victims, who did not know each other, according to Deputy District Attorney Kristin Bracic.
One of the girls was molested from 2005 through 2006 and the other from 2002 through 2004, Bracic said.
One of them came forward to authorities in December 2011, but there wasn't enough evidence to corroborate the allegations and prosecutors initially declined to file charges, Wright said. The other girl came forward with allegations in May 2016, he said.
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Gerardo Garcia Lopez, a 67-year-old resident of Spokane, Washington, was arrested in connection with a molestation case from 2011 in Tustin, police said.