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    The Archdiocese of Philadelphia said Thursday that it would pay financial reparations to victims of clergy sex abuse, even from years ago.

    The Independent Reconciliation and Reparations effort will be funded by the archdiocese, which said it was not sure how much money would be required but that the financial commitment was "significant."

    The archdiocese also announced the creation of an independent commission to review church policies, led by former U.S. Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell.

    Archbishop Charles Chaput made the announcement in his weekly column Thursday. The dioceses of Harrisburg, Scranton and Allentown also announced similar programs Thursday; the Erie Diocese said it would set up a fund, but it didn't disclose any details.

    "The damage done to innocent young people and their families by sexual abuse in the past is profound," Chaput wrote. "It can’t be erased by apologies, no matter how sincere. And money can’t buy back a wounded person’s wholeness. But what compensation can do is acknowledge the evil done and meaningfully assist survivors as they work to find greater peace in their lives."

    Chaput stressed that money for the reparations would not come from donations to Catholic Charities, seminaries or donations made to parishes, ministries, and schools.

    The money may come from selling off church properties, Chaput said.

    The abuse survivor's group SNAP said that other dioceses, including New York City, "feeling the heat" have started similar compensation programs.

    But a spokesman questioned whether the program would be transparent.

    Instead, the goal of some reparation programs is "to keep the secrets, secrets” and to "help stall legislative reform," said David G. Clohessy, director of the St. Louis chapter of Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priest. 

    “Victims deserve the opportunity for relatively faster settlements, if they want it, but victims also deserve the right to go to court,” Clohessy said.

    The Independent Reconciliation and Reparations program is also independent from survivor assistance efforts of the archdiocese’s Office of Child and Youth Protection, which has already paid out $18 million to victims. And it's separate from any legal settlements that the church may be ordered to make.

    The confidential compensation will be determined by independent claim administrators, Chaput said. Lynn Shiner, who has served as director of the Pennsylvania Office of Victims’ Services, will represent victims as the program's victim support facilitator.

    "The program is designed to help survivors come forward in an atmosphere where they are secure and respected, without the uncertainty, conflict and stress of litigation,” Chaput said.

    The archdiocese consulted with violent crime survivors and advocates to form the program, Chaput said.

    The announcement comes months after a scathing Pennsylvania grand jury report exposed hundreds of instances of clergy abuse across the rest of Pennsylvania.

    Philadelphia’s church had already been the focus of a 2005 grand jury report on clergy sexual abuse, which found former cardinals John Krol and Anthony Bevilacqua were involved in the cover-up of a sex scandal against accused priests throughout the archdiocese.

    Another grand jury report in 2011 made new charges against priests still serving in the archdiocese.

    In 2012, Philadelphia Monsignor William Lynn became the first Catholic church official to be convicted in the country of covering up sex abuse among priests in his charge.

    Back in September, Chaput pledged to compensate sexual abuse survivors, he noted in his latest column.

    “I deeply regret the pain that so many victims carry from the experience of sex abuse,” he said. “I hope this program will bring them a measure of peace.”

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.

    will come from our Catholic Charities Appeal, Seminary Appeal, other donor-designated funds or donations made to parishes, ministries, and schools.



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    Editor's Note: This story is no longer being updated. For the latest evacuations in both the Hill and Woolsey Fires, visit this page

    The Hill fire began Thursday in the area of Hill Canyon and Santa Rosa Valley, and continued to burn thousands of acres into Friday.

    Here's what to know.

    Mandatory Evacuations

     

     

    Evacuation Centers

    Borchard Community Center – 190 Reino Road. Newbury Park, CA 91320.

     

    • N-95 masks available.
    • Accepting small animals.

     

    Camarillo Community Center – 1605 East Burnley St. Camarillo, CA 93010.

     

    • N-95 masks available.
    • Accepting small animals.

     

    School Closures

     

    • California State University Channel Islands – Friday, Nov. 9
    • Cal Lutheran University (except for emergency personnel)
    • Moorpark Community College
    • Pepperdine University (Malibu and Calabasas campuses)

     

    For Ventura County School Closures, please check the Ventura County Office of Education website 

    Animal Shelters

    Ventura County Fairgrounds – 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura, CA 93001

     

    • Ventura County Animal Services (805) 388-4258
    • Accepting large animals

     

    Pierce College – 7100 El Rancho Drive Woodland Hills, CA 91371 (Entrance off Desoto Ave.)

     

    • Los Angeles County Animal Services
    • Accepting large animals

     

    Ventura County Animal Shelter – 600 Aviation Dr, Camarillo, CA 93010

     

    • Ventura County Animal Services (805) 388-4258
    • Accepting small animals


    Photo Credit: Morgan Hashiguchi

    A view of the Hill fire from Newbury Park.A view of the Hill fire from Newbury Park.

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    Auerliano Ruelas, having a hard time to breathe, was sitting on his van with his dog TJ.

    Ruelas, an older man, and TJ escaped the flames of the Woolsey Fire and drove away seeking safety.

    TJ shakes and cries as his owner pets him to calm him down after rushing out of their home.

    “I woke up because of the smoke in my room,” he said. “As soon as I got to my living room, the fire was already on the windows.”

    They were only two of the several people affected by the Woolsey Fire that broke out Thursday afternoon amid warm and gusty winds.

    Approximately 30,000 homes were threatened by the fire and some have already been destroyed.

    “I have nowhere to go, I’m just going to stand here,” said Oak Park resident Michael Graham. “I called the landlord that owns the property and he's aware of what’s going on now.”

    Families began packing valuables as soon as they began receiving alerts on their phones and saw updates on television.

    “Just like you see on tv, all the wildfires you’ve seen happening in California are now happening to me,” said Graham.

    Some families packed and drove to a local restaurant to seek refuge from the flames. They grabbed important papers, photos with emotional value and left their homes.

    “I think a lot of people should realize this is what your valuable life leads to,” said a man from Ventura County as he pointed at his truck, “plastic bags on the back of your pick-up truck.”

    Many residents saw the flames from their homes, mountains hills and as they were pulling out of their driveway.

    A couple, Maffe and Erin Brown said “the embers were coming onto our driveway, so we drove and waited out and after an hour we made our way back to check on our home and our neighbors.”

    Brown said they were scared, as were many other people, but he thanks firefighters and said “without you guys, I don’t know how this would’ve turned out.”



    Photo Credit: Susan Monroe

    A home burns down in Oak Park as the Woolsey Fire grows to 7,500 acres and forces widespread mandatory evacuations on Nov. 9, 2018.A home burns down in Oak Park as the Woolsey Fire grows to 7,500 acres and forces widespread mandatory evacuations on Nov. 9, 2018.

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    The Bay in Pacific Palisades was a local movie-watching favorite for decades; now peek inside the latest Cinépolis venue.

    Photo Credit: Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas

    The quintet of The quintet of "ultra-lux, customized screening rooms" opens at Rick Caruso's Palisades Village on Nov. 9, 2018.

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    A 27-year-old man who survived last year's deadly Las Vegas massacre was among those killed in Wednesday night’s Borderline Bar & Grill shooting, his family confirmed.

    It was College Country Night, a weekly event at Borderline, where students from local colleges such as Pepperdine, Cal Lutheran, Moorpark and Cal State Channel Islands were regulars.

    Telemachus Orfanos loved to go to the popular Western-style bar and go line dancing. He was among more than 100 people inside the venue when a gunman dressed all in black opened fire around 11:15 p.m., killing 12 people and injuring a dozen others. 

    Orfanos, who went by Tel and served in the Navy from 2011-2014, moved back in with his parents after his time in the service. He was working at the Infiniti car dealership in Thousand Oaks.

    On Oct. 1, 2017, the Navy veteran made it out alive of the Route 91 Harvest music festival where 58 people were killed and hundreds of others were wounded.

    Tel didn’t make it home from the Wednesday night shooting.

    His mother made an emotional plea to reporters after learning of her son's death, calling for gun control.

    "I don't want prayers. I don't want thoughts," Susan Schmidt-Orfanos said, according to The Associated Press. "I want those bastards in Congress — they need to pass gun control so no one else has a child that doesn't come home."

    Tel's father Mark said the shooter — a former military machine gunner who mental health specialists interviewed earlier this year — "was probably as much of a victim as anybody else."

    "I’m not gonna vilify this kid because he's got parents that are grieving, too," Mark Orfanos said. "And I feel sorry for them as well. Until I find out particularly what the specifics are with this kid who did the shooting I’m not gonna be vilifying him."

    Mark Orfanos said he holds "gun culture" responsible for his son's death.

    "How ironic that my son should be killed this way," he said. 

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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    Telemachus Orfanos was among the 12 victims killed in the Borderline Bar & Grill shooting on Wednesday. Nov. 7, 2018.Telemachus Orfanos was among the 12 victims killed in the Borderline Bar & Grill shooting on Wednesday. Nov. 7, 2018.

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    Embers blow in the wind as the Camp Fire burns down a KFC restaurant on Nov. 8, 2018, in Paradise, California. Fueled by high winds and low humidity, the rapidly spreading wildfire has ripped through the town of Paradise, charring 18,000 acres and destroying dozens of homes in a matter of hours.Embers blow in the wind as the Camp Fire burns down a KFC restaurant on Nov. 8, 2018, in Paradise, California. Fueled by high winds and low humidity, the rapidly spreading wildfire has ripped through the town of Paradise, charring 18,000 acres and destroying dozens of homes in a matter of hours.

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    The fast-moving Woolsey fire grew overnight as it spread from the Simi Valley area into Agoura Hills, jumping Highway 101. Meghan Reyes reported for Today in LA on Friday Nov. 9, 2018.


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    A brush fire burned on a hillside Friday morning behind the Los Angeles Zoo in Griffith Park, prompting a closure of the zoo and nearby roads. 

    Shortly before 8 a.m., fire engines were not able to reach the location and crews were hiking to figure out how to get water to the fire.

    As of noon, the fire was estimated at 30 acres in heavy brush with steep and "very difficult" terrain to navigate, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

    By 2 p.m., the fire was 60 percent contained. 

    The zoo staff evacuated their bird show animals as well as some of the smaller primate species. They turned on the sprinkler systems and began hosing the hillside by hand. On-site staff was monitoring the smoke conditions for the remaining animals. 

    Smoke could be seen in the Burbank area. Freeway off ramps at Riverside, Crystal Springs and Zoo Drive are closed as firefighters battle the brush fire. Those road closures and off ramps were reopened when the fire reached containment. 

    No structures had burned, but one firefighter suffered a minor lower leg injury, fire officials said. 

    Crews were expected to work throughout the night to address all hot spots. 

    The fire was the latest to break out in Southern California, where fires have burned homes in Ventura County, forced evacuations and closed major roads.



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    A view of the Griffith Park fire from the hills above Glendale Friday Nov. 9, 2018.A view of the Griffith Park fire from the hills above Glendale Friday Nov. 9, 2018.

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    NASA is tracking wildfires globally, offering a view from high above Earth that reveals the scope and size of major fires, some of which produce smoke plumes that stretch for miles.

    Photo Credit: NASA

    The Camp Fire and its giant smoke plume can be seen in this NASA image on Nov. 8, 2018. This image shows the town of Paradise, California and the surrounding region.The Camp Fire and its giant smoke plume can be seen in this NASA image on Nov. 8, 2018. This image shows the town of Paradise, California and the surrounding region.

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    Parking lot parties, in a lot of spots around the nation, naturally wind down as fall revs up.

    For these wide spaces? They're outside, under the sky, open to the elements, and no "spoiler alert" is required there. After all, we didn't say "parking garage," which is another matter entirely.

    But where parking lot parties still exist, even into November? Point two thumbs in the direction of Southern California, which is a location that still sees a number of lot-based larks, even into the eleventh month.

    Again, we'll skip the "spoiler alert" on that revelation, too. But here's a spoiler alert for those who love suds that are made in the SoCal region: There's a Fall Beer Fest brewing in the parking lot of the Arts District Brewing Company on Sunday, Nov. 11.

    The hours? It's as afternoon-y as afternoon-y affairs come: Noon to 5 o'clock is the span you want to keep in hand.

    The breweries set to show and pour? The day's host'll be there, of course, as well as Yorkshire Square Brewery, Imperial Western Beer Company, El Segundo Brewing Co., and several hours.

    The price? It's $30, and, yes, be 21 or over. Some of the event's proceeds will help support the Armando Gallegos Memorial Foundation, which helps "... underprivileged students to obtain a better education."

    And because the Fall Beer Fest is "fall"ing over what's technically the lunch hour, look for a number of food-makers to be there, serving up the vittles. Midnight Chili, Son of a Bun, and other edible purveyors'll be in the house.

    Er, the parking lot, of course.



    Photo Credit: Fall Beer Fest

    Join an afternoon-big brew bash in the parking lot of the Arts District Brewing Company on Sunday, Nov. 11.Join an afternoon-big brew bash in the parking lot of the Arts District Brewing Company on Sunday, Nov. 11.

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    A brush fire that broke out Friday Nov. 9, 2018 in Griffith Park sent a large smoke plume over the area. See photos from the fire.

    Photo Credit: Tyler D Shoemaker

    A view of the Griffith Park fire Thursday Nov. 9, 2018.A view of the Griffith Park fire Thursday Nov. 9, 2018.

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    The California bar shooter, around the time the gunfire began, started posting to social media, multiple law enforcement officials told NBC4's I-Team.

    Ian David Long, 28, made two separate posts amid his shooting rampage at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks Wednesday night, the officials said.

    Several law enforcement sources characterized Long's first message as one that considered his mental state.

    "People will debate for years whether I’m sane or insane," sources paraphrased Long's posts.

    Long continued, "but I'm sane, life is bulls**t, who cares, and I’m bored."

    The law enforcement sources did not say what exactly Long posted online or which social media platforms he used, but he posted text that referenced how people perceived him as being troubled.

    Long's use of social media was first reported by TMZ.

    A spokesperson for Facebook, which owns Instagram, declined to comment on whether anything had been posted to Facebook. The spokesperson also said no story was posted on Instagram but wouldn't elaborate further, deferring to law enforcement.

    Twitter did not return a request for comment.

    On Thursday, Facebook spokeswoman Sarah Pollack said: "Our hearts are with the victims and families affected by this horrendous act. We've removed the shooter's accounts from Facebook and Instagram and will remove any praise or support for the crime or the shooter as soon as we're aware."

    Investigators are still piecing together a precise timeline on the shooting that left 12 bar employees and patrons dead. But it's believed that Long, a Marine veteran who was dressed in black and armed with a high-powered Glock handgun with an extended magazine, entered the Borderline Bar & Grill about 11:15 p.m.

    The officials said he took a position of cover before fatally shooting Sgt. Ron Helus of the Ventura County Sheriff's Office.

    Investigators believe Long then shot additional victims inside the bathroom stalls, as well as at least one person who was trying to escape through the bathroom window, the law enforcement officials said.

    Long then shot himself, the officials said.

    Authorities said Long, a former Marine gunner who served one tour in Afghanistan, had been experiencing emotional issues.

    Investigators are still trying to figure out the motive for the attack.

    When authorities entered his home in nearby Newbury Park, they found evidence that he punched multiple holes in the walls, law enforcement officials said.

    Local cops were called to his home for a domestic disturbance earlier this year, authorities said. Long was found to be "somewhat irate" and "acting a little irrationally" but he wasn't taken into custody.



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    People gather outside the Rivalry Roasters coffee shop for a vigil for Sean Adler Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Simi Valley, California. Adler was killed in Wednesday night's shooting at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks.People gather outside the Rivalry Roasters coffee shop for a vigil for Sean Adler Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Simi Valley, California. Adler was killed in Wednesday night's shooting at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks.

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    A brush fire burning Thursday afternoon quickly scorched thousands of acres in Ventura County, forcing mandatory evacuations and a closure of the 101 Freeway.

    Photo Credit: U.S. Forest Service

    The USDA Forest Service was providing assistance to the crews on Woolsey Fire and Hill Fire on Friday, Nov. 9, 2018.The USDA Forest Service was providing assistance to the crews on Woolsey Fire and Hill Fire on Friday, Nov. 9, 2018.

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    Federal prosecutors said Friday a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy brazenly abused his law enforcement authority in a marijuana warehouse heist in which he and others claimed to be executing an official search warrant.

    In fact, authorities said, the deputy and several accomplices were committing a robbery that netted 600 pounds of pot and two safes containing $100,000 in cash, according to a federal complaint made public Friday. 

    The 62-page federal court filing names deputy Marc Antrim, assigned to the Sheriff's Temple Station, and another man identified as Eric Rodriguez, along with others who carried out the heist of the indoor marijuana distribution warehouse on Commercial Street in Los Angeles. 

    Antrim, Rodriguez, and a third man were arrested Thursday morning.

    At the time of the robbery, federal authorities allege that Antrim and at least two of his co-conspirators “were armed and falsely portrayed themselves to be LASD deputies executing a search warrant or conducting other official business at the warehouse."

    The Feds said Antrim was so bold, that during the two hour robbery, he detained three employees including two security guards working at the warehouse in the backseat of an official LA Sheriff’s patrol vehicle.

    When LAPD officers responded to a call for service at the warehouse, the deputies “falsely represented that he was conducting a legitimate search.” The LAPD officers then left allowing Antrim and his co-conspirators to complete the robbery, the complaint states. Antrim is not assigned to a narcotics unit, is not a detective “and would have no reason to investigate or execute a search warrant of the marijuana distribution warehouse” outside the area served by the patrol station he is assigned to. 

    Antrim, who has worked on the Department's Operation Safe Streets anti-gang detail, is also suspected in the theft of 31 handguns from a safe at Compton City Hall and in the theft of Sheriff¹s Department assault rifles, law enforcement sources told NBC.

    The allegations are contained in a criminal complaint that sought evidence at multiple locations including residences in Glendora, Adelanto and South El Monte as well as the deputy¹s Temple Station locker. 

    "Deputy Antrim allegedly was able to use his law enforcement expertise and his access to Sheriff’s Department gear to stage a robbery that netted over a million dollars in marijuana and cash,” said United States Attorney Nick Hanna. “We cannot tolerate this type of behavior from sworn officers, and this case demonstrates our commitment to quickly address corrupt behavior by law enforcement.”

    The Sheriff’s Department assisted federal authorities with the investigation, according to a statement.

    "Our Department has a great working relationship with our federal partners in protecting the public and maintaining trust,” said Sheriff Jim McDonnell. "This case serves as an example of the thorough processes in place and our commitment to holding anyone who violates the law accountable."

    The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department was contacted by a concerned resident on Thursday, November 1, 2018 regarding the alleged criminal misconduct involving an employee, the Department statement said. That same day, an investigation was initiated by the Sheriff’s Internal Criminal Investigations Bureau (ICIB).

    "When allegations of criminal activity involve law enforcement, we have systems in place to root out misconduct within the organization, as well as any Department member who chooses to violate the law and public trust. This case indicates that these systems are working as intended," the sheriff’s department said.



    Photo Credit: Instagram/Marc Antrim

    An image from the Instagram account of Marc Antrim.An image from the Instagram account of Marc Antrim.

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    You may not live in the current fire zone, but Sam DiGiovanna, fire chief at the Verdugo Fire Academy, says residents of hillside communities should have an evacuation plan in order.

    Here's what you can do now to prepare for an evacuation:

    • Turn on all your lights. This helps firefighters see your home through the smoke.
    • Leave garden hoses out for firefighter use.
    • Prop up ladders against the house, in case firefighters need them.
    • Take down flammable drapes and curtains.
    • Move combustible furniture away from window.
    • Close blinds and shutters.

    Move outside combustibles - like lawn chairs, wood stacks and garbage cans - away from your home and into an open space. 

    Chief DiGiovanna advises residents to follow evacuation orders - lingering only compounds the problem.

    "We understand people want to say and defend their home," Chief DiGiovanna said. "But sometimes it becomes a rescue for us, rather than fighting a fire. And that's what we want to do - stop fires as quickly as possible."

    The Los Angeles County Sheriff's department also reminded residents to take the following items with them when evacuating:

    1. Your identification
    2. Your Medications
    3. Any important documents you might have or need (birth certificates, marriage certificates, etc.)
    4. Any emergency supplies you need
    5. A small bag with a change of clothes and toiletries



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      A home burns to the ground in Oak Park in the Woolsey Fire Friday Nov. 9, 2018.A home burns to the ground in Oak Park in the Woolsey Fire Friday Nov. 9, 2018.

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      Saying "thank you," it is often said, can go a very long way, but there are a number of event-oriented opportunities to show our veterans the gratitude they so deeply deserve.

      Those events arise on Veterans Day each year, and finding a gathering, or two, that you can attend, if you're a veteran, love a veteran, or just want to show your thanks, is almost as simple as looking down the street.

      Well, perhaps a list of Southern California events would be handy, and while many communities will commemorate Sunday, Nov. 11 in their own ways, consider being a part of...

      Long Beach Veterans Day Parade and Celebration: Do note that this particular happening occurs on the day before Veterans Day. So you'll want to be along the route by 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10. Atlantic Avenue is the main thoroughfare, with a South Street start, so study all before heading to this LBC tradition.

      USS IOWA: As is tradition, the Battleship Iowa Museum will pay tribute to Veterans Day through a variety of activities, including the unveiling of a plaque dedicated to San Pedro's heroes, live bands, and free eats. Are you "Active, Retired, or Reserve Military"? Your entry to the Nov. 11 Veterans Appreciation Day is complimentary. 

      Salute to Veterans: Keep Saturday, Nov. 10 in mind, at 10 in the morning, for this event based at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa. Heroes Hall will be the center of the salute, which will also include '80s rock, live music from the Pacific Symphony's brass quintet, and a musical appearance by Vanguard University of Southern California. Admission is free for all.

      VA West Los Angeles: Make for the Orlando Quad for the Nov. 11 Veterans Day Celebration, which will both honor the occasion at hand and serve as a centennial remembrance of the 100th anniversary of WWI. The unveiling of the Healing Garden, music, and lots more will fill the day.

      San Fernando Valley Veterans Day Parade 2018: The start time is perfectly clear and easy to remember — 11:11 a.m. — and the date is Sunday, Nov. 11. The starting point? It's all happening at Laurel Canyon and San Fernando Mission Boulevards. Be sure to stop by the Ritchie Valens Recreation Center for a carnival, too.

      National Parks Free Day: Thinking of spending Sunday, Nov. 11 hiking Yosemite Valley or taking in Zabriskie Point in Death Valley National Park? It's a fee-free entrance day at those national parks that usually have a get-in admission. That includes several California-based national parks, such as Yosemite, Death Valley, Joshua Tree, and more. This is also the final fee-free day at the national parks for 2018.



      Photo Credit: Veterans Day

      Step aboard the USS Iowa on Nov. 11 for Veterans Appreciation Day, or join the VA West Los Angeles in thanking veterans via a host of Nov. 11 activities.Step aboard the USS Iowa on Nov. 11 for Veterans Appreciation Day, or join the VA West Los Angeles in thanking veterans via a host of Nov. 11 activities.

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      Ready to face up to the fact that the holidays seem to arrive in increasingly speedy fashion, each and every year?

      Then let's talk about one of the most significant experiences to be had at Disneyland Park during its annual seasonal spectacular, which opened on Friday, Nov. 9 for its annual two-month-ish run.

      We're talking about entering the eye-wowza "it's a small world" Holiday ride, and boating through the section that's been decorated for New Year's, which always features a sign noting the upcoming year.

      That's right, it is about to say "2019" inside the sparkly-exterior'd ride, which says to us that time does pass, and years do fly, and the moment is as ripe as a frozen banana to revel in the Holidays at Disneyland Resort.

      And "revel" we do mean, for there's plenty to partake in, from the traditional and toy-soldier'd A Christmas Fantasy Parade to the Believe... in Holiday Magic fireworks show to the Haunted Mansion Holiday, featuring Jack Skellington, to the Festival of Holidays at Disney California Adventure.

      And, mmm, that booth-filled line-up of global eats, the Festive Foods Marketplace, which is also at Disney California Adventure.

      We're not saying that you'll encounter a literal rain of specialty churros while visiting The Happiest Place on Earth, but claiming that you'll be well- and whimsically churro'd, if you choose to walk that path, is something we feel comfortable doing.

      The super-popular peppermint churro? Find it at Golden State Churro Cart near Grizzly Peak in Disney California Adventure.

      A turkey & stuffing tamale, lox & everything bagel nachos, linzer cookies shaped like Mickey's ears, and a peppermint crunch shake are some of the other holiday-only hankerings you can fulfill, depending upon the park you're in (yep, specific goodies will be found at specific eateries, carts, and venues, so if you want something in particular, check the park ahead of time).

      Do also carve out an hour to stroll the trio of hotel lobbies at the resort, which also receive a full festive-ing up at the close of the calendar, complete with themed trees and oodles of Disney-esque baubles to increase the cheer. 

      As for the mega gingerbread house, the sizable structure that contains 600 pounds of powdered sugar? Find that camera-worthy confection in the Craftsman-cute lobby of Disney's Grand Californian Resort & Spa.

      Holidays at Disneyland Resort bring the merry Mickey-ness to the Anaheim destination from Nov. 9, 2018 through Jan. 6, 2019.



      Photo Credit: Paul Hiffmeyer

      Holidays at the Disneyland Resort returns Nov. 9, 2018 through Jan. 6, 2019, featuring seasonal offerings that include Festival of Holidays and the Believe... in Holiday Magic fireworks spectacular, plus guest favorites like Holidays at the Disneyland Resort returns Nov. 9, 2018 through Jan. 6, 2019, featuring seasonal offerings that include Festival of Holidays and the Believe... in Holiday Magic fireworks spectacular, plus guest favorites like "it's a small world" Holiday. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)

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      President Donald Trump personally asked the publisher of the National Enquirer, his longtime friend David Pecker, to help his presidential campaign by silencing women who might come forward with details of his sexual relationships with them, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday.

      According to the Journal, then-candidate Trump asked Pecker during an August 2015 meeting at Trump Tower, "What can you do to help my campaign?"

      Pecker responded by offering to use his tabloid to buy off women who might attempt to go public with their past sexual experiences with Trump by acquiring the exclusive rights to the stories but never publishing them, a practice known as "catch and kill."



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      In this Jan. 31, 2014, photo, David Pecker, Chairman and CEO of American Media, addresses those attending the Shape & Men's Fitness Super Bowl Party in New York.In this Jan. 31, 2014, photo, David Pecker, Chairman and CEO of American Media, addresses those attending the Shape & Men's Fitness Super Bowl Party in New York.

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      Hundreds lined up Thursday, forgoing obligations to go to work or school, to help in some way after a gunman opened fire in a Thousand Oaks bar, leaving a dozen dead. Lines for a blood donation at La Reina High School wrapped around the block through the afternoon.

      The blood drives were held at La Reina High School, and a secondary location at the Thousand Oaks Inn Best Western.

      United Blood Services organizers however, ended the blood drives Thursday before the 3 p.m. cutoff due to the overwhelming amount of people that showed up -- some had been there as early as 8 a.m. 

      Officials said it was important to register online first before going to any location to donate.

      "This is amazing over 500 people in this line," said Tony Guevara, Head of La Reina High School. "When tragedy strikes that really calls forth the best in communities."

      The blood drive was already scheduled at La Reina High School, but organizers said they realized the need was even greater after word broke of the mass shooting, Guevara said.

      "We're a tight-knit community and when things happen in the community it's not time to think about other things, and think about ourselves. It's time to think about others," Nikki Jones said. "So I wanted to give blood and do what I can do to help victims."

      For those who did not get an opportunity to donate Thursday, La Reina was set to hold another blood drive in the school's gym Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

      Twelve victims and the gunman died in the Wednesday shooting when accused shooter, Ian David Long, allegedly opened fire inside Thousand Oaks Borderline Bar & Grill. The victims included a 54-year-old Ventura County Sheriff's sergeant who responded to the scene. 

      Blood Drives

      Friday, Nov. 9, from 10: a.m. to 4 p.m.

      Gym at La Reina High School,  106 W. Janss Road

      As of Friday morning, reservations were full and it was unclear if walk-ups would make it in. "If you can find another blood drive or donation center, please do," the school posted to Facebook.

      GoFundMe and Donations

      If you wish to donate to a GoFundMe account set up to help the families of the victims and survivors of the Borderline shooting, you may do so here.

      Cal Lutheran also advised the community that those interested can make a cash donation to support those affected at the Ventura County Community Foundation.

      Community

      A vigil was scheduled for 6 p.m. at Thousand Oaks City Hall in the Fred Kavli Theater.

      At 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Cal Lutheran's Samuelson Chapel, a Catholic Rosary and campus gathering were open to the public to help those affected mourn.

      The Los Angeles Archdiocese was to take part in a community prayer vigil at 7:30 p.m. Thursday evening at Saint Paschal Baylon Church, 155 East Janss Road.



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      The Woolsey and Hill Fires in Ventura and Los Angeles counties have forced evacuations as they threaten tens of thousands of homes in the area. 

      Scroll down for evacuation information and updates.

      About the Fire

      • Homes Threatened: 30,000
      • Evacuations: 200,000 people total
      • Acreage: 35,000
      • Containment: 0

      Evacuations

      • West Hills
      • Bell Canyon – All Areas
      • Point Mugu Naval Base
      • Camarillo Springs – All areas
      • Vallecito Trailer Park – All areas
      • California State University Channel Islands – All areas
      • Dos Vientos – All areas outlined on map below
      • South Coast – All areas outlined on map below
      • Oak Park – entire community
      • Thousand Oaks – T.O. Blvd north to Sunset Hills, from Oak Park west to Highway 23
      • West of Highway 23 – south of E. Olsen Road, north of Pederson Rd.
      • South of Bard Lake, east of Highway 23
      • South of Highway 101, east of Reino Rd., north of Potrero Rd., east to the L.A./Ventura County line
      • Along Wood Ranch Pkwy east to First Street; Long Canyon Road to Valley Gate Road
      • Malibu Canyon east all the way to Topanga Canyon

      Voluntary Evacuations

      • Simi Valley – Long Canyon, Bridal Path, Wood Ranch – All areas outlined on map below (Woolsey Fire)

      Evacuation Centers

      Borchard Community Center – 190 Reino Road. Newbury Park, CA 91320.

      • Accepting small animals.

      Camarillo Community Center – 1605 East Burnley St. Camarillo, CA 93010.

      • Accepting small animals.

      Goebel Senior Adult Center – 1385 E. Janss Rd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

      Pierce College – 7100 El Rancho Drive Woodland Hills, CA 91371 (Entrance off Desoto Ave.)

      • Los Angeles County Animal Services
      • Accepting large animals (at capacity)

      Rancho Santa Susana Recreation Center – 5005 Unit C Los Angeles Ave. Simi Valley, CA 93063

      • No animals accepted

      Taft Charter High School – 5461 Winnetka Ave., Woodland Hills, CA 91364 (at capacity)

      Thousand Oaks Teen Center – 1375 East Janss Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

      Animal Evacuations

      Sheltering is available at Pierce College Equestrian Center and the Anisafe trailer, but both were at capacity. Large animal sheltering was opened at Hansen Dam and Ventura County Fairgrounds.

      Ventura County Fair Grounds – 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura, CA 93001 (at capacity

      • Ventura County Animal Services (805) 388-4258

      Ventura County Animal Shelter – 600 Aviation Dr, Camarillo, CA 93010

      • Ventura County Animal Services (805) 388-4258
      • Accepting small animals

      Simi Valley Animal Shelter – 670 W Los Angeles Ave, Simi Valley · (805) 388-4341

      • Accepting small animals

      Pierce College – 7100 El Rancho Drive Woodland Hills, CA 91371 (Entrance off Desoto Ave.) (at capacity)

      • Los Angeles County Animal Services

      Hansen Dam Equestrian Center – 11127 Orcas Avenue, Lake View Terrace, CA 91342 (at capacity)

      • Los Angeles County Animal Services

      Earl Warren Show Grounds- 3400 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93105 Check-in at Gate C off of Calle Real

      • Accepting large animals

      If you need large animal assistance, please call (805) 388-4258

      Road Closures

      • Hwy 101 east of Reyes Adobe Rd. to Valley Circle Blvd.
      • Hwy 1 (Pacific Coast Hwy)
      • Bell Canyon Rd. at Valley Circle Blvd.
      • Borchard at Los Vientos Dr.
      • Lynn Rd. at Reino Rd.
      • Potrero Rd. is closed between Rancho Dos Vientos and S. Lewis Rd.
      • Kanan Rd. Between Westlake Bl. and Lindero Canyon Rd.
      • Falling Star Ave. at Kanan Rd.
      • Erbes Rd. at Avenida De Los Flores
      • Erbes Rd. at Sapra St.
      • Erbes Rd. at El Monte Dr.
      • Blackbird Ave. at Lindero Canyon Rd.

      School Closures 

      Pepperdine University

      The University has activated shelter-in-place protocols for the Malibu campus. All individuals on campus should relocate to Tyler Campus Center or Firestone Fieldhouse.

      • All other campuses (Irvine, Encino, and West Los Angeles) remain open.
      • Faculty and staff who work at the Malibu and Calabasas campuses should not report to work unless they are critical support personnel.

      Conejo Valley Unified School District

      • All CVUSD Schools

      Oak Park Unified School District

      • All OPUSD Schools

      Oxnard Union High School District

      • Adolfo Camarillo High School

      • Frontier High School

      • Rancho Campana High School

      Ventura County Office of Education

      • Gateway Community School

      • La Mariposa Elementary School

      • Las Colinas Middle School

      • Phoenix Los Noglaes

      • Phoenix School - Camarillo Airport

      • Pleasant Valley Early Childhood Center

      Las Virgenes Unified School District

      • All LVUSD Schools

      • Viewpoint School

      N95 Particulate Filter Mask availability:

      • Goebel Senior Adult Center – 1385 E. Janss Rd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
      • Thousand Oaks Teen Center – 1375 E. Janss Rd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
      • Rancho Santa Susana Recreation Center – 5005 Unit C Los Angeles Ave. Simi Valley, CA 93063
      • Borchard Community Center – 190 N Reino Rd., Newbury Park, CA 91320
      • Camarillo Community Center – 1605 E Burnley St., CA 93010
      • North Oxnard Public Health – 2240 E. Gonzales Rd. Oxnard CA 93036
      • South Oxnard Public health – 2500 S. “C” Street, Oxnard CA 93033
      Check out the live map in the @RedCross Emergency App for the latest shelter locations and disaster updates related to the #WoolseyFire. Eight shelters are currently open, between #VenturaCounty and #LACounty.

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