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    Pershing Square Ice Rink: The seasonal ice rinks are rolling out, giving those who love to ice skate under the sun, or stars, or even the building windows of DTLA, the chance to do so. The 2018 Holiday Ice Rink Pershing Square by Bai will set up festive shop downtown for over two months, deliveirng daily skating as well as special events like the Silent Skate Parties and opportunities to learn how to curl. Opening day? It's Thursday, Nov. 15. Every Wednesday during the run? There's a "Wicked" theme, with music from the cast album. 

    The History of Central Avenue: If you know your jazz history, and your local musicians, and your Southern California history, you know how central Central was to the flowering of so much great music, and the fabulous artists who created it. Take a journey back, on the afternoon of Thursday, Nov. 15, to the span of time that ran from the 1920s to the '50s, and discover even more about this essential part of the LA story. The place? It's all happening at the California African American Museum; RSVP now.

    World of Taste: A mid-week nosh-around at a popular public market? It feels like something to lift the spirits and tempt the taste buds, both. That's just what will be going down, one forkful at a time, at the historic Anaheim Packing House on Wednesday, Nov. 14. Buy at ticket for $40 and enjoy 10 "gourmet tastes" around the foodie destination. On the participant list? Ecco Pizza Shoppe, The Kroft, and Umami Burger, but there are oodles to pre-yum out over, so pre-yum out now.

    Bold Holidays open in Beverly Hills: It's year two for this holiday-time extravaganza, which which features "(e)xtended shopping hours on Friday and Saturday evenings from November 16 to December 22." Holiday-themed items at Golden Triangle restaurants? Those are part of the scene, too. But to kick it all off, there's the Rodeo Drive Holiday Lighting Celebration, which'll deliver live music and twinkly dazzle to anyone at the posh thoroughfare on Thursday, Nov. 15.

    Milk Bar Turns 10: Hankered for something sweet or pastry-rich at this decade-old delight? Then make for its new West Hollywood outpost to celebrate its 10th birthday. Customers get the treat, in the form of a $1 serving of soft serve on Tuesday, Nov. 13. That includes the O.G. Cereal Milk Soft Serve and the Fruity Cereal Milk Soft Serve. If you can't make it for your one-buck goodie on Nov. 13, note that the Fruity Cereal Milk Soft Serve will be available at the company's West Hollywood flagship from Nov. 13 through 30. 



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    Taking a few spins by the skyscrapers of DTLA? The popular seasonal pop-up is ready to charm for two-plus months, starting on Thursday, Nov. 15.Taking a few spins by the skyscrapers of DTLA? The popular seasonal pop-up is ready to charm for two-plus months, starting on Thursday, Nov. 15.

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    It is important to stay safe and be cautious when cleaning up after a fire, as you may face ash, soot, dust and other airborne particles. Although ash from wildfires may be non-toxic it can be irritating to the skin, nose and throat.

    Ash can trigger asthmatic attacks in people with asthma. Ash and dust, especially from burned buildings, may contain toxic and cancer-causing chemicals, including asbestos, arsenic, and lead. In order to avoid possible health problems, the County of Los Angeles Public Health recommends the following:

    Ash Clean-up:

    • Keep children away from wet, damp or dry ash.

    • Wash toys before giving them back to children.

    • Shower pets thoroughly to get rid of any ash on their fur.

    • During clean-up, wear gloves, a long sleeved shirt and long pants to avoid skin contact. If ash get on your skin, wash it off with warm water and soap as soon as possible.

    • For vegetable gardens or fruit trees, wash the fruit or vegetables before consuming them.

    • Avoid performing actions that will release ash into the air, like using a leaf blower. The best way to clean an area with ash is by sweeping and mopping. Bleach may be used to disinfect the area.

    • Any kind of vacuums, except HEPA-filter vacuums, are not recommended to clean up ash. As they do not filter out small particles like HEPA-filter vacuums do, and as a result, blow the particles into the air where they can be breathed.

    • Wear a disposable mask with a rating of N-95 or higher to avoid breathing in ash and other airborne particles. These can be bought at any home/hardware store.  

    • Use as little water as possible when cleaning, as ash and soot becomes slippery when combined with water. Wear boots with good soles and walk carefully. Avoid washing ash into storm drains.

    • Ash can be disposed in a regular trash can but first, place the collected ash in a plastic trash bag to contain it from releasing into the air.

    Food Safety:

    If your kitchen has ash, soot, dust, and other airborne particles, avoid foodborne illness by following these recommendations:

    • Discard bottles of liquid covered in ash, such as water bottles, as the particles contaminate the caps and it is difficult to decontaminate them.

    • Discard food stored in cardboard or soft packaging that is not waterproof or airtight, and has been covered in ash.

    • Food that is stored in sealed, unopened glass, metal cans or jars, such as baby food, is safe to use. Just clean before opening it and transfer the food to another container before eating.

    •Food in the refrigerator is usually safe as long as the power outage is short. Keep the doors to the fridge and freezer closed to maintain cool temperatures.

    • Discard perishable food items such as meat, dairy products and eggs, if power is out for several hours.

    • Do not re-freeze thawed food, throw it away. Inspect food to ensure it is safe to eat. Remember, "If in doubt, throw it out."


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    Comic legend Stan Lee, the creator of some of the most iconic American superheros and villains, revolutionized whole industries doing what he loved best - telling a story. Lee, who died on Nov. 12, 2018, at the age of 95, was a leading presence within Marvel for decades. See his life in photos.

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    Mighty Marvel comic book publisher, Stan Lee, center left, blows out the candles on the Marvel Comics birthday cake at opening day ceremonies of the First Mighty Marvel Comic Book Convention, March 22, 1975, New York. At left is Lee’s wife Joan and on the far right, Spider-Man. Another Marvel Superhero, Captain America looks on from the rear. (AP Photo)Mighty Marvel comic book publisher, Stan Lee, center left, blows out the candles on the Marvel Comics birthday cake at opening day ceremonies of the First Mighty Marvel Comic Book Convention, March 22, 1975, New York. At left is Lee’s wife Joan and on the far right, Spider-Man. Another Marvel Superhero, Captain America looks on from the rear. (AP Photo)

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    Residents across Southern California are opening up their doors to the tens of thousands of people impacted by two devastating wildfires that together scorched nearly 100,000 acres in Ventura County.

    More than 850 homes throughout the region, including dozens in San Diego County, have been listed for free from Nov 8 to 29 through the short-term rental service Airbnb for people displaced by the Hill and Woolsey fires. 

    The Hill Fire north of Malibu was nearly contained Monday morning while the nearly 92,000-acre Woolsey Fire continued to burn from eastern Ventura County to the Malibu coast. 

    The fires combined have destroyed nearly 400 structures and continue to threaten about 57,000 homes. 

    The free stays were being offered through Airbnb's Open Homes Program, which connects evacuees, emergency workers an volunteers with a place to stay, courtesy of homeowners who already list their property through the service.

    Evacuees and others in need of a place to stay must have an Airbnb account and can then browse listing through the "find shelter" button on the disaster-response page

    The program started in 2012 when hosts asked Airbnb to create a way that they could be seen as a resource to those in need, like those impacted by natural disasters, medical concerns and refugees.

    When there is an emergency, Airbnb automatically contacts hosts in the area to see if they have space to house those impacted. When hosts respond yes, their place is listed with all fees waived. Hosts who wish to join the Open House Program can visit here



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    The Woolsey Fire began Thursday in the hills of eastern Ventura County and burned into Los Angeles County, destroying homes and other buildings on its way toward the ocean.

    Use the maps below to see where the fire has burned more than 91,500 acres. You also can see a smoke forecast and view photos and videos from the fire zone. 

    PERIMETER

    SMOKE FORECAST

    PHOTOS AND VIDEOS



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    A line of cars on PCH is pictured with smoke from the Woolsey Fire in the background Friday Nov. 9, 2018.A line of cars on PCH is pictured with smoke from the Woolsey Fire in the background Friday Nov. 9, 2018.

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    A GoFundMe page for a San Diego man killed in the shooting at a Thousand Oaks bar was put on pause by his family Sunday to give them time to process.

    Justin Meek, 23, was working as a bouncer when gunfire erupted at Borderline Bar & Grill during its weekly “College Country Nights.”

    Three days after Meek’s death, his family created a GoFundMe page to assist with any services or celebrations of his life.

    “The hardest thing a mother could ever have to do is bury a child,” the page said. “According to numerous witness accounts, Justin died a HERO saving many lives with no regard for his own life.”

    In one day, $13,190 was raised, far surpassing the family’s $5,000 goal.

    Meek’s family posted an update after the outpour of donations.

    “The incredible outpouring love & support towards Justin & our family truly means the world,” it said. “Our gratitude is immeasurable, & we continue to thank you all in helping us Honor our Justin.”

    The day after the page was created, the family stopped accepting donations.

    “Given our current time frame, we have momentarily paused further donations to allow ourselves time to understand and organize our immediate roles in moving forward with future developments,” the update said.

    Meek’s GoFundMe page received donations from 177 people.

    His sister was also at the bar during the attack, according to their family. She was physically unharmed.

    A candlelight vigil was held in his honor at Spreckels Park the day after he was killed.

    “It’s a reflection of how many lives Justin was able to touch. Justin was the kind of guy that was always full of positivity, always had a smile on his face. The guy never had a bad day and he just had so much love to give, so I think what we saw today was all the love the community had for him,” Coronado Mayor Richard Bailey said.

    Meek was one of 12 people killed in what was the deadliest mass shooting since Parkland.



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    President Donald Trump faces a growing backlash over his choice of Matt Whitaker to serve as acting attorney general, with liberal and conservative legal experts questioning the appointment, NBC News reported.

    The controversy arises because Whitaker was serving Jeff Sessions as the attorney general's chief of staff, a position that was not confirmed by the Senate, and because a federal law specifies that the deputy attorney general takes over when there's a vacancy at the top of the Justice Department.

    But in making the choice, Trump bypassed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who had been overseeing special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the election and Trump. 



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    Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, left; President Donald Trump, right.Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, left; President Donald Trump, right.

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    It was a solemn homecoming Sunday for a young Napa woman who was one of 12 people killed in the mass shooting at a Southern California bar and grill last week.

    Hundreds of residents lined the streets of Napa for the procession of cars carrying the body of Alaina Housley. People arrived carrying posters honoring the Housley family and flowers for their friend Alaina.

    "I played soccer with Alaina and went to school with her my whole life, so it was just important to be a part of the family that’s here and show our respect and love," former classmate Madeline Beitz said.

    The arrival of Housley’s body at Tulocay Cemetery marked a tragedy for the whole city, and as the procession of police cars and a black van carrying her remains drove by, those lining the route quietly applauded.

    Many fondly remembered the last time they got to see her.

    "A year ago, because she was also in choir," retired educator Bonnie Broxton recalled. "Just the all-American girl in every way. Friendly, lovely, good grades, over achieving in every way. And the family means so much to our community."

    Housley graduated from Vintage High School in June and was attending Pepperdine University, following in her parents' footsteps.

    Housley was one of 12 people killed when a gunman opened fire inside the Borderline Grill in Thousand Oaks late Wednesday night.

    The Napa procession route was lined with people holding signs of condolences for the family. A small group of young people also held signs about the epidemic of gun violence.

    "It’s a disgrace," Emiliano Hurtado said. "We should really just hope that future generations don’t have to go through this."



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    People hold signs in along a Napa street as the body of Alaina Housley returns from Southern California. Housley was one of 12 killed in a mass shooting. (Nov. 11, 2018)People hold signs in along a Napa street as the body of Alaina Housley returns from Southern California. Housley was one of 12 killed in a mass shooting. (Nov. 11, 2018)

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    Days after a young woman with Napa ties was killed in a mass shooting at a bar in Southern California, people on Monday hit the ground in the North Bay for a march to end gun violence.

    The so-called Heroes March at Memorial Stadium in Napa honored Alaina Housley — one of the 12 people killed at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks late Wednesday night — as well as all others who have been impacted by gun violence.

    Housley's father said his daughter wasn’t at the wrong place at the wrong time. He and his wife would have encouraged Alaina to go line dancing that night, Arik Housley said.

    "She was in the right place; she was at Pepperdine. She loved it there," he said.

    The pain over losing his only daughter comes in waves, he said. But one word you won’t hear coming out of Arik Housley’s mouth is regret.

    "If this is the platform, we need to raise her voice, make this world a better place," he said. "If it just saves one more life, if it just stops one more shooting, it’s worth it."

    Before Monday's march, hundreds of residents on Sunday lined the streets of Napa for the procession of cars carrying the body of Housley back to the area.

    "I played soccer with Alaina and went to school with her my whole life, so it was just important to be a part of the family that’s here and show our respect and love," former classmate Madeline Beitz said.

    Others fondly remembered the last time they got to spend time with Housley.

    "A year ago, because she was also in choir," retired educator Bonnie Broxton recalled. "Just the all-American girl in every way. Friendly, lovely, good grades, over achieving in every way. And the family means so much to our community."

    The procession route was also lined with a small group of young people holding signs about the epidemic of gun violence.

    "It’s a disgrace," Emiliano Hurtado said. "We should really just hope that future generations don’t have to go through this."

    Housley graduated from Napa's Vintage High School in June and was attending Pepperdine University, following in her parents' footsteps.



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    A person holds a sign during the procession for Alaina Housley. (Nov. 11, 2018)A person holds a sign during the procession for Alaina Housley. (Nov. 11, 2018)

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    A "rare collection" of comic books and more will be up for bid at the upcoming "Icons & Idols: Hollywood" auction.

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    Eye several items from a Eye several items from a "rare collection" comprised of works by the legendary Stan Lee at the 'Icons & Idols: Hollywood' auction on Nov. 16 and 17 at the Standard Oil Building in Beverly Hills. Julien's Auctions is behind the superpower'd event.

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    Experts say California has the strictest gun laws in the country, so should any of those laws have prevented Thousand Oaks gunman Ian Long from legally obtaining a weapon and killing 12 people at the Borderline Bar and Grill on Nov. 7?

    Only a month ago, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law greater restrictions on who can obtain a firearm in the most populous state in the United States. Those new restrictions came in the wake of a deadly high school shooting in Parkland, Florida, where 17 students and faculty members lost their lives.

    Law enforcement says Long was known to them and that neighbors had expressed concern about possible mental health issues, but authorities say that the gun Long used to kill 12 people was obtained legally.

    The Ventura County Sheriff's Department, though, says it had multiple run-ins with the 28-year-old suspect.

    "We've had several contact with Mr. Long over the years," VCSD's Geoff Dean said. "Minor events such as a traffic collision, he was the victim of battery at a local bar in 2015."

    In April, the VCSD was called to Long's home after a neighbor called and reported a disturbance.

    Regarding the April incident, Dean said, "(Long) was somewhat irate, acting irrationally. They called out our crisis interaction team -- our mental health specialists -- who met with him, talked to him and cleared him. [The team] didn't feed he was qualified to be taken under 5150, and he was left at the scene."

    The Marine Corps released a statement say that Long served from 2008 to 2013, including a 2010-11 deployment to Afghanistan. There is no documentation showing Long had any mental health issues, but his next door neighbor told NBC4 she had concerns and even mentioned the possibility of "Post Traumatic Stress Disorder," which is commonly called "PTSD."

    "(Long) was having a hard time," Danica, a neighbor, said. "He was being violent."

    The I-Team found, however, that none of Long's actions would have necessarily prevented the suspect from acquiring a gun like the .45-caliber handgun law enforcement say was purchased legally and used in Wednesday's shooting.

    According to Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, in California, someone is generally banned for five years from getting or having a gun if they have been taken into custody, evaluated and admitted to a facility because they are a threat to themselves or others, or if they communicate to a licensed psychotherapist a serious threat of violence against someone.

    If someone has been certified for intensive treatment or a judge determines they're a threat to others as a result of a mental disorder or illness, that person would face a lifetime ban from weapons.

    In addition, families can also get involved. Following the 2014 shooting and stabbing rampage in Isla Vista, the law was changed to allow law enforcement officers or family members to ask a court for a restraining order against a person believed to be a threat and barring his or her possession of firearms for 21 days.



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    People arrive to a family assistance and reunification center following a mass shooting at the Borderline Bar and Grill on Nov. 8, 2018, in Thousand Oaks, California. OverPeople arrive to a family assistance and reunification center following a mass shooting at the Borderline Bar and Grill on Nov. 8, 2018, in Thousand Oaks, California. Over

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    As several key contests across the U.S. remain close, President Donald Trump has zeroed in on Florida, making a slew of unsubstantiated claims about "forged" ballots and "found" votes, NBCNews reported.

    "Trying to STEAL two big elections in Florida! We are watching closely!" he tweeted this weekend, referring to the extremely tight Senate and governor's races, which have been forced into a recount.

    There is no evidence of widespread fraud or forged ballots in the state, election observers and law enforcement said.



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    President Donald Trump gestures outside the Elysee Palace after his talks with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris, Saturday, Nov.10, 2018.President Donald Trump gestures outside the Elysee Palace after his talks with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris, Saturday, Nov.10, 2018.

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    A natural response to tragedies is to help in any way we can. And that often means donating money. But unfortunately, scammers know this and take advantage of it. In fact, it’s already happening.

    A viewer from our Wildfires Facebook group said she received a call from someone saying he was with the Firefighters and EMS Fund. After becoming suspicious and asking questions, and the caller hung up.

    Before giving money to a fundraiser or charity, here are some things to keep in mind:

    • It’s best to donate using a check or credit card. If someone asks for gift cards or wire transfers - don’t do it.
    • Don’t count on crowdfunding sites to vet the people raising money - they often don’t.
    • Scammers use fake charity names that sound like real ones. So be sure to research a charity if you’re not familiar with it.
    • Don’t trust your caller ID. Scammers can make it look like the call is coming from a legitimate organization.
    • If someone is rushing you to make a decisions - that’s a red flag.
    • Ask questions. If the answers are dodgy, that’s suspicious.

    Helpful websites where you can research charities:



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    WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA - NOVEMBER 09: Sandro and Antoinette Zanon survey the damage with a Los Angeles City firefighter as their neighbor homes burns down by Woolsey fire on November 9, 2018 in Westlake Village, California. About 75,000 homes have been evacuated in Los Angeles and Ventura counties due to two fires in the region. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA - NOVEMBER 09: Sandro and Antoinette Zanon survey the damage with a Los Angeles City firefighter as their neighbor homes burns down by Woolsey fire on November 9, 2018 in Westlake Village, California. About 75,000 homes have been evacuated in Los Angeles and Ventura counties due to two fires in the region. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

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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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    Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema is the apparent winner in the Arizona Senate race, narrowly defeating Republican Rep. Martha McSally, according to an NBC News projection.

    Sinema is the first Democratic senator elected in Arizona in 30 years.

    McSally conceded the race in a video statement on her Twitter account Monday evening.



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    Democrat Kyrsten Sinema speaks to a supporter at the Barton Barr Central Library, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Phoenix.Democrat Kyrsten Sinema speaks to a supporter at the Barton Barr Central Library, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Phoenix.

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    The most destructive wildfire in state history continued to burn Sunday night in Northern California, while other blazes burned in other parts of the state.

    There are now 31 confirmed deaths and more than 200 people unaccounted for in the Camp and Woolsey fires.

    More than 4,000 firefighters are currently on the ground and more are on the way, including teams from across the state of Texas.

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    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) said more than 200 firefighters will be deployed to aid in the firefighting efforts.

    In Southern California, where the Woolsey Fire burned, firefighters continued to work around the clock in an effort to protect homes and lives.

    "We're tired, but this is what we do," said one firefighter on the front lines.

    Help is on the way from the Lone Star State.

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    "Guys are eager," said Dallas Fire-Rescue special operations deputy chief Charlie Salazar. "We try to send our most experienced people on the team."

    DFR is sending 17 firefighters to battle the flames in Ventura County.

    The Wildland Strike Team also includes three firefighters from the Lewisville Fire Department and a fleet of fire engines built for rough terrain.

    The mission for the Dallas team will be to protect structures and wildlife as well as to provide relief for colleagues on the front lines, according to Salazar.

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    "By the time we get there [firefighters there] are really tired," Salazar said. "They've seen all the devastation, all the loss, all the fatalities so we come in and support them."

    Fire departments in Frisco and Fort Worth announced Sunday that they will also answer the call for resources in California. Each department will send five firefighters and a brush truck, leaving Monday for California.

    Salazar said he expected his team would see much devastation, much like he remembered seeing in past wildfires.

    But he also knows crews will encounter immense gratitude on the part of fellow firefighters and residents.

    "When they see us and see that we're from out of state, they're always really thankful and it just makes me feel good that we're able to provide that service for them in their time of need," Salazar said.

    The Dallas Wildland Strike Team is expected to depart from Dallas at about 12 p.m. Monday.

    Other North Texas firefighting teams are heading out on Monday as well.



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    Dozens of firefighters from here in North Texas — including this team from Fort Worth — prepared to roll out and head to California, where they’ll help crews battle the wildfires that are raging there. (Published Nov. 12, 2018)Dozens of firefighters from here in North Texas — including this team from Fort Worth — prepared to roll out and head to California, where they’ll help crews battle the wildfires that are raging there. (Published Nov. 12, 2018)

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    The Woolsey fire broke out Thursday Nov. 8, consuming thousands of acres in LA and Ventura counties. From cars to multimillion-dollar mansions, the fire destroyed and severely damaged anything in its path.

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    As residents look for ways to help Southern California firefighters by donating water, energy drinks, blankets, and more, resulting in an extra 5,000 pounds of goods for the fire department to handle, the Los Angeles Fire Department is giving the public a big thank you -- but no thanks.

    "There are rumors that Los Angeles Firefighters are in need of donated food or supplies, such as blankets, wipes, water, energy beverages, snack bars, toothpaste or eyedrops during current wildfires. Nothing could be further from the truth," LAFD said Sunday in a Facebook post.

    While LA City firefighters said they were touched, the extra goods had provided an extra challenge for firefighters. 

    "We're touched to the point of tears by your kindness, but truly are not in need of anything more than a wave or a smile," the post reads.

    Some of the confusion may have been further perpetuated by a tweet from reality TV mom Kris Jenner, who said her daughter Kylie Jenner was imploring the public to help by donating Chapstick, face wipes, beef jerky, granola bars, sunscreen and more. 

    While LAFD did not credit the Jenners specifically with the outpouring of support, the post clarified that stations do not need donated goods at this time. 

    At one time, firefighters returned from a long firefight to find "600 unsolicited gallons of bottled water (that's a 5,000 lbs surprise we have to move and cannot safely store on site)" or "200 cubic feet of perishable food we can't refrigerate."

    They did make it very clear that the donated goods touched their hearts, and were overwhelmed to know how much the community cares. 

    "We deeply sense your appreciation, and want you to know that nothing could mean more to us than seeing you and your family safely in front of your undamaged home. Your smile, a friendly wave or a simple hand-scrawled 'Thank You' sign means more than words could ever describe," the post said. 

    They also noted that if you must donate, they have a page set up to accept donations here. 

    LAFD also said the Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation needed help to fund hydration backpacks, which can be found here. Anyone who wants to donate to the Red Cross to help fire victims can text "CAWILDFIRES" to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

    They also advised that giving to the following organiztions:

    Widows, Orphans, and Disabled Firemen's Fund

    Fire Family Foundation

    See more information on how to help here

    See how to avoid firefighter charity scams here.



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    WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA - NOVEMBER 09: Los Angeles City firefighters Omar Velasquez, center, sleeps as Cory Darrigo, left, and Sam Quan rest in the backyard of home they were protecting after fighting the Woolsey fire all night long on November 9, 2018 in Westlake Village, California. About 75,000 homes have been evacuated in Los Angeles and Ventura counties due to two fires in the region. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA - NOVEMBER 09: Los Angeles City firefighters Omar Velasquez, center, sleeps as Cory Darrigo, left, and Sam Quan rest in the backyard of home they were protecting after fighting the Woolsey fire all night long on November 9, 2018 in Westlake Village, California. About 75,000 homes have been evacuated in Los Angeles and Ventura counties due to two fires in the region. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

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    In a stark contrast from the weekend, President Donald Trump on Monday changed his tone, approving a major disaster declaration for California after threatening to pull funding from the state where three mass wildfires are currently burning across multiple communities and cities.

    "I just approved an expedited request for a Major Disaster Declaration for the State of California. Wanted to respond quickly in order to alleviate some of the incredible suffering going on. I am with you all the way. God Bless all of the victims and families affected." Trump tweeted.

    In a statement, the White House said the President's declaration paved the way for federal aid to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by wildfires beginning on Nov. 8.

    Residents and business owners who sustained losses in the designated areas can begin applying for assistance tomorrow by registering online at http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA(3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired.

    FEMA tweeted that the president's action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in the counties of Butte, Los Angeles and Ventura. Assistance will include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses.

    The International Association of Fire Fighters called Trump's earlier comment about massive wildfires burning throughout California "irresponsible, reckless and insulting."

    Trump said Saturday via Twitter that "there is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly fires in California." The president added that "billions of dollars were given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests. Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!"

    On Sunday morning, Trump tweeted again about the fire, saying "with proper Forest Management, we can stop the devastation constantly going on in California. Get Smart!"

    The firefighters union responded to what were Trump's first words about the wildfires, including a blaze that incinerated most of the Northern California town of Paradise and killed at least 29 people, saying that his "crass" suggestion in cutting off federal payments to the state "shows a troubling lack of real comprehension about the disaster at hand."

    "The early moments of fires such as these are a critical time, when lives are lost, entire communities are wiped off the map and our members are injured trying to stop these monstrous wildfires," Harold Schaitberger, General President of the IAFF said in a statement.

    Brian Rice, president of the California Professional Firefighters Association, called President Trump's statements about forest management "dangerously wrong."

    "The president’s assertion that California’s forest management policies are to blame for catastrophic wildfire is dangerously wrong," Rice, head of the 30,000-member organization, said. "Wildfires are sparked and spread not only in forested areas but in populated areas and open fields fueled by parched vegetation, high winds, low humidity and geography. Moreover, nearly 60 percent of California forests are under federal management, and another two-thirds under private control. It is the federal government that has chosen to divert resources away from forest management, not California."

    California governor-elect Gavin Newsom responded to the president's tweet saying that right now is not a time for partisanship.

    "Lives have been lost. Entire towns have been burned to the ground. Cars abandoned on the side of the road. People are being forced to flee their homes," Newsom tweeted. "This is a time for coordinating relief and response and lifting those in need up."

    California Rep. Henry Stern (D-27th district) addressed Trump's tweet Friday afternoon during a press conference in Southern California, saying "Fires don't respect politics or jurisdiction."

    Stern requested that the president "pursue a major disaster declaration and not make this a political incident. We have many parties, many views out here, and this is not about politics. It's about people."

    Trump took a more empathetic tone later in the day, tweeting sympathies for firefighters, people who have fled their homes and the families of those killed by the flames.

    Wildfires also raged in Southern California, including the town of Thousand Oaks, where a gunman days earlier killed a dozen people at a local bar.

    Trump earlier issued an emergency declaration providing federal funds to help firefighters.

    Thousands of IAFF members have assisted in rescuing and evacuating people in direct path of the flames, according to the organization.



    Photo Credit: Getty Images

    California Governor-elect Gavin Newsom (left) responded to a tweet from President Donald Trump regarding federal funding to battle wildfires.California Governor-elect Gavin Newsom (left) responded to a tweet from President Donald Trump regarding federal funding to battle wildfires.

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    Jerome Corsi, an associate of Roger Stone, says he expects to be indicted for perjury as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian election meddling, NBC News reported

    Corsi, who has been questioned over his knowledge of WikiLeaks obtaining hacked emails from Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman, said Mueller's team delivered the news at a meeting about a week ago.

    "They told me they were going to indict me," he told NBC News in a phone interview Monday.

    Mueller's spokesman, Peter Carr, declined to comment. 



    Photo Credit: Charles Sykes/AP, File

    In this Wednesday, May 25, 2011, file photo, Jerome Corsi signs copies of his books at the Book Expo America in New York. Corsi, an associate of Roger Stone's, said Monday he expects to be indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller.In this Wednesday, May 25, 2011, file photo, Jerome Corsi signs copies of his books at the Book Expo America in New York. Corsi, an associate of Roger Stone's, said Monday he expects to be indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller.

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