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    If you are one of the thousands affected by the California wildfires, you may be at a loss for what to do next.

    Whether you are directly impacted by the wildfires or could be, the California Department of Insurance says you need to take action now.

    There are things you can do to mitigate the headache of filing claims to make sure that if a fire destroys your home, it doesn't leave you broken financially.

    There is no special fire insurance. If you have homeowners or renters insurance you should be covered, but everyone should understand the details about their coverage and how to access help before, during and after a fire emergency.

    "Unfortunately this is California's new normal so we are going to be impacted by wild fires year after year for the foreseeable future," said deputy commissioner of California's Department of Insurance Byron Tucker. "If their home has been burnt to the ground or not, they need to contact their insurance agent and start the claims process."

    The reason is because this fire is still a first responder situation. Tucker says insurance companies are on standby, but assistance centers that begin processing mass casualty claims aren't open yet due to safety concerns.

    Those under evacuation who have homeowners and renters insurance policies should be covered for being forced to move.

    "You are entitled to what's called assisted living expenses. That means your insurer can cut you a check often on the spot for expenses for expenses you've incurred from your mandatory evacuation," Tucker said.

    If you are safe, Tucker says use this time to do a couple things.

    Record Everything

    First, create a video diary of your belongings.

    "Grab your cell phone camera, walk through your home, videotape all your possessions, your belongings. Walk into each room, open your drawers, videotape it, [and] give a short narrative of what the item is, when you bought it, what you think paid for it," he said.

    "You will be in a traumatic situation. It will be virtually impossible for you to remember all the items in your household."

    Update Your Policy

    Next: Update your insurance policy. Tucker says one of the top complaints his agency hears is from people who've lost everything and thought they were covered.

    "If you've remodeled your home, if you have updated your kitchen or bathroom, you need to let your insurer know because that's increased the value of your home and you may be under insured if you've not taken that action," Tucker said.

    Keep Receipts

    If you have been evacuated, and you plan on tapping into your assisted living expenses in your insurance policy, keep all receipts.

    Keep the paper copies for food, shelter, clothing and pets, but also take a photo of those receipts so you can back them up until you can get back home.

    Accurate documentation of expenditures will save you a lot of headaches when we're looking at thousands of claims being filed.

    See more information on how to help fire victims here

    See how to avoid firefighter charity scams here.



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    Flames from a broken gas line burn at one of at least 20 homes destroyed just on Windermere Drive in the Point Dume area of Malibu, Calif., Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. Known as the Woolsey Fire, it has consumed thousands of acres and destroyed dozens of homes. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)Flames from a broken gas line burn at one of at least 20 homes destroyed just on Windermere Drive in the Point Dume area of Malibu, Calif., Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. Known as the Woolsey Fire, it has consumed thousands of acres and destroyed dozens of homes. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

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    The state of Maryland plans to ask a federal judge on Tuesday for an order declaring that Rod Rosenstein is the acting attorney general — not Matt Whitaker, who was appointed to that position last week after the forced resignation of Jeff Sessions, NBC News reported.

    Ruling that Whitaker cannot serve as attorney general would be a blow to President Donald Trump, who bypassed Rosenstein in favor of someone who has repeatedly criticized Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian election meddling. 

    The Justice Department would immediately appeal any such ruling, and the case could be on a fast track to the Supreme Court.



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    Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein waits for his car as he departs the West Wing of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018.Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein waits for his car as he departs the West Wing of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018.

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    Use the checklist below to determine what you need to do after a house fire.

    Visit our wildfires page for more resources.



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    A photo has gone viral showing about 50 students, most of them white, from a Wisconsin high school appearing to give a Nazi salute, prompting their school district to investigate, NBC News reported.

    The photo is from last spring and was not taken on Baraboo High School property or at an event sponsored by the school, according to the superintendent of the Baraboo School District. It originally appeared on a photographer's website along with photos from the school's junior prom.

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    "If the gesture is what it appears to be, the District will pursue any and all available and appropriate actions, including legal, to address the issue," superintendent Lori Mueller told parents in a letter Monday.

    The apparent Sieg Heil gesture brought condemnation from the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum, which said on Twitter that the concentration camp "with its gas chambers was at the very end of the long process of normalizing and accommodating hatred."



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    Baraboo High School in Wisconsin.Baraboo High School in Wisconsin.

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    The list below is a tragic reminder of the heart-breaking loss that has resulted from wildfires in California. 

    Below, a look at some of the state's deadliest fires.

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    Camp Fire, November 2018

    In just a matter of days, the Camp Fire in Butte County became California's most destructive wildfire and its deadliest on record. As of Monday, the death toll stood at 42 with many more people unaccounted for in the fire zone. A cause of the fire has not been determined.

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    Griffith Park Fire, October 1933

    What started as a debris pile fire in Los Angeles' 4,300-acre park at the eastern end of the Santa Monica Mountains became one of California's deadliest wildfire. On Oct. 3, 1933, Depression-era workers were taking care of other projects in the park when they were dispatched to fight the fire. Not trained in firefighting, they were unable to contain the flames and the fire spread to nearly 50 acres. Fanned by shifting winds, the fire raced up a canyon and overwhelmed workers. Twenty-nine were killed.

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    Oakland Hills (Tunnel) Fire, October 1991

    Also called the Tunnel fire, the firestorm scorched hillsides in northern Oakland and southeastern Berkeley during an October weekend. The fire, rekindled from an earlier grass fire, burned only 1,600 acres — not large when compared to other wildfires on the list. But it was located in a densely populated area with houses and other buildings in its path. Fanned by powerful wind gusts, the flare-up grew into a wall of fire that left some residents trapped in an inferno that resulted in 25 deaths. Nearly 3,000 structures were destroyed.

    Tubbs Fire, October 2017

    The Tubbs fire part of a complex of wildfires known as the October Fire Siege in California's Wine Country. The fire, fanned by unrelenting winds in Sonoma and Napa counties, resulted in 21 deaths and destroyed 5,643 buildings, according to CAL FIRE.The fire started in the Calistoga area on the night of Oct. 8, spreading at a stunning rate and burning through entire neighborhoods, forcing some residents to run from their homes in search of shelter. 

    Cedar Fire, October 2003

    The catastrophic San Diego County Cedar fire remains the largest fire in California history. It also is one of the deadliest. The 273,000-acre firestorm wiped out 2,820 structures and resulted in 15 deaths. The fire, started by a lost hunter who set a signal fire in Cleveland National Forest near Julian, stormed through wilderness areas and rural communities.

    Rattlesnake Fire, July 1953

    In the summer of 1953, an arsonist set two fires in Mendocino National Forest in Northern California, setting off a chain of tragic events that would become a textbook case in studies of firefighting. Firefighters quickly got a handle on the first, but spot fires developed during the evening when winds fanned the second fire. Most were extinguished, but one flared up and quickly spread as firefighters sat down for a meal. Some of them ran uphill to a firefighter who warned them about the fire, but 15 who tried to escape down the canyon were overtaken and killed. A boulder at the Grindstone Overlook on Forest Highway 7 has a plaque with the victims' names. 

    Loop Fire, November 1966

    On Nov. 1, 1966, 12 members of the El Cariso Hotshots -- specially trained firefighters who ranged in age from 18 to 26 -- were killed. Again, a firefight turned deadly because of shifting winds. Some crewmembers were trapped when gusts carried spot fire flames up steep Pacioma Canyon in Angeles National Forest north of Los Angeles. Many of the 19 Hotshots who escaped suffered critical burns. El Cariso Park in Sylmar stands as a memorial to the victims.



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    A statue remains in front of a home that was destroyed by the Camp Fire on November 10, 2018 in Paradise, California.A statue remains in front of a home that was destroyed by the Camp Fire on November 10, 2018 in Paradise, California.

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    This video displays the progression of the Woolsey Fire burning in Los Angeles and Ventura counties in November 2018.



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    A look at the Woolsey Fire's progression after it began Nov. 8, 2018 in eastern Ventura County.A look at the Woolsey Fire's progression after it began Nov. 8, 2018 in eastern Ventura County.

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    Where's the repository holding the bulk of your memories?

    A shoebox in the hall closet? Some bins in the back bedroom? Under your bed? A floppy disk?

    It's pretty easy, all told, to stash the photos, letters, and memorabilia of our childhoods.

    But when it comes to a neon sign that's several feet long and only liftable by heavy machinery, that's another matter entirely.

    Leave it to Tommy Gelinas, a Valley-rooted local, and the Valley Relics Museum team, to store some of the more sizable memories of those people who grew up around the San Fernando Valley, and those who love the SFV today.

    Sizable? Make that "massive memories," thanks to the huge neon signs the museum houses.

    For the history-loving people behind the museum have dedicated themselves to saving a slew of Valley treasures that were slated for demolition or fading away.

    The first iteration of the neon-amazing, photo-filled, BMX bike-laden museum appeared about a half decade ago, in Chatsworth, but it outgrew that space, which is understandable, given that it houses several large signs and other items.

    Now, after much planning, fundraising, and sheer pluck, the Valley Relics Museum is in its new home, at Van Nuys Airport, and, yes, a hangar is involved.

    Eager to eyeball this new capacious space, and signs from the Palomino night club, Henry's Tacos, and thousands of other SFV-sweet sights? There's a Grand Opening on Saturday, Nov. 17, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the museum's fresh digs.

    Expect to see a "Vintage Arcade," "Retro Gift Shop," "Cowboy Clothing," and "(o)ver 15,000 artifacts not displayed in the original location." 

    Wowza. 

    It isn't often that someone saves the things we saw, nearly every day, around our childhood neighborhoods. More often than not, it seems, those objects meet the wrecking ball.

    But Tommy Gelinas wasn't having it.

    And now? The San Fernando Valley's retro-field, decades-ago character shimmers on, in Van Nuys, at a much larger venue.

    Adult admission is ten dollars, at the grand opening and each Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday to come. 

    Want to admire the artifacts for free? Pay no admission on Thursday mornings, from 10 a.m. to noon.



    Photo Credit: Valley Relics Museum

    Neon signs, arcade machines, BMX bikes, menus, photographs, and so many treasures: Check out the new home of the Valley Relics Museum, in Van Nuys, at its Nov. 17 grand opening.Neon signs, arcade machines, BMX bikes, menus, photographs, and so many treasures: Check out the new home of the Valley Relics Museum, in Van Nuys, at its Nov. 17 grand opening.

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    A 93-year-old woman who was stranded in her Magalia, California, home as a raging wildfire spread through the county was rescued by her longtime sanitation worker on the last stop of his shift.

    NBC affiliate KCRA reports Margaret Newsum feared for her life after hearing news on TV Thursday morning about the Camp Fire threatening the town of Paradise, about 180 miles northeast of San Francisco. Magalia is a suburb of Paradise.

    Residents in the area were ordered to evacuate on Thursday as the wildfire quickly turned into an inferno, setting off a desperate exodus in which many motorists got stuck in gridlocked traffic and abandoned their vehicles to flee on foot.

    With no family in the area and her caregiver gone for the day, Newsum stepped out on her front porch hoping someone would drive by and see her. That’s when her garbageman Dane Ray Cummings arrived.

    "I went out and was standing on the front porch when this great, big, green monster drove up, and my dear friend was emptying the garbage," Newsum recalled to the station. "He said, 'You’re not staying here. You've got to get out of here. Why are you still here?'"

    The Waste Management driver told KCRA his supervisor had earlier advised him to cut his route short and go home because of the fast-moving fire. But Cummings said he wanted to check on Newsum’s neighborhood in Magalia where “dozens of older residents” live.

    "I been on that route eight years, and I just picked the people that I knew were older, and I tried to stop and help them and let them know that they were coming and make sure they were getting out," he said. "She was my last stop. I probably went to 45 or 50 people to see if I could help them."

    In the five-hour drive down the hill to safety, Cummings learned his "friend" had lived quite the life. Newsum survived the attack on Pearl Harbor and overcame cancer three times. She was also a one-time backup singer for the Rat Pack.

    "Wonderful, wonderful men," Newsum said. "The singers did the picking out. So, the next thing I know, I was in an interviewing room, and here sits Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Dean Martin. All three of them were sitting there, and they said, 'We are so thrilled to have you working for us.'"

    According to KCRA, the fire never reached Newsum’s home, but it did help establish a stronger bond between the soon-to-be 94-year-old and Cummings.

    "Today" reports Newsum is staying with Cummings' childhood best friend, Brian Harrison, who is a mechanic at North Valley Waste Management — where Cummings also works.

    "I have felt so welcome in this house," Newsum told "Today." "Things may not work in the way you want, but you have to have faith, and get good friends. They're such wonderful people."


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    It can be said, quite accurately, that a number of things do move, quite frequently, around the historic Universal Studios Hollywood backlot. 

    Trams carrying people interested in films, thrills, and cinematic gems galore? Yep.

    A certain shark who may or may not suddenly emerge from the water, all to the delight of the aforementioned people on the tram? You bet.

    Runners legging it through the hills and dips of the backlot? A far rarer sight, but that's all going to change, thanks to a new on-the-move series helmed by the theme park.

    "Running Universal," a series of running events, will send participants through both sections of the famous theme park, and, yes, its expansive backlot. The theme park announced the upcoming series, which debuts next spring, on Nov. 13, 2018.

    Will you hoof it by the "JAWS" water? Or the Bates Motel?

    Better be prepared to run faster, then. 

    The series kicks off on May 11, 2019 with "an energetic Minion-themed 5K," where, yes, many runners are expected to be in sunshine- and banana-sweet hues, in tribute to the way-popular animated characters.

    There will be, of course, Minions milling about, too.

    Also? "Fun Swag" is promised, for participants, so consider what you might add to your running wall after this one-of-a-kind event.

    Of note? This is the first-ever backlot run overseen presented by the theme park. 

    And if you're a backlot buff, and have jumped onto numerous trams over the years, all to see the cool structures and wilder spaces that make up Universal's "back acres," think of the runs as a fresh way to experience this iconic stretch of Hollywood history.

    The finish line? At the 5 Towers area at CityWalk.

    Details, sign-ups, and everything you need to know can be found at the Running Universal site.

    Universal Studios and NBC-owned TV stations operate under the same parent company NBCUniversal.



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    Run, Minion, run! Dress up in your Minion-esque best on May 11, 2019 for the launch of the new Universal running series.Run, Minion, run! Dress up in your Minion-esque best on May 11, 2019 for the launch of the new Universal running series.

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    The Woolsey fire began Thursday during a day of hot, dry and windy weather in Ventura and Los Angeles counties.

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    A photos of the Woolsey Fire at El Scorpion Canyon Park, California.A photos of the Woolsey Fire at El Scorpion Canyon Park, California.

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    Movies, since the dawn of movies, or so it seems, have found great comic fodder, and occasional drama, in harried travelers rushing to their gate and, ultimately, to onto their airplane, before that final door shuts.

    It's an oft-used trope because there's some truth to it, but there's also truth in the fact that people don't want to be harried or rushed when it comes to heading to the airport.

    And if those people are plane obsessed with flying machines?

    They want to take their time while there, all to observe the huge, wing-sporting works of art that will soon go up, up, up into the sky, leaving the tarmac and admiring fans below.

    Yes, we said "plane obsessed," and if you are plainly obsessed with planes, you'll likely find your way to the Long Beach Airport on Saturday, Nov. 17 for the free Festival of Flight. 

    The six-hour happening will include on-the-ground, fully stopped planes, including a C-17 (hailing from March Air Force Base) and a Lockeheed Model 10 Electra, "the same model airplane flown by Amelia Earheart."

    Other powerful icons of the sky'll be in the house, or on the tarmac, rather, with a caboodle of complementary to-dos filling out a day that promises to be as packed as an overhead bin.

    Live music, a presentation by a '40s-inspired vocal/dance troupe, and displays brimming with airplane information will lend further fun and knowledge. 

    And on the appetizing and/or quenching end? There shall be food trucks, and beer trucks, too, so while the entry is free, show with lunch or libation money, if that appeals.

    It's the Long Beach Airport's 95th anniversary this year, and you can bet so many wheels-down, wings-up moments have happened at the location. 

    Consider the annual Festival of Flight a celebration of this big occasion. Also big? The attendance, which makes sense, as there are plenty of plane-loving fans out there (and the free admisison also ups the bustle, too).

    Arrive early and enjoy a rare airport-based bash, one that has history, music, eats, and plenty of awesomely powered crafts that regularly traverse the skies.



    Photo Credit: Liezl Estipona/Festival of Flight

    The chance to shimmy alongside massive machines that can zoom high into the sky? It's a rare thing, and even rarer: The chance is free. Plus it comes with food trucks, music, plane info, more. Be in LBC on Saturday, Feb. 17.The chance to shimmy alongside massive machines that can zoom high into the sky? It's a rare thing, and even rarer: The chance is free. Plus it comes with food trucks, music, plane info, more. Be in LBC on Saturday, Feb. 17.

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    Four family members were arrested Wednesday in the execution-style killings of eight people, members of another family, on an Ohio pot farm in April 2016, NBC News reported.

    The Pike County Sheriff's Office, which has been investigating the massacre, announced the arrests of George "Billy" Wagner III, Angela Wagner, George Wagner IV and Edward "Jake" Wagner.

    The Rhodens were found dead from gunshot wounds in four separate homes on the farm. They ranged from 16 years old to 44; two infants and a toddler survived.

    Authorities have yet to explain what they suspect was the motive for the killings. It wasn't immediately clear if the suspects had attorneys.



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    A home in Pike County, Ohio, after eight members of a family were killed in April 2016.A home in Pike County, Ohio, after eight members of a family were killed in April 2016.

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    In an extraordinary move for a first lady, Melania Trump’s office on Tuesday publicly called for the firing of a senior National Security Council official.

    Stephanie Grisham, the first lady’s communications director issued a statement  saying the official, Mira Ricardel, should no longer serve as the NSC’s No. 2, NBC News reported.

    "It is the position of the Office of the First Lady that she no longer deserves the honor of serving in this White House," Grisham said.



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    Deputy national security adviser Mira Ricardel (left) and first lady Melania Trump (right).Deputy national security adviser Mira Ricardel (left) and first lady Melania Trump (right).

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    After a shooting left 12 victims dead and fires forced evacuations of the area in the days that followed, people present at the Borderline Bar and Restaurant in Thousand Oaks on the night of the mass shooting may have understandably fled with their lives but not all their belongings.

    The Ventura County Sheriff's Office announced that people searching for lost items from the tragic night of Nov. 7 should contact the Thousand Oaks Assistance Center, located at 625 W. Hillcrest Dr. in Thousand Oaks.

    The Federal Bureau of Investigations' Victim Service Division is supporting the recovery of lost items from the scene of the shooting by collecting, cataloging and returning lost items.

    The Thousand Oaks Assistance Center is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Nov. 16, 2018.

    In addition, the FBI and the Ventura County Sheriff's Office requested that anyone who was present during the incident and has not yet been contacted by law enforcement should contact the Ventura County Sheriff's Office at (805)654-7620 or crime.analysis@ventura.org.



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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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    White House chief of staff John Kelly may soon depart the Trump administration amid an array of conflicts, seven people familiar with the discussions told NBC News.

    Among those being considered to replace Kelly is Nick Ayers, chief of staff for Vice President Mike Pence, three of the people said. Kelly is Trump's second chief of staff, joining the White House after serving as secretary of Homeland Security.

    Kelly's tenure has been clouded in controversy and disagreements with Trump and aides. He recently clashed with national security adviser John Bolton over how Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is doing on border security. Nielsen, a close confidante of Kelly's, is expected to leave her job as soon as this week, two sources told The Associated Press.

    Kelly has also gotten into disputes with first lady Melania Trump over staffing issues and travel requests. The first lady raised concerns about Kelly denying her staff promotions with her husband during the height of the controversy over his alleged affair with porn actress Stormy Daniels, according to two White House officials.

    The White House declined to comment for this story.



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    This Oct. 11, 2018, file photos shows White House chief of staff John Kelly attend a human trafficking meeting in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C.This Oct. 11, 2018, file photos shows White House chief of staff John Kelly attend a human trafficking meeting in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C.

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    Fire re-ignited at an apartment complex in one of the areas hardest hit by the Woolsey Fire, leading to the thunderous partial collapse of the building as firefighters battled the flames.

    No injuries were reported in the wall collapse at a multi-story building on Kanan Dume Road in Malibu. Firefighters can be heard yelling, "Watch out" as part of the apartment crashed down.

    The Woolsey Fire, which began Thursday in eastern Ventura County, has burned about 93,700 acres and was 30 percent contained. Full containment is not expected until Thursday, Cal Fire said.

    About 57,000 buildings remain under threat.

    The continuing danger prompted Los Angeles County officials to re-issue a warning to residents in evacuated areas to stay away until conditions are deemed safe. While some evacuation orders for county communities remained in effect, all mandatory evacuation orders for the City of Los Angeles were lifted as of Monday night, authorities said.

    "Although it may appear that fire threats have passed in some communities, officials warned that the situation remains unstable and can shift dangerously with changes in wind patterns and other unpredictable factors," the advisory noted.

    Santa Ana winds were expected to continue. Winds of 25 to 35 mph were forecast to blow today with gusts of 40 to 45 mph. Those wind speeds are likely to drop to 25 to 30 mph Tuesday night into Wednesday with gusts to 40 mph.



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    Part of an apartment collapse as firefighters battled flames Monday Nov. 12, 2018.Part of an apartment collapse as firefighters battled flames Monday Nov. 12, 2018.

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    Bigfoot Rapids will transform into Calico River Rapids, complete with animatronics and "themed show scenes."

    Photo Credit: Knott's Berry Farm

    Bigfoot Rapids at Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park will undergo a full-scale renovation, transforming into Calico River Rapids in time for the summer of 2019. The opening date is still TBD.Bigfoot Rapids at Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park will undergo a full-scale renovation, transforming into Calico River Rapids in time for the summer of 2019. The opening date is still TBD.

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    Do you find yourself sitting in front of a computer, at length, on the morning of Black Friday?

    We're not going to ask what's on the screen you're scanning. We're not going to inquire about the deals you're pondering or the sites that have the super-duper deals.

    Instead, we're politely curious about the following query: What's on your lap?

    If your lap is curiously uncuddly, and your larger existence could use a dose of licky, snuggly lovebug-a-tude, then consider turning the morning of Friday, Nov. 23 into a different sort of search: For your new best pal, the patootie that will soon take up nearly round-the-clock residence on your lap.

    Best Friends Animal Society not only can help with that plan, but wants to, and this is how it'll go, Black Fridayers: Be one of the first 100 people to adopt at the Best Friends Pet Adoption Center and you'll adopt a wet-nosed, whisker-soft sweetie for ten dollars.

    "All pets" at Best Friends may be considered for the $10 Nov. 23 adoption while "select pets" will be available under this program at the NKLA Pet Adoption Center.

    Spayed or neutered, microchipped, and vaccinated? Yes, yes, and yes: The pet you fall noggin over toesies for will be ready to go home with you, on all fronts. And that's all included in the $10 fee.

    A big, big bonus: When your poppet accompanies you home, you're freeing up space in the shelter for another animal that needs it.

    Doubly sweet.

    Like so many Black Friday events, this one starts early. Make that very early: Adoptions open at 6 in the morning on the 23rd.

    Surely that is an hour you've occasionally embraced, if you've lived with an energetic kitten or yard-loving pup in the past?

    Wakey-wakey, come Black Friday, and find that lapdog, or lapcat, before settling down to peruse the savings on your screen. 

    The hashtag for all of this happy-making goodness? #Holiday100



    Photo Credit: Best Friends Animal Society

    Be one of the first 100 adopters on Friday, Nov. 23 at the Best Friends Pet Adoption Center and the NKLA Pet Adoption Center and your fee will be $10.Be one of the first 100 adopters on Friday, Nov. 23 at the Best Friends Pet Adoption Center and the NKLA Pet Adoption Center and your fee will be $10.

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    A hit-and-run crash killed a father as he was driving his pregnant wife to the hospital to give birth to the couple's third child in Menifee Monday. Soon after, a baby girl was born without a father, and the family is devastated and desperate for justice.

    Ricky Sandoval, 22, of Hemet lost his life in the crash, and his 23-year-old wife, Alyssa, was taken from the scene of the crash to a nearby hospital. Soon after, a baby girl entered the world as a fatherless child.

    "It's like a nightmare for me," Norma Sandoval, Ricky's mother says. "I wish I just woke up and I was living in a dream."

    The family of the victim, understandably, is distraught that a moment of joy has turned into incomprehensible grief.

    Riverside County Sheriff's investigators say that the couple was driving west on Highway 74 towards the hospital early Monday morning when their Lexus was struck by a Toyota truck traveling north on Menifee Road.

    Deputies say the driver of the truck and a passenger ran from the scene of the crash, but two girls, 15 and 17, were left behind injured inside the truck.

    "Maybe they could have saved him," Gabriel Sandoval, Ricky's father, wonders as he attempts to understand what type of people would leave injured people and run away.

    The grieving father considers the possibility of the truck exploding with the two injured girls left behind.

    Ricky's car ended up in a ditch upside down, and sadly, he didn't survive. Alyssa was badly injured and was hanging by her seat belt until paramedics rescued her and took the pregnant wife to the hospital. There, the new widow gave birth to Daisy Ricky, named in memory of her recently deceased father.

    "What's going to hurt me the most is seeing my granddaughters without a dad and seeing my daughter-in-law without a husband," Norma Sandoval says as she weeps.

    Investigators are not saying whether they know the identity of the driver and simply cannot locate the driver, but they are asking any witnesses or anyone with information to come forward and help a family find justice.

    The family has set up a GoFundMe. If you would like to donate to a GoFundMe, you may do so here. Note that GoFundMe deducts a percentage of all funds raised in the form of platform and payment processing charges. 



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    Ricky Sandoval, who was killed in a hit-and-run crash, with his wife and two daughters.Ricky Sandoval, who was killed in a hit-and-run crash, with his wife and two daughters.

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    Mourners gathered Tuesday to mourn the loss of the 12 victims of the Borderline Bar & Grill shooting. They came out to a growing memorial, each victim's name and picture on a cross.

    Blake Dingman's parents Dan and Lorrie came out for the first time only to see more of the support they've experienced since losing their son last week.

    "He was just a happy kid, always had a smile on his face," said Lorrie. "It's bringing us joy that as people come up to us and talk about Blake. Everyone says the same thing. He was a good kid. He was a good kid."

    Blake was inside the Borderline Wednesday night with friends, some of the same friends that have now encircled his grieving family. "We're so thankful for the outpouring from all of his friends," she said. "We've had you know, 50 kids at a time at our house just hanging out, loving on us, supporting us, coming by to give me a hug because that's what I'm going to miss from my son."

    Lorrie's latest Facebook post is a testament to the yearning for her son's touch as she wrote: "I would do anything to have one more hug."

    For Blake's parents, they credit their surrounding support system. "Community, friends, family," Dan said. "It helps but it's not going to change anything."

    Their surviving son Aiden left a hand-written message on Blake's white cross: "You are the definition of the perfect big brother. I love you and miss you."

    "Blake was his hero," Lorrie said. "They fought like brothers do but they loved each other.

    "I have confidence I will see him again and I have that peace because I know he's with Jesus and that brings me peace."


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    Mourners gather to remember Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018 the victims of the shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks.Mourners gather to remember Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018 the victims of the shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks.

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