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- 11/17/18--18:31: Lakers' Defense Disappears in Orlando
- 11/18/18--06:13: Descanso's 'Enchanted' Forest to Cast a Spell
- 11/18/18--13:52: Fla. Sen. Nelson Concedes Senate Race to Gov. Scott
- 11/18/18--06:45: New Election Map: Ohio, Colorado No Longer Swing States
- 11/18/18--07:08: LeBron James Addresses Those Carmelo Anthony to Lakers Rumors
- 11/18/18--08:49: Trump Says He Won't Sit for Interview in Mueller Probe
- 11/18/18--16:30: Upcoming Rain to Cause Mudslide Risk in Burn Areas
- 11/18/18--14:58: Suspects Arrested in Connection to Fontana Father's Killing
- 11/18/18--14:40: LAUSD to Make It Easier for Parents to Volunteer at Schools
- 11/18/18--18:42: Nearly 100,000 Pounds of Beef Recalled Ahead of Thanksgiving
- 11/18/18--18:02: Brenda Snipes to Resign as Broward County Elections Chief
- 11/19/18--05:08: California's Deadly, Destructive Camp Fire by the Numbers
- 11/19/18--07:49: Watch: Sergeant Reunites Mom With Bear Cub Trapped in Bin
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Now you see it, now you don't.
The Lakers' defense disappeared in Florida as Los Angeles lost to the Orlando Magic, 130-117, on Saturday night at the Amway Center.
After an inspirational start put the Lakers in front by eight points, Orlando went on a 10-1 run to start the second quarter and never looked back.
The Lakers came out flat to start the second half, and trailed by 21 points in the third quarter before ultimately waving the white flag, and inserting their bench for the better part of the fourth quarter.
LeBron James led the Lakers with 22 points in the loss. As a team, Los Angeles had 14 turnovers.
D.J. Augustin destroyed the Lakers with 22 points and seven assists. Nikola Vucevic scored 36 points and grabbed 13 rebounds.
Six different players scored in double figures for the Magic as they scored a season-high 130 points.
The 130 points were also the most allowed by the Lakers in regulation this season. They allowed 143 points in an overtime loss to the Spurs in San Antonio.
Lakers first round draft selection (No. 25 overall) Moritz Wagner out of Michigan made his NBA debut late in the fourth quarter.
Please refresh this page for more updates, stats, and player reactions…
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Orlando Magic forward Jonathan Isaac (1) blocks Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee (7) shot as center Mo Bamba also defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Willie J. Allen Jr.)
When there's a big event, running over multiple nights, that we know will be popular, and potentially sell out, we generally make a move to purchase a ticket, and then, on the night in question, arrive at the location in a timely manner.
And yet? Those traditional preparations, while totally sensible and recommended, don't feel totally complete when it comes to Enchanted: Forest of Light at Descanso Gardens in La Cañada Flintridge.
Yes, a ticket is required, as is getting to the historic and nature-filled destination.
But Enchanted has proven over the last couple of years to be so, well, enchanting, that a fairy tale-loving person almost feels as though saying a sweet spell is required before entering, or the wearing of a magical amulet.
After all, you'll be entering a "forest" of sorts, and walking among the towering trees and beautiful shrubbery of the scenic spread.
But tulips will glow, and change colors, and "spinning polyhedral installations" from HYBYCOZO will play with shadow and light, and the Lightwave Lake show is indeed located at the property's pretty lake.
Look also for neon benches — they're new — and other cool displays that shimmer with all sorts of hues. That the displays fold neatly into their wilder surroundings is a further melding of art and nature and nighttime, a triumverate that feels both powerful and memorable.
And even rare.
For when did you last step into an "Enchanted" forest, after the sun set, for a walk full of wondrous sights and bright beauty? Don that amulet and speak the sweet spell, for the well-liked Descanso Gardens event will open on Sunday, Nov. 18.
But don't let the spell be broken: The experience will glimmer away after Jan. 6, 2019.
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The beautiful and ethereal illumination event returns, with new features, to La Cañada Flintridge, beginning on Nov. 18, 2018.
Sen. Bill Nelson has conceded the U.S. Senate race in Florida to outgoing Republican Gov. Rick Scott, according to a statement released by the Governor's office.
"I just spoke with Senator Bill Nelson, who graciously conceded and I thanked him for his years of public service," said Scott in a statement released Sunday afternoon.
"Things worked out a little differently than Grace and I had hoped," said Nelson in a statement Sunday afternoon. "But let me say I, by no measure, feel defeated. I had the privilege of serving the people of Florida and our country for most of my life."
According to NBC News, Rick Scott is the apparent winner for the Florida Senate seat.
In numbers updated Sunday by the Secretary of State's office, Florida Gov. Rick Scott edged out Sen. Bill Nelson in the race for U.S. Senate by a difference of 10,033 votes.
Following a manual recount that was ordered last week for the U.S. Senate seat and the seat for Florida Commissioner of Agriculture, the Secretary of State released the completed machine and manual recount numbers.
Scott had 50.05% of the vote with 4,099,505 votes. Nelson had 49.93% of the vote with 4,089,472 votes.
"Now the campaign is truly behind us, and that's where we need to leave it," said Scott in a statement. "We must do what Americans have always done: come together for the good of our state and our country."
In the seat for Commissioner of Agriculture, Nikki Fried had a 6,753 vote lead over Republican Matt Caldwell. Fried had 50.04% of the vote with 4,032,954 votes, while Republican Matt Caldwell had 49.96% of the vote with 4,026,201 votes.
Sen. Bill Nelson is expected to make a statement Sunday at 3 p.m. following the release of the official returns.
The votes are scheduled to be certified by the state at 9 a.m. Tuesday.
Broward County submitted their electoral returns to the state Sunday morning.
The deadline for all 67 counties to submit their official results to the Secretary of State was noon on Sunday.
The remaining races that were being recounted manually are for the U.S. Senate seat between outgoing Florida Gov. Rick Scott and incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, as well as the Florida Commissioner of Agriculture race between Democrat Nikki Fried and Republican Matt Caldwell.
Miami-Dade submitted their results on Friday.
Broward's canvassing board sent the initial unofficial machine-counted results for Sunday’s noon deadline.
On Saturday, the Broward elections office announced that they had misplaced 2,040 ballots, causing a discrepancy between the initial unofficial returns reported to the state and the subsequent machine recount.
Dr. Brenda Snipes, the Supervisor of Elections, made the announcement about the missing ballots on Saturday and made it clear that they were in the building.
“When we assigned baskets of ballots to individuals who worked at the machines, they worked on the page ones, they scanned the page ones, and if there was an error message in the system, they may have taken those ballots and put them in the wrong tray,” said Snipes. “I really want to go on record that the votes are in the building.”
Snipes has been under heavy scrutiny over the way her office has handled the 2018 election and subsequent recount. Broward County’s machine recount results were not used in a final tally because they were turned in two minutes after the 3 p.m. Thursday deadline.
Issues continued on Sunday for Broward County, though. There were issues with the general election numbers submitted to the canvassing board from the supervisor of elections. The judges on the canvassing board caught the mistake and corrected it for the official report.
The documents amended by the canvassing board reflect all votes cast in the general election.
Florida’s gubernatorial race was not subject to the manual recount. But on Saturday, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum conceded in the election to Republican Ron DeSantis.
Gillum, the Democratic candidate, made the statement in a post on Twitter that came two days after the machine recount results showed DeSantis maintained his lead and the margin between both candidates was not enough to trigger a manual recount.
Recount results will include overseas and military votes submitted since Election Day. Ballots for those votes had to be postmarked or signed and dated no later than the date of the election. Also included in the results of the manual recount, are ballots from anyone who fixed a signature mismatch by the Saturday deadline, and a base count of votes.
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Sen Bill Nelson and Gov. Rick Scott.
The 2018 midterms remade Congress for the next two years, but they also hinted at a changing electoral map for the next presidential race. Broad gaps in exit poll numbers combined with the results for Nov. 6 suggest that the battleground states of 2020 may look a bit different than they did in the 2016 campaign, NBC News reported.
Three numbers jump out of the national House exit poll data: The Republican edge with white voters, the growing Democratic advantage with voters who hold a bachelor's degree and the consistent Democratic lean among Hispanics.
Ohio had two Republican-held competitive House seats in 2018 - one "tossup" and one "lean Republican" according to the Cook Political Report - and both wound up going for the Republican candidate fairly comfortably. And in the state's gubernatorial race, an open seat to replace Republican John Kasich, the GOP's Mike DeWine won in a race that, again, was forecasted as a tossup.
With a population that is 79 percent white, non-Hispanic, Ohio stands far above the national average of about 61 percent. The percentage of people with a bachelor's degree, about 27 percent, is three points below the national average. And the Hispanic population, about 4 percent, is 14 points below the national figure. In short, on the factors that mattered in the exit polls, Ohio looks Republican. So much so, that the perpetual battleground seems less and less likely to be in play in 2020.
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This file photo shows a poll worker in Laguna Beach, California, on Nov. 6, 2018.
Could Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James join forces in LaLaLand?
The possibility of a Banana Boat reunion between the two longtime friends seems to be growing stronger by the day, as Anthony looks for an amicable resolution to his short stint with the Houston Rockets.
The Rockets announced earlier in the week that their "Anthony Experiment" had reached its expiration date, and the 34-year-old forward would not be a part of the team moving forward.
Despite the fact that the Rockets have yet to release Anthony, rumors are still running rampant that ten-time All-Star could join a contender like the Lakers, Warriors, or Sixers, by Christmas.
Anthony could be waived or released immediately, but he can't be traded until after the Dec. 15th trade restriction deadline, so its conceivable the Rockets will wait until then to see if they can get an asset in return for the third overall pick out of Syracuse.
Anthony has struggled to find a home in recent years. After a rough stretch with the New York Knicks and team President Phil Jackson, Anthony was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder last season. Things didn't work out in OKC, so the Thunder traded Anthony to the Atlanta Hawks, who then bought out his contract, clearing the way for him to sign with another Banana Boat buddy in Chris Paul and the Houston Rockets.
Now that he's burned through one Banana Boat buddy already, Anthony just has two left, and if he doesn't join Dwyane Wade in Miami, then LeBron James seems like the obvious choice.
James reportedly was interested in Anthony joining the Cavaliers last season before he was traded to the Thunder, and was asked about his friend joining the Lakers after the team's loss to the Orlando Magic on Friday night:
"I have no idea," James said. "That's not a question to ask me. Right now we don't even have a roster spot open, but that's not a question for myself."
While James is correct, there currently is not a roster spot available; it would be fairly easy to waive an end-of-the-bench player in order to sign Anthony. Michael Beasley or even Ivica Zubac could be an option in that scenario.
However, adding to the Lakers offense does not appear to be an immediate need. It's defense they're lacking. Once they added a defensive stopper in the middle in Tyson Chandler, the Lakers ran off four straight wins. Adding Anthony would seemingly negate that addition.
Shaquille O'Neal believes that Anthony would be a great fit with LeBron and the Lakers because it would take the pressure off of him, and he could find his "spots" on the court.
However, Anthony is primarily an isolation player that requires the ball in his hands and he creates for himself off the dribble. If the last two reigning NBA MVP's Russell Westbrook, James Harden and a future Hall-of-Fame point guard in Paul, couldn't help Anthony find his "spots," its doubtful James will be able to.
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LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers and Carmelo Anthony #7 of the Houston Rockets stand side-by-side during a game at Staples Center. Anthony is rumored to join the Lakers when he's waived or released by the Rockets.
During an interview with Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday," President Donald Trump seemed to reject the idea of soon sitting with special counsel Robert Mueller for an interview, among multiple other subjects, NBC News reported.
On Mueller, Trump all but shut down the idea that he would sit for an interview with the special counsel, adding that he will soon turn over his answers to written questions to the special counsel "at some point very soon."
Asked if there would be "no interview" with Mueller, Trump said he thought "we've wasted enough time on this witch hunt and the answer is probably, we're finished" after he submits the written answers.
Trump also said acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker is "right" about his criticism of Mueller's investigation and defended his appointment of Whitaker after forcing out Attorney General Jeff Sessions earlier this month.
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President Donald Trump listens to a question during a signing ceremony of the "Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Act," in the Oval Office of the White House, Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Areas of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties that were burned by the Woolsey and Hill Fires are vulnerable to rock and mudslides with rain expected to enter the region on Wednesday, the National Weather Service says.
Wildfires often leave behind terrain that has been cleared of vegetation, which make the areas prone to loose rocks and dirt during a storm. A rainstorm expected to bring between 0.25 and 1 inch of rain is forecast to arrive Wednesday afternoon.
The NWS warns that mud or rockslides may result in major delays for Thanksgiving holiday travelers, particularly on Highway 1 and on canyon roads.
Mudflows resulted in 21 deaths in Santa Barbara County in January when a major rain storm hit areas that had been burned by the Thomas Fire.
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Two suspects have been arrested on suspicion of shooting and killing a Fontana father who had stopped to pick up food for his wife and two children, police say.
Jorge Luis Marquez, known by friends and family as "El Tigre," was found unconscious inside his car outside of his brother's house on Thursday night with a gunshot wound to his arm and torso. He was taken to a nearby hospital where he later died.
The suspects were identified as 26-year-old Christian Vargas and 23-year-old Alejandro Torres.
Fontana police believe the shooting stemmed from an incident that occurred in the parking lot of a local restaurant. The suspects are believed to have followed Marquez, 30, and shot him at the corner of Merrill Ave. and Tamarind Ave. Marquez managed to drive to his brother's house before losing consciousness in the driveway.
"EL Tigre" was a well-known soccer coach who was always smiling and always thinking about his family, according to those who knew him well.
"Tigre left two beautiful kids and his wife and it's not fair that his life was taken away this way," said Maty Lopez, a family friend. "Whatever the reason, nobody has to play god and take a life away."
Los Angeles Unified Superintendent Austin Beutner has created a proposal to make the process of volunteering at local schools easier and cheaper for parents and other members of the community.
The proposal will eliminate the fees that volunteers have to pay for fingerprinting and background checks. It will also expand the numbers of locations to sign up.
Currently, it costs $56 to complete the process to be cleared for volunteering. Under the proposal, paying, the LA Unified District would cover that expense. Beutner says this new proposal will not only help volunteers but also students.
“We want to eliminate costly fees and needless bureaucracy so every family and community member can help us provide every child with a good education,” he said.
LA Unified will also increase the number of locations to sign up from seven to thirteen.
For school board Vice President Nick Melvoin, these are positive steps.
“I have urged the Superintendent to drastically improve this process so that we can encourage, rather than deter, volunteers helping our schools thrive. I am glad that we are taking this first step by waiving fees for fingerprinting and streamlining volunteer policies, and I look forward to continuing in this direction of cutting red tape and promoting partnerships within our school communities,” said Melvoin.
This proposal is part of ongoing efforts by L.A. Unified to eliminate barriers between schools and the community. L.A. Unified continues conducting surveys and anything they can to improve education and serve their students as best as they can.
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Más de 16,000 alumnos del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Los Ángeles (LAUSD) no tienen hogar, hecho que les impide superarse académicamente.
Swift Beef Company is recalling approximately 99,260 pounds of raw ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli, the U.S Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Saturday.
The problem was discovered on Nov. 15, 2018 when the FSIS visited Swift Beef Company in response to a sample collected at a further processing establishment that was later confirmed positive E. coli O157:H7.
The affected products that were recalled on Nov.16 were shipped to retail distributors for further processing and for use in locations in California, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. They also bear the establishment number “EST. 628” inside the USDA mark of inspection.
The ground beef products were produced on Oct. 24, 2018 and on the ones being recalled are the followings:
• 2,000 lb. - bulk pallets of Swift Ground Beef 81/19 (81% lean) Fine Grind Combo bearing product code 42982.
• 8-10 lb. - plastic wrapped chubs of “blue ribbon BEEF” Ground Beef 81/19 (81% lean) Coarse Grind bearing product code 42410.
• 8-10 lb. - plastic wrapped chubs of “blue ribbon BEEF” Ground Beef 93/07 (93% lean) Coarse Grind bearing product code 42413.
• 8-10 lb. - plastic wrapped chubs of “blue ribbon BEEF” Ground Beef 85/15 (85% lean) Coarse Grind bearing product code 42415.
• 8-10 lb. - plastic wrapped chubs of “blue ribbon BEEF” Ground Beef 73/27 (73% lean) Coarse Grind bearing product code 42510.
Although there have not been reports of adverse reactions on the consumption of these products yet, anyone concerned should contact a healthcare provider.
FSIS advices all consumers to safely prepare their raw meat products, including fresh and frozen.
Below is a list of contact information consumers can access to ask any questions:
• JBS USA Consumer Hotline at (800) 727-2333
• Ask questions to “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov
• The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline
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SAN FRANCISCO - JUNE 24: Carlos Vasquez monitors ground beef as it passes through a machine that makes hamburger patties at a meat packing and distribution facility June 24, 2008 in San Francisco, California. Livestock owners are experiencing a sharp increase in the price of corn-based animal feed as corn and soybean prices skyrocket due to an estimated 2 million acres of crop damage from the recent Midwest flooding and the continually rising fuel costs. Due to the increase in feed costs, consumers which will get hit in the wallet as prices of meat, dairy and eggs are expected to increase sharply. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Brenda Snipes has submitted her resignation as the Broward County supervisor of elections.
A representative of Snipes confirmed the news to NBC 6 on Sunday.
Snipes became the Broward County supervisor of elections in 2003 after the calamitous issues in the 2000 election.
Snipes faced heavy scrutiny over Broward's election and recount process in the recent 2018 midterm contest.
Snipes was appointed to serve out a term in the role by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and she has won re-elections ever since. She was re-elected despite some controversies along the way.
In 2004, Snipes said 58,000 absentee ballots in heavily Democratic Broward County were lost – a detriment to the campaign of John Kerry's campaign.
The history is mixed as the 2008 and 2010 elections had no issues.
In 2016, however, her office illegally destroyed 6,000 ballots after they were counted but a judge ordered them to be preserved.
In 2018, her office sent out a sample ballot that did not resemble the real ballot used on Election Day. The ballot arguably made it difficult to locate the U.S. Senate race on the ballot to cast a vote.
Lastly, Snipes' office submitted the results of a machine recount two minutes past the deadline and also lost over 2,000 ballots for the 2018 midterm.
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In this Nov. 10, 2018, file photo, Dr. Brenda Snipes, Broward County Supervisor of Elections, looks on during a canvassing board meeting in Lauderhill, Florida. Three close midterm election races for governor, senator, and agriculture commissioner are expected to be recounted in Florida.
In a matter of days, a massive blaze raging in Northern California became the most destructive and deadliest wildfire on record in state history.
Ferocious, wind-whipped flames from the Camp Fire burning in Butte County have wiped out thousands of homes and left dozens of people dead since igniting on the morning of Nov. 8.
Scroll down to find a breakdown of the historic wildfire by the numbers, as reported by Cal Fire and the Butte County Sheriff's Department.
Injuries, Fatalities and Missing:
Civilian fatalities: 77
Civilian injuries: 0
Unaccounted for: 993
Firefighter fatalities: 0
Firefighter injuries: 3
Land burned: 151,000 acres
Containment: 66 percent
Structures Damaged and Destroyed:
Single residences destroyed: 11,713
Single residences damaged: 380
Multiple residences destroyed: 277
Commercial buildings destroyed: 472
Commercial buildings damaged: 96
Minor structures destroyed: 3,388
Structures threatened: 14,500
Total personnel: 5,332
Fire engines: 597
Water tenders: 65
Hand crews: 100
Important Dates and Times:
Fire start time: 6:29 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8
Full containment expected: Friday, Nov. 30
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Power lines rest on cars that were burned by the Camp Fire on November 10, 2018 in Paradise, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
U.S. Customs and Border Protection temporarily shut down northbound traffic into the United States at the San Ysidro Port of Entry Monday as crews worked to secure the border crossing to prepare for the arrival of a caravan of migrants from Central America.
The agency said the closures were needed to install "additional port hardening materials" in preparation for the migrant caravan "and the potential safety and security risk that it could cause."
About 10 lanes were reopened several hours after the closure was instated.
Pedestrian lanes into the U.S. at the San Ysidro Pedestrian East facility were also closed Monday, but lanes for foot traffic at the Pedestrian West facility crossing were open, CBP said.
Southbound lanes were not affected.
San Ysidro is the border’s busiest crossing, with about 110,000 people entering the U.S. every day. That traffic includes some 40,000 vehicles, 34,000 pedestrians and 150 to 200 buses.
More than 1,100 Marines have been deployed to assist CBP with Operation Secure Line, a "border hardening" mission meant to prepare the area’s infrastructure for the arrival of thousands of people among the migrant caravan seeking asylum in the United States.
CBP said the Marines' specific duties include installing barbed wire to make walls less scalable, and reinforcing construction areas so that people could not cross into them.
Pieces of barbed wire, concrete roadblocks and rebar are being used to create reinforced barriers that can be used to block lanes at the San Ysidro and Otay Mesa ports of entry.
Thousands more troops from other branches have also deployed to the border to assist in other ways. For example, Army Military Police are there to protect the Marines who are not armed and are prohibited from enforcing the law. The Department of Defense insisted last week that the troops were sent there to help CBP and nothing else.
Analysts and the Pentagon estimate that the entire deployment operation could cost $200 million.
"My place is not to think about fiscal restraint, that’s for Congress. We’ve been asked to do a job and that’s what we’re here to do," Army Captain Guster Cunningham said.
In October, President Donald Trump threatened to close the southern border to address the caravan if the situation worsened. Since the arrival of the first troops at the border, CBP has acknowledged that option is still on the table.
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US Department of Defence personnel installs barriers requested by Custom and Border Protection at the San Ysidro port of entry, San Diego, US, under the Operation Secure Line anticipating the arrival of Central American migrants heading towards the border, as seen from the Mexican side of the border in Tijuana, Mexico, on November 13, 2018.
A Northern California police sergeant couldn't help but chuckle to himself when he arrived at this scene.
Callers in Truckee, about 100 miles northeast of Sacramento, reported a bear trying to free her cub from a trash bin. The unfortunate cub was likely foraging for food when the lid slammed shut, trapping the cub inside.
Video from Sgt. John Mon Pere's body camera shows the cub's mother watching closely from atop a rocky hillside as he arrived to help.
"You're pretty," he called to the mama bear. "We're going to help baby get out."
The sergeant climbed on another container and can be heard offering a few comforting words to the cub before heaving open the lid.
"All right, remember, I'm a friend."
The cub climbed out and scampered up the hillside to join its mother, taking a moment for one glance back in the sergeant's direction.
It was the second time in three weeks that that the department reunited a mother bear and her cub. In October, Truckee officers freed another cub who was trapped in a locked truck.
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A sergeant frees a bear trapped Nov. 16, 2018 in a trash bin in Truckee, California.
A former Ohio judge convicted of assaulting his estranged wife in 2014 was taken into custody last week after she was found dead, NBC News reported.
Lance Mason served nine months for the assault on Aisha Fraser, which took place in front of their children, according to NBC affiliate WKYC. After his release, Mason was hired to serve in Cleveland's government, but he was fired Saturday after his arrest.
Police in Shaker Heights, Ohio, didn't immediately give details about Fraser's death but called it a "terrible tragedy."
Fraser was a teacher for two decades and an uncle said in a statement that "Heaven just got a magnificent angel," according to WKYC.
Anyone affected by domestic violence can receive help, advice, information or crisis intervention by calling the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 or visiting the website thehotline.org.
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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.
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NASA's Terra satellite captured this image of the Woolsey Fire burn scar Nov. 14, 2018 in Ventura and Los Angeles counties. The red areas near Thousand Oaks and south to Malibu indicate the burn area. The brighter red spot between Oxnard and Thousand Oaks denotes an area of active fire.
A community organized an "Epic Lemonade Stand" to raise money to help victims of all the tragedies that have occurred in the last few days. Kids, mostly from schools all around Thousand Oaks, came together and helped.
Thousands of dollars in donations were collected in just the first hour Friday.
But Shannon Atkins, the Epic Lemonade Stand organizer didn't think that the stand was going to be so successful.
"Well, we were pretending it was 'epic' and then it kind of turned epic on its own a little bit because I think the community really needs something to do right now," said Atkins.
All the money collected will be going to the Ventura County Community Foundation and half and half to Borderline victims' families and fire victims.
But seeing the young faces understanding adult problems is just one example of how the community is connecting with the victims.
"I hope all the people that are in the world that lost their homes get repairs quick," said Brantlyn Kitzman, a little girl at the lemonade stand.
Another girl said that it's really hard to see all these things happening in such short amount of time.
But beyond the people at the lemonade stand, there are others that are coming together to help and support in different ways.
Songwriter Paige Peel wrote a song to support the Borderline victims' families.
"I feel like I was blessed with these words," Peel said. "I was just lucky enough to sing the song."
Others, have created a Facebook page to connect with other survivors. It's like they're members of a club they never wanted to join.
"Because it's better to be connected together than to be alone, because when you're alone you go to the dark place and think of the all the negative."
Members of the community just want to help each other. Whether through lemonade and sweets, social media or music.
"We are one community; we are so strong together," said Peel.
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Epic Lemonade stand raised money for Borderline and fire victims.
Two people died early Monday in a house fire in San Bernardino.
The fire at the two-story house was reported at about 2 a.m. in the 3600 block of North Arrowhead Avenue.
Firefighters, who faced thick smoke inside the home, found a man dead in the residence. A second man found in the home later died at a hospital.
"Firefighters in the midst of that rescue faced high heat, zero visibility -- we did have a roof collapse from an AC structure that fell through the roof," said Christopher Prater, of the San Bernardino County Fire Department.
The fire was knocked down in about one hour.
Firefighters have not determined a cause.
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Fire burns a San Bernardino home Monday Nov. 19, 2018.
Thanksgiving is often portrayed as one of the easiest-going-est of holidays, at least after the dinner prep is done, and the kitchen is clean, and you've found a couch to nap upon, if you've finished your tidy-up chores (or pushed them to later).
But the days before the Holiday o' Gratitude? Quite rushed. Very hurried. Brimming with bustle, and gotta-get-it-done-ness.
There is a way, via the screen in your hand or the one on your desk, to take a brief respite, and a lovely nature vacation, at least for a few minutes, all while getting to know an especially gorgeous and wild section of Orange County.
It's the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks we're talking about here,"OC's only National Natural Landmark," a verdant and glorious spread of earth that sees "... a substantial increase in bird activity due to seasonal migrations."
Described as "a naturally occurring bottleneck" between the Pacific and Santa Ana Mountains, the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks area serves as a spectacular stop spot for over 150 species of migratory birds.
How to "awww" over such avian grandeur, during one of the busiest weeks of the year?
It's easy: Check out one of the social media for Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks, for a full-on Virtual Bird Watching event will flutter through, over 24 photo-filled hours, from 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 20 through 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 21.
Information on the various birds posted, as well as links to programs at the Landmarks, should you want to visit in person soon, will also be part of the nature-cool virtual takeover.
Birds aren't known for using the internet, no. But bird lovers can savor snapshots of some of the exquisite migratory birds that pass through, or settle for awhile, at this awesome Orange County spread.
That people from all over can enjoy the Virtual Bird Watching, all while standing in line at the grocery store to buy canned yams or setting the table or running a hundred different errands, is worth, um, tweeting about.
Photo Credit: 2010 Stephen Francis Photography
Visit the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks social pages and admire oodles of migratory birds.
Turkey Trots: If it has been a full year since you dressed up as a pecan pie or gravy boat and trotted in a Thanksgiving morning run or walk, well... That makes sense. For Turkey Trots only come around but once a calendar, and they're gobble-gobble-ing back into several Southern California spots, with fundraising and fun at the center of their holiday-loving hearts, on Nov. 22. Trot for City Hall in DTLA for Turkey Trot Los Angeles, or the longtime Long Beach trot, or the Rose Bowl, the Burbank YMCA trot, or Dana Point ("Run the Race Before You Stuff Your Face!), or the trot at Yorba Regional Park.
Thanksgiving Stuffing volunteer event: Nope, you won't be partaking in stuffing, as in the bready holiday side, but you will be stuffing bags full of good food for thousands of "hungry and grateful people," helping out our Southern California neighbors. The annual day-before-Thanksgiving give-back gathering draws hundreds of people ready to pitch in, listen to live bluegrass music, and nosh upon the provided breakfast foods. Can't make the Wednesday morning, Nov. 21 to-do? You can always donate, oh yeah.
Seasonal Ice Rinks for the Holiday: There are many ovals and squares seen on the Thanksgiving table — think of the ceramic baking dish that holds the mashed potatoes or the pan of pumpkin brownies your cousin bakes — but there are also larger ovals and squares that pop up around this time of year, too. These are the outdoor ice rinks, and there are a few open, and they'll be open on Thanksgiving Day. Check out the hours, and tickets, for 2018 Holiday Ice Rink Pershing Square presented by Bai, LA Kings Holiday Ice, or Ice at Santa Monica now.
Moonlight Forest at the Arboretum: Seeking a splendid, post-sundown stroll for you and your whole caboodle of visiting relatives, post-turkey? Alight upon a ticket for this light-filled extravaganza in Arcadia. Wondrous dragons, panda bears, and other amazing scenes created with glow and whimsy fill out the after-dark event, which sparkles through Jan. 6. These cool creations? They were created by "skilled artisans from China's Sichuan province," so don't miss this chance to see the lit artworks in person.
LA Zoo Lights: This annual illuminated super-dazzle just opened for another sparkly stretch, meaning that if you catch it this week, you'll be one of the first people to see the 2018 displays. In the hustle and hubbub of the holiday, step outside and into a world of "giant animated snowflakes, a disco ball forest, a whimsical herd of animated elephants, and a twinkling tunnel filled with dynamic swirls of color." A ticket? Find it here. The final date? Go Griffith Park before Jan. 6, 2019.
Photo Credit: Justin Rudd
Some 3,000 participants are expected at the 2018 Long Beach Turkey Trot. Don your best turkey togs and make for 1 Granada Ave. on Nov. 22.