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    Mark Zuckerberg and his deputy, Sheryl Sandberg, believe Facebook's negative image comes from bungled public relations strategy and sensational media coverage, not structural or philosophical issues, six sources at the company told NBC News.

    Facebook is facing challenges from consumer organizations, politicians and journalists. A recent New York Times report found it had a "delay, deny and deflect" strategy for dealing with problems related to Russia-based disinformation efforts, and Zuckerberg and Sandberg publicly blamed the company's communications team for a controversial PR move highlighted in the report.

    Internally, members of the communications team feel they've been thrown under the bus, with one source calling the move "total arrogance."

    A Facebook spokesperson told NBC News the leadership "takes full responsibility for the issues we're facing. ... No matter where people sit at Facebook, everyone wants to move forward — and that's our plan."



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    In this May 24, 2018, file photo Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg listens during the Viva Technology conference in Paris.In this May 24, 2018, file photo Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg listens during the Viva Technology conference in Paris.

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    A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputy who worked as a sex crimes investigator has been arrested on suspicion of rape by force involving a teen girl.

    Neil Kimball, 45, was arrested Friday and was being held on $2 million bail, according to booking records. He was also accused of witness tampering.

    Both allegations are felonies, authorities said.

    The LA County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement the tip that led to the arrest came from a member of the public. The accused deputy was relieved of duty without pay.

    "When investigators became aware of the alleged criminal misconduct, they immediately initiated an internal investigation," the department said in a statement. "The alleged conduct occurred during the scope of the employee’s assignment with the department's Special Victims Bureau. ICIB investigators determined that the alleged crime occurred in the County of Ventura and reached out to the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office to assist them with the case."

    It was not immediately clear whether Kimball has an attorney. 



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    A Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department patch is pictured in this file photo.A Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department patch is pictured in this file photo.

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    Sixteen Democrats on Monday released a letter announcing their opposition to electing Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., speaker of the House, presenting her a narrow path to reclaiming the speaker’s gavel in the next Congress.

    The letter is the first concrete expression of opposition from current Democratic lawmakers and incoming members of Congress since the party won control of the House in the midterm elections, NBC News reported.

    Pelosi has been aggressively campaigning for the speakership amid opposition from a small but vocal group of incumbents within her own party who have long advocated for new leadership and several incoming members who won election pledging they would oppose her as speaker.



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    FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2018, file photo. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., speaks during her weekly news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington.FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2018, file photo. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., speaks during her weekly news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington.

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    A Dallas real estate agent is in hospice care in El Paso after allegedly suffering severe brain damage from complications she experienced during anesthesia ahead of cosmetic surgeries at a clinic in Juarez, Mexico, according to the woman's family.

    Laura Avila, 36, is now breathing on her own, according to family, but has been given little hope of making a substantial recovery.

    Her sister Angie Avila said Laura went in for several planned procedures, including a nose job, at the Rino Clinic in Juarez on Oct. 30. Before surgery began, she suffered a cardiac arrest as a result of the anesthesia.

    "They told her fiancé that she would be ready to be picked up at 4 p.m.,” Angie Avila told Telemundo 48. "He arrived at about 3:30 p.m. and they told him they had not been able to start the surgery because the anesthesia had not worked out yet."

    Angie Avila said Laura was placed in a medically induced coma "to prevent further brain damage" and taken to a local hospital. After six days in an intensive care unit at a Mexico hospital, Avila’s family transferred her across the border to El Paso where she remains on life support with a grim long-term prognosis.

    “[The doctors] said that she is not going to be able to eat by herself, or talk, or walk or even taste food,” said Enrique Cruz, Laura Avila’s fiancé. “She might be able to hear what we’re saying, maybe blink. But as far as being any kind of normal they don’t see her doing that.”

    Her sister said medical staff at hospital in Juarez where Laura Avila was transferred to told the family they believed the anesthesia was administered incorrectly. Angie Avila told Telemundo 48 doctors said the clinic had injected anesthesia in her spine and instead of it flowing down her body, it went into her brain which caused severe swelling.

    “We are hoping people cannot focus on this being a woman getting cosmetic surgery, but rather gross negligence, and the fact that we were very close to possibly losing a person very dear to us,” Angie Avila sad. “So, we ask for kindness and awareness.”

    Angie Avila said her sister had traveled across the border for the procedure because of the discounted cost. She also said Laura doesn't have health insurance and her family started a GoFundMe campaign to help cover Avila’s rising medical expenses.

    Avila’s sister and finance told NBC 5 several Dallas-area hospitals, including UT Southwestern Medical Center, Parkland Memorial Hospital and Baylor Scott & White, have declined to admit Avila as a patient due to her prognosis and because of lack of insurance.

    In the wake of Avila’s failed procedure, authorities in Mexico raided the clinic and have temporarily shut it down. No charges have been filed.

    Avila’s sister told Telemundo 48 the family has hired an attorney in Mexico to assist them in getting Laura’s medical records. Angie Avila said they fear the clinic would alter the information on her records.

    She also accused the clinic of negligence, noting that her sister was left attended in the operating room for several hours after going into cardiac arrest

    "Besides the anesthetist, there were four doctors who did nothing for eight to ten hours," Angie Avila said. "They left her in a room. I do not know if she woke up, I do not know what time she went into cardiac arrest."



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    Laura Avila, 36, is now breathing on her own, according to family members, but has been given little hope of making a substantial recovery.Laura Avila, 36, is now breathing on her own, according to family members, but has been given little hope of making a substantial recovery.

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    The number of buildings destroyed by Southern California's Woolsey Fire stands at 1,500 as firefighters increased containment of the 97,000-acre fire.

    Firefighters continue to mop up and patrol the burn area in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. The fire started Nov. 8 in Ventura County, jumped the 101 Freeway and burned south into parts of Malibu.

    Three deaths were reported in connection with the fire.

    Repopulation of evacuated areas continued through the weekend and containment lines were completed around 94 percent of the scorched area.

    Rain is in the forecast for Wednesday, and the National Weather Service warns there could be mudslides and rock slides. Burn areas are more suceptible to slides because they've been stripped of plants and other vegetation that soak up rain.

    Fall is historically one of the most dangerous times of the year for wildfires in California. Seven of the state's 10-most destructive wildfires occurred in October -- many fueled by monster winds, including Santa Ana gusts. 

    The state's largest wildfire was still burning and threatening buildings in Northern California's Butte County. The Camp Fire has destroyed about 14,500 structures, including 11,700 residences, becoming California's most destructive wildfire on record. It also is the deadliest wildfires on record in California with nearly 80 fatalities reported.



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    A home stands alone, at left, among the devastation left behind by a wildfire Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, in Malibu, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)A home stands alone, at left, among the devastation left behind by a wildfire Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, in Malibu, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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    A lot of the guffaws, chortles, and howls that happen on Thanksgiving?

    They don't necessarily arise from jokes told at the dinner table or warm anecdotes that everyone has heard a dozen times before (though, by all means, tell those anecdotes, if telling them is tradition).

    Rather, mishaps, from a splat of mashed potatoes to, yes, a pie ending up on someone's lap, can summon a truly thigh-slapping, snort-inducing moment.

    As can one of the traditional happenings of Thanksgiving Week in Southern California.

    It's The Three Stooges Big Screen Event, presented by the Alex Film Society at The Alex Theatre in Glendale.

    And if you don't literally roll in the aisles, or slap your thigh in laughter, you can bet you'll be seated among people who are ready to find some fun following the Thanksgiving hubbub.

    So, as is tradition, Larry, Curly, and Moe'll be on the historic venue's silver screen on the Saturday following the holiday. That's Nov. 24 in 2018, and there are two times to choose: 2 in the afternoon and 8 that night.

    A ticket? Seventeen bucks. And while we're not sure how many pies and cans of whipped cream that'll buy, bet'll buy a lot of Stooge-loving smiles if you attend.

    This must-do day o' mirth has become a bright beacon for oodles of laff lovers around SoCal. And there has been a lot of laffing over the years: This is the 21st  go-around for this gleeful gag-o-rama.

    On tap for 2018? "Three for the Showl" is the theme, and you can expect both "Stooges family & cast members" to be in attendance.

    Nyuk-nyuk now, over to The Alex Theatre site, for your ticket and all of the slapsticky stuff you need to nyuk. We mean "know."



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    SoCal's Stooge-iest day of the year is ready to deliver the Post-Thanksgiving laughs, in Glendale, on Saturday, Nov. 24. There are two seatings for this ultra-popular tradition.SoCal's Stooge-iest day of the year is ready to deliver the Post-Thanksgiving laughs, in Glendale, on Saturday, Nov. 24. There are two seatings for this ultra-popular tradition.

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    Former top members of the intelligence community rebuked President Donald Trump on Monday for deriding the retired Navy SEAL who oversaw the 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden as a "Hillary Clinton backer" and suggesting that he should have caught the al Qaeda leader sooner, NBC News reported.

    Responses to Trump's comments about retired Adm. Bill McRaven, who has criticized the president's attacks on the press, poured in Monday from former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former CIA Director John Brennan and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, who said Trump should apologize.

    "This president owes Admiral McRaven and all of the SEALS involved in that operation an apology for what he's saying. He's undermining his position as commander-in-chief. Not only with those that conducted the operation, but with the entire military," Panetta, who served as the U.S. Secretary of Defense under President Barack Obama at the time of the 2011 raid that killed bin Laden, said on MSNBC's "Andrea Mitchell Reports" Monday.



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    In this Aug. 21, 2014, file photo, U.S. Navy Adm. William McRaven addresses the Texas Board of Regents in Austin, Texas.In this Aug. 21, 2014, file photo, U.S. Navy Adm. William McRaven addresses the Texas Board of Regents in Austin, Texas.

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    In the past two weeks, 12 victims were killed in the mass shooting at the Borderline Bar in Thousand Oaks, and hundreds of people lost their homes in the Hill and Woolsey fires. That’s why the Rams decided to honor the victims at Monday’s Football game calling it "LA Together."

    Rams fans, first responders and victims of recent tragedies were on the Rams’ guest list in Monday’s game.

    "This is a 100 percent dedicated to the first responders and to the victims and those affected by the recent tragedies," said Ronalee Zarate-Baayani, Chief Marketing Officer for the LA Rams.

    To make the game more memorable, the coliseum torch will be lit by the son and wife of Ventura County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ron Helus, who was the first officer to enter the Bordeline Bar and was killed by the shooter.

    The Cal Lutheran choir also be paid tribute to Justin Meek, a victim at the Borderline shooting.

    "We have a Cal Lutheran choir singing the national anthem and right behind them will have a couple of hundred folks, first responders and folks from the LA community that will be holding a field level size American flag,” Baayani said.

    Proceeds from a game raffle will benefit the fire and shooting victims and more money will be raised through an online auction, featuring signed game jerseys and specially designed hats that players and coaches wore at the game. 

    Fans will also be receiving rally towels that say "LA Together,” and once inside, they were able to write messages of hope and support on a large banner that will be given to the city of Thousand Oaks.



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    Rams honor tragedies victims on Monday's game calling it Rams honor tragedies victims on Monday's game calling it "LA Together."

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    One person was killed when a vehicle crashed over the side of a road near the San Gabriel Reservoir Monday afternoon, sparking a fire that quickly scorched three acres of brush.

    The crash was reported about 5:20 p.m. near mile marker 23 of San Gabriel Canyon Road in Angeles National Forest about five miles outside the Azusa city limits, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department, which responded to the location.

    The vehicle was reported to have gone 100 feet over the side of the road, a county fire department dispatcher said.

    One person was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the dispatcher, who said the fire was held to about three acres burned.

    The road was closed at mile marker 18, the sheriff's department reported.


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    The 87th annual Hollywood Christmas Parade will make its way through Tinseltown on Sunday, ringing in the holiday season but also bringing with it an array of street restrictions.

    People planning to attend the parade -- which begins with a concert at 5 p.m. Sunday followed by the procession at 6 p.m. -- are being urged to take public transportation to get into Hollywood, given the large crowds and likely shortage of parking.

    Some street closures will begin as early as Saturday morning, so getting in and around Hollywood will be a challenge for motorists whether they are going to the parade or not.

    Parking restrictions will be tightly enforced, with vehicles being cited or impounded. Vehicles that are impounded will be taken to the tow yard at 1015 N. Mansfield Ave.

    The parade, with grand marshal Nancy O'Dell, will travel on a 3.2-mile route beginning at Hollywood Boulevard and Orange Drive, moving east on Hollywood, south on Vine Street and west on Sunset Boulevard back to Orange.

    A rundown of street closures/restrictions follows.

    Beginning at midnight Saturday morning and continuing through 6 a.m.

    Monday:

       -- Hollywood Boulevard between Highland Avenue and Orange Drive

       -- Orange Drive between Hollywood Boulevard and Hawthorn Avenue

       -- Sycamore Avenue between Hollywood and midway to Franklin Avenue

    From 6 a.m. to midnight Sunday:

       -- Hollywood Boulevard between La Brea Avenue and Orange Drive

    From 11 a.m. to midnight Sunday:

       -- Cherokee Avenue between Hollywood Boulevard and Selma Avenue

       -- Hawthorn Avenue between La Brea Avenue and Highland Avenue

       -- Sunset Boulevard between Highland Avenue and La Brea Avenue

       -- De Longpre Avenue between Highland Avenue and La Brea Avenue

       -- Fountain Avenue between Highland Avenue and La Brea Avenue

       -- Lanewood Avenue between La Brea Avenue and Orange Drive

       -- El Cerrito Place between Franklin Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard

       -- Sycamore Avenue between Franklin Avenue and Fountain Avenue

       -- Sycamore Avenue between Franklin Avenue and Hawthorn Avenue

       -- Orange Drive between Franklin Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard

       -- Mansfield Avenue between De Longpre Avenue and Fountain Avenue

    From 1 p.m. to midnight Sunday:

       -- Hollywood Boulevard between Highland Avenue and Vine Street

       -- Vine Street between Hollywood Boulevard and Sunset Boulevard

       -- Sunset Boulevard between Vine Street and Highland Avenue

       -- Franklin Avenue between La Brea Avenue and Highland Avenue

       -- Santa Monica Boulevard between the West Hollywood city limit and Gower Street

       -- Highland Avenue between Franklin Avenue and Sunset Boulevard

       -- La Brea Avenue between Franklin Avenue and Fountain Avenue

       -- Cahuenga Boulevard between Yucca Street and Hollywood Boulevard (West side of street only)

       -- Yucca Street between Gower Street and Argyle Street (North side of street only)

    Hollywood (101) Freeway:

       -- Northbound and southbound off-ramps of Cahuenga Boulevard and Highland Avenue will all be closed from 3 to 10 p.m. Sunday.

    The parade -- presented by Associated Television International in association with The City of Los Angeles -- will take place on Sunday, starting at Hollywood Boulevard and Orange Avenue.



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    HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 28: Santa Claus appears at the 73rd Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade on November 28, 2004 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Santa ClausHOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 28: Santa Claus appears at the 73rd Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade on November 28, 2004 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Santa Claus

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    Malibu’s Jefferson "Zuma Jay" Wagner is now out of the hospital after trying to defend his home from the Woolsey Fire. Patrick Healy reports for the NBC4 News at 5 on Monday, Nov. 19, 2018.



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    Best Monday Night Football Game Ever?

    In the highest scoring game in Monday Night Football history, the Los Angeles Rams outlasted the Kansas City Chiefs, 54-51, at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum.

    The back-and-forth battle between the two 9-1 Titans of the NFL lived up to all the hype and then some. 

    The game was originally scheduled for Mexico City in an international showdown, but the NFL wisely moved the game to Los Angeles after field preparations at the Estadio Azteca were not up to par.

    Two of the top front runners for MVP and the top two in passing yards this season put on a throwing display for the ages. 

    Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes was 33 for 46 for 478 yards with six touchdowns and three interceptions in a losing effort. 

    Jared Goff was just as sharrp, completing 31 of 49 passes for 413 yards and no interceptions, but two fumbles. 

    Los Angeles scored on the opening drive when Goff delivered a dime to Robert Woods in the left corner of the end zone to complete the seven-yard touchdown strike.

    Goff found Josh Reynolds who stepped into the staring lineup for the injured Copper Kupp for the second score of the game.

    Mahones and the Chiefs responded in lightning quick fashion as they completed a 75-yard touchdown drive in just four plays as the sophomore quarterback found Tyreek Hill for a 25-yard reception. 

    After both teams exchanged field goals, Goff fumbled on his own 20-yard-line, handing the Chiefs excellent field position and a chance to take the lead.

    One play later, Mahones found running back Kareem Hunt on a screen pass that the Ohio native took to the house for a 17-16 Kansas City lead. 

    The Rams got a game-changing turnover of their own a few minutes later when reigning defensive player of the year, Aaron Donald, recorded a strip sack on Mahomes that was recovered by linebacker Samson Ebukam who ran it to the house for the defensive touchdown. 

    If once wasn't enough, two times was twice as nice as Donald opened up the second half with another strip sack of Mahomes that was recovered by the Rams in Chiefs territory.

    Goff turned the turnover into a touchdown when he ran up the middle for a seven-yard scoring scamper that put the Rams back in front, 30-23. 

    Mahones answered right back with a four-yard touchdown pass to tight end Travis Kelce. The touchdown pass was Mahones fourth of the night, and the sixth time he's thrown four or more touchdowns in a game this season. 

    The only other quarterback in NFL history to have more games with four or more touchdowns was Peyton Manning in 2013.

    After another field goal by Greg Zuerlein put the Rams back in front, Ebukam scored his second defensive touchdown of the game when he intercepted Mahomes on the ensuing drive, and dragged the young quarterback into the end zone for the score.

    The Chiefs responded with 14 unanswered points after a 73-yard bomb to Hill from Mahomes and a defensive touchdown for Kansas City after Allen Bailey sacked and stole the ball from Goff, walking in for the easy score.

    The Rams responded in-kind with a six-play, 75-yard scoring drive, capped off with a touchdown pass from Goff to tight end Gerald Everett.

    After the Chiefs answered again on a 10-yard touchdown reception from Mahones to Chris Conley, the Rams went down the field and took the lead right back when Goff found Everett for a 40-yard scoring strike.

    The Chiefs had two opporunties to tie or take the lead, but Mahones was intercepted on back-to-back drives, first by former teammate Marcus Peters, and then the game-ending interception by LaMarcus Joyner.

    The game featured six lead different lead changes, and the Chiefs set an NFL record for the most points by a losing team with 51.

    The victory for the Rams snapped a six-game losing streak to the Chiefs, all when the Rams were in St. Louis. 

    The last victory by the Rams over the Chiefs was on Sept. 25, 1994, ironically when they were still known as the Los Angeles Rams.

    Rams head coach Sean McVay is undefeated against AFC teams (8-0) in his short tenure with the Rams.

    LA Together

    Despite the wildly entertaining football game between two of the NFL's top teams, the theme of the night was "LA Together," as the Rams dedicated the game to the first responders and the victims of the California wildfires and the Borderline Bar and Grill mass shooting in Thousand Oaks.

    Karen and Jordan Helus, the wife and son of Ventura County sheriff Ron Helus, who was killed in the shooting, lit the Coliseum torch in his honor before the game.

    During timeouts, firefighters and police officers were honored for their live-saving actions, and players even wore LAFD and LAPD hats on the bench between plays.

    The 77.000 fans in attendance were given rally towels that read "LA Together" upon entrance to the Coliseum, and they spun them in the air proudly throughout the back-and-forth battle.

    Up Next: 

    The Rams will get a much deserved bye week and will be back in action on Dec. 2 in Detroit to face the Lions. Kickoff is set for 10:00AM PT on FOX.

    Please refresh this page for more stats, updates and player reactions…



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    Robert Woods #17 of the Los Angeles Rams catches a touchdown pass from quarterback Jared Goff #16 (not pictured) in front of Orlando Scandrick #22 of the Kansas City Chiefs in the first quarter of the game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on November 19, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)Robert Woods #17 of the Los Angeles Rams catches a touchdown pass from quarterback Jared Goff #16 (not pictured) in front of Orlando Scandrick #22 of the Kansas City Chiefs in the first quarter of the game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on November 19, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

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    A flower vendor announced a lawsuit Tuesday against the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department after she was arrested in June 2017 for selling flowers without a permit. She alleges that the officers involved in the caught-on-camera arrest used excessive force.

    The cellphone video shows a sheriff's deputy in an altercation with a woman who allegedly did not have a permit to sell flowers outside a high school graduation ceremony in Perris. 

    That woman Joaquina Valencia is now suing the Riverside County Sheriff's Department for excessive force and saying no human should ever be treated the way she was. 

    The complaint alleges Valencia was "unjustifiably beaten, shoved to the ground and arrested." 

    "He tossed me like a rag," Valencia said in Spanish.

    But new helmet cam video worn by one of the deputies released Monday shows the altercation from a different angle, on which Valencia's son can be heard telling his mom to not move.

    The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department says that Valencia used a false name (Juanita Mendez-Medrano) when she was detained and resisted arrest. A year later, the department stands by its arrest, claiming they verified her identity through fingerprints. 

    However, Valencia's attorney Ralph Rios argues that Joaquina Valencia is her true name and that she was just nervous.

    DMV records also confirm Valencia is the woman's true name. 

    "A lot of times when people do that, people get nervous and, she might have said a different name, she might have said something," Rios said.

    Valencia’s other attorney, Luis Carrillo says that someone selling flowers is not a criminal.

    "A person selling flowers is not a dangerous criminal, it's not a bad person. A person selling flowers is making a living. And for him to ask about papers, that shows the frame of mind, he has a racist frame of mind to assume she's not a US citizen. But she is," Carrillo said. 



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    If you are one of those people who thinks baggage fees for flights have gotten outrageous, brace yourself: an overweight bag could cost you the price of an airline ticket itself on many airlines. 

    As the holiday travel season gets underway, NBC4's I-Team looked into whether airport’s luggage scales are accurate. 

    Airlines restrict the weight of a single piece of luggage to 50 pounds. Frequent flyer Brian Allen believes safety is the primary reason.

    "Look, they have to balance the weight in the plane to make sure the plane can get off effectively," he said. 

    Heavier planes burn more fuel, costing airlines more money, which is why they charge you on the spot for overweight bags.

    But how do you know you're not being overcharged?

    Inspector Adam Reecio is with LA County’s Weights and Measures. The agency annually certifies the accuracy of luggage scales.

    "Each scale is given an allowable range. If a scale is outside of that range we do issue a notice of violation to the business which requires them to either fix, calibrate or replace the device," he said. 

    Weights and Measures uses 25 pound weights to measure scale accuracy.

    An inaccurate scale that favors the airline will have a red tag and should not be used. A blue tag means it’s weighing light, favoring consumers. It can be used but should be fixed.

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    Reecio says violations do occur.

    "It does happen but most of the time they are accurate," he said. 

    LA County’s Weights and Measures shared data with the I-Team showing the number of incorrect scales at LAX, Burbank and Long Beach airports.

    At LAX last year, inspectors examined 536 scales only 20 were incorrect. 

    Burbank had only one bad scale and in Long Beach this year, only one scale showed the wrong weight -- and that was in favor of the customer.

    "My personal experience is that the scales here seem to weigh lighter than my scale at home weighs, so I want to weigh myself on these scales obviously," Allen joked.

    Jokes aside, if you have concerns you’re being overcharged for the weight of your luggage, there's a solution is simple.

    Ask that they place it on a separate scale to make sure the numbers are matching.

    Other tips:

    • Weigh your bag at home. That way you know if you’re over the 50 pound limit.
    • Pack items on top that can be easily removed and placed in your carry on.
    • Put your heavier items in a carry on or wear them.
    • Pack and check an extra bag. Those fees on many airlines are cheaper than paying for overweight bags between 51-70 pounds.


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    How accurate are luggage scales at SoCal aiports? Randy Mac investigates ahead of the 2018 holiday travel season.How accurate are luggage scales at SoCal aiports? Randy Mac investigates ahead of the 2018 holiday travel season.

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    A Chicago police officer, a doctor and a pharmaceutical assistant have died after being shot Monday afternoon by a gunman at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center on Chicago's South Side, officials said. The gunman also was killed, police said, though it's not clear if it was self-inflicted or by police gunfire. 

    "It's with profound sadness that we share the death of PO Samuel Jimenez from tonight's senseless active shooter incident," police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi tweeted. "Please pray for his family, his fellow officers & the entire #ChicagoPolice Department."

    Jimenez, from the 2nd District, joined the force in February 2017 and had just finished his probationary period as an officer, police Supt. Eddie Johnson said at a Monday night press conference. He and his partner were assigned to another location when they responded to officers needing assistance.

    The slain doctor was identified by family members as Dr. Tamara O'Neal. She was remembered by loved ones as a dedicated physician who "loved helping people" and "had a heart of gold."

    "This tears at the soul of our city," Mayor Rahm Emanuel said. "It is the face and the consequence of evil."

    Johnson said the incident started in the hospital parking lot at about 3:28 p.m., during a verbal altercation between the shooter and O'Neal, who he was "in a domestic relationship with." 

    A friend tried to intervene in the argument, Johnson said, and the shooter lifted his shirt and displayed a handgun. The friend fled into the hospital, and the shooter shot the doctor, Johnson said. 

    As police arrived at the scene, the shooter fired at officers before they exited their cars, Johnson said. The man then ran into the hospital, and gunfire was exchanged between the suspect and police.

    During the exchange, a pharmaceutical assistant exiting an elevator was fatally shot, Johnson said. Jimenez also was shot in the exchange and taken in critical condition to the University of Chicago Hospital. He later died from his wounds.

    "Tonight, Officer Samuel Jimenez was shot and fatally wounded in a despicable act of violence," Johnson said in an email to police. "We are all deeply saddened by this tragic event and asked that everyone keep his family and co-workers in their thoughts and prayers."

    James Gray, a witness, told reporters that he saw at least one one woman shot near the hospital. 

    He said he saw a man and a woman talking to one another when the man pulled out a gun and shot the woman.

    "Once he entered he just started shooting at random," Gray said. "It looked like he was turning and pointing at people at random."

    A Twitter user posted video of what appeared to be Chicago police officers searching the interior of the hospital.

    "The shooting at Mercy Hospital is over," the hospital said on Facebook. "Chicago Police Department have secured the hospital and patients are safe."

    The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive's Chicago Field Division was responding to the scene to assist other local authorities.

    Police asked that people avoid the area.


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    Chicago Police Officer Samuel Jimenez was among four killed in a shooting Monday at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center on the city's South Side, officials confirmed.Chicago Police Officer Samuel Jimenez was among four killed in a shooting Monday at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center on the city's South Side, officials confirmed.

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    Thanksgiving is a couple days away and a number of charities and restaurants are serving free, hot Thanksgiving meals to low-income families or anyone in need during the holiday. Here's a list of places you can drop by.

    We Give Thanks, Inc. Thanksgiving Dinner

    When: Thursday, Nov. 22 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

    Where: At the Honda Center 2695 East Katella Ave. Anaheim, CA 92806

    Meals will be served at 11:00 a.m. after the official turkey carving at 10:45 a.m. This free meal includes turkey, mashed potatoes, pie and other delicious Thanksgiving food.

    Operation Warm Wishes Presents: The 10th Annual Unity in the Community Thanksgiving Spectacular

    When: Thursday, Nov. 22 from 11 am to 3:30 p.m.

    Where: At Peppertree Park 230 W. First Street Tustin, CA 92780

    Live music, game trucks, game booths, a community red carpet, haircuts, clothing, shoes, a petting zoo, movie and tents and crafts will also be available at the location.

    Cambria’s Annual Free Thanksgiving Dinner

    When: Thursday, Nov. 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

    Where: Veterans Memorial Building, 1000 Main St, Cambria, CA 93428

    The free meal includes turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, fresh cranberries, pies and more.

    Café Gratitude

    When: Thursday Nov. 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Where: 639 N. Larchmont Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90004

    The vegan restaurant does not expect diners to pay a thing, but donation buckets will be available for local charities.

    Westside Thanksgiving

    When: Thursday Nov. 22 from 11a.m. to 3p.m.

    Where: West LA Civic Center, 1645 Corinth Ave., 90025

    Aside from the free Thanksgiving meal, free haircuts, blankets, clothing, hygiene kits, medical, optical, and dental services, vaccination, a resource fair, and a children's carnival will be available. 

    Thanksgiving Brunch at The Midnight Mission

    When: Thursday, Nov. 22 from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

    Where: 601 S. San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90014

    Entertainment will be provided by Jason Sinay and Friends and Urban Voices Project.

    Laugh Factory Hosts 39th Annual, Free Thanksgiving Feast

    When: Nov. 22 at 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

    Where: Laugh Factory, 8001 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood

    Comedians will serve each guest a turkey dinner with all the trimmings and then perform a free stand-up comedy show. This event runs on a two hour scheduled meal time, reservations are highly recommended. To reserve call (323) 656-1336 Ext. 1 or send an email to samantha@laughfactory.com.

    The "Curacao Turkey Giveaway"

    When: Tuesday Nov. 20 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

    Where: 1605 W. Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles 90015 at the parking lot of the store

    The six person meal package will come with a turkey, six servings of whole russet potatoes, one can of gravy, canned corn, wild rice, broth, carrots, cranberries, salad and stuffing. Meals will be provided only to those recipients who have previously obtained a voucher or a ticket number by texting PAVO to 474747. Either voucher or ticket number must be presented in order to receive the meal.


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    The deadly and destructive Woolsey Fire has scorched thousands of acres, destroyed more than 1,500 structures and killed three people so far.

    The family of one of its victims -- Alfred De Ciutiis -- said they believe the 73-year-old died trying to escape the flames.

    Known as "Doctor D," the retired oncologist lived in his Agoura Hills home for 30 years and loved everything about the city. He'd be devastated to see what's left of it now, his nephew Vincent De Ciutiis said.

    He was proud of his house on top of the hill, but not too proud to leave, his family said.

    "This is where they found my uncle … what was left of him," Vincent De Ciutiis said.

    Law enforcement officers found the remains of Alfred De Ciutiis after his family asked for a welfare check.

    Vincent De Ciutiss and his uncle were close and spoke almost every day, including the night of the fire.

    "I knew Friday night when I didn't get a call back that something was a little off," he said.

    Alfred De Ciutiis over the phone with his nephew mentioned an "interesting smell," but didn't notice anything at the moment. Family members said "Doctor D" would have evacuated if he knew there was immediate danger.

    Some neighbors on the way down the hill said they were heart broken and thought Alfred had made it out because they looked up and saw the home dark. But the fire burned so fast and so hot, that there's nothing left of the picturesque home on top of the hill.

    Vincent said his uncle was a world traveler and a brilliant mind.

    "It was really amazing being able to have him as an uncle," he said, "for all these years to see him gone, it just blows my mind away."

    Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby said the remains of two other fire victims were found in the 33000 block of Mulholland Highway.



    Photo Credit: De Ciutiis Family

    Alfred de Ciutiis, 73, was one of three people killed in the Woolsey Fire.Alfred de Ciutiis, 73, was one of three people killed in the Woolsey Fire.

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    The mother of a U.S. diplomat who fell ill after suspected "health attacks" in China is speaking out, sharing her family's harrowing story with NBC News in hopes of raising awareness about the potential danger facing American diplomats and other workers around the world. 

    Laura Hughes, an Air Force veteran, says her daughter Catherine Werner is struggling with the effects of traumatic brain injury after experiencing strange sounds and sensations at her apartment in Guangzhou, where Werner was a foreign trade officer until being medevac'd out earlier this year. 

    She's calling on the State Department to do more to solve the mystery that has eluded investigators since U.S. diplomats and spies starting getting sick in Cuba in late 2016.

    "I do not believe that our military, our diplomats around the world or here at home are safe," Hughes told NBC News. "Because this weapon system is creating havoc."

    The Cuban and Chinese embassies in Washington did not respond to NBC News inquiries about the Werner case.



    Photo Credit: Kelvin Chan/AP, File

    This June 7, 2018, file photo shows a man carry an umbrella past the U.S. consulate building in Guangzhou in south China's Guangdong province after the United States evacuated several workers over medical testing that revealed they might have been affected by unexplained health incidents that have hurt U.S. personnel in Cuba and China.This June 7, 2018, file photo shows a man carry an umbrella past the U.S. consulate building in Guangzhou in south China's Guangdong province after the United States evacuated several workers over medical testing that revealed they might have been affected by unexplained health incidents that have hurt U.S. personnel in Cuba and China.

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    Where do the beverages of autumn, the pumpkin-dominated treats that seem perfect for quaffing in some sort of scarecrow-dotted patch, meet the drinks of Christmastime?

    The answer is an easy one: Thanksgiving, the holiday that keeps one foot in the fall traditions, which makes sense, given that it is still, yes, fall, and one foot in the fa, la, la-ing of the holiday season to come.

    Go Get Em Tiger recognizes the holiday's unique ability to exuberantly exist between these two worlds, and will, once again, pay homage to T Day via both a carnival (yes, that's on the holiday itself) and a line-up of fall/Christmas drinks.

    The cool coffeehouse's Highland Park location, on Figueroa, will be the setting for the Thanksgiving Carnival, which will frolic from 8 in the morning through to 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.

    That's Nov. 22, yes, in 2018, but then your turkey-shaped calendar is surely keeping you informed on that front. (And surely you have such a thing prominently displayed.)

    A sippable centerpiece of the carnival, which will include a petting zoo, face painting, and more sweet sights? Those offbeat, one-day-only drinks that Go Get Em Tiger is now famous for come Thanksgiving Day.

    Prepare to quaff a pumpkin spice latte that includes the following: Pumpkin cream cheese topping, pumpkin spice syrup, milk, nutmeg caramel, espresso, boba, big hunk of pepita brittle.

    On the yuletide end of the drink menu? There's the toffee nut latte, which includes, yes, "toffee noodles" and arrives in an old-school "Cup o' Noodles"-inspired cup.

    The best bit of the Thanksgiving Carnival? The "passport to try all drinks."

    But wait: Far better than that best bit? The fact that the Downtown Women's Center is the day's beneficiary and recipient of the event's proceeds. 

    Go Get Em Tiger's pop-up Thanksgiving morning party has become one of the quirkiest must-dos on the meal-famous day, and a way to get your non-spirited drink on, if you do love flavors like gingerbread and pumpkin and cider and peppermint and such.



    Photo Credit: Go Get Em Tiger

    The Highland Park location is throwing a sweet 'n offbeat Thanksgiving Carnival, complete with quirky beverages, on Thursday, Nov. 22, from 8 a.m. to 2 in the afternoon.The Highland Park location is throwing a sweet 'n offbeat Thanksgiving Carnival, complete with quirky beverages, on Thursday, Nov. 22, from 8 a.m. to 2 in the afternoon.

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    Facebook isn't working for some users Tuesday morning, the second big outage in about a week, and Instagram users were reporting issues as well. 

    The outage appeared to hit around 8 a.m. ET. For some users, the Facebook page wouldn't load and other functionality wasn't working.

    The website outage-tracking site Downdetector reported a spike in reports of problems with Facebook starting before 8 a.m. ET, and reports of outages continued through 10:30 a.m. Instagram users began reporting issues to the site around the same time. Facebook owns Instagram.

    NBC has reached out to Facebook for comment. It tweeted, "We know some people are having trouble accessing the Facebook family of apps. We're working to resolve the issue as soon as possible."

    Facebook's platform was healthy since Oct. 23 but has experienced "degraded performance" for several hours Tuesday, according to the site, which had been inaccessible for at least one user Tuesday morning.

    Facebook also gave users problems on Monday, Nov. 12. just 1 p.m. ET. Users started to report that it was back online about 30 mintues later. A Facebook page that tracks the platform's status said it was healthy after having been inaccessible.



    Photo Credit: Omar Marques/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images, File

    Facebook and Instagram logos are seen on mobile phones.Facebook and Instagram logos are seen on mobile phones.

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