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    In a stand up routine, the comedian took aim at survivors of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February.

    A two-minute clip on social media showed him saying, "you're not interesting. Because you went to a high school where kids got shot? Why does that mean I have to listen to you?...You didn't get shot, you pushed some fat kid in the way, and now I've got to listen to you talking?"


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    Officers pursued the driver of a stolen SUV who went the wrong way at high speeds on streets and freeway ramps Monday morning in the San Fernando Valley.

    The pursuit of the sport utility vehicle began early Monday in the North Hollywood area. At least one tire on the SUV was destroyed, but the driver continued on a wheel rim. 

    Police attempted to spin the SUV using a PIT maneuver on a North Hollywood street.

    After entering a Sherman Oaks neighborhood, the driver ran from the vehicle. He was taken into custody a short time later.

    Refresh this page for updates



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    Officers pursue a driver Monday Dec. 31, 2018 in the San Fernando Valley.Officers pursue a driver Monday Dec. 31, 2018 in the San Fernando Valley.

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    A security guard was charged with murder Monday in the shooting death of a homeless man he suspected of shoplifting at a Walgreens in Hollywood.

    Donald Vincent Ciota II, of Covina, faces one count of murder with an allegation that he used a firearm as a deadly and dangerous weapon. The Dec. 2 shooting occurred during a confrontation with 21-year-old Jonathan Hart inside the Sunset and Vine store. 

    Ciota is accused of fatally shooting Hart in the back as he ran away, according to a statement from prosecutors.

    Bond was set at $3 million. Ciota faces up to life in state prison, if convicted.

    Video from the moments following the shooting was recorded by a man who entered the store with Hart. It showed the security guard making a phone call while standing over Hart's body. Red wine from shattered bottles can be seen on the floor.

    Last week, attorney Carl Douglas announced that he is filing a lawsuit on behalf of Hart's family. Douglas said Hart was not shoplifting, but the two had argued over an item priced at $2.99. 

    Walgreens issued a statement in which it said the company "extended our deepest and most sincere condolences" to Hart's family, and noted that as a result of the shooting, "immediately terminated the security company."

    "We are committed to providing a safe environment for our employees, patients and customers in the communities we serve," the statement continued. 

    It was not immediately clear whether Ciota has an attorney.



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    Jonathan Hart, 21, was fatally shot Dec. 2, 2018 inside a Hollywood Walgreens.Jonathan Hart, 21, was fatally shot Dec. 2, 2018 inside a Hollywood Walgreens.

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    See some of the images in the news around Southern California.

    Photo Credit: Toni Guinyard/KNBC-TV

    A Rose Parade float is moved out of an Irwindale warehouse for judging Monday Dec. 31, 2018.A Rose Parade float is moved out of an Irwindale warehouse for judging Monday Dec. 31, 2018.

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    Tournament of Roses: When you've been around for 13 decades, and you've seen hundreds and hundreds of flower-covered floats and thousands of participants, you've earned the honor of being one of the most superstarry parades in the Solar System (and beyond). The 130th Rose Parade presented by Honda rolls on New Year's Day, in Pasadena, with a music-tastic theme: "The Melody of Life." Grab some curb, or pay for a grandstand seat, or watch at home, then check out the Buckeyes and Huskies later on, at Rose Bowl Stadium. "American's New Year Celebration" is here!

    Post Parade: A Showcase of Floats: Spying a blossom-strewn vehicle from the sidewalk or your couch at home? So thrilling, but so is the chance to approach the floats when they've come to a full stop. You can do so, during the afternoon of Jan. 1 and all day on Jan. 2, at E. Sierra Madre and E. Washington Boulevards. A ticket is $15 and is available through Sharp Seating Company. As for the volunteers standing by to help, answer questions, and make the experience even richer? Look for the Tournament's beloved White Suiters.

    New Year's Eve: But before the floats roll, and the horses trot, and the footballs fly, there is a new year to welcome, and several spots around Southern California will do just that on the evening of Monday, Dec. 31. The mega-mega celebration at Grand Park is free, but there are other ticketed to-dos around town, including at the Queen Mary in Long Beach, Universal Studios Hollywood, and Union Station. Where will you throw the confetti and ring the noisemaker? Here's a list of some of the larger larks around the region.

    Oshogatsu Festival: A free day of cultural performances and demonstrations, all to embrace the new year in a festive and hope-packed fashion? Go to Little Tokyo on Tuesday, Jan. 1 for this traditional and cheer-raising series of events. Events that will take place at a number of spots, including Weller Court, so peruse the schedule before heading to the DTLA destination for Taiko drumming, martial arts presentations, folk dances, calligraphy demonstrations, and more. Everything begins mid-morning on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019.

    Surf City Splash: Run into the Pacific Ocean, at noon, near Huntington Beach Pier, all to raise money for and give the spotlight to the International Surfing Museum? A lot of brave-hearted people do so each year, as they will again on Tuesday, Jan. 1. There's a pancake breakfast before the whole sand-based shebang, and participants will get a certificate to show that they participated. Arrive in costume? Totally encouraged; check out the categories beforehand for inspo.



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    Grab some curb on Colorado Boulevard on New Year's morning for some of the most famous and flowery floats around. (Pictured: A float from 2017.)Grab some curb on Colorado Boulevard on New Year's morning for some of the most famous and flowery floats around. (Pictured: A float from 2017.)

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

    Photo Credit: NASA Worldview, Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS)

    The burn scar from the deadliest and most destructive wildfire on record in California is visible in this photo from NASA's Terra satellite on Nov. 26, 2018. The burn area near Paradise, northeast of Sacramento, can be seen in dark red. It is estimated to have burned an area about the size of Chicago.The burn scar from the deadliest and most destructive wildfire on record in California is visible in this photo from NASA's Terra satellite on Nov. 26, 2018. The burn area near Paradise, northeast of Sacramento, can be seen in dark red. It is estimated to have burned an area about the size of Chicago.

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    The hubbub of the holiday season can feel hubbubier every year, or so it seems.

    The must-dos. The gotta-gos. The thousand different things we need to address, buy, return, bake, and complete, and if there aren't actually a thousand things on our errand list, it can often feel like that is the overwhelming case.

    There are ways to revive a post-holiday spirit that's been over-hubbub'd, however, and it involves one word: nature.

    Whether that's a mountain hike, a beach morning, or calling upon the glorious wintertime camellias of Descanso Gardens is up to your own nature-yearning tastes.

    Ah yes, those famous camellias, which are as synonymous with the historic, oak-filled La Cañada Flintridge spread as roses are to The Huntington and peacocks and turtles are to the Arboretum.

    Camellias can seem to be solely January and February superstars in many minds, due to the many camellia-oriented events at Descanso Gardens during the first sixth of any given year, but keep this in mind: They are delightful in December, and even November, too.

    Which is all to say that the good word from Descanso Gardens, as of late December, is that "(t)he camellias are beautiful this winter!"

    Which is all to say that you can go to the trail-filled property for an after-holiday breather, even on New Year's Day.

    It's open on Jan. 1, hurrah.

    And more hurrahs are to come: A camellia wine dinner, a Cool Camellia Celebration, and the Pacific Society Camellia Show will all bloom in the very near future at Descanso.

    But for now?

    There are lots of blooms to see, in lots of hues, and if some time spent outside, in the breezy quiet of one of Southern California's great gardens, is just what you require after the holidays, then go be calmed by camellias, in La Cañada Flintridge.



    Photo Credit: Descanso Gardens

    Wintertime is the perfect time to see this lush bloom around the La Cañada Flintridge destination.Wintertime is the perfect time to see this lush bloom around the La Cañada Flintridge destination.

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    Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) announced she is forming an exploratory committee for a possible 2020 presidential run Monday. Warren is the first Democrat to take a formal step towards a 2020 presidential run.


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    There are many fortuitous foods that you can consume as the new year begins.

    Particular legumes? So lucky, it is often said. Various fruits? Healthful and hope-filled for the future.

    A Dole Whip, like you might queue for in front of Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room on a toasty July afternoon?

    Any pineapple person and/or aficionado of icy-cold treats can testify that the Dole Whip is among the most golden of treats, for when you're enjoying one, you're probably savoring a great day at The Happiest Place on Earth.

    Now The Happiest Place on Earth has added another happy location to find Dole Whips, as well as a line-up of filling bao buns, chilled ramen shaker, coconut water, and a host of other sit-down and chow-down goodies.

    It's Disneyland Park's new The Tropical Hideaway, which may be found just steps away from the widely known, widely visited Dole Whip stand in front of the Tiki Room.

    The just-debuted marketplace is inside the former Aladdin's Oasis, though "inside" is a bit of a misnomer, as the casual hangout is open to the sky and nicely airy in feel.

    It is, after all, quite close to the Jungle Cruise, and Rosita, an animatronic cockatoo from the Tiki Room show, is on hand to lend the torchlit scene some birdly words.

    Winging it? Rosita doesn't have to; she charmingly chats up guest on the fly.

    As for your beloved Dole Whip? You can now find flavors beyond pineapple at the Tropical Hideaway, including orange and raspberry. 

    And, yep: Those flavors can be swirled alongside the classic pineapple. "Applause, applause" to that, as José, one of the feathery stars of the Tiki Room, might say.

    Where to see Rosita, enjoy a swirled Dole Whip, and linger into the evening in Adventureland? Why at the world-famous Anaheim theme park, of course.

    Dole Whips may not officially be on the advantageous foods list, as far as those eats you want to devour at the beginning of a new year.

    But Dole Whip devotees are legion, there's a fresh Disneyland place to find them, and probably, one day, they'll be considered one of the planet's most lucky confections, in addition to one of the most refreshing on a toasty July afternoon.



    Photo Credit: David Nguyen/Disneyland Resort

    Located on the Jungle River shores in Adventureland at Disneyland Park, The Tropical Hideaway is the destination for extraordinary worldly eats. Menu items include Dole Whip (pictured), chilled ramen salad, warm steamed bao buns, Sweet Pineapple Lumpia and more.(David Nguyen/Disneyland Resort)Located on the Jungle River shores in Adventureland at Disneyland Park, The Tropical Hideaway is the destination for extraordinary worldly eats. Menu items include Dole Whip (pictured), chilled ramen salad, warm steamed bao buns, Sweet Pineapple Lumpia and more.(David Nguyen/Disneyland Resort)

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    More than a dozen local and state police officers, dispatchers and other members of public safety gathered in a first of its kind training in California, centered on how to deal with mental health and trauma.

    The FBI National Academy Associates (FBINAA), in conjunction with Acadia Healthcare, hosted a resilience training for local law enforcement at Santa Monica College in December.

    The 12-step curriculum, derived from military training and tailored to public safety and first responders, is designed to create a healthier police force. The belief is this mindset and training can be incorporated into local departments and will lead to safer communities. The training will give men and women in blue the tools they need to address mental health issues resulting from trauma and to change the culture within the profession.

    "There is a stigma in our profession where we don’t want to share and talk about our feelings," Johnnie Adams, Chief of Santa Monica College Police and President of the FBINAA.

    "Not only will it help them in their lives with their coworkers, family and friends but also when they contact the public," Adams added.

    The NBC4 I-Team first brought this issue of mental health and law enforcement to the surface earlier this month. More than 600 LAPD officers responded to their exclusive survey about stress on the job and why it’s so hard to reach out for help.

    Seventy-eight percent reported they worry about being seen as unfit for duty while 67 percent are concerned about putting their jobs at risk, according to the survey.

    For more on the survey and steps being taken with the Los Angeles Police Department including training and peer support click here



    Photo Credit: KNBC-TV

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    Two men arrested for squatting in a Moreno Valley residence were told by police "nice try" after they allegedly attempted to run, but were caught anyway Monday.

    Moreno Valley police said Avelino Mora and Andrew García were discovered inside a vacant building in the 13000 block of Persimmon Road, and attempted to run.

    "No problem for two Supermen in tan and green," the Facebook post read, indicating the officers managed to capture them despite the two allegedly climbing a wall and running.

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    Mora was arrested on suspicion of resisting an executive officer, an outstanding felony warrant for vehicle theft, and violation of probation, among other charges. García was arrested on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine for sales, possession of marijuana for sales, resisting arrest, and other charges.

    The police department capped off the Facebook post by saying: #SaggyPantsMakeYouRunSlower



    Photo Credit: Moreno Valley Police Department
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    Mora was arrested on suspicion of resisting an executive officer, an outstanding felony warrant for vehicle theft, and violation of probation, among other charges. García was arrested on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine for sales, possession of marijuana for sales, resisting arrest, and other charges.Mora was arrested on suspicion of resisting an executive officer, an outstanding felony warrant for vehicle theft, and violation of probation, among other charges. García was arrested on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine for sales, possession of marijuana for sales, resisting arrest, and other charges.

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    From NBC4 I-Team investigations to entertainment news coverage to digital exclusives, the NBCLA YouTube channel showcases stories beyond the news broadcast. 

    As the year comes to a close, we're looking back at the most viewed YouTube videos on NBCLA's channel in 2018. These are the top five. 

    1. Pepper Spray Use Spikes in L.A. Juvenile Halls

    The LA County Probation Department recorded 747 uses of pepper spray in 2017 at juvenile halls and camps, a jump of 154 percent over 2015 when the department used pepper spray 294 times, according to an analysis of department data. Watch the YouTube video here or read more here

    2. What Dangers Do Mountain Lions Face in LA? A Woman Retraces Their Steps to Find Out 

    Wildlife advocate Beth Pratt is working with government officials and the community to build a bridge that might save LA's mountain lions from extinction. Aliya Jasmine accompanies Pratt on a five-day, 50-mile hike to retrace the steps of a mountain lion. Watch the YouTube video here or read more here.  

    3. Metro Bus Driver: 'Most People Don't Have Any Idea What the Job is Like' 

    Metro bus drivers are constantly exposed to danger and violence. The NBC4 I-Team's Joel Grover exposes the behavior that's putting both drivers and riders in jeopardy. Watch the YouTube video here or read more here.  

    4. Los Angeles Approves New Airbnb Rules 

    After years of debate, the city of Los Angeles approved new rules for short-term rentals. Lolita Lopez reports for the NBC4 News on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018. Watch the YouTube video here or read more here.  

    5. Elon Musk Reveals Underground Transportation Tunnel in Los Angeles 

    Billionaire Elon Musk reveals his solution to traffic congestion in Southern California: an underground transportation tunnel. Robert Kovacik reports for the NBC4 News on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018. Watch the YouTube video here or read more here

    Subscribe to the NBCLA YouTube channel here



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    An analysis of data found that pepper spray use is on the rise in LA County juvenile halls and camps (left) and one woman retraced the steps of a mountain lion to bring attention to the plight of LA's mountain lions and their need for a wildlife crossing.An analysis of data found that pepper spray use is on the rise in LA County juvenile halls and camps (left) and one woman retraced the steps of a mountain lion to bring attention to the plight of LA's mountain lions and their need for a wildlife crossing.

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    A 32-year-old Hesperia man allegedly brought a rifle to a BJ's restaurant after being denied alcohol on Saturday, according to the Victorville Police Department.

    Francisco Felix was denied alcohol because he did not have a valid form of identification on the 11600 block of Amargosa Road, so Felix proceeded to go to his vehicle and return to the restaurant with an assault-style rifle concealed in a blanket, according to police.

    Felix brandished the weapon at the restaurant's manager, resulting in the two men getting into a struggle and a shot being fired, according to the VPD.

    The suspect fled from the location before police arrived, and no injuries were reported due to the shooting, according to police.

    Felix is a convicted felon, and deputies obtained an arrest warrant, along with a search warrant of Felix's home, and the suspect was arrested and a rifle and ammunition were recovered, according to the Victorville Police Department.

    Felix was booked for assault with a firearm, felon in possession of a firearm, felon in possession of ammunition, possession of a controlled substance while armed, carrying a loaded firearm in public, illegal possession of an assault weapon and possession of a short barrel rifle, according to the VPD.

    Felix is scheduled to appear in Victorville Superior Court on Jan. 2, 2019.

    Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to contact the Victorville Police Department at (760) 241-2911 or Sheriff's Dispatch at (760) 956-5001. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip website at www.wetip.com.



    Photo Credit: Victorville Police Department

    Weapons and ammunition recovered from the home of Francisco Felix, a convicted felon accused of brandishing a weapon after being denied alcohol at a BJ's restaurant.Weapons and ammunition recovered from the home of Francisco Felix, a convicted felon accused of brandishing a weapon after being denied alcohol at a BJ's restaurant.

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    A funnel cloud developed over the Encinitas-Carlsbad area Monday afternoon as a result of a heavy rain cloud that moved into the area, according to the National Weather Service.

    The funnel cloud appeared to a continuation of a weak waterspout that was spotted over in Carlsbad and dissipated as the rain cloud moved further inland, according to the NWS.

    The funnel cloud was first reported around 2:20 p.m. and lasted about 15 minutes, NWS meteorologist Bruno Rodriguez said.

    Funnel clouds are a common occurrence, happening a few times a year in San Diego, typical over coastal area, he said. In order for a funnel cloud to be considered a tornado, it needs to touch the ground and this one did not.

    The funnel cloud caused some excitement over social media as people share photos and videos of the funnel online.

    NBC 7’s viewer Sydney Hastings sent in this video of the funnel in Carlsbad. If you have an interesting video or photo to share, be sure to send them to isee@nbc7sandiego.com.



    Photo Credit: Sydney Hastings

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    Three police officers in a Kentucky city were able to have a little bit of fun to end 2018 as they “mourned” the loss of a doughnut truck that had caught fire.

    The Lexington Police Department tweeted out photos showing the officers in various stages of sarcastic grief after the Krispy Kreme truck that caught fire had been loaded onto a tow truck and was being taken from the scene – with the caption “No words”.

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    Police did not release information about the crash, but a Lexington television station reported no one was hurt and the truck was empty at the time of the fire.

    As of Tuesday morning, the post had been retweeted nearly 4,000 times and liked over 12,600 times – including officers and agencies from across the country offering their condolences.



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    Look, you would want to keep the football that you threw for your first touchdown in the NFL, too.

    That's how Eagles third-string quarterback Nate Sudfeld felt after subbing in for an injured Nick Foles Sunday. In the fourth quarter, he floated the ball to Nelson Agholor in the fourth quarter for a TD against the Redskins -- Sudfeld's first in the NFL.

    Sudfeld called to Agholor to keep the ball, but Agholor was already handing it to a jersey-clad kid in the stands. 

    Which led to a sweet scene in which the young fan gave Sudfeld the ball and got plenty in return.

    "It’s still sinking in that I got an NFL football, and I got to meet players," said Cohen Zechman, 10, via Facebook Live.

    Cohen and his dad, Derrick, were seated in the second row of the end zone when Agholor scored. Cohen looked thrilled when his dad was able to get Agholor's attention and then got the ball for his son.

    And Sudfeld looked a little sheepish when he approached and asked if there was any way they could switch.

    "Nelson was looking all over. Then, he spotted me and came over. He gave me the ball. Then, I saw Nate had, like, a funny face," Cohen said.

    The swap was made. But don't worry about Cohen, an Eagles fan from Northumberland County, Pennsylvania.

    He ended up with not only good feelings from Eagles fans everywhere but with another signed ball and gloves from Agholor and Zach Ertz.

    They will fit in well with Cohen's collection of Eagles swag, including a Fathead, signed helmet and replica Super Bowl ring.

    "Pretty cool stuff, but what we got last night really was awesome!" Cohen's mom said on the Facebook Live.

    "It worked out nice because I got a ball, and he got his first career touchdown. And he deserves it more," Cohen said.

    Agholor, meanwhile, didn't seem too concerned.

    "Nate Sudfeld is gonna throw a lot more," Agholor said after the game. "He's gonna throw a lot more touchdowns and have a great NFL career."


    Cohen Zechman, 10, and his dad, Derrick, remember briefly getting the football from Nate Sudfeld's first NFL touchdown via Facebook Live.Cohen Zechman, 10, and his dad, Derrick, remember briefly getting the football from Nate Sudfeld's first NFL touchdown via Facebook Live.

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    Keeping track of every single daisy, every geranium, and every tiny burst of jasmine in your own garden?

    You probably, when pressed, couldn't give an actual number, as to how many blossoms are out back. For when flowers are in profusion, naming each petal isn't the name of the game, but rather enjoying the beauty of the whole.

    Thinking of the annual line-up of Rose Parade floats in the same way seems like a solid approach to viewing them at close range.

    For that's just what will happen at the event known as Post Parade: A Showcase of Floats, which (doesn't) roll on the afternoon of Jan. 1 and all day long on Jan. 2, 2019.

    When we say it won't roll, we mean literally: The famous floats'll come to a full stop, all to allow onlookers the opportunity to admire the petal-by-petal artistry that both designers and volunteers put into their ultimate final appearance.

    That full stop takes up some space, as you might imagine, so don't search for this flowery behind-the-scenes spectacular to pop up in some parking lot: You'll want to go to E. Sierra Madre and E. Washington Boulevards, beginning at 1 p.m. on New Year's Day.

    It's a ticketed event — the cost is $15 — and White Suiters, the dapper volunteers of the Tournament of Roses, will be standing by to answer questions or help you as you look, look, look.

    Well, "look, look, look" isn't the entire story; there's admiring to be done, too, as you stroll by each massive float, and wondering, too, as to how each little bud and seed pod was so beautifully place.

    Think of Post Parade: A Showcase of Floats like entering your own garden, if your garden grew to a ginormous size and contained several multi-wheeled vehicles.

    Details on those tickets and times? Drive your own float by this page.



    Photo Credit: Getty Images

    Saunter closer to the blossom-laden vehicles of the 130th Rose Parade on the afternoon of Jan. 1 and all day on Jan. 2, at E. Sierra Madre and Washington Boulevards. Pictured: A float from a past Rose Parade.Saunter closer to the blossom-laden vehicles of the 130th Rose Parade on the afternoon of Jan. 1 and all day on Jan. 2, at E. Sierra Madre and Washington Boulevards. Pictured: A float from a past Rose Parade.

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    The year came to a close with a very happy ending for a family who lost their dog. They got into a crash over the weekend in Indiana, and their dog jumped out of the truck and ran away. NBC 5's Regina Waldroup reports on how Facebook helped them get their beloved Husky back.



    Photo Credit: Indiana State Police

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    Photo Credit: Toni Guinyard

    Crowds gathered to watch the 130th Tournament of Roses parade Jan. 1, 2019.Crowds gathered to watch the 130th Tournament of Roses parade Jan. 1, 2019.

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    What are the major signs of the new year's arrival?

    Confetti on the ground? Sparkly eyeglasses blinking out cheerful wishes for the coming months? New diets, new resolutions, a major closet clean-out?

    And desert tortoises hibernating, but not for much longer?

    While the first few into-the-new-year sights are seen at spots around the world, the desert tortoise Emergence Contest is one of the signs, at least 'round California and Nevada, that winter won't last forever and spring will soon be on its way.

    And that the Mojave Max Emergence Contest kicked off just before the holidays further solidifies the desert tortoise's place in our celebratory SoCal hearts. 

    For while Baby New Year remains one of the sweet symbols of early January, so are the trundling, handsome, shell-rocking wonders of the West's arid regions.

    The deal with the annual contests?

    Desert tortoises observe brumation, a reptilian hibernation, in the colder months. But they emerge from their burrows when things begin to warm up, and that emergence is the basis for local contests for area schoolkids.

    You can read more about Mojave Max, and his contest, here (it is open to Clark County students K-5).

    And following along with Mojave Maxine, at The Living Desert in Palm Desert? Keep a watch on the animal park's social media for Maxine's Emergence Contest details (or begin here).

    Mojave Maxine has exited her cozy burrow, in years gone by, in early February, and even very late January, though that seems to be rarer. 

    Call the desert tortoise the Southwest's very own Punxsutawney Phil, or wonderful wintertime icon, or a way to stay in touch with the rhythms of nature, as the new year begins.

    So when will Mojave Max and Mojave Maxine choose to make their big 2019 debuts?

    Stay tuned to all of the thrilling desert tortoise action in the weeks ahead.



    Photo Credit: Mojave Max

    The annual mid-winter Mojave Max Emergence Contest, which focuses on the famous desert tortoise's hibernation, opens for students. Mojave Maxine, of The Living Desert, is another beloved wintertime star currently in brumation.The annual mid-winter Mojave Max Emergence Contest, which focuses on the famous desert tortoise's hibernation, opens for students. Mojave Maxine, of The Living Desert, is another beloved wintertime star currently in brumation.

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