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    A fight between two dogs and a coyote was caught on video outside a Rancho Peñasquitos home Friday night.

    Emily Banh was surprised when her mother told her a coyote crept into their backyard when their dogs were outside.

    “I wanted to see how big the coyote was,” Banh, 23, told NBC 7. She said her mom didn’t get a good look at the wild animal.

    The Banhs’ home got security cameras a few years ago, so she decided to check the footage.

    “It was actually really shocking,” Banh said. “I’ve never seen a coyote that bold.”

    A coyote could be seen coming down a nearby hill and jumping down the Banhs’ fence.

    It then darted toward the family’s two dogs playing outside.

    Mio is the white dog, and Neko is the black, orange, and white dog. They are both two years old.

    Initially, the coyote appears to attack Mio before going paw-to-paw with Neko.

    Banh said Neko had a small patch of missing fur after the fight. “We were telling him he was a good boy,” Banh said.

    Mio made it out unscathed.

    When Banh first saw the footage, she called her family over.

    “We were just in shock when it happened,” Banh said.

    Though, this wasn’t the first time Banh had seen a wild animal outside her home.

    She said she’s seen coyotes roaming the neighborhood in packs before. They even came in contact with her dogs a few months ago also.

    Banh also spotted a bobcat in broad daylight a few years ago and again a few months ago.

    “A couple of people had their dogs and cats eaten by coyotes,” she said. “I just wanted to get it out there that it can happen in your very own back yard.”

    The attack happened at around 7 p.m. Friday. Banh noted that the timestamp on her security footage was slightly off.

    Banh said her family has lived in their Rancho Peñasquitos home for 23 years.

    Photo Credit: Emily Banh

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    The tallest, fastest and longest dive coaster in California will call SeaWorld San Diego home once construction of the thrilling ride is complete in 2020.

    The park announced Monday that Mako, which will also be the only floorless dive coaster in the state, is coming next year to the southeast corner of the park next to the Journey to Atlantis attraction.

    "Dive" coasters are roller coasters with near vertical drops, and "floorless" means riders are seated and harnessed with their feet dangling in the air.

    Mako's near vertical drop comes in the form of a 143-foot, facedown plunge at speeds faster than 60 mph. Riders will also zoom through a series of inversions, barrel rolls, an Immelmann loop, hammerhead turns and flat spins across nearly 2,500 feet of coaster track.

    And you'll have plenty of chances to see the wild expressions on your friends' faces as you ride in rows of six.

    Mako's animal conservation theme involves sharks and includes a partnership with a shark conservation group.

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    Yelp released its top 100 places to nosh in 2019, with four Southern California eateries snagging some of the top spots.

    In order to determine the best of the best, Yelp weighed the number of reviews with the overall rating.

    The company also took into account the number of reviews businesses in the area would typically get, to ensure the rating was fair.

    Here's the list:

    1. Bangers & Brews - Bend, OR ♥

    2. Tender Smokehouse - Celina, TX

    3. Ciao! Pizza & Pasta - Chelsea, MA ♥

    4. Gyromania - Santa Clarita, CA

    5. BROKEN MOUTH Lee's Homestyle - Los Angeles, CA

    6. Bajamar Seafood & Tacos - Las Vegas, NV

    7. Tommy Tamale Market & Cafe - Grapevine, TX ♥

    8. Xicamiti La Taquería Bistro - Golden, CO

    9. ACHILLES - Santa Clara, CA

    10. Yardie Spice - Homestead, FL ♥

    11. Porky's Kauai - Waimea, HI

    12. Pappa Gyros - Katy, TX

    13. CAFE CLUB by les artistes - Hollywood, FL

    14. Worth Takeaway - Mesa, AZ

    15. Local - Big Bear Lake, CA

    16. Wally's Cafe - Rocklin, CA

    17. Crafted Greens - El Cajon, CA

    18. Halls Chophouse - Charleston, SC ♥

    19. It's a Punjabi Affair - Amarillo, TX ⧫

    20. Long Nine Junction - Springfield, IL

    21. Scotty's Cafe - Columbus, OH

    22. Korai Kitchen - Jersey City, NJ ⧫

    23. Kat's Barbecue - Santa Fe, TX

    24. Mee Thai Restaurant - Orlando, FL

    25. Franky's Deli Warehouse - Hialeah, FL ♥

    26. Kodo Sushi Sake - Scottsdale, AZ

    27. Dad's Favorites - Lexington, KY

    28. Moose-AKa's - Denali, AK

    29. Chuy's Taco Shop - San Diego, CA

    30. Miss Shabu Restaurant & Sake Bar - Buena Park, CA

    31. Kaffe Crepe - Reno, NV

    32. JJ's Diner - Pleasantville, NJ

    33. Myles and Jun Yakitori - Summerville, SC

    34. OTIS - Brooklyn, NY

    35. Pampa-Rara - Apple Valley, CA

    36. Angel City Grill - Redondo Beach, CA ⧫

    37. TKB Bakery & Deli - Indio, CA ♥

    38. Bunz - Huntington Beach, CA ♥

    39. Homer's Smokehouse BBQ - San Tan Valley, AZ

    40. DV8 Kitchen - Lexington, KY

    41. Express Deli - Brook Park, OH

    42. Amy's French Bakery & Bistro - Pompano Beach, FL ⧫

    43. Haywood Smokehouse - Dillsboro, NC

    44. Cahill Bistro - Edina, MN

    45. Ali'i Coffee - Honolulu, HI

    46. Pharaoh's Village - Fayetteville, NC

    47. Farmbird - Washington, DC

    48. Chico and Chang - Macon, GA

    49. Strada Eateria & Coffee - Los Angeles, CA ⧫

    50. The Alcove - Sunnyside, NY ♥

    51. Mountain Goat Market - Monteagle, TN

    52. The Shed Market - Abilene, TX

    53. Alamo Restaurant - Hialeah, FL

    54. J28 Sandwich Bar - Hollywood, FL ♥

    55. More Than Greek - Mechanicsville, VA

    56. Uncle Af's - Agoura Hills, CA ⧫

    57. Papa Marcos Grill And Kabob - Waukegan, IL

    58. Pho Dien 1960 - Humble, TX

    59. Maple Street Biscuit Company - Greenville - Greenville, SC

    60. Big H Deli - Fairfield, CA

    61. Golden Drops Café - Decatur, GA

    62. Los Takitos Taco Shop - Palatine, IL

    63. Kahuku Farms - Kahuku, HI

    64. Nick's Grill - Pulaski, TN

    65. Bistro 6050 - Chicago, IL ⧫

    66. Inkanto Peruvian Cuisine - Fort Lauderdale, FL ⧫

    67. POTs - Las Vegas, NV ⧫

    68. Cocina Madrigal - Phoenix, AZ

    69. Tahini - San Diego, CA

    70. The Modern Tea Room - Lancaster, CA

    71. Lula Jane's - Waco, TX

    72. Bud & Rob's New Orleans Bistro - San Diego, CA ⧫

    73. The Local Wood Fired Grill - Alpharetta, GA

    74. Taste Community Restaurant - Fort Worth, TX

    75. Pho Guys - Vista, CA ⧫

    76. Momo Bowl - Apache Junction, AZ

    77. Aviva by Kameel - Atlanta, GA ♥

    78. Calabash Tea & Tonic - Washington DC

    79. Rejoice Café - Tamarac, FL ⧫

    80. Quixote Bakery Cafe - Richland Hills, TX

    81. Monse Pupuseria - Colorado Springs, CO

    82. Tony's Italian Delicatessen - Montgomery, TX ♥

    83. Not Your Typical Deli - Gilbert, AZ

    84. Spicy Bite - Milan, NM

    85. Mi Ranchito Veracruz - North Hollywood, CA ⧫

    86. Nini's Deli - Chicago, IL♥

    87. The Crepe Shop - Chicago, IL ⧫

    88. Ali'i Poke - Indianapolis, IN ⧫

    89. Ekiben - Baltimore, MD

    90. Hatsuyuki Handroll Bar - Fort Worth, TX

    91. Don Pollo Mexican Grill - West Valley City, UT

    92. Diced Poke - Houston, TX

    93. Butler's Pantry Breakfast - Stowe, VT ⧫

    94. Empanada Kitchen - San Diego, CA

    95. Tribute Coffee - Garden Grove, CA ⧫

    96. The Rolling Pin Bakeshop - Denver, CO

    97. Waffie - Baltimore, MD

    98. Everyday Thai - Springfield, MO

    99. Guy's For Lunch - Roseville, CA

    100. Mariscos Jalisco - Pomona, CA

    A heart symbol indicates the restaurant made the 2018 list. A diamond symbol means the spot offers pickup or delivery.

    Check out the top SoCal spots of 2018 here

    Photo Credit: Photo by Miguel H./Mikel T./Joseph A. via Yelp

    Yelp released its 2019 list of the top places to eat.Yelp released its 2019 list of the top places to eat.

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    Dioramas, as a rule, are associated with museums, with educational institutions, and with those places that seek to provide us a window into another time, or a scientific theory, or an important moment.

    Moments presented in detailed and static form, that is. And miniatures sometimes play a part, too.

    Dioramas are not fusty, so no one should make such a claim, and their moment to break big, as an expression of cultural importance, is on the precipice.

    Look to The Paley Center of Media, in Beverly Hills, which will feature a number of dioramas depicting scenes of wayback times, or not-so-wayback times, as drolly expressed by Comedy Central's "Drunk History."

    If you like your har-di-hars and your historical tales in equal measure, then you surely know this series, a "liquored-up narration of our nation's history."

    It began in 2013, and is now headed, laughing all the way, into its sixth season, beginning on Jan. 15, 2109.

    And we don't truck out "laughing" lightly; the show got its satirical start on "Funny or Die." (That's a correct and unliquored-up retellng of the facts, by the by.)

    But how to fully ponder each fresh episode of the upcoming season at length? Without having to hit the pause button and think about each line in each show?

    By observing every episode of the upcoming run in its stationary diorama form.

    That's right: "Drunk History" has now met the history-loving diorama, and, well, history may never be the same.

    The dates to see the dioramas are Jan. 9 through 20, the place, as mentioned, is The Paley Center, and the cost to do so?

    Free, free, free.

    History-minded humor-loving people, your day to diorama-it-up, mirthfully, is here. Or will be, if you head to Beverly Hills from Jan. 9 through 20.

    Photo Credit: Comedy Central

    Dioramas taking on the new episodes of Dioramas taking on the new episodes of "Drunk History" on Comedy Central? See them, for free, from Jan. 9 through 20 at the Beverly Hills TV museum.

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    Pizza isn't the only thing getting cooked at Papa's Murphy in Pacifica. The entire restaurant is getting roasted by the internet.

    Photos of a person sleeping on the floor of a bathroom next to the toilet and dirty work station at the pizza chain's store on Palmetto Avenue in Pacifica have sparked online outrage and disgust from the Bay Area Reddit.

    It was unclear who owns the original images but they were posted by a Reddit user and the moderator of the Pacifica Reddit. The images' caption read:

    "In case anyone ever gets pizza from Papa Murphy's in Pacifica... Heads up! We ordered a pizza online from them a little while ago and my husband went to pick it up. He just texted me these photos. The guy working there is sleeping on the bathroom floor and this is what the work station looks like. Totally disgusting. Glad we didn't get our pizza there!"

    It's not the first time someone has spotted the grubby condition at the restaurant, according to numerous one-star Yelp reviews. The reviews echoed that Papa Murphy's used to be a good place to get pizzas before the new owners took over.

    Individuals are able to purchase the franchise and Papa Murphy's says that the company is "aware of this photo and are reaching out to the owner to ensure that everyone is safe at this location."

    It wasn't immediately clear who owns the Papa Murphy's in Pacifica but one woman who says she was a former employee, Hannah Finger, wrote on Yelp on March 27, 2018, that the new owners "blatantly disregard health codes" and sanitation.

    Finger, 20, says she worked at the store for two years. She posted photos of a man wearing an apron, who she identified as ones of the owners Jay Singh, being taken into custody by a police after she said he hit her in the face when she confronted him about tax paperworks in March.

    Finger updated her Yelp review on Sunday, saying that the owner was recently "caught sleeping on the floor of the bathroom by a customer, and the disgusting work station also taken by a customer."

    She told NBC Bay Area that Singh owns another Papa Murphy's location in Sunnyvale. When the food inspector threw away expired food in the garbage, she said Singh directed her to put the food back.

    The owner could not be immediately reached for comment.

    Online records from the San Mateo County Environmental Health Office show that the restaurant had four inspections in 2017 and one inspection in 2018, all of which passed with a few conditions marked as "out of compliance."

    See the records below:

    Aug. 13, 2018

    • 36. Equipment, utensils and linens: storage and use (CO2 tanks) - OUT OF COMPLIANCE
    • 35. Equipment/utensils-approved; installed; clean; good repair; capacity (prep sinks, refrigerators) - OUT OF COMPLIANCE
    • 06. Adequate hand washing facilities: supplied and accessible - OUT OF COMPLIANCE - Major
    • 01b. Food safety certification and food handler cards: valid, available for review - OUT OF COMPLIANCE - Minor

    Nov. 30, 2017

    • 01b. Food safety certification and food handler cards: valid, available for review - OUT OF COMPLIANCE - Minor

    May 26, 2017 - Followup Inspection May 25, 2017

    • 01b. Food safety certification and food handler cards: valid, available for review - OUT OF COMPLIANCE - Minor
    • 41. Plumbing; fixtures, back flow devices, drainage - OUT OF COMPLIANCE
    • 06. Adequate hand washing facilities: supplied and accessible - OUT OF COMPLIANCE - Major

    April, 27, 2017 - Routine Inspection

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    Sliced meat? Without a doubt.

    Au jus that's on the warm side? A must.

    A crusty roll of some sort that lands halfway between super-chewy and nicely crusty on top?

    Any and every French Dip devotee would wish for such bread, the kind of bread that can hold its hearty filling well while being able to soak up au jus in the manner of a tasty sponge.

    Those are the basic components of a time-honored French Dip sandwich, a started-in-Southern California classic that's been soaking up the au jus for well over a century.

    Is it possible, however, to fold in fresh ideas, when it comes to the French Dip? To keep its basic form but to also enliven it with unexpected flavors, new zestiness, and a different mantel that suits its deep meatiness?

    It is, and it shall be done, at Cole's, the Originators of the French Dip, all throughout 2019.

    For the landmark downtown restaurant has declared that this is the "Year of the Dip," a designation that's been made to honor Cole's 110th anniversary.

    So, when's this hearty party at, anyway?

    It'll happen each month, over one particularly panache-filled week, as a local chef stops by to put a zazzy spin on the classic French Dip.

    Up first?

    Chef Nyesha Arrington of Native is the French Dip artisan of January. She's created a Beef Bulgogi French Dip, which will be available through Sunday, Jan. 13 for $10.73.

    More chefs are on the schedule, with Brooke Williamson of Playa Provisions French-Dipping-it-up in February.

    Are there suggested cocktail pairings for this limited-time sandwich?

    Indeed. The restaurant recommends ordering a Stirred Gilmet or a Chatterbox, which features Scotch Whisky and Appleton 12yr rum.

    Proceeds from every "Year of the Dip" French Dip sold will benefit Spirited Coalition for Change. The organization, which was created by 213 Hospitality and The Spirited Group, helps to "... raise funds and awareness for our homeless neighbors," says the charity's site, as well as "... find ways to solve the growing housing crisis our community faces."

    Are you ready for 2019?

    Are you a longtime Cole's regular? Or a person who dips into the tummy-filling delight whenever you fancy a sandwich of the French-iest sort?

    Prepare to celebrate the "Year of the Dip," to give some love to the community, and to honor some of our region's most in-dip-endent culinary thinkers, the chefs putting together these savory sandwich symphonies.

    Photo Credit: Olivia Frescura/F. Arcaute

    Order Chef Nyesha Arrington's Beef Bulgogi French Dip at the downtown landmark through Jan. 13, 2019; more chef-driven dip-centered spins are to come, throughout 2019.Order Chef Nyesha Arrington's Beef Bulgogi French Dip at the downtown landmark through Jan. 13, 2019; more chef-driven dip-centered spins are to come, throughout 2019.

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    A Navy veteran from California has been in custody in Iran for more than five months, his family said Tuesday.

    Michael R. White, of Imperial Beach, was captured by authorities in late July, when he was there to visit his Iranian girlfriend, the vet’s mom, Joanne White, told NBC News.

    The State Department is “aware of reports” of White’s detainment but declined further comment, officials said. It was not immediately known how long White had been out of the Navy.

    Photo Credit: Courtesy Joanne White

    Michael R. WhiteMichael R. White

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    Teachers at 1,000 schools across Los Angeles are potentially going on strike as early as Thursday amid a labor contract dispute between the school district and United Teachers Los Angeles, the union that represents the teachers.

    The LAUSD has put together a Family Resource Guide on what to know to prepare and keep informed if the strike were to happen.

    Below are key tips for parents:

    • LAUSD schools will remain open;
    • School hours will remain the same;
    • Morning and after-school program hours will remain the same; 
    • School meals will continue to be served;
    • Students will be expected to attend school;
    • Absences will not be excused and will be counted against the student;
    • Parents will be notified of any schedule changes, if they occur;
    • Instruction will be provided by limited staff and substitutes.

    For those who want to volunteer, you can get more information here. For more information, visit

    Parents with more specific questions are encouraged to contact their local school.

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    January flowers, in many places, involve the amaryllises and poinsettias and paperwhites that continue to open up in kitchens and dining rooms, long after their Christmastime heydays.

    And while no outdoor flower worth its weight in petals would sniff in the direction of the holidays' exquisite indoor growers, there are iconic blossoms, at least around Southern California, that are now popping, thanks to sunshine, rain, and fresh air.

    One of the icons of the outdoors, come January, can be found in yards across the region, and in pretty, well-cultivated profusion at Descanso Gardens in La Cañada Flintridge. 

    It's the camellia, and while you can visit the historic nature destination at any time, in the heart of winter, to admire the Camellia Forest — there's actually an area called that, yes sirree — the second weekend of January 2019 will be extra-camellia'd-out.

    That's when the Cool Camellia Celebration will flower, delivering a garden of delights to people longing to be among beautiful buds, even months ahead of spring's official entrance.

    Your admission to Descanso Gardens gets you into the festival activities, which include camellia crafts, camellia walks, demos on camellia pruning (Saturday) and arranging (Sunday), and live music, too.

    The dates? Turn your face to the sun, like a camellia might, and get to La Cañada Flintridge on Jan. 12 or 13.

    The celebration is a bright ray of summer in the midst of winter, at least in spirit, but, then again, those rays never really leave us, fully, around these parts.

    Thank in large part the lovely camellia, one of our famous cold-weather flowers, and thank Descanso Gardens for always putting on a camellia-focused wingding of a wintertime to-do.

    Photo Credit: Descanso Gardens

    Wintertime wow is happening now, and over the next few weeks, at the showy La Cañada Flintridge spread.Wintertime wow is happening now, and over the next few weeks, at the showy La Cañada Flintridge spread.

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    Angry parents converged at Los Angeles Unified headquarters Tuesday morning after the school board voted to nix the idea of inviting volunteers into classrooms without background checks, then changed its position two days before a potential teachers' strike.

    "Now there's a strike happening, we're going to just bring in everybody so they can watch our children with no oversight?" said Wendi Hauser, a mother of a first-grader within LAUSD. "It is phenomenally irresponsible to me."

    She said her daughter will not be at school if teachers strike.

    "I will not send her into a school that has random volunteers that no one even knows about," she said.

    Carl Petersen who has two special-needs daughters within the LAUSD, addressed the board over the issue.

    "I would've thought the district would have learned its lessons from Miramonte and the millions of dollars you paid out in claims," he said, referring to a former LAUSD elementary school teacher convicted of sexually abusing students. "This is one of the reasons we have financial problems."

    "They look for short-term results. And right now the only thing they have on their minds is how to staff those schools and keep them open."

    He calls the board's decision a disaster waiting to happen.

    "Unfortunately some kid is going to pay the price," Petersen said.

    It's another hiccup in the tumultuous battle between the district and the teachers who work for it. Both claim they side with students, but both have been unwilling to bow down.

    "The total lack of leadership today is infurating," Hauser said.

    Negotiations are scheduled to resume at LAUSD Headquarters Wednesday at 9am.

    Wendi Hauser, a mother of a first-grader within the LAUSD, said it's irresponsible for the Los Angeles Unified School District to bring in people without background checks. Wendi Hauser, a mother of a first-grader within the LAUSD, said it's irresponsible for the Los Angeles Unified School District to bring in people without background checks. "It is phenomenally irresponsible to me."

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    A state appeals court said Tuesday it is unconstitutional to use the criminal justice system to try to collect fees, fines, or restitution from defendants who are unable to pay.

    "The criminal justice system punishes indigent defendants in a way that it does not punish wealthy defendants," the court said in an opinion authored by Justice Laurie D. Zelon, and suggested the California Legislature consider changing a section of the Penal Code that requires certain payments.

    The decision stemmed from the case of a homeless mother in Los Angeles, Velia Duenas, who could not afford to pay a cascading series of fines and penalties over many years.

    "Because the only reason Duenas cannot pay the fine and fee is her poverty, using the criminal process to collect a fine she cannot pay is unconstitutional," the court said.

    "We're really thrilled with the opinion," said Public Counsel attorney Kathryn Eidmann, who argued the appeal. "It will do a lot of good for Ms. Duenas and a lot of defendants like her across the state."

    Eidmann said it was the first case she was aware of in which a court has found the imposition of fees without consideration of a defendant's ability to pay was fundamentally unfair.

    "Not only does this establish a precedent for every indigent defendant facing these kind of fees, but it could also help to establish a similar precedent for other fees," Edimann told NBC4.

    Photo Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

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    President Donald Trump addressed the nation Tuesday to make his case for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Top Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer responded, urging Trump to end the government shutdown.

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    The full text of President Donald Trump's first Oval Office address, according to a transcript released by the White House.

    My fellow Americans: Tonight, I am speaking to you because there is a growing humanitarian and security crisis at our southern border.

    Every day, Customs and Border Patrol agents encounter thousands of illegal immigrants trying to enter our country. We are out of space to hold them, and we have no way to promptly return them back home to their country.

    America proudly welcomes millions of lawful immigrants who enrich our society and contribute to our nation. But all Americans are hurt by uncontrolled, illegal migration. It strains public resources and drives down jobs and wages. Among those hardest hit are African Americans and Hispanic Americans.

    Our southern border is a pipeline for vast quantities of illegal drugs, including meth, heroin, cocaine, and fentanyl. Every week, 300 of our citizens are killed by heroin alone, 90 percent of which floods across from our southern border. More Americans will die from drugs this year than were killed in the entire Vietnam War.

    In the last two years, ICE officers made 266,000 arrests of aliens with criminal records, including those charged or convicted of 100,000 assaults, 30,000 sex crimes, and 4,000 violent killings. Over the years, thousands of Americans have been brutally killed by those who illegally entered our country, and thousands more lives will be lost if we don’t act right now.

    This is a humanitarian crisis -- a crisis of the heart and a crisis of the soul.

    Last month, 20,000 migrant children were illegally brought into the United States -- a dramatic increase. These children are used as human pawns by vicious coyotes and ruthless gangs. One in three women are sexually assaulted on the dangerous trek up through Mexico. Women and children are the biggest victims, by far, of our broken system.

    This is the tragic reality of illegal immigration on our southern border. This is the cycle of human suffering that I am determined to end.

    My administration has presented Congress with a detailed proposal to secure the border and stop the criminal gangs, drug smugglers, and human traffickers. It's a tremendous problem. Our proposal was developed by law enforcement professionals and border agents at the Department of Homeland Security. These are the resources they have requested to properly perform their mission and keep America safe. In fact, safer than ever before.

    The proposal from Homeland Security includes cutting-edge technology for detecting drugs, weapons, illegal contraband, and many other things. We have requested more agents, immigration judges, and bed space to process the sharp rise in unlawful migration fueled by our very strong economy. Our plan also contains an urgent request for humanitarian assistance and medical support.

    Furthermore, we have asked Congress to close border security loopholes so that illegal immigrant children can be safely and humanely returned back home.

    Finally, as part of an overall approach to border security, law enforcement professionals have requested $5.7 billion for a physical barrier. At the request of Democrats, it will be a steel barrier rather than a concrete wall. This barrier is absolutely critical to border security. It’s also what our professionals at the border want and need. This is just common sense.

    The border wall would very quickly pay for itself. The cost of illegal drugs exceeds $500 billion a year -- vastly more than the $5.7 billion we have requested from Congress. The wall will also be paid for, indirectly, by the great new trade deal we have made with Mexico.

    Senator Chuck Schumer -- who you will be hearing from later tonight -- has repeatedly supported a physical barrier in the past, along with many other Democrats. They changed their mind only after I was elected President.

    Democrats in Congress have refused to acknowledge the crisis. And they have refused to provide our brave border agents with the tools they desperately need to protect our families and our nation.

    The federal government remains shut down for one reason and one reason only: because Democrats will not fund border security. My administration is doing everything in our power to help those impacted by the situation. But the only solution is for Democrats to pass a spending bill that defends our borders and re-opens the government.

    This situation could be solved in a 45-minute meeting. I have invited Congressional leadership to the White House tomorrow to get this done. Hopefully, we can rise above partisan politics in order to support national security.

    Some have suggested a barrier is immoral. Then why do wealthy politicians build walls, fences, and gates around their homes? They don’t build walls because they hate the people on the outside, but because they love the people on the inside. The only thing that is immoral is the politicians to do nothing and continue to allow more innocent people to be so horribly victimized.

    America’s heart broke the day after Christmas when a young police officer in California was savagely murdered in cold blood by an illegal alien, who just came across the border. The life of an American hero was stolen by someone who had no right to be in our country.

    Day after day, precious lives are cut short by those who have violated our borders. In California, an Air Force veteran was raped, murdered, and beaten to death with a hammer by an illegal alien with a long criminal history. In Georgia, an illegal alien was recently charged with murder for killing, beheading, and dismembering his neighbor. In Maryland, MS-13 gang members who arrived in the United States as unaccompanied minors were arrested and charged last year after viciously stabbing and beating a 16-year-old girl.

    Over the last several years, I’ve met with dozens of families whose loved ones were stolen by illegal immigration. I’ve held the hands of the weeping mothers and embraced the grief-stricken fathers. So sad. So terrible. I will never forget the pain in their eyes, the tremble in their voices, and the sadness gripping their souls.

    How much more American blood must we shed before Congress does its job?

    To those who refuse to compromise in the name of border security, I would ask: Imagine if it was your child, your husband, or your wife whose life was so cruelly shattered and totally broken?To every member of Congress: Pass a bill that ends this crisis. To every citizen: Call Congress and tell them to finally, after all of these decades, secure our border.

    This is a choice between right and wrong, justice and injustice. This is about whether we fulfill our sacred duty to the American citizens we serve.

    When I took the Oath of Office, I swore to protect our country. And that is what I will always do, so help me God.Thank you and goodnight.


    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi:

    Good evening. I appreciate the opportunity to speak directly to the American people tonight about how we can end this shutdown and meet the needs of the American people.

    Sadly, much of what we have heard from President Trump throughout this senseless shutdown has been full of misinformation and even malice.

    The President has chosen fear. We want to start with the facts.

    The fact is: On the very first day of this Congress, House Democrats passed Senate Republican legislation to re-open government and fund smart, effective border security solutions.

    But the President is rejecting these bipartisan bills which would re-open government – over his obsession with forcing American taxpayers to waste billions of dollars on an expensive and ineffective wall – a wall he always promised Mexico would pay for!

    The fact is: President Trump has chosen to hold hostage critical services for the health, safety and well-being of the American people and withhold the paychecks of 800,000 innocent workers across the nation – many of them veterans.

    He promised to keep government shutdown for ‘months or years’ – no matter whom it hurts. That’s just plain wrong.

    The fact is: We all agree that we need to secure our borders, while honoring our values: we can build the infrastructure and roads at our ports of entry; we can install new technology to scan cars and trucks for drugs coming into our nation; we can hire the personnel we need to facilitate trade and immigration at the border; and we can fund more innovation to detect unauthorized crossings.

    The fact is: the women and children at the border are not a security threat, they are a humanitarian challenge – a challenge that President Trump’s own cruel and counterproductive policies have only deepened.

    And the fact is: President Trump must stop holding the American people hostage, must stop manufacturing a crisis, and must re-open the government.

    Thank you.

    Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer: 

    My fellow Americans, we address you tonight for one reason only: the President of the United States – having failed to get Mexico to pay for his ineffective, unnecessary border wall, and unable to convince the Congress or the American people to foot the bill – has shut down the government.

    American democracy doesn’t work that way. We don’t govern by temper tantrum. No president should pound the table and demand he gets his way or else the government shuts down, hurting millions of Americans who are treated as leverage.

    Tonight – and throughout this debate and his presidency – President Trump has appealed to fear, not facts. Division, not unity.

    Make no mistake: Democrats and the President both want stronger border security. However, we sharply disagree with the President about the most effective way to do it.

    So, how do we untangle this mess?

    There is an obvious solution: separate the shutdown from the arguments over border security. There is bipartisan legislation – supported by Democrats and Republicans – to re-open government while allowing debate over border security to continue.

    There is no excuse for hurting millions of Americans over a policy difference. Federal workers are about to miss a paycheck. Some families can’t get a mortgage to buy a new home. Farmers and small businesses won’t get loans they desperately need.

    Most presidents have used Oval Office addresses for noble purposes. This president just used the backdrop of the Oval Office to manufacture a crisis, stoke fear, and divert attention from the turmoil in his Administration.

    My fellow Americans, there is no challenge so great that our nation cannot rise to meet it. We can re-open the government AND continue to work through disagreements about policy. We can secure our border without an expensive, ineffective wall. And we can welcome legal immigrants and refugees without compromising safety and security.

    The symbol of America should be the Statue of Liberty, not a thirty-foot wall.

    So our suggestion is a simple one: Mr. President: re-open the government and we can work to resolve our differences over border security. But end this shutdown now.

    Thank you.

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    Left: President Donald Trump speaks from the Oval Office in the White House, Jan. 8, 2019, in Washington. Right: Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, of N.Y., and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif. speak on Capitol Hill following the president's address on Jan. 8, 2019, in Washington.Left: President Donald Trump speaks from the Oval Office in the White House, Jan. 8, 2019, in Washington. Right: Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, of N.Y., and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif. speak on Capitol Hill following the president's address on Jan. 8, 2019, in Washington.

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    Jurors in San Bernardino heard emotional testimony from the mother of Joseph McStay in the McStay family murder trial family Tuesday.

    In court, Susan Blake described her interactions with Charles "Chase" Merritt, who is accused of killing the family of four and burying their bodies in the high desert.

    As you can imagine, this has been heartbreaking for the mother.

    On Tuesday, she told jurors about the moment she found out her family was gone.

    "Obviously, the hardest thing, my son had to tell me that they found them in the desert," Blake said in court.

    Blake requested that only her voice be recorded.

    The mother of Joseph McStay talked about the emotional moments in November of 2013, when her other son Mike told her that Joseph, his wife summer and their two young sons Gianna and Joseph Jr. were located north of Victorville, buried in two shallow graves. 

    "He told me that they found their bodies and they were dead, all of them," Blake said.

    Blake also talked about the days before and after her son and his family mysteriously disappeared from their North San Diego County home in February of 2010.

    She told jurors about Joseph McStay's business associate, who is accused of the murders. Blake said he was the first one to alert her that no one could get a hold of Joseph.

    She also claimed that she asked Merritt to help spread the word about the missing family members, but he quote "refused."

    Prosecutors allege Merritt killed the McStays because he was embezzling thousands of dollars from Joseph McStays custom fountain business. Blake says during the months following the disappearance, Merritt constantly tried to get money from Joseph McStay's business account to complete jobs.

    At times, Blake claimed, Merritt was aggressive and combative.

    "He asked for funds to keep the business going, at the time, I would do anything to help my son. I'm probably not in my right mind anyways at that time."

    Blake told jurors that she gave Merritt more than five thousand dollars to complete jobs in the months after the family went missing.

    Investigators say Merritt was paid $17,000 by a customer after work had been completed on a job.

    Blake said Merritt promised to pay her back the money he borrowed, but she never received any money.

    The trial continues Wednesday with jurors expected to hear testimony from Mike McStay, Joseph McStay's brother.

    The mother of Joseph McStay, who provided emotional testimony at the McStay murder trial in San Bernardino on Jan. 7, 2019.The mother of Joseph McStay, who provided emotional testimony at the McStay murder trial in San Bernardino on Jan. 7, 2019.

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    A Kentucky elementary school teacher has been removed from her school and faces charges of assault after she was seen on video dragging a student with autism down a hallway, NBC News reported.

    In the minute-long video, shared Sunday on Facebook by the child's mother, Angel Nelson, the female teacher pulls the boy by his wrists down the hall in front of other students lined against a wall. The incident happened on Oct. 24, according to Nelson.

    “Do you want to walk?," the teacher, identified as Trina Abrams by county court, asks the boy, to which he responds, "No."

    At one point in the video, Abrams appears to try to get the boy to stand up but he refuses so she continues to drag the child along the floor.

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    Wurtland Elementary School in Greenup County, Kentucky.Wurtland Elementary School in Greenup County, Kentucky.

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    The New Year is only a few days old, but California has taken an early lead for the weirdest story of 2019.

    A man in Salinas, California was caught on security camera licking a doorbell in what can best be described as an explicit manner. Police identified the man who felt the need to express his love to a doorbell as Daniel Arroyo.

    Arroyo allegedly returned to the residence after finishing his make-out session, urinated in front of the house and stole extension cords, according to police.

    Unfortunately for doorbells and extension cords in the area, Arroyo was not immediately caught, according to police.

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    The two leading Democrats in Congress, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, gave their party's official response to President Donald Trump's prime-time address on Tuesday night. Here is the NBC News fact-check of their remarks.


    Pelosi: "On the very first day of this Congress, House Democrats passed Senate Republican legislation to re-open government and fund smart, effective border security solutions."

    The facts: House Democrats did pass spending bills to re-open government as their first act upon taking control of the chamber. But the bills were more of a provocation than real legislation; Democrats knew they would not be taken up by the Senate or signed by Trump. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in no uncertain terms that any bill that didn't have obvious support from the White House and Senate majority would not come to his floor for a vote.

    "The Senate will not waste its time considering a Democratic bill which cannot pass this chamber and which the president will not sign," McConnell said.

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    Left: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Dec. 20, 2018, in Washington, D.C. Right: Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Oct. 4, 2018, in Washington, D.C.Left: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Dec. 20, 2018, in Washington, D.C. Right: Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Oct. 4, 2018, in Washington, D.C.

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    A taxi driver in Louisville, Kentucky had no idea what happened when he regained his senses after his vehicle crashed into a home, but surveillance video from inside the taxi caught the violent assault that took place before the crash.

    The driver didn't seem to make too much of his customer's request to stop at a liquor store, but that stop provided the passenger a weapon that would be used in a violent attack.

    Brian Moss, the passenger, could be seen acting odd with the bottle of Wild Turkey in his hand in the back seat of the cab. Moss appears to be setting up to use the bottle as a weapon, and then, suddenly, Moss uses the bottle of liquor and strikes the driver in the head while the car is moving.

    The driver is dazed and knocked out, and he crosses into incoming traffic, narrowly misses a tree and crashes into a home.

    After the incident, the driver did not seem to know what happened according to the taxi company, Taxi 7. So, Taxi 7 and the driver reviewed the surveillance video from inside the taxi cab and realized that Moss had struck the driver in the head with the bottle of Wild Turkey.

    The company contacted police, who tracked down the homeless man responsible for the attack. Eventually, an arrest was made, and Moss was charged with two felonies for the viscous attack caught on video.

    NBC-affiliate Wave 3 contributed to this story.

    A taxi driver is struck in the head by a bottle while driving in Louisville, Kentucky.A taxi driver is struck in the head by a bottle while driving in Louisville, Kentucky.

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    Police shot an armed suspect in a domestic disturbance in Redondo Beach Tuesday night.

    The shooting occurred after officers from the Redondo Beach Police Department responded to reports of a domestic disturbance on the 1000 block of Esplanade shortly after 9 p.m., according to the RBPD.

    An officer involved shooting occurred when an armed suspect confronted officers, according to police.

    The suspect was treated at the scene for multiple injuries and taken to a nearby hospital, according to the Redondo Beach Police Department. The severity of the suspect's injuries were not immediately known.

    No police officers were injured, and no other injuries were reported.

    The RBPD said that a request was made for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department to be the primary investigating agency for the incident.

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    Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who had been overseeing the special counsel investigation, plans to step down after Robert Mueller finishes his work, according to administration officials familiar with his thinking.

    A source close to Rosenstein said he intends to stay on until Mueller's investigative and prosecutorial work is done, NBC News reported. The source said that would mean Rosenstein would remain until early March.

    Several legal sources have said they expect the Mueller team to conclude its work by mid-to-late February, although they said that timeline could change based on unforeseen investigative developments.

    Photo Credit: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images, File

    This Nov. 28, 2018, file photo shows Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein at a news conference announcing efforts against computer hacking and extortion at the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.This Nov. 28, 2018, file photo shows Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein at a news conference announcing efforts against computer hacking and extortion at the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.

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