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    The Woolsey fire broke out Thursday Nov. 8, consuming thousands of acres in LA and Ventura counties. From cars to multimillion-dollar mansions, the fire destroyed and severely damaged anything in its path.

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    A bizarre brawl broke out in an Orange County McDonald's after a woman went into the employee area, demanded ketchup, and allegedly started choking an employee when she was told to leave, the Santa Ana Police Department said Tuesday.

    Police were searching Tuesday for the woman captured on McDonald's surveillance footage.

    It started after the customer, a woman seen in surveillance footage in a pink shirt and gray sweatpants, got upset in the drive-thru because something was left out of her order Oct. 27.

    She allegedly became so upset that she walked in a back door left open at the Santa Ana McDonald's in the 1500 block North Bristol and began swearing at the manager, police said.

    The manager said she couldn't believe it started over ketchup.

    The woman allegedly slipped in through a door left open after an employee took out the trash. On surveillance, the woman in the pink shirt can be seen confronting the manager, and a fight quickly breaks out.

    It took a while before a co-worker tried to break up the fight. By that point, the woman in pink can be seen on video choking the employee.

    "It happened all so fast. One of the girls did help me. The rest, I don't know, I wasn't really aware of what was going on," the manager who was attacked said. She didn't wish to be identified.

    The manager says beyond a few four-letter words, the woman kept asking for ketchup.

    "We're starting to see more of this type of incident: people upset by service take it beyond a complaint. They physically assault the workers," said Cpl. Anthony Bertagna.

    About a minute after it began, a man walks in and seems to tell the female attacker it's time to leave. It is unclear if she ever got the ketchup.

    "Fortunately the male you see got her out of the store otherwise we don't know where this would have gone," Bertagna said.

    As for the 22-year old manager, she said she suffered more from shock than serious injury.

    The manager believes the two were seen leaving in a white car.



    Photo Credit: Santa Ana police

    Police say a woman, upset over a missed food item in the drive-thru and ketchup, went inside a McDonald's through a back door and allegedly assaulted an employee because of it -- and it was all caught on camera Oct. 27, 2018.Police say a woman, upset over a missed food item in the drive-thru and ketchup, went inside a McDonald's through a back door and allegedly assaulted an employee because of it -- and it was all caught on camera Oct. 27, 2018.

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    The Woolsey Fire began Thursday in the hills of eastern Ventura County and burned into Los Angeles County, destroying homes and other buildings on its way toward the ocean.

    Use the maps below to see where the fire has burned more than 91,500 acres. You also can see a smoke forecast and view photos and videos from the fire zone. 

    PROGRESSION

    The Woolsey Fire began Thursday Nov. 8 in eastern Ventura County before jumping the 101 Freeway and spreading south toward Malibu. 

    PERIMETER

    The fire doubled in size after the first day, expanding into communities as it spread toward the ocean.

    SMOKE FORECAST

    Smoke drifted across Southern California as the fire spread, reducing air quality levels for a widespread part of the region.

    Air Quality

    Depending on which way the winds are blowing, fires can have a significant health impact on air quality in Southern California.

    PHOTOS AND VIDEOS

    The fire burned some houses to the ground while leaving sometimes leaving neighboring residences relatively untouched. Below, a look at the Woolsey Fire in photos and video.



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    A line of cars on PCH is pictured with smoke from the Woolsey Fire in the background Friday Nov. 9, 2018.A line of cars on PCH is pictured with smoke from the Woolsey Fire in the background Friday Nov. 9, 2018.

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    The United States faces a "crisis of national security" because its historic military supremacy has eroded drastically, leaving it likely unable to fight more than a single war at a time, according to a congressionally chartered report released Wednesday.

    "U.S. military superiority is no longer assured and the implications for American interests and American security are severe," said the report, which was issued by the National Defense Strategy Commission, an independent agency whose board is appointed by the House and Senate Armed Services committees.

    The report concludes that the Defense Department isn't financially or strategically set up to wage two wars at once and could even lose a war against China or Russia individually, NBC News reported.

    "The U.S. military could suffer unacceptably high casualties and loss of major capital assets in its next conflict," it said.



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    US Army troops enter a compound where the military is erecting an encampment near the US-Mexico border crossing at Donna, Texas, on November 6, 2018.US Army troops enter a compound where the military is erecting an encampment near the US-Mexico border crossing at Donna, Texas, on November 6, 2018.

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    A House committee will hear testimony Thursday from Department of Veterans Affairs officials over delayed GI Bill payments potentially affecting hundreds of thousands of veterans.

    NBC News reported Sunday that IT glitches at VA have caused GI Bill benefit payments covering education and housing to be delayed for months or never be delivered, forcing some veterans to face debt or even homelessness.

    NBC News learned on Wednesday that one of the key witnesses called to testify from VA was reassigned by the federal agency to a regional office in Houston.

    Robert Worley, executive director of Education Service of the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), based in Washington, D.C., has been appointed to serve as the executive director of the VBA’s Houston Regional Office, according to two sources close to the VA and an email reviewed by NBC News.

    Higher-ups at VA decided to reassign Worley due to the delayed GI Bill payments, as well as other issues within his office, sources said.



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    The United States Department of Veterans Affairs headquarters is seen on Wednesday May 28, 2014 in Washington, DC.The United States Department of Veterans Affairs headquarters is seen on Wednesday May 28, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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    After a tough week in Southern California, the Los Angeles Lakers are joining the relief efforts.

    One week after a mass shooting at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks claimed the lives of 13 people, and wildfires ravaged the southland destroying hundreds of homes and claiming lives, the Lakers are doing their part.

    The team announced on Wednesday, that they will donate $100,000 to the American Red Cross to directly help victims of the Woosley Fire, and an additional $50,000 to the Conejo Valley Victims Fund for the families of the 12 victims whose lives were taken in the shooting.

    However, the $50,000 donation is not the only thing the Lakers have done to bring awareness and help the victims of the shooting. On Sunday, ahead of their win over the Atlanta Hawks, the Lakers were pregame t-shirts that said "Enough" across the chest, and had all 12 of the victims names on the back.

    The team also announced that they will set up a blood drive at all home games for those that were injured in the Thousand Oaks shooting.



    Photo Credit: AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez

    Los Angeles Lakers' Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, center, wears a t-shirt bearing the names of the 12 people killed in Wednesday night's shooting at a bar in Thousand Oaks, Calif. before an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Lakers' Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, center, wears a t-shirt bearing the names of the 12 people killed in Wednesday night's shooting at a bar in Thousand Oaks, Calif. before an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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    A firefighter battling the Woolsey Fire early Thursday morning suffered severe chest injuries after being hit by a vehicle.

    According to California Highway Patrol, the firefighter, a Washington man in his 40s, was hit by a vehicle near Deer Creek on Pacific Coast Highway. The firefighter was deployed to California from South Kitsap Fire and Rescue in Washington, to assist in battling the Woosley Fire. 

    "Our focus at this time is on the firefighter, his family, our fire district and our community," said the South Kitsap Fire Department in a statement. 

    The firefighter was airlifted to Los Robles Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

    The Woolsey Fire began one week ago in Ventura County, then jumped the 101 Freeway and spread toward Malibu. It has destroyed more than 500 structures and forced tens of thousands of evacuations.

    Three people have been killed in the fire, estimated Thursday morning at about 98,000 acres with containment at 57 percent.



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    Los Angeles County firefighters attack flames approaching the Salvation Army camps in Malibu Creek State Park during the Woolsey Fire on November 10, 2018 near Malibu, California. The Woolsey fire has burned over 70,000 acres and has reached the Pacific Coast at Malibu as it continues grow.Los Angeles County firefighters attack flames approaching the Salvation Army camps in Malibu Creek State Park during the Woolsey Fire on November 10, 2018 near Malibu, California. The Woolsey fire has burned over 70,000 acres and has reached the Pacific Coast at Malibu as it continues grow.

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    EDITOR'S NOTE: The newest version of this story can be found here, including the confirmed arrest and extradition of Johnny Bobbitt Jr. by Philadelphia police on Wednesday night. It will also host the livestream of a 2 p.m. press conference by prosecutors making a major announcement in the case at Old Burlington County Courthouse.

    The New Jersey couple who became famous for raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for a homeless man after he helped with their disabled car — as did the homeless man himself — will all face charges for allegedly providing a false story in order to raise money for themselves, a source familiar with the case told NBC10.

    Mark D'Amico, Kate McClure and Johnny Bobbitt Jr. will face charges including conspiracy and theft by deception, according to the source.

    A complaint obtained by NBC10 alleges that the three conspired with one another to make up a false story in order to raise more than $400,000.

    Investigators say the three deliberately prevented donors for their GoFundMe campaign from gaining information "that would affect their judgment about solicited contribution to that fundraising effort."

    D'Amico and McClure turned themselves in Wednesday to Burlington County prosecutors, the source said. The source did not confirm whether or not Bobbitt turned himself in as well.

    A lawyer for the couple had no comment Thursday. NBC10 has also reached out to a lawyer for Bobbitt for comment.

    The three initially gained fame in 2017. The couple claimed Bobbitt used $20 to help McClure get gas when her car ran out on Interstate 95 in Philadelphia. McClure and D'Amico then launched a GoFundMe page to supposedly raise money for Bobbitt, and the page brought in over $400,000 from 14,000 contributors.

    At first, the account led to appearances for Bobbitt and McClure on national TV programs. But it turned into a dispute over the money.

    Bobbitt accused the couple of dipping into the funds and using them as a "personal piggy bank" to bankroll a lifestyle they couldn't afford.

    Bobbitt later sued the couple over mismanagement of the funds and a judge ordered sworn statements to determine what happened to the cash, which Bobbitt's attorney, Chris Fallon, said had disappeared.

    The couple denied any wrongdoing and accused Bobbitt of spending $25,000 in less than two weeks last year on drugs as well as paying for overdue legal bills and sending money to family.

    The couple's lawyer, Ernest Badway, later said Bobbitt had gotten about $200,000. But Fallon said his client had received only about $75,000.

    The couple also bought Bobbitt a camper with some of the cash and parked it on land McClure's family owns in New Jersey. But Bobbitt became homeless again after D'Amico told him in June that he had to leave the property.

    In September, police raided the couple's home in Florence, New Jersey, hauling away a new BMW on a flatbed truck. Badway said that all the couple's personal and business financial statements, along with jewelry and cash, were seized in the raid.

    At that point, officials said the couple was under investigation, though no charges had been filed.

    D'Amico was arrested in September in Burlington County on an unrelated $500 warrant for an October 2017 traffic stop, according to officials. At the time, he was driving on a suspended license and also had a broken tail light. He also failed to appear in court on two separate occassions, according to court records.



    Photo Credit: Burlington County Prosecutor's Office
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    Pictured left to right: Mark D'Amico, Johnny Bobbitt, Jr., and Kate McClurePictured left to right: Mark D'Amico, Johnny Bobbitt, Jr., and Kate McClure

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    While signs of November in other places run the bundle-up gamut, from people breaking out their heavy coats to piles of fallen leaves in front yards, we have a different sort of seasonal indicator here in Los Angeles: The rising of the mega trees.

    We're talking, of course, about the huge firs that are often reassembled, branch by branch, once they're placed at various high-profile shopping centers around Southern California.

    And they aren't assembled in a day; rather, they tend to show up before Halloween, and come together all November.

    Or make that the first half of November, at least, as far as The Americana at Brand and The Grove are concerned.

    For the two shopping destinations will once again flip various switches to deliver the shimmer to those who visit. Visit for free, we'll add: No ticket is required.

    That shimmer lasts all season long, but the kick-off nights are a bit special, and over-the-top, and bring out revelers who want to see Santa and/or the singing of carols.

    Coming up?

    Keck Medicine of USC Presents: Christmas at The Americana at Brand on the evening of Thursday, Nov. 15. One musical highlight at the Glendale shopping center? The cast of "Love, Actually Live," the stage musical that's opening at The Wallis in Beverly Hills on Dec. 4, will perform.

    Citi Presents: Christmas at The Grove will deliver that famous faux snowfall, around the park area, as well as a performance highlighting "A Home for the Holidays" on CBS. As always, arriving early for this event, which takes place in the Mid-City, near the Fairfax District and Beverly Grove, and The Americana lighting, is essential.

    And for those hoping to check out the first-ever tree-lighting at the new Palisades Village, that's happening on Sunday, Nov. 25. And Compass Presents: Christmas at The Promenade at Westlake? The event was postponed due to the fires, but is expected to proceed on a new date: Nov. 30.

    Still more tree-oriented to-dos are due, but once the middle of November arrives, in the form of the towering-tree events, you can pretty much say that although Christmas is six weeks away, it is, in a way, nearly here.



    Photo Credit: The Americana at Brand

    Santa, stars, and songs fill the Glendale and Mid-City shopping centers in the days ahead. The Americana, pictured, is up on Nov. 15, while The Grove begins to glimmer on Nov. 18.Santa, stars, and songs fill the Glendale and Mid-City shopping centers in the days ahead. The Americana, pictured, is up on Nov. 15, while The Grove begins to glimmer on Nov. 18.

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    North Korea will not be required to provide a complete list of its nuclear weapons and missile sites before a second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Vice-President Mike Pence told NBC News Thursday. 

    The U.S. has pressed the North for information on the entirety of its nuclear operations since an initial agreement for denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula was reached in June. But the Kim regime has refused to provide details of the nation's operations and postponed scheduled meetings with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in New York last week. 

    Now, the second summit between the two leaders — slated for after the New Year — will be where a "verifiable plan" to disclose the sites and weapons must be reached, Pence said. 

    This week, a report from the Center for Strategic and International Studies outlined a number of missile operating bases that the North Koreans have continued to develop since the Trump-Kim summit five months ago.



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    U.S. Vice President Mike Pence talks to the press during the 33rd ASEAN Summit in Singapore, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018.U.S. Vice President Mike Pence talks to the press during the 33rd ASEAN Summit in Singapore, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018.

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    Trump confidante Roger Stone was told that Hillary Clinton's "campaign will die this week" six days before WikiLeaks began releasing her campaign chairman's emails, according to copies of text messages Stone provided to NBC News.

    The message came from Stone's friend, radio host Randy Credico, who told Stone he had insights into WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's plans through Assange's lawyer.

    The messages show that Credico appeared to be providing regular updates to Stone on Assange's plans ahead of the release of the hacked emails that changed the trajectory of the 2016 presidential campaign.

    Stone is a focus of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, sources have said. Stone has denied colluding with WikiLeaks and said the messages he shared support his claim that his only information on WikiLeaks came from Credico.

    Credico told NBC News that the messages don't show he "had any knowledge of anything that Assange was going to do because I didn't."



    Photo Credit: Andrew Harnik/AP, File

    This Sept. 26, 2017, file photo shows longtime Donald Trump associate Roger Stone depart after testifying before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington.This Sept. 26, 2017, file photo shows longtime Donald Trump associate Roger Stone depart after testifying before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington.

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    Inspired by a true friendship, "Green Book" takes us on a journey from the Bronx to the deep south during the Civil Rights Movement of the early 1960's. The Green Book itself was a real book used to guide African Americans to safe lodging, dining and business options while traveling in the Jim Crow south.

    Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali play the unlikely companions who use the Green Book as their guide while navigating uncertain situations. While the Green Book is the titular character in the film, we hardly see it at all. Instead the movie focuses on friendship, class, and racial injustices of the time.

    Tony Lipp (Mortensen) is an Italian-American bouncer and part time driver who is hired to drive Dr. Don Shirley (Ali) on a concert tour from Manhattan to the deep south and see that he gets safely to each performance. Shirley is a world-class pianist and although he is welcome to play for wealthy white crowds, he is not allowed to use the same restroom or accommodations.

    The movie touches on racial themes that are still relevant today. We see the heartbreak and frustration with Ali who is one minute praised for his talent, and being forced to use an outhouse the next.

    While the subject is heavy and should not be taken lightly, there is certainly a lighter feeling with this film, and even laugh out loud moments. That's due in large part to director Peter Farrelly.

    "I don't think we realized it was going to be as funny as it is," Mortensen tells me during a recent press interview. "We've watched the movie a few times and I'm still laughing out loud when I see certain things."

    Racial wrongs and civil rights might not seem that amusing, but Farrelly skillfully draws you into these characters and their story with humor without compromising the real life heartache and fear that black people felt during this time. Something both actors say is relevant today.

    "This film right now is somewhat of an antidote to some of the things we're feeling bubble up on the surface right now." Ali said.

    "Green Book" opens nationwide on November 16th.


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    A pre-winter storm was being blamed for five deaths as it spread icy conditions on roads in the South and Midwest on Wednesday before it hits the Northeast Thursday, NBC News reported.

    Two people were killed and several dozen hurt when a tour bus headed to a casino overturned in Mississippi. In Arkansas, three people died in separate crashes on icy roads, prompting authorities to shut Interstate 40 overnight.

    A winter weather advisory covered more than 89 million people up the East Coast from Washington, D.C., as officials prepared for storm damage.

    Tens of thousands of people were without power in Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio.



    Photo Credit: Adrian Sainz/AP

    A tour bus is towed away Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, after it overturned on an icy highway in northern Mississippi. DeSoto County sheriff's deputy Alex Coker said the tour bus carrying about 50 people overturned just after midday Wednesday south of Memphis, Tennessee.A tour bus is towed away Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, after it overturned on an icy highway in northern Mississippi. DeSoto County sheriff's deputy Alex Coker said the tour bus carrying about 50 people overturned just after midday Wednesday south of Memphis, Tennessee.

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    Another brush fire erupted in Santa Paula early Thursday morning.

    Ventura County Fire Department received a call at 1:39 a.m. reporting the fire east bound of Highway 126 and east of Briggs Rd.

    The Briggs fire has consumed 10 to 12 acres approximately but no homes are threatened and no evacuations have been issued.

    Ventura County Fire said Briggs fire has the potential to reach 100 to 200 acres, but units battling the Woosley fire were called to the Santa Paula area to battle the new flames.



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    Briggs Fire burns in Santa Paula on Nov. 15, 2018. No homes are threatened and no evacuations have been issued.Briggs Fire burns in Santa Paula on Nov. 15, 2018. No homes are threatened and no evacuations have been issued.

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    Donovan tends to do things on his own terms.

    The white horse who lives on a Malibu ranch was rescued from a rough life of mistreatment about a dozen years ago in Sacramento, which explains why he's always been leary of humans.

    So, it wasn't a surprise to Wendell Phillips, co-owner of Spunky’s Rescue Ranch, that Donovan didn't budge when flames from the 98,000-acre Woolsey Fire started licking at the Decker Canyon property. Phillips and three other horses had to evacuate without Donovan when the fire, which started in Ventura County before quickly burning into LA County and toward the ocean, got dangerously close.

    "I let the horses go and opened the house up and opened the sanctuary up so everybody would have a chance," Phillips said.

    Phillips left food and water out for Donovan, who remained standing near his usual spot near the fenceline.

    His desperate strategy worked. Donovan was there on the hillside when he returned, his white coat standing out against the charred landscape.

    "He's got a couple little burns on his nose and his tail's a whole lot shorter than it used to be," Phillips said.

    And there's more good news. During the frantic hours of the evacuation, Phillips said he learned Donovan was going to be adopted.

    As of Thursday morning, the Woolsey Fire had scorched through 98,362 acres and was 57 percent contained. It has destroyed an estimated 504 structures and damaged another 96.

    Three deaths have been reported in connection with the fire.



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    Donovan the horse is pictured at a rescue ranch in Malibu.Donovan the horse is pictured at a rescue ranch in Malibu.

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    An overturned tanker truck on the southbound 710 Freeway was blocking traffic early Thursday southeast of downtown Los Angeles.

    The tanker was leaking oil, anti-freeze and diesel fuel on the road, just north of the 5 Freeway in the East Los Angeles area. No serious injuries were reported.

    It was not immediately clear when lanes will reopen.



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    An overturned tanker truck on the southbound 710 Freeway was blocking traffic early Thursday Nov. 15, 2018 southeast of downtown Los Angeles.An overturned tanker truck on the southbound 710 Freeway was blocking traffic early Thursday Nov. 15, 2018 southeast of downtown Los Angeles.

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  • 11/15/18--10:38: Pet of the Week: Roxy

  • Meet Roxy, the pet of the week for Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018.

    She's a sweet dog who gets along great with her kennel mates. She's still a puppy and will need some training. She has a lot of energy but will calm down when she is in your lap. Roxy would make a great addition to a family that is willing to put in the time to train and love her forever.

    ID: A1825044

    West Valley Center
    20655 Plummer Street
    Chatsworth, CA 91311
    (818) 756-9325 (center)



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    Roxy is the pet of the week for Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018.Roxy is the pet of the week for Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018.

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    The White House is looking for ways to remove an enemy of Turkish President Recep Erdogan from the U.S. in order to placate Turkey over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, two senior U.S. officials and two other people briefed on the requests told NBC News

    Trump administration officials last month asked federal law enforcement agencies to examine legal ways of removing exiled Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen in an attempt to persuade Erdogan to ease pressure on the Saudi government, the four sources said. Gulen has been living in Pennsylvania since the late 1990s.

    Career officials at the agencies pushed back on the White House requests, the U.S. officials and people briefed on the requests said. 

    "At first there were eye rolls, but once they realized it was a serious request, the career guys were furious," said a senior U.S. official involved in the process. 

    The FBI and a spokesman for the National Security Council declined to comment, as did a lawyer for Gulen. The departments of state, justice and homeland security did not respond to requests for comment.



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    In this July 2016 file photo, Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen speaks to members of the media at his compound, in Saylorsburg, Pa.In this July 2016 file photo, Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen speaks to members of the media at his compound, in Saylorsburg, Pa.

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    Preparing for Thanksgiving Day?

    That can mean a host of different things, depending on the preparer, from inviting friends over, to asking friends if they have an extra couch for a surprise relative, to picking up canned cranberry, and then running to pick up more canned cranberry, because more relatives arrived.

    But, surely, at the top of many Southern Californians' to-do lists is this all-important errand: Finding a way to connect, help, and shine some sunshine upon a neighbor, or several, during this holiday season.

    There's a way to do that, right now, by making a donation of food or funds to the 7th annual Pasadena Thanksgiving Share a Meal.

    Goods, too, are needed, and there's a list of requested items to peruse. Those items include flashlights, shampoo, socks, dryer sheets, and several other life and around-the-house necessities.

    There are several donation drop-off locations listed, too.

    The Share a Meal program will deliver dinner to over 500 people in 2018, as well as provide a host of activities for kids, including an assortment of games and face painting, too.

    The partners on this kind-hearted happening?

    Pasadena Fire Department and Pasadena Sandwich Company, which pays honor, through the annual event, to the memory of Stephen Fink. Mr. Fink, the popular eatery's founder, passed away in 2010 from amyloidosis disease.

    Here's a great place to begin, if you'd like to help Share a Meal; there's still time to play an essential part in this holiday-lovely give-back campaign. Start now, start here.



    Photo Credit: Pasadena Sandwich Company

    Help the Pasadena Sandwich Company and Pasadena Fire Department serve over 500 people this Thanksgiving; your donations help so much.Help the Pasadena Sandwich Company and Pasadena Fire Department serve over 500 people this Thanksgiving; your donations help so much.

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    Two elite Navy SEALs and two Marine Raiders were charged with felony murder in the June 2017 strangulation death of U.S. Army Green Beret Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar, NBC News reports.

    The U.S. Navy brought the charges against the four service members on Tuesday, painting a gruesome picture of the effort to kill Melgar, 34.

    The suspects are accused of driving to Marine quarters to obtain duct tape, breaking into Melgar's room while he was sleeping, restraining him with the duct tape, and strangling him in a chokehold. The four U.S. service members, which include two members of the famed SEAL Team Six, killed Melgar "while perpetrating a burglary," according to their charge sheets.

    In addition to felony murder, the charges against the four men include conspiracy, obstruction of justice, hazing and burglary.



    Photo Credit: U.S. Army

    A U.S. Army official photo shows Staff Sgt Logan J. Melgar, the Green Beret who died under suspicious circumstances in Mali in June.A U.S. Army official photo shows Staff Sgt Logan J. Melgar, the Green Beret who died under suspicious circumstances in Mali in June.

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    The red flag fire danger warning has now been lifted in the City of Los Angeles, but over the last few days while it was in effect, the City had promised to try to reduce the danger of new brush fires by sending outreach workers to homeless camps in wilderness areas.

    NBC4's I-Team has been following the City's response to the homeless camp fire danger after the Skirball Fire last December. That fire started in a homeless camp and destroyed several homes. 

    After the Skirball Fire in the Sepulveda Pass, LA Mayor Eric Garcetti had firefighters map out the locations of encampments in high fire danger zones -- like in the dry, brush-covered canyons in the Hollywood Hills next to hundreds of homes.

    The Mayor said the plan was to visit the camps and encourage the people living there to move to shelters.

    The City says it cannot force people living in the high fire danger zones to leave, even on days when the risk of a brush fire is most extreme.

    City officials said a 30-acre fire in Griffith Park last Friday was traced to a homeless encampment and it nearly got out of control because so many of LA's firefighters and water-dropping helicopters were trying to stop the much larger, wind fueled brush fires in Ventura County.

    By Sunday night, the city had declared its own Red Flag warning and special parking rules went into effect.

    Then another fire started in a homeless encampment along Burbank Boulevard in the Sepulveda basin, and dozens of people ran from encampments in a creek bed. Another fire started Tuesday night in the Hansen Dam recreation area in Lake View Terrace, and firefighters say it too started in a homeless encampment.

    Mayor Garcetti's plan as he described to NBC4 in August was to dispatch outreach workers from the LA Homeless Services Agency to check on camp sites, where many homeowners who live nearby have complained they can see people in camps, smoking, or lighting cooking and warming fires in the middle of the dry brush.

    "...When we know that there are high risk days, just as we post fire warnings telling people to move their cars, those are appropriate days to take action, to prioritize and ask LAHSA to be able to go out to those places and engage and that's what our policy is now," he said at a news conference. 

    Over the weekend, the LA Homeless Services Agency said it sent outreach workers to several known camp locations, including the Sepulveda Basin and Sepulveda Pass.

    "A lot of the outreach teams have already worked the high severity zones," Matthew Tenchavez, who helps manage LAHSA's response to emergencies, said. He told NBC4 that eight to 10 people accepted shelter offers, the rest were offered face masks, water, and information about city resources.

    "We're not law enforcement, so we can't get them to leave the encampments, but we do educate them, there's a fire going on, and we highly advise you to get out of those locations," he said. 

    The LA City Fire Department says it sent extra brush fire patrols through the high fire danger zones. Firefighters looked for fires and reported the locations of homeless camps. But firefighters also do not have a role in enforcing laws, or trying to force the people in the camps to leave.

    "We are very concerned, because, we found out sometimes in those homeless encampments people are cooking, they're providing themselves their own meals, but if those cooking fires should get out of hand, and get into the brush we have a bigger problem on our hands," said LAFD Deputy Chief Phillip Fligiel. 

    City officials say people camping in state brush areas, or who are living on city-owned property, are violating the law. But the mayor's office says police can only force the campers to leave if the City spends the money to install hundreds of no trespassing signs.

    Since that hasn't been done, an official says there can't be enforcement.

    The mayor's office says the City is very aware of the risk and is trying to mitigate it within the law.



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    The red flag fire danger warning has now been lifted in the City of Los Angeles, but over the last few days while it was in effect, the City had promised to try to reduce the danger of new brush fires by sending outreach workers to homeless camps in wilderness areas.The red flag fire danger warning has now been lifted in the City of Los Angeles, but over the last few days while it was in effect, the City had promised to try to reduce the danger of new brush fires by sending outreach workers to homeless camps in wilderness areas.