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    Husband-and-wife Alyssa and Mike Bordonaro run The Hawk Pros, a bird-abatement business.

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    A UC Riverside student has been charged with misdemeanor grand theft for taking another student’s "Make America Great Again" hat in a now-viral video.

    The complaint against Edith Macias was filed Nov. 3 by the Superior Court of California County Riverside. If convicted, Macias faces a maximum sentence of one year in county jail.

    The incident happened on Sept. 27 on the university’s campus. Student Matthew Vitale wore the red hat and had it taken off by Macias, who ran away with it and complained to the campus' Student Life department.

    In the video recorded by Vitale, he can be heard demanding Macias to give his property back. The defendant told the Student Life department that the hat "represents genocide" and Vitale responded that he has the right to wear it because of his freedom of speech.

    The statute the defendant has been charged under says grand theft applies when property is taken from someone’s body.

    Macias' next court date is scheduled for March 1, 2018.




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    A UC Riverside students was charged for misdemeanor grand theft for taking another student's A UC Riverside students was charged for misdemeanor grand theft for taking another student's "Make America Great Again" hat on campus.

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    Imagine rolling up to a police checkpoint, but instead of receiving a ticket from the officer, he or she hands you a pumpkin pie. That's the scenario that played out for some lucky drivers in Southern California on Tuesday.

    The Irvine Police Department handed out pumpkin pies ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday to unsuspecting community members.

    Video posted to the department's Twitter account shows a "pumpkin pie checkpoint." Officer Smith walks up to the car and the woman behind the wheel asks, "License?"

    Smith assures the woman he doesn't want to see her license.

    "No, no. I wanted to offer you this pie for your Thanksgiving dinner for your family … you have a nice holiday!"

    Officers also handed out pies to families at the park and workers at the school district and hospital. In the true spirit of giving, the pie giveaways continued all day. 



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    Officer Smith with the Irvine Police Department hands a driver a pumpkin pie at a Officer Smith with the Irvine Police Department hands a driver a pumpkin pie at a "pumpkin pie checkpoint" on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017.

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    The approach of the end of the year, when you're a busy student?

    It can be such a hectic, go-go-go, can't-quit-now time. You've got to study for your Alchemy exam, and write a 17-page paper on Defence Against the Dark Arts, and if there's another pop quiz on Potions or Muggle Studies, you won't be surprised in the least.

    The enchanting upshot? Life is as packed as a jar of Bertie Botts Beans for a student at Hogwarts, and even fuller when the yuletide season begins.

    But that doesn't mean that Hufflepuffs and Ravenclaws neglect to make time to sip warm Butterbeer when the holidays draw near, pausing to enjoy the twinkly decorations festooning their school.

    Even if you don't currently attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry — we say "currently," for you never know when a surprise invitation will suddenly arrive — you can make merry, magically, at Christmas at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood.

    The limited-time splendor-and-spells spectacular conjures seasonal charms from Friday, Nov. 24 through Sunday, Jan. 7.

    An evening light show, one that decks the hilltop castle in shimmery lanterns and festively ornamented fir trees, is one hallmark of the happening, as is the Frog Choir, which involves some very talented amphibians warbling carols from a line-up of pillow-soft perches.

    Foods, too, will weave through all of the whimsy, including that much-spoken-about, much-sipped-about hot Butterbeer.

    Leaving with a little reminder of your storybook Christmas-flavored experience? There's merchandise for purchase, the kind of items that pay homage to the stories and to the season.

    How to get in, though, if you have no broom to zoom you there? No pop quiz needed here, nor a term paper to write: An admission to Universal Studios Hollywood is your magical means of entry to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.



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    Caroling frogs and toasty butterbeer are two enchanting elements of this seasonal treat at Universal Studios Hollywood.Caroling frogs and toasty butterbeer are two enchanting elements of this seasonal treat at Universal Studios Hollywood.

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    California is full of places to celebrate the stunning scenery, wildlife and history preserved by the National Park Service.

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    California has a lot to offer when it comes to its parks and historic sites.California has a lot to offer when it comes to its parks and historic sites.

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    The driver of a reportedly stolen car is led police on a high-speed Thanksgiving Day chase from the San Fernando Valley to West LA.

    The chase began about 11:30 a.m. Thursday in the San Fernando Valley, but the driver led police to West Los Angeles on light-traffic freeways, reaching speeds of up to 95 mph.

    Just after noon, he crashed the black sedan and ran on foot, jumping fences. He appeared to have fled into a nearby commercial building, then reappeared on the roof of a building.

    He then cooperated with police.



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    The driver of a reportedly stolen car led police on a pursuit in Los Angeles on Thanksgiving Day, 2017.The driver of a reportedly stolen car led police on a pursuit in Los Angeles on Thanksgiving Day, 2017.

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    America's top commander in Afghanistan, Gen. John Nicholson, told NBC News Thursday that the war here remains in a "stalemate," but that President Donald Trump's new strategy has reversed a decline in the U.S. position.

    "We are still in a stalemate," Nicholson, a four-star Army general said in an exclusive interview with NBC News. "We are only 90 days into this new policy, but with the U.S. forces that will be arriving, with the new authority that we have been given, put the pressure on external enablers, with the fact that we are condition based and not time based, we've set all the conditions to win."

    His comments largely tracked with a more upbeat-sounding assessment Trump gave in a video conference Thursday morning with members of the Army's 82nd Airborne First Brigade Combat Team here.

    "I have to say just directly to the folks in Afghanistan: Everybody’s talking about the progress you’ve made in the last few months since I opened it up," Trump said. "We opened it up, we said go ahead, we’re going to fight to win. We’re not fighting anymore to just walk around; we’re fighting to win, and you people are really — you’ve turned it around over the last three to four months like nobody’s seen."



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    Gen. John Nicholson, commander of Resolute Support, is seen during a media availability with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Special Charge d'Affaires Amb. Hugo Llorens, Monday, Oct. 23, 2017, at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan.Gen. John Nicholson, commander of Resolute Support, is seen during a media availability with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Special Charge d'Affaires Amb. Hugo Llorens, Monday, Oct. 23, 2017, at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan.

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    If the Chargers want to take the next step towards making the NFL Playoffs, it all starts on Thanksgiving Day in the "House That Jerry Built." 

    The Chargers (4-6) will face the Dallas Cowboys (5-5) in a pivotal game that could catapult the victor to the postseason, and the loser, looking forward to the NFL Draft.

    "We are still in the hunt," said Chargers' quarterback Phillip Rivers after his team started the season 0-4. "We're still right there in the division and the wild card which is a good thing."

    L.A. is riding high after an impressive 54-24 blowout win over the hapless Buffalo Bills last Sunday at StubHub Center. However, after just three days of rest and preparation, they traveled across the country to face the reeling Cowboys.

    Dallas is coming off a 37-9 blowout loss to their NFC East rivals, the Philadelphia Eagles and is still coming to grips with the six-game suspension to star running back Ezekiel Elliot.

    In his place, Alfred Morris and Rod Smith have stepped up, combining for 102 yards on 25 carries in the loss to the Eagles. 

    On Thursday, the Cowboys will have to skip the mashed potatoes and try and carve through the Chargers defense, which is one of the best in the NFL. 

    Led by linebackers Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram, the Chargers defense will put tremendous pressure on Cowboys' quarterback Dak Prescott throughout the day. The bookend linebackers have a combined 19 sacks on the season.

    "They have a good quarterback," Chargers' cornerback Casey Hayward said about Prescott. "But we will go in there and play our game [on Thursday]." 

    The Chargers and Cowboys will kickoff at 1:30 PM PST from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. The game will air live on CBS in front of a national Thanksgiving audience. They game can be live streamed here and on FuboTV.

    Fantasy Football Start/Sit:

    Start: Dak Prescott, Phillip Rivers, Dez Bryant, Melvin Gordon, Alfred Morris, Keenan Allen, Nick Novak, Chargers Defense.

    Sit: Terrance Williams, Tyrell Williams, Mike Williams, Hunter Henry, Antonio Gates, Jason Whitten, Dan Bailey, Cowboys Defense. 

    Betting Odds (Courtesy of Bovada):

    Chargers: -1 (-115)
    Cowboys: +1 (-105)
    O/U: 47.5 

    Prediction: 28-20 Chargers

    Each and every week, NBC LA reporters Michael J. Duarte and Nick Hamilton bring you an NFL podcast entitled, "Bolts by the Horns," as the writers breakdown what's going on inside the worlds of both Los Angeles based football teams including; insider information, interviews with players and experts, latest injury updates, previews, predictions, betting odds, fantasy advice and more.

    Give it a listen below:





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    The Los Angeles Chargers defense celebrate after an interception during the NFL game against the Buffalo Bills at the StubHub Center on November 19, 2017 in Carson, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)The Los Angeles Chargers defense celebrate after an interception during the NFL game against the Buffalo Bills at the StubHub Center on November 19, 2017 in Carson, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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    Two male suspects died and two other people s were injured Thursday in Anaheim after their vehicle crashed head-on into another vehicle during a pursuit with the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

    Deputies responded to a call about suspicious activity at 12:40 p.m. today on the 1900 block of Ridgeview Road, according spokesperson Jaimee Blashaw.

    Authorities went to make contact with three suspects in a gray Ford Focus who were possibly involved in a burglary, but they fled the scene, Blashaw told City News Service.

    During the pursuit - which lasted four minutes - one of the suspects threw a pillowcase out of the vehicle, she said. Authorities recovered the pillowcase and found a laptop computer and jewelry in it.

    The Ford Focus headed north on Imperial Highway, when the vehicle crossed into the southbound lane and collided with a Kia SUV at East Big Sky Lane, according to Sgt. Daron Wyatt.

    The male driver of the suspect vehicle died at the scene. A male passenger sitting in the rear was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead, and a female who was sitting in the front was transported for trauma, but she is expected to survive.

    A female driver in the SUV was transported to a hospital for minor injuries. Imperial Highway was closed in both directions at Nohl Ranch Road while police investigate.

    Editor's Note: This story has been updated to include the updated number of fatalities and injuries.



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    One person died and two others were injured during an Orange County crash on Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017.One person died and two others were injured during an Orange County crash on Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017.

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    Hollywood Christmas Parade: People who do not call Southern California home sometimes rib those of us who do over our often balmy fall, and whether we know when the yuletide season truly kicks off. Our answer? It will be almost always be semi-crisp here by very late November, thank you very much, and also? The holidays begin when Santa drives his sleigh down Hollywood Boulevard. The 86th outing of the gingerbread-joyful Tinseltown treat sparkles on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, as is tradition, with stars aplenty, a concert, convertibles, and revelers rocking non-wool sweaters. 

    Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Finding hot Butterbeer in your stocking? It might get a tad damp, so best make your merry way to Universal Studios Hollywood for a magical limited-time experience. Caroling frogs, as in amphibians perched nobly upon pillows, a wowza light show on the side of Hogwarts, complete with soundtrack-tastic tunes, and enchanting decorations are woven through the whimsy, as is, yes, hot Butterbeer. It begins on Nov. 24 and flies away, faster than the Golden Snitch, on Sunday, Jan. 7.

    Festival of Lights: The Mission Inn in Riverside wasn't plucked from some misty hilltop from some thrilling novel set in ye olde Europe, but it can certainly look that way, and especially in the weeks following Thanksgiving when 5,000,000 million lights, as in bunches x oodles x so many, glimmer nightly all around the handsome hotel. The switch flip is on Friday, Nov. 24, and the bulbs are on after sundown each night through Saturday, Jan. 6. Also lovely? It's free to see. Also awesome? Kenny Loggins is set to perform.

    Small Business Saturday: Hoping to cross a few names off your gift list after Thanksgiving? Consider calling upon your favorite corner store (though, no, it doesn't actually have to be on a corner) and supporting a neighborhood business. A few spots around Southern California will be holding sales, get-to-know-us snack spreads, and special events. One fun stop-by? The 7th Annual We Heart Eagle Rock Shop Small day, which will include tunes, face painting, and more. Saturday, Nov. 25 is the date.

    20th Annual Three Stooges Big Screen Event: 'Tis the moment for traditions, even of the cinematic kind, and this Alex Theatre has now brought the nyuks, high jinks, and on-screen cream pies for two decades. There's a 2 p.m. event and one at 8, and the theme is "Crème de la Cream Pies." Know your vaudeville? Want to revisit the work of a top-notch group of laugh-bringers? Glendale is your destination on Saturday, Nov. 25.



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    Spy Santa on Hollywood Boulevard on Sunday, Nov. 26. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)Spy Santa on Hollywood Boulevard on Sunday, Nov. 26. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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    Five current and former Asian-American police officers are suing the Los Angeles suburb of San Gabriel, alleging they are subjected to a hostile work environment and passed over for promotions.

    The Los Angeles Times reported Thursday the officers claim their colleagues frequently mock them by speaking in fake Asian accents and promoting racist stereotypes.

    The lawsuit says when there's a car-crash Asian-American officers are often told their "people" are bad drivers.

    A Vietnamese-American officer says he was told dogs fear him because they think he will eat them.

    Another officer says he was passed over for a promotion after reporting a colleague used the N-word.

    San Gabriel spokesman Jonathan Fu says officials are reviewing the lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages.

    Sixty-two percent of the city's 40,000 residents are Asian.



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    MIAMI - FEBRUARY 02: A judges gavel rests on top of a desk in the courtroom of the newly opened Black Police Precinct and Courthouse Museum February 3, 2009 in Miami, Florida. The museum is located in the only known structure in the nation that was designed, devoted to and operated as a separate station house and municipal court for African-Americans. In September 1944, the first black patrolmen were sworn in as emergency policemen to enforce the law in what was then called the MIAMI - FEBRUARY 02: A judges gavel rests on top of a desk in the courtroom of the newly opened Black Police Precinct and Courthouse Museum February 3, 2009 in Miami, Florida. The museum is located in the only known structure in the nation that was designed, devoted to and operated as a separate station house and municipal court for African-Americans. In September 1944, the first black patrolmen were sworn in as emergency policemen to enforce the law in what was then called the "Central Negro District." The precinct building opened in May 1950 to provide a station house for the black policemen and a courtroom for black judges in which to adjudicate black defendants. The building operated from 1950 until its closing in 1963. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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    Keenan Allen and Hunter Henry individually had outstanding games, leading the Los Angeles Chargers to a 28-6 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday afternoon.

    Allen finished with 11 receptions for 172 yards and one touchdown on the day.

    "We had a great play call. I had a corner route," Allen explained about 42-yard touchdown catch and run. "The two men, they're playing inside and I'm outside. Obviously, that's a good play. Philip [Rivers] threw a great ball. After that, gotta make them miss and get into the end zone. I just know the safety was coming. Once I felt the safety, I broke out I had to get up field really fast. It was a matter of making those guys miss."

    Desmond King intercepted a pass intended for Cole Beasley, and ran it back for 90 yard touchdown that sealed the deal in front of 93,015 fans at AT&T Stadium.

    The Chargers (5-6) came off an impressive 54-24 win over the Buffalo Bills last Sunday at Stub Hub Center. On a short week, the Chargers traveled to AT&T Stadium and faced the Cowboys (5-6), a team that has struggled offensively without suspended running back Ezekiel Elliott. Alfred Morris is the Cowboys' primary running back, and averaged 6.2 yards per carry on the year. Morris had 17 carries a week ago for 91 yards against the Philadelphia Eagles.

    At one point in the season the Chargers had the second-worst run defense in the league. That stat was before the return of Denzel Perryman, who debuted in Jacksonville against the Jaguars with 8 tackles.

    After a solid opening debut for the Chargers defense, quarterback Philip Rivers kept the opening drive alive with a 46-yard pass to Travis Benjamin for a crucial 1st down. Unable to continue the drive in the end zone, Chargers kicker Nick Novak missed a 35-yard field goal attempt.

    Later in the opening quarter, Rivers found Keenan Allen for two bail-out catches, along with Hunter Henry's dynamic catch that kept the drive alive. With Novak out for two series due to a back injury, Los Angeles was unable to convert in the red zone on fourth down.

    Outstanding defense by the Bolts allowed the offense to have one more chance before halftime to put points on the board. Rivers, in a series of passes to Allen and Henry, allowed them into the red zone for the third time, which proved to be the charm. The Bolts settled for a 22-yard field goal by Novak for the 3-0 lead late in the second quarter.

    The first half was filled with penalties from both the Cowboys and Chargers and a highly contested defensive battle between both teams. Prescott was sacked twice and never got the Cowboys past midfield.

    It was the first time the Cowboys have been shut out in the first half in five seasons.

    Rivers found Austin Ekeler for a 38-yard catch that set off the drive. Two plays later Rivers found Allen on a skinny post route for the hard-fought first down. Eventually Rivers found Henry in the back of the end zone for the 3-yard touchdown pass and the 9-0 lead midway through the third quarter.

    It was Henry's first touchdown since Oct. 8, as Los Angeles is 4-1 this season when Henry gets at least five targets, and 0-5 when he doesn't.

    Dak Prescott ran for a touchdown, but it was called back due to a holding penalty by left tackle Tyron Smith. The Bolts defense buckled down and forced Dallas to punt on that drive.

    Late in the third quarter, Rivers with great field vision found a sprinting Tyrell Williams for a 27 yard touchdown.

    The Cowboys offense looked putrid for three quarters, as the Chargers defense continued to break their spirits. The only bright spot for the Cowboys was a 2-yard touchdown run up the middle by Rod Smith. However, they failed to score on the two-point conversion where Dallas still trailed 16-6 early in the final quarter.

    The Cowboys (0-2) are one of three teams (excluding the Chargers) never to beat Philip Rivers, along with the 49ers & Giants (each 0-3).

    Philip Rivers completed 27 of 33 passes for 434 yards and three touchdowns in the win. Hunter Henry finished with five receptions for 76 yards and a touchdown.

    Hunter Henry finished with five receptions for 76 yards and a touchdown.

    "We want Hunter involved every week like that," Rivers said. "It just didn't happen on a consistent basis. He was big today, especially early. Everybody contributed. It was a team effort. It's exciting."

    Dak Prescott completed 20 of 27 passes for 179 yards and two interceptions in the loss. Morris finished with 9 carries for 36 yards.

    The Chargers return home to face the Cleveland Browns on Dec. 3 at Stub Hub Center.



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    ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 23: Hunter Henry #86 of the Los Angeles Chargers and Austin Ekeler #30 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrate a touchdown in the second half of a football game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on November 23, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 23: Hunter Henry #86 of the Los Angeles Chargers and Austin Ekeler #30 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrate a touchdown in the second half of a football game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on November 23, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

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    North Korea's latest defector, a young soldier known only by his family name Oh, is a quiet, pleasant man who has nightmares about being returned to the North, his surgeon said on Thursday, Reuters reported.

    "He's a pretty nice guy," said lead surgeon John Cook-Jong Lee, who has been operating and caring for the 24-year-old. Oh has become a focus of worldwide attention after he was badly wounded by fellow North Korean soldiers as he scrambled across the border in the Demilitarized Zone that separates North and South on Nov. 13.

    Video of Oh's escape released on Wednesday showed him stumbling over the border and being dragged unconscious through the undergrowth by South Korean troops.

    Lee has been almost the only person to speak with Oh since he arrived at the hospital, he told Reuters in an interview at his office at Ajou University Hospital, just a few floors away from where the defector lies guarded by South Korean special forces and intelligence officers.



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    A North Korean soldier made a desperate dash to freedom and was rescued by South Korean soldiers, according to dramatic video released by the U.S.-led U.N. command Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017.A North Korean soldier made a desperate dash to freedom and was rescued by South Korean soldiers, according to dramatic video released by the U.S.-led U.N. command Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017.

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    They’re the best of the best. Roggin’s Heroes Thanksgiving is back to count the many blessings of Southern California’s top high school football stars.

    For the first time, one of our alumni has reached the NFL, making it even more realistic that a future pro could be sitting at this year’s table.

    One of our top recruits is San Clemente’s Jack Shippy. He’s a model athlete and a model student. And he just happens to be … a model. 

    It’s an unusual occupation for a high schooler. It’s even more unusual when you hear how he landed the job.

    Some of these players are former teammates. Some are enemies on the field, even bringing their trash talk to the table.

    One has been an actor in commercials, another’s dad is a former star for the LA Rams.

    Our group forms a unique football family, gathering for a festive feast at the Four Seasons Westlake Village.

    They come from diverse backgrounds but they’re all in search of stardom.

    That’s something Olaijah Griffin has dealt with his whole life since his dad, Warren G, is a multiplatinum rapper. Olaijah has certainly emerged from his father’s shadow, growing into one of the top prep prospects in the country.

    Admittedly, these young men have plenty to learn. Parents have helped prepare them for the next level where coaches will continue to guide their steps.

    But it always helps to have mentors along the way. And tonight, we’ve brought a friend to dinner to share some words of wisdom they’ll remember for a lifetime.

    He’s one of the newest inductees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Chargers legend LaDainian Tomlinson shared his knowledge in hopes of helping these high school stars succeed in college and beyond.

    They have plenty to be thankful for on Thanksgiving. And you’ll be grateful after settling in for this second helping of Roggin’s Heroes Thanksgiving.



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    Simi Valley was a sleepy Southern California suburb in 1979, one frequently ranked near the top of surveys of America's safest cities -- in large part because hundreds of police officers from nearby Los Angeles lived there.

    The city, however, was shaken when residents awoke on Nov. 11, 1978, to learn of the slaying of a 24-year-old woman and her 4-year-old son. Rhonda Wicht had been strangled and her son, Donald, smothered in his bed.

    Wicht's former boyfriend, Craig Richard Coley, was arrested on the same day police found the bodies and eventually convicted.

    For the next 39 years he steadfastly maintained that he had never killed anyone. Earlier this week, the police chief and district attorney indicated they believed him. On Wednesday he was pardoned by Gov. Jerry Brown.

    Coley, now 70, walked out of a high desert prison just hours before Thanksgiving, becoming the latest of numerous prisoners to be freed after advanced forensic technology that analyzes DNA showed they either didn't commit the crime or someone else did.

    "When I was arrested, I told them, 'You can do whatever you want to me, but don't stop looking for the person that did this, because you have the wrong man," Coley said.

    In an application for clemency that Coley himself filed from prison four years ago, he said a former police detective had framed him by destroying crucial evidence.

    "The crimes were not committed by me and had the detective not destroyed the exonerating evidence (including semen and hair), the real suspect(s) could have been apprehended," Coley said. He named a retired Simi Valley police detective he said could corroborate his story.

    On Monday, Simi Valley Police Chief David Livingstone and Ventura County District Attorney Gregory Totten told reporters they had begun reviewing Coley's case last year after a retired detective expressed concerns about the conviction.

    "As district attorney, I must tell you I look forward to the day when I can shake Mr. Coley's hand, apologize to him for the injustice he suffered," Totten said.

    The trial judge had ordered evidence destroyed after Coley exhausted his appeals, but investigators retrieved records from Coley's relatives and located biological samples at a private lab.

    Using advanced techniques not available at the time of his trial, technicians didn't find Coley's DNA on a key piece of evidence used to convict him. Instead they found DNA from other people, whom authorities have not publicly named. The evidence was not identified.

    "I am also hopeful," Totten said, "that one day soon we will bring to justice the violent man responsible for this most horrific crime."

    Coley's arrest was a media sensation in Simi Valley in 1978, when the population of 75,000 was half what it is now. Some public officials complained at the time that newspapers seemed to be attempting to exonerate him in stories that suggested someone else might be involved.

    The 24-year-old restaurant manager and son of a retired police officer had never been in trouble. But authorities maintained Coley was angry and despondent after learning Wicht was breaking up with him.

    She was strangled, apparently with a macrame rope, and her son was suffocated. Their bodies were found in their apartment.

    Coley's first trial resulted in a hung jury, with jurors split 10-2 in favor of conviction. He was tried again in 1980, found guilty and sentenced to life without parole.

    During his decades in prison Coley was cited as a model inmate, avoiding gangs and violence and embracing religion.

    "The grace with which Mr. Coley has endured this lengthy and unjust incarceration is extraordinary," Brown wrote in his pardon.

    The governor said he asked the state parole board more than two years ago to look into Coley's conviction. He said former law-enforcement officials believed Coley was either wrongfully convicted or framed.

    "This case is tragic," Livingstone and Totten said in a news release. "An innocent woman and small child were murdered. Craig Coley has spent 39 years in custody for a crime he likely did not commit."



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    Craig Coley, 70, spent 39 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit. He finally walked out of prison after California Gov. Jerry Brown pardoned him on Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017.Craig Coley, 70, spent 39 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit. He finally walked out of prison after California Gov. Jerry Brown pardoned him on Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017.

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    The U.S. Navy has called off search and rescue operations for three sailors not immediately recovered after a C2-A Greyhound plane crashed into the Philipine Sea, the 7th fleet said in a statement. 

    Search and rescue efforts from the crash of the transport aircraft on Wednesday afternoon Japan time were suspended at 10:00 a.m. local time Friday (8 p.m. Thursday ET). 

    Eleven people were on board the plane. Eight sailors were rescued within 45 minutes of the crash and transferred to Ronald Reagan for medical evaluation. All are in good condition at this time.

    “Our thoughts and prayers are with our lost shipmates and their families,” Rear Adm. Marc Dalton, Commander, Task Force 70, said in a statement. “As difficult as this is, we are thankful for the rapid and effective response that led to the rescue of eight of our shipmates, and I appreciate the professionalism and dedication shown by all who participated in the search efforts.”

    The Navy has said that the families of the missing sailors have been notified that they were unaccounted for after the crash. The names of the sailors have not been released. The crash remains under investigation.



    In this Nov. 20, 2017, photo, the Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier and flagship of Carrier Strike Group Five, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), steams the Philippine Sea during Annual Exercise 2017. Annual Exercise 2017, the premier training event between the U.S. Navy and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, is designed to increase the defensive readiness and interoperability of Japanese and American Forces through training in air and sea operations.In this Nov. 20, 2017, photo, the Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier and flagship of Carrier Strike Group Five, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), steams the Philippine Sea during Annual Exercise 2017. Annual Exercise 2017, the premier training event between the U.S. Navy and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, is designed to increase the defensive readiness and interoperability of Japanese and American Forces through training in air and sea operations.

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    The 86th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade will return Sunday, Nov. 26, which means plenty of road closures to support the holiday celebration. Whether walking, driving or taking the Metro, here are some helpful tips to make the commute a breeze.

    • The parade will start at 6 p.m. and offer free curbside seating anywhere along the parade route. The major cross-streets include a wraparound trail starting on Hollywood Blvd. and traveling to Vine Street, then Sunset Blvd. and ending at La Brea Avenue.
    • From late Saturday evening to early Monday morning, road closures will be in effect around the neighboring streets surrounding the parade route. Make sure to check the parade's website for full details on road closures.
    • When arriving, keep an eye out for "No Parking" signs. Any parked vehicles along these streets will be cited and impounded.
    • On Sunday, the northbound and southbound off-ramps at Highland Avenue will remain open. Freeway Closures include the 101 Freeway and the northbound and southbound off-ramps at Cahuenga Boulevard and Highland Avenue from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.
    • For those driving to the event, park inside the Hollywood & Highland shopping complex for the most direct access or any public parking lot around the area. These will require additional fees, so plan ahead to anticipate the cost and distance to the parade area.
    • For those riding the Metro, take the Red Line to Hollywood/Vine or Hollywood/Highland. Both routes land directly on the parade route.
    • From Downtown, take the Red Line towards North Hollywood and avoid the Purple Line. Free parking at Metro stations are available at North Hollywood, Universal City/Studio City, Pasadena, Arcadia, Monrovia, Duarte, Irwindale, Azusa, East L.A., West L.A., Westwood, Santa Monica, Culver City, Norwalk, Lakewood, Redondo Beach and Long Beach.
    • Round trip Metro fare is $3.50 and includes two hours of free transfers and  a $1 reusable TAP card per person. Use smartphone maps to preplan a Metro route. For more information on parade details and specific road closures, click here or call 1-866-PARADE1 (866-727-2331).



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    The burned body of a person believed to be a young man was found on top of a SEPTA Regional Rail train when it pulled into Philadelphia's Center City station during the Friday morning rush hour.

    The remains were burned beyond recognition, making it impossible for police to immediately identify the person killed, Philadelphia police said.

    The "charred body," as police described it, was found about 7:30 a.m. at Jefferson Station, with the person's legs dangling off the side of the top of the train. 

    Investigators do believe the person was 16 to 20 years old.

    "The male has severe burns all over his face and body," city Officer Eric McLaurin said in a statement. "The male's clothing and belongings were also burned beyond recognition."

    The body was found near the rear of the train in the vicinity of the power lines that connect to overhead the electrical source, police said. The connection between train and SEPTA power is high-voltage and deadly to the touch.

    SEPTA did not provide details about the incident, initially describing it as a medical emergency in a tweet.

    Delays of up to 20 minutes on Regional Rail lines were initially reported, but by noon, most of the train lines were running close to schedule.

    Check back for more details on this breaking story.


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    A 26-year-old man was shot to death Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017 in an Arleta home, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

    Police responded to a shooting around 8:25 p.m. on the 14000 block of Gager Street and found the victim with multiple gunshot wounds in a back room of the house. Authorities believe he was targeted and are searching for a motive.

    The victim was visiting family for Thanksgiving when he was killed. His mother and uncle were in the house at the time of the shooting. 

    Multiple witnesses told police they gunman fled in a vehicle.

    As of 5 a.m. Friday, homicide detectives continued working at the scene.



    Photo Credit: LoudLabs News

    A 26-year-old man was shot to death on Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017 during his Thanksgiving visit to his family in Arleta.A 26-year-old man was shot to death on Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017 during his Thanksgiving visit to his family in Arleta.

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    Four people were detained for theft by fraud Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017 for allegedly scamming drivers for money claiming it would be for an infant’s funeral, the Victorville Police Department said.

    Police responded to a call of four people running into traffic lanes to collect money from drivers just after 4 p.m. near Bear Valley Road and Mariposa Road, a high-traffic area with shops and gas stations nearby.

    Upon arrival, police detained the group of four and found each person had a plastic jar full of cash donated by drivers. They also had a sign that read “Funeral Donations” along with two photos of an infant.

    After some investigation, police determined the signs were false. In total, the group collected over $800 in the scam.

    The group’s case will be forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office to determine any filing of charges.

    Anyone who may have donated cash to the group and anyone with information on the fraud is asked to call the Victorville Police Department at 760-241-2911.




    Photo Credit: Victorville Police Department

    Four people were detained on Nov. 22, 2017 for fraud by theft after allegedly collecting money by drivers for an infant's funeral.Four people were detained on Nov. 22, 2017 for fraud by theft after allegedly collecting money by drivers for an infant's funeral.

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    The Dodgers are showcasing artifacts since their move to Los Angeles at a pop-up museum in Chavez Ravine.

    Photo Credit: Fabian Rodriguez/KNBC-TV

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    On a warm Thanksgiving afternoon the Los Angeles Chargers captured their second straight dominating victory over  the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium.

    Rookie wide receiver Mike Williams left the game early in the first half with a right knee injury. At the conclusion of the game, Williams was seen in the locker room on crutches with a knee brace on his right leg.

    On Friday, Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn said the team received "very encouraging news" that Williams did not sustain an ACL injury.

    "We have ruled out an ACL injury, so that's good news for Mike," Lynn told reporters. "He's meeting with doctors and trainers. We'll see where it goes from here ... but the ACL has been ruled out. I think we can deal with the rest."

    Williams leading up to the game against Dallas, recorded nine receptions for 84 yards. Williams showed real signs of progress after missing the entire offseason, and five regular season games due to a severe back injury.

    More updates to come on Mike Williams when they are made available.

    The Chargers return to action on Sunday Dec. 3 against the Cleveland Browns at Stub Hub Center.



    Photo Credit: Jae C. Hong/AP

    Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams looks on before a preseason NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, in Los Angeles.Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams looks on before a preseason NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, in Los Angeles.

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    Called upon The Collection at Riverpark in Oxnard over the last few years, right after Thanksgiving? Perhaps you had a bit of holiday shopping to wrap up, or the relatives were still around and the destination proved to be a pleasant, time-passing outing for you all?

    Then you likely spied one of the most interesting sights around: Tree after tree constructed solely from canned goods. Nope, we're not talking about the kind of trees with branches and leaves, but rather towers made of food, food destined to be donated to FOOD Share, Ventura's County's Food Bank.

    Teams comprised of family members, co-workers, and friends get together to both collect or gather cans and then to build the trees, which isn't the quickest of processes.

    But seeing these beautiful symbols of giving-back-a-tude rise over the course of a few days is quite touching, as is the efforts of everyone involved.

    You could be that person, if you'd like to find a team of your own. The 2017 CAN-Tree Drive happens from Friday, Dec. 1 through Sunday, Dec. 3 at Figueroa Plaza in downtown Ventura. Note this is a new location, and while the CAN-trees have been an Oxnard feature for the last few years, you'll want to go Ventura this time-around to help out.

    Can't make it, or would love to stop by to see the trees, even if you won't build on this year? You can still donate and help FOOD Share.

    If you do want to participate, keep in mind that a CAN-tree is generally made up of 600 cans, give or take. You can hold your own drive, or buy those, or make a donation and receive the cans you need.

    There's more info here, on signing up and what you need to know.

    Definitely, though, stop by and see these trees if you haven't yet. They're decorative and eye-catching, yes, like many things seen around this time of year.

    But these special trees, built with love and hope, possess an important role in the community: Note that "...(y)our help goes directly into feeding the 1 in 6 Ventura County residents who is still food insecure."



    Photo Credit: CAN-Tree Collection

    Pitch in on a can tree, or donate cans, during the CAN-tree Drive in downtown Ventura from Dec. 1-3, 2017. The FOOD share drive was formerly located in Oxnard.Pitch in on a can tree, or donate cans, during the CAN-tree Drive in downtown Ventura from Dec. 1-3, 2017. The FOOD share drive was formerly located in Oxnard.

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    For years, a Southern California father has been wondering what happened to his child. After an NBC4 I-Team investigation, he's finally getting some answers. Lolita Lopez reports for the NBC4 News on Friday, Nov. 24, 2017.


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    Knott's Berry Farm's new buzz-building, stomach-twirling dive roller coaster, the one with the "raised 96-degree drop," is still several months away from opening, but calling upon the Buena Park theme park now means a whole lot of riding on a wide array of thrill-inducing, fast-zoom rides.

    With, of course, the added bonus of holiday doings, which are now flowering at the historic destination like so many poinsettia.

    Which all leads to this: Knott's Berry Farm is eager to show gratitude to military personnel around the area, and is doing so by offering complimentary admission during Military Tribute Days from Monday, Nov. 27 through Friday, Dec. 15, 2017.

    Just be sure to bring identification with you, says the park, for your gratis ticket and a complimentary ticket for one guest. As for attending with friends and family? Six additional tickets may be purchased at a significant discount.

    There's also a special code for a discounted stay at the Knott's Berry Farm Hotel, if that is in your plans, so read all.

    Fire and Law Enforcement Tribute Days also extend from Nov. 27 through Dec. 15, with an additional run from Jan. 8 through 31.

    Employees of the California Department of Forestry, FBI agents, and Wildland Firefighters are all eligible to gain free admission to Knott's Berry Farm during the tribute days, but there are several other personnel categories that qualify, so eye everything before you go.



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    Coasters, sunshine, family good times: Knott's Berry Farm pays tribute to fire and law personnel, as well as members of the military, with gratis admission over several special days.Coasters, sunshine, family good times: Knott's Berry Farm pays tribute to fire and law personnel, as well as members of the military, with gratis admission over several special days.

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    For one San Bernardino couple, Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017 was more thank just Thanksgiving but a celebration of love.

    Raymond and Jessie Guardado celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary with the company of 100 family members on Thursday.

    "I look around and see (family) and I say, 'My goodness, did we do all this,'" Raymundo said.

    The two married in 1947 at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in San Bernardino and their love remains strong. They have two sons and four daughters with one of their sons nearly reaching a milestone in his own marriage - his 50th anniversary.


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    The infamous wonky and weird Doo Dah Parade celebrated its 40th year on Sunday. The Pasadena-based parade stretched along Colorado Boulevard between Altadena Drive and Sierra Madre Boulevard. The event was free to see and $10 to join.

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    Ever untangled a string of lights, the same string you carefully wrapped and stowed a year ago but which mysteriously became betangled, seemingly without the aid of human hands?

    It's a common experience this time of year, but also common, at least among Southern Californians with an affinity for huge lighting displays? The knowledge that however light strings you untangle, the Mission Inn in Riverside will have gone far, far beyond.

    As in, 4,999,900 lights beyond, if you hung a string containing 100 lights at home. For the famous, 5,000,000-light Festival of Lights at the landmark hotel pretty much out-bulbs every bulb-filled structure in the near vicinity, and in the far vicinity, too, making the Mission Inn a regular entry on national lists that feature the brightest holiday displays in the country.

    The switch-flick? It always happens the Friday after Thanksgiving, so Nov. 24 is the date to watch in 2017. The party starts to sparkle around 4:30 p.m., ahead of sunset, but people won't just be assembling to see all of the illumination: Some 200 animated figures also provide panache and cheer to the exterior decorations (think angels, elves, and more).

    And one major rocking bonus for 2017? Kenny Loggins is set to croon at the famous festival's opening night. Yes, lots of fans are expected.

    If you can't be in Riverside for the splashy kick-off to the free-to-see display, keep in mind that the lights'll be on through Saturday, Jan. 6, each and every night.



    Photo Credit: Mission Inn

    The 2017 Mission Inn Festival of Lights debuts for the season on Friday, Nov. 24.The 2017 Mission Inn Festival of Lights debuts for the season on Friday, Nov. 24.