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  • 01/17/19--07:21: Winter Storm Socks SoCal

  • Winter storm warnings were in effect in parts of SoCal as heavy rain, winds and snow swept across the region.

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    Route 23 (Decker Road) in Malibu shut down due to rock slides and storm debris on Jan. 16, 2019.Route 23 (Decker Road) in Malibu shut down due to rock slides and storm debris on Jan. 16, 2019.

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    Four storms socked Southern California this week, marking the season's first stretch of significant rainfall. So how much rain did we get?

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    High-rises of downtown Los Angeles rise above clouds and mist on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, after an overnight storm that brought rain and mountain snow to Southern California. Rains unleashed debris flows from wildfire-scarred areas of the Santa Monica Mountains that inundated parts of Pacific Coast Highway. (AP Photo/John Antczak)High-rises of downtown Los Angeles rise above clouds and mist on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, after an overnight storm that brought rain and mountain snow to Southern California. Rains unleashed debris flows from wildfire-scarred areas of the Santa Monica Mountains that inundated parts of Pacific Coast Highway. (AP Photo/John Antczak)

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    The Riverside Police Department welcomes its very own first bomb squad dog. Shadow is a 3-year-old Labrador trained to identify odors used to make explosives.

    Since the San Bernardino mass shooting in 2015, Riverside Police created an explosive detection program and added a friendly dog to keep people out of danger.

    Detective James Dana has known Shadow since he was 14 months old.

    "As soon as he hears the phone ring or sees me get in uniform, he knows he’s going to work so he is bouncing and ready to go," said Dana.

    Shadow is a well-trained dog that can complete a search that might take officers three times as long.

    "Over the last couple of years he has found 18 different weapons -- three of them were used in homicides," Dana said.

    Shadow has earned a law enforcement community service award usually reserved for human officers. His acts have made him a popular dog on social media with his own Instagram account.



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    Shadow represented the Riverside Police Department at the 2019 Palm Springs International Film Festival had a wonderful safe time, Jan.3, 2019.Shadow represented the Riverside Police Department at the 2019 Palm Springs International Film Festival had a wonderful safe time, Jan.3, 2019.

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    Did you ever beg a parent to let you play one more video game, to let you hit one more ball or ride one more ride, or to give you a few minutes for one final lap around the ice rink?

    Endings can be hard, regardless of what's wrapping up, but when a Super Amazefun Wow thing ends, and you know you're doing the last fun thing you'll do for awhile at a particular place, well, emotions can be heightened.

    And such may be the case for those Southern Californians who wait for most of the calendar for the big seasonal outdoor ice rinks to return.

    These are the icy attractions that pop up under the open sky, with special events like theme nights, curling lessons, and silent skate parties.

    They begin in early November and have a way of bye-bye-ing come mid-January, a point we've now reached.

    So prepare to perform your final axel jump of this run, and to glide mitten-in-mitten with your bestie, for both the Bai Holiday Ice Rink Pershing Square and ICE in Santa Monica are in the twilight days of their 2018-2019 calendar.

    Both rinks share the same final day — Monday, Jan. 21 — and you could probably skate at both spots on that day, if you plan your time accordingly.

    The Pershing Square rink will observe open hours from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. while Santa Monica will keep the vibe chill for twelve hours, beginning at 10 in the morning.

    A bright side, though, if you truly dig these delightful, get-exercise, have-some-laughs attractions? You won't have to "wait for next year" to see one again. 

    These rinks, and a number of others, have a way of showing up before or around Thanksgiving, which means you'll be triple-lutzing again in, really, just a matter of months.



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    Head out for one last go-around at the Bai Holiday Rink Pershing Square before they pack up the ice. The final day before it comes back in the fall? Monday, Jan. 21.Head out for one last go-around at the Bai Holiday Rink Pershing Square before they pack up the ice. The final day before it comes back in the fall? Monday, Jan. 21.

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    A dog was attacked by a coyote that jumped over the fence into the backyard of a home in Valencia.

    Video showed a pair of dogs observing a coyote that was looking over the backyard when it jumped over and confronted a dog named Kirin.

    The coyote bit Kirin’s face. The dog was taken to Valencia Veterinary Center for treatment. Despite stitches, she is expected to be safe.

    The home is located in a hillside development where coyote sightings are frequent.

    By nature, coyotes don’t tolerate other canines in their territory.

    If anyone has concerns about coyotes in their neighborhood, they can call the Department of Agriculture at 626-575-5462 to voice their concerns.



    Photo Credit: Jackie Langlois-Steffan

    A dog was attacked by a coyote that jumped over a home's backyard in Valencia.A dog was attacked by a coyote that jumped over a home's backyard in Valencia.

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    One of four Americans killed in a suicide bombing in Syria this week is a former Navy SEAL who spent most of his military career in Coronado.

    Scott Wirtz, an operations support specialist with the Defense Intelligence Agency, was killed "conducting a routine patrol" in the Syrian city of Manbij near the Turkish border, NBC News reported.

    Army Chief Warrant Officer Jonathan R. Farmer, 37, Navy Chief Cryptologic Technician Shannon M. Kent, 35, and an unidentified contractor with the Department of Defense were also killed.

    Wirtz was based in Coronado between 1998 and 2005. His family says Wirtz served combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack, though it did not immediately produce evidence to support the claim. American defense officials said that ISIS has not been present in the city for months and cautioned the group sometimes falsely claims credit for attacks.



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    Scott WirtzScott Wirtz

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    Participants in the 2019 Los Angeles Women's March gathered at Pershing Square for a walk to Grand Park Saturday near City Hall.

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    Women with Women with "Music Changing Lives" rally at the Women's March in Los Angeles on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019. Hundreds of people took to the streets of downtown Los Angeles for the third-annual Women's March.(AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

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    Take a look at some of the top images in the news in Southern California.

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    A powerful Delta 4 Heavy rocket carrying a U.S. spy satellite lifts off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Calif., Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019. The rocket propelled the National Reconnaissance Office satellite at 11:10 a.m. Pacific time, arcing over the Pacific Ocean west of Los Angeles as it headed toward space. The United Launch Alliance Delta 4 Heavy is made up of 3 rocket cores strapped together producing almost 2.2 million pounds of thrust at lift-off. (AP Photo/Matt Hartman)A powerful Delta 4 Heavy rocket carrying a U.S. spy satellite lifts off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Calif., Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019. The rocket propelled the National Reconnaissance Office satellite at 11:10 a.m. Pacific time, arcing over the Pacific Ocean west of Los Angeles as it headed toward space. The United Launch Alliance Delta 4 Heavy is made up of 3 rocket cores strapped together producing almost 2.2 million pounds of thrust at lift-off. (AP Photo/Matt Hartman)

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    Ooh you almost had it.

    James Harden had 48 points and the Houston Rockets rallied to defeat the Los Angeles Lakers, 138-134, in overtime on Saturday night at the Toyota Center. 

    Houston trailed by three, 120-117, with five seconds remaining in regulation, but Eric Gordon drained a game-tying three-pointer to send the contest into overtime, the second consecutive game that extended to overtime for both teams.

    "I'm kicking myself for not stepping over and getting a better contest on the shot," Lakers forward Brandon Ingram, who was guarding the inbounder at the time, told reporters. "I think if I would have stepped over, he wouldn't have had anywhere to go to shoot the basketball. I put that one on me."

    The Lakers led the game from wire-to-wire in regulation, but Gordon drained another three to open the extra period, to give the Rockets their first lead of the game. Houston would ultimately hold on for the victory after the Lakers let the game slip away…literally.

    Trailing by two points with 12 seconds remaining in overtime, Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma got caught in the corner on an inbounds pass and the ball slipped through his fingers and out of bounds to give the ball back to the Rockets. Houston would then seal the game at the free throw line.

    Despite the costly mistake, Kuzma was stellar in the first half, scoring 24 points, and finishing the game with 32 points and eight rebounds.

    "We did a great job sticking to the game plan," Kuzma said of the first half. "They got some momentum and started hitting some threes and got to the line a lot [in the second half]."

    Brandon Ingram bolstered the Lakers offense in overtime, scoring 21 points in the game, but committed six turnovers. Lance Stephenson took over in the fourth quarter and scored 16 points off the bench.

    "Lance did a really, really good job of running the basketball team," said Ingram. "He got guys shots, he got to to the basket. Zubac was really, really good. Everyone on the floor stepped up for us."

    For the second straight game, Ivica Zubac, played big minutes down the stretch. After scoring a season-high 26 points in a victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday, Zubac played most of the fourth quarter and overtime, scoring 17 points off the bench.

    "A lot of the close games comes down to what team is going to hit those close shots," Lakers head coach Luke Walton told the media "We hit those in OKC, they didn't. Tonight Houston did down the stretch and we did not."

    Los Angeles led by as many as 21 points, but the game turned when point guard Lonzo Ball went back to the locker room with a left ankle injury midway through the third quarter.

    Ball would later be transferred to a local hospital for x-rays, and did not return to the game. The Rockets responded with a 15-0 run to get back in the ball game. 

    "Right when Lonzo went down is exactly when the game went away," said Ingram. "We lost momentum a little bit. Got away from what we were doing a little bit. Some of the pressure and defensive rebounding went down."

    Ball had 11 points and a game-high 11 assists in 22 minutes before leaving the game with the left ankle injury.

    "I just told him to keep his head up," Walton said of Ball's injury. "They took him to the hospital for X-rays and he will get an MRI and we'll see where we go after that."

    Harden failed to score 50 or more points for the third consecutive game. After 57 and 58-point games, Harden was unable to match Lakers legend Kobe Bryant as the last player to score 50+ points in three consecutive games. However, Harden has scored 30 or more points in 19 straight games (NBA record post merger) and has scored 40 or more in 10 of his last 13 games.

    However, even Harden, the reigning MVP in the NBA and the likely frontrunner to win it again this season, could only carry the Houston offense so far as they needed help from other players.

    Eric Gordon added 30 points and hit five three-pointers, James Ennis III chipped in 18 points. P.J. Tucker had five steals. The Rockets attempted 68 three-pointers in the game. 

    For the second consecutive game, the Lakers—the worst free-throw shooting team in the NBA—had a good night at the charity stripe. Los Angles was 24-for-30 (80 percent) in the game and made all 17 free throw attempts in the fourth quarter.

    "If we want to win close games we have to make free throws. Its good to see those step and knocking them down," Walton said of the free-throw shooting the last two games. "Now we want to do it consistently throughout the game. But we hit them when they count, and that's where guys start to grow their confidence."

    Without Clint Capela in the middle for the Rockets, the Lakers out-rebounded the Rockets 56-to-39.

    Lakers head coach Luke Walton was ejected from the game in the third quarter. Los Angeles fell to 5-8 without superstar LeBron James. 

    Notes and Next

    LeBron James (left groin) missed his 13th consecutive game as he continues to rehab in Los Angeles. Rajon Rondo (right finger) also missed the game. Chris Paul (hamstring) missed his 14th consecutive game and Clint Capela is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a right thumb injury.

    The Lakers will host the Golden State Warriors in a rematch from Christmas Day on Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day at Staples Center in Los Angeles. 



    Photo Credit: AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith

    Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball, center, is carried off the court by Michael Beasley, left, and Lance Stephenson after Ball sustained an injury during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball, center, is carried off the court by Michael Beasley, left, and Lance Stephenson after Ball sustained an injury during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)

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    Two men used the force of a truck – and a chain – to break into a small market in San Diego County early Friday, yanking an ATM out of the business in the brazen crime, which was captured on surveillance video.

    The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department (SDSO) said two unknown men targeted the Ramona Farms Market at 838 Main St. in Ramona at around 4:15 a.m.

    In surveillance video recorded by the store's security cameras, the suspects can be seen, at first, using some sort of tool to try to cut a lock and chain securing the front doors to the store.

    When the suspects weren't able to break into the business that way, SDSO Det. Jake Macleod said the men used their truck – described as white or silver Ford F250 or F350 – to ram the entrance doors. They shattered the doors and entered the market.

    The video shows one man quickly walk up to an ATM located near the front entrance of the store. He secures a chain around the machine; the chain is also hooked onto their truck.

    Seconds later, the men use their truck to yank the machine from its foundation and drag it out of the business.

    The video shows the suspects driving off north on Main Street, the stolen ATM dragging behind their truck. Sparks caused by friction from the ATM dragging on the pavement can be seen in the surveillance images.

    The SDSO said deputies were alerted to a commercial burglary alarm as the crime took place. When deputies arrived, they discovered the steel-framed front doors of the market had been torn off their hinges.

    The suspects were gone.

    No one was hurt in the incident and the ATM was the only thing stolen from the market.

    According to the SDSO, the suspect driving the truck was described as heavyset, wearing a green jacket, blue pants, tan boots and a black balaclava mask covering his face. The passenger had a medium build, was wearing all black clothing and used a black T-shirt to cover his face. Their truck had a long bed and extra cab with silver running boards.

    The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information can reach out to the SDSO at (760) 789-9157 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.



    Photo Credit: Ramona Farms Market/SDSO

    The crime at the Ramona Farms Market on Main Street was captured on surveillance video.The crime at the Ramona Farms Market on Main Street was captured on surveillance video.

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    Police pursued a reckless driver suspected of DUI in the Compton area who traveled through Downey and South Gate before he was chased down in the city of Commerce Saturday night.

    The driver was wanted for driving recklessly and suspected of driving under the influence, according to the LA County Sheriff's Department.

    Gil Leyvas and Newschopper4 Bravo were overhead at approximately 10:55 p.m.

    The driver took police on a high-speed chase that often involved driving on the wrong side of the street, running stop signs and blowing through red light. The dangerous pursuit finally eased up when the driver entered a business parking lot and decided to take off on foot in the city of Commerce.

    The man proceeded to attempt to outrun police and even hopped a fence into a business, but eventually, police cornered the man and took him into custody without further incident.

    Refresh this page for updates.


    Police are in pursuit of a vehicle in the Compton and South Gate area Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019.Police are in pursuit of a vehicle in the Compton and South Gate area Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019.

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    Check out images of some of the Rams' died-hard fans sporting their Sunday best.

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 12: The skyline is seen as fans look on before the NFC Divisional Playoff game between the Los Angeles Rams and the Dallas Cowboys at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on January 12, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 12: The skyline is seen as fans look on before the NFC Divisional Playoff game between the Los Angeles Rams and the Dallas Cowboys at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on January 12, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

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    Two separate crashes involving wrong-way drivers, one of them fatal, occurred on the 91 Freeway early Sunday morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.

    The driver of a car was killed in a single-vehicle crash after driving west in the eastbound lanes in Anaheim at around 5 a.m., according to the CHP. The driver drove through the HOV lanes before colliding with the center divider, causing the car to burst into flames. An investigation will be conducted to determine whether the driver was intoxicated, the CHP said.

    Another wrong way driver caused a five-car pileup on the 91 Freeway in Anaheim Hills a few hours earlier. The driver crashed head-on with several vehicles, causing a domino effect, according to the CHP. Four people were taken to the hospital with what was described as severe injuries. One of the drivers in the pileup was intoxicated, according to the CHP



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    California Highway Patrol officers investigate the scene of a fatal crash involving a wrong-way driver on the 91 Freeway in Anaheim on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019.California Highway Patrol officers investigate the scene of a fatal crash involving a wrong-way driver on the 91 Freeway in Anaheim on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019.

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    We have an incredible sight to behold Sunday night Jan. 20.

    It’s the Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse! Yes, that's it's name.
    And its the first time in three years the entire United States can see the total lunar eclipse. This unique names comes from a variety of factors.

    It’s a supermoon because the full moon is within 90 percent of its closest possible distance to Earth. On Jan. 20, the moon is 222,274 miles from Earth with the moon’s orbital range from 221,681 miles (perigee) to 252,6222 miles (apogee) this year. Because of the proximity to Earth supermoons appear bigger and brighter than an average full moon.

    Above is an example of what 7 percent bigger across and 13 percent bigger in area than average looks like. 

    Total lunar eclipses are called blood moons because the moon turns a dark red as it enters Earth’s shadow. The reason the moon appears this color during totality is because the only light that is able to get to the surface of the moon is red. Imagine being on the moon and looking up at Earth during an eclipse. At this moment you are seeing every sunrise and sunset on Earth. The red ring around Earth is what is refracted to the surface of the moon.

    The January full moon is known as a "wolf moon" named after wolves who howl more in their breeding season.

    Here is what you need to know the night of the 20th.

    The partial eclipse begins at 7:34 p.m. with the moon appearing high in the northern sky. The eclipse lasts for almost three and a half hours with totality one hour and three minutes. That’s plenty of time, with clear skies, to see the blood moon. Here are your eclipse times on the west coast (PST).

    The lunar eclipse begins the moment the moon’s leading edge slips into the penumbra. The penumbra is the area of partial shadow where part of the sun is still visible.

    Penumbral shading becomes deeper as the moon moves toward the first partial phase, which begins when the moon’s leading edge enters Earth’s umbra. The umbra is the innermost and darkest part of a shadow, where the light from the sun is completely blocked by the Earth. When the moon is within Earth’s umbral cone, no direct sunlight falls on its surface.

    Totality starts when the trailing edge of the moon enters the umbra.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0I7rSCCaGA

    This is a picture I took from the Sept. 27, 2015 eclipse from Universal Studios. It was the last time everyone in the U.S. could see a lunar eclipse.

    Jan. 20 will be the final time a lunar eclipse and a supermoon occur at the same time until May 2021.

    If you do capture a great picture NBC4 would love to see it. Please tag @nbcla or @anthonynbcla on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. You can also send your eclipse pictures to isee@nbcla.com.



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    President Donald Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani said Sunday that plans to build a Trump Tower in Moscow remained an “active proposal” as late as November of 2016, months later than known previously.

    Giuliani, appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press," said that the president has told him he can “remember having conversations” with his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, about the project well into 2016.

    Cohen has pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about the timeline of his involvement in the proposal, admitting that he worked on it through June of 2016. He initially said it ended at the beginning of that year.

    “It's our understanding that they went on throughout 2016," Giuliani said of the discussions, adding that there "weren't a lot of them, but there were conversations. Can't be sure of the exact date," he said, referring to written questions Trump and his lawyers have answered from special counsel Robert Mueller's office.

    Democratic Sen. Mark Warner, vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said that it was "big news" to him that the talks were continuing through October or November 2016 and said he thought it "a relevant fact for voters to know."



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    Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, in photo from May 2018 in Washington, DC.Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, in photo from May 2018 in Washington, DC.

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    A man who led police on a pursuit from Long Beach to San Pedro ended up driving his car into the water on purpose before unsuccessfully attempting to swim away. Mekahlo Medina reports for Today in La on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019.


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    Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand talked about her rural roots in upstate New York and her bipartisan efforts in Congress during a two-day visit to Iowa, which holds the first-in-the-nation presidential caucus and a key stop for any 2020 presidential candidate.

    Gillibrand’s trip came three days after she announced she intends to run for president. She participated in a Women’s March at the state capitol and talked to hundreds of voters at small events, NBC News reported.

    A Democratic rival, Sen Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, got bigger crowds during a trip earlier in January.

    “I’m not a national name and the fact that you turned out to meet me — I’m so grateful,” Gillibrand told a coffee shop crowd in Ames, where her campaign handed out some of the first Gillibrand campaign T-shirts of the cycle on Saturday. “I plan on being here a lot, so I really appreciate this first opportunity.

    She presented herself as uniquely qualified to appeal across the aisle, a result of her politically moderate beginnings and her progressive bonafides as a liberal senator.

    “I work on a bipartisan basis every day. I worked [with] Ted Cruz on ending sexual harassment in Congress — I can work with anybody,” she said to laughs later that day in Des Moines.


    Kirsten Gillibrand announces intention to run for presidencyKirsten Gillibrand announces intention to run for presidency

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    The Moreno Valley Police Department is asking for help locating a missing 16-year-old girl.

    Aranda Briones was reported missing after she never returned home from a night out with friends. An investigation into her disappearance was opened on Jan. 14, police said.

    Authorities have spoken with her friends and family in an attempt to locate her. Briones’ last known location is believed to be near Moreno Valley Community park located at 13380 Frederick Street in Moreno Valley.

    Aranda Briones is described as 5 feet, 4 inches tall and 110 pounds. She has brown hair and brown eyes and has a visible septum piercing, according to authorities.

    She is believed to have been wearing a white and blue jacket, a dark colored shirt and dark jeans.

    Anyone with information on her possible whereabouts is encouraged to contact Master Investigator David Drexler at the Moreno Valley Police Department (951)486-6700 or the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department after hours dispatch at 951-776-1099.



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    A couple who fell to their deaths from an outlook at Yosemite National Park in California in October were “intoxicated with ethyl alcohol prior to death,” according to autopsy reports.

    Meenakshi Moorthy, 30, and her husband, Vishnu Viswanath, 29, died of multiple injuries sustained by a fall from a mountain, wrote a forensic pathologist at the Stanislaus County Coroner’s Office, according to the San Jose Mercury News. Ethyl alcohol is found in common alcoholic beverages such as beer, wine and hard liquor.

    “We can only conclude that they had consumed alcohol but it is unknown to what level of intoxication,” an assistant Mariposa County coroner told the San Jose Mercury News.

    No drugs were present in their bodies, lab tests found.



    Photo Credit: Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

    This May 18, 2015, file photo shows Taft Point in Yosemite National Park, California.This May 18, 2015, file photo shows Taft Point in Yosemite National Park, California.

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    The Upland Police Department has identified a toddler that was found alone in a park on Sunday. The department is working to confirm the identities of the child’s relatives before he can be returned to them, police said.

    The child was found by himself along with a stroller near Cabrillo Park on the 1400 block of West 11th Street at about 8:30 a.m. No identifying information was found and no person connected to the child was in the area, police said.

    The department asked for the public's help in identifying the child and locating any relatives several hours later.

    This is a developing story. Refresh for updates.



    Photo Credit: Upland Police Department

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    The Rams are headed back to the Super Bowl.

    Greg Zuerlien kicked a 57-yard field goal in overtime and the Los Angeles Rams stunned the New Orleans Saints, 26-23, in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday afternoon at the Super Dome. 

    Zuerlein converted a 48-yard field goal at the end of regulation to tie the game, and then made the biggest kick of his career in overtime to punch the Rams ticket to their first Super Bowl since 2000.

    Jared Goff threw for 297 yards, one touchdown and one interception in the victory. 

    The highly anticipated matchup between two of the top offensive teams in the NFC was not the high-scoring affair as their earlier matchup in Week 9.

     

    The two teams combined to score 80 points on that day—a 45-35 victory for the Saints—the game was much different with a Super Bowl appearance on the line as both teams combined for just XX total points.

     

    One week after combing for 273 rushing yards, the Rams two-headed attack of Todd Gurley and C.J. Anderson was silenced by the Saints stout defense. Gurley and Anderson combined for just 63 yards on the ground, and the Rams had just 80 total as a team.

     

    Los Angeles must have hit the snooze button this morning as they sleepwalked through the first quarter to start the game.

     

    Before the game began, Saints head coach Sean Payton said that the home crowd needed to be loud inside the Superdome and that his team needed to score first.

     

    Check and check.

     

    Not only was the Superdome the loudest we've ever heard it, New Orleans opened the game with an 11-play, 56-yard drive that resulted in a 37-yard field goal from Will Lutz.

     

    Disaster struck the Rams on their opening drive as Goff had trouble hearing the play calls in his helmet, and a short pass to Gurley on third down slipped through his hands and into the hands of Demario Davis for the interception.


    The Saints started inside the red zone on the Rams 15-yard-line and were held to another field goal to take a 6-0 lead.

     

    A few minutes later, Brees found tight-end Garrett Griffin in the end zone for the game's first touchdown and New Orleans led 13-0 after the first quarter.

     

    The Rams were forced to punt on the ensuing drive, but feeling the momentum start to slip away, Rams head coach Sean McVay called for a fake punt and punter Johnny Hekker delivered a perfect pass to Sam Shield on 4th and 5 to pick up the first down and keep the drive alive.

     

    The risky decision worked for McVay and the Rams as they stole momentum from the Saints, and marched down the field and into New Orleans territory. However, Gurley once again let a balls lip through his fingers on 3rd and 6 inside the red zone, and the Rams were forced to kick a field goal again.

     

    Gurley would make up for the costly drop on the next possession as Goff delivered a dime on a slant route to receiver Brandin Cooks on a 36-yard-pass that placed the ball on the Saints' six-yard line.

     

    One play later, Gurley rushed through the left-gap for the score and Los Angeles was back in the game.  The Rams had taken the Saints best punch and were still standing.

     

    The Saints soaked up the clock on their first possession of the second half, capping off a 12-play, 71-yard drive with a touchdown pass from Brees to fellow quarterback Taysom Hill. Alvin Kamara got the ball six different times on the nearly six-minute scoring drive.

     

    The Rams responded on their next possession, as Goff found tight-end Tyler Higbee on a play-action pass from the Saints one-yard line.

     

    The game was tied at 20-20 with 5:16 remaining in regulation, before Brees found Ted Ginn Jr. on a deep 43-yard completion that set up the Saints for the game-winning field goal. 

     

     

     

    Todd Gurley benched game.

     

     

    Blow the Whistle

     

    Cameras caught Saints fans using actual whistles to try and disrupt the Rams offense. In addition to the SuperDome being the loudest decibel level in the NFL this season, the whistles were a classless (and illegal) move by the fans.

     

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    TheNew Orleans Saints react after an interception against the Los Angeles Rams during the first quarter in the NFC Championship game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 20, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)TheNew Orleans Saints react after an interception against the Los Angeles Rams during the first quarter in the NFC Championship game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 20, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

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    The Super Blood Wolf Moon is almost at our door.

    This lunar phenomenon with a quirky name will be visible Sunday night across the country, for those without cloud cover.

    It'll be an unmissable event for American stargazers, since it's the only lunar eclipse that will be seen over the United States all year, according to Caltech's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a NASA partner.

    "Super blood moon" is a term given to lunar eclipses that occur when the moon is at its closest to Earth, making it appear bigger in the sky — a "super moon." And during a lunar eclipse, when the moon is in the Earth's shadow, it turns red. That's because it's mostly red light that bends around the Earth, while blue light is scattered by the atmosphere, making it appear blue.

    Last January, a Super Blue Blood Moon captivated people across the country. That one got the "blue moon" moniker because it was the second full moon of the month, a rare occurrence that gave us the phrase "once in a blue moon."

    Sunday's moon is the first of January, and it's referred to as a wolf moon because of Native American folklore, according to Space.com. Each month's full moon had a name, and January's came from the packs of wolves that would howl outside Algonquin villages. Other full moon names include the worm moon (March) strawberry moon (June), and harvest moon (September).

    Viewing this weekend's Super Wolf Blood Moon might require a later bedtime.

    The moon will begin to darken at 9:36 p.m. ET, but it will dramatically change color about an hour later, at 10:33 p.m. ET, when it moves into the darkest part of Earth's shadow, called the umbra, according to JPL. That's what's called a total eclipse. Because the moon is closer to Earth, it may appear darker than in other lunar eclipses.

    That phase of the eclipse lasts until 1:50 a.m. ET, and the moon will completely exit the penumbra, the Earth's partial shadow, by 2:48 ET.

    After that, it'll be a long wait for the next lunar eclipse that will be visible in North America. It's coming on July 5, 2020, according to NASA, and it will only be a partial eclipse. The next total lunar eclipse is coming to our skies on May 26, 2021.