February 21, 2020

Los Angeles

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“Vape Lung” Survivor Tells Her Story After Collapsing Christmas Day
Los Angeles

Lung-related illnesses directly tied to vaping have killed four people in California. In a rare interview, one LA woman tells the NBC4 I-Team she could have met the same fate. Lolita Lopez reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020.
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Celebrities Rally to Send 9-Year-Old Australian Boy to Disneyland After Bullying Video Goes Viral
Los Angeles

Bullied at school for his dwarfism, 9-year-old Quaden Bayles sobs uncontrollably in the back of his mother’s car — saying to the camera: “Give me a knife, I want to kill myself.”His mother, Yarraka Bayles, from the Australian state of Queensland, posted the heartbreaking Facebook Live video this week to raise awareness of the impact of bullying. In the video, she said her son had previously attempted suicide.
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3 Women Found Dead At Hemet Home; Suspects Arrested
Los Angeles

Family identified the victims as 46-year-old Wendy Araiza, her 21-year-old daughter Genesis Araiza and Trinity Clyde, the 18-year-old girlfriend of Wendy's son.
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Crowded field battling for Katie Hill's former seat in Congress
Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- When former Rep. Katie Hill resigned last year over allegations of inappropriate sexual relationships with staffers, the special election to fill her seat set off a frenzy of interest from not just politicians, but those outside the district including a political commentator, even a convicted felon. Republican Steve Knight, who lost to Hill, is trying to win back his seat. "What happened to Congresswoman Hill and that whole situation was shocking," said Knight. Knight, a veteran and former Los Angeles police officer, says he still believes he's the best person to serve the purple 25th District. Some believe Hill's win, which was part of the 2018 blue wave, was a referendum on President Donald Trump. Knight disagrees. "I've watched President Trump over the past few years. his policies have been spot on," said Knight.
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Woman Brandishing Knife Shot, Critically Wounded By LAPD Officers In South LA
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The shooting occurred sometime after 1:17 a.m. in the area of West 78th and Hoover streets, according to Los Angeles police.Officers were initially dispatched on a call for a woman who had requested police.They arrived find her sitting alone on a curb. When they tried to get her to stand up, she pulled out a knife, police said. The woman ignored commands to drop the knife and then began moving towards the officers, police said. She was then shot.She was rushed by ambulance to a local hospital, where she was in critical condition.A knife was recovered at the scene.It’s unclear how many officers opened fire on the woman. Her identity was not released.
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Strangers Throw Spontaneous Baby Shower | Free Tuition | LA Today
Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, CA — Share-worthy stories from across the Southland Patch cities to talk about tonight:Strangers On Plane Throw Baby Shower For California CoupleDustin and Caren Moore of Buena Park were traveling home with their newborn adopted daughter when other travelers surprised them.USC Waives Tuition For Families Earning Less Than $80KThe University of Southern California will also eliminate home equity as a financial aid factor, a boon for California families.
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Suspect Dies in Police Shooting in Long Beach
Los Angeles

Long Beach police say the man arrived to a Popeye’s with a shotgun and opened fire. Beverly White reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020.
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Prosecutors: LA man conspired with polygamists in fraud scheme
Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- An Eyewitness News Investigation examines the strange alliance between a suspected mobster in Los Angeles and a polygamous clan in Utah, and how it ties into a mysterious group called "The Order." One polygamist testified the men had more cash than they could ever spend, before their billion dollar scheme unraveled. Prosecutors say Los Angeles businessman Levon Termendzhyan is a criminal mastermind and the driving force behind a scheme to defraud the government and taxpayers of more than $1 billion. Termendzhyan allegedly conspired with Utah polygamists, including brothers Jacob and Isaiah Kingston, the chief executives of Utah's Washakie Renewable Energy. The Kingstons "flipped" before trial and are now testifying against Termendzhyan in a Salt Lake City courtroom in the biofuel fraud case.
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OC retirement community helps out nonprofit hit hard by fire
Los Angeles

RANCHO MISSION VIEJO, Calif. (KABC) -- Working Wardrobes helps clients overcome difficult challenges in their journey to employment, but the nonprofit lost everything inside its Irvine headquarters after a fire in February. Sue Thomas and Eileen Padberg personally know the CEO of the 30-year-old nonprofit and believed in its mission. They saw it all unfold on the news the morning of Feb. 2. "Oh the loss of all their equipment and the racks and racks of clothing," Thomas said. The women got to work, organizing a clothing drive at their retirement community Reata Glen. "We really don't sit around playing bridge all day. We love giving back and we're still all very, very active," Thomas said. All that activity turned into thousands of donations from people ready to give back to their home, like Charlie Fisher.
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Russia Is Taking Steps to Help Trump Win in 2020, Intelligence Officials Say
Los Angeles

Intelligence officials have warned lawmakers that Russia is interfering in the 2020 election campaign to help President Donald Trump get reelected, three officials familiar with the closed-door briefing said Thursday.The warning raises questions about the integrity of the presidential campaign and whether Trump’s administration is taking the proper steps to combat the kind of interference that the U.S. saw in 2016.
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3.5-magnitude earthquake hits Castaic area
Los Angeles

CASTAIC, Calif. (KABC) -- A 3.5-magnitude earthquake struck the Castaic area early Friday morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The USGS said the quake hit at approximately 5:42 a.m. and struck north-northwest of Castaic. It had a depth of 10.5 miles. The quake also hit 4.6 miles north-northwest from Valencia. There were no immediate reports of damage. People reported feeling the quake in the San Fernando Valley.
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Magnitude 3.5 Earthquake Shakes Up Castaic
Los Angeles

A magnitude 3.5 earthquake struck just over a mile north of Castaic Friday morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.The quake was felt around 5:42 a.m. Weak to light shaking would have been felt across the area, meaning the potential for damage is low. This is a developing story.
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Bear seen wandering in Monrovia residential neighborhood
Los Angeles

MONROVIA, Calif. (KABC) -- A massive black bear was seen wandering in a Monrovia neighborhood on Friday morning, prompting a response from local news media, wildlife officials and curious onlookers. The animal was spotted in the 500 block of Hillcrest Boulevard about 5:30 a.m., making its way along residential streets and into nearby alleys. At least one vehicle came perilously close to the bear in the middle of a street, driving past it in the pre-dawn darkness. Several news reporters arrived at the scene as the bear made its way into the front yards of several homes. Whether the bear was the animal that was spotted in the same neighborhood on Thursday was unclear.
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Car Thief Suspect Drives Himself To Jail After Victim Tracks Him Down: 'Welcome Home!'
Los Angeles

Krystal Thompson said her gold sedan was stolen early Wednesday morning while she shopped for groceries at a Walmart in Shepherdsville.“I went to go put my groceries in my car, and it wasn’t there,” Thompson told CBS affiliate WLKY.The mother of three alerted store employees and filed a police report. Her husband then picked her up from the store and the couple began driving down Kentucky Route 44, headed home.“And as we’re coming down 44, we pass another car and I’m not thinking anything of it, but my husband is, like, ‘Oh my gosh!’ and I’m, like, ‘What?’ and he’s, like, ‘I think that was your car!'” Thompson said.She and her husband turned around and began following Joshua Altizer, 22, who police later said was driving her car. She called 911 again.“I am telling them minute for minute, where we are, where he’s turning,” Thompson said.
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Sanders to hold rally in Santa Ana ahead of CA primary
Los Angeles

SANTA ANA, Calif. (KABC) -- Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders will hold a rally at Valley High School in Santa Ana Friday morning. Doors for the public open at 9:30 a.m. and the rally starts at 11:30 a.m. The rally comes as Super Tuesday approaches, with California voters preparing to head to the polls on March 3. An exclusive Eyewitness News poll conducted by SurveyUSA released this week shows the Vermont senator with a lead among California voters. The Sanders leading with 25 percent, but former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is only 4 percentage points behind. Sanders will also travel to Bakersfield later in the day for another rally. Sanders has emerged as the frontrunner in the Democratic race after strong performances in Iowa and New Hampshire.
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Officer Opens Fire After Man Shoots 2 People in Long Beach, Leaving 1 Dead and 3 Injured
Los Angeles

A suspect was killed and two of his victims and an officer were hospitalized after a shooting took place in Long Beach on Thursday night, officials said.Officers were dispatched to a shooting with a victim outside a Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen located at 5401 Atlantic Ave. around 9:15 p.m., Chief Robert Luna of the Long Beach Police Department said at a press conference.As officers were on route to the scene, they learned that there was now a second victim of a shooting in the same area, Luna said.
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Faith-Based Communities Talk Safety At Mission Viejo Meeting
Los Angeles

The biggest thing congregants can do to protect their places of worship, law enforcement said, was to get to know the people who attend services, make a plan and train for it and, most importantly, to report anything suspicious.
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Bear Spotted Wandering in Monrovia Neighborhood for Second Straight Day
Los Angeles

A bear has been sighted in a Monrovia neighborhood for the second straight day Friday.The large bear was spotted in the 300 block of North Mayflower Avenue about 2:30 a.m.Video showed the bear walking in circles and laying on a front lawn.About three hours later, the bear was seen again, this time as it walked next to our news van in the 500 block of North Mayflower Avenue.Cellphone video showed the bear casually walking down the street and checking out the local trashcans.
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3.5-magnitude earthquake strikes near Castaic
Los Angeles

CASTAIC, Calif. - A magnitude 3.5 earthquake rattled Castaic Friday morning, but there were not immediate reports of damage of injuries.The shaking was reported at 5:42 a.m., according to a computer-generated message from the U.S. Geological Survey.The epicenter of the quake was about 5 miles from Valencia, 9 miles from Stevenson Ranch and 10 miles from Santa Clarita, the USGS said.
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Woman wounded after officer-involved shooting in South LA
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SOUTH LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- A woman was wounded in an officer-involved shooting in South Los Angeles early Friday morning, police said. The shooting occurred near the intersection of Hoover and 78th streets at about 1:30 a.m. Los Angeles police said the suspect was struck and transported to a local hospital. Her condition was not known. Details regarding what led to the shooting were not immediately available. It is not clear what type of call officers were responding to. No officer was injured in the incident. Police urged the public to avoid the area.
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Armed Suspect Killed in Confrontation with Long Beach Police
Los Angeles

A 22-year-old man armed with a shotgun was killed by police in Long Beach and an investigation was underway Friday morning to try to determine if he was killed by an officer's bullet or if he died from injuries he suffered when a police vehicle struck him.Police responded to a call that the suspect had opened fire in front of a restaurant in the area of Atlantic Avenue and Market Street about 9:20 p.m. Thursday and wounded a man, according to the Long Beach Police Department.
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Large bear spotted roaming in Monrovia second day in a row
Los Angeles

MONROVIA, Calif. - A large bear was spotted early Friday morning in Monrovia, only a day after a bear was reported roaming around the nearby campus of Mayflower Elementary School.It was first spotted around 2:30 a.m. digging through trash cans in the neighborhood of North Mayflower Avenue. CLICK HERE TO WATCH LIVE.SkyFOX first spotted the bear around 4:30 a.m. in the area of Hillcrest Boulevard, near Mayflower Avenue.
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