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    Julie Swetnick says she's a shy person who pays no attention to politics. But she says she felt she had to go public with serious allegations against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

    In an exclusive broadcast interview with NBC News, Swetnick claims she saw Kavanaugh behave inappropriately at parties in the early 1980s.

    "He was very aggressive — very sloppy drunk, very mean drunk. I saw him — go up to girls and paw on them, try to, you know, get a little too handsy, touching them in private parts. I saw him try to shift clothing," she told Snow.



    Photo Credit: AP

    This undated photo of Julie Swetnick was released by her attorney Michael Avenatti via Twitter, Wednesday, Sept. 26. 2018.This undated photo of Julie Swetnick was released by her attorney Michael Avenatti via Twitter, Wednesday, Sept. 26. 2018.

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    Hundreds of thousands of immigrants have become U.S. citizens after joining the U.S. military. From 2009 to date more than 82,000 immigrants alone have become U.S. citizens while serving the country.

    But now one program to recruit people from outside the U.S. is in its final phase. In 2009, the U.S. military began a pilot program called Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest or MAVNI.

    “It was intended to bring non-U.S. citizens, those with those special skills into the force to help augment our military," says Major Carla Gleason spokesperson for the Defense Department.

    The military was looking primarily for people with language skills from certain countries. On the top of the latest list, provided to NBC 7 by the Department of Defense, were Korean, Mandarin Chinese and Russian came in the top ten.

    But in September of 2016, the DOD tells NBC 7 the MAVNI Pilot Program was not renewed, although NBC 7 received a memo from the DOD that says it was extended with tight restrictions due to national security concerns.

    “When we realized we were facing a lot of national security risks like counterintelligence and espionage we decided to discontinue the program,” says Major Gleason.

    Some specific problems outlined by the DOD to NBC 7 included: recruits entering the program using fraudulent visas from universities that did not exist, falsified transcripts from countries with state-run universities and the Department of Defense says one recruit who entered the United States on a student visa professed support for 9/11 terrorists and said he would voluntarily help China in a crisis situation.

    Critics say this change reflects the Trump Administration's tough immigration policies and countries impacted are similar to the administration’s travel ban.

    And there is concern about what will happen to recruits still going through the program before it fully ends.

    The DOD wants to emphasize this is not an immigration program. It is a national security program and the military is still recruiting immigrants with green cards who qualify to join the U.S. military. 


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    An anonymous caller phoned in a bomb threat aimed at a La Mesa Walmart forcing an evacuation of the store, police said.

    The La Mesa Police Department told NBC 7 around 7:15 p.m. that management at the Grossmont Center Walmart evacuated the store "out of an abundance of caution."

    Police said K-9 officers were at the scene trying to detect a threat.

    Store employees were allowed back into the store at around 8:30 p.m.

    No other information was available.

    Please refresh this page for updates on this story. Details may change as more information becomes available.


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    The man who police detectives say hugged and kissed a teenager uninvitingly in a hospital elevator in August has been arrested, according to Crime Stoppers.

    Police say the man got into an elevator at Kaiser Zion Hospital at around 10:40 a.m. on Aug. 25 with two 13-year-old females already inside.

    Once inside, the man tried to hug and kiss both victims and was successful in kissing one of the victim's hair, police said. He also told both of them they "looked pretty" and that he wanted to have sex with them, according to police.

    The girls reported that there was an elderly couple also inside of the elevator along with the suspect and the victims, according to a police investigator. 

    Surveillance video captured images of the suspect. 

    "Review of the surveillance video reveals that the suspect was in the hospital for about 45 minutes. He entered wearing shorts and left wearing scrub pants," said SDPD Lt. Jason Weeden. "The suspect is not an employee of the hospital and has never been seen before."

    The elevator stopped on the main lobby floor where the suspect got out and left toward the parking lot, police said. 

    The two teenage girls told their family, who then called the San Diego Police Department. 

    The suspect fled the area before officers arrived, police said.

    Crime Stoppers said Monday that the man was arrested but didn't release any additional details.


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    Pumpkin patches, “haunted” trails, ice skating and apple cider only mean one thing: It’s officially autumn in San Diego. So, turn over a new leaf and enjoy the new season that has arrived with your friends or family.

    Julian Apple Picking

    Can't wait to enjoy some apple cider or fresh apples? Julian is the fall destination for San Diegans, especially during apple picking season. The season typically runs late from August through October. Orchards offer the “U-pick” option and some may provide apple cider making and tasting experiences. Some businesses are Apples and Art Orchards (1052 Julian Orchards Dr.), Apple Starr Orchards (1020 Julian Orchards Dr.) and Julian Farm & Orchard (4381 Highway 78).

    To see the full list of apple picking spots in Julian click here.

    Other events that Julian is hosting this year include their very own pumpkin patch. Starting Sept. 22 through Halloween, San Diegans can enjoy a 25-acre farm, 3 acres of pumpkins and gourds on the vine with free admission.

    Bates Nut Farm

    Bates Nut Farm is the most popular family farm in Valley Center. This family farm is open daily offering a beautiful setting for picnics, leisurely strolls, a farm zoo and, of course, delicious snacks like nuts, candies, dried fruits and chocolates, and homemade fudge.

    Their pumpkin patch will start Sept. 22 and runs through Halloween. It’s fifty years of “fall traditions and memories” all in one spot.

    Admission is free and a $5 parking charge only applies on weekends in October. Activities cost $2.50 each. Tractor hayrides, a straw maze and live entertainment will provide fun for the entire family.

    Ghost Tours

    Dare to take a ride on the dark side with this haunted tour. Old Town is home to one of the most haunted houses in the U.S., according to the Travel Channel’s “America’s Most Haunted Places.” Starting Oct. 1, reserve your spot for the Ghost and Gravestones Frightseeing tour. The tour will take you around Old Town, sharing the history, mystery and legends of San Diego’s past. The Whaley House tour is the only one not recommended for children. Tickets start at $32.

    The Haunted Trail at Balboa Park

    The Haunted Trail at Balboa Park is the awaited attraction this fall. It opens September 28 through Halloween. It’s a mile-long trail through the twisted grove of pines and gnarled oaks that will be sure to scare your socks off. And back by popular demand, the 3,500 square-foot Experiment Maze of terror will be what you first encounter when you enter The Haunted Trail. General admission is $25 and tickets can be purchased online.

    The Haunted Hotel

    Dare to enter the depths of horror at The Haunted Hotel located in the Gaslamp District starting Sept. 28 through Halloween. Tickets start at $25. With an all-new Hellevator, stroll down the dark, deadly Zombie infested alley if you dare. For more information visit their website.

    Día de los Muertos in Old Town

    Old Town will host its annual Día de Los Muertos. A Mexican tradition that celebrates those who have passed away starts November 2 and lasts three days. The first day will include a traditional evening procession starting at 6 p.m. where attendees can travel from altar to altar, leaving gifts and prayers for loved ones who have entered the spiritual realm. The altars will be set up at shops and museums within Old Town; the procession ends at the historic El Campo Santo cemetery. For more information visit their website.

    Ice Skating

    Only in San Diego can you ice skate by the beach. Skating by the Sea returns to Hotel Del Coronado starting Nov. 22 through Jan. 1. Tickets are $30 per person. For more information visit their website. Or you can head over to Alpine to the Viejas Outlet Center (right next to the casino and resort) which has the largest outdoor ice rink in Southern California. It sees approximately 33,000 visitors each year. Skating season typically starts at the end of October or beginning of November.

    Wine Tasting & the Harvest in Temecula

    Temecula, located just north of San Diego County, is known for its wine country and in the fall, many wineries host special harvest events in addition to their daily tastings. The community will host AutumnFest throughout the season with many events to highlight the harvest. Also, from Sept. 29 through Oct. 28, check out the Big Horse Corn Maze & Harvest Festival at the Big Horse Feed & Mercantile (33320 Temecula Parkway), a fall festival featuring an 11-acre corn maze, pony rides, a pumpkin patch and lots of other fun, family-friendly activities.

    San Diego Gulls Hockey Season

    With the Chargers long gone, we need another fall sport to root for and the San Diego Gulls will give us just that. The team returns to the rink this fall, playing their home games at Valley View Casino Center. The first home games of the season start on Oct. 12 and Oct. 19. Tickets typically start around $23.



    Photo Credit: Getty Images

    PETALUMA, CA - OCTOBER 28: Pumpkins are seen at Petaluma Pumpkin Patch on October 28, 2011 in Petaluma, California. According to a study by the National Retail Federation, Americans will spend nearly $6.9 billion on Halloween costumes, decorations and candy this year. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)PETALUMA, CA - OCTOBER 28: Pumpkins are seen at Petaluma Pumpkin Patch on October 28, 2011 in Petaluma, California. According to a study by the National Retail Federation, Americans will spend nearly $6.9 billion on Halloween costumes, decorations and candy this year. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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    An official environmental analysis by the government found that as many as 299 premature deaths annually by mid-century would be the result of President Donald Trump's weakening of pollution and fuel-efficiency standards for new cars, NBC News reported

    Additionally, the proposed change in standards, which rolled out in August, would cost Americans nearly 17,000 days of work a year, due to increased illnesses.  The emissions rule would do nothing to rein in the potentially catastrophic global warming either, according to the analysis by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

    The likely negative health impacts from allowing more pollution are outlined in a chart deep in the NHTSA’s environmental impact statement. It predicts 199 additional cases of acute bronchitis a year, 62 added emergency room visits from respiratory distress annually and a total of 16,819 missed work days per year. The premature death total of 299 annually would come under one predictive model, while another model suggests premature deaths would top out at 134 a year.

    The Environmental Protection Agency did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 



    Photo Credit: Eric Risberg/AP, File

    In this Sept. 19, 2013 file photo, automobile traffic flows over the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. An official government environmental analysis found that President Donald Trump's weakening of pollution and fuel-efficiency standards for new cars would lead to more illnesses and deaths.In this Sept. 19, 2013 file photo, automobile traffic flows over the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. An official government environmental analysis found that President Donald Trump's weakening of pollution and fuel-efficiency standards for new cars would lead to more illnesses and deaths.

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    An attempted burglary in Suitland, Maryland, went all wrong when the suspect's brick ricocheted off bulletproof glass and smashed into his head. 

    Police are calling him the "Bad Luck Bandit."

    The suspect shattered the front glass to get inside a waiting area of a takeout restaurant, police said. Surveillance video shows him then trying to break through a window to a back room.

    The suspect lobbed the brick once, then twice, but the bulletproof glass resisted. He wound up his pitch for a third attempt and flung the brick to the window. It bounced back.

    The suspect flinched, but it was too late.

    The brick smacked him in the head, sending him to his hands and knees.

    He tried to pick himself — and the brick — up again, before realizing the extent of his pain. Video shows the suspect rolled back, lay down on the restaurant floor and stayed there.

    Police say he was on the ground for several minutes before giving up and leaving.

    Prince George's County police are looking for the suspect. He was in the area of the restaurant in the 4000 block of Suitland Road in Suitland, Maryland, in the early hours of Sept. 20, police say.



    Photo Credit: Prince George's County Police

    Maryland police are searching for a man they've dubbed the Maryland police are searching for a man they've dubbed the "Bad Luck Bandit" who was hit in the head by a brick he threw at a store window.

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    A woman who was allegedly beaten and tied up in her Wisconsin home by her ex-boyfriend was saved last week when a Domino's Pizza delivery driver noticed she was in distress, NBC News reported.

    What seemed like a normal delivery turned into a rescue mission for deliveryman Joseph Grundl after he noticed the woman had a black eye, he said.

    "She mouthed 'help me' to me and then after when the guy left to get money and she mouthed 'call the police.' This was just as I was about to leave," he told NBC News, confirming a Sheboygan County Sheriff's Department incident report.

    Grundl called 911 when he got back to the restaurant. Deputies arrested Dean Hoffman after seeing him try to keep the woman from leaving and hearing her yell "help me."



    Photo Credit: Sheboygan County Sheriff's Department

    Dean HoffmanDean Hoffman

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    San Diego Unified School District is accepting applications to a program that gives parents some freedom in selecting where their child will go to school. 

    The Enrollment Options Choice applications are open through November 13th for the 2019-2020 academic school year. 

    The program known as School Choice allows parents to pick up to three schools they would like for their child to attend. They must specify the reasoning, which includes commuting convenience or because of specific STEM and visual arts curriculums. 

    "Many of them are looking for a second language for their child to be part of a global society," said Marceline Marques, the Operations Support Officer for San Diego Unified School District. "We have about 30 schools that offer classes in Spanish, French or Mandarin."

    Parents are able to apply online via San Diego Unified website or in person at the Enrollment Office located on 4100 Normal Street, Annex 12. There is then a lottery held in mid-February to determine the school selection. 

    "We believe that all of our schools are high-quality schools, no matter which school your child is enrolled in,”" said Marques. 

    The district said they receive about 10,000 applications annually and are able to successfully pair 75% of students with their top picks. 

    "I don’t want my son to lose his first language that is Spanish," said parent Gabriella Zamora. "That’s why I am choosing this program, the dual program so he can learn another language like Spanish and French."

    To apply visit here


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    Lobsters are not uncommon in New England, but rare-colored crustaceans make for some excitement. Some have gone on display at aquariums and science centers.

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    Some parents and students are upset over a controversial board game created by students at an Oceanside middle school.

    The board game was created by four seventh- and eighth-grade students at César Chávez Middle School as part of a class project that asked students to design a game themselves.

    The students titled the game, "Deportation Time."

    The goal was to be the first player to cross the border into the United States and reach the American flag. Players could deport each other with the roll of a dice. 

    "This type of game is humiliating," said Christina Santiago, a parent of a student at the middle school.

    The project "was intended to develop collaboration, decision-making and learning to divide workload," Superintendent Dr. Julie Vitale said in a statement from the Oceanside Unified School District. 

    Santiago told Telemundo 20 her son raised concerns the game was racist, yet the teacher still approved the project.

    In her statement, Vitale didn't address the parent's claim but said, "while their intention may have been to leverage a current event, we believe it is our responsibility as educators to help them understand that the theme is potentially painful and hurtful to many people."

    The family of each student has been contacted and the district is using the incident to teach students, "an important life lesson" about "unintended consequences," OUSD said. 


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    Police surrounded a vehicle in downtown San Diego that led officers on a pursuit from Shelter Island before taking the driver into custody Tuesday morning. 

    Officers attempted to stop the driver for unknown reasons at about 5:40 a.m. but the driver took off, striking a patrol car as the car sped off, the Harbor Police Department said. 

    The driver headed eastbound on Harbor Drive and south past Barrio Logan before running over a spike strip laid down by officers at Cesar Chavez Parkway, police said. 

    The driver continued into National City then turned back around.

    Footage from Skyranger 7 showed a small white sedan stopped and surrounded by patrol cars at Park Boulevard and Harbor Drive, near the San Diego Convention Center and Petco Park. 

    Just before 6:30 a.m., the driver exited the vehicle and followed officers' orders to crawl towards their patrol vehicles.

    The driver placed his hands behind his back and was taken into custody by police. 

    It was not clear what charges the driver would be facing. 

    No other information was available.

    Please refresh this page for updates on this story. Details may change as more information becomes available.


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    Actress Sarah Bockel had been on tour with "Beautiful: The Carole King Musical" for about 18 months when she quit. 

    The tour had stopped in Detroit over the holidays a couple years ago and it was around Christmas time; Bockel was homesick for her family in Chicago.

    The actress, who at the time was in the ensemble and understudied actress Julia Knitel as Carole King, handed in her notice. 

    "I felt like I had done the best I could do as a touring actor and I was ready to be at one place - home - for a while, and I quit," Bockel recalled. 

    But as fate had it, Bockel was not done with "Beautiful." The Tony Award-winning musical tells the true story of King’s rise to stardom, from her young teenage years onward.

    Five months later, the tour called her and asked her if she would be interested in taking over the role of Carole King. 

    She said of course. Bockel knew she wasn't done yet. 

    "I felt like I was the best person for the job, actually," Bockel said. "I've never been someone to say that about myself, but because of my experience with the show, I just felt like I was capable."

    Bockel had spent months understudying stars Abby Mueller (now leading the Broadway cast of "Beautiful") and Julia Knitel. The Chicago actress said she learned so much about portraying Carole King from both of them, knowledge that helped her come into the role the second time around with full confidence. 

    From Knitel, she learned how to bring energy to the role; Bockel said she wanted to bring Knitel's passion and drive to her portrayal of Carole King. 

    From Mueller, she learned how to ground her portray of Carole. When Mueller is on stage, Bockel said, she draws you in. Even when she sings a song just standing on stage, Bockel recalled, you couldn't take your eyes away. She wanted to bring some of that stillness to her character. 

    Bockel said she had spent so much time studying both leading ladies that she felt like she could do the character justice. 

    This time around, Bockel said, so much has changed for her. When she was cast for the first time, she recalled, she could never have taken over the role of Carole. She had never been on tour and never been a leading lady. 

    "Learning from the women I understudied and being around them and watching them do it - and then coming home again and adjusting to life off the road and being truly ready and having life experiences as well and growing and changing and turning 30...I felt like I really grew into (the role)," Bockel said.

    Carole King's story of resilience and perseverance in the face of obstacle after obstacle is one that audiences always relate to, Bockel said. 

    "Carole King had so many challenges in her life and roadblocks that could have easily derailed her from becoming the person that reaches so many," Bockel said, going through some of Carole's life detailed in the musical: having a child at 16, going through high school with a baby, songwriting with her husband after school and her marital issues. 

    Any one of those obstacles would have stopped another person in her shoes, and any one of those obstacles could have led her down a different path, Bockel said.

    "One of my favorite lines in the show is, 'sometimes life goes the way you want, sometimes it doesn't, and sometimes when it doesn't, you find something beautiful,'" Bockel said. "She turned her heartbreak into art."

    "She grew from (her challenges) and used them to her advantage, and that's what I think everyone can gain from the show," Bockel said.

    "Beautiful: The Carole King Musical" runs from Oct. 2 to Oct. 7. You can get tickets here



    Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

    "Beautiful" star Sarah Bockel.

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    At least two envelopes found Monday inside a mail processing center on the Pentagon's campus are suspected to contain ricin, according to initial testing, officials tell NBC News. 

    The mail processing center is located on the Pentagon campus but not within the Pentagon building itself.

    Two suspicious envelopes were addressed to U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis and U.S. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson, a source familiar with the incident told NBC News. 

    The source said there were no indications that anyone had been exposed to the substance.

    Security officials found a suspicious substance during mail screening, Pentagon spokesman Col. Robert Manning III said Tuesday afternoon. 

    "On Monday, the Pentagon Force Protection Agency detected a suspicious substance during mail screening at the Pentagon's remote screening facility," Manning said in a statement. 

    The FBI said tests on the envelopes were being conducted Tuesday. 

    A federal official told NBC News that a field test indicated the presence of ricin. Those tests can be unreliable, the official said. 

    All mail received at the facility was quarantined and poses no threat to Pentagon personnel, Manning said. 

    Ricin is a poison found in castor beans. It can be a mist, a powder or dissolved in water, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If inhaled or ingested, it can be deadly. 

    Stay with NBC for more details on this developing story.



    Photo Credit: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call, File

    This Sept. 24, 2017, file photo shows an aerial view of the Pentagon.This Sept. 24, 2017, file photo shows an aerial view of the Pentagon.

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    TGI Weekend! San Diego is wasting no time getting into the Halloween spirit. Start by getting your pumpkins at patches in Carlsbad and Alpine, just to name a few. Then, soak up the start of fall at one of several Oktoberfest celebrations -- from family friendly to music-centric, there is sure to be one your speed. Then, get your scare on at a haunted trail or scream zone. There's so much to do this weekend. Get up. Get out. Play!  

    Thursday, October 4
    Kids Free October
     
    Times Vary (through October), Locations Vary
    It’s the time of year where celebrating the little ones in your life gets even easier. October is Kids Free month in San Diego at more than 100 participating restaurants, attractions and hotels. That means free meals, free admission to theme parks, museums and more, and free gifts at several other locations. Kids can take a dive at Legoland when an adult buys their ticket, visit the animals at either the San Diego Zoo or San Diego Zoo Safari Park (or both!), or dine free at Carnitas Snack Shack, just to name a few. A list of all deals being offered in San Diego County this October can be found here. 

    The Great Annual Pumpkin Festival
    10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (through October), Children's Nature Retreat (Alpine)
    Escape to this animal haven in East County for a unique pumpkin patch experience. Children's Nature Retreat invites kids daily (except Mondays) to learn about nature and its creatures through hands-on interaction with more than 120 animals on this 20-acre farm. During the month of October, the ranch gets a fall twist, transforming into a pumpkin patch and equipped with a six-foot-tall hay maze on top of the ranch’s daily feeding and interactions. A single day pass to the farm costs $25 for adults and $15 for kids.

    SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular
    10 a.m. to 9 p.m., SeaWorld San Diego
    Don’t wait for Halloween to trick or treat. Kids and their parents can stroll trick-or-treat booths set up throughout the SeaWorld San Diego for their annual Halloween Spooktacular, which runs this year through October 28. On top of treat hunting, families can sing and dance along to the all-new Sesame Street Halloween Parade, catch a holiday-themed Clyde and Seamore show and more. Spooktacular comes with a general admission ticket starting at $55, which gives guests access to all of SeaWorld’s daily offerings.

    North Park Thursday Market
    3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., North Park Way & Granada Avenue (North Park)
    Shop local produce at this year-round farmers market located on the corner of North Park Way and 29th Street. Farm-fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, eggs, sauces, breads and even handcrafted gifts will be available for purchase from local small businesses. The free festival also features live music and is surrounded by gourmet dining options in the heart of North Park.

    High Tide Dinners 
    6:15 p.m., The Marine Room
    It’s the last weekend for guests to enjoy dinner with one of the most unique views San Diego has to offer. During High Tide Dinners, guests will feel a part of the ocean as five-, six- and seven-foot waves crash upon a large glass while a dinner of steamed Pacific Oysters, herb-sprinkled Lobster Tail, fresh cuts of Black Angus Filet Mignon and other delectable menu items are served. The dining experience can only be enjoyed during peak tides on certain days and times from June to October, and reservations should be made in advance. 

    The Scream Zone 
    7 p.m., Del Mar Fairgrounds
    Everybody scream! The Del Mar Fairgrounds again becomes a playground for horrifying creatures of the night for The Scream Zone. Enter if you dare into the three maze-filled haunts, including the popular haunted hayride, and other terrifying attractions with the purchase of a $34 ticket.  A single haunt ticket is available for $21. This Friday only, admission is slashed in half. Outside the mazes, there are food and drink vendors and photo opportunities. The Scream Zone runs through October 31.

    Rooftop Cinema Club: 'Top Gun'
    7:30 p.m. (Thursday through Saturday), Manchester Grand Hyatt
    "I feel the need, the need…" to see "Top Gun" on the roof of a downtown San Diego high-rise this weekend. Rooftop Cinema Club offers film lovers a unique movie-going experience on the roof of the Manchester Grand Hyatt most days of the week. This Thursday, a movie San Diegans have claimed as their own plays on the big screen. Top Gun, starring Tom Cruise, was famously filmed throughout San Diego County, portraying the U.S. Navy’s elite training school at then-Miramar Air Station. Tickets start at $17 and include a deck chair and access to the terrace an hour early for a sweeping view of the city skyline and San Diego Bay.

    Friday, October 5

    Gaslight Steampunk Expo
    12 to 5 p.m. (through Sunday), Town & Country Resort Hotel
    Take a trip to a futuristic past this weekend at the annual Gaslight Steampunk Expo. Fans of the 19th century scientific and whimsical stylings imagined by authors Jules Verne and H.G. Wells gather at the Town and Country Resort Hotel to hear special presentations, participate in workshops and meet with vendors from around the world. The three-day expo will include a screening of "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" featuring live commentary, a steampunk swap meet, a challenge of the steampunk sport "tea dueling" and more. Access to all of the weekend’s events costs $55 for adults or start at $20 for individual days.

    El Cajon Oktoberfest 
    4 to 10 p.m. (Friday) 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Weekend), German American Societies of San Diego
    Grab your stein and cheers to German culture at El Cajon’s Oktoberfest celebration. The festival will dole out a selection of authentic German beers food and beer, like bratwurst, potato pancakes, pretzels and pastries during the three-day event at 1017 South Mollison Ave. Visiting San Diego from Germany is the Guggenbach-Buam band, who will entertain guests with polkas and waltzes. Guests can also enjoy a kids zone, shopping at a variety of craft vendors and more. A one-day admission pass starts at $10.

    Tequila Tasting at Galaxy Taco 
    5 to 8 p.m., Galaxy Taco (La Jolla)
    Kick off the month with a free tequila tasting at Galaxy Taco. On the first Friday of each month, the La Jolla taco shop (2259 Avenida de la Playa) partners with a different tequila or mezcal brand for an educational tasting session for 21+ guests. Sippers will learn how the agave drink is harvested and how to pair it. This month’s featured spirit is Bozal Mezcal

    Friday Night Liberty
    5 to 9 p.m., Liberty Station
    Take a stroll through Liberty Station at dusk and browse the dozens of artists showcasing their work at Friday Night Liberty, a free art walk held on the first Friday of every month. Guests can enjoy live dance, theatre and musical performances, visit museums and galleries and enjoy the wide range of mediums that will be on display.

     

    Hafez Day
    6:30 to 9 p.m., San Diego Central Library
    The Persian Cultural Center in partnership with the San Diego Central library are celebrating one of Perian cultures most famous poets who goes by the pen name Hafez. A nearly three-hour event will feature a presentation from Persian language professor Dr. Ahmad Karimi Hakkak, performances of classical Persian music from the Namaad Ensemble and dance by Ila Darafshandar. The event is free to attend but spots must be reserved in advance. 

    Rob Lowe 
    7:30 p.m., Balboa Theatre
    San Diego is one of comedian and actor Rob Lowe’s few stops on his limited-run tour, Stories I Only Tell My Friends. The stories Lowe shares during his two and a half-hour special are inspired by his two New York Times Best Sellers. They offer a glimpse into “The West Wing” and “Parks and Recreation” star’s life beyond his four-decade career. Tickets start at $50.

    Saturday, October 6

    Pacific BeachFest 
    11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Pacific Beach Boardwalk
    Living in San Diego means beach days are possible almost every day of the year. That beach culture is exactly what Pacific Beach’s free festival along the boardwalk, from Felspar to Thomas streets, celebrates. With competitions from running to beach tennis, BeachFest embraces the outdoor lifestyle. At the event, guests can see live musical performances from dozens of artists, munch on fish tacos, lounge in a beer garden, relax with some coastline yoga at sunset and more

    La Jolla Art & Wine Festival 
    10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday), Girard Ave. & Prospect St. (La Jolla)
    Back for its 10th season, the La Jolla Art & Wine Festival aims to do two things -- celebrate local artists and inspire young artists through art education programs at schools. The free two-day festival returns to the heart of the La Jolla village with more than 1,150 artists' work on display -- from woodworking to painting, jewelry and more. A beer garden will serve craft beer and wine from around the world. There will also be a gourmet marketplace, a silent auction, pet adoption stations and a lineup of entertainment and music. The profits raised go to underfunded public elementary and middle school programs.

    Maker Faire San Diego 
    10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday), Balboa Park
    Established companies and amateur makers alike have the chance to show off their creations at the annual Maker Faire. Some of the most awe-inspiring creations show up at the innovation fair, like an 11-foot tetrahedron with LED lighting choreographed to an original score, or a light painting stick that uses exposure to create art. The Maker Faire spans multiple museums in Balboa Park and features more than 200 creators. Access to all locations start at $21 for adults and $13 for kids and also give guests general admission access to participating museums.

    Carlsbad Oktoberfest
    12 to 10 p.m., Holiday Park
    Prost! Carlsbad is cheers-ing to their annual Oktoberfest and fall season celebration. This year, hundreds will gather at Holiday Park to enjoy tunes from live bands, like local groups Bluebirds and Last Call. For $10, guests get access to family-friendly activities. Young ones will enjoy hunting for the perfect gourd at a pumpkin patch, jumping in bouncy houses or getting their faces painted. For $5 more, guests get an authentic German meal with their entry. Kids 10 and under are free.

    Solo Italiano 
    4 to 10 p.m., Piazza della Famiglia
    Guests will be transported to Italy at this new dining experience at the Piazza della Famiglia in San Diego’s Little Italy. Attendees with a $200 ticket to Solo Italiano are invited to dress in their best red attire for this authentic Italian experience, which raises money for the Little Italy Association. A family-style dinner of endless Italian courses will fill farm tables as live entertainment strolls through the plaza. Guests can learn Italian or become cheese connoisseurs through lessons from Italian experts. The event kicks off with a two-hour cocktail hour featuring local wines and olive oil tastings before the festivities begin at 6 p.m. 

    Oceanside Harbor Wine Cruises 
    5 to 6:30 p.m., Oceanside Harbor
    This scenic sunset ride on a 50-foot catamaran is perfect for couples or groups of wine-loving friends. Included in the $39 hour-and-a-half cruise is three tastes of wine from Oceanside’s seaside vineyard Beach House Winery and an appetizer platter. Private tours are available by calling Oceanside Adventures Catamaran.

    Sunday, October 7

    Tall Ship Adventure Aboard Californian
    11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., San Diego Maritime Museum
    Take a trip back in time aboard a replica of the ships used during the California Gold Rush. The Californian, a replica cutter and the state’s official tall ship, will take passengers on a 3-hour voyage for $44 to $62. The ship’s crew will show guests how to set and furl the sails and haul a line. The journey will end with a cannon salute.

    West Coast Oktoberfest 
    12 to 7 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday), Ash and India streets (Little Italy)
    The Music Box is hosting an Oktoberfest Block Party in Little Italy this weekend. For two days, guests can discover local and imported German beers, munch of Bavarian pretzels and bratwursts and, of course, jam to music. The event runs from noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday and noon until 7 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets start at $15.

    8th Annual Treasure Chest Beer and Food Fest 
    12 to 5 p.m., Green Flash Brewery
    Chefs have chosen the perfect culinary pairings for local craft brews, including Green Flash Brewing and Alpine Beer Company, for the annual Treasure Chest Beer and Food Fest, which benefits Susan G. Komen San Diego in their fight against breast cancer. A variety of tickets are available for purchase ranging from $25 to $45 for guests to indulge in food and drink, plus live music, and a festival atmosphere.

    Sunday Organ Concert
    2 p.m. to 3 p.m., Spreckels Organ Pavilion at Balboa Park
    Enjoy a free, hour-long organ concert Sunday at Balboa Park’s famed Spreckels Organ Pavilion. At the keys, the audience will find Raul Prieto Ramirez, the city’s newest San Diego Civic Organist and Artistic Director of the Spreckels Organ Society. Prieto Ramirez hails from Spain and, as he told NBC 7, hopes to keep the program interesting – from Bach to Queen – at the historic Spreckels Organ.

    Craftoberfest: Live Music with The Counterfeits
    1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Liberty Public Market
    Fill up the stein at Liberty Public Market’s ten-day-long Oktoberfest celebration. This Sunday, acoustic band The Counterfeits jams out to their renditions of popular top 40 hits. While guests enjoy the concert, the market’s eateries will dish out special Oktoberfest eats but the highlight of the event is one-liter stein filled with German imported beer available for $28. There will also be a half-dozen limited edition beers on draft.

    Party ARTy 
    3 to 6 p.m., Encinitas
    To celebrate San Diego’s art scene and a group that supports art education at local schools, ArtReach is hosting their 6th annual Party ARTy at a private home in Encinitas. The exact location of the party will be revealed to guests once they purchase a $130 ticket to the event. Included with their ticket is an afternoon filled with artists, music, gourmet food and craft cocktails from Old Harbor Distilling Co. and beer from Stone Brewing Co.

    RuPaul’s Drag Race Werq the World 
    8 to 10 p.m., Balboa Theatre
    RuPaul is taking his drag queens across the world and making a stop in San Diego -- at the Balboa Theatre -- along the way. VIP tickets are sold out but guests can still get general admission tickets starting at $57. Guests can expect to see Season 10 finalists Aquaria, Asia O’Hara, Eureka and Kameron Michaels along with fan favorites Bob the Drag Queen, Kim Chi and Violet Chachki.

    Free or Cheap Things to Do in San Diego
    Times and locations vary

    Looking to save some cash, but still enjoy the city? In San Diego, there are still plenty of activities to enjoy for free or on the cheap. Go for a hike at Torrey Pines State Park or Cowles Mountain, stroll Balboa Park, try a new craft brewery, admire the murals of Chicano Park or read a book at a downtown park. Get out there and explore America’s Finest City.



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    There are nearly 1.5 million more registered voters heading to the polls this California gubernatorial election than the last one, according to a new report from the Secretary of State of California’s office.

    There were 19,086,589 Californians registered to vote as of Sept. 7, the department said.

    This means more than 75 percent of the state’s eligible voters are registered.

    It’s the largest amount of registered voters for a general election in the history of California, according to the secretary of state.

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    “The next step for our registered Californians is turning out to vote,” said Secretary of State Alex Padilla. “I'm also calling on elections officials and community leaders to help inform voters about their options for participating.”

    The secretary referenced the state’s Voter Information Guide and Quick Guide to Props to help California’s make a decision come November.

    To check if you are registered to vote, see the secretary’s voter status website.

    The last day to register online or by mail is Oct. 22. The general election is on Tuesday, Nov. 6.



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    The death toll has grown to more than 1,200 following the catastrophic 7.5 magnitude earthquake and tsunami that hit Indonesia's central island of Sulawesi on Sept. 28.

    About 62,000 people have been displaced with fuel and food running out in the aftermath of the natural disasters, which come less than two months since another earthquake struck Lombok Island.

    Here's how you can contribute to organizations working to address the disaster:

    Red Cross Society: Indonesia's Red Cross currently has over 175 volunteers and staff working in the region, conducting search and rescue efforts, offering medical support, and dispersing goods. They will continue doing so for months. Jan Gefland, head of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, said the Red Cross' "biggest challenge at the moment is getting access to all communities, and then bringing large quantities of vital relief supplies into the disaster zone." You can donate by mailing a check to your local Red Cross chapter, by writing "Indonesia" in the memo field. Also, here's the IFRC's Sulawesi Tsunami specific donation page.

    CARE: The humanitarian non governmental relief agency, which partners with USAID, is collecting donations to provide clean drinking water, emergency family shelter, and resources including hygiene kits.

    UNICEF: The United Nations Children's Fund has taken their humanitarian efforts to Indonesia. They are now collecting donations on their website for issues specific to children, including reuniting children with their families and providing clean water.

    International Medical Corps: On Friday, the relief agency announced its emergency response team was being dispatched to Indonesia, providing victims with care and supplies. The ask for donations here.

    Project HOPE: On the ground in Palu, the humanitarian organization is collecting general donations. Donations specific to Indonesia's recovery can be made here.

    The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee: The relief organization is assessing the region's specific needs. A donation, the organization writes, would contribute towards the organization providing emergency medical care, supplies and psychological support.

    Food for the Hungry: The international relief and development organization, founded in 1971, has a page for direct donations, for "faithfully answering God's call to respond to suffering." The organization is a charter member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability. 



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    Unofficial websites are charging fees to customers trying to complete driver license and ID card applications online, according to the California DMV.

    The department received reports of sites charging users for the new online driver license application.

    In a released statement, the DMV warned Californians that there are no additional fees on any of its online applications or services.

    There is only one official site for the DMV.

    Many websites may have a disclaimer telling users they’re not official.

    These sites may have inaccurate information about DMV services and charge unnecessary fees, according to the California DMV.

    However, the state department does partner with many businesses to authorize some services, which may charge customers. To learn more about official partners of the DMV, see its website.

    User agreements from these sites may allow for a user’s personal information to be sold to other companies, the DMV said.

    If you believe you’ve found a fraudulent website, email DMV’s Investigations Division at ReportFraud@dmv.ca.gov.

    The DMV is currently investigating the reported websites for potential violation of consumer protection laws.



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    A four-vehicle collision caused delays on westbound I-8 Tuesday.

    The crash blocked the first three lanes between Waring Road and College Avenue on the highway, according to the California Highway Patrol.

    Deputies were called just after 12:30 p.m.

    Two people were taken by medics for their injuries, CHP said.

    A Sig Alert was initially issued to last around an hour in the area, but was cancelled before time was up.

    No other information was available.

    Please refresh this page for updates on this story. Details may change as more information becomes available.



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    San Diego police are searching for two suspects wanted in connection to Rite Aid store attempted burglaries in Mira Mesa and Rancho Peñasquitos.

    Officers responded to a triggered burglary alarm at a Mira Mesa Rite Aid Tuesday morning.

    Shortly after 3 a.m., police found broken glass in front of the store on Mira Mesa Boulevard.

    Other Rite Aid stores in the area were checked by police as a precaution, according to SDPD.

    Officers then interrupted an attempted burglary while arriving at a Rite Aid on Black Mountain Road in Rancho Peñasquitos, SDPD told NBC 7.

    Two suspects fled the scene in a Nissan Altima, said SDPD.

    Police chased the two suspects down eastbound State Route 56.

    One of the suspects threw a crowbar at an officer during the pursuit, according to SDPD.

    Officers then lost sight of the suspects, but continued to investigate.

    The suspects’ vehicle was found unoccupied just before 5 a.m. on Luis Street in Poway.

    No other information was provided.

    Please refresh this page for updates on this story. Details may change as more information becomes available.


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