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    Mexican authorities have taken over a search for three people missing in the Pacific off Baja California after a fishing boat caught fire over the weekend.

    Fifteen people were pulled from the water by the crew of the San Diego-based charter fishing boat Time Machine, which happened to be near the burning Mexican vessel Saturday night, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

    "We were close to the burning vessel, and then we began to hear people start screaming,” the boat's owner Mike Koesterer said.

    Koesterer called the Coast Guard, which sent a helicopter, cutter and a 45-foot boat. Mexican authorities sent two boats.

    Koesterer's 19-year-old son jumped into the water and started bringing people to the family's boat.

    "When we got there, he didn’t hesitate – he went right in at night,” he said.

    Two survivors needed urgent medical attention and were flown by helicopter to San Diego, USGS officials said.

    The 13 remaining survivors aboard the Time Machine were transferred to a Mexican vessel and taken to the port city of Ensenada south of Tijuana.


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    Two bystanders stopped an armed robber who attacked a couple while they were trying to make a deposit at a central Florida ATM.

    The Orange County Sheriff's Office said the couple was sitting in their car at the drive-thru of the Chase Bank on South Orange Blossom Trail when the robber "came out of nowhere" and tried to take the woman's purse.

    Police said the 55-year-old woman and her husband tried to fight off the attacker.

    Surveillance video shows the suspect reaching inside the driver side window and getting dragged by the moving car as the driver attempts to break free.

    Police said the suspect then pulled out a box cutter knife and grabbed the woman by the neck as she honked her horn. That's when two good Samaritans noticed something was going on ran to get the attacker away from the car, police said.

    The suspect fled the scene in an unknown direction. Police said they believe he may still be in the area. 

    Police is asking anyone with information to call the Crimeline at 800-423-8477.



    Photo Credit: Orange County Sheriff's Office

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    An elderly Palmdale couple that went missing nearly a week earlier was found in Adelanto Saturday night, with 91-year-old Pauline Davis taken to a hospital and 87-year-old Keith Davis found dead in the open desert.

    The couple had been reported missing on Tuesday, Oct. 16, with the family making public pleas for help in finding the two. Keith had Alzheimer's and Pauline suffered from vision and hearing problems, according to the family.

    On Saturday, a person riding a quad vehicle in the open desert found an unattended vehicle at approximately 5:24 p.m. and called 911, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.

    The vehicle turned out to belong to the missing couple, and deputies began searching the surrounding area. Pauline was discovered and taken to a nearby hospital, but Keith was found dead in the open desert at 8:47 p.m. on Saturday night according to the coroner's press release.

    Pauline Davis' condition was not immediately known.


    Keith Davis, 87, and his wife Pauline, 91Keith Davis, 87, and his wife Pauline, 91

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    City officials who back a proposed plan to slow down motorized scooters in certain parts of San Diego demonstrated on Monday the difference a few miles can make when it comes to the safety of its riders.

    Mayor Kevin Faulconer and council members Chris Cate and Lorie Zapf tested a plan to use geofencing to limit the speed of motorized scooters, like Bird, LimeBike and Razor, which have increased in popularity and raised safety concerns. 

    "We did a demonstration of the boardwalk and showed with my staff the difference between riding at 8 miles and riding at 15 mph," Zapf said. "And just visually you can see that it is a tremendous, tremendous difference and my motive is to keep everyone safe."

    The demonstration was held in Liberty Station, one of the seven areas selected as a "slowdown zone" for dockless scooters. Other areas include the beach boardwalk, Downtown Embarcadero and the Convention Center.

    Zapf is urging her fellow council members to consider recommending Faulconer's regulations at a coming Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods committee meeting on Wednesday. 

    She said the influx of dockless scooters is causing "accident after accident."

    Within the last week, a 65-year-old woman fractured her leg after losing control of a Bird scooter and two men riding motorized scooters crashed into each other, causing one to fracture his arm. Both accidents happened in downtown San Diego and it was not clear if speed were factors in the crashes. 

    Bird has come up with their own safety measures using geofencing, including creating virtual "no ride" and "no parking" zones. Their app would also alert users to other safety information, according to the company.

    Other regulations proposed by Mayor Faulconer last week include more safety education for riders, data sharing and proper liability insurance.

    Scooter share operators will be required to educate users of local city, state vehicle and traffic codes. They will also be required to provide the city with monthly reports of where the scooters are, how often they are being used and the number of scooters in the city.

    The report will be used by the city for its Climate Action Plan monitoring and mobility planning.


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    NBC News has debunked a handful of allegations that President Donald Trump and others have spread about the caravan of thousands of Honduran migrants that is headed north in the hopes of crossing the U.S. border.

    There is no evidence the caravan is being led by anyone other than Hondurans, despite Trump alleging that "a lot of money has been passing to people."

    A former senior intelligence official who continues to be briefed on current intelligence told NBC News that there is also no evidence that any Middle Eastern terrorists are hiding in the caravan. That's in contrast to a tweet from the president implying the opposite. The Department of Homeland Security, meanwhile, is able to gather biometric data as migrants pass between the borders of Central American countries. 

    Click here for more by NBC News on five myths about the caravan that are disputed by the facts.



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    Central American migrants making their way to the U.S. in a large caravan stand in line waiting for medical aid in Tapachula, Mexico, Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018. Despite Mexican efforts to stop them at the Guatemala-Mexico border, about 5,000 Central American migrants resumed their advance toward the U.S. border Sunday in southern Mexico.Central American migrants making their way to the U.S. in a large caravan stand in line waiting for medical aid in Tapachula, Mexico, Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018. Despite Mexican efforts to stop them at the Guatemala-Mexico border, about 5,000 Central American migrants resumed their advance toward the U.S. border Sunday in southern Mexico.

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    Train commuters were experiencing delays Monday due to a bluff collapse in Del Mar, the latest in a series of collapses near the tracks this month. 

    The North County Transit District alerted Coaster riders to delays for trains south of Solana Beach due to the small cliff collapse near the tracks at 10th Street. 

    Del Mar Lifeguards said the bluff collapse happened at about 10 a.m. 

    Tracks were reopened within by 12:20 p.m. but some trains were experiencing up to two-hour delays, according to Amtrak. 

    The latest bluff collapse is the fourth to occur within a three-block span above Del Mar Beach in October. 

    Del Mar Lifeguards said the collapse was smaller than the previous. 

    Geologist Pat Abbott said the bluffs in the area between 9th and 11th streets could go at any time. 

    "The sand is so soft, it squeezes and breaks, very, very readily," Abbott said.

    Residents have voiced their concerns about trains operating on what they say is unstable bluff and have called on the North County Transit District to move the tracks. 

    The North County Transit District said after a recent collapse that it was working with SANDAG on a project to move the tracks underground but that it would cost billions of dollars and the project remains unfunded.

    The NCTD says it also plans to put up fencing to improve safety near the tracks. They say the fencing would lessen foot traffic and help stabilize the bluff.

    It's not clear when they plan to move forward with either project. 

    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's City Council voted Monday to rescind controversial regulations on short-term rentals that were approved by the same council just three months ago.

    The council voted 8-1 with Councilmember Lorie Zapf opposed.

    City leaders are hoping to create new regulations for rentals from companies like Airbnb and VRBO that some opponents say cause headaches to neighbors and take away homes that could be used as affordable housing.

    Any future ordinance has to be significantly different in order to be considered by the council. 

    In Pacific Beach and Mission Bay alone, there are 3,100 short-term vacation homes available for lease.

    The regulations being rescinded Monday were proposed by Mayor Kevin Faulconer and amended with proposals by Council members Barbara Bry and Zapf.

    Residents would have been issued a license to operate a short-term rental for their primary residence and one additional license for a dwelling unit on the same parcel as the host's primary residence. 

    The regulations would end the practice of out-of-town property owners using the short-term rental industry to profit from homes in San Diego. 

    Several groups, including Airbnb, VRBO, HomeAway and Share San Diego, threatened to sue the city under the Brown Act, claiming it revised its original proposal after hearing public comment. 

    They also organized a petition campaign and gathered 62,000 signatures to support a referendum to challenge the regulations. 

    Under the ordinance approved in July, the city would create a new team of police and code enforcement officers to work evenings and weekends to address code complaints. The city planned to create a database to track license and registration and launch a new complaint hotline or mobile app for residents to report violations to the city's rules. 

    The approved regulations require operators to register with the city, secure a Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) certificate, obtain a Neighborhood Use Permit for dwellings with four or more bedrooms and comply with a Good Neighbor policy, including posting local contact information on the property being rented.

    Anyone who operates a short-term rental must pay local tourism taxes and charge a nightly fee of $2.76 that would go towards affordable housing, under the proposal. 

    The council has failed to adopt short-term rental regulations before.

    In December 2017, more than 100 members of the public shared their opinions at a marathon 10-hour meeting.


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    A man wanted for robbing two banks was photographed robbing a third bank on the same day the FBI sent out an alert offering a $5,000 reward. 

    On Oct. 16, agents released images tied to two robberies in the San Diego area.

    The images showed a man described as 50 to 60 years old, 6-feet, 2-inches tall, with dark gray hair and an athletic build.

    In both incidents, he wore a hat and sunglasses.

    At 3:40 p.m. that day, a man walked into the Wells Fargo on Palomar Airport Road in Carlsbad. Again, he was wearing a hat and sunglasses. 

    The previous robberies involving the same suspect occurred on September 11 at the Wells Fargo Bank at 5522 Balboa Avenue and on October 6 at the Wells Fargo Bank at 276 N. El Camino Real in Encinitas.

    The same man is believed to be responsible for both incidents, according to the FBI.

    In the robberies, he presented a note demanding money from the bank teller in a similar manner, agents said.

    After receiving money, he left on foot. 

    However, in the Carlsbad robbery, he left in a black sedan, possibly a Nissan Sentra without plates, the FBI said. 

    Anyone with information on these robberies can call San Diego FBI at 858-320-1800 or San Diego Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.


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    Surveillance images from a bank robbery at Wells Fargo at 5:08 p.m. on September 11 at the branch located at 5522 Balboa Avenue, San Diego.Surveillance images from a bank robbery at Wells Fargo at 5:08 p.m. on September 11 at the branch located at 5522 Balboa Avenue, San Diego.

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    A UC San Diego professor was placed on leave and later resigned after two female students reported credible allegations of sexual misconduct against him.

    A 10-page report by the campus’s Office for the Prevention of Harassment & Discrimination found that John Hoon Lee, a lecturer and administrator in the Revelle College Humanities program, violated the campus’ sexual harassment policies.

    According to the report, which was issued July 11, 2017, but made public just last week by the school’s independent, online newspaper, The Triton, campus administrators learned of the sexual misconduct allegations against Lee in February, 2017.

    The university launched a formal investigation on April 10, 2017. Lee’s department placed him on “investigatory leave” that same day.

    Documents obtained by the Triton confirm that Lee later resigned from the university.

    The report contains detailed allegations, including complaints that Lee repeatedly asked “personal questions about a female students’ dating and sex life."

    One of the students said she felt pressured to keep discussing those intimate and uncomfortable subjects with Lee because she needed a letter of recommendation.

    More significantly, the other student claimed she went to Lee's home, where he served her wine that made her feel "dizzy,” then tied her to his bed and kissed her.

    The investigator interviewed Lee, who denied the most serious charges, and claimed much of the contact was consensual.

    The reports concluded that Lee violated UC policies on sexual harassment and created a “hostile environment.”

    But the investigator determined that Lee did not violate UC “sexual assault – contact” guidelines, which prohibit the touching “without consent, of (specific) intimate body parts, clothed or unclothed.”

    Student journalists Ethan Coston and Ella Chen broke the story after Coston filed a public records request for documents on campus sexual misconduct allegations.

    Chen, the Triton’s news editor, said fellow students were surprised by the report’s findings.

    “A lot of my friends had this professor,” Chen said. “They were like, ‘What? No way, we love this professor. We love this guy. There’s no way.’”

    Chen and Coston said the campus should have released the report voluntarily, without waiting for a public records request. In the alternative, the say administrators should have released some information much earlier in the investigatory process.

    “When they put him on leave, they should have informed his current students,” Coston said. He said campus administrators should be “more transparent about the process and keep students informed, because they’re the ones that are being affected by this.”

    Lee could not be found for comment on the allegations and findings in the report.

    A campus spokesperson released the following statement on the allegations and the report:

    “UC San Diego has no tolerance for sexual violence or sexual harassment, which are prohibited by University policy as well as federal and state law. The campus is committed to, and continuously working toward, maintaining an environment in which all students, faculty and staff are free from harassment and discrimination.

    The respondent in this case is no longer working for the university. The respondent was immediately placed on leave and the allegations were promptly investigated by our Title IX office in accordance with UC policies and procedures.”


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    Recent redistricting in El Cajon has two current City Council members running against each other for the seat in District 1.

    Voters in the district, which is made up mostly of residents from the Fletcher Hills area, say it’s getting ugly and some scenes around town speak to their point.

    NBC7 found a Ben Kalasho campaign sign defaced with graffiti along Fletcher Parkway. A sign was posted over the spray paint asking “Who did this?”

    Charmaine Wallace and her husband Steven, who grew up in the part of El Cajon that is now District 1, say only Ben Kalasho’s signs are being damaged.

    “I kind of feel bad, but then there must be a reason,” Charmaine said.

    Fletcher Hills business owner Erik Weichelt says he is supporting candidate and current council member Gary Kendrick over Kalasho, despite the latter’s pro-business stance.

    “I think there's been too much negativity when it comes to how he interacts with folks in the community,” Weichelt said.

    Kalasho did not respond to a request for comment from NBC 7.

    In September, Kalasho was served a lawsuit at the El Cajon City Council meeting. The lawsuit alleges Kalasho violated a man's free speech by blocking his comments on the councilmember's official Facebook page. He is also accused of harassment.

    Councilmember Gary Kendrick has been on the council for 16 years and tells NBC 7 the city has been working to address the homeless problem with a new East County shelter. Kendrick also says El Cajon is seeing a good bit of revitalization.

    “We have the four-star Marriott Hotel that just opened downtown six months ago and they have occupancy that has run from 85 to 100 percent since it opened, and we've got the East County Performing Arts Center right behind us that will be opening in February,” Kendrick said.

    But in order to continue improving the lives of people in El Cajon, Kendrick says the people need a council that can work together to get things done.

    If Kendrick takes the seat, Kalasho will remain on the El Cajon City Council to serve out the remaining two years of the four-year term he was elected to serve before the redistricting took place.


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    An Eastlake resident wary of her new neighbors became so concerned that she contacted the federal government about having them removed.

    Bobcats, not humans, are the new neighbors Delia Pearsons is worried about. She says it wouldn’t be an issue of it was a rare occurrence, but after seeing the first bobcat in her community about two months ago she says there are now at least four who call Eastlake home.

    Cameras in Pearsons’ backyard spotted to bobcats wrestling playfully on the lawn. She posted a sign on her mailbox that reads “Bobcat alert! Be safe! Be vigilant!”

    Pearsons said she knew she had to do something when she saw the fourth bobcat.

    So she contacted everyone from the City of Chula Vista to the federal government's Fish and Wildlife Service. All she got was simple precaution suggestions.

    Pearsons says no one has reported anything bad with the bobcats but she doesn't want to wait for that to happen.

    Her Home Owners Association recommended a trapper at a $1,000 per catch, which she said was a bit pricey. And while she’d like them to be gone, she also doesn't want the bobcats to get hurt.

    “There is no answer. It's just that they don't know what to do,” she said. “It's alarming because there's no protocol in place.

    In the meantime, the best she can do is warn her neighbors.


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    A device containing explosive powder was sent to the Westchester, New York home of George Soros on Monday, law enforcement officials tell NBC 4 New York.

    The device was similar to a pipe bomb and was left in the Cantitoe Street mailbox of the billionaire philanthropist, who has become a target of right wing groups, a senior law enforcement official said.

    No injuries were reported. A second law enforcement official said authorities are not sure whether the device was operational, but the investigation is ongoing.

    An employee at the house opened the package, placed it in a wooded area and called Bedford police, who rendered it safe. 

    The FBI is working with police to figure out who sent the device and said there is no threat to public safety.



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    A device containing explosive powder was sent to the Westchester, New York home of George Soros on Monday, law enforcement officials tell NBC 4 New York.A device containing explosive powder was sent to the Westchester, New York home of George Soros on Monday, law enforcement officials tell NBC 4 New York.

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    A leak in a 300-gallon tank filled with automatic transmission fluid left a mess of hazardous material along a Chula Vista street and spilled into a storm drain below.

    The Chula Vista Fire Department was first called to an automotive business on Broadway near F Street for a report of an oil-like substance leak.

    A San Diego Fire Department Hazmat crew was called and it determined the liquid was transmission fluid.

    CVFD Batallion Chief Darrell Roberts said investigators weren't sure how much fluid spilled into the street, or how much made it into the storm drain.

    A San Diego County Hazmat team discovered the fluid pooled in a dry area of the sewer system and said it didn't make it into any waterways, according to Roberts.

    Crews were expected to be on the scene into the morning cleaning up the mess. Roberts said they received reports of people slipping on the fluid, which is slightly less viscous than motor oil.

    “We were getting reports of people slipping and sliding so it became a safety hazard not only because of the hazardous materials but a safety hazard to folks not knowing it was out there,” he said.

    Roberts said Broadway between E and F streets would be closed while crews were on scene.

    Investigators have not determined the cause of the leak.

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


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    San Diego Police were at a Grantville condo complex Monday night investigating an alleged attack of an 11-year-old girl by an apparent transient.

    The victim’s dad said his daughter was grabbed while she went to check the mail Saturday outside their home in the Mission Playmor condos on Camanito Deporte.

    “He grabbed her from behind and she was able to get out of his grasp,” Chis Gilbert told NBC 7. “She kicked him and for some reason the guy let her go. And thank God he let her go."

    Once she escaped, she raced home to get him to help fight off the suspect.

    “I had to go encounter with the gentleman,” Gilbert said. “He was still here. I hit him and he hit me because I said, ‘Don’t you ever come here again.’”

    Mission Playmor residents say they aren't strangers to homeless people wandering through because there’s easy access from the nearby riverbed.

    But after the Saturday scare, Gilbert’s daughter faced, he says enough is enough.

    “This is a big issue. This is something we have to address and make it safer for our children, especially 50 feet out our front door. We can’t have this happen," he said.

    Though traumatized by what happened, Gilbert says his daughter is OK.

    The suspect is believed to be about 40 years old with an athletic build and short hair. He was last seen wearing all blue.


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    Why did this sea lion cross the road?

    We're not really sure, but it must not have been that important because it stopped in the middle of a Point Loma intersection to apparently scratch its back.

    Officers were called to the intersection of Garrison and Rosecrans streets around 3:30 p.m. to find the seal laying on its back in the roadway blocking traffic.

    It was in no apparent hurry to clear the intersection despite the row of cars waiting for their right of way.

    A SeaWorld San Diego crew arrived a short time later and trapped the sea lion in a net and loaded it into a cage.

    SeaWorld Senior Animal Care Specialist Heather Armentrout said the female sea lion didn't appear to have any injuries but did say it was odd for her to be in the street.

    She was taken back to SeaWorld where the staff was going to check her out with plans of releasing her to the ocean, Armentrout said.

    Armentrout said she's taken part in sea lion rescues in city streets before but has never seen one that far inland.

    No other information was available.

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    An 81-year-old homeowner suffered serious injuries at the hands of a suspected teenage burglar who tried to slip into the man’s home while he took a short walk to the mailbox.

    Police say the homeowner, Bill Elyea, surprised the juvenile burglar when he returned home and was subsequently attacked. The burglar used only his fists in the attack and caused severe injuries to his face, head and neck.

    Bill was found by his wife Jeanne, beaten and bloodied just inside his front door. She was in the home next door on Powderhorn Drive, which they also own, and didn’t hear any of the commotion, SDPD said. Bill was taken to UCSD Medical Center for treatment and is expected to survive.

    Jeanne said her husband of 55 years is a retired sailor and former head of campus safety and security at Southwest College. She said Bill's face is pretty beat up, but she's not surprised that he confronted the teen when he saw him.

    "It could have been worse," she said. "He could have done a lot more damage. I didn't realize he hit him for so long."

    The suspect fled the home on foot and jumped multiple fences as he ran through neighbors’ yards, according to the SDPD. He was caught by officers in the backyard of a home about a block away in possession of Elyea's wallet.

    The teenager is facing charges including assault, burglary and crimes against the elderly.

    Investigators are trying to determine if the suspect is wanted in any other nearby crimes, like the case of a stolen car recovered near where the teen was arrested.

    Felipe Gallardo came to the scene later to claim his car. He says the car, a computer and other valuables were stolen from his Otay Mesa apartment last Friday afternoon.

    No other information was available.

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    When Terry Gallant, 71, of El Cajon received a Stage 4 Lymphoma cancer diagnosis, he had tumors in his body so large that he couldn't sleep on his side. 

    "I had 11 pounds of cancer in my body," he said Monday from his home. "I was told then I had probably a month to live." 

    16 years later, Gallant is in remission and feeling better than he has in decades. 

    "I've had quite a few doctors say, 'what did you do? I've never seen such a successful treatment!" 

    Gallant went to Doctor Robert Nagourney, the founder of the Nagourney Cancer Institute in Long Beach. 

    The Oncologist uses a different approach to treatment, giving each patient a unique combination of chemotherapy drugs based on what kills their cancer tissue in a laboratory setting. 

    By treating the cells outside of the body first, he can determine which medications will work best by the time they are given to the patient. 

    "We thought of cancer as cells that grow too rapidly," said Dr. Nagourney. "It turns out that cancer is really a disease of cell survival. You don't want to stop them from growing, you have to kill them." 

    Using a biopsy of Gallant's tumor from his neck, lab tests allowed Dr. Nagourney to see what medications would kill it the quickest. 

    "I went from having 11 pounds of cancer to molecularly unfindable in my body in three very mild chemo treatments," said Gallant. "They were so mild I barely felt any side effects." 

    Local doctors call Gallant a miracle, but Dr. Nagourney said his approach has had promising results time and time again. 

    "We're one of the first to make this work," said Dr. Nagourney. "We've doubled the response rates and added 44 percent to the one-year survival in patients using available medications." 

    Dr. Nagourney is hopeful that this method could be the cure to all types of cancer.

    "Cancer patients have to realize when they get a diagnosis it isn't a death sentence," said Dr. Nagourney. "It's a call to action." 


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    One person died and another was injured in a crash on Clairemont Drive near Balboa Avenue.

    The crash happened just before 11:15 p.m. One person was ejected from the crash.

    The condition of the injured passenger is not known.

    No other information was available.

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    Nine people have joined a class action lawsuit filed on Friday in Los Angeles County Superior Court against e-scooter companies Bird and Lime, along with their manufacturers, alleging "gross negligence," attorney Catherine Lerer told NBC4.

    People in the lawsuit, along with several others represented by the attorney, listed their injuries on the personal attorney's website with graphic images that detail the injuries, which occurred in San Diego, Santa Monica, Oakland, Los Angeles, Venice, West Hollywood and Westwood.

    Broken arms, facial injuries, broken legs, broken teeth, concussions, lacerations and other injuries are detailed on the website--several of which claimed to have required surgery.

    The lawsuit alleges that the e-scooter companies contributed to injuries in multiple ways by "dumping" the transportation devices on streets without appropriate warning, per the Washington Post.

    Multiple plaintiffs claim that they were struck by e-scooters while walking. One incident involving David Petersen, 62, alleges the licensed street performer was struck by an e-scooter while performing an act on the Santa Monica Pier, where e-scooters are not allowed.

    "I was like, 'Get the number of that motor vehicle that hit me,'" Petersen said on Monday. "But guess what? They don't have a license plate. There's no way to identify them."

    Petersen broken his arm and suffered a ruptured bicep that required surgery. The rider of the Bird scooter rode away, and the incident was being called a hit-and-run, with Petersen and Lerer alleging that Bird had refused to provide the rider's name when requested.

    "I'd like to walk without looking over my shoulder every few seconds," Petersen said.

    Bird issued a statement in response to the lawsuit on Monday:

    "Class action attorneys with a real interest in improving transportation safety should be focused on reducing the 40,000 deaths caused by cars every year in the U.S. At Bird, safety is our very top priority, and it drives our mission to get cars off the road to make cities safer and more livable. The climate crisis and our car addiction demand a transportation mode shift to cleaner, affordable vehicles. Shared e-scooters are already replacing millions of short car trips and the pollution that comes with them, and we at Bird will continue to work with cities to help them redesign their transportation networks so that they are safer and cleaner."

    Lime issued the following statement in response to the lawsuit on Monday:

    "Lime received the complaint recently and we are in the process of reviewing it. While we don't comment on pending litigation, safety has always been at the very core of everything we do at Lime -- as is our mission of reducing cars from city streets and making them safer and greener for pedestrians, bike and scooter riders alike. Lime prides itself on always taking proactive steps relating to safety wherever we have a presence."



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    People ride shared dockless electric scooters along Venice Beach on August 13, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Shared e-scooter startups Bird and Lime have rapidly expanded in the city. Some city residents complain the controversial e-scooters are dangerous for pedestrians and sometimes clog sidewalks. A Los Angeles Councilmember has proposed a ban on the scooters until regulations can be worked out. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)People ride shared dockless electric scooters along Venice Beach on August 13, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Shared e-scooter startups Bird and Lime have rapidly expanded in the city. Some city residents complain the controversial e-scooters are dangerous for pedestrians and sometimes clog sidewalks. A Los Angeles Councilmember has proposed a ban on the scooters until regulations can be worked out. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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    Federal health officials now have reports of 155 possible cases of acute flaccid myelitis, a polio-like syndrome that mostly affects children and that causes muscle weakness and paralysis, federal health officials said on Monday.

    The latest update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows no change in the number of confirmed cases — 62 cases in 22 states, NBC News reported. But state health departments have reported another 28 suspected cases.

    The CDC urges parents to get kids to an emergency room quickly if a child has the following symptoms: difficulty moving the eyes or drooping eyelids, facial droop or weakness, difficulty with swallowing or slurred speech, or sudden arm or leg weakness.



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