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    San Diego-area firefighters are being sent north to aid crews battling two destructive wildfires that tore through the hillside between Los Angeles and Ventura counties on Thursday before spreading to communities overnight. 

    The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department received a request for aid overnight and crews were ready to go within hours to fight the Hill Fire, which was burning in Newbury Park.

    "These requests can come at any time of the day or night and crews typically have a very short period of time to prepare and get on the road," SDFD spokesperson Monica Munoz said.

    Crews would stay for at least ten days but there is the possibility that their deployment time could be extended depending on the behavior of the two fires, Munoz said. 

    A Chula Vista Fire Department engine and a Chula Vista-based Office of Emergency Services team would also be deployed to battle the Hill Fire, a CVFD battalion chief said. 

    The Carlsbad Fire Department would also be sending crews north but had not yet determined the exact resources they would send.

    Burning about five miles from the Hill Fire was the massive Woolsey Fire. Combined, the two fires had forced about 75,000 homes to be placed under evacuation orders and had burned about 8,000 acres each by Friday morning. 

    Munoz said the decision to send aid to the Los Angeles-area wildfires was made with San Diego's staffing levels in mind. 

    San Diego County was under a Red Flag Warning Friday due to weather conditions that had the potential to spark and rapidly spread wildfires, according to the National Weather Service. 

    SDFD had increased staffing levels on Thursday due to the warning. Additional crews and two firefighting helicopters would be available for any fire that breaks out during this period.

    During a Red Flag Warning period, the combination of low humidity, hot temperatures and gusty winds creates critical fire conditions. 

    Fall is historically one of the most dangerous times of the year for wildfires in California. Seven of the state's 10-most destructive wildfires occurred in October -- many fueled by monster winds, including Santa Ana gusts.


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    The United States will soon suspend its mission to re-fuel Saudi Arabia’s military aircraft flying in Yemen, according to two U.S. officials and one Senate staffer.

    Saudi Arabia is expected to announce it no longer needs U.S. tankers for the mission, placing the decision for the change on Riyadh rather than Washington, NBC News reported.

    A Senate staffer said the decision is a means to pre-empt a potentially damaging debate and vote in Congress. 



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    President Donald Trump meets with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Washington.President Donald Trump meets with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Washington.

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  • 11/09/18--09:52: Quake Strikes Near Temecula

  • An earthquake measuring a preliminary magnitude of 3.8 was felt by residents living near Temecula, California.

    Centered nine miles northeast of the Palomar Observatory, the earthquake struck just before 7 a.m. Friday.

    The U.S. Geological Survey gathered responses from residents who reported the quake was felt as south of Poway and Ramona in San Diego County. Most of the reports varied between weak and light shaking. 

    No damage was reported.

    Did you feel it? Share with us in the comments below or through the NBC 7 Facebook page.

    Three minutes following the first quake, a second earthquake measuring a preliminary magnitude of 3.1 struck in the same area.

    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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    A San Diego law firm is requesting the California Attorney General investigate a list of priests accused of child abuse and misconduct recently released by the Catholic Diocese of San Diego.

    The Diocese recently released a list of more than 50 abusive priests in San Diego and San Bernardino of whom the diocese said it had received a credible allegation involving sexual abuse of a minor.

    The reverends on the list served within the diocese for decades. Some served as far back as the 1940s.

    Attorney Irwin Zalkin and victims of sexual abuse said Thursday that the list is far from complete.

    “We know of at least 10 if not a dozen additional priests that are not on this list,” Zalkin said.

    One woman who identified herself as DeDe spoke about a priest who worked in Vista.

    “This priest, Alexander Pinter, did not just molest boys, he crushed their childhood to the point that their trauma is still hindering them, unable to come forward and speak publicly,” she said.

    Dede was not a victim but said a loved one was victimized by Pinter.

    A man who identified himself as Joe said he felt the need to be at the news conference because the issue is much larger than his story.

    He attended St. Patricks where Father Robert Koerner was the parish priest. He was an altar boy after first communion. The abuse started when he was 10 years old then abruptly stopped.

    “I’m here today because I’m looking for closure. Part of that closure is getting acknowledgment by the diocese that they accept responsibility for what happened to me and for what Robert Kerner did to me and others,” he said.

    Koerner was included in the diocese’s list. He served for almost 30 years at St Patrick’s in Calipatria before his death in January 1990.

    Zalkin said his firm has been representing people accusing the San Diego Catholic Diocese of wrongdoing for two decades.

    “I’ve been seeing what’s been going on and what has been happening over decades of covering up for pedophile priests,” Zalkin said.

    In September, The Catholic Diocese of San Diego released the names of eight priests who at one time worked in San Diego County.

    The eight names: The Reverends Jose Chavarin, Raymond Etienne, J. Patrick Foley, Michael French, Richard Houck, George Lally and Paolino Montagna, and Monsignor Mark Medaer.

    Zaklin called the list a public relations ploy to suggest that diocese officials are being transparent.

    The Catholic Diocese of San Diego provided the following statement: 

    "The Diocese publishes a list of all priests credibly accused of abusing minors prominently on its website.

    All accusations of priest misconduct are taken seriously. The allegations are reviewed by an Independent Review Board, a lay committee that includes persons with judicial, law enforcement and legal experience, as well as a marriage and family therapist and a victim of sex abuse. If the Review Board concludes that an allegation is credible, than the priest is permanently forbidden from functioning as a priest at the diocese or anywhere in the world.

    The diocese is a mandatory reporter. All accusations are reported to civil authorities and victims are encouraged to report any incident to law enforcement.

    To the best of our knowledge, there have been no new incidents involving priests and minors since the diocese implemented major reforms in 2003.

    These reforms include fingerprinting and background checks for all priests and church personnel who interact with children, training for students and staff in Catholic schools and religious education, and zero tolerance for any priest credibly accused of abusing a child.

    If anyone believes the published list is incomplete, they may contact the Diocese at(858)490-8353."

    Five of the eight priests are now dead and the diocese was only able to provide photographs of three.

    The addition of the names brings the total number of abusive priests connected to the diocese to 56. The previous 48 were identified after a 2007 settlement in which the diocese paid out almost $200 million to victims.

    A diocese spokesperson said there have not been any reports of abuse at the Diocese of San Diego since the early 2000s.

    The release of the names comes weeks after a grand jury report implicated hundreds of Catholic clergy members in six Pennsylvania diocese in the sexual abuse of thousands of children over several decades.

    You can read the entire grand jury report here.


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    The California bar shooter, around the time the gunfire began, started posting to social media, multiple law enforcement officials told NBC4's I-Team.

    Ian David Long, 28, made two separate posts amid his shooting rampage at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks Wednesday night, the officials said.

    Several law enforcement sources characterized Long's first message as one that considered his mental state.

    "People will debate for years whether I’m sane or insane," sources paraphrased Long's posts.

    Long continued, "but I'm sane, life is bulls**t, who cares, and I’m bored."

    The law enforcement sources did not say what exactly Long posted online or which social media platforms he used, but he posted text that referenced how people perceived him as being troubled.

    Long's use of social media was first reported by TMZ.

    A spokesperson for Facebook, which owns Instagram, declined to comment on whether anything had been posted to Facebook. The spokesperson also said no story was posted on Instagram but wouldn't elaborate further, deferring to law enforcement.

    Twitter did not return a request for comment.

    On Thursday, Facebook spokeswoman Sarah Pollack said: "Our hearts are with the victims and families affected by this horrendous act. We've removed the shooter's accounts from Facebook and Instagram and will remove any praise or support for the crime or the shooter as soon as we're aware."

    Investigators are still piecing together a precise timeline on the shooting that left 12 bar employees and patrons dead. But it's believed that Long, a Marine veteran who was dressed in black and armed with a high-powered Glock handgun with an extended magazine, entered the Borderline Bar & Grill about 11:15 p.m.

    The officials said he took a position of cover before fatally shooting Sgt. Ron Helus of the Ventura County Sheriff's Office.

    Investigators believe Long then shot additional victims inside the bathroom stalls, as well as at least one person who was trying to escape through the bathroom window, the law enforcement officials said.

    Long then shot himself, the officials said.

    Authorities said Long, a former Marine gunner who served one tour in Afghanistan, had been experiencing emotional issues.

    Investigators are still trying to figure out the motive for the attack.

    When authorities entered his home in nearby Newbury Park, they found evidence that he punched multiple holes in the walls, law enforcement officials said.

    Local cops were called to his home for a domestic disturbance earlier this year, authorities said. Long was found to be "somewhat irate" and "acting a little irrationally" but he wasn't taken into custody.



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    People gather outside the Rivalry Roasters coffee shop for a vigil for Sean Adler Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Simi Valley, California. Adler was killed in Wednesday night's shooting at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks.People gather outside the Rivalry Roasters coffee shop for a vigil for Sean Adler Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Simi Valley, California. Adler was killed in Wednesday night's shooting at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks.

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    A Marine veteran among 11 killed by a gunman at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks on Wednesday was just days away from completing the final leg of a patriotic cross-country relay run in San Diego.

    Daniel Manrique, 33, was a Marine Corp veteran who served with 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division as a Radio Operator, and deployed to the Middle East in 2007 with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit.

    Most recently, he worked with the non-profit group Team Red White and Blue and helped organize a cross-country relay that is scheduled to end in San Diego over Veteran’s Day weekend.

    On Sept. 11, his team began the Old Glory Run in Boston. During the relay, veterans take turns carrying an American flag.

    Manrique was scheduled to help carry the flag into San Diego.

    Instead, the flag will be presented to his family on board the USS Midway Museum during an event on Sunday, Nov. 11. The arrival is scheduled around 3 p.m.

    Hours before the shooting, Manrique met with several of his Team RWB colleagues to discuss their mission of helping other veterans.

    “He was genuinely one of the nicest persons that I’ve ever met. Incredibly humble and had a servant's heart,” said Kris Lord, Pacific Regional Program Manager of Team Red White and Blue.

    His friends say he made it his life mission to help other veterans, like 28-year-old Ian David Long, the Marine veteran behind the trigger in the deadly shooting.

    “The irony isn't lost on me that just mere hours before Dan was taken from us, he was actually doing something where the Marine who shot all these people and took Dan from us could have benefitted from it,” Manrique's Red White and Blue teammate Genevieve Urquidi said.

    One of the last posts Daniel Manrique made on his Facebook page was an open message to San Diego reminding the community to be a part the Old Glory relay.


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    As communities in Northern California and Ventura County are ravaged by unrelenting wildfires, San Diego County is also facing elevated fire conditions that could be set off by just one small spark.

    “It’s indicative of the conditions that we’re facing, not only as a county, but across the state,” Cal Fire Capt. Isaac Sanchez told NBC 7. “Really, all it’s going to take is a small spark to be introduced in the environment, and we’re looking at the potential for a very large and very destructive fire.”

    Sanchez urged San Diego residents to remain alert and informed about fire conditions as the red flag warning persists Friday and resurfaces next week.

    “Be prepared,” he added. “Be prepared for the effects of fire and let’s practice caution going into next week.”

    "As we remember the tragic fires that occurred in October and December of last year, they should serve as a stark reminder for everyone to be prepared for the unexpected," Cal Fire Director Chief Ken Pimlott said.

    According to the National Weather Service (NWS), San Diego County is under a Red Flag Warning through 10 p.m. Friday due to strong, gusty winds and low humidity. Local valleys and mountains could see gusts between 20 to 50 mph and inland humidity at 3 to 8 percent. A high wind warning has also been issued for those zones through 6 p.m.

    “Winds and low humidity will reach their peak through the morning, then subside later today,” said NBC 7 meteorologist Sheena Parveen.

    The NWS said winds are expected to weaken through Saturday, but another round of moderate to strong Santa Ana winds is forecasted on Sunday afternoon and into Monday.

    “We will still be dealing with dangerous fire conditions as the low relative humidity levels stick around under at least the early part of next week,” added NBC 7’s Dagmar Midcap. “The elevated fire conditions aren’t going away anytime soon.”

    The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department (SDFD) has increased its staffing in preparation for the red flag warning, adding crews and two firefighting helicopters to its arsenal.

    Meanwhile, some local crews have also been dispatched to Ventura County to help battle the Woosley and Hill fires there, which forced evacuations of thousands upon thousands of homes in communities northwest of Los Angeles since they sparked Thursday afternoon.

    In Northern California, the fast-moving Camp Fire burning at least 70,000 acres in Butte County nearly quadrupled in size overnight, officials said. Panicked residents raced to evacuate their homes, some driving through walls of flames to escape. Thousands of buildings have been destroyed in that wildfire.

    As of 3:15 p.m. Friday, Cal Fire said 240,000 people had been evacuated across the state due to the wildfires.

    For information on how to prepare for a wildfire in San Diego, visit this website.

    California endured some of the state’s worst wildfires on record in 2017, including the October Fire Siege in the wine country and the December Thomas Fire in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.

    The Tubbs Fire in the October Fire Siege – fanned by persistent winds in Sonoma and Napa counties – destroyed 5,643 buildings and resulted in 21 deaths. It burned 36,807 acres.

    The Thomas Fire, also fanned by gusts, quickly grew into one of the largest fires on record in California, ultimately burning 281,893 acres. It destroyed 1,063 structures, including homes. Two people died in the fire, including a firefighter.


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    U.S. Navy Veteran, Daniel "Doc" Jacobs, of Scripps Ranch, was awarded the Bronze Star Medal of Valor for his service on USS Midway Friday. 

    Representative Scott Peters presented the honor to Jacobs in front of his friends, family and other Midway visitors. 

    "It was unreal," Jacobs said of receiving the award on Friday. "Being here on the Midway with the beautiful San Diego sun and the breeze, it felt like something out of a Steven Spielberg movie." 

    Jacobs served during the Iraq war and had to have his left leg amputated after an explosive device destroyed his vehicle. Most of the fingers on his left hand were also blown off. 

    Despite being gravely injured, he refused treatment at a hospital and helped other wounded servicemembers. 

    The award was years in the making after an administrative error delayed the process for Jacobs to receive it. 

    "I would like to thank Representative Peters for all his help during that time," said Jacobs. "It was tedious but it was worth it." 

    The Bronze Star is awarded to servicemembers for heroism against an enemy of the United States.

    It is the fourth-highest military combat decoration that can be awarded to members of the U.S. Armed Forces. 


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    The strange death of Rebecca Zahau in 2011 captured the nation’s attention and shined a spotlight on a quiet, seaside city.

    More than six years after her death, Adam Shacknai, the brother of Zahau’s boyfriend, millionaire Jonah Shacknai, was found liable for her death in a civil wrongful death trial.

    In an interview with Dateline NBC, Adam Shacknai, speaking for the first time since the jury’s verdict in April, said he placed trust in the system and the system failed him.

    When Dateline NBC’s Josh Mankiewicz asked if he could live with that, Shacknai said, “No, I really can’t.”

    It’s been seven months since the jury awarded Pari Zahau, Rebecca’s mother, approximately $5.167 million in damages. The NBC newsmagazine spent the last week in Coronado to piece together what happened in this strange case.

    Even though Shacknai has never been charged in Rebecca Zahau’s death, there has been plenty doubt and plenty of theories about what happened July 13, 2011. On that date, Shacknai found Rebecca’s nude body hanging from the second-story balcony with her hands and feet bound.

    The investigators ruled the death a suicide but the Zahau’s family was not convinced. They believe Shacknai killed Rebecca believing she caused the death of his nephew, Max Shacknai.

    Max, 6, fell inside the Spreckels mansion on July 11, suffering injuries that would eventually kill him six days later on July 17. Rebecca Zahau was alone with Max inside the Coronado home at the time.

    The Zahau filed a $10 million civil suit against Shacknai in 2013. The case went to trial on March 2018. On April 5, the jury in a nine-to-three verdict found that Shacknai's actions caused Zahau's death.

    Shacknai has maintained in innocence and denied all allegations made against him.

    “Apparently, it didn’t seem to do a lot of good in that trial because people will believe what they want to believe with no evidence,” Shacknai told Mankiewicz.

    Investigators found no evidence of Shacknai having been inside the house at the time of Zahau’s death. He was staying in the guest house and found Zahau’s body around 6:45 a.m. July 13, 2011.

    “Funny, when I watch legal proceedings, it’s almost like a bedrock thing, ‘Hey, you can’t make someone prove a negative,” Shacknai said. “But this is 100 percent, there is no circumstantial evidence other than me being in that house and finding her.”

    The full Dateline NBC’s interview with Adam Shacknai airs 10 p.m. Friday.



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    Adam Shacknai sits down to talk with Dateline NBC's Josh Mankiewicz.Adam Shacknai sits down to talk with Dateline NBC's Josh Mankiewicz.

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    The U.S. Military insists that thousands of troops currently stationed along our southern border are there simply to help Customs and Border Protection and nothing else.

    At first, critics asked why the military presence was necessary to address the caravan of migrants, many seeking asylum in the United States, approaching from Central America.

    Marines and other military forces were at the San Ysidro Port of Entry for the second straight day Friday installing barbed wire along the border wall and around construction sites at the port. That will largely be the extent of the military's role there, according to Border Patrol and a U.S. Army Lieutenant General.

    Border Patrol Chief Patrol Agent Rodney Scott said specific duties include “putting containment wire, new infrastructure, identifying areas where we currently have construction going on. And then hardening those areas, basically making it harder for anyone to cross those areas.”

    However, in October, President Trump threatened to close the southern border to address the caravan if the situation worsened. CBP acknowledged Friday that option is still on the table.

    “That could range anywhere from ensuring that we have a defined path where individuals should be going, that could look into a suspension of operations and it could go to a complete closure depending on what the scenario is that we have in front of us and that we have to deal with,” CBP Director of Field Operations Pete Flores said.

    Officials said the military’s involvement in the operation will be temporary. The end date for assisting at the border is Dec. 15.


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    The San Diego Unified School District announced Friday that drinking water samples taken at two elementary schools revealed lead levels above the district's standard.

    Samples taken at Perkins Elementary School in Barrio Logan and Clay Elementary School in Rolando Village found lead levels above the district's 5 parts per billion (ppb) action level in multiple drinking fountains and faucets, according to a Nov. 1 report.

    The district said it would immediately secure the sources of the tainted water until further testing confirms the problem has been fixed.

    Tainted sources at Clay Elementary include three auditorium fountains (14.51 ppb, 10.5 ppb and 8.34 ppb), a classroom faucet (10.64 ppb), and two classroom fountains (5.33 ppb and 5.21 ppb).

    At Perkins Elementary, elevated lead levels were found in an administrative building faucet (6.71 ppb) and a drinking fountain in a portable classroom (6 ppb).

    The district's 5 ppb action level is the lowest among districts in the state and matches the Food and Drug Administration's standard for bottled water.

    Earlier this month, the district shut off the water at Fletcher Elementary School in Linda Vista after elevated lead levels were found.

    More information about the district's water sampling process can be found here


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    As the Woolsey Fire continues to grow in Los Angeles County, many of the evacuees have no idea if their homes are still standing.

    The Glass family is on edge while they stay with family in La Jolla because the only clues about the fate of their Malibu home are being given to them through their doorbell surveillance system.

    They were finishing up renovations when the fire broke out.

    "It was supposed to be finished next week," says Julie Glass. She’s constantly watching the news and checking in on her surveillance system, "which had crazy fire embers going everywhere towards our house,” added Glass.

    “We don't know. We're hoping with our brush clearance and the fire precautions we did, our home will have survived."

    The last video her surveillance system captured was flames surrounding the house.

    "The infrastructure around it is ruined. We are off the grid, the solar power is done, there's a well, there's no way that it's okay," she said.

    The family has essentials and everything their baby needs. However, all their furniture, mementos and pictures are in their house. As soon as it's safe and the roads re-open, they’ll be able to check on their property.


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    A known gang member on the run from the Border Patrol locked himself in a family's home with children inside for more than an hour Friday morning.

    Customs and Border Protection told NBC 7 that Border Patrol agents tried to pull over a car the suspect was in and the driver did not stop. After a short chase, all four people inside the car took off on foot.

    The gang member ran into a family home where a father and three of his children were inside.

    Valerie Martinez said she was in the middle of making breakfast for her little brother – a birthday tradition – when she turned around to see the suspect in her home.

    Martinez said the suspect entered through a sliding door in the back of the house.

    “I can hear when it opens... I usually hear it and this time I just didn't hear it,” she said.

    Valerie said the man kept walking from the bathroom to the living room, telling the family to lock all the doors and to close the blinds. He then got on his knees and started begging the family to let him hide in their home, trying to show them that he didn't have any weapons.

    The youngest of the kids, an 11- year-old girl, was told to hide in her room. The father eventually came up with a plan to distract the intruder and allow police a window to come inside the house.

    Valerie said her dad suggested to the suspect that he hide in the bathroom. When he went in he closed the door on him and ran outside. Then he ran to the door and signaled to police that the man was there.

    San Diego Police Department officers eventually entered the home and made the arrest. CBP said the three other suspects were also arrested in separate incidents. One of the three was also a documented gang member.

    No one was hurt in the incident. Oddly enough, the family said about a year ago they experienced a similar incident where a man tried to get in their house.

    That time, thankfully, the doors and windows were locked.


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    The 2018 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree has arrived, marking the start of the holiday season in New York City. 

    The 72-foot tall, 12-ton Norway Spruce was trucked onto the Plaza Saturday morning after making the 75-mile journey from its home in upstate New York Thursday. 

    The iconic holiday symbol will be raised off a 115-foot-long trailer and put into place by a crane around 10 a.m. 

    About 50,000 LED lights and a new Swarovski crystal star designed by Daniel Libeskind will adorn the tree, which will be lit on Nov. 28.  It will remain on display until Jan. 7.

    The tree, which is 45-feet in diameter, comes from the Wallkill home of Shirley Figueroa and Lissette Gutierrez, who gave the spruce a last hug before it was chopped down.

    Crews then hoisted the tree on a flatbed to make its roughly 75-mile journey to midtown Manhattan, where it is expected to arrive on Saturday.

    "After we bought the house, the previous owner told us, 'Hey, by the way, the tree in the yard? Rockefeller Center has been scouting it," Figueroa told News 4. "When she told me that, I was like, 'Oh, that would be cool,' but I [didn't] believe it. Until they came knocking on the door." 

    Last year's tree, also a Norway Spruce, came from State College, Pennsylvania. 

    The first Rockefeller Center Christmas tree was put up in 1931 by workers building the complex during the Great Depression. The first official tree lighting there was in 1933.

    Figueroa and Gutierrez said they plan to replace the tree with new ones. 

    "I believe if you take something down, you gotta put something back, so we're definitely going to plant... a few more trees, because she took up a lot of space," Figueroa said. 

    While the two homeowners said it was difficult to part with the tree, both were excited to see it in all its glory at Rockefeller Center. 

    "It's been a little tougher for me," Gutierrez said. "But it's for a great cause — and everybody's going to see it," she said, noting that the tree will be donated to Habitat for Humanity and used for home-building lumber after the Christmas season.

    "I grew up going to Rockefeller Center every year, and I've only missed a few years that I couldn't get down because of work," Figueroa added.

    "It's going to be really amazing to be down there and know that the tree came from our yard." 



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    The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree has arrived at 30 Rock and will be raised around 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018.The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree has arrived at 30 Rock and will be raised around 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018.

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    A small plane crashed near the Ramona Airport in San Diego County Saturday morning, an official with the San Diego County Sheriff's Department confirmed.

    The aircraft reportedly went down just after 7:50 a.m. in a field, about 200 feet off the roadway just west of the airport. Cal Fire officials said flames engulfed the plane following the crash.

    Firefighters were able to quickly knock down the fire on the plane; the flames did not spread to surrounding brush in the field.

    Cal Fire officials and the California Highway Patrol confirmed two people inside the plane escaped the crash uninjured.

    No further details on the cause of the crash were immediately released. The Federal Aviation Administration is en route to investigate the incident. 

    The Ramona Airport is located along Montecito Road, about two miles west of Ramona’s central business district.



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    A view of the small plane crash near Ramona Airport captured by the Alert SDG&E Cameras.A view of the small plane crash near Ramona Airport captured by the Alert SDG&E Cameras.

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    Florida’s Secretary of State announced Saturday that three key statewide races will now go to a recount.

    The races that will now be recounted include the seat for Florida governor, U.S. Senate and commissioner of agriculture.

    The Secretary of State’s office reviewed the unofficial election results that were submitted from each county to the state by the noon deadline Saturday to determine which races would be recounted.

    The Broward County Supervisor of Elections said it would calibrate machines for accuracy on Saturday and begin recounting on Sunday at 7 a.m.

    According to Florida state law, an automatic machine recount is ordered if races are within .5 percent. A hand recount is ordered if the margins are within .25 percent.

    In the official tally released Saturday, Republican Gov. Rick Scott had 4,098,107 votes and Democrat Sen. Bill Nelson had 4,085,545 votes. That's a difference of 12,562 votes with a .15% margin. If this difference holds, it will require a manual recount after machine recounting is done. 

    In the Governor's race, Republican Ron DeSantis had 4,075,879 votes and Democrat Andrew Gillum had 4,042,195 votes. That's a difference of 33,684 with a percentage difference of .41%.

    "I'm replacing my earlier concession with an unapologetic call to count every vote," said Gillum in a press conference Saturday. 

    The Cabinet position of agriculture commissioner is also being recounted. Nikki Fried is leading Matt Caldwell with a .07% margin. 

    In Broward County, four races are being recounted, as well. Mayor of Plantation, Pompano, West Park commission and Walnut Creek commissioners will all be recounted.

    Canvassing boards across the state now have until 3 p.m. on Thursday, November 15 to complete the machine recounts and submit those back to the state.

    Then, if any races are still within .25 percent of each other, the state would order a manual recount. In that case, the Supervisors of Elections in each county would hand check any ballots.

    The entire recount process is supposed to be complete by November 18.



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    Days after the election, Florida races between Sen. Bill Nelson and Gov. Rick Scott and Andrew Gillum and Ron DeSantis remained close.Days after the election, Florida races between Sen. Bill Nelson and Gov. Rick Scott and Andrew Gillum and Ron DeSantis remained close.

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    As relentless wildfires destroy communities in Northern California and Ventura County, dangerous fire-prone weather conditions will resurface in San Diego beginning Sunday.

    The National Weather Service (NWS) said a red flag warning would be in effect from 6 a.m. Sunday through 5 p.m. Tuesday as strong, gusty winds and low humidity hits the San Diego County coast.

    The NWS expects winds to increase out of the east at 15 to 25 mph, with gusts up to 30 to 40 mph. The winds will be at their strongest Monday through Tuesday north of Oceanside and between Encinitas and La Jolla Monday and Tuesday afternoon and evening, per the NWS.

    Meanwhile, relative humidity levels will drop into the single digits, adding to the heightened fire risk.

    “This is extremely dry, extremely dangerous,” said NBC 7 weathercaster Brooke Landau Saturday morning, adding that Saturday’s favorable weather conditions are only “the calm before the storm.”

    “Things are really going to change dramatically as we make our way into Sunday,” she explained.

    Inland and mountain areas could see sustained wind gusts anywhere between 50 mph and 60 mph during this latest red flag warning, Landau said.

    On Friday, Cal Fire Capt. Isaac Sanchez told NBC 7 that under these types of conditions, "all it's going to take is a small spark" to set off a potentially large and destructive wildfire like the ones ravaging the northern and southern regions of the state.

    Sanchez urged San Diego residents to remain alert.

    “Be prepared,” he added. “Be prepared for the effects of fire and let’s practice caution going into next week.”

    "As we remember the tragic fires that occurred in October and December of last year, they should serve as a stark reminder for everyone to be prepared for the unexpected," Cal Fire Director Chief Ken Pimlott said earlier this week.

    California endured some of the state’s worst wildfires on record in 2017, including the October Fire Siege in the wine country and the December Thomas Fire in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.

    The Tubbs Fire in the October Fire Siege – fanned by persistent winds in Sonoma and Napa counties – destroyed 5,643 buildings and resulted in 21 deaths. It burned 36,807 acres.

    The Thomas Fire, also fanned by gusts, quickly grew into one of the largest fires on record in California, ultimately burning 281,893 acres. It destroyed 1,063 structures, including homes. Two people died in the fire, including a firefighter.

    To prepare for the red flag warning, the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department (SDFD) increased its staffing into the weekend, adding crews and two firefighting helicopters to its arsenal.

    Meanwhile, some local crews have also been dispatched to Ventura County to help battle the Woosley and Hill fires there, which have forced 200,000 evacuations in communities northwest of Los Angeles.

    As of Saturday morning, at least 150 homes had been destroyed in those fires, which burned 70,000 acres.

    In Northern California, the fast-moving Camp Fire had torched at least 100,000 acres by Saturday morning, killing nine people and destroying 6,700 structures in its path. Entire neighborhoods in that region have been leveled, including the Sierra Nevada foothill town of Paradise. As of 11 a.m. Saturday, the Camp Fire was 20 percent contained.

    For information on how to prepare for a wildfire in San Diego, visit this website.


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    The president of San Diego Comic-Con International died Saturday morning of complications from cancer, organizers of the annual event announced.

    John Rogers had been battling glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. According to San Diego Comic-Con International, Roger was first elected as president of Comic-Con in 1986 and was re-elected every year since, making him the longest-serving president of the pop culture convention.

    Over the decades, Rogers saw Comic-Con evolve in ways that no one thought were possible.

    “John’s tenure saw Comic-Con grow from a select gathering of fans to the largest and most prestigious convention of its kind in the world,” Comic-Con said.

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    Rogers is survived by his wife, sister and brother. Comic-Con said that in lieu of flowers, donations could be made in Rogers’ honor to The American Brain Tumor Association or the American Civil Liberties Union.

    The news of Rogers’ death came a few hours after badges became available to fans for next year’s convention, which will take place at the San Diego Convention Center from July 18 to July 21, 2019. As in years past, those badges sold out very quickly.

    Comic-Con was born in 1970 in the basement of the U.S. Grant Hotel in the heart of San Diego, California. Over the decades, the “little event that could” has grown into a behemoth, taking over the Convention Center, neighboring hotels and downtown San Diego for a long summer weekend every year.

    Comic-Con’s fervent fans typically attend the convention in elaborate costumes, transforming the city into a metropolis straight out of the pages of fantasy and science fiction. The event has also become famous for celebrity sightings.



    Photo Credit: San Diego Comic-Con International

    A photo of Comic-Con president John Rogers, provided by San Diego Comic-Con International.A photo of Comic-Con president John Rogers, provided by San Diego Comic-Con International.

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    Fire crews were able to quickly knock down a brush fire Saturday that began after a trailer caught fire along a freeway ramp in San Ysidro.

    The California Highway Patrol said the trailer fire began at around 1:30 p.m. along southbound Interstate 805 at the State Route 905 ramp. Within minutes, Caltrans San Diego had shut down the connector between the freeways so firefighters could access the brush area that was burning.

    San Diego Fire-Rescue Department (SDFD) communications representative Monica Munoz said the fire burned a small patch of brush along the side of the freeway but the black was knocked down immediately.

    The trailer, which was loaded with items, was hitched to a truck. The contents appeared to be destroyed.

    No one was hurt but Munoz said an ambulance was called to the scene for a woman who had been in the truck. The woman was experiencing anxiety due to the incident but was not injured or burned.

    The fire began on the cusp of dangerous fire conditions. San Diego County will be under a red flag warning beginning at 6 a.m. Sunday that will bring strong, gusty winds and low humidity to the region.



    Photo Credit: Ramon Galindo/NBC 7
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    The trailer was destroyed in the fire.The trailer was destroyed in the fire.

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    Veterans and their families enjoyed a special day on USS Midway Saturday as part of the Salute to Service Festival. 

    Nearby, San Diegans will gather for the annual Veterans Day Parade as the nation honors those who have served their country.

    On Saturday, November 10, veterans who checked in with their military identification at the NBC 7/Telemundo 20 booth outside the museum received free admission for their entire family.

    The festival offered live music and kids' activities, as well as free food & drink samples from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Educational seminars on using VA benefits, building your equity and repairing your credit score were also offered by Thank You Heroes Home Rebate Program.

    The NBC 7/T20 booth raffled off prizes. Talent like NBC 7's Joe Little, Bridget Naso, Liberty Zabala, Danny Freeman, Danielle Radin and Audra Stafford were there along with Telemundo 20's Guadalupe Venegas and Ana Cristina Sánchez. 

    On behalf of NBC 7 and Telemundo 20 we would like to say thank you to all our veterans! 


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