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    Several children and two adults were hurt when two vehicles on a Rancho Bernardo roadway crashed head-on early Monday and alcohol is believed to be a factor, officials said. 

    A mother was driving a black SUV westbound in eastbound lanes of Camino Del Norte, near the I-15 on-ramp, when she crashed head-on into an oncoming vehicle, according to San Diego police. 

    Inside the Black SUV at the time of the crash was an eight-year-old child, who was holding an unrestrained infant, and a two-year-old in a car seat, SDPD said. 

    When San Diego Fire-Rescue crews responded to the crash at about 4:30 a.m. witnesses had already pulled the infant from the crash, who was not responsive.

    All three children were transported to the hospital. The infant was receiving a CT Scan at Rady Children's Hospital. 

    The mother was transported to the hospital with major injuries and the driver of the other vehicle was also hurt. 

    The condition of all five patients was not known. 

    Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash, SDPD said. 

    All lanes of Camino Del Norte were shut down and a Sig Alert was issued for I-15 to westbound Camino Del Norte as SDPD launched an investigation into the crash.

    At the scene, a vehicle appeared to be embedded into the SUV and debris covered the roadway. 

    Eastbound lanes of Camino Del Norte have since reopened but the closures in westbound lanes and the I-15 offramp were expected to last at least four hours, SDPD said. 

    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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    NASA is tracking wildfires globally, offering a view from high above Earth that reveals the scope and size of major fires, some of which produce smoke plumes that stretch for miles.

    Photo Credit: NASA Earth Observatory

    A view of the Camp Fire (above) in Northern California and the Hill and Woolsey fires in Southern California as seen on Nov. 9, 2018.A view of the Camp Fire (above) in Northern California and the Hill and Woolsey fires in Southern California as seen on Nov. 9, 2018.

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    Red flag warnings are issued in California when weather conditions increase the risk of wildfires, but there are fire prevention and home protection steps that can be taken well in advance of hot, dry and windy conditions.

    Cal Fire, the state's firefighting agency, provided the following advice to help Californian's prevent a small spark from becoming a devastating wildfire. These safety tips, including how to prepare your property and family for wildfires, can save property and lives. 

    Below, you'll find a printable evacuation plan and homeowner's checklist, emergency supply kit details and tips to reduce the risk of wildfires in the first place.

    Before the Fire

    When fires threaten homes, local fire and law enforcement agencies may order evacuations to save lives. That means residents should be prepared by following these pre-evacuation tips.

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    Protecting Your Home: Defensible Space

    Cal Fire inspects homes in fire-prone areas for defensible space -- a barrier around the home designed to prevent fires from spreading to buildings. Defensible space is considered the area 100 feet around the home, divided into two zones.

    • Zone 1: This area extends to 30 feet from the home. It should be clear of dead plants, grass and weeds, dry leaves and pine needles. Tree branches should be 10 feet apart.
    • Zone 2: This area is 30 to 100 feet from the home. Grass should be kept to a maximum of 4 inches high. The lowest branches of trees should be trimmed to provide at least 6 feet of clearance from the ground to avoid a "fire ladder" that allows flames to spread up trees. 

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    When to Evacuate

    When fire officials recommend evacuations, it's time to go. Remember that neighbors will be evacuating, too, so roads that firefighters use to do their jobs will likely be congested. A few things to keep in mind.

    • Authorities will outline evacuation routes after studying fire behavior, winds, terrain and the weather forecast
    • Law enforcement agencies, such as sheriff and police departments, are charged with enforcing evacuations. They also will provide updates on evacuations and shelter for evacuated residents
    • If it's too late to evacuate, fire officials suggest staying inside and calling 911. Fill sinks and tubs with water, close windows and doors, but make sure they're not locked in case rescuers need to enter the home

    Wildfire Prevention

    About 95 percent of California's wildfires are caused by people who fail to follow a few safety steps when using equipment outdoors, camping, burning debris and even driving a car.

    Outdoor Equipment Use

    Lawn mowers and other types of outdoor equipment need to be used with caution, especially during red flag conditions when a spark can quickly grow into a brush fire.

    • Mow before 10 a.m.
    • Avoid mowing when conditions are windy and dry
    • Watch for rocks and other objects than can generate sparks when struck by metal blades
    • Keep a phone nearby. If you need to call 911 to report a fire, do it right away

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    Vehicle Maintenance

    Hundreds of brush fires start alongside California's roads each year. The cause is often sparks produced by a vehicle that land in dry brush on the roadside.

    • Don't let chains dangle from a vehicle and drag on the road. Safety pins should be used to keep chains in place
    • Check under your car to make sure no parts, such as the muffler or other parts of the exhaust system, are coming into contact with the road
    • Have a fire extinguisher in your car
    • Avoid driving onto dry grass, such as parking areas in fields and narrow shoulders on the side of the road. The brush can burn when ignited by a hot car part
    • Check your brakes. Worn pads can mean metal-to-metal contact, which can produce sparks that fly into dry brush on the side of the road

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    Camping

    Campfires on public land require a permit from Cal Fire, the U.S. Forest Service or the Bureau of Land Management.

    • Build the fire on level ground away from brush or anything else that could catch fire. You'll need at least 10 feet of diameter space
    • Make sure the fire is out using the "drown, stir and feel" method. Douse the fire with water, stir the area with a shovel and then put dirt on the site to smother coals and embers. Use the back of your hand to "feel" whether the area is still hot

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    Debris Burning Safety

    It's best to check with the fire department before burning debris, which might require a permit.



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    The Sand fire burns Saturday July 23, 2016 near homes north of Los Angeles.The Sand fire burns Saturday July 23, 2016 near homes north of Los Angeles.

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    The American Red Cross provided NBC Los Angeles with a list of things that every household should keep in a backpack in the event of a natural disaster.Whether it's an earthquake, flood or wildfire, these items can help families be prepared for the worst. The items below can be kept in a disaster preparedness kit.

    Photo Credit: Elizabeth Chavolla

    This bag includes scissors, bandages, gauze, insurance cards, cut and rash creams, antiseptic cream, antihistamine tablets, cough syrup, alcohol towels, eye drops and distilled water.This bag includes scissors, bandages, gauze, insurance cards, cut and rash creams, antiseptic cream, antihistamine tablets, cough syrup, alcohol towels, eye drops and distilled water.

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    This map displays fire information collected by CAL FIRE, the state firefighting agency. Click on each location for more information, including containment figures and the size of the fire.

    California is facing another fall season of high-risk fire danger. Click on the map to see where fires are burning. 



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    A look at where fires are burning Friday Nov. 9, 2018 in California.A look at where fires are burning Friday Nov. 9, 2018 in California.

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    A pedestrian was struck and killed by a van on a roadway less than a mile from the U.S.-Mexico border on Monday. 

    A man driving an Astro van on E. San Ysidro Boulevard struck a man in his 40s or 50s, who had just stepped off the curb to cross the street, the San Diego Police Department said. 

    The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene. 

    It does not appear drugs or alcohol were factors in the crash. The driver of the van has not been arrested. 

    The investigation into the crash is ongoing. 

    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 deer jumped into traffic on a New Jersey highway, then flew airborne and smashed into a woman's SUV, crashing through the windshield, onto the passenger seat and landing in the back of the vehicle, authorities say. 

    In a Facebook post, the Howell Township Police Department says the deer ran onto Route 9 Monday morning -- right into the path of Melissa Misthal's Rav4.

    The 36-year-old woman swerved to avoid the animal but it rammed her SUV while airborne, police say. The force of the impact sent the deer into the passenger seat and then into the back; the windshield collapsed, as did the roof of the vehicle. 

    The deer still in her car, Misthal managed to pull her SUV over to the shoulder. She was treated at the scene for a minor injury. The deer died. 

    Police praised the actions of Misthal, though, which they say helped prevent additional accidents and injuries. 



    Photo Credit: Howell Township Police Department

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    The U.S. government is recruiting thousands of workers to help with the 2020 Census. 

    Right now, applications are being accepted for positions in a temporary office to be located in Vista in 2019. 

    There are temporary positions across the country that need to be filled once Census 2020 gets underway.

    The jobs are temporary and vary between supervisory and nonsupervisory position. Pay ranges from $16.50 to $22.50 an hour.

    Applicants must be 18 or older but there is no cap on age for employment. 

    Those who are bilingual in English and other languages are encouraged to apply. However, all hires in the 50 states and Washington, D.C., must be able to speak, read, and write in English.

    Read more about the job requirements and find out how to apply on the 2020 U.S. Census website.


    Images of a non-response follow-up provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.Images of a non-response follow-up provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

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    Some Facebook users were reporting that the site was down for them on Monday.

    For those experiencing the outage, opening a page on the social media site led to an error message reading, "Sorry, something went wrong. We're working on it and we'll get it fixed as soon as we can."

    The website outage-tracking site Downdetector received a spike in reports of problems with Facebook. A map showed the outages concentrated in the Northeast and Midwest of the United States, as well as southern Brazil.

    NBC is reaching out to Facebook for comment.

    Refresh this page for more on this breaking news story.



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    This June 12, 2018, file photo shows the Facebook logo on display at the 2018 CeBIT technology trade fair in Hanover, Germany.This June 12, 2018, file photo shows the Facebook logo on display at the 2018 CeBIT technology trade fair in Hanover, Germany.

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    Water-dropping aircraft were used to attack a brush fire that climbed a hillside to the edge of the 118 Freeway Monday in the Simi Valley area. 

    The Rocky Fire was reported at about 10:30 a.m. near the Rocky Peak Road exit. Aerial video showed flames burned up a hillside to the edge of the freeway. 

    At least two water-dropping helicopters and a firefighting airplane were at the scene.

    Areas of Box Canyon and Lake Manor were ordered to evacuated. The freeway was closed due to fire and smoke, which was drifting across the road.

    The Ventura County Sheriff's Department advised that Highway 101 and Highway 126 could be used as alternate routes heading east or westbound.

    Refresh this page for updates.

    The fire is not considered part of the 91,500-acre Woolsey Fire, which began last week in Ventura County. That fire, which burned into the Malibu area, is 20-percent contained.

    It has destroyed an estimated 370 structures.



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    A brush fire burns near the 118 Freeway Monday Nov. 12, 2018.A brush fire burns near the 118 Freeway Monday Nov. 12, 2018.

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    Residents across Southern California are opening up their doors to the tens of thousands of people impacted by two devastating wildfires that together scorched nearly 100,000 acres in Ventura County.

    More than 850 homes throughout the region, including dozens in San Diego County, have been listed for free from Nov 8 to 29 through the short-term rental service Airbnb for people displaced by the Hill and Woolsey fires. 

    The Hill Fire north of Malibu was nearly contained Monday morning while the nearly 92,000-acre Woolsey Fire continued to burn from eastern Ventura County to the Malibu coast. 

    The fires combined have destroyed nearly 400 structures and continue to threaten about 57,000 homes. 

    The free stays were being offered through Airbnb's Open Homes Program, which connects evacuees, emergency workers an volunteers with a place to stay, courtesy of homeowners who already list their property through the service.

    Evacuees and others in need of a place to stay must have an Airbnb account and can then browse listing through the "find shelter" button on the disaster-response page

    The program started in 2012 when hosts asked Airbnb to create a way that they could be seen as a resource to those in need, like those impacted by natural disasters, medical concerns and refugees.

    When there is an emergency, Airbnb automatically contacts hosts in the area to see if they have space to house those impacted. When hosts respond yes, their place is listed with all fees waived. Hosts who wish to join the Open House Program can visit here



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    A GoFundMe page for the Coronado man killed in the shooting at a Thousand Oaks bar was put on pause by his family Sunday to give them time to process.

    Justin Meek, 23, was working as a bouncer when gunfire erupted at Borderline Bar & Grill during its weekly “College Country Nights.”

    Three days after Meek’s death, his family created a GoFundMe page to assist with any services or celebrations of his life.

    “The hardest thing a mother could ever have to do is bury a child,” the page said. “According to numerous witness accounts, Justin died a HERO saving many lives with no regard for his own life.”

    In one day, $13,190 was raised, far surpassing the family’s $5,000 goal.

    Meek’s family posted an update after the outpour of donations.

    “The incredible outpouring love & support towards Justin & our family truly means the world,” it said. “Our gratitude is immeasurable, & we continue to thank you all in helping us Honor our Justin.”

    The day after the page was created, the family stopped accepting donations.

    “Given our current time frame, we have momentarily paused further donations to allow ourselves time to understand and organize our immediate roles in moving forward with future developments,” the update said.

    Meek’s GoFundMe page received donations from 177 people.

    His sister was also at the bar during the attack, according to their family. She was physically unharmed.

    A candlelight vigil was held in his honor at Spreckels Park the day after he was killed.

    “It’s a reflection of how many lives Justin was able to touch. Justin was the kind of guy that was always full of positivity, always had a smile on his face. The guy never had a bad day and he just had so much love to give, so I think what we saw today was all the love the community had for him,” Coronado Mayor Richard Bailey said.

    Meek was one of 12 people killed in what was the deadliest mass shooting since Parkland.



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    Comic legend Stan Lee, the creator of some of the most iconic American superheros and villains, revolutionized whole industries doing what he loved best - telling a story. Lee, who died on Nov. 12, 2018, at the age of 95, was a leading presence within Marvel for decades. See his life in photos.

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    Mighty Marvel comic book publisher, Stan Lee, center left, blows out the candles on the Marvel Comics birthday cake at opening day ceremonies of the First Mighty Marvel Comic Book Convention, March 22, 1975, New York. At left is Lee’s wife Joan and on the far right, Spider-Man. Another Marvel Superhero, Captain America looks on from the rear. (AP Photo)Mighty Marvel comic book publisher, Stan Lee, center left, blows out the candles on the Marvel Comics birthday cake at opening day ceremonies of the First Mighty Marvel Comic Book Convention, March 22, 1975, New York. At left is Lee’s wife Joan and on the far right, Spider-Man. Another Marvel Superhero, Captain America looks on from the rear. (AP Photo)

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    President Donald Trump faces a growing backlash over his choice of Matt Whitaker to serve as acting attorney general, with liberal and conservative legal experts questioning the appointment, NBC News reported.

    The controversy arises because Whitaker was serving Jeff Sessions as the attorney general's chief of staff, a position that was not confirmed by the Senate, and because a federal law specifies that the deputy attorney general takes over when there's a vacancy at the top of the Justice Department.

    But in making the choice, Trump bypassed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who had been overseeing special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the election and Trump. 



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    Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, left; President Donald Trump, right.Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, left; President Donald Trump, right.

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    A house in Ramona caught on fire and sent thick, black smoke into the air north of Mt. Woodson Monday afternoon.

    Cal Fire San Diego crews were called to Salida Del Sol in Ramona just after 1 p.m. for a home engulfed in flames. 

    The home was located three miles northwest of Mt. Woodson Golf Course.

    The neighborhood is west of State Route 67, northeast of Blue Sky Ecological Reserve and south of the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. 

    A red flag warning and a high wind warning were in effect for the region Monday as Santa Ana conditions brought unusually strong winds and low humidity levels.

    The current relative humidity in San Diego County's inland valleys is an estimated 6 percent with foothills at 8 percent. 

    A Cal Fire helicopter is making water drops on the burning structure.

    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 fire produces black smoke on the camera facing north from Mount Woodson.A fire produces black smoke on the camera facing north from Mount Woodson.

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    Monday may be a special holiday for military service members but Mondays for U.S. Navy Private First Class Corey Sharp mean he's out delivering meals to San Diego seniors.

    "We do this all throughout the year, every Monday we have a scheduled time to do it, and this is just another Monday for us," Sharp said. 

    On this Veterans Day, though, his round of meal drop-offs with the charity group Meals on Wheels San Diego County included a special stop -- to U.S. Marine veteran Ruth Gallivan.

    Gallivan, who is 102 years old, joined the military in 1945 and worked as a civil servant for 30 years in Miramar. 

    She is one of several military veterans who receive two meals every day through Meals on Wheels. 

    "Actually, I could do it myself but I’m lazy," she said jokingly. 

    Meals on Wheels serves more than 3,000 San Diego seniors who often live along and are considered low-income. 

    Gallivan's son told NBC 7 the service allows Gallivan to live independently and gives them the confidence to know she is taken care of when they cannot be there.


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    A man was shot by a deputy at an apartment complex in Alpine Monday afternoon, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department confirmed.

    The shooting happened at around 3 p.m. on the 2600 block of Alpine Boulevard, according to the SDSO.

    Residents were told they wouldn't be allowed back in the complex, which holds about 80 units, for two hours.

    The department said the suspect was injured but did not specify how severe.

    SDSO homicide investigators were at the scene.

    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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    As several key contests across the U.S. remain close, President Donald Trump has zeroed in on Florida, making a slew of unsubstantiated claims about "forged" ballots and "found" votes, NBCNews reported.

    "Trying to STEAL two big elections in Florida! We are watching closely!" he tweeted this weekend, referring to the extremely tight Senate and governor's races, which have been forced into a recount.

    There is no evidence of widespread fraud or forged ballots in the state, election observers and law enforcement said.



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    President Donald Trump gestures outside the Elysee Palace after his talks with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris, Saturday, Nov.10, 2018.President Donald Trump gestures outside the Elysee Palace after his talks with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris, Saturday, Nov.10, 2018.

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    Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema is the apparent winner in the Arizona Senate race, narrowly defeating Republican Rep. Martha McSally, according to an NBC News projection.

    Sinema is the first Democratic senator elected in Arizona in 30 years.

    McSally conceded the race in a video statement on her Twitter account Monday evening.



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    Democrat Kyrsten Sinema speaks to a supporter at the Barton Barr Central Library, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Phoenix.Democrat Kyrsten Sinema speaks to a supporter at the Barton Barr Central Library, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Phoenix.

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    World War I ended 100 years ago Sunday, and the Mt. Soledad Memorial Association held special dedications for the cease fire anniversary.

    The main event began at 2 p.m. Monday at the Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial.

    A handful of speakers from different service backgrounds spoke.

    One of the speakers, Marc Bailey, an El Cajon Police Reserve Sergeant, told a story of a text message exchange between his friend and her father, a major in the army.

    The father texted he was in South Korea “just doing army stuff.”

    “There’s folks all over the world doing ‘stuff’ for us today,” Bailey said. “We want to make sure that we honor them, and we remember them while we’re up here on this Veterans Day.”

    Bailey also spoke to the history of San Diego’s military presence.

    “Bring somebody up on Mt. Soledad for the first time,” he said. “Wander the walls, look at some of the stories up here, and soak all that in, because there’s such a rich, wonderful history here in San Diego.”

    President of the Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial Association CDR Louis J. Scanlon, USN Ret. spoke about a special honor the organization was giving to a WWI war hero.

    Sergeant Major Daniel Daly fought and led in WWI, and Monday, a plaque in his name was added alongside thousands of other veterans at Mt. Soledad.

    “Today, we will dedicate a plaque to Sergeant Major Daniel Daly,” Scanlon said. “Dan Daly’s plaque will join over 5,000 plaques here at the memorial of both living and deceased veterans from the revolutionary war through today’s current wars and conflicts.”

    Daly was one of only 19 people to receive two Medals of Honor, and one of only seven marines, said Colonel Charles Dockery. He is the Commanding Officer of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar.

    “He was a seasoned veteran leading young enlistees in combat,” Dockery said. He then quoted Daly’s famous expression, “Do you want to live forever?”

    This “grizzly” attitude, Dockery said, was a key component in leading the young enlistees to victory.

    Mayor of San Diego Kevin Faulconer spoke later about the evolution of Veterans Day.

    “While the original observance of Veterans Day was established as a day of recognition of the brave veterans of that great war [WWI], we now have many other battles,” Faulconer said. “We remember their patriotism when they faced insurmountable challenges.”

    Armistice Day was renamed Veterans Day in 1954 as a reminder to honor all U.S. veterans, the mayor said.

    “This Veterans Day promises to be a special day observing one of the most important days of the twentieth century,” said Phil Kendro, chairman of the Mt. Soledad Veterans Day Committee.

    The Marine Band San Diego played at the event.

    Four vintage planes from the San Diego Performance Formation Team flew overhead of the hilltop memorial near the end of the event.

    “It’s an atmosphere of celebration. It’s an atmosphere of honor,” said Dockery.

    The hour-long event is part of an annual tradition at the Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial.


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