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    Hundreds of turkeys were passed out to underserved families by San Diego Padres pitchers of the past Monday morning in preparation for Thanksgiving.

    Randy Jones and Brett Tomko, alongside other volunteers, handed out food at Home Plate Gate at Petco Park.

    “We’re distributing a bunch of turkeys and holiday meals to people in need in our community,” said James Floros, president and CEO of the Jacobs and Cushman San Diego Food Bank. “We’re going to help about 800 families today.”

    The Miramar-based food bank and the local baseball team came together for the three-hour event that started at 9 a.m.

    “A few years ago, we started talking about what we can do for families in need during the holidays, and the Padres stepped up and said, ‘Hey, let’s distribute turkeys, let’s partner with you guys, and let’s make a difference,’” Floros told NBC 7.

    Jones, who has been doing drives for years, said no matter how it started, “It makes all the difference in the world to these families. It feels good to be out here and giving back.”

    One in eight adults and one in five children face food insecurity throughout the county, according to Jacobs and Cushman San Diego Food Bank’s website.

    “We have half a million people in our community who don’t know where their next meal is coming from,” Floros said. “To have something like this that helps lift their family up, help them have a better holiday, and put food on the table – it doesn’t get any better than that.”

    Floros said local food banks’ budgets are stretched thin during the holidays, so events like this one can make a big impact.

    “To have a special day on Thanksgiving,” Jones said. “We can make a difference one family at a time.”

    Jones and Tomko were seen high-fiving kids and laughing with families as they passed out food.

    The local food bank serves 370,000 people every month, according to its website. The Jacobs and Cushman San Diego Food Bank distributed 28 million pounds of food, during the previous fiscal year.

    Its distribution partners include King Chavez Elementary School, Sherman Elementary School, and Mariner's Park on Naval Base San Diego.

    To donate to the local food bank, go to its website. There are also more ways to give listed.


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    Dozens of local emergency responders arrived in Butte County Monday to help locate missing people in the wake of the Camp Fire that tore through the area.

    The group of 37 is part of the San Diego Urban Search and Rescue California Task Force 8 (CA-TF8).

    The blaze killed at least 71 people as of Sunday and the number of residents reported missing surpassed 1,000.

    CA-TF8 joined three additional urban search and rescue (USAR) task forces from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

    The crews set up in Oroville, which is roughly 21 miles south of Paradise. Here, four other regional USAR task forces are also assigned to the area.

    “The team from SD is proud to be a part of the effort to reunite family members and perhaps bring closure to others,” said Monica Munoz with the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

    The 37 members represented eight local agencies. CA-TF8 has more than 200 members.

    The length of their deployment is unknown at this time, Munoz said.

    They left from San Diego at 3 a.m.



    Photo Credit: SDFD

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    A chase lasted only minutes before a motorcyclist crashed in the Midway District of San Diego on Monday. 

    California Highway Patrol officers attempted to pull over the motorcycle for speeding on westbound Interstate 8 just west of I-805 just before 10:45 a.m. but the rider took off, Officer Tommy Doerr said. 

    The motorcyclist led officers on the freeway before exiting onto city streets.

    Then, less than five minutes after the chase began, the motorcyclist crashed on Hancock Street near Camino Del Rio South, near the Valley View Casino Center, Doerr said. 

    No one was injured in the crash but there was damage to property, he said. 

    Some streets were blocked so CHP could investigate the crash. 

    No other information was available.

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



    Photo Credit: NBC 7

    San Diego police lightsSan Diego police lights

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    Sixteen Democrats on Monday released a letter announcing their opposition to electing Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., speaker of the House, presenting her a narrow path to reclaiming the speaker’s gavel in the next Congress.

    The letter is the first concrete expression of opposition from current Democratic lawmakers and incoming members of Congress since the party won control of the House in the midterm elections, NBC News reported.

    Pelosi has been aggressively campaigning for the speakership amid opposition from a small but vocal group of incumbents within her own party who have long advocated for new leadership and several incoming members who won election pledging they would oppose her as speaker.



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    FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2018, file photo. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., speaks during her weekly news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington.FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2018, file photo. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., speaks during her weekly news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington.

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    A preliminary magnitude 4.8 earthquake was recorded in Baja California, south of Calexico on Monday, according to the United States Geological Survey. 

    The agency reported the epicenter of the quake, which struck at about 12:20 p.m., to be Alberto Oviedo Mota, about 40 miles south of Mexicali.  

    A second preliminary 3.3 magnitude tremor was reported less than 10 minutes later.

    People from south San Diego to Oceanside reported feeling some weak shaking to UGSG. Moderate shaking could be felt in El Centro. 

    It was unclear if any damage was caused. 

    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 mother involved in a car crash in Rancho Bernardo that left her three children injured is expected to be charged at 3 p.m. Monday, according to the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office.

    Mayra Alejandra Gonzalez, 29, was taken to Palomar Hospital after the wreck, where she is still receiving treatment.

    The arraignment will take place at the Escondido hospital.

    Gonzalez drove into oncoming traffic on Camino Del Norte and collided head-on into a Jeep Liberty on Nov. 12, according to the San Diego Police Department.

    She is suspected of driving drunk, officers said.

    Gonzalez’s 9-month-old baby, who was being held by an 8-year-old girl at the time of the crash, suffered life-threatening injuries.

    CHP investigators said the force from the crash threw the infant into the windshield.

    The baby, who was not responsive after the collision, is alive, according to SDPD Sgt. Timothy Underwood.

    Gonzalez was arrested on Nov. 15 on suspicion of felony DUI, felony child endangerment and driving on the wrong side of the road.


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    A Dallas real estate agent is in hospice care in El Paso after allegedly suffering severe brain damage from complications she experienced during anesthesia ahead of cosmetic surgeries at a clinic in Juarez, Mexico, according to the woman's family.

    Laura Avila, 36, is now breathing on her own, according to family, but has been given little hope of making a substantial recovery.

    Her sister Angie Avila said Laura went in for several planned procedures, including a nose job, at the Rino Clinic in Juarez on Oct. 30. Before surgery began, she suffered a cardiac arrest as a result of the anesthesia.

    "They told her fiancé that she would be ready to be picked up at 4 p.m.,” Angie Avila told Telemundo 48. "He arrived at about 3:30 p.m. and they told him they had not been able to start the surgery because the anesthesia had not worked out yet."

    Angie Avila said Laura was placed in a medically induced coma "to prevent further brain damage" and taken to a local hospital. After six days in an intensive care unit at a Mexico hospital, Avila’s family transferred her across the border to El Paso where she remains on life support with a grim long-term prognosis.

    “[The doctors] said that she is not going to be able to eat by herself, or talk, or walk or even taste food,” said Enrique Cruz, Laura Avila’s fiancé. “She might be able to hear what we’re saying, maybe blink. But as far as being any kind of normal they don’t see her doing that.”

    Her sister said medical staff at hospital in Juarez where Laura Avila was transferred to told the family they believed the anesthesia was administered incorrectly. Angie Avila told Telemundo 48 doctors said the clinic had injected anesthesia in her spine and instead of it flowing down her body, it went into her brain which caused severe swelling.

    “We are hoping people cannot focus on this being a woman getting cosmetic surgery, but rather gross negligence, and the fact that we were very close to possibly losing a person very dear to us,” Angie Avila sad. “So, we ask for kindness and awareness.”

    Angie Avila said her sister had traveled across the border for the procedure because of the discounted cost. She also said Laura doesn't have health insurance and her family started a GoFundMe campaign to help cover Avila’s rising medical expenses.

    Avila’s sister and finance told NBC 5 several Dallas-area hospitals, including UT Southwestern Medical Center, Parkland Memorial Hospital and Baylor Scott & White, have declined to admit Avila as a patient due to her prognosis and because of lack of insurance.

    In the wake of Avila’s failed procedure, authorities in Mexico raided the clinic and have temporarily shut it down. No charges have been filed.

    Avila’s sister told Telemundo 48 the family has hired an attorney in Mexico to assist them in getting Laura’s medical records. Angie Avila said they fear the clinic would alter the information on her records.

    She also accused the clinic of negligence, noting that her sister was left attended in the operating room for several hours after going into cardiac arrest

    "Besides the anesthetist, there were four doctors who did nothing for eight to 10 hours," Angie Avila said. "They left her in a room. I do not know if she woke up, I do not know what time she went into cardiac arrest."



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    Laura Avila, 36, is now breathing on her own, according to family members, but has been given little hope of making a substantial recovery.Laura Avila, 36, is now breathing on her own, according to family members, but has been given little hope of making a substantial recovery.

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    A national hospital safety review saw seven San Diego hospitals improve over the year, according to a newly released ranking by the Leapfrog Group.

    Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades are assigned to more than 2,600 hospitals across the nation, according to its website. It reviews them twice a year.

    Grades are given out as A, B, C, D, or F.

    Roughly a third of all hospitals graded received an A in the fall of 2018. Only one percent of its recorded hospitals were given an F.

    UCSD Hillcrest, Sharp Memorial San Diego, and Scripps Memorial La Jolla were among some of the local hospitals that were given the highest score.

    Scripps Mercy in Chula Vista and San Diego were among the few given a C.

    See all grades from the last three years listed below.

    Specific items like good communication, hand washing, bed sores received, and problems with surgery are also separately rated.

    To see these ratings, search for a hospital on the organization’s website.

    Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades said it examines 28 different measures of hospital safety data and weighs each item by evidence, opportunity for improvement, and impact.

    To learn more about the how grades are determined, go to its website.

    California was ranked 23rd for number of hospitals given an A, with 32.4 percent. New Jersey was first with 56.7 percent and Nebraska rounded out the bottom of the list with 6.7 percent.



    Photo Credit: NBC 7 San Diego
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    UCSD Medical Center on W. Arbor Drive in San DiegoUCSD Medical Center on W. Arbor Drive in San Diego

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    The Old Globe production of Dr. Seuss' "How The Grinch Stole Christmas" runs through December 29. Here's a look at the beloved musical, back for its 21st year.

    Photo Credit: Jim Cox

    (from left) Edward Watts appears as The Grinch and Tommy Martinez as Young Max in Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, book and lyrics by Timothy Mason, music by Mel Marvin, original production conceived and directed by Jack O'Brien, original choreography by John DeLuca, and directed by James Vásquez, running November 3 – December 29, 2018 at The Old Globe. Photo by Ken Howard.(from left) Edward Watts appears as The Grinch and Tommy Martinez as Young Max in Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, book and lyrics by Timothy Mason, music by Mel Marvin, original production conceived and directed by Jack O'Brien, original choreography by John DeLuca, and directed by James Vásquez, running November 3 – December 29, 2018 at The Old Globe. Photo by Ken Howard.

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    Former top members of the intelligence community rebuked President Donald Trump on Monday for deriding the retired Navy SEAL who oversaw the 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden as a "Hillary Clinton backer" and suggesting that he should have caught the al Qaeda leader sooner, NBC News reported.

    Responses to Trump's comments about retired Adm. Bill McRaven, who has criticized the president's attacks on the press, poured in Monday from former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former CIA Director John Brennan and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, who said Trump should apologize.

    "This president owes Admiral McRaven and all of the SEALS involved in that operation an apology for what he's saying. He's undermining his position as commander-in-chief. Not only with those that conducted the operation, but with the entire military," Panetta, who served as the U.S. Secretary of Defense under President Barack Obama at the time of the 2011 raid that killed bin Laden, said on MSNBC's "Andrea Mitchell Reports" Monday.



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    FILE - In this Aug. 21, 2014, file photo, U.S. Navy Adm. William McRaven addresses the Texas Board of Regents in Austin, Texas.FILE - In this Aug. 21, 2014, file photo, U.S. Navy Adm. William McRaven addresses the Texas Board of Regents in Austin, Texas.

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    Young undocumented immigrants are leaving local immigrant youth shelters without authorization. But the number of reported runaways differs, depending on which government agency supplies the statistics. 

    This discrepancy could mask the extent of the runaway problem at local immigrant youth shelters. 

    Southwest Key Programs is a nonprofit that is contracted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to run three shelters for undocumented youths in El Cajon and Lemon Grove.

    Many of the minors staying at these shelters were caught crossing the border illegally without a parent or guardian, or their parents were arrested and separately detained. 

    NBC 7 Investigates filed public record requests with El Cajon Police and the San Diego County Sheriff's Department for all calls for service and investigations at the three shelter locations. 

    Those records reveal that last year, shelter employees reported six runaways from its El Cajon shelters to law enforcement. But according to California’s Department of Social Services (DSS), the shelters reported just three runaways in 2017. Of note, the three runaways reported to DSS were not among the six listed by law enforcement, meaning there were at least nine runaways in 2017. 

    The runaway reporting discrepancy was first reported by the San Diego Union-Tribune.  

    Law enforcement records also show three runaways reported by the shelters in 2016. A spokesperson for DSS said the agency is still reviewing its records for 2016 to determine how many runaways were reported to the state that year. 

    Licensed shelters are required to report juveniles running away to the Department of Social Services within 24 hours of the incident, and then follow-up with a written report within 10 days. 

    In September, during a state inspection, Weston said DSS staff discussed concerns about Southwest Key meeting reporting requirements with the shelter’s Regional Executive Director and Programs Director. 

    NBC 7 Investigates asked Southwest Key Programs about the runaway discrepancies and reporting requirements to the state. A spokesperson told us, “When a child decides to leave us, we report that to local police, the state of California and the Office of Refugee Resettlement.” 

    Previously, Southwest Key Programs told NBC 7 Investigates state and federal restrictions prevent staff at the shelters from holding a child against their will if they decide to leave their facility. Staff can try to talk the juveniles into staying, but beyond that their options are limited. 

    Southwest Key also said employees at their shelters are required to take at least 80 hours of training regarding juveniles running away as part of their orientation, and they receive ongoing training throughout their employment.


    The entrance to one of Southwest Key Programs' shelters for young undocumented immigrants in San Diego County.The entrance to one of Southwest Key Programs' shelters for young undocumented immigrants in San Diego County.

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    What’s under the hood of your car?

    An engine, a radiator, and...rats?

    As winter sets in, even the San Diego winter, rats and other rodents could be seeking refuge under the hood of your car. Making matters worse, many automakers have turned to more plant-based biodegradable products to coat wiring instead of plastic. Oftentimes the rats and rodents looking for a safe haven mistake the wiring for food, gnawing their way through wires and other important components on your car.

    “One morning I jumped into the vehicle to take my son to school and the car hesitated,” says San Carlos resident Eric Battaglia. “It shifted from first gear to third gear and I realized something was wrong.”

    Battaglia put his Toyota minivan in park and popped open the hood. He looked inside. He says seeds and rat droppings were scattered throughout the engine.

    He took the car to the mechanic and the mechanic told him a rat had chewed through the wiring harness. A new harness would cost him nearly $4,000.

    Luckily for Battaglia the mechanic was able to solder the wires together for a fraction of the cost, just under $400.

    That’s when Battaglia jumped into action. He set up a motion activated video camera under his minivan. He woke up to find this video…

    Battaglia says he parks his car on the street, away from the palm tree that towers over his driveway, and more importantly, the seeds the palm tree drops.

    “It’s no laughing matter,” says Battaglia. “No, it’s not funny at all, not to the wallet, that’s for sure.”

    Yet while some say the soy and plant-based materials are to blame, local pest expert Roger Platt from Centurion Pest Control says rodents are more likely looking for a warm place to eat and a safe place to do so away from predators.

    “It provides them a little bit of harborage,” says Platt. “If they climb up into the engine compartment there’s nothing that can really get to them, no coyotes, no owls, nothing like that.”

    Blatt says Battaglia is correct that parking his car on the street is often a better idea, away from trees and bushes and the activity from passing cars could deter them from climbing or jumping up into the engine.

    Many auto parts stores sell repellants, typically liquids or tape that will keep rats out of the engine but they are not permanent solutions. The only permanent solution, Platt says, is parking inside the garage, that is if it’s tightly sealed and rat-free.



    Photo Credit: Bob Hansen

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    On Friday, two of golfs “GOATS,” greatest of all-time, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson will play their highly anticipated money match in Las Vegas.

    On Saturday, it’s still all about goat and golf, but this time the focus shifts to Goat Hill Park in Oceanside.

    The Wishbone Brawl Two, a best ball match between PGA Tour pros Dean Wilson, Charley Hoffman, Xander Schauffele, and Mike Weir will be played at Goat Hill Park on Saturday.

    Last year’s inaugural event was such a success that the pro golfers are back for more. Tickets are $20 for adults and kids are free.

    “Proceeds from the Wishbone Brawl are going to go to Charley’s Foundation and North County Junior Golf,” Wilson said. “It just brings the community together and that’s what the Goat is all about.”

    In addition to the best ball format, the players will go old school, playing with persimmon woods.

    “We have a set for everybody, Charley, Mike, and myself, and we’ll be playing persimmon woods and our irons, so it’s vintage equipment, and we’re just going to have a fun day,” said Wilson.

    Wilson will partner with his college roommate and former Masters Champ Mike Weir to take on Hoffman and Schauffele.

    Wilson said, “The older guard taking on the younger guard. With Xander playing so well, we’ll have our hands full, but I like my partner we’ll have fun.”

    Wilson, Hoffman, and Schauffele are all San Diego residents with strong local ties. Raising money for local charities, giving fans an inside-the-ropes experience and playing this one of a kind event at a unique course like Goat Hill make this a special event.

    The Wishbone Brawl Two tournament starts at 11 a.m. with a clinic at 10 a.m.


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    Harbor Drive’s pedestrian bridge near Petco Park opened to much fanfare on the Padre's Opening Day back in 2011. 

    At a cost of nearly $27 million, the bridge was designed to help pedestrians safely cross Harbor Drive.

    On Sunday though, it became the scene of a gruesome attack.

    San Diego Police announced on Monday that they had arrested four teenagers in connection with the brutal beating of 56-year-old Edward Leon Starland. 

    But safety has always been a concern for residents who live near the pedestrian bridge. 

    “It needs to be something that the city focuses on,” said David Gapp, who has lived in the East Village for more than a decade and uses the bridge daily. 

    NBC 7 Investigates surveyed the area and confirmed that elevators at the bridge are often closed, which means some disabled pedestrians can't use the span.

    In addition, interviews confirm that visitors and residents are avoiding the bridge because it's overrun by the homeless. 

    The day before the MLB All-Star Game at Petco Park, NBC 7 Investigates documented that tents and homeless encampments crowded much of the bridge. The next day, NBC 7 Investigates confirmed that city workers had cleaned the bridge. 

     

    NBC 7 Investigates also requested records of calls for service by San Diego police responding to complaints at the bridge. 

    From 2015 to 2017, police responded more than 30 times, from 2015 to 2017. Officers investigated reports of underage drinking and suspected drug. They issued citations and made arrests for disturbing the peace, robbery, grand theft, and assault with a deadly weapon. 

    Neither the San Diego Police Department or the city would comment on-camera about this criminal activity. 

    A city spokesperson said the Public Works Department is responsible for the elevator’s maintenance. The spokesperson added that Urban Corps of San Diego is paid to clean the bridge and elevators five days a week. 

    NBC7 Investigates asked the City what it's doing about the problem of transients on and around the bridge. 

    A spokesperson said it employs 15 “outreach Ambassadors to build relationships with homeless individuals and help them get the support they need." 

    One resident said that effort will have to continue, to control problems at the span. 

    “Without that constant security presence, you are just going to probably entertain illegal drug use and a little bit of an edgy situation,” said Gapp. Still, he said he will continue to take his near-daily walks across the bridge. 

    The city spokesperson said if people feel unsafe, they should obviously call 9-1-1 in an emergency, though the police department's non-emergency line should be used for less urgent matters. That phone number is (619) 531-2000. 

    If the area is not clean, people can report problems through the city’s "Get It Done" App.


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    The pedestrian bridge over Harbor Drive near Petco Park.The pedestrian bridge over Harbor Drive near Petco Park.

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    California Senator Kamala Harris said the deployment of military forces to the U.S.-Mexico border is a political stunt orchestrated by President Donald Trump for TV cameras.

    Senator Harris, a member of the Select Committee on Intelligence, toured San Diego’s Camp Pendleton on Monday and met with Marines of 1 Marine Expeditionary Force.

    Harris was briefed on 1 MEF’s operations and its role in national defense and intelligence, but said she visited the base to meet with military families and thank them for their service and sacrifice.

    She also criticized the deployment of more than 1,100 Marines, and thousands more troops from other branches, to assist Customs and Border Patrol in what it is calling Operation Secure Line, a "border hardening" mission meant to prepare the area’s infrastructure for the arrival of thousands of migrants hoping to seek asylum in the United States.

    Harris said she believes the administration’s decision to deploy troops to the border was based on a political agenda and said it was an “inappropriate use of the country’s limited resources.

    “These [service members] who are deployed are going to leave their families, they will not be home, it looks like, for Thanksgiving, all because there needed to be some demonstration for the TV cameras based on a political agenda instead of what is a national security threat,” the Senator said.

    The Department of Defense insisted last week that the troops were sent there to help CBP and nothing else. Analysts and the Pentagon estimate that the entire deployment operation could cost $200 million.

    Harris also spoke about Marines and other service members’ involvement in the fight against devastating wildfires burning across the state, and used it as an example of how military members affect people and communities in their country whom they’ll never meet or visit.

    “Part of the importance of moments like this is remembering that there are real men and women behind the seal of the United State of America who are dedicating their lives in service and we cannot ever thank them enough for all that they do,” Harris said.

    Harris also said she spent time with spouses of deployed and active-duty Marines who are concerned about their safety and livelihood in military housing, and said it was important that troops be given the “dignity they are due.”

    Homes on Camp Pendleton and other military bases across the country were found to have mice infestations and mold problems, according to a Reuters report.

    A letter signed by Harris and fellow California Senator Diane Feinstein asked Department of Defense Secretary James Mattis and the Pentagon to conduct a fact-finding mission into the problems.

    Harris said humidity and mold were among the concerns of Marine families she spoke with Monday.

    A spokesperson for the Government Accountability Office told NBC 7 a review of military housing conditions was ordered by the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee.

    Harris was also critical of the appointment of Matthew Whitaker as Acting Attorney General, saying the Attorney General should be someone who is constitutionally appointed and someone who will be “very clear that they will protect Bob Mueller’s investigation.”

    The senator tweeted earlier in the day that she supports a lawsuit challenging the appointment filed by senators Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.).


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    The long journey home for United State Marine Corps Sergeant Millard Odom has finally come to an end.

    The remains of the heroic Marine arrived in San Diego nearly 75 years to the day after he died in battle.

    Pauline Stewart lives in Vista and is Sgt. Odom's sister and his only living relative. She was 13 years old when her brother was killed in World War II and is now about to turn 89.

    “It's bringing back lots of memories from her childhood,” said Stewart’s son-in-law David Brown. “He’s definitely home.”

    Sgt. Odom was 26 when he died on the first day of the Battle of Tarawa in November of 1943. According to the military, it was from some kind of explosion.

    His unidentified remains were interred many years ago in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, along with around a thousand other unidentified service members who were killed in the historic battle.

    The quest to bring Odom back to the states began five years ago. Through extensive DNA testing Sgt. Odom’s remains were finally identified in September.

    “It's just a conclusion of 75 years of not knowing where he was,” Brown said.

    Odom’s remains arrived at San Diego International Airport and were escorted to his resting place by U.S. Marines and the Patriot Guard Riders.

    “It’s such closure for the family,” Patriot Guard Riders member Steven Crouch said. Patriot Guard Riders are a non-profit motorcycle group that participates in funeral processions for fallen military.

    Odom’s family will finally get to lay him to rest at Miramar National Cemetery with on Nov. 20.


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    Long lines. Traffic jams. Stress. It must be the holidays.

    It was fairly calm at Lindbergh Field Monday afternoon, but in the next few days it’s going to get much worse. Experts say Thanksgiving week 2018 could be one of the busiest for travelers in years.

    For many, the holidays don’t truly begin until you hit curbside at the airport. It begins on the drive there. Stop and go, stop and go, and then wade through the triple-parked cars.

    Folks like Joannie Appling and her husband Al dread the process. They’re headed to Colorado for Turkey Day and to see their grandkids, which they admit is better than traveling with their grandkids.

    “I don’t want to lose them,” Joannie said. “I would lose them in security.”

    The American Auto Association (AAA) expects more than 4 million people will join the Applings in the skies this week. The auto club giant also expects more than 54 million on the roadways, the most since 2005.

    They’re even expecting trains, buses, and cruise ships to see almost 1.5 million travelers. According to AAA, your trip could take four-times longer than it would any other time of year.

    The Transportation Security Association (TSA) it will be fully staffed to make sure it can process the passengers coming through airport security this week.

    To help speed up your security check experience, the TSA offered a few tips:

    • The busiest times at SAN checkpoints are usually 4 to 6:30 a.m., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and from 7 to 9 p.m., and there’s often a mid-day rush of international travelers at Terminal 2.

    • Arrive at the airport two hours before your flight departs during peak holiday travel.

    • Dress for security screening by avoiding bulky jewelry, accessories, and large belts.

    • Remove travel-size liquids, gels and aerosols from your carry-on so they can be easily accessed.



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    A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 is seen in this undated file photo at San Diego International Airport.A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 is seen in this undated file photo at San Diego International Airport.

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    A witness to a Marine's act of heroism just two months before his tragic death recounted the incident to NBC 7 and explained why she thinks the man should always be remembered.

    Two months ago, United States Marine Corps Sgt. Gary Wilson, 33, of Fairfield, C.T., saved two people from a burning car on State Route 163.

    Kristina Hill and another man saw the crash, too, and also pulled over to help. As they looked for a rock or hard object to break the window with, Sgt. Wilson walked up and broke it with his elbow.

    "When I looked up, Gary Wilson was walking towards the car very stoically, quickly, no kind of emotion on his face. He walked right up to the car and busted out the window with his elbow. He reached in and pulled the woman out and cradled her to safety. It was sort of like right out of a movie."

    The other woman in the car was alert, but couldn't move her arms to unlock the door, Hill said. She walked to the other side to help her, but Wilson was already there.

    "Gary Wilson, again, was there. He had pried open the door, pulled her out and carried her out to another car."

    Hill continued.

    "Just like that. No hesitation. Just very heroic. I've never seen anything like it."

    Hill said the disabled car was engulfed in flames within two minutes and was ready to explode.

    "I believe wholeheartedly he saved their lives," she said.

    Wilson's courage and selflessness had a profound impact on Hill and the two stayed in touch after the crash.

    Wilson told Hill about another crash he witnessed just a week later in the same area. He pulled over and gave CPR to a man who ultimately died at the scene from his injuries.

    Further inspired by his heroism, Hill wrote a letter of recommendation for Wilson to receive a recognition medal for his efforts. She said Wilson was never looking for any recognition, but she wanted him to get it.

    "He was a Marine and he said that's what Marines do," Hill said.

    Wilson was a drill instructor at MCRD after tours of duty in Okinawa and Camp Pendleton.

    He earned two Good Conduct Medals, three Sea Service Deployment Ribbons, National Defense Service Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

    He was killed in a motorcycle crash Friday evening on northbound I-15, according to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD). After learning of his tragic death, Hill said she could only scream in disbelief.

    "I just hope he knows that his life was so important and that he touched so many people and I'm going to share his story all my life," she said.

    To Hill, Wilson's story needs to be told because she says we're living in a time with so much negativity and division.

    "I want him to know and his family to know he did change the world and he made an impact and that he's not going to be forgotten... Whoever brought him up and raised him did an amazing job."

    MCRD San Diego released the following statement after Wilson's death:

    "We extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Sgt. Wilson. Our thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult period. This is truly the loss of a fine Marine, and he will be missed greatly."


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    Nearly 2,000 Del Mar residents have signed a petition to stop the North County Transit District (NCTD) from building a fence along the Del Mar Bluffs that would prevent people from walking across the railroad tracks.

    The issue for residents of the waterfront community is beach access. The only legal railway crossing in Del Mar is on 15th Street.

    Camilla Rang, has lived on 10th Street for 20 years. She says the beach below the bluffs has been her family’s happy place for years, but understands there are safety concerns the NCTD wants to alleviate.

    “You can see the suicide signs here. Suicide watch. Yes, there have been some suicides and there have been two accidents,” she said.

    Crossing the railway is illegal and it can cost you up to $500 if you are cited.

    The Del Mar City Council has been dealing with this issue for more than 20 years. On Monday, the Council voted 4-0 in favor of opposing the fence. It also approved a safety study that will look into adding three more legal railway crossings in the area.

    One of the crossings would be at the end of 11th Street near Rang’s home.



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    A Chicago police officer, a doctor and a pharmaceutical assistant have died after being shot Monday afternoon by a gunman at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center on Chicago's South Side, officials said. The gunman also was killed, police said, though it's not clear if it was self-inflicted or by police gunfire. 

    "It's with profound sadness that we share the death of PO Samuel Jimenez from tonight's senseless active shooter incident," police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi tweeted. "Please pray for his family, his fellow officers & the entire #ChicagoPolice Department."

    Jimenez, from the 2nd District, joined the force in February 2017 and had just finished his probationary period as an officer, police Supt. Eddie Johnson said at a Monday night press conference. He and his partner were assigned to another location when they responded to officers needing assistance.

    The slain doctor was identified by family members as Dr. Tamara O'Neal. She was remembered by loved ones as a dedicated physician who "loved helping people" and "had a heart of gold."

    "This tears at the soul of our city," Mayor Rahm Emanuel said. "It is the face and the consequence of evil."

    Johnson said the incident started in the hospital parking lot at about 3:28 p.m., during a verbal altercation between the shooter and O'Neal, who he was "in a domestic relationship with." 

    A friend tried to intervene in the argument, Johnson said, and the shooter lifted his shirt and displayed a handgun. The friend fled into the hospital, and the shooter shot the doctor, Johnson said. 

    As police arrived at the scene, the shooter fired at officers before they exited their cars, Johnson said. The man then ran into the hospital, and gunfire was exchanged between the suspect and police.

    During the exchange, a pharmaceutical assistant exiting an elevator was fatally shot, Johnson said. Jimenez also was shot in the exchange and taken in critical condition to the University of Chicago Hospital. He later died from his wounds.

    "Tonight, Officer Samuel Jimenez was shot and fatally wounded in a despicable act of violence," Johnson said in an email to police. "We are all deeply saddened by this tragic event and asked that everyone keep his family and co-workers in their thoughts and prayers."

    James Gray, a witness, told reporters that he saw at least one one woman shot near the hospital. 

    He said he saw a man and a woman talking to one another when the man pulled out a gun and shot the woman.

    "Once he entered he just started shooting at random," Gray said. "It looked like he was turning and pointing at people at random."

    A Twitter user posted video of what appeared to be Chicago police officers searching the interior of the hospital.

    "The shooting at Mercy Hospital is over," the hospital said on Facebook. "Chicago Police Department have secured the hospital and patients are safe."

    The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive's Chicago Field Division was responding to the scene to assist other local authorities.

    Police asked that people avoid the area.


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    Chicago Police Officer Samuel Jimenez was among four killed in a shooting Monday at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center on the city's South Side, officials confirmed.Chicago Police Officer Samuel Jimenez was among four killed in a shooting Monday at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center on the city's South Side, officials confirmed.

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