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    A Minnesota man is crediting his helmet for saving his life in a bicycle crash on San Diego streets.

    Brian Dalton, 67, was pedaling his fixed-gear bike through the intersection of 5th and Upas Streets the day after Christmas when his right crank snapped in half.

    “I got out of the saddle and just started going hard to make the light,” he recounted. “Nothing unusual. Something I do all the time.

    In the blink of an eye, Dalton was flung from his bike seat and fell 6 feet to the ground. The blow to his head was so strong that he had a bruise on the base of his head that matched the shape of his helmet.

    “For a crank to break, I’ve never heard of it happening,” said Dalton, who rides his bike nearly every day for exercise.

    There’s no doubt Dalton is happy to still be breathing, but his road to recovery, as well as his road back home, will be long and difficult.

    In addition to his head injury, Dalton broke a total of nine ribs – eight on his left side and one on his left. The jagged edge from one of the cracked ribs punctured his lung, too, which will keep him from getting on an airplane any time soon.

    Dalton was in town helping his son Jackson start his business. Now, he’ll be holed up at his son’s house anywhere from eight to 12 weeks trying to heal. Trying being the operative word, because Dalton said he hasn’t been able to lie down in eight days.

    “It was an instant role reversal,” Jackson said. “It went from him helping me out, to him being the one that needs help. So I immediately became, for lack of a better word, a home healthcare nurse.”

    Dalton is adamant that his helmet is the reason he’s alive. And with the latest motorized scooter trends he worries people are not taking safety seriously.

    “You see these new electric scooters buzzing everywhere and no one is wearing a helmet,” he said.

    Despite his circumstances, Dalton said his dilemma won’t keep him from getting back to his passion when his health permits.

    When asked if he’ll ride again, he replied “Most definitely! Yea, probably the same bike. I will have another crank put on there. Maybe I will inspect it daily before I ride.”

    Dalton is retired and won’t be able to go back to his part-time job following the crash. With medical bills piling up from his three days in the hospital, Dalton says he’ll need some help paying them off. A GoFundMe Page was set up to help him do just that.

    Dalton also says he’ll be contacting the manufacturer of the peddle crank to make sure they are aware of the issue.


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    NBC 7 has learned the name of the motorcyclist killed in a wrong-way crash New Year’s Day morning and is getting a first look at the Marine facing DUI and murder charges in connection with the death.

    United States Marine Private Adam Barooshian, 25, is being held without bail, charged with first-degree murder and felony DUI for allegedly driving against traffic on State Route 76 in Bonsall and running head-on into motorcyclist Christopher Williams.

    Williams, a husband and father of two, was a six-year veteran of the Navy. At the time of the accident, Williams was driving his Suzuki motorcycle to his Oceanside home from Pauma Casino where he worked as a security guard.

    He was pronounced dead at the scene.

    CHP investigators say because Barooshian, a Camp Pendleton Marine, has previously been convicted of a DUI, along with his probation status and the circumstances of the crash, he is charged with first-degree murder.

    Barooshian is scheduled for arraignment in Vista on Friday at 1:30 p.m.

    "We are deeply saddened to learn an incident involving Private Adam Barooshian resulted in the death of a member of our community," a statement from First Marine Division 2nd Lt Cameron Edinburgh read.


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    San Diego police reportedly fired shots during an incident in the Midway District Thursday night.

    The San Diego Police Department said at least one shot was fire by officers at a residence on 3100 Cauby Street near the intersection of Rosecrans Street and Midway Drive just before 10 p.m.

    SDPD said one civilian was taken to the hospital with unknown injuries. Police did not confirm if the patient was a suspect.

    No officers were injured, SDPD said.

    SDPD homicide investigators were called to 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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    Two people were hospitalized Thursday night after the SUV they were in hit another vehicle and then crashed into a power box causing live electrical wires to spark on Poway streets.

    The crash happened just before 9 p.m. on Community Road and Olive Meadow Drive.

    Firefighters had to wait for San Diego Gas and Electric crews to get to the scene and corral the live wires that laid under the SUV.

    The San Diego County Sheriff's Department deputies say one of the cars was driving southbound on Community Drive and the other was turning onto Olive Meadow when they collided.

    "I was in the kitchen and doing my business when all of a sudden I heard this big, huge noise, like a big thud,” said Emily Coladonato who lives near the crash scene.

    Coladonato said she has to be careful when turning on the streets because there aren't any stop lights.

    Both drivers were able to exit their vehicles following the crash, according to deputies. They‘re both being treated for non-life threatening injuries and are being interviewed by investigators.

    Deputies said a few street lights were out in the area due to the crash.

    No other information was available.

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    The Department of Homeland Security has requested more U.S. troops to be deployed at the border to add 160 miles of concertina wire on top of existing border fencing, according to three U.S. officials.

    If approved by Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan, the addition of troops to enhance the fencing could extend the military's current deployment at the border until the end of September, based on the rate of construction, according to two officials. The military mission, which began two months ago, was set to end on Jan. 31, NBC News reported

    The fencing that is to be reinforced with concertina wire is not new. The troops currently deployed at the border have already added concertina wire at ports of entry in Arizona, Texas and California. The request for troops to add an extra 160 miles of wire was first reported by NPR.



    Photo Credit: Eric Gay/AP, File

    In this Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, file photo, members of the U.S. military install multiple tiers of concertina wire along the banks of the Rio Grande near the Juarez-Lincoln Bridge at the U.S.-Mexico border in Laredo, Texas.In this Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, file photo, members of the U.S. military install multiple tiers of concertina wire along the banks of the Rio Grande near the Juarez-Lincoln Bridge at the U.S.-Mexico border in Laredo, Texas.

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    A man arrested on Christmas Eve after police say he secretly filmed a teenage girl in a Virginia store dressing room is now accused of filming at least 60 other women and girls. 

    Mumtaz Rauf, 39, is accused of using tiny cameras to film dozens of women and girls at the Forever 21 and H&M stores in the Fair Oaks Mall in Fairfax, plus the Old Navy store nearby, Fairfax County police said Thursday. 

    It is early in the investigation, and other stores may be identified in the more than 100 videos seized by police. 

    Many of the victims are young girls recorded in states of undress with their mothers, police said.

    "This is a massive case," Col. Edwin Roessler Jr. said at a news conference.

    The recordings were made between Dec. 15 and Dec. 24. 

    Rauf was arrested on Dec. 24 and charged with unlawful filming of a minor, which is a felony because of the victim's age.

    The victim was inside the Forever 21 store at about 4 p.m. when she saw a black device pointing down from the wall of her dressing room.

    "This young lady, on Christmas Eve, saw something that didn't seem right and took the right step," Maj. Ed O'Carroll said. 

    The girl told police she believed photos may have been taken of her. 

    A store employee then saw a man leave the store. Officers later found the suspect inside a dressing room of the H&M store. 

    Both stores are known for having young customers. 

    Officers found a pinhole camera, black tape and a battery-powered Bluetooth transmitter in Rauf's possession. Investigators believe he was using the transmitter to remotely gather video and photos. 

    Police are investigating whether the images were shared or put online. 

    Robbie Stark, the general manager of the Fair Oaks Mall, said mall officials and store employees are keeping an eye out for anything suspicious. Mall officials are working to educate employees and make sure they're in touch with police, Stark said. 

    Rauf is being held pending trial. It's unclear whether he has an attorney who could comment.

    Police believe that some of the recordings were made at the following places, at the following times:

    Dec. 22, 2018:

    1:15-2:10 p.m., Fair Lakes Old Navy

    2:50-3:20 p.m., Fair Oaks Mall H&M

    3:40-4:15p.m., Fair Oaks Mall Forever 21

    4:25-5:45 p.m., Fair Oaks Mall H&M

    Dec. 24, 2018:

    12:30-2 p.m., Fair Oaks Mall Forever 21 and H&M

    Also, police believe recordings were made 9:15-10 p.m. Dec. 22, possibly at the H&M and Old Navy at the Tysons Corner Center mall.

    The list of locations and times is likely to grow, according to police. 

    If you think you may have been a victim of illegal filming, call police at 703-246-4600.

    Stay with News4 for more details on this developing story. 



    Photo Credit: Fairfax County Police Department

    Mumtaz Rauf, 39, is accused of using this camera to see women and girls undressing in store fitting rooms at the Fairax Oaks Mall.Mumtaz Rauf, 39, is accused of using this camera to see women and girls undressing in store fitting rooms at the Fairax Oaks Mall.

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    Ammunition rounds began going off as a fire burned a La Mesa home late Thursday night.

    “I heard a pop or two, super loud,” said Chelsea Banales, a resident in the area.

    When crews arrived on Maple Avenue, they had difficulty accessing the house because of the large flames.

    Crews also had to pull back when they saw big flashes.

    Authorities said the homeowners had stored ammunition rounds in their home when the fire caused them to go off.

    “When you come down the street, it was just all fire, you couldn’t even see down,” Banales said. “The whole skyline, right there, was just flame and smoke blowing over and spreading out.”

    The blaze was called in at 11:30 p.m. Thursday. It has since been extinguished.

    Fortunately, no one was home at the time, according to the mother of the homeowners, Sandra Mendyk.

    Mendyk, told NBC 7 her son and daughter-in-law were on vacation at the time of the fire. The couple has dogs but they were not home either.

    She said she first heard about the blaze from her son. She said her son probably heard about it from his neighbors.

    No other information was available.

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    Hours after being sworn in, Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., appeared to tell a cheering crowd of supporters that the Democrats “are gonna impeach the motherf---er," NBC News reported.

    The comments about President Donald Trump were captured in video posted online by an immigration activist, who also posted a group selfie with the new representative.

    NBC News has not verified the authenticity of the video, but has reached out to the representative and activist for comment.

    “When your son looks at you and said ‘Mamma look you won, bullies don’t win,’” Tlabib appears to tell a cheering crowd. “And I said baby they don’t, because we’re gonna go in there and we’re gonna impeach the motherf---er.”

    Tlabib is one of the first two Muslim women and the first Palestinian-American woman in Congress. She has called for Trump's impeachment before, including in an op-ed published Thursday by the Detroit Free Press.



    Photo Credit: Getty Images

    Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) votes for Speaker-designate Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) along with her kids during the first session of the 116th Congress at the U.S. Capitol Jan. 3, 2019, in Washington, DC.Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) votes for Speaker-designate Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) along with her kids during the first session of the 116th Congress at the U.S. Capitol Jan. 3, 2019, in Washington, DC.

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    A South Florida student is speaking out to defend her SAT score after testing officials say a 300-plus point increase could be evidence of cheating.

    In the span of seven months Dr. Michael Krop Senior High School student Kamilah Campbell took her score of 900 and turned it into a 1230 in hopes of attending Florida State this fall. To her, it's evidence of her hard work, but the Educational Testing Service, which administers the SAT, is skeptical of its validity.

    The ETS recently wrote Campbell a letter saying her scores are invalid because some of her answer patterns were too similar to those of others who took the test. Campbell challenged the allegation, submitting a letter from her tutor as well as the names of the books and online materials she used to prepare.

    Campbell says it's not just an attack on her intelligence, but on her integrity and character.

    "Students go through a lot, you guys may not see it but in high school it's a lot of pressure especially with classes, homework, and then on top of that you have to study for this test on top of your other homework, on top of other tests that you get while you're already in school, so you're putting forth a lot of hours," Campbell said at a news conference Wednesday. "And to have your effort taken away from you and them saying, 'Oh, well we think you cheated.' It's not fair."

    The timing is important. Florida State's deadline for scores was Tuesday, but Campbell will remain in limbo until the issue is figured out. It's unknown how long the process will take but Campbell said she feels like her shot at school is in jeopardy as most of her friends have submitted their scores.

    The College Board, which works with ETS to administer the SAT, said they can't comment on the specific facts of an individual student's scores that are under review.

    "Working with ETS, our test security and administration provider, we place test scores under review when statistical analyses and other factors determine it is necessary," The College Board said in a statement. "When scores are under review, we work directly with students to collect relevant information and make determinations about the validity of the test scores following a comprehensive investigation of the evidence. We do not cancel scores based on a score gain alone; we will only cancel scores after we are confident that there is substantial evidence to do so."



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    Kamilah Campbell speaks at a news conference on Wednesday, January 2, 2019.Kamilah Campbell speaks at a news conference on Wednesday, January 2, 2019.

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    A car crashed into a fence and continued down into a storm drain Thursday night, according to the Chula Vista Police Department.

    The incident occurred at around 9:30 p.m. near Moss Street and 5th Avenue in Chula Vista.

    The driver was described as an 18-year-old man, officers said.

    He suffered lacerations to his head, though no other injuries were reported.

    Officials said the cause of the crash is still unknown at this time.

    No other information was available.


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    Celia Reyes finally managed to convince her mother Blanca to move to San Diego from her Bay Area home. Reyes says she found an apartment in San Diego for her mom and wanted to make her transition as comfortable as possible.

    She and Blanca needed one last item to tie the new apartment together; a new sofa.

    The mother and daughter went to the West Elm store in Solana Beach in late August and found the perfect sofa.

    “We found a couch that she really liked and it would be the one thing that was new in her new apartment,” Celia said. “She chose this cayenne, red bright color because she likes bright colors so it was fun and it was a nice thing to do for her.”

    The store employee told Celia that there was one minor snag; the sofa was out of stock and would have to be backordered. That meant, said the employee, that it could take between 6-to-8 weeks to get delivered. Celia and Blanca agreed.

    But 12 weeks soon rolled around and still no sofa. Celia told NBC 7 Responds that she called West Elm to see when her mom’s sofa would arrive.

    “I didn’t get anywhere except automated emails that say that we are working with logistics to get the couch,” she said.

    After not getting anywhere with the phone calls, Celia searched for other options. A coworker approached her with a suggestion.

    “She said, ‘you should contact NBC 7 Responds for help getting your mom’s couch.’”

    Celia did just that the following day.

    “I called NBC 7 Responds on a Thursday. They got in touch with me the same day. The very next day, on Friday morning, I get two calls from West Elm saying they were calling to schedule a delivery,” said Celia. “They apologized and said they would make sure my mom got her sofa.”

    West Elm offered to send Blanca a temporary sofa to get her by until the sofa she ordered could be made.

    Then, on December 11, nearly four months after she bought the sofa, a delivery person arrived at Blanca’s front door. West Elm also gave Celia and her mom a $200 gift card, which they have donated to Meals on Wheels.

    “If it wasn’t for this program, this resource, my mother and I would have been lost in the shuffle.”

    A spokesperson for West Elm told NBC 7 Responds, “We are committed to upholding our promise of providing outstanding customer service and have addressed Ms. Reyes’ order and apologized for the inconvenience.”



    Photo Credit: Bob Hansen

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  • 01/04/19--08:18: Top Baby Names in San Diego

  • These days in San Diego, you’re bound to meet a baby Emma or baby Liam. In fact, there were a combined 506 of them born in our county last year alone.

    The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) released its list this week of the top baby names in San Diego County for 2018. Emma took the No. 1 spot for baby girl names, with 264 born locally in 2018. Liam took the No. 1 spot for baby boy names, with 242 born in San Diego County in 2018.

    Other baby girl names among the 10 most popular in our county were, in order:

    • Olivia (235 born in San Diego County in 2018)
    • Mia (223 born in San Diego County in 2018)
    • Isabella (191 born in San Diego County in 2018)
    • Camila (173 born in San Diego County in 2018)
    • Sophia (159 born in San Diego County in 2018)
    • Sofia (151 born in San Diego County in 2018)
    • Victoria (147 born in San Diego County in 2018)
    • Mila (138 born in San Diego County in 2018)
    • Charlotte (137 born in San Diego County in 2018)

    For baby boy names, these landed in these trailed Liam in the top 10:

    • Noah (202 born in San Diego County in 2018)
    • Sebastian (200 born in San Diego County in 2018)
    • Mateo (196 born in San Diego County in 2018)
    • Benjamin (185 born in San Diego County in 2018)
    • Daniel (178 born in San Diego County in 2018)
    • Ethan (172 born in San Diego County in 2018)
    • Oliver (164 born in San Diego County in 2018)
    • Alexander (162 born in San Diego County in 2018)
    • Logan (156 born in San Diego County in 2018)

    The HHSA records all births in the region. Last year, a total of 41,555 babies were born in San Diego County, of which 20,242 were girls and 21,313 were boys.

    The same statistics released for 2016 also had Liam clutching the No. 1 spot for baby boy names in San Diego. However, that year, Mia was the most popular name for baby girls in the county.



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    KNUTSFORD, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 03: (FILE) In this file photograph taken on March 20, 2007, a two-week-old boy finds his feet in his new world. Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt announced, April 3, 2007 that for the first time, mothers-to-be will have a guarantee that the NHS will provide them with a full range of birthing choices - including home births - and a midwife they know and trust to care for them. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)KNUTSFORD, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 03: (FILE) In this file photograph taken on March 20, 2007, a two-week-old boy finds his feet in his new world. Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt announced, April 3, 2007 that for the first time, mothers-to-be will have a guarantee that the NHS will provide them with a full range of birthing choices - including home births - and a midwife they know and trust to care for them. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

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    Just two weeks after issuing a recall for 874,000 F-Series pickups, Ford is announcing another two additional recalls of approximately 953,000 vehicles over Takata airbag inflators and an insufficient seat weld.

    The larger of the two recalls is related to airbag inflators. Ford said in a news release Friday they were expanding the safety recall to 953,000 vehicles after the manufacturer declared more inflators were defective.

    "This action represents a planned expansion of previously recalled vehicles to additional model years within the geographic zones defined earlier by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration," Ford said in a statement.

    Ford said the recall expansion included 782,384 vehicles in the United States and federalized territories and 149,652 in Canada. A list of the vehicles affected by the recall expansion is below:

    • 2010 Ford Edge and 2010 Lincoln MKX vehicles built at Oakville Assembly Plant, Nov. 28, 2008 to July 12, 2010
    • 2010-11 Ford Ranger vehicles built at Twin Cities, Aug. 14, 2008 to June 21, 2014
    • 2010-12 Ford Fusion, 2010-12 Lincoln MKZ and 2010-11 Mercury Milan vehicles built at Hermosillo Assembly Plant, July 3, 2008 to July 29, 2012
    • 2010-14 Ford Mustang vehicles built at Flat Rock Assembly Plant, June 8, 2009 to Dec. 16, 2011

    Ford also announced a second recall over insufficient seat welds in certain 2019 EcoSport vehicles. The bad weld is between the side member and A-bracket on the front seat back and may reduce the strength of the weld, potentially increasing the risk of injury in a crash.

    This action affects approximately 87 EcoSport vehicles in North America including 63 in the United States and federalized territories and 13 in Canada, Ford said.

    No injuries have been reported with the passenger side frontal inflators or the bad weld included in these recalls, Ford said.

    Recall repairs will be done at local dealerships at no cost to the customer. Ford said they'll replace the frontal airbag inflator or module on those affected vehicles and they'll replace the front seats on the EcoSport vehicles with insufficient welds.

    If your vehicle is in need of repair due to a recall, contact your local Ford dealer.

    ONLINE: North American Ford Vehicles Recalled



    Photo Credit: David Paul Morris/Getty Images, File

    This April 26, 2011, file photo shows the Ford Motor Co. logo on a Ford Fusion at the Serramonte Ford dealership in Colma, California.This April 26, 2011, file photo shows the Ford Motor Co. logo on a Ford Fusion at the Serramonte Ford dealership in Colma, California.

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    A truck dumped cement along a National City freeway Friday morning, prompting officials to temporarily shut down access to some on and off ramps, as well as a couple of lanes.

    California Highway Patrol (CHP) said a truck equipped with a cement mixer spilled cement in lanes along southbound Interstate 805 at State Route 54 at around 6:30 a.m.

    A traffic alert was issued and Caltrans shut down two lanes, plus the on and off ramps from westbound and eastbound SR-54 so crews could start cleaning up the mess.

    Traffic was backed up on southbound I-805 at Bonita Road and E Street, all the way up to SR-54. Morning commuters were experiencing delays of at least 10 minutes in the impacted areas.

    By 8:45 a.m., the lanes and ramps were reopened, according to authorities.

    To get the latest traffic updates from NBC 7, click here.

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    Mexican authorities began removing migrants from a shelter on the north side of Tijuana Friday, taking them to another shelter located further from the U.S.-Mexico border.

    Migrants staying in the Contra Viento y Marea shelter located at Calle Michoacan 581-1557 in Tijuana's northern zone were transported by officials approximately 15 miles southeast to the El Barretal shelter.

    Buses arrived to transport the migrants, Telemundo 20 reported.

    The National Institute of Migration (INM) and the Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risk (COFEPRIS) were at the scene to assist in the move.

    Migrants said officials previously told them they had until Jan. 24 to leave the shelter but then Friday were told to evacuate before noon.

    No other information was available.

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



    Photo Credit: Telemundo 20

    Telemundo 20 captured this photo of the migrants being removed from the Contra Viento y Marea shelter in northern Tijuana on Jan. 4, 2019.Telemundo 20 captured this photo of the migrants being removed from the Contra Viento y Marea shelter in northern Tijuana on Jan. 4, 2019.

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    After a video went viral on Twitter showing a college-age Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez dancing on a Boston University rooftop, the new House representative defended herself from her would-be ridiculers by breaking out a new set of moves.

    In the original video, Ocasio-Cortez is seen dancing exuberantly alongside other students and wearing a Boston University T-shirt with her hair flowing in the wind. The 2010 clip was part of a larger music video showing BU students dancing on the College of Arts and Sciences building to the song "Lisztomania" by the band Phoenix, according to the school's BU Today website.

    The clip surfaced when an anonymous Twitter account shared it to try to insult the New York Democrat, calling her a nitwit. The video went viral Thursday, the day Ocasio-Cortez was sworn into office. Some attempted to mock the politician with the video, the original poster later deleted the account, and others rallied to Ocasio-Cortez's defense.

    Comedian Ike Barinholtz wrote that Ocasio-Cortez was "being fun and cool," and actor George Takei said he wants her to "give me dance lessons."

    Ocasio-Cortez fired back Friday with a smile and twirl, tweeting a video of herself cutting the rug in front of her new Capitol Hill office. This time, she sported a dark pantsuit, red lipstick and pulled-back hair.

    "I hear the GOP thinks women dancing are scandalous. Wait till they find out Congresswomen dance too! Have a great weekend everyone :)" she wrote on the post.

    Fellow Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) supported Ocasio-Cortez's groove, tweeting, "If we can't dance it's not our revolution."

    The 2010 clip even received its own tribute Twitter account: @aoc_dances. The user posts the video with various songs playing in the background, including One Direction's "Best Song Ever" and Toto's "Africa."



    Photo Credit: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez dancing in front of her officeAlexandria Ocasio-Cortez dancing in front of her office

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    Pres. Donald Trump talked about border security at the U.S.-Mexico Border in San Diego, California, during a press conference amid the government shutdown.



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    Pres. Trump speaking at a press conference.Pres. Trump speaking at a press conference.

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    As a U.S. Navy SEAL faced court-martial in San Diego Friday for the alleged premeditated murder of an ISIS fighter in Iraq, Rep. Duncan Hunter strongly defended the decorated service member.

    Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher was accused of premeditated murder for the stabbing death of a teenage ISIS fighter by U.S. Navy prosecutors during an Article 32 hearing in November.

    The stabbing happened in Mosul, Iraq, in May 2017.

    Gallagher has previously denied the charges.

    The Navy SEAL’s arraignment began at 9 a.m. Friday in a San Diego courtroom.

    Amid the proceedings, Hunter's office released a statement just before noon detailing the representative's thoughts on the case.

    The representative for California's 50th congressional district said he personally reviewed Gallagher's case and met with the Navy SEAL's family.

    "It is important to remember that this ISIS combatant was engaged in an extensive firefight with Chief Gallagher’s team and was already significantly injured when captured," Hunter said. "No credible evidence has been provided that this ISIS fighter was murdered as opposed to dying from his terrorist actions."

    The Navy has previously outlined its evidence, including cellphone photos that show Gallagher holding up the head of the deceased fighter during a reenlistment ceremony.

    Prosecutors also presented evidence that they say shows Chief Gallagher tried to bribe fellow SEALs not to talk about the incident to NCIS investigators.

    "I have also received reports that Chief Gallagher is being confined to the brig where, allegedly, he has not been provided with quality access to medical care, mental health services or legal representation," Hunter said.

    If true, the representative said he would introduce legislation to ensure this situation is not repeated.

    "South American criminal illegal aliens are provided with better access to legal representation than our nation’s elite warriors because bureaucratic lawyers in the Navy justice system see this situation as an opportunity to make their name and advance their career," Hunter added in his statement.

    He also called on President Donald Trump to step in.

    "I believe that Chief Gallagher’s matter needs to be taken away from the Navy and President Trump himself needs to personally review and dismiss this case, taking an American hero out of a prison cell and back on the front lines where he belongs," Hunter said.

    His full statement is provided below.

    Gallagher has served 19 years in the U.S. Navy and more than 14 years as a Navy SEAL, his attorney said.

    In 2017, Gallagher was ranked as the top SEAL chief and his platoon was ranked as the top SEAL platoon, the website said.

    During his service, he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal twice, an Army Commendation Medal, and nearly a dozen other decorations.



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    A convicted sexually violent predator known as the “Bolder Than Most Rapist” will not be released into a community in southeastern San Diego County – at least for now – a judge ruled Friday.

    In October 2018, Alvin Quarles, who was convicted of sexually assaulting four women at knifepoint in 1989, was deemed fit to be released into the community under a conditional release program.

    A court hearing was scheduled for Quarles Friday to discuss whether he would be allowed to live in Jacumba Hot Springs, a small, rural community in San Diego County’s Mountain Empire area.

    The plan was to release Quarles to a home located at 43050 Desert Rose Ranch Rd. but the potential placement of Quarles into the community drew protest from local residents and survivors of sexual assault, including Quarles’ victims.

    The San Diego County District Attorney’s Office strongly recommended the judge rethink the decision to release Quarles into the public because he had not completed a mental health program for sexually violent predators.

    Since the decision in October, Quarles underwent a new mental health evaluation. Deputy District Attorney Jessica Coto said, given those results in the sealed report, the DA’s office has a solid case to keep Quarles off the streets. 

    “The DA’s office does believe that the info in that report provides strong evidence for the court to reconsider his ruling to release Mr. Quarles,” Coto added.

    A judge decided Quarles will, for now, remain in custody of a mental hospital. Eventually, another hearing will be held to determine whether or not the convicted rapist will be released into the community.

    Jacumba Hot Springs is part of the district overseen by San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob. Jacob was able to speak to the judge in Quarles’ case and called Friday’s hearing a win.

    "I applaud the efforts of the DA in being very solid and very firm in asking for reconsideration of the judge’s prior decision,” Jacob said. “That’s the right thing to do – keep this guy locked up, locked up for good; that’s what I hope."

    Coto said the final decision on what happens with Quarles will be a long process. Court will reconvene next week to figure out how future hearings on this case will be handled.

    The DA’s office said in October that Quarles has been diagnosed with Sexual Sadism Disorder, Voyeuristic Disorder, and Antisocial Personality Disorder. 

    Quarles has served a little more than half of his 50-year sentence. In 2013, Quarles was slated for parole but was soon committed to state mental facility after the DA's office fought to keep him in custody.



    Photo Credit: NBC 7/San Diego County District Attorney's Office

    A file image of Alvin Quarles (L) and a recent image provided by the San Diego County District Attorney's Office.A file image of Alvin Quarles (L) and a recent image provided by the San Diego County District Attorney's Office.

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    Congressional leaders met with President Donald Trump at the White House on Friday to work on a deal to end a partial government shutdown. Negotiations were expected to continue through the weekend.


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