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    The Super Blood Wolf Moon is at our door.

    This lunar phenomenon with a quirky name will be visible Sunday night across the country, for those without cloud cover.

    It'll be an unmissable event for American stargazers, since it's the only lunar eclipse that will be seen over the United States all year, according to Caltech's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a NASA partner.

    "Super blood moon" is a term given to lunar eclipses that occur when the moon is at its closest to Earth, making it appear bigger in the sky — a "super moon." And during a lunar eclipse, when the moon is in the Earth's shadow, it turns red. That's because it's mostly red light that bends around the Earth, while blue light is scattered by the atmosphere, making it appear blue.

    Last January, a Super Blue Blood Moon captivated people across the country. That one got the "blue moon" moniker because it was the second full moon of the month, a rare occurrence that gave us the phrase "once in a blue moon."

    Sunday's moon is the first of January, and it's referred to as a wolf moon because of Native American folklore, according to Space.com. Each month's full moon had a name, and January's came from the packs of wolves that would howl outside Algonquin villages. Other full moon names include the worm moon (March) strawberry moon (June), and harvest moon (September).

    Viewing this weekend's Super Wolf Blood Moon might require a later bedtime.

    The moon will begin to darken at 9:36 p.m. ET, but it will dramatically change color about an hour later, at 10:33 p.m. ET, when it moves into the darkest part of Earth's shadow, called the umbra, according to JPL. That's what's called a total eclipse. Because the moon is closer to Earth, it may appear darker than in other lunar eclipses.

    That phase of the eclipse lasts until 1:50 a.m. ET, and the moon will completely exit the penumbra, the Earth's partial shadow, by 2:48 ET.

    After that, it'll be a long wait for the next lunar eclipse that will be visible in North America. It's coming on July 5, 2020, according to NASA, and it will only be a partial eclipse. The next total lunar eclipse is coming to our skies on May 26, 2021.


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    More than 500 customers are without power Sunday morning in an outage spanning the North Park area, according to San Diego Gas and Electric.

    The impacted areas include University Heights, North Park, and Normal Heights, according to SDG&E’s outage map.

    The gas and electric company said customers lost power starting at 8 a.m.

    Initial reports showed 4,453 customers impacted by the outage but by 12 p.m., that number fell to 542 customers.

    SDG&E said it estimates that power will be fully restored by 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

    The company is investigating the cause of the outage.

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


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    A Scripps Ranch home caught fire Sunday morning causing minor damage to a house next door, according to San Diego Fire-Rescue.

    “The house is completely gutted, the first, second floor, and the garage,” said SDFD Battalion Chief Dave Seneviratne.

    Crews determined the blaze was a “well-involved” garage fire that broke out shortly after 9 a.m.

    "Crews were able to make an interior attack and get a handle on the fire," said Seneviratne. SDFD put out the fire in about 30 minutes.

    The home is located on Caminito Alto.

    Crews said the blaze had the potential to spread to the surrounding houses before it was put out.

    “There’s a little bit of damage to one of the houses on the right side, but that’s about it. The fire didn’t extend into the interior of that house,” Seneviratne said.

    No injuries were reported.

    The Metro Arson Strike Team is investigating the cause of the fire.

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    President Donald Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani said Sunday that plans to build a Trump Tower in Moscow remained an “active proposal” as late as November of 2016, months later than known previously.

    Giuliani, appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press," said that the president has told him he can “remember having conversations” with his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, about the project well into 2016.

    Cohen has pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about the timeline of his involvement in the proposal, admitting that he worked on it through June of 2016. He initially said it ended at the beginning of that year.

    “It's our understanding that they went on throughout 2016," Giuliani said of the discussions, adding that there "weren't a lot of them, but there were conversations. Can't be sure of the exact date," he said, referring to written questions Trump and his lawyers have answered from special counsel Robert Mueller's office.

    Democratic Sen. Mark Warner, vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said that it was "big news" to him that the talks were continuing through October or November 2016 and said he thought it "a relevant fact for voters to know."



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    Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, in photo from May 2018 in Washington, DC.Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, in photo from May 2018 in Washington, DC.

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    Police were searching for a man wanted in an early Sunday morning sexual assault in Ocean Beach.

    The assault happened around 2:10 a.m. on the sidewalk in the 1800 block of Bacon Street near OB Noodles House when a man pulled the victim about 30 feet into an alley, San Diego police Lt. Jason Weeden said.

    The man hit the woman in the face, threw her on the ground and assaulted her, he said. The suspect then ran away from the scene.

    He was described a white, 25 to 35 years old, about 5 feet 10 inches and very thin, Weeden said. He also has short or balding hair and a well-trimmed red beard.

    He was last seen wearing a dark sweatshirt and blue jeans.

    Anyone with any information on the identity or whereabouts of the suspect was urged to call the SDSD Sex Crimes Unit at (619) 531-2210 or Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477.


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    A woman was sexually assaulted at knifepoint Saturday in City Heights, police said.

    The woman was taking out the trash around 6:30 p.m. in the alley in the 3500 block of Van Dyke Avenue near Joyner Elementary School when she was assaulted, San Diego police Lt. Jason Weeden said. 

    The suspect grabbed the victim's throat from the back with one hand and held a knife to the victim's face with the other, the lieutenant said.

    The man forced the woman to walk a short distance and sexually assaulted her, he said.

    The suspect then fled south through the alley, Weeden said.

    He was described as well-groomed, between 25 to 35 years of age, about 6-foot-tall with a goatee and average build. He possibly has an earring in his left ear, police said.

    The was last seen wearing a black sweatshirt with a pair of sunglasses hanging from the collar, black pants and black shoes.

    Anyone with any information about the suspect or his whereabouts was urged to call the SDPD Sex Crimes Unit at (619) 531-2210 or Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477.



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    Police were investigating reports of a shooting Sunday night in the Bird Rock area in La Jolla.

    Around 10:30 p.m., a car was driving up La Jolla Boulevard and firing shots out the window near Foward Street, San Diego police Officer John Buttle said.

    No one was hit, he said.

    The car was described as a gray Audi sedan, last seen traveling northbound on La Jolla Boulevard, he said.

    This is a developing story. 

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



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    Two teenaged boys robbed a Rancho Bernardo pizza shop at gunpoint Sunday night, police said.

    The teens, ages 15 and 18, walked into the Little Caesars Pizza, located at 16477 Bernardo Center Drive, around 9 p.m. and demanded cash, San Diego police Officer John Buttle said.

    The 18-year-old teen pointed a pistol at an employee, he said. The teens then stole cash from the register and a cell phone from employees, the officer said.

    Buttle said this may be connected to a series of robberies in the area.

    The suspects, about 5 foot 3 inches tall, were last seen wearing black jackets. Police did not release a detailed description of the suspects.


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    Authorities were searching for a suspect who fled on foot following a chase Sunday night in Mission Valley.

    Police said the suspect ditched his car around Interstate 8 off-ramp at Texas Street.

    San Diego police were assisting the California Highway Patrol with the search.

    It was unclear what prompted the chase.

    No other information was available.

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    On Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, skywatchers around the world took in views of a total lunar eclipse combined with a supermoon, where a full moon appears a little bit bigger and brighter thanks to its slightly closer proximity to earth. There won't be another total lunar eclipse until the year 2021.

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    The full moon is seen during a lunar eclipse in Marseille, southern France.The full moon is seen during a lunar eclipse in Marseille, southern France.

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    President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence made a brief surprise visit Monday to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C.

    The president and vice president arrived at the monument off the National Mall and helped move a wreath covered with red, white and blue flowers closer to the statue of King.

    Both wearing overcoats amid below-zero wind chills, Trump and Pence stood before the wreath somberly and left about three minutes after they arrived.

    Neither Trump nor Pence spoke about their visit nor responded to reporters' questions about the government shutdown, which hit 31 days on Monday.

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    Hours before the presidential visit, Rev. Al Sharpton denounced Trump for not holding an official event to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

    "This is an insult to the American people, that the president of the United States does not officially recognize or give any ceremony for Dr. King," Sharpton said at a breakfast held in D.C. in King's honor. "Dr. King is neither Republican nor Democrat. He is an American icon that made America better."

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    Pence was criticized on Sunday for evoking King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech in defending Trump's efforts to persuade Congress to fund a border wall.

    In an appearance on CBS' "Face the Nation," Pence said, "One of my favorite quotes from Dr. King was 'Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy.'"

    "You think of how he changed America," Pence continued. "He inspired us to change through the legislative process, to become a more perfect union.

    "That's exactly what President Trump is calling on Congress to do — come to the table in the spirit of good faith," Pence said. "We'll secure our border. We'll reopen the government, and we'll move our nation forward, as the president said yesterday, to even a broader discussion about immigration reform in the months ahead."



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    President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence made a brief visit Jan. 21, 2019 to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in D.C.President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence made a brief visit Jan. 21, 2019 to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in D.C.

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    City crews closed down a Spring Valley roadway where a sinkhole was starting to form Monday. 

    The small- to medium-sized sinkhole on Estrella Drive east of Estrella County Park, within a residential neighborhood, was first reported at about 7:40 a.m., the California Highway Patrol said. 

    Crews were called to assess the damage and an hour later, the roadway was shut down. The road would be blocked for several hours, CHP said. 

    CHP said the sinkhole was forming in the roadway's middle lanes. 

    No other information was available.

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    Art aficionados and history buffs rejoice because February is half-priced admission at over 40 museums countywide.

    Some of the county's most popular museums, such as the Birch Aquarium at Scripps, USS Midway Museum and the Whaley House Museum will all be participating in this month-long event.

    To participate, visitors will first need to pick up a Museum Month discount pass, which will be available at local public libraries. The pass is free and can be used throughout the whole month of February to get into all the museums your heart desires.

    Some highlights at museums during the promotion include: The San Diego Natural History Museum “The Cerutti Mastodon Discovery,” San Diego Air & Space Museums “American Women of Flight, and Barona Cultural Center & Museums “A Visit from Old Friends.”

    Some museums may have other fees for special exhibits or programs so be sure to check each museum's fine print before you go. 

    If you’re traveling from out of town and stay at one of Hilton’s participating locations in San Diego, you’ll be able to receive a discount pass as well. Just check with a concierge at the hotel. 

    This tradition was started by the San Diego Museum Council in 1989 and has been a reoccurring event every year since.

    To see a full list of participating museums and for more information be sure to visit the San Diego Museum Council website.



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    A 2017 exhibit at the Birch Aquarium called the Infinity Cube use videos projected and reflected into larger-than-life images of bioluminescence to teach guests about sea life.A 2017 exhibit at the Birch Aquarium called the Infinity Cube use videos projected and reflected into larger-than-life images of bioluminescence to teach guests about sea life.

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    A cartoon strip featuring a child's counting song that was used as racist rhetoric in the past was published across the country on Monday, the day the U.S. honored the late Martin Luther King, Jr.

    The creator of the nationally syndicated cartoon strip, "Pickles", responded to one reader's criticism that the cartoon published Monday had a racial connotation to it. 

    In the strip, a grandmother is asking her grandson about his prayers at bedtime. The child begins with the Lord's Prayer and then ends it with a version of a children's counting song that has included racist language in the past. 

    The song "Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe" can be traced back to the 19th century and was sung in several different languages.

    However, a version that replaces the word "tiger" with a racist word for an African-American person was used at one time in the U.S. 

    After NBC 7 was contacted by one of our viewers, we reached out to the author of "Pickles." 

    Brian Crane, 70, has been publishing "Pickles" since 1990, according to an online biography. 

    Crane told NBC 7 he was shocked to hear someone found the strip about a child's bedtime prayer to be offensive. 

    "It never crossed my mind that anyone would see any racist overtones in it," he continued. "The fact that it was published on Martin Luther King's holiday was pure coincidence and no meaning was intended by it."

    Crane said he has editors look over his work and approve it before it goes to print.

    "I am dismayed at how people today are just looking for the slightest thing to be offended by, when no offense was intended," Crane said.

    Amy Lago, the Comics Editor with the Washington Post News Service & Syndicate is responsible for editing the comic strips that go out to newspapers across the country.

    Lago issued the following statement: "Regrettably, I didn’t know such an appalling version of the rhyme existed. I am deeply sorry to any readers who were hurt and assure them that no offense was intended."

    NBC 7 also contacted the San Diego Union-Tribune which prints "Pickles" in San Diego. 

    Editor and Publisher Jeff Light said the newspaper "would not have run the strip if they had seen it and been aware that it could offend." 

    "There is, unfortunately, a racist variant of eeny-meeny in American history, although I'm not sure it is one that many people are familiar with. We certainly would never intend to publish a comic strip or anything else that is offensive on racial or ethic grounds," Light said.

    See the cartoon strip here.

    The song was the subject of a lawsuit in which a flight attendant had used it to direct passengers to find a seat. The passengers in the case were African American. 

    Two years ago, a T-shirt for the "Walking Dead" series that featured the phrase was pulled from store shelves because of the backlash. Series star Jeffery Dean Morgan called the reaction "stupid" according to one report.


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    An icon of the civil rights movement was born 90 years ago. Take a look at historical photographs highlighting the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his life's work as the country celebrates his legacy.

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    The US clergyman and civil rights leader Martin Luther King addresses, 29 March 1966 in Paris' Sport Palace the militants of the The US clergyman and civil rights leader Martin Luther King addresses, 29 March 1966 in Paris' Sport Palace the militants of the "Movement for the Peace". "Martin Luther King was assassinated on 04 April 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee. James Earl Ray confessed to shooting King and was sentenced to 99 years in prison. King's killing sent shock waves through American society at the time, and is still regarded as a landmark event in recent US history. (Photo credit should read /AFP/GettyImages)

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    A high wind warning was in effect for parts of San Diego County Monday.

    “We’re going to have high winds the next few days but today it’s an onshore flow,” said NBC 7 Meteorologist Sheena Parveen.

    Winds along the coast were gusting around 25 mph.

    “Borrego Springs has been very high all morning with our winds, 72 mph gusts there,” Parveen said.

    A high wind warning was in effect for the mountains east of San Diego until approximately 2 p.m. Monday. Communities affected include Julian and Pine Valley.

    A high wind warning means there are sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or more, according to the National Weather Service.


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    The legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has inspired hundreds of local activists to "move" for what they believe in.

    All Peoples Day is held each year on Martin Luther King Jr. Day to bring people of every background together and honor the work and sacrifice of Dr. King.

    The event is hosted by Alliance San Diego, a local organization aimed at creating “harmony, safety, equality, and justice,” throughout the county.

    “Be a part of action, be a part of change, step up and make a difference, and do it with others,” said Andrea Guerrero with Alliance San Diego.

    Organizers created a community space in Balboa Park for local non-profits and unveiled an innovative art project.

    Last year, All Peoples Day asked the community to make a “stand” in creating a better San Diego. This year, people were asked to “move” to take action against hate, division, and exclusion.

    “Our call to action this year is that everyone move,” Guerrero told NBC 7.

    This can mean moving to your purpose, moving toward change, moving with intention, or moving with a community, according to the organizer’s website.

    Other years’ themes included “Ignite Change” and “I Am San Diego.”

    Greisa Martinez Rosas delivered the keynote address at the event.

    As the deputy executive director of United We Dream and as a Dreamer, she has begun organizing young Latinos to register to vote.

    “Words are powerful but not as powerful as action,” the event’s website said.

    This year marked the event's 31st year.

    The San Diego Community College District will host a parade in honor of Dr. King, beginning at 2 p.m. at the Embarcadero.


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    Three San Diego police patrol vehicles were involved in crashes during a brief pursuit of a drunk driving suspect in Ocean Beach early Monday.

    Officers attempted to pull over an SUV at about 1:20 a.m. for driving without license plates near Nimitz Boulevard and Voltaire Street but the driver took off, running a stop sign in the process, San Diego Police Department officer John Buttle said.

    The driver of the SUV was looping through the Point Loma Heights neighborhood with SDPD close behind when two SDPD patrol cars crashed into each other while making a U-turn, SDPD Lt. Andra Brown said. 

    Then, a third patrol car was hit when the driver slammed into it. Buttle said it was not clear if that crash was intentional. 

    No officers were injured.

    The driver continued and crashed into a bystander’s car head-on, injuring the person inside. The person was treated at the scene for minor injuries.

    The driver hopped out of his vehicle and took off on foot, hopping a fence and running down an embankment to Nimitz Boulevard. That's where the driver was detained by police. 

    Brown said the driver faces multiple charges, including driving under the influence. 

    No other information was available.

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    Two people were killed when a tree estimated to be 75 to 100 feet tall crushed a home in the Point Loma Heights neighborhood of San Diego on Monday.

    The tree with a trunk about as wide as a person landed on the home at the intersection of Santa Monica Avenue and Santa Barbara Street near Ocean Beach.

    Two people were believed to be sleeping in a bed on the upper floor when the tree came down at about 6:15 a.m., according to San Diego police Lt. Christian Sharp.

    The two victims, who have not yet been identified, were possibly guests from the East Coast who rented the home through a home-sharing app, according to SDPD. 

    Neighbor Jamie Campbell described being woken by a "very large gust of wind" and the moment her husband realized the massive tree had collapsed. 

    "'The tree, the tree!’ he was screaming," Campbell said.

    Her husband was the first person to get to the home to check on the occupants and immediately called 911 when he noticed the destruction, Campbell said. 

    When SDPD arrived, a neighbor was using a ladder to try to reach the occupants through a window,  Sharp said.

    The massive tree caused significant damage to the structure of the home and was hindering crews from reaching the victims inside, Sharp said. 

    Officers were able to rescue one person who was downstairs at the time.

    "There’s so much damage to that house that we would have to go back in there, remove the tree and have to be able to clear some of the other areas," Sharp said.

    Crews were also dealing with a gas leak within the home, preventing them from going inside.

    Live power lines had gone down up to a half-block away from the crushed home, Sharp said. 

    San Diego Gas & Electric was called to deal with both situations. While gas was easily shut off, by 11 a.m. crews were still working to repair damaged power lines. 

    A neighbor identified as John said he heard the tree crack early Monday. He estimated that the Torrey pine, one of four large trees in the neighborhood, was anywhere between 75 feet to 100 feet tall. 

    "This tree has just been waiting to be blown over," John told NBC 7. "When I looked out the window, I could tell the tree – it's gone."

    Sharp said he did not know of any problems with the tree prior to its collapse and said the accident was unusual.

    "We don’t see this sort of damage and with the fatalities, it’s very rare in San Diego," he said. 

    Brandon Bellis with Three Men and a Tree Inc. talked with NBC 7 about how important it is for homeowners to maintain trees on their property.

    “You need to do annual checkups on your trees. There’s always something that needs to be done,” he said.

    Three Men and a Tree Inc. clean up trees and check their structures to avoid breaking over time or during stormy conditions.

    “I don’t think I’d use the Point Loma tree as an example,” Bellis said. “Perfectly manicured tree, it’s kept up with every year. I think this was just something, a case from rain, I don’t think it was anybody’s fault.”

    The tree collapsed during a high wind warning for San Diego, which predicted that gusts along the coast could reach 25 miles per hour. It followed about a week's worth of rain in the region that dumped inches of rain along the coast

    NBC 7 Meteorologist Sheena Parveen said that while typically a 25 mph gust would not be strong enough to topple a tree, if the tree was already on soft ground and had root issues, gusty winds could contribute.

    Bellis said he saw the tree one day before the incident while out driving.

    “It builds up, builds up, and it gets heavier and heavier, and then it becomes a problem,” Bellis told NBC 7. “They break and you never know where it’s going to break exactly, but if the tree’s close to your house … it probably should be kept up annually.”

    Maintenance can cost between $100 to $200, he said. This can include structure pruning, weight reductions, and even some removals, though Bellis cautioned against removing trees.

    “The whole canopy [in San Diego] is 60 to 70 shy of what it should be,” he said. “[Removing trees] is going to be an offset to the environment.”

    Bellis suggested replacing trees that need to be removed.

    No other information was available.

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    Researchers have discovered a secret ballistic missile base in North Korea — one of as many as 20 undisclosed missile sites in the country, according to the researchers’ new report.

    The Kim regime has never disclosed the existence of the Sino-ri Missile Operating Base to the outside world. Ballistic missiles are the primary delivery mechanism for North Korean nuclear warheads.

    The report from Beyond Parallel, a project sponsored by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a defense think tank, was released Monday and comes after an announcement Friday that President Donald Trump "looks forward" to meeting with Chairman Kim Jong Un next month "at a place to be announced at a later date," NBC News reported.

    The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.



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    In this Sept. 19, 2018 file photo. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks during a joint press conference with South Korean President Moon Jae-in.In this Sept. 19, 2018 file photo. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks during a joint press conference with South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

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    Emin Agalarov, the Russian pop star who is said to have helped arrange Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with a Kremlin-linked Russian lawyer at Trump Tower during the 2016 campaign, said Monday he has been forced to cancel his tour of the United States and Canada "due to circumstances beyond [his] control."

    In a video on Facebook, Agalarov claimed he had nixed the upcoming tour "against his will." His lawyer said in a telephone interview with NBC News that he doesn't want his client coming to America under fear of being held under a material witness warrant. Agalarov had been scheduled to perform in New York on Saturday night.

    Agalarov is seen as a figure in special counsel Robert Mueller's probe of Russian election interference. Agalarov's lawyer told NBC News last July that his talks with Mueller's team were "ongoing," but NBC News reporting at the time indicated that the singer had not been officially interviewed.

    Agalarov's lawyer, Scott Balber, said in a phone interview Monday that the cancellation is "most definitely" linked to the Russia probe.



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    In this Thursday, June 2, 2011 photo, Emin Agalarov, son of Araz Agalarov, an ethnic Azerbaijani business leader living in Moscow, seen during a party in Moscow, Russia.In this Thursday, June 2, 2011 photo, Emin Agalarov, son of Araz Agalarov, an ethnic Azerbaijani business leader living in Moscow, seen during a party in Moscow, Russia.

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    Senator Kamala Harris announced Monday she has entered the 2020 presidential race. Harris, who plans to highlight truth, justice, decency and equality in her quest for the democratic nomination, is the fourth woman to enter the field.

    “I think this is terrific," Senator Elizabeth Warren, the first woman to jump into the race three weeks ago, said of the news. "You know, Democrats are full of ideas and full of energy and that’s how we’re going to make real change in this country.”

    Warren brushed off the idea that Harris might pull from her support, saying, "It’s about bringing more and more people into the fight.”

    But voters of color are excited about Harris’ candidacy.

    “I understand how important it is to have representation," Boston State Representative Liz Miranda said. "And I think she is quite qualified to help lead this country so I’m excited that she’s running.

    Boston Pastor Art Gordon said, “I think she brings something that this nation needs, against what Trump has done as president. Something new and something fresh.”

    Many Democrats, like former Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson, are just excited to have choices: “We saw the lack of having a robust primary in the last election hurt the Democrats.”

    Jackson says Warren was smart to get out first, that she opened the door to the early rush of women, which includes Hawaii Representative Tulsi Gabbard and New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.

    “This is exciting to see women, people of color and awesome folks who are taking a real stand step up,” Jackson said.

    Most democrats seem to be in no rush to commit.

    Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley said, “I look forward to meeting with all of them to better understand their vision for America and why they’re in this race and what they intend to do.”

    Elizabeth Warren visits the early primary state of South Carolina on Wednesday, while Kamala Harris is in South Carolina on Friday for her first campaign event.


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    Encinitas is offering homeowners a money-saving solution for building granny flats on their properties, hoping that these units will help meet the city’s housing goals.

    The City of Encinitas created the Permit-Ready ADU (PRADU) program that will offer property owners pre-approved building plans for granny flats.

    The city said this will reduce pre-construction costs, create expedited building permits and waive all city development fees.

    This comes after the San Diego Board of Supervisors voted to waive permit and development fees for granny flats countywide earlier this month.

    Encinitas is working with two local architects to offer homeowners a variety of pre-approved building plans.

    PRADU is estimated to save homeowners up to $18,000.

    The city said it will have the pre-approved plans available at the Development Services Department's front counter.

    The City of Encinitas currently needs to permit more than 1,000 homes to meet state-mandated housing goals.

    In 2018, a Superior Court Judge ruled that the Encinitas City Council must come up with a plan to add affordable housing.

    PRADU will increase affordability throughout Encinitas by providing renters with a diversified market, according to the city. It will also give homeowners the ability to have an additional income.

    City staff and the PRADU architects will present information about the program at City Hall at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

    A week later, they will host a Q&A panel at the Encinitas Library from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, visit the city's website.

    Granny flats are accessory dwelling units that are attached or detached to an existing property that can provide sleeping, eating, cooking, and sanitation, according to the county.



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    Imperial Beach continued to face problems from pollution to displaced sand as other beaches across the county reopened Monday after raw sewage poured in from Tijuana.

    Local coasts have been hit by King Tides, which are extremely high tides that occur every year, and for Imperial Beach, it has sent contaminated ocean water up into the streets and carried away much-needed sand.

    “This is way worse than I ever expected,” said Serge Dedina, mayor of Imperial Beach.

    A lot of the beach’s sand was scooped up and dumped at the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve, known as the Tijuana Estuary. This is a federal reserve.

    “I didn't expect this,” Dedina said. “I didn't expect our beach to wash into the Estuary.”

    The mayor said he needs the sand back onto his beach because it’s the coast’s first defense against flooding and erosion. However, this is proving more difficult because of the partial government shutdown.

    “The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service regulate [the Tijuana Estuary], so we're going to have to work with them. Of course, they're on furlough right now, which doesn't help,” Dedina told NBC 7.

    Dedina called the coastal flooding and raw sewage the worst he had seen in his 40 years of living in Imperial Beach.

    County health officials said Imperial Beach’s water is still too polluted Monday, while areas like Coronado and Silver Strand State Beach have already been given the all-clear to reopen.

    The mayor called the raw sewage “the worst stuff you could possibly image.”

    Runoff containing raw sewage, disease, and other harmful toxins wash into the Tijuana River and is then carried into the U.S. and spit out into the ocean south of the Tijuana River Estuary. North-flowing currents push and spread the contaminants across south county shorelines and force days-long water contact closures.

    “It's expensive to clean. It doesn't seem like a big deal but it really is,” Dedina said. “Right now, what we have to do is clean up our streets, get everything cleaned, back up to normal.”

    Though, some San Diegans have decided to enjoy the scenic view of the 14-foot waves while they last.

    “We get these tides every January. It's normal stuff. It's beautiful to come and watch,” said William Fenton from Bay Park. “Just being able to see nature, listen to the waves.”

    William and his partner Vicky came to Ocean Beach to see the end of the King Tides.

    “You know what? We can’t control it,” Vicky told NBC 7.

    William and Vicky said that watching the big waves is their “happy place.”

    The mayor said Imperial Beach needs to look at long-term solutions to continue to protect the beach and its view. So far, his beach has been closed for every day of 2019.


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    One doctor was suspended and another resigned from a long-term care facility in Arizona after a woman in a vegetative state gave birth there last month, the facility said Monday.

    The unidentified physicians were responsible for the woman’s care, Hacienda HealthCare said in a brief statement reported by NBC News

    The company’s former CEO, Bill Timmons, resigned on Jan. 7, with its board of directors saying it would “accept nothing less than a full accounting of this absolutely horrifying situation.”

    The woman, 29, and a member of the San Carlos Apache Tribe, has been at the privately-owned facility for roughly a decade. She almost drowned when younger and is non-verbal and incapable of moving on her own. The woman gave birth to a baby boy on Dec. 29.



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    This Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, photo shows Hacienda HealthCare in Phoenix. The revelation that a Phoenix woman in a vegetative state recently gave birth has prompted Hacienda HealthCare CEO Bill Timmons to resign, putting a spotlight on the safety of long-term care settings for patients who are severely disabled or incapacitated.This Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, photo shows Hacienda HealthCare in Phoenix. The revelation that a Phoenix woman in a vegetative state recently gave birth has prompted Hacienda HealthCare CEO Bill Timmons to resign, putting a spotlight on the safety of long-term care settings for patients who are severely disabled or incapacitated.

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    At least one person is dead in a multi-car crash on State Route 76 Monday night, according to the California Highway Patrol.

    Several cars were involved in a collision traveling eastbound on SR-76 near E. Vista Way in Vista at around 6:30 p.m.

    CHP confirmed that one person was killed in the wreckage and another was transported to a nearby hospital with injuries.

    Two left lanes have been blocked off on the highway, Caltrans tweeted at 6:46 p.m.

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    The Oceanside Police Department is responding alongside CHP.

    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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    Teacher-turned actress Yalitza Aparicio was spotted Monday posing for photos in several outfits along the coastline south of San Diego. The stretch of coastline feautred in the photo shoot is south of the fence near Friendship Park in an area that has been polluted with sewage from Mexico several times over the last year. 


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    A deadly tree-fall accident that killed two people in a Point Loma Heights home Monday has many people wondering how they can maintain the safety of large trees around their own properties.

    A San Diego arborist shared some tree upkeep tips and also explained home routine check-ups can keep you safe and save you money.

    “Trees break and you never know where it’s going to break exactly,” said Brandon Bellis, owner of Three Men and a Tree Inc. “If a tree is close to your house or something that’s important to you it probably should be kept up with annually.”

    One way to keep a large tree safe is by performing a simple maintenance task called structure pruning, which can help keep trees around for a longer and safer period of time.

    Structure pruning is the practice of trimming leaders, or thicker branches growing from the main trunk, that could grow as thick as the main trunk and throw off the tree’s balance.

    “As the tree grows, sometimes they split or one tree starts growing on one side,” Bellis said. “If it’s 50 percent the size of the regular trunk of the tree or more, then it’s going to cause problems later, so you want to take it off at a young age.”

    Bellis said structure pruning and other simple, regular maintenance can also save property owners money.

    “A tree can be as much as $100 to $200 for little maintenance, easy just in and out, few branches off every year,” Bellis said. “If people neglect it and it builds up, builds up, and gets heavier and heavier and then it becomes a problem that no one has that money to pay for the tree, so you have accidents.”

    While accidents cannot always be prevented, check-ups can ensure that overgrown trees are trimmed and there are no diseases or infections impacting the tree's health.

    According to local non-profit Tree San Diego’s website, tree canopy in the San Diego region is estimated to be 60 to 70 percent below what it should be.

    Bellis says San Diegans shouldn’t be focused on getting rid of trees, but rather taking care of them and replacing them when necessary.

    “Obviously if [the tree] is over a house and it’s going to cause damage that's just exceptional, but if you’re just cutting your tree down just to cut it down, you’re going to hurt everyone in the long run,” he said.”


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    While scooters and dockless bicycles have changed the transportation industry in San Diego, some business owners and residents don't like the look of them on their properties. 

    A new local service, called Scooter Removal, LLC., is hoping to serve those customers by removing the unwanted scooters and bikes, free of charge. 

    "They're doing a service to the community," said Jonathan Freeman, who lives in the Gaslamp District. "They're getting more scooters off the streets." 

    Freeman said he has not felt safe walking downtown ever since a scooter crashed into his blind dog. 

    "A scooter came up behind us and hit his head," said Freeman. "If he would've hit his body, it would've killed him." 

    The app caters to property owners in San Diego of businesses and homes. They can also call the number on the website to have a truck pick up Lime and Bird Scooters, as well as dockless bicycles.

    The company says that they remove unwanted scooters and bikes 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The removal service usually arrives within 30 minutes of the call.  

    The company invoices the scooter and bicycle company, and sends a notice to pick them up at their facility. 

    The owners of Scooter Removal added customers and pedestrians can trip over scooters on the property of a business owner, which can lead to liability. 

    "We help to set up 'no parking zones' if you register with us," said Dan Borelli, Co-Owner of Scooter Removal, LLC. "We put up signs on the property and alert the company that a private property owner has created a zone." 

    Companies like Bird and Lime then must inform their users that they have parked in a 'no parking zone.' If nothing is done, Scooter Removal will come move the item from the property. 

    "It's our service to the community," added Borelli. "We're not anti-scooter, we're just helping to clean up the city." 

    Scooter Removal also adds that scooter removal will improve access to the business by removing obstructions that block customer access. 

    The company said they developed the service from a need to help clean up the community and protect business and home owners. 

    In two weeks, the company will fully launch an app, called Scoot Scoop, for Androids and iPhones. 



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    The San Diego Police Department launched an investigation after a man died in custody Sunday night.

    Police received a call about a possibly drunk man yelling on Estrella Avenue in the neighborhood of Colina Del Sol at 4:04 p.m. Sunday.

    The 52-year-old man told officers he had been drinking and had no medical complaints, according to SDPD.

    Officers arrested the man for reportedly violating his probation.

    The man was then taken to SDPD headquarters downtown for processing. From here, police said he was moved to Central County jail.

    The man was then found unresponsive at the jail, SDPD said.

    An officer began performing life-saving measures with assistance from the jail nurse. San Diego Fire-Rescue arrived shortly after to help.

    The man was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to SDPD.

    Detectives from the SDPD Homicide Unit are investigating.

    At this time, officials said there was no indication any force was used on the man.

    SDPD did not release the name of the officer who transported the man to the jail; however, police said he has been with the department for four years.

    Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call SDPD at (619) 531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.



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