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    Wells Fargo is upgrading all 13,000 of its ATMs to allow customers to access their funds using their cellphones instead of traditional bank cards.

    The announcement was made last week by Wells Fargo CEO Tim Sloan.

    While banks like JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America have announced similar upgrades to their ATMs, those are still being rolled out. Wells Fargo would be the first to upgrade all of its ATMs with the feature across the United States.

    To access their money, customers would get unique eight-digit codes from their Wells Fargo smartphone app, and enter the code into the ATM along with their PIN number. The machines will still accept debit cards as well.

    "Whether a customer happens to have a card on them or not, (the upgrade) provides another simple and secure way to withdraw cash at any of our ATMs," said Adam Vancini, head of virtual channel operations at Wells Fargo.

    One limitation of the one-time code, though, is that it won't work on the secure doors that many branches have for non-business hours that require a customer to swipe an ATM or debit card to gain entry. Wells Fargo said those secure doors are found at a small percentage of branches, mostly in major metropolitan areas like New York City or Chicago.

    The announcement comes as Wells Fargo is looking for ways to woo back the customers it alienated after the San Francisco-based bank admitted that employees opened as many as 2 million checking and credit card accounts for their customers without getting authorization. The bank said Monday that activity at its branches remains depressed from a year ago, with customers opening 40 percent fewer checking accounts per day last month compared to a year earlier, while the number of customer interactions with branch bankers per day was down 17 percent.

    Wells said it plans to roll out another upgrade to its ATMs later this year, which will allow customers to access the ATMs by holding their smartphones up to a reader on the machine, instead of entering the eight-digit code. It would be similar to using Apple Pay or Samsung Pay, the bank said.

    Chase, Citigroup and Bank of America all announced last year similar upgrades to their ATMs, but the rollout has been slow. Chase's upgraded machines are still in major markets like New York, Miami and San Francisco, while Bank of America says roughly half of its ATMs have the cardless capabilities.

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    Three men who made lewd comments about a pregnant woman as she walked down the street, prompting her husband to come to her defense, have been arrested and charged, San Diego County Sheriff's (SDSO) Detective Michael Moore said. 

    The incident happened around 6:10 p.m. Saturday on the 1000 block of Elkelton Boulevard in Spring Valley, near a bus stop and the El Kelton Shopping Center, right off State Route 125. 

    Three men - later identified as 29-year-old Eulalio Zuniga, 24-year-old Edwin Zuniga, and 35-year-old Felipe Zuniga - made lewd comments about a woman as she walked on the sidewalk with her husband and two-year-old child, Moore said. 

    The woman told her husband, who then went to confront the men, Moore said. 

    The husband and the suspects got into a fight which quickly escalated, Moore said. As the wife tried to break up the fight, she was punched in the face.

    At one point during the fight, one of the men grabbed a drainage cover and used it to hit the husband over the head, Sheppard said. He suffered head trauma. 

    One of the men was slashed with a sharp instrument and suffered severe injuries. 

    Two of the men and the husband were taken to local hospitals. The suspects and the husband are expected to survive. 

    The three men were charged with assault with a deadly weapon. 

    The incident is under investigation. 

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    At a time of dicey issues between the U.S. and Mexico, political observers have been speculating that the two countries' relationship could be at risk.

    But right now there's a strong local outreach across the border.

    Business and government leaders from San Diego and Baja California are meeting with top lawmakers in Mexico City this week, to strengthen economic and diplomatic ties.

    Especially after Tijuana's big sewage spill that polluted South County beaches and even San Diego Bay.

    Nearly 90 people are on the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce's trip to Mexico's capital, including not only elected officials such as San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and County Supervisor Ron Roberts, but representatives of the Airport Authority, Port of San Diego, and Baja California Railroad.

    The delegates are emphasizing the value of cross-border commerce and collaboration on infrastructure projects.

    According to the Chamber, California and Baja combine for a $230 billion economy, with San Diego's annual exports to Mexico totaling upwards of $5.5 billion.

    Among other issues on the table are upgraded sewage systems, high-tech employment and another border crossing.

    All this comes against a backdrop of President Trump touting the prospect of a "border tax" on Mexico imports to pay for a controversial wall, and re-negotiating NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement.

    South of the border, those are not exactly popular themes.

    "Our story is about putting aside differences, finding common ground and working together,” Faulconer told reporters at a news conference Monday. “ We're neighbors, and we're very proud of that."

    Faulconer pointed out that San Diego and Tijuana comprise the world’s largest “hub” of medical manufacturing.

    Said chamber president Jerry Sanders, a former San Diego mayor: “I’m confident we’ll overcome the obstacles we face and tap into the potential in our region, growing together as a top global competitor.”

    The chamber will take another binational delegation to Washington D.C. in the fall.

    Photo Credit: NBC 7

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    A teenager escaped in Ventura County after being held for three days in San Diego against her will as a human trafficking victim, confirmed police.

    Three suspects involved in the case were arrested in Ventura County in connection with the crime Saturday, according to the Ventura Police Department.

    Brian Lewis, age 21, DaShawn Jackson, age 18, and Dameon Howard, age 20, from Fresno are all suspected of felony human trafficking and conspiracy charges. Ventura police officers say they discovered a loaded gun in their car.

    Lewis also faces a felony charge of carrying a loaded firearm in his vehicle.

    The teenager told police she was held for three days in San Diego County before she was taken to the La Quinta Inn in Ventura County.

    "We are hoping to be able to eventually pinpoint where this happened but we may never know," said Ventura Police Major Crimes Sgt. Matt Cain.

    The victim was from Fresno, and told police she knew she was in San Diego but could not tell exactly where.

    At about 5:30 a.m. on Saturday, Ventura Police received a call from the National Human Trafficking Center hotline from a teenager who was fleeing human trafficking.

    When the suspects left San Diego and went to a hotel in Ventura, police say that's when the victim was able to escape and call for help. She fled and hid near Victoria Avenue and Valentine Road. 

    Patrol officers were sent to the area, found the 17-year-old victim and took her to the station. She told officers that she was held against her will and forced to commit sex acts under the threat of physical harm. 

    The victim provided police with descriptions of the suspects, their vehicle and a possible room where they were staying.

    All three suspects were later arrested and identified by the victim as the ones who held her captive in the La Quinta Inn on Valentine Road in Ventura County, according to Ventura Police.

    An investigation into this human trafficking incident is ongoing. Anyone with information can call the Ventura Police Major Crimes Unit at 805-339-4465.

    Photo Credit: Ventura Co. Sheriff's Department

    The suspects arrested in this human trafficking incident in Ventura include Brian Lewis (left), Dameon Howard (center) and Dashawn Jackson (right). All of them are from Fresno.The suspects arrested in this human trafficking incident in Ventura include Brian Lewis (left), Dameon Howard (center) and Dashawn Jackson (right). All of them are from Fresno.

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    A father collided with his nine-year-old son while he pulled up into his driveway, seriously injuring the child Sunday evening, confirmed deputies.

    Deputies from the Vista Patrol Station were called to the 400 block of Beaumont Drive at about 8:45 p.m., according to the San Diego County Sheriff's (SDSO) department.

    The 52-year-old dad was driving a Jeep to enter his driveway when he hit his son who was playing there, said deputies.

    His son was taken to Rady Children's Hospital with serious injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening.

    Deputies say alcohol was not believed to be a factor in the collision. Anyone with information related to this incident can call Deputy Sean Gallagher with the Vista Patrol Station Traffic Division at 760-806-4220.

    No further information was immediately available.

    Photo Credit: NBC 7

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    Illegal border crossings along the southern border are dropping.

    President Donald Trump says it's thanks to his administration but the numbers show otherwise.

    The apprehensions of undocumented immigrants has been declining for over a decade.

    On Sunday, the President tweeted: "General Kelly is doing a great job at the border. Numbers are way down. Many are not even trying to come in anymore."

    Stopping illegal immigration may have been a signature promise of President Trump, but experts said the decline in numbers is part of an ongoing trend that began years before Trump took office.

    “Most immigrants aren't trying to cross the land border anyways,” said Ev Meade, Director of the Trans-border Institute at the University of San Diego (USD). “Usually what they do is overstay their visas.”

    Illegal immigration peaked in the mid 80's and then again in the year 2000.

    That's when roughly 1.6 million undocumented immigrants were detained.

    The number of apprehensions has been in decline every since, according to data provided by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

    In 2016, about 415,0000 undocumented immigrants were apprehended.

    “There's been a lot of talk about hiring new border patrol agents, but nothing new has happened there yet,” said Meade. “There are no new boots on the ground, so this administration can't really take credit for the drop.”

    Currently the majority of undocumented immigrants are from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. Immigration from Mexico, has been declining for years.

    “Mexican migrants are not coming in large numbers to the U.S anymore,” said Meade. “In fact, net migration is negative, meaning more Mexicans are returning to Mexico than are coming to the United Sates.”

    It may be too soon to tell if the "Trump Effect" is having a real impact along the border, but downtown resident, Peter Jones said he appreciates that President Trump is unapologetic discussing the topic.

    “The question is, are we a nation of laws and do we want to enforce the law,” Jones told NBC 7. “We can't selectively enforce laws or not enforce laws, that doesn't work. It's something that needs to be talked about.

    Matthew Mendenhall worked in federal court for 25 years. The Clairemont resident said Trump's approach doesn't make sense.

    “There is no reason to build a wall, immigration has been declining,” said Mendenhall. “It's a shameful disgrace.”

    As the debate over immigration continues across the country, companies hoping to design or build the border wall are getting ready for the bidding process. On Wednesday the federal government will study prototypes of the new border wall, before it selects its finalists.

    The estimated cost for the border wall is $20 billion.

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    Some Santee residents say sinkholes have opened up dangerously close to their homes while the city argues over who is responsible.

    The collapse of old city drainage pipes running under private property is the problem.

    On Monday, city crews covered up one sinkhole, 6-feet wide and 6-feet deep. Workers also shored up a larger hole between two homes on West Hartland Circle.

    It's the first effort made to contain this growing problem, but the solution still seems a long way off.

    Since January, Sergio Guerre, a father of three children, said he has watched the sinkhole grow five times its original size.

    "The one I worry about is the 3 year old," Guerre said. "You can only control him so much."

    On the other side of the fence is neighbor Vernon Gilmore. He told NBC 7, he cares for an aging mother-in-law and a 3-year-old grandchild.

    “I thought this is where I was going to stay forever but like I said, if it's not safe, it's not worth staying around,” Gilmore said.

    A 24-inch drain pipe between the homes used to channel water away from West Hartland Circle collapsed some time ago. Heavy rains washed away the soil, causing two sizable sink holes to form.

    “I am out here at all hours of the night constantly waking up in the middle of the night and coming down," Guerre said.

    While it's a City of Santee drain pipe, homeowners received letters saying it was their responsibility to fix it.

    "They say they have been working on this problem for months but they haven't talked to us," Gilmore said.

    Attorney Patrick Catalano filed two complaints on the homeowner's behalf. Catalano said four more clients have similar issues with the city.

    Repairing the aging infrastructure and shoring up homes could cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.

    "I'm cautious because there are band aid fixes and there are real fixes,” Catalano said.

    "Is it going to stop or is it going to continue? At what point is my house in danger," Guerre asked.

    The City Manager declined to comment for our story.

    According to a Development Services report presented to the Santee City Council last week, there are 12 such drain systems on private property.

    It's estimated replacing or repairing them all would cost the city more than $1 million.

    Photo Credit: NBC 7

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    The House of Representatives approved a measure on Tuesday that would keep the Federal Communications Commission from enforcing rules passed last year that would ban internet, cable and mobile providers from selling your data without your consent.

    With strong opposition from Democrats, the measure narrowly passed in the House by a 215-205 vote. No Democrats voted for the bill, and 15 Republicans opposed it. A similar version squeaked through the Senate last Thursday on a party-line vote of 50-48.

    As NBC News reports, the White House said in a statement on Tuesday that Trump "strongly supports" the repeal, while internet privacy advocates frame this as a battle between privacy and profits.

    Kate Tummarello, a policy analyst at the San Francisco based Electronic Frontier Foundation, said the "commonsense rules" Congress voted to repeal were designed "to protect your data" and keep internet service providers from doing a "host of creepy things" without your consent.

    Photo Credit: Fairfax Media via Getty Images

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    An abused dog, once pictured with her snout muzzled shut so tightly with electrical tape that she drew national attention, is recovering happily as her abuser was sentenced to the maximum of five years in prison in South Carolina. The judge told the man: "I wish I could give you more."

    Photo Credit: Charleston Animal Society

    Caitlyn, a dog whose snout was once wrapped with electrical tape captured in gruesome photos, was healing well as her abuser was sentenced to prison in South Carolina Friday. (Published March 27, 2017.)Caitlyn, a dog whose snout was once wrapped with electrical tape captured in gruesome photos, was healing well as her abuser was sentenced to prison in South Carolina Friday. (Published March 27, 2017.)

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    Rachel Dolezal, the former head of an NAACP chapter who for years passed herself off as black, is giving some context about how her upbringing shaped her search for identity in her new memoir.

    Now identifying as trans-black, Dolezal sat down with NBCBLK to discuss how her identity challenges white supremacy and why she just couldn't be a white ally.

    "I said I tried the 'ally path' in my earlier young adulthood," Dolezal said. "I did a lot of work but it wasn't as much in harmony with me being seen and understood for who I am, and that just kind of all synchronizing, in my life."

    She also wishes she had introduced herself and her identity, rather than have it come out when a reporter asked her, "Are you African American," and she was unable to answer.

    Photo Credit: John Makely / NBC News

    Rachel DolezalRachel Dolezal

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    Ajinomoto Windsor, Inc. is recalling more than 35,000 pounds of frozen "José Olé" taquito products that may be contaminated with rubber and plastic, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. 

    The Lampasas-based company recalled 60-ounce packages of the frozen beef taquitos produced on Dec. 30, 2016. The recalled items include the case codes 3366365A, 3366365B, 3366365C and 3366365D and a "best by" date of Dec. 30, 2017.

    The company initiated the recall after receiving two complaints of foreign material in its ready-to-eat beef products earlier this month. The foreign materials were pieces of rubber with white plastic that originated from the establishments processing equipment.

    According to the USDA, there have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products.

    The items were shipped to retail locations in California, Florida, Illinois, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wyoming and Texas.

    Consumers who have purchased this product are urged to throw it away or return it to the place of purchase.

    Photo Credit: U.S. Department of Agriculture

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    A former FedEx driver and the founder and chief investment officer of a local management firm was sentenced to more than two years in prison for stealing more than half a million dollars from local investors.

    Joshua Knaup, 41, opened up an investment management fund, EquityPro Capital, in Downtown San Diego after he lost his job at FedEx.

    In 2013, he claimed to have started "The F2 Fund" and duped victims into investing hundreds of thousands of dollars in the non-existent hedge fund.

    In one instance, he convicted Bankers Hill couple, Lois and Henry Mathews to invest $240,000 during a celebration for the couple's wedding anniversary. 

    Another victim from Coronado lost more than $130,000. 

    According to court documents, a Border Patrol agent also became a victim of Knaup's after investing $10,000. When the agent asked Knaup to return his money, Knaup wrote him a check that bounced.

    “Mr. Knaup perpetrated a scheme weaved with facades and lies to prey on trusting, hard-working people intending to make legitimate investments,” said Special Agent in Charge Eric S. Birnbaum. 

    Knaup used the money from investors on personal expenses, including his office space in downtown. 

    When investors began to realize Knaup had never invested their money in a hedge fund, he ran away to Mexico.

    Knaup was sentenced Monday to 33 months in prison and order to pay $556, 639 in restitution. 

    Photo Credit: Getty Images

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    The wife of Khalid Masood, the terrorist who attacked Britain's parliament, said she is "saddened and shocked by what Khalid has done," NBC News reported.

    In a statement given to London's Metropolitan Police, Rohey Hydara condemned her husband's actions and expressed her "condolences to the victims that have died." She also wished a "speedy recovery to all the injured."

    "I would like to request privacy for our family, especially the children, at this difficult time," the statement said.

    Masood killed four people in his attack on Parliament and the Westminster Bridge, including a police officer and three civilians, before being shot dead. Though ISIS claimed responsibility for the rampage, there is no evidence Masood acted in the name of the terror group.

    Photo Credit: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

    Flowers are left outside the Houses of Parliament in memory of those who died in last weeks Westminster terror attack on March 27, 2017, in London, England. Five people including the assailant were killed and around 40 people injured following last week's attack outside the Houses of Parliament in Westminster.Flowers are left outside the Houses of Parliament in memory of those who died in last weeks Westminster terror attack on March 27, 2017, in London, England. Five people including the assailant were killed and around 40 people injured following last week's attack outside the Houses of Parliament in Westminster.

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    New recommendations from the American College of Physicians (ACP) on the treatment of addiction will help physicians shift perspectives on how they treat the disease, a San Diego addiction specialist said. 

    On Monday, the ACP issued comprehensive recommendations for doctors prescribing and treating addiction disorders. 

    Some of the guidelines included asking physicians to become more familiar with appropriate guidelines related to pain management and controlled substances like prescription opioids and non-opioid drugs, becoming familiar with Prescription Drug Monitoring programs, learning more about naloxone, a drug used to reverse overdoses and learning more about medication-assisted treatment of opioid use disorders. 

    The recommendations speak to something addiction specialists have known for years, said Clark Smith, M.D., an addiction specialist and director of Recovery Works in San Diego, a clinic offering help to those addicted to alcohol and drugs. 

    “The big thing today is, you know, they're saying what people in the addiction field have been saying for 20, 30 years: addiction should be considered an illness, just like any other illness," Smith said. "It’s treatable, it responds to treatment and may need lifelong treatment."

    To effectively treat those addicted to alcohol and drugs, Smith said, doctors need to shift their perspectives on the disease. Oftentimes, he said, when addicts go through a hospital detox, they do not get any kind of treatment when they finish - and they end up relapsing. 

    One way to help patients looking for long term success is through proper prescribed addiction medication, Smith said. The first six to 12 months after detox and making the change to get sober are crucial, he added. 

    That's why the ACP's recommendation asking physicians to improve their training in the treatment of substance use disorders, including with buprenorphine-based treatment, is so important, Smith said. 

    Buprenorphine is the first medication to treat opioid addiction that can be prescribed in physician offices. The medication reduces cravings and withdrawal symptoms. 

    The move to ask physicians to consider medication to treat addiction is important, Smith said, because patients "really benefit from getting medication treatment, not just rehab or 12 steps - that actual medicational treatment makes a difference and gives them better success."

    “With these medication treatments – and there are a couple others, Vivitrol is the most effective – the rate of relapse will go way down," Smith said.

    Research from the San Diego and North County drug courts, Smith said, showed that patients who took all six doses of Vivitrol in their allotted times stayed drug free over the next two years. 

    But the reason many doctors have not been prescribing medication to treat addiction lies in the past, Smith said. In the past, medications with methadone, and others, have not been effective, Smith said. 

    “You know, a lot of addiction specialists don’t prescribe these medications either," Smith explained.

    Some doctors still stick with old school treatments: 12 step programs, Alcoholics Anonymous, and power of will. While those can be effective for some, Smith said, using proper and effective medication can help longevity.

    “Frankly they haven’t been very effective, especially for opiate addiction. So now we have new treatments and they’re much more effective and American College of Physicians is recognizing that and basically getting the word out that addiction should be treated like diabetes is treated," Smith said, referencing the fact that diabetes patients need constant treatment.

    "They’re saying they’ll need lifelong treatment," Smith added. "Addiction is a chronic illness, although once people get clean and sober and are back to their own rehabilitation, they don’t necessarily need a lot of medical appointments."

      Smith hopes that with these new guidelines comes a shift, and with that, more help for addiction patients. 

      "Addiction specialists have been advocating for this for a while," Smith said.

      To get addiction help for you or someone you care about, call the County of San Diego's crisis line at 1-888-724-7240. You can find a list of resources for addiction treatment here.

      Photo Credit: AP

      FILE PHOTO: U.S. prisons are experimenting with Vivitrol, a high-priced monthly injection used to prevent relapse in opioid abusers, to help addicted inmates stay off heroin and other opioid drugs after they are released.FILE PHOTO: U.S. prisons are experimenting with Vivitrol, a high-priced monthly injection used to prevent relapse in opioid abusers, to help addicted inmates stay off heroin and other opioid drugs after they are released.

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      A San Diego State University student, diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, is getting help from family and friends as she continues working toward her degree.

      Joana Da Cass has many passions in life, including hiking with her dog. These days, the 25-year-old SDSU student is unable to enjoy some of her hobbies.

      Family members said after months of feeling pain in an ovary, in early March of this year, Da Cass was diagnosed with undifferentiated carcinoma with rhabdoid features.

      Pictures show Da Cass flashing her signature smile during her chemotherapy treatments.

      “Seeing her smile and seeing the way she acts and facing this gives me strength to look at my life in a different perspective,” explained friend Jaqueline Rizzatti.

      Despite the smiles, family does have concerns.

      "To not have my cousin around, that’s the concern,“ explained cousin Renata Berto. “But we are keeping positive we believe in miracles.”

      Family and friends have set up an online fundraiser to help offset the cost of treatment.

      According to the GoFundMe page, Da Cass will graduate with a degree in International Business this spring. 

      Local artist Ezekiel Morphis is also lending his voice for a fundraiser April 13 at Thorn Street Brewery.

      “We’re just hoping to keep her stress free during this time,” Berto said. “So finances are a way of helping her not to have to focus on that and have the energy to fight this.”

      Family members are hoping she will be able to stay on track to graduate this May from SDSU.

      They say any additional money they raise will be donated to cancer research.

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      Cameras positioned on parking meters in Hillcrest were removed overnight. NBC 7 has been reporting on the new so-called vehicle detection sensors that were temporarily installed to gather data on spot occupancy.

      As of this morning, the San Diego City Treasurer's office has not explained how much the cameras cost. NBC 7 has also asked the city treasurer if the cameras could be a precursor to new Smart Meters.

      We were told the cameras are gathering data on occupancy rates, which provide information on the how the meters are being used.

      However, it was not clear on why the city has decided to gather that data.

      In Coronado, they're still working through technical issues, but Smart Meters have been installed with the sole purpose of "Clearing" any unused time once a vehicle leaves.

      The small cameras were attached to parking meter poles in Hillcrest on Fourth Avenue between University Avenue and Robinson Avenue.

      In Coronado, the city hopes sensors will detect when a vehicle left a spot and recalibrate so that incoming cars won't be able to take advantage of any time left on the meter from a previously parked vehicle.

      They would also discourage drivers from coming back and re-feeding the meter when the two-hour time allotment was up.

      In a previous interview San Diego City Communications Department Director Katie Keach said the sensors had been in place in Hillcrest for a couple of months.

      Keach said the sensors were designed to be installed on a temporary basis in one section of Fourth Avenue.

      Photo Credit: Gaby Rodriguez/NBC 7

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      Ford on Tuesday outlined new details for a planned $9-billion investment in the United States.

      The automaker's investment push was first announced in 2015, but President Donald Trump suggested on Twitter that the "big announcement" was related to his effort to grow jobs in the U.S., CNBC reported.

      Ford said Tuesday it would invest $1.2 billion into three Michigan plants. General Motors and Fiat-Chrysler have also made U.S. jobs announcements since Trump won the presidential election, though many projects had already been in the works.

      Photo Credit: Artyom Geodakyan/TASS

      A file photo of Ford.A file photo of Ford.

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      Britain's King Arthur is a 62-year-old former soldier and biker gang member who leads a religious order of warrior-druids, NBC News reported.

      Thirty years ago, John Timothy Rothwell became convinced he was the king from the myth and changed his name to King Arthur Uther Pendragon. Now he wears a sword and preaches to fellow pagans.

      "Every day, I wake up Arthur, I go to sleep Arthur. I wake up a druid, I go to sleep a druid," he said.

      About 4,000 Britons identify as druids. NBC News visited Arthur at Stonehenge for a gathering marking the spring equinox last week, where he was declaring war — over parking.

      Photo Credit: Carolina Reid / NBC News

      King Arthur Uther PendragonKing Arthur Uther Pendragon

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      Parents addressed concerns regarding school safety during the School Board meeting Monday evening at Fallbrook High School.

      Many parents told NBC 7, two lockdowns in just the past few months is not acceptable and something needs to change.

      The first lockdown was almost two months ago. During that incident, a loaded gun was found on campus.

      Then, the high school was put on lockdown last Wednesday, after a report of a gun on campus. Authorities did not find a gun and the lockdown was lifted after a couple of hours.

      NBC 7 spoke with a teacher at Fallbrook High School who explained the first lockdown prompted more training for teachers on what to do in emergency situations.

      Those training sessions were originally supposed to happen in the middle of April, but were moved up to this week since the there have now been two such incidents in less than two months.

      Teachers will be trained on Thursday and Friday.

      The training is called Options Based Response Training, focusing on different scenarios; like when to run, hide or fight. They will then teach their students. 

      Many parents said they want a Sheriff's deputy assigned to the school. The School Board instead decided to hire nine unarmed security guards.  Monday night members of the Board said they're looking into ways of possibly bringing an armed guard on campus during school hours.  One parent, Nora Maier applauded the District's efforts.  

      "I wanted as a parent to thank you all for your diligence at putting our student's safety in an abundance of caution," she said.

      Enrique Acosta, father of two students at the high school is still concerned.

      "You're out there and the kids are here and when you're outside you don't know what's going on inside, right? You don't know if there's somebody with a gun trying to harm somebody," he said.

      The school held an emergency meeting with parents last Wednesday to go over student safety.

      Monday night Board President Sharon Koehler spoke regarding the new safety training and precautions.  "his is a step beyond anything most schools would ever have to know, but better to know it and not need it than to need it and not know it," she said.

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      Several people were detained Tuesday in connection to an "ambush-style attack" on two undercover police officers conducting surveillance outside an apartment complex in northwest Miami-Dade, officials said.

      The shooting happened just before 10 p.m. near Northwest 62nd Street and 20th Avenue. 

      Miami-Dade police said the two officers were investigating gang activity in the area as part of a multi-agency task force. The detectives were in an unmarked police vehicle when, according to officials, several suspects "ambushed" the car and opened fire.  The officers returned fire, Miami-Dade Police Maj. Hector Llevat said.

      "They were ambushed in their vehicle, unprovoked," Llevat said.

      The wounded officers were rushed to Jackson Memorial Hospital in the bed of a pickup truck and were being helped inside by their colleagues, NBC 6 video shows. 

      The officers, Charles Woods, 37, and Terence White, 47, were reported in stable condition and in good spirits, police said. Woods was treated for his injury and released, police said.

      Hialeah Police said a suspect in the shooting later showed up at Hialeah Hospital with a gunshot wound. It was not immediately clear if the suspect was in police custody.

      Officials on Tuesday said they had detained several individuals and were interviewing them to determine their possible involvement in the shooting. One suspect was detained at the Hyatt Place on Northwest 35th Street across from Miami International Airport.

      No arrests have been made, police said. An investigation in underway.

      Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez and Miami-Dade Police Director Juan Perez arrived at the hospital where the officers were being treated. They asked the public's help in finding the shooters.

      Woods is an 11-year veteran of the department and White has been on the force for 26 years.

      "Our prayers go out to the speedy recovery of our officers and their families that really had the scare of their life tonight," Perez said. 

      Miami Beach Police Chief Daniel Oates offered support to the injured officers on social media, tweeting: "@MiamiDadePD prayers for our partners and ready to offer any needed support from @MiamiBeachPD."

      "We need you to step up to the plate. If you know something, if you saw something then say something. Today is the day to step up," Perez told reporters in pleading for help finding whoever is involved.

      Police asked that anyone with information is urged to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

      Photo Credit: NBC6
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      Pre-trial motions began in Superior Court Monday for a case involving a boy who died after playing with a rat bought from a San Diego Petco store.

      The case stems from the 2013 death of 10-year-old Aiden Pankey.

      One day, Pankey was rushed to the hospital with severe stomach pains. He died hours later. The San Diego County Medical Examiner's office ruled the boy's cause of death was streptobacillus moniliformis, better known as rat bite fever.

      His family had just bought the boy a pet rat from Petco, a San Diego-based company. The CDC later confirmed the rat was infected. 

      “The boy's grandmother purchased the male rat because her only grandson wanted a mate for his female pet rat,” the family’s attorney, John Gomez, said to NBC 7 back in 2014.

      In a statement, the retailer expressed their condolences about the death. 

      "We are deeply saddened by the Pankey family's tragic loss," Petco said in a statement. "The health and safety of people and pets is always a top priority, and we take the family's concerns very seriously."

      Ahead of opening statements, San Diego attorney Gene Iredale talked with NBC 7 about the case and what may happen going forward. Iredale is not involved with the case. 

      He says Pankey's attorneys will try to drive home a particular narrative. 

      “This is a rat that Petco sold. They sold it without apparently testing it to see if it suffered from rat bite fever," Iredale said. "And they sold it without giving a warning that rats sometimes develop rat bite fever."

      Based off the facts of the case, Iredale said, he believes the attorneys can prove the pet company is guilty of strict liability and tort, as well as negligence. 

      Petco's attorneys, he said, will likely dive into the window of time between the rat's purchase and Aiden becoming ill to see if it is at all possible the rat contracted this infection after being bought.

      Either way, Iredale said, the case has potentially huge implications for the business and families with these pets.

      “Almost 1.2 million households in the US have rats that they keep as pets,” he said.

      Opening statements in this case are set to begin on Tuesday in Superior Court Judge Eddie Sturgeon's courtroom. 

      Photo Credit: NBC 7/Family

      10-year-old Aiden Pankey10-year-old Aiden Pankey

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      Images of smuggling attempts at their finest.

      Photo Credit: U.S. Customs and Border Protection

      On March 23, at around 11:30 p.m., U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the San Ysidro Port of Entry discovered 6,767 pills of oxycodone hidden inside the bumpers of a Honda Accord being drive by a U.S. Citizen. The pills were in a large package, stuffed inside the car’s front bumper, and had an estimated street value of $203,010, authorities said. The woman, a 24-year-old, was arrested on suspicion of drug smuggling.On March 23, at around 11:30 p.m., U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the San Ysidro Port of Entry discovered 6,767 pills of oxycodone hidden inside the bumpers of a Honda Accord being drive by a U.S. Citizen. The pills were in a large package, stuffed inside the car’s front bumper, and had an estimated street value of $203,010, authorities said. The woman, a 24-year-old, was arrested on suspicion of drug smuggling.

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      The City of San Diego has paid a cyclist $4.85 million after he suffered serious injuries while riding his bike on a sidewalk with uneven pavement, the largest settlement ever paid by the City of San Diego for such a case. 

      In an accident in 2014, Clifford Brown was riding his bike on College Avenue in Del Cerro when he hit a portion of uneven pavement raised seven inches high.

      He was launched more than 20 feet in the air, crashed into a sidewalk, was thrown off his bike and skidded another 10 feet further.

      Brown suffered spinal injuries and head injuries. A neurologist determined that Brown had also suffered a stroke in a deep part of his brain from the impact. Days after the crash, he went into respiratory decompensation and cardiac arrest. Several teeth were also knocked out.

      Through an attorney, he filed a lawsuit against the City of San Diego.

      The lawsuit claimed the City was responsible for the poorly maintained sidewalk in Del Cerro. The City has been made aware of the sidewalk prior to the crash and even sent a crew to inspect it, according to Brown's defense attorneys. 

      Tuesday, the City of San Diego will ratify the settlement. 

      In a statement through a spokesperson, the City of San Diego said: “the settlement isn’t about making someone rich, but about making sure Brown is able to pay for his medical expenses for the rest of his life."

      Local cyclists say they still see dangerous cracks and uneven pavement on City streets. 

      “Via Capari, the descent off of Mount Soledad has a lot of very unsafe rises in pavement, cracks,and potholes. You know there are a lot of areas like that around the city," said bicyclist Stephen Roehrs.

      Roehrs, the owner of Adams Avenue Bicycles, said he has also seen more and more bicyclists riding dangerously. 

      "People driving and using cell phones is a huge risk for bicyclists," he added.

      A personal injury attorney not associated with this case said city officials' efforts to save money during the Great Recession are likely coming back to bite them in the wallet.

      “When you slash the funding and you have more areas that are in disrepair, you're going to have more injuries," said Nathan Cowan.

      Photo Credit: NBC 7 San Diego

      A photo of an uneven, cracked sidewalk in San Diego's Del Cerro neighborhood.A photo of an uneven, cracked sidewalk in San Diego's Del Cerro neighborhood.

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      The female high school student who was planning to bomb her school and shoot students and teachers referenced the Columbine and Newtown attacks in her diary and believed she would be the first female mass shooter, police say.

      Frederick County Sheriff Charles A. Jenkins revealed new details on Tuesday about what investigators found in Nichole Cevario's diary. The 18-year-old was pulled out a classroom at Catoctin High School after her father read threats in the diary and contacted the school.

      Cevario referenced the horrific school shootings in Columbine, Colorado, and Newtown, Connecticut, Jenkins said. She focused on mistakes those shooters made, the sheriff said.

      Also, she said she believed she would be the first female mass shooter. 

      A 16-year-old girl opened fire at an elementary school in San Diego in 1979, and a woman was one of the shooters in the San Bernardino attack in 2015, among other examples. 

      Cevario stockpiled bomb-making materials and had a shotgun to attack Catoctin High on April 5, the Frederick County Sheriff's Office said Monday. 

      Police believe her diary entries were not empty threats, Sheriff Charles A. Jenkins said at a news conference Monday. 

      "We felt this was going to be carried out. There is no doubt in our minds that we diverted a disaster up there," he said. 

      Cevario "had the means and equipment to have caused a significant life safety event” at the school, police said in a statement. 

      How the Investigation Unfolded

      Police learned of Cevario's plot after her father read her diary and called the school on Thursday. Earlier, he found shotgun shells in her backpack, Jenkins said. He had noticed a change in her behavior. She already was seeing a counselor outside school.

      Within hours of the father's phone call, the honor student was pulled out of a classroom and involuntarily taken to a hospital for a psychological evaluation. 

      Police searched Cevario's home in Thurmont, Maryland, and found weapons and the diary. In the home, police say they found a 12-gauge shotgun with ammunition and bomb-making materials including pipes with end caps, shrapnel, fireworks, magnesium tape and fuse material.

      The gun and other items were purchased legally, police said. Cevario reportedly planned to saw off the shotgun.

      What Cevario's Diary Said 

      Cevario's diary "spelled out a detailed shooting event that she planned to execute on a specific date in April," police said. 

      Officials later said that date was April 5. It was not immediately clear whether that date had any significance. 

      The diary showed the high schooler, who had been taking college classes in criminal justice and working at a carryout restaurant, had been planning the attack for some time, police said. She expressed frustrations about her personal life and compiled information on the school's emergency procedures and the school resource deputy on duty. 

      "The journal was very detailed, including a time line that revealed how she was going to execute the plot, and her expectations at each stage of the event," police said. 

      The sheriff said in an update Tuesday that Cevario named one male classmate and two female classmates in the diary. All three people were friends. Police believe they were neither targets nor accomplices, but did not release additional information. 

      Investigators believe she had a second diary they cannot find.

      What's Next

      Officials say Cevario acted alone and never took a weapon or explosive device to the school. It was clear she had mental health issues, the sheriff's office said. 

      "Obviously, this was a student who needed some intervention and some help, and I think the silver lining is she's going to get the help she needs now," Frederick County Public Schools spokesman Michael Doerrer said.  

      Once Cevario is released from the hospital, she will be charged with possession of explosive and incendiary material with intent to create a destructive device. 

      Law enforcement and school officials said they had no sign Cevario had any problem.

      Life at Catoctin High was returning to normal Tuesday.

      "It's crazy to think that this could be happening in such a small community," one student said. "I feel like you know the people at your high school, but really you might not."

      Anyone with information for police is asked to call 301-600-2583. 

      How to Tell If Your Child Needs Help 

      Dr. Mary Alvord, a psychologist, said parents should watch for dramatic changes in their children's behavior. Note if children or teens suddenly withdraw from friends, hole up in their rooms for hours or fail to come home, she said. Changes in sleep patterns and eating habits, or increased irritability also can be signs something is wrong. 

      "We're really looking for patterns of change," Alvord said.

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      San Diego County officials are renewing their warnings for pregnant women, women who could be pregnant and those considering pregnancy to avoid traveling to known Zika transmission areas after a baby with severe birth defects connected to the virus was born in San Diego County. 

      The infant marks the first born in San Diego County with microcephaly associated with the Zika virus. The mother contracted the Zika virus while traveling in a foreign country where the virus is common. 

      Microcephaly stunts brain development in fetuses, causing babies to be born with abnormally small heads and brains. The children typically have other developmental and neurological health problems as well. Microcephaly has multiple causes. 

      “Pregnant women who must travel to one of these areas should strictly follow steps to prevent mosquito bites and speak with a health care provider upon return,” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer, in a statement.

      Authorities are not releasing details on the case due to privacy concerns. 

      The Zika virus can be transmitted through mosquito bites from an infected mosquito or through sexual activity. 

      Eighty-seven travel-associated cases of Zika have been reported as of March 24, according to the HHSA. 

      Four of five who contract Zika do not show symptoms. Those who do show symptoms report having a fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis. In most cases, the illness is mild and symptoms last for several days to a week after being bitten by an infected mosquito. 

      To avoid mosquito bites, the HHSA recommends doing the following:

      • Use insect repellents that contain DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol for long last protection when traveled. Pregnant women and women who are breastfeeding should use an EPA-registered insect repellent. 
      • Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants
      • Use air conditioning and keep windows closed, if possible. 
      • Reduce the number of mosquitoes outside by emptying standing water from containers like flowerpots. 

      To find a list of countries and territories with known Zika transmission, click here. 

      A file photo of a pregnant woman.A file photo of a pregnant woman.

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      A mother said a pat-down given by a TSA agent to her teenage son at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport left her son feeling "extremely violated," wondering what he did to deserve that kind of treatment.

      In an interview with NBC Nightly News in San Diego Tuesday, Jennifer Williamson said her 13-year-old son, Aaron, "left the area and was upset for quite some time.”

      Williamson said her son was detained for more than an hour Sunday morning at the airport while being screened at the security line as the family traveled to San Diego. The mother captured video of her son’s pat-down on her cellphone, posting the video to Facebook as she expressed her outrage over the incident.

      In her social media post, Williamson said she had asked TSA to screen her son in “other ways” because he has sensory processing disorder, a condition that can make one sensitive to stimuli like sounds, lights, touch and textures.

      "I asked the agent if there was some type of way we could conduct it in a different manner than patting him down. I was then told that we could either be patted down or we could be escorted out by the DFW Police," Williamson told NBC Nightly News.

      The video shows a TSA agent telling Aaron about the screening process before the pat-down begins. The teenager nods as he stands with his legs and arms extended to his side. The agent proceeds to thoroughly touch the teen’s body, moving his hands onto Aaron’s shoulders and armpits, then down his back several times, down the sides of his upper body.

      The TSA agent then checks all the way around the teen’s waistband, down his legs and the back of his shorts before touching in between the teen’s thighs. Aaron looks straight ahead. The agent walks to the boy’s front and pats him down for a second time before completing the screening.

      Williamson said the pat-down was “horrifying” and left her son feeling confused, as if he’d done something to warrant it. She called it "extremely excessive."

      “We’ve dealt with questions for several days now asking why that happened, and what he did wrong,” she told NBC Nightly News.

      Aaron told NBC Nightly News that the pat-down did not feel right to him, but all he could think about was going on vacation with his family.

      "Whenever this officer was touching me in certain areas, I was taught that nobody should touch you in that area," the teenager said. "And whenever someone's touching you like that you would think, 'Oh, Who is this person and why are they doing this?' And for all that reason I didn't want to make a big scene, because my Mom got asked, 'Be escorted out with the police or go to San Diego...' And I really wanted to go to San Diego and I wanted to go to Disneyland and all of that stuff."

      In trying to make sense of the incident, Williamson said she's watched the video again.

      "I noticed very quickly that my son was pat down in private and sensitive areas repeatedly," she added. "They did not go over those areas one time, they went over them four times. They opened the back of his pants... They opened the front of his pants. They grabbed his arms on either side and grabbed his legs on either side. I don't know what they thought would've been under his skin, but I didn't think that was appropriate, and especially after I had told them that sensory issues were a challenge for him."

      In response to the high-profile incident, the TSA released this statement:

      “TSA allows for a pat-down of a teenage passenger, and in this case, all approved procedures were followed to resolve an alarm of the passenger's laptop.

      "The video shows a male TSA officer explaining the procedure to the passenger, who fully cooperates. Afterward, the TSA officer was instructed by his supervisor, who was observing, to complete the final step of the screening process. 

      "In total, the pat-down took approximately two minutes, and was observed by the mother and two police officers who were called to mitigate the concerns of the mother.

      "The passengers were at the checkpoint for approximately 45 minutes, which included the time it took to discuss screening procedures with the mother and to screen three carry-on items that required further inspection.”

      Williamson said Aaron “set off no alarms” prior to the pat-down, adding: “He physically did not alarm at all during the screening, he passed through the detector just fine.”

      The mother said her family was “treated like dogs” and the incident caused them to miss their flight.

      “These power tripping TSA agents who are traumatizing children and doing whatever they feel like without any cause, need to be reined in,” she added.

      She said as Aaron's mother, the screening was difficult to watch.

      "As a mother I think any mother that saw their child being handled in that way would feel uncomfortable. I think most of the people that have read and commented and been commenting on this situation, that have children, or are involved with children, felt exactly the same way," Williamson said. "It seemed like a gross violation for a child to have to go through."

      Williamson said she wants an apology from TSA and for the supervisor in this case to be reprimanded.

      Photo Credit: NBC Nightly News
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      Jennifer Williamson spoke to NBC Nightly News in San Diego on March 28.Jennifer Williamson spoke to NBC Nightly News in San Diego on March 28.

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      Bob Petralia holds up a large chunk of frozen ice from his new refrigerator.

      “The ice is not supposed to be like that,” Petralia said.

      The La Mesa homeowner had never had a refrigerator with an ice maker before and at first, he thought this was normal.

      “The ice is all clumped together in one solid mass rather than being loose,” Petralia said.

      The Whirlpool refrigerator was the last piece of the Petralia’s remodeling puzzle. At first, they loved the look and design of their new refrigerator but, they said months after they bought it from Lowe’s in Mission Valley, the problems started.

      “It seemed like the temperature in the refrigerator would not hold properly, it would go down and shortly after that we started to have problems with the ice maker,” Petralia said.

      The couple called Lowe’s and Laurie Petralia, Bob’s wife said the company was quick about sending a repairman.

      “We became on a first name basis with our service guy because he was out here so many times, ten or eleven times,” Laurie Petralia said.

      Humor turned to frustration though when another problem turned up: noise.

      “That thing has been so noisy it’s almost like you had to turn on the TV to drown it out,” Bob Petralia said.

      That was the final straw and the reason the couple turned to NBC 7 Responds, Bob Petralia said.

      NBC 7 Responds reached out to Lowe’s and within days, a new refrigerator was on its way.

      “It was astonishing how quickly things happened,” Laurie Petralia said.

      In an email, Steve Salazar, a communications manager for Lowe’s said, “We apologize for the inconvenience Mr. Petralia had, and are pleased to have resolved his concerns to his satisfaction.”

      Bob Petralia shows how his new refrigerator produced clumps of ice.Bob Petralia shows how his new refrigerator produced clumps of ice.

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      Police are searching for a man who tried to snatch a laptop from the hands of a San Diego State University (SDSU) student crossing the street in the middle of the day. 

      The attempted robbery happened at approximately 12:10 p.m. Tuesday on the 6000 block of Lindo Paseo, near a 7-Eleven and ARCO, just south of the campus. 

      Police said the student was crossing the street when a man attempted to grab a laptop computer from her hands. 

      The student resisted, and the man fled empty-handed. 

      The suspect was last seen running on foot heading eastbound on Montezuma Road. He is described as 6 feet 3 inches, last seen wearing a black t-shirt and chocolate brown pants. He was unshaven.

      The suspect may have been driving a blue BMV convertible with a black convertible top and no front license plate. 

      Anyone with information or questions should contact the San Diego Police Department. You can remain anonymous by contacting Crime Stoppers at 619-235-8477.

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      SeaWorld San Diego announced two new limited-time ticket offers Tuesday that could save visitors a pretty penny now through mid-June.

      The marine amusement park unveiled a couple of value ticket options: a single-day, $55 ticket, valid on weekdays now through June 16, and a new “any-day” ticket, valid now through June 11, for $69.

      The $55 weekday ticket costs $38 less than the regular price of single-day admission ($93). This ticket is valid only for visits Monday through Friday, and if purchased by March 25. The ticket must be purchased in advance either online or by calling (619) 222-4SEA; the offer is not available in person at the park. The $69 “any-day” ticket has a savings of $24 off the regular price. Again, this deal has to be purchased in advance – not at the park – by March 25.

      One more offer is the $87 “Fun Card,” which offers unlimited admission to the park now through Dec. 30. Again, it must be purchased in advance, as the offer is not available at the park.

      SeaWorld has seen attendance fall since the release of the highly controversial documentary, “Blackfish,” which criticized conditions of the park’s captive killer whales. The film focused on Tilikum, an orca that killed a SeaWorld trainer during a show in Orlando in 2010. Tilikum, who had been seriously ill, died this past January.

      Days after Tilikum’s death, SeaWorld San Diego announced it would end its long-running, theatrical killer whale show, making way for a new orca show billed as a more educational experience into the lives of killer whales.

      Earlier this month, SeaWorld San Diego launched its new “All Day Orca Play” program, which invites visitors to watch the killer whales interact with trainers and encourages visitors to ask questions.

      The program will run for the next seven weeks, leading up to the park’s new show, “Orca Encounter,” where guests will see how orcas eat and communicate.

      Photo Credit: Mike Aguilera/SeaWorld San Diego

      Mom and baby killer whale swim together at SeaWorld San Diego’s Shamu Stadium in this file photo from 2013.Mom and baby killer whale swim together at SeaWorld San Diego’s Shamu Stadium in this file photo from 2013.

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      A downtown San Diego landmark that’s gone to ruin is getting closer to new life in the 21st century.

      The California Theatre, built in 1927, has been boarded up for more than a quarter-century, gathering graffiti and pigeons.

      Civic boosters hope what’s in line to take its place – a 40-story, $125 million residential tower branded Overture -- will jump-start an economic and cultural rebirth in that part of town.

      The crumbling theater stands on C Street, a trolley corridor infested with a lot of blight.

      “It’s structurally no longer intact,” says Cyrus Sanandaji of Presidio Bay Ventures, who’s heading up the replacement effort. “Its integrity is completely compromised.”

      Critics of certain urban settings in the city have dubbed C Street the "Boulevard of Broken Dreams".

      Much of the commercial space there is vacant, and the thoroughfare is a haven for the homeless.

      The noise of passing trolleys and sight of transients napping on the sidewalks don't exactly add up to an attractive hustle-and-bustle.

      State redevelopment incentives ended six years ago, and tax-credit approaches can be financially challenging.

      The Overture is designed for 282 living units, a fitness center, lap pool, yoga rooms and seven parking levels – with a replication of the theater’s facades, sign and marquee.

      "It'll be (built) with new materials; it won't be contaminated with lead or asbestos,” Sanandaji told NBC 7 in an interview. “It'll be modern in construction, and it'll be one-to-one identical to the original structure that was built -- and incorporated into our development."

      Historic preservationists oppose Overture, which is expected to get City Council approval next week.

      Bruce Coons, executive director of Save our History Organisation, calls the prospect of the theater’s demolition "a tremendous loss for San Diego".

      He told NBC 7 that the group is considering legal action.

      Overture’s backers, Sloan Capital and Presidio Bay Ventures, see the project as a catalyst for revitalizing C Street.

      “We're hoping that the Overture, and it being the 'second act' of the California Theatre,” says Sanandaji, “will help to bring that life and that play and that entertainment back to 4th and C -- something that's been missing for decades."

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      A petition quickly amassing signatures online calls for members of the Senate to force first lady Melania Trump to move into the White House or pay for the security required to protect her in New York City.

      The petition says U.S. taxpayers are paying an “exorbitant amount of money” to protect the first lady and her 11-year-old son Barron in Trump Tower and that funding should be cut.

      By 10 p.m. Monday the petition on had garnered just over 80,000 signatures of its 150,000 goal. If the goal is reached, the petition will be delivered to senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.

      A proposed letter to senators Sanders and Warren reads: “Make Melania Trump stay in the White House or pay for the expenses herself.”

      The NYPD estimates that it costs $127,000 to $146,000 a day to protect the first lady and her 10-year-old son Barron when President Trump is not in the city, The New York Times reported. When the president is in the city, it costs about $308,000 a day. That’s about $50 million a year to protect Melania and Barron, according to the Times.

      While President Donald Trump moved into the White House after he was inaugurated in January, his wife and youngest son have stayed in Manhattan. The president has said the two of them will move to Washington, D.C., with him when Barron finishes his school year. 

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      President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump walk across the South Lawn to depart the White House.President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump walk across the South Lawn to depart the White House.

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      A black bull wandering around an East Bay highway Monday night was fatally struck by a car during a collision that triggered a six-car pileup, according to the California Highway Patrol.

      One car slammed into the bull walking in the fast lane along the pitch-dark highway, CHP officier Nathan Johnson said. Five more cars behind the original collision proceeded to smash into the first vehicle. One of the cars overturned.

      "It's just a bad deal for all of us," local rancher Nick Compaglia said. "We don't ever want this to happen."

      Compaglia owns a number of nearby ranches, and he said the bull, which was most likely valued between $8,000 and $10,000, most likely slipped through a fence previously eroded by wet weather this winter.

      "It scares us all to death when they get out on the freeway," he said.

      The people involved in the crash suffered no more than minor injuries, according to Johnson. A distraught Compaglia was thankful that the situation didn't turn out any worse.

      "All we're thankful for is that nobody got killed in this wreck," he said.

      A Sig-alert was issued as all lanes were temporarily blocked on eastbound Highway 4, according to Johnson.

      Earlier Monday, also in Contra Costa County, loose horses on a freeway brought traffic to a standstill during the morning commute on Interstate 680.

      Photo Credit: NBC Bay Area

      Police in the East Bay clean up after a six-car pileup was triggered by a bull on the roadway. (March 27, 2017)Police in the East Bay clean up after a six-car pileup was triggered by a bull on the roadway. (March 27, 2017)

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      A mother is "livid" after she said her young son was detained for more than an hour at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Sunday morning.

      Jennifer Williamson posted a video on Facebook Sunday that shows her son, Aaron, being patted down by a TSA agent in the security line.

      In the post, Williamson writes that she asked TSA agents to screen her son in "other ways" because he has Sensory Processing Disorder. Those who suffer from the condition can be overly sensitive to environmental stimuli, such as sounds, lights and textures.

      The video shows the TSA agent patting Aaron down thoroughly along his back from his neck to his knees. The agent then pats down the front of Aaron's body, including the front of his shorts, his waistband and in between his thighs. The agent is then seen checking the boy's waistband again and patting down the front of his shorts for a second time. 

      Williamson said that two DFW Airport police officers were also called in to pat down her son, "flanking him on each side."

      "He set off NO alarms. He physically did not alarm at all during screening, he passed through the detector just fine," she said, adding that several hours later her son is still saying "I don't know what I did. What did I do?"

      Williamson said her family was "treated like dogs" and that "these power tripping TSA agents who are traumatizing children and doing whatever they feel like without any cause, need to be reined in."

      She noted that the video only shows a portion of the interaction with TSA agents, and wished she had recorded it from the beginning "because it was horrifying." The incident also caused them to miss their flight.

      The TSA released the following statement in response:

      "TSA allows for a pat-down of a teenage passenger, and in this case, all approved procedures were followed to resolve an alarm of the passenger’s laptop.
      "The video shows a male TSA officer explaining the procedure to the passenger, who fully cooperates. Afterward, the TSA officer was instructed by his supervisor, who was observing, to complete the final step of the screening process.
      "In total, the pat-down took approximately two minutes, and was observed by the mother and two police officers who were called to mitigate the concerns of the mother.
      "The passengers were at the checkpoint for approximately 45 minutes, which included the time it took to discuss screening procedures with the mother and to screen three carry-on items that required further inspection."

      After a former Dallas radio host criticized D/FW Airport and TSA on Twitter, calling the pat down "pedophilia not security," the airport wrote: "@CarlaMarionNews @TSA We understand your concerns and we have notified @AskTSA. To file a formal complaint, visit:"

      Photo Credit: Jennifer Williamson via Facebook
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      Democratic National Committee has requested the resignation letters of all current staffers be submitted by next month, according to multiple sources familiar with the party's internal working, NBC News reported.

      Party staffs typically sees major turnover with a new boss, but the mass resignation letters will give new chairman Tom Perez a chance to completely remake the DNC's headquarters from scratch after staffing had already reached unusual low following a round of layoffs in December.

      Immediately after Perez' election in late February, an adviser to outgoing DNC Interim Chair Donna Brazile, Leah Daughtry, asked every employee to submit a letter of resignation dated April 15, several sources tell NBC News.

      The DNC has declined to comment.

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      San Diego angel investor Taner Halicioglu is donating $75 million to his alma mater University of California, San Diego.

      The cash, the biggest gift from a graduate in the university’s history, will be used to make the campus a national leader in data science. Halicioglu’s gift will establish the Halicioglu Institute for Data Science.

      “Because data science is an extremely cross-disciplinary subject, it only seems fitting that something like an institute should exist in order to support it,” Halicioglu said in a post on Facebook Sunday. “While this Institute’s roots will be mainly with computer science, math, and cognitive science, its reaches will span across the campus.”

      Halicioglu is perhaps best known in the community for being Facebook's first outside hire. He joined the social media giant in 2004 as a senior software/operations engineer. Today, he leads angel investor syndicate SEED San Diego while lecturing at UC San Diego.

      His gift, announced Saturday at the university’s fundraising gala, comes as UC San Diego begins a $1.6 billion construction program that includes housing, classrooms, laboratories, and a student center.

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      Taner Halicioglu joined Facebook as the company's first outside hire in 2004. Photo credit: Erik Jepsen/UCSDTaner Halicioglu joined Facebook as the company's first outside hire in 2004. Photo credit: Erik Jepsen/UCSD

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      An Oceanside man will spend the rest of his life behind bars for setting the fire that killed his wife.

      Gertrude Hollis, 74, tried to crawl into a bathtub and turn on the water as a means of escaping a mobile home fire in February 2015.

      Her husband, Andrew Hollis, set the fire in the couple's home at the Lamplighter Mobile Home Park on North River Road.

      When Oceanside firefighters arrived, they found Gertrude Hollis in the back bathroom with the water running.

      Outside the home, firefighters found Andrew suffering from smoke inhalation and serious burns to his face and upper body.

      Officials told NBC 7 the next day that he had begged emergency crews to rescue his wife and stepson.

      The stepson was found hours later unharmed.

      Andrew Hollis was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison without parole for the murder of his wife.

      Daughter Vera Cunningham described her mother as the glue that held the family together.

      She wore her mother's watch and scarf to the sentencing hearing. When Hollis spoke, he offered no remorse, she said.

      “That he took our mother’s life the way that he did,” Cunningham said. “He had every opportunity to save our mom and he didn't.”

      The Oceanside Fire and Police departments worked with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms to solve the suspicious fire, which burned the home Andrew and Gertrude had lived in for more than 30 years, according to neighbors.

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