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Real bear behind Winnie the Pooh is a girl, and more things you may not know about beloved character
01/18/2019 5:18am

A childrens book revealed that the real bear cub that served as the inspiration for Winnie the Pooh was actually a girl. and more fun facts in honor of Winnie the Pooh Day.

LAUSD teachers strike day 4: Everything you need to know
01/18/2019 3:05am

The LAUSD and United Teachers Los Angeles have yet to reach a deal. Heres everything you need to know about the ongoing teachers strike.

Rain unleashes mud flows in Studio City, prompts evacuation in Hollywood Hills
01/18/2019 3:02am

The relentless rain unleashed mud flows onto streets in Studio City and also prompted an evacuation in a Hollywood Hills neighborhood.

Dignity Health Northridge becomes 1st hospital to acquire earthquake warning system
01/18/2019 2:56am

Northridge Hospital Medical Center looked back on the devastation and chaos that followed after the deadly Northridge quake.

25-year anniversary of Northridge Earthquake comes with warnings
01/18/2019 2:24am

The panic of the 1994 Northridge Earthquake may have subsided, but fears of a stronger temblor are pushing policies to safeguard the public.



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Gov't Shutdown Wreaks More Havoc the Longer It Continues
01/17/2019 6:02pm

Southwest Airlines yearlong effort to launch affordable flights to Hawaii is stalled. Craft brewers havent been able to ship their seasonal beers. Hundreds of federal rental assistance contracts with private landlords have expired, putting low-income families and seniors at risk of eviction. Across the country, thousands of unpaid government employees and contractors struggling to make ends meet are turning to food banks for assistance.As the partial government shutdown moves through its fourth week with no end in sight, the economic blow is hitting not only federal workers but also business people, households and travelers across the country.And experts warn that if the shutdown drags into February or beyond, as the president has suggested it could, the devastating impact would be widespread. High Drama, Few Results as Trump Warns of Long Shutdown Well be in no mans land, Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moodys Analytics, told NBC News.Here is how the worsening damage could unfold: IRS Recalling 46,000 Workers to Handle Taxes Amid Shutdown Food InsecurityThe U.S. Department of Agriculture said it can fund the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program SNAP, also known as food stamps, through February. The agency announced last week that it would bankroll the $4.8 billion in benefits for 39 million people enrolled in SNAP, but with a catch: States must issue those payments on or before Jan. 20 and families must make those funds about $250 per household last through February, whether the government reopens or not.If the shutdown lasts until March,the USDA could be forced to dip into its reserves to help fund the program, and its $3 billion SNAP contingency fund wont cover a full month of benefits. Super Bowl Planners: Shutdown Brings Uncharted Territory If the shutdown continues and USDA determines it does not have the authority to extend SNAP in March without congressional action, many low-income households would be at risk of serious hunger and hardship, said Dottie Rosenbaum, senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Emergency food assistance providers such as food banks and food pantries, as well as other local community service providers, would likely see dramatic increases in demand as families and individuals scrambled to fill the hole in their monthly food budgets.Its not just families enrolled in the program that would take a blow.Should SNAP benefits cease, Rosenbaum said the more than 250,000 supermarkets, grocery stores, and other retailers that participate in the programwould see a substantial drop in SNAP redemptions, which in many cases constitute a significant share of their sales.Eventually, non-food retailers will also feel the pinch. Thats because SNAP frees up cash for low-income households to buy other basic essentials like diapers and clothing, boosting economic stimulus.A 2010 USDA study found that every $1 in SNAP benefits generates $1.79 in economic activity.Threats of EvictionSince the shutdown began on Dec. 22, the Department of Housing and Urban Development has been unable to renew almost 700 rental assistance contracts, placing low-income seniors and families at risk of eviction, according to the National Low Income Housing Coalition NLIHC.Another 450Project-Based Rental Assistance contracts are slated to expire over the next two weeks, and an additional 550 wont be renewed should the shutdown continue through February, NLIHC President Diane Yentel said.Under the Section 8 housing voucher program, tenants pay 30 percent of their household income for rent and utilities while the federal government makes up the rest of the rent.The average annual income for these households is $13,000.The Washington Post reported HUD sent a letter to landlords earlier this month, instructing property owners to dip into their reserve accounts to cover funding shortfalls and keep tenants in their homes.But not all property owners have sufficient savings to dip into and need the rental revenue to pay their mortgages, insurance, property taxes and other operating expenses.A landlord in Arkansas came under fire this week over a letter sent to more than 1,200 tenants across her 50 apartment complexes throughout the state. The letter said that because of the government shutdown, tenants had until Jan. 20 to either pay their rents in full or leave.If the people cant pay their rent, I cant pay bills. If I dont get paid, I cant pay my people, Annette Cowen, a property manager in Arkansas, told KFSM-TV.Arkansas Online reportedthat after media attention and calls to lawmakers to intervene, the USDA told Cowen the agency would finance the rental contracts through at least February and maybe longer.People are really scared about what will happen to them, Yentel told NBC in a phone interview. Landlords of Americas poorest tenants wont be the only property owners concerned about whether theyll get the next rent payment.The General Services Administration, which leases more than 187 million square feet of space around the country on behalf of federal government agencies, could miss its January rent payments at thousands of properties if the shutdown continues into February.Joe Brennan, managing director ofGovernment Investor Services at JLL, said in a phone interview it is unclear how widespread the ripple effect of a delinquent federal tenant would be. Investors in commercial real estate properties are not just developers, but include pension funds, collateralized debt obligation bonds and capital stocks.This is uncharted territory, Brennan said. The government has never missed rent payments before.The faith and credit of the U.S. government has historically made the investment low risk with competitive leases. If the once-reliable tenant misses several rent payments over the course of the shutdown, Brennan warned investors may label them high risk, leading to higher rent prices paid for by American taxpayers. Private landlords leasing space to the government cant evict their federal tenants over nonpayment. They also cant fine the government over late payments without approval from their tenant. Their only recourse is fight it out in court, a long and expensive process, Brennan said.Justice Delayed Is Justice DeniedThe government shutdown, meanwhile, is threatening to grind federal court cases to a halt after it runs out of money on Jan. 25.The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, which initially projectedthat funding would be exhausted by Jan. 18,revised its estimated outlook on Tuesday. The office said in a statement that the additional week of funding was mainly attributed to aggressiveefforts to reduce expenditures. Since the shutdown began, federal courts have continued to operate by using court fee balances and other no-year funds. Courts and federal public defender offices have delayed or deferred non-mission critical expenses, such as new hires, non-case related travel, and certain contracts as part of their cost-cutting efforts. Judiciary employees are reporting to work and currently are in full-pay status.But once existing funding runs out the courts will operate on an essential work basis. Individual courts are allowed to determine which staffers are deemed necessary. Some courts have already issued orders suspending or postponing civil cases in which the government is a party.And while President Donald Trump claims the fight over funding for a wall is necessary to address border security, the shutdown is having an unintended consequence on his efforts to curbillegal immigration.Between Dec. 24 and Jan. 11, 42,726 immigration court hearings were canceled due to the shutdown, congesting an already backlogged system, according to a report from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University. Another 20,000 scheduled cases will be canceled by the end of this week and as many as 100,000 hearings will be pushed back indefinitely by the end of the month if the shutdown continues.Ashley Tabaddor, president of the National Association of Immigration Judges, said in an interview with NPR that she now has around 2,000 immigration cases before her court in Los Angeles. And some judges, according to Tabaddor, have upwards of 4,000. The cases are booked years in advance and rescheduling them will be a logistical nightmare. We dont have time to adequately consider the cases that we do have, much less have to spend extra time to think about what were going to do with all the cases that have to be rescheduled, she told NPR.Safety RisksThe Food and Drug Administration announced Monday it would resume inspections of some of the riskiest foods such as cheeses, produce and infant formula as early as Tuesday. The routine inspections had been briefly halted as a result of the partial government shutdown.FDA Commissioner Scott Gottliebtold NBC News his staff put calls out to furloughed workers to gauge whether they would come back to work despite not getting paychecks.We got an overwhelming response from our very dedicated and mission-driven field force who are coming back to work unpaid, he said.Riskier foods account for about a third of the agencys roughly 8,400 routine inspections each year.Meanwhile, applications for new drugs have been halted. The FDA review of a life-saving peanut allergy treatment for children ages 4 to 17 is on hold due to the government shutdown. The California-based biotech company Aimmune Therapeutics said in an SEC regulatory filing that the FDA is unable to begin review of AR101, its experimental treatment for peanut allergies, due to the shutdown. A spokeswoman for the company told NBC that the FDA will initiate review of AR10 once the lapse in appropriations has ended.However, Aimmune could see further delays even after the government has re-opened. Gottlieb warned in a tweet on Jan. 5 that the FDA is running out of user fees, which are paid by the companies and used to fund the regulatory review of drugs. The money was diverted to fund safety inspections during the shutdown. He wrote on Twitter that review program will run out of money in early February.The shutdown has halted inspection of chemical factories, power plants, oil refineries, water treatment plants, and thousands of other industrial sites for pollution violations, The New York Times reported.It has alsosuspended federal cleanups at Superfund sites around the nation and forced the cancellation of public hearings, deepening the mistrust and resentment of surrounding residents who feel people in power long ago abandoned them to live among the toxic residue of the countrys factories and mines.Houston, We Have a ProblemThe effects of the shutdown are already rippling through aviation, with unpaid security screeners staying home, air-traffic controllers suing the government and safety inspectors off the job.Transportation Security Administration TSA screeners who staff security checkpoints and air-traffic controllers are among the essential federal employees required to work through the shutdown without pay.I still have a mortgage to pay, I still have financial obligations students loans and those dont stop, Gerald Quaye, an air-traffic controller at New Yorks JFK airport, told NBC New York. So, to come to work and not get paid and not know when Im going to get my next paycheck, its unsettling. It also has security repercussions.Mike Perrone, president of the Professional Aviation Safety Specialists union, said its hard for TSA and FAA employees to keep their head in the game when theyre worried about bills not getting paid.Many employees tell local media they cant afford to miss another paycheck. Industry officials worry that if the shutdown lingers and TSA employees quit en masse, with training for new highers on hold, the lack of staffing will lead to longer security lines, closed checkpoints, extended flight delays and even the grounding of flights.TSA only has what it has, said Christopher Bidwell, the vice president for security at the trade group Airports Council International-North AmericaEconomic Damage RipplesOn Tuesday, Kevin Hassett, a top economist in the White House, acknowledged that the shutdown was weighing on the economy more than he had previously estimated. Hassett, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, said the White House now calculates that annual growth is slowing by about 0.1 percentage point a week.Some companies are pointing to specific problems: Delta said Tuesday that the shutdown is costing it $25 million a month in government travel. Its CEO, Edward Bastian, said that with the FAA partially closed, Delta will also likely delay the start date of eight new aircraft.Southwest Airlines told eager customers on social media that their long-awaited flights to Hawaii are on hold because they have not been able to complete the FAAs certification process for extended over-water flights. The Dallas-based carrier had hoped to start selling tickets for service to service to Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport on the Big Island, Lihue Airport on Kauai, Kahului Airport on Maui and Daniel K. Inouye International Airport on Oahu by late 2018, with flights debuting in early 2019, according the AP.Bloomberg reportsFiat ChryslerChief Executive Officer Mike Manley told attendees at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit that the new Dodge Ram 3500, which was unveiled Monday, could be delayed reaching the market because of the shutdown. Manley saidthe company is waiting on an emissions certificate from the EPAs Office of Transportation and Air quality, and cannot sell the truck until that is approved.The Securities and Exchange Commission, which oversees public stock offerings, is mostly closed because of the shutdown. As a result, some companies that had been planning initial public offerings in coming months, including Uber and Lyft, are likely facing delays. Marianne Lake, chief financial officer for JPMorgan Chase, said the bank could lose out on fees from IPOs and merger and acquisition deals that would be delayed if other shuttered agencies cant approve them.The nations craft beer taps are also being squeezed.The federal shutdown halted operations at the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, which regulates alcohol production and distribution, preventing new breweries from opening and stopping shipments of some suds across state lines.Brewers are increasingly nervous that they will lose money if brewery openings and seasonal beers are delayed much longer.The end of the shutdown wont bring an immediate end to the delays. The longer the shutdown continues, the bigger the backlog the bureau will have to sort through when work resumes. That means it could still be months before labels and permits are approved.A big part of it will be all the plans that brewers have for 2019 will get thrown out the window, said Paul Gatza, director of the Brewers Association in Boulder, Colorado.The Associated Press contributed to this report.Photo Credit: AP This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.

Email Prompts Man to Attend Stranger's Vt. Bachelor Party
01/18/2019 6:20am

A typo in an email address connected total strangers and will result in an unlikely guest at a party in Vermont this weekend.I try to be open to things in life, said Will Novak of Arizona, who was accidentally invited to the bachelor party of a man he never met. Harvey Weinstein Breaks With His Criminal Defense Lawyer A typo meant the invitation went to Will instead of to Bill Novak of Brooklyn, because their email addresses like their names are just a single letter off from one another.Hes a really nice guy, Bill Novak said of Will Novak, referring to the email and texting friendship that developed after other party guests sorted out the email confusion. Trump Grounds Pelosi After She Imperils His Big Speech The invitation was to a bachelor party for a man named Angelo and will be held this weekend at Vermonts Okemo Mountain Resort.Will Novak responded to the misdirected message, accepting the invitation, because he said he thought Angelo and his friends seemed cool. US Govt May Have Split Up Thousands More Migrant Families The fact they wrote back and met me at my level of intensity and enthusiasm and were like, You seem great, youre hilarious, come on out lets have fun, was amazing, Will Novak said.Its very crazy, Bill Novak acknowledged, adding that he thinks his group of friends will all get along with the stranger from Arizona, based on the sense of humor and fun Will has demonstrated.The director of Okemos ski-and-ride school said he will give the Arizonan beginner lessons, hoping to get his skills to the point where he can take an easy run with the whole bachelor party.Ive never heard of anything even close to something like this, ski-and-ride instructor Chris Saylor said of the unusual reason the guest is attending the bachelor party. I think the friendship theyre going to build with people theyve never met before, just through an errant email its going to be stories for a lifetimeBill Novak, the intended guest, said he cant wait to meet the other Novak, and made a T-shirt staking his claim that hes the real Will Novak.Will Novak, the one in Arizona, said he is curious if his return trip home Sunday may be delayed by snow this weekend in New England. If it is, no biggie, he said: hell just have more time to spend with his new buddies.Thursday, Gov. Phil Scott, R-Vermont, tweeted well-wishes to the groom-to-be and the guests at the bachelor party.Please extend my congratulations to Angelo and his bride-to-be on their wedding Scott tweeted. Its always great when new people visit Vermont. I hope you all have a fun weekend. Be safe and enjoy the snowPhoto Credit: necn

Photos: Winter Storm Socks SoCal
01/17/2019 11:58pm

Winter storm warnings were in effect in parts of SoCal as heavy rain, winds and snow swept across the region.Photo Credit: KNBC-TV

Caught on Camera: Big Rig Slams Into Freeway Divider
01/18/2019 3:23am

A drivers in-car camera captured the harrowing moment that an oncoming big rig slammed through a center-divider Wednesday on an Orange County freeway.The crash was reported at about 10:30 a.m. on the 91 Freeway near the Lakeview Avenue exit in Anaheim. Video from a car headed west shows the eastbound big rig topple onto its side and smash into the concrete divider during a morning of steady rain and wet roads across Southern California. Southern California Mountain Snow Days The big rig driver crossed two lanes of traffic, crashed into another vehicle, then hit the divider, sending concrete pieces into the air, according to a Press-Enterprise report. Debris struck at least two vehicles as it scattered across freeway lanes.No serious injuries were reported. Picture of Egg Sets Record as Instagrams Most-Liked Post Photo Credit: Cesar

Pence Offended Criticism of Wife's Job at Anti-LGBTQ School
01/18/2019 3:27am

Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday addressed news coverage and criticism regarding his wifes decision to return to teaching at a Virginia elementary school that explicitly bars LGBTQ employees and students, NBC News reported.My wife and I have been in the public eye for quite a while, were used to the criticism, Pence said in an interview with EWTN, a cable network that offers news from a Catholic perspective. But, he added, to see major news organizations attacking Christian education is deeply offensive to us. Timeline of Events: The 1994 Northridge Earthquake We have a rich tradition in America of Christian education, and frankly religious education broadly defined, he continued. Well let the other critics roll off our back, but this criticism of Christian education in America should stop.National news outlets, including NBC News, reported Wednesday on the publicly available employment application and parent agreement of Immanuel Christian School in Springfield, Virginia, where Karen Pence is now teaching art twice a week. Click Here or Email Your Photos to Photo Credit: Eraldo Peres/AP, File



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IE Varsity scoreboard: Thursday, January 17
01/18/2019 12:41am

Todays scores and player stats from varsity sports in the Inland Empire.

Cal State Fullerton pulls away from UC Riverside for 1st Big West win
01/18/2019 12:23am

Kyle Allman Jr. scores 21 points and Khalil Ahmad adds 14 to lead the Titans to a 69-61 victory over the Highlanders on Thursday night in Fullerton. Callum McRae and Dominick Pickett score 13 points apiece to lead UCR.

Washington must fund border security, so no more angels get their wings
01/17/2019 11:45pm

One partys opposition to President Trump cannot become an excuse to refuse the border security and immigration enforcement measures needed to prevent more American families from joining the ranks of the grieving.

Hot-shooting Lakers stun Thunder in overtime road win
01/17/2019 11:37pm

Nothing has come easy for the LeBron-less Lakers, who fell behind by 17 points early before Ivica Zubac, Josh Hart and the bench provided a spark. Kyle Kuzma 32 points and others started knocking down 3-pointers and the Lakers made 19 of 21 free throws to outlast the Thunder.

Rachel Iacobellis’ late goal gives Centennial girls soccer a tie with Santiago
01/17/2019 11:36pm

Centennial pushes its unbeaten streak to five games by tying rival Santiago in a pivotal Big VIII League match Thursday, Jan 17.

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