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L.A. Plans Crackdown on Unsafe Warehouses in Wake of Oakland Tragedy

“What we’re trying to do in the filing in the 931 Pico case and convening this meeting is to avoid a tragedy here.”
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L.A. Mike Feuer said in an interview that Los Angeles needs to address its housing shortage and crack down on illegal and unmaintained residences. Feuer, the fire chief and superintendent of the city’s building and safety department will meet to discuss an “aggressive response” to commercial spaces that have been converted into apartments or lofts, he said. Debris inside a warehouse where a fire killed at least 24 people during a club-style party. 34.052234

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Deadly ‘Ghost Ship’ Warehouse Fire Prompts Safety Concerns for Similar Buildings in L.A. Using a mixed-use building at 931 E. Plans Crackdown on Unsafe Warehouses in Wake of Oakland Tragedy

Debris inside a warehouse where a fire killed at least 24 people during a club-style party. Oakland Warehouse Fire: What We Know About the Victims
Death Toll From Oakland Warehouse Fire Climbs to 36; Criminal Investigation Team Examines Evidence Pico Blvd. “In the wake of the tragedy in Oakland, I think it’s especially important that we be vigilant,” Feuer said. (Credit: David Butow / Los Angeles Times)

In the wake of Oakland’s devastating warehouse fire that killed 36 people last week, Los Angeles city officials will meet next week to determine how to address the city’s own unpermitted housing issues, the city attorney’s office said. as an example of hazards tenants can face, City Atty.

World War II Veteran Who Survived Pearl Harbor Shares Memory of Attack on 75th Anniversary

Elizaeth Espinosa reports from San Pedro for the KTLA 5 News at 1 on Dec. 7, 2016. 33.736062

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A 93-year-old veteran who survived the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor shared his memories from that day on Wednesday, exactly 75 years after the attack that thrust the United States into World War II took place.

IRS Warns Some Taxpayers’ Refunds Will Be Delayed in 2017

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Anyone who doesn’t claim the earned income or the additional child tax credit should get their refund within 21 days of their return being accepted by the IRS. tool and the IRS2Go phone app to check the status of your refund. “We want people to be aware of the change for their planning purposes during the holidays,” IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said. People who count on getting their tax refunds in January to pay off holiday shopping bills might not see their money until mid-February, or even later, according to KTLA sister station KDVR in Denver. 38.907192
-77.036871 15 at the earliest. “A new law requires the IRS to hold refunds until mid-February in 2017 for people claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit or the Additional Child Tax Credit,” the agency said in a statement. “In addition, new identity theft and refund fraud safeguards put in place by the IRS and the states may mean some tax returns and refunds face additional review.”

As Holidays Approach, #IRS Reminds Taxpayers of Refund Delays in 2017. “We don’t want anyone caught by surprise if they get their refund a few weeks later than in previous years.”
Many refunds will be delayed several weeks this year because of a new law and increased safeguards against identity theft and fraud, the agency announced this week. If you claim the earned income tax credit (a benefit for working people with low to moderate income) or the additional child tax credit (a refundable tax credit for parents), you won’t see your money until Feb.

Miss Quad on Her Proud Husband and Meeting at the Grocery Store

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Married to Medicine airs Sunday at 9 PM on Bravo and starting December 16th will air Fridays at 8 PM on Bravo. This segment aired on the KTLA Morning News, Wednesday, December 7, 2016.

Georgia Police Officer Fatally Shot, Second Officer in Critical Condition; Suspect Sought

Authorities have named Minquel Lembrick as a suspect in the shooting; Lembrick was being sought Wednesday afternoon, said Diane Brown with the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office. The slain cop served on the Americus police force, while the other works for the university. Both were shot while responding to a call about a domestic dispute, Miles said. ×
Georgia Police Officer Fatally Shot, Second Officer in Critical Condition; Suspect Sought

The suspect has been identified as Minguel Kennedy Lembrick, seen here in this photo released by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. The suspect has been identified as Minguel Kennedy Lembrick, seen here in this photo released by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. The shooting took place in the small city of Americus. “Please secure all doors and windows (any additional actions such as shut down HVAC, turn off lights, move to unobservable part of the room, get on the floor, away from doors) and await further instructions or contact by first responders,” reads a notice on the university’s website. A police officer was fatally shot and another was wounded Wednesday at an apartment complex in western Georgia, prompting a hunt for a suspect and causing nearby Georgia Southwestern State University to tell students to take shelter. 32.072386
-84.232688 The second officer was in critical condition after the shooting, Georgia Bureau of Investigation representative Nelly Miles said. Georgia Southwestern State, a school that has about 3,000 students, told its campus community to shelter in place Wednesday morning because of the shooting. Americus is some 138 miles south of Atlanta and is near Plains, the birthplace of former President Jimmy Carter.

In Diverse California, White Supremacist Seeks to Convert Fellow College Students at Cal State Campus

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Nathan Damigo brought his message of white separatism to an unusual place: an ethnic studies class at Cal State Stanislaus called Searching for America. “Even though horrible things did happen to the indigenous people … there was land set aside where they could be who they were and express themselves how they wanted to, and they could have a form of government that reflected them,” Damigo said. Speaking to a crowd filled with black and Latino students, he wove a country song tale of whites becoming an endangered minority in America and compared their plight to Native Americans — before describing his fantasy for a utopian homeland for whites not unlike Indian reservations. “And I think that is something that we want.”
The comparison elicited aghast stares from the crowd late last month. 37.494657

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White Nationalist Leader at D.C. It was a reminder that Damigo, a 30-year-old Cal State Stanislaus student, was far from the like-minded white men he had just spent the weekend with in Washington during a gathering where some stretched out their arms in Nazi salutes. (Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

In Diverse California, White Supremacist Seeks to Convert Fellow College Students at Cal State Campus

Nathan Damigo, the fouder of "Identity Evropa" and a Cal State Stanislaus student, is seen on campus. Event: ‘Hail Trump! Click here to read the full story on Hail Our People! Nathan Damigo, the fouder of "Identity Evropa" and a Cal State Stanislaus student, is seen on campus. Hail Victory!’

Dog Shot Dead by LAPD Officers Responding to Pacoima Home

The officers were not injured, and no one was arrested in the domestic violence incident. 34.264973
-118.428621 The 13600 block of Judd Street is shown in a Google Maps image. Officers were called about noon to a domestic violence situation in the 13600 block of Judd Street, Los Angeles Police Department Officer Mike Lopez said
The dog was shot and died on scene, Lopez said. Further details were not immediately available. It’s not clear what led to the shooting. KTLA’s Jennifer Thang contributed to this article. Los Angeles police officers fatally shot a dog while responding to a domestic violence call in Pacoima on Wednesday.

Navy Mom Deployed Overseas Pulls Off Caught-on-Video Surprise Reunion With Son in Ohio

She’s been deployed in Bahrain since January 2016 and this heartwarming reunion shows how much she was missed. Happy Holidays!”

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A mother who has been in the Middle East for nearly a year on military duty pulled off a surprise that had her son literally jumping out of his chair last week. The aunt arranged the surprise after Dylan’s mom missed Thanksgiving. In a video posted on the mall’s Facebook page, her son is seen sitting on Santa’s lap for a photo. “It’s the best present I could ask for,” 12-year-old Dylan Workman told KTLA sister station WJW in nearby Cleveland. The Facebook video of the reunion has been shared more than 450,000 times as of Wednesday. They have a long hug with Santa looking on. Wishing you loving reunions all season long. U.S. Navy Petty Officer Julie Workman, who has been deployed in Bahrain since January, planned the surprise for her son at the SouthPark Mall in Strongsville, Ohio, on Nov. The post said: “Petty Officer Julie Workman surprised her son last evening at SouthPark Mall’s Ice Palace. Workman walks up from the side, and, after a stunned gasp, he leaps out of the chair and into her arms. 29.

Trump Taps Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad for China Ambassador

doesn’t tax them) or to build a massive military complex in the middle of the South China Sea? Terry Branstad raise their glasses in a toast at a State Dinner on Feb. Trump has already signaled an aggressive posture toward China, bucking decades of U.S. Branstad, Miller said, “has a tremendous understanding of China and the Chinese people, and is someone who very much impressed the President-elect, not just during their meetings on the campaign trail but also in their meetings after the election.”
“It’s very clear that Gov. Miller also said that Branstad will join Trump at his Des Moines rally Thursday, one of the stops on Trump’s “thank you” tour of rallies in swing states. Branstad is someone who will represent our country well on the world stage, and we couldn’t be prouder of this selection,” Miller said. “Governor Branstad’s decades of experience in public service and long-time relationship with President Xi Jinping and other Chinese leaders make him the ideal choice to serve as America’s Ambassador to China,” Trump said in a statement. foreign policy by taking a congratulatory call from the president of Taiwan, and sending a series of bellicose tweets about currency devaluation and tariffs. And Branstad has differences of his own with Trump. (Credit: Steve Pope / Iowa Governor’s Office via Getty Images)
Trump spokesperson Jason Miller confirmed that Branstad had accepted the offer on the transition’s daily call with reporters. But their warm personal relationship may be soon put to the test. And though he never rescinded his endorsement, Branstad freely criticized Trump during some of his most controversial episodes, such as when he mocked Sen. in 2012 as a vice-president on the verge of taking power in China. Branstad is uniquely well-suited to the job, having a close, decades-long relationship with Xi. relations,” Kang said in a daily press briefing. The Trump campaign formally announced the decision in a statement Wednesday afternoon. 15, 2012, in Des Moines, Iowa. Miller cited Branstad’s experience in public policy, trade, and agriculture as attributes that led to his selection as Trump’s envoy in Beijing. Iowa Governor Terry Branstad has been picked for the post of U.S. The two have known each other since 1985, when Xi visited Iowa as a provincial official on a state exchange program during Branstad’s first term as governor, and have maintained a friendship of sorts — Xi met with Branstad during a visit to the U.S. 38.907192

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Donald Trump Speaks With Taiwan’s President, Endangering U.S. “We welcome him to play a greater role in advancing the development of China-U.S. John McCain for being a prisoner of war, and when the “Access Hollywood” leaked. I don’t think so!” Trump wrote in a series of tweets on Sunday after China expressed umbrage at his call with the president of Taiwan. According to Reuters, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang referred to the Iowa governor as an “old friend” of China when asked about rumors of Branstad’s possible appointment to the post. Branstad has argued that the deal would help workers and farmers in Iowa. “Did China ask us if it was OK to devalue their currency (making it hard for our companies to compete), heavily tax our products going into their country (the U.S. The Iowa governor is also a GOP kingmaker as the highest-elected Republican in the crucial first primary state, but he didn’t endorse Trump until May, after the GOP field had cleared. ambassador to China by President-elected Donald Trump. foreign policy in Asia, and a deal that Trump stridently opposed during his campaign. The next ambassador to China will confront a number of high-stakes diplomatic challenges in the U.S.-China relationship, including growing tensions over the disputed South China Sea, the implementation of the Paris climate change agreement, and the two countries’ economic and trade relationship. He was a supporter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal — a major factor in U.S. In this handout provided by the Iowa Governor’s Office, then-Vice President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China and Iowa Gov. Relationship With China

2 Juveniles Charged With Aggravated Arson in Tennessee Fires That Killed 14, Injured 134

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Two juveniles face charges of aggravated arson in connection with a deadly Tennessee wildfire that began in late November and spread to Gatlinburg, Tennessee, according to Mark Gwyn, director of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. Residents and visitors to the resort-heavy area were among the dead. 35.714259

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7 People Dead, 400 Structures Destroyed in Tennessee Wildfires The fires gnawed away over 1,600 structures, scorching homes, cabins and churches along a fiery path through Sevier County. The area is a popular tourist destination in eastern Tennessee, home to the Dollywood amusement park and the resort town of Pigeon Forge. Additional charges are being considered, 4th District Attorney General James Dunn said, including the possibility of seeking a transfer to adult criminal court. He said the youths were from Tennessee, but not from Sevier County, where the fires started. Fourteen people lost their lives in the fires and a further 134 were injured, according to officials. As of Wednesday, the fire was 64% contained, fire officials reported. Neither their ages nor genders were released. Recent heavy rains helped extinguish much of the fire.

Trump to Pick Another Retired General for Cabinet: John Kelly for Homeland Security

He is also a Gold Star father, having lost his youngest son, Marine 1st Lt. Gen. John Kelly before their meeting at Trump International Golf Club, Nov. Kelly served over 40 years in the Marine Corps, moving steadily through the ranks since enlisting in 1970, and taking over as commander of Southern Command in 2012. Gen. 20, 2016, in Bedminster Township, New Jersey. Marine Corps Gen. The outspoken general clashed with the Obama administration’s push to close the facility, and told the Military Times in an interview that “there are no innocent men down there.”
If Kelly and former Ret. James “Mad Dog” Mattis — who was tapped as Trump’s Secretary of Defense last week — are both nominated and confirmed, then it would place two retired Marine generals into Cabinet posts in his administration. “Addressing the root causes of insecurity and instability is not just in the region’s interests, but ours as well, which is why I support President Obama’s commitment to increase assistance to Central America.”
In the same testimony, Kelly warned against complacency toward the spread of human smugglers and drug traffickers in south and central America. In a March 2015 Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, Kelly testified about “the relative ease with which human smugglers moved tens of thousands of people to our nation’s doorstep” and cautioned that “these smuggling routes are a potential vulnerability to our homeland.”
“As I stated last year, terrorist organizations could seek to leverage those same smuggling routes to move operatives with intent to cause grave harm to our citizens or even bring weapons of mass destruction into the United States,” Kelly said. I believe this is a mistake,” Kelly told the panel. (Credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
The former head of US Southern Command, Kelly was previously responsible for managing security threats posed by criminal drug networks based in south and central America — an issue that Trump highlighted in his campaign, and to which Kelly would bring unique experience. President-elect Donald Trump has chosen Ret. “Unless confronted by an immediate, visible or uncomfortable crisis, our nation’s tendency is to take the security of the Western Hemisphere for granted. John Kelly to head the Department of Homeland Security, a senior transition official tells CNN. Robert Kelly, in combat in Afghanistan in 2010. 40.712784

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How to Have a Thriving Personal & Professional Life

Ettus believes that the happiest women are those that play in six or seven slices of their life, not just one or two. Please enable Javascript to watch this video

Best-selling author Samantha Ettus joined us live with advice from here new book ‘The Pie Life’. According to Ettus, the seven main focuses are as follows: career, health, relationship, children, community, friends and hobbies. For more information on Samantha Ettus and her book, you can go to her website or follow her on social media.   ‘The Pie Life’ is the ultimate self-improvement book for women who work.