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As Rain Creates Dent in Drought, Threat of Mudslides Returns

Mud cakes a street in Duarte on Jan. Then, on Friday, the skies opened up. Click here to read the full story on LATimes.com. So a creek that had once disappeared came roaring alive, full of mud, brush and broken trees pouring from the burned slopes of the Sherpa fire in the summer. 34.139451
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Limited Access Restored to Laurel Canyon Boulevard Following Mudslide Closure; Inspectors Say Hillside Has Been Stabilized Five cabins were lifted off their foundations and swept down the creek. (Credit: KTLA)

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As Rain Creates Dent in Drought, Threat of Mudslides Returns

Mud cakes a street in Duarte on Jan. Dave Zaniboni. One of the cabin’s remains were found south of the 101 Freeway. The remains of five smashed vehicles floated all the way down to the beach. Nearly two dozen people had to be rescued, including one trapped in a car, said Santa Barbara County fire Capt. The muddy torrent claimed 22 vehicles. 22, 2017 after heavy rain pounded the Fish Fire burn area. Nearly 2 inches of rain dropped in a single hour in the Santa Ynez Mountains. 22, 2017 after heavy rain pounded the Fish Fire burn area. (Credit: KTLA)

Through five years of severe drought, El Capitan Canyon above the Pacific Ocean near Goleta endured bone-dry conditions that at times seemed like they would never end.

Third Storm Brings Heavy Rains, Strong Winds and Flooding Concerns

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A third in a series of winter storms has started to move through Southern California Sunday, bringing heavy rains, strong winds and prompting evacuation orders in at least two burn areas, the National Weather Service reported. The rain is expected to linger and snow showers will continue on Monday, but drier, milder conditions are in the forecast starting Wednesday, according to the weather service. Sunday in the mountains of Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles counties. The watch will also be in effect in the coastal and valley areas of Los Angeles County, according to the weather service. Homes in the Fish Fire burn area in Duarte will also be under mandatory evacuation starting at 7 a.m. Streets in Lake Balboa were flooding during a the third in a series of winter storms on Jan. The strongest gusts expected in the mountains and foothills of the Antelope Valley, where gusts between 60 and 80 mph are forecasted. into the afternoon in all of Ventura County, the weather service reported. Flash flooding and/or mud and debris flow are a concern, especially in recent burn areas of the county. An evacuation center is set up at Canyon High School, 19300 Nadal St. (Credit: KTLA)
The storm could be the strongest to hit the Southern California since 2010, with Los Angeles County coastal and valley areas getting between 2 and 4 inches of rain, and the foothills up to 6 inches, the Los Angeles Times reported. A high wind warning remains in effect until 7 p.m. A flash flood watch will be in effect starting at 8 a.m. Rains pounded the area Friday and Saturday causing mud to flow in the streets. Along the ocean, large surf is expected through Tuesday, bringing concerns of coastal flooding in some areas.

Magnitude 7.9 Earthquake Strikes West of Papua New Guinea

22, 2017. local time Sunday (11:30 p.m. A magnitude 7.9 earthquake struck west of Papua New Guinea on Jan. 22, 2017. The predominant structure of homes in the area meant they were vulnerable to earthquakes, it said, and fatalities were possible. Saturday ET) measured 8.0 but USGS later downgraded its magnitude. (Credit: USGS)

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Magnitude 7.9 Earthquake Strikes West of Papua New Guinea

A magnitude 7.9 earthquake struck west of Papua New Guinea on Jan. (Credit: USGS)

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143.955550 Preliminary reports said the earthquake, which occurred at 2:30 p.m. The quake was 153 kilometers (95.5 miles) deep and centered 40 kilometers (24 miles) west of the town of Panguna, according to the US Geological Survey. The USGS estimates that 72,000 people would have experienced severe shaking as a result of the quake. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has advised that tsunami waves of up to a meter above the tide level are possible for some coasts of Papua New Guinea and nearby Solomon Islands.

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to Discuss Syria, Palestinians and Iran with Trump During Phone Call

In return, many of the international sanctions imposed on Iran were lifted. “The supreme goal of the state of Israel continues to be stopping the Iranian threat and stopping the threat from the bad nuclear deal signed with Iran,” he said. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on January 22, 2017. 31.768319
35.213710 Trump has repeatedly denounced the nuclear deal calling it “incompetently negotiated” and pledged to renegotiate its terms. Netanyahu and Trump were scheduled to speak Sunday evening. The Prime Minister said that a top concern for Israel was the nuclear threat still posed by Iran under the terms of the landmark 2015 nuclear agreement. Under the deal, Iran must reduce its uranium stockpile by roughly 98%, phase out its centrifuges over the next 15 years, limit research activities, allow heightened inspections and ship spent fuel outside of the country. Netanyahu has been a fierce opponent of the nuclear pact, called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, negotiated between Iran and the P5+1 group of world powers — the United States, the UK, France, China and Russia plus Germany. (Credit: Ronen Zvulun/AFP/Getty Images)

The civil war in Syria, the Palestinians and the nuclear agreement with Iran will be on the agenda when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu calls US President Donald Trump on Sunday, Netanyahu told his weekly Cabinet meeting. Diplomatic ties between the US and Iran had only begun to thaw in the final years of the Obama administration, but the agreement’s future has been placed in doubt since Trump’s electoral victory. (Credit: Ronen Zvulun/AFP/Getty Images)

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Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to Discuss Syria, Palestinians and Iran with Trump During Phone Call

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on January 22, 2017.

Measles Outbreak Grows in L.A.’s Orthodox Jewish Community Despite California’s Strict New Vaccination Law

County Department of Public Health. California's strict new vaccination law failed to prevent a new outbreak of measles that has infected 20 people, most of them in western Los Angeles County. (Credit: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

Six months after California’s strict vaccine law took effect, a measles outbreak has infected 20 people, most of them in Los Angeles County, prompting a search for others who may have been exposed to the highly contagious virus. Most of the patients live in western areas of the county, including L.A.’s Westside, the Santa Monica Mountains and the San Fernando Valley. None of the 18 could provide proof of vaccination, he said. Jeffrey Gunzenhauser, interim health officer for the L.A. Click here to read the full story on LATimes.com. 34.041209
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Measles Outbreak Grows in L.A.’s Orthodox Jewish Community Despite California’s Strict New Vaccination Law

California's strict new vaccination law failed to prevent a new outbreak of measles that has infected 20 people, most of them in western Los Angeles County. County patients either knew one another or had a clear social connection, said Dr. At least 15 of the 18 L.A. Gunzenhauser said the first person was diagnosed in early December, followed by 16 cases in the last three weeks of 2016, and then one more case last week. Santa Barbara and Ventura counties each reported one case.

Powerful Storm Expected to Hit Southern California Saturday Night; Residents in Sand Fire Burn Area Ordered to Evacuate

Residents within the area were urged to evacuate their homes no later than 10 p.m. in Santa Clarita, and opened Saturday at 6 p.m. County Assistant Fire Chief Greg Hisel. Officials on Saturday issued evacuation notices for roughly 120 homes in Santa Clarita located in or near the burn area of last year’s Sand Fire. The measure ensures “emergency response will not be delayed and that fire patrols will be able to access your property to watch for any potential threat,” according to L.A. Officials also requested residents with automated gates to leave them unlocked and open during this and future storms. and 4 p.m. Saturday night, authorities said. Heavy rainfall was expected to wash large amounts of mud and debris into the area, affecting homes from Sand Canyon Road in the west, down to Placerita Canyon Road and up to Iron Canyon Road in the north, according to an alert from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Animals may be taken to the Castaic Animal Shelter at 31044 Charlie Canyon Road in Castaic. Rain was expected to begin late Saturday evening before reaching its heaviest intensity between 10 a.m. Sunday. The Sand Canyon evacuation center is located at Canyon High School, 19300 Nadal St. 35.307460
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Trump Administration Tells National Park Service to Halt Tweets After Account Shares Image of Inauguration Crowd

The National Park Service Twitter account retweeted this observation from New York Times reporter Binyamin Appelbaum on Friday: “Compare the crowds: 2009 inauguration at left, 2017 inauguration at right.” The tweet contained images from both events showing an apparent difference in crowd size. 38.907192
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Trump Addresses CIA, Wrongly Says Inauguration Crowd Reached Washington Monument The retweet has since been deleted. A Park Service source tells CNN the decision to stop tweeting was in order to investigate whether or not the account had been hacked. After the National Park Service retweeted messages that negatively compared the crowd sizes at Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration to Donald Trump’s inauguration Friday, representatives from the new administration asked the Interior Department’s digital team to temporarily stop using Twitter — a decision the agency now claims was out of a concern the account was hacked. A screenshot of the National Park Service’s Twitter account before the offending tweets were removed. “Now that social media guidance has been clarified, the Department and its bureaus should resume Twitter engagement as normal this weekend, with the exception of social media posts on the Secretary’s policy priorities, which will be outlined upon confirmation.”
Trump’s nominee to lead the department, Montana Rep. New social media guidance issued Saturday cited an “abundance of caution.”
“Out of an abundance of caution, while we investigated the situation involving these tweets, the Department’s communications team determined that it was important to stand down Twitter activity across the Department temporarily, except in the case of public safety,” the new guidance states. Ryan Zinke, is expected to be confirmed in the near future. On Saturday, the National Park Service called Friday’s retweets “mistaken.”
“We regret the mistaken RTs from our account yesterday and look forward to continuing to share the beauty and history of our parks with you,” the account tweeted. That order to stop tweeting impacted all accounts under the Interior Department’s purview, including individual National Park accounts that are, at times, used to communicate emergency messages to visitors. After the retweet began to get attention, a career staffer at the Interior Department instructed employees that the “new administration has said that the department and all bureau are not supposed to tweet this weekend and wait for guidance until Monday.”
The message continued, “Please make sure that any scheduled tweets are no longer scheduled,” and referred all questions to another career staffer at the department. Gizmodo first reported the direction from the administration to stop tweeting Friday. The agency does not share crowd size estimates, dating back to controversy over the Million Man March in 1995. “Until further notice, all park road condition updates will provided on the Mount Rainier Facebook page,” Mount Rainier National Park tweeted on Friday.

Canadians Say They Were Turned Away at U.S. Border on Way to Women’s March

Peaceful protestors march during the Women’s March On Washington on Jan. At least two Canadians say they were turned away at the U.S. Bernard de Lacolle, Quebec, with his partner and friend who are both Americans, on Thursday night. The officer used the term “silent disruption” as the reason and Decunha said he “kept dropping it as though it was a verifiable law regulation to not let me in the country.”
Angered by the denial, Decunha’s partner, who is American, began arguing with the officer. Then, their fingerprints and photographs were taken. The group was asked to go through a secondary inspection. I usually think of the [U.S.] as open to diversity of ideas and opinions, but not this weekend,” he said. 21, 2017, in Washington, DC. At the second border inspection, they were asked if they were pro- or anti-Trump, Decunha said. (Credit: Mike Coppola / Getty Images)
Joseph Decunha said he had driven to a border crossing between Champlain, New York, and St. Another Canadian told CNN a similar story, also at a border crossing in Quebec. “Upon arrival, we told the border patrol officer we’re heading down to DC and will be attending the Women’s March and will be in DC the day of the inauguration,” he told CNN. Decunha said he thought the officer was trying to figure out if they were radicalized. They got their items back and Dyck said he was told: “If you’re trying to re-enter this weekend, you’ll be arrested.”
Unable to enter the U.S., Dyck ended up going to a woman’s march in Montreal instead. Sasha Dyck said he was part of a group comprised of six Canadians and two French nationals who organized a trip to Washington for the Women’s March. The line of questioning veered towards whether they had been to the Middle East and if they believe in violence. border after revealing that they intended to go to the Women’s March. They had to submit their phones and passports, he said. CNN contacted the US Border Patrol and Customs, but has not received a response. Decunha said he was told, “If you would’ve said you were pro-Trump, that would’ve put you in the tourist bin and would have been allowed entry.”
His two American travel companions were allowed entry, but Decunha said he was denied. The border patrol guard was “quite curt,” said Dyck, a research nurse at a Montreal children’s hospital. He was fingerprinted and photographed before he was allowed to return home. “We were honest and said we were anti-Trump and at that point, he engaged me directly in conversation because I assumed I was the only Canadian,” he said. Decunha was told that he was denied entry to the U.S. During that exchange, the border patrol officer said Decunha couldn’t come into the country under the purpose of tourism. “It was just a surprise. They arrived at the border on Thursday and when Dyck mentioned the march, the whole group was pulled over for inspection. Related stories

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Demonstrators Gather at the Nation’s Capital for Women’s March on Washington Decunha elaborated as to why he didn’t support Trump and talked about the Affordable Care Act and other policies he disagreed with.

Women’s Marches Draw Millions Worldwide on Trump’s First Day in Office, But Movement’s Longevity Is Unclear

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Mother and daughter Deborah and Maeve Kelly of New Jersey decided to attend the march after being deeply frustrated by the results of the November election. “It feels like everything we have worked toward, and all that suffragettes worked toward — so we could vote and be successful — is threatened now.”
The march, she said, is “mostly just a message of solidarity.”
“There are so many people traveling from all over the country to show that we are going to stand together and not let the President of our country bully us or make us feel like we don’t belong,” she said. Differing approaches
They also differed in their approach to influencing the new administration. Since the election, she said “People are showing up at any kind of activist meeting because they want to do something and they don’t know what to do.”
“None of us are single issue voters,” Dingell said. While the mood at the main march in Washington was mostly jovial, the day underscored some of the challenges facing the left in the aftermath of Trump’s victory. (Credit: Aaron P. One central hurdle for protesters: their effort to draw attention to so many different political priorities. Margaret Huang, the executive director of Amnesty International USA, which is co-sponsoring the march, said the group’s members were concerned about talk of a Muslim registry and Trump’s “willingness to use policies to exclude particular communities.”
“These sorts of rhetorical commitments that (Trump) made on the campaign trail cannot become policy,” she said. ET on Saturday, and their group plans to return to New Jersey later in the evening. He will see women scared about what’s going to happen to the country,” Dingell said. “We want to make sure Americans have quality, affordable health care, funding for Planned Parenthood and that women are treated fairly in the work place.”
She said she believes Trump is “a man who listens to how people feel.”
“I think he’s a smart man, and I think he will see a movement. 21, 2017, in Washington, D.C. Democratic Rep. 21, 2017, in Washington, D.C. Deborah Kelly, 61 of Chesterfield Township, New Jersey, said she was inspired to march after being stunned by the number of women who voted for Trump in November. Leaders and activists from hundreds of left-leaning groups are joining the march, including the NAACP, Planned Parenthood, the American Federation of Teachers, as well as pro-immigrant and pro-environment groups. “It’s really just taking a stand for women’s rights.”

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Women’s Marches Draw Millions Worldwide on Trump’s First Day in Office, But Movement’s Longevity Is Unclear

Protesters march down Pennsylvania avenue during the Women's March on Washington Jan. “I didn’t feel like women were voting in their own interests,” she said in a telephone interview before Saturday’s event. One protester held a sign that said “If you’re going to grab my pussy, keep your hands off my healthcare.”
In interviews, marchers said they were hoping to maintain a positive vibe — a respectful demonstration of democracy and expression of free speech. “That’s just something that really angers me, and I don’t think it has any place in my world,” she said in an interview. Bernstein / Getty Images)

Marches for women’s rights in the United States and around the world amounted to a remarkable protest against Donald Trump on his first full day in office. Some women wore blue and white sashes that said “dissent is patriotic.” Homemade signs and rainbow flags bore symbols of peace and love — others emblazoned with the printed message “Women Won’t Back Down.”
Many women in attendance also wore the now-famous T-shirts with hearts embracing Trump’s phrase about Hillary Clinton: “Nasty Woman.”
Meanwhile, the Democratic mantra so prevalent in the final weeks of the campaign — “when they go low, we go high” — was largely absent. The question going forward is whether the marches are simply a cathartic moment for people upset over Trump’s election victory or a more enduring opposition movement. The march has evolved organically from a post-election call to action on Facebook to an organized effort that included a roster of high-wattage activists and attendees including feminist Gloria Steinem, singer Katy Perry, actors America Ferrera, Ashley Judd and Scarlett Johansson. Trump didn’t address the march during remarks he delivered Saturday afternoon at CIA headquarters in Virginia. Some were there advocating for Black Lives Matter movement while others aimed to bring attention to reproductive rights. “This march was a way to demonstrate to the public that there is a large group of women out there who feel that the rights and progress made over the last decade are really threatened and could be eroded.”
She encouraged her daughter to attend with her as part of the show of force by all generations: “We have to be very vigilant,” Kelly said. Some focused on the fight for equal pay and their opposition to the rollback of former President Barack Obama’s health care law. Debbie Dingell said that some 7,500 people were coming from her home state of Michigan on 100 buses. Dozens of older women held signs that said “I can’t believe I still have to protest this s—.”
Many signs referenced to Trump’s vulgar comments that emerged weeks before the election that reveal him bragging on a decade old tape about his ability to grab women by the genitals because of his fame. Protesters march down Pennsylvania avenue during the Women's March on Washington Jan. “This is almost a symbolic passing of the torch to the younger generation, who have to be active to protect the rights that we have fought for.”
Maeve Kelly, 25 of Lambertville, New Jersey, said she didn’t want American voters to forget about the comments Trump has made over the years judging women by their looks and their weight. It was not immediately clear what political impact the marches would have on the Trump administration or Republicans in Congress.

Trump Addresses CIA, Wrongly Says Inauguration Crowd Reached Washington Monument

US President Donald Trump speaks at the CIA headquarters on January 21, 2017 in Langley, Virginia. The visit was designed to send a conciliatory message to the agency on Trump’s first full day in office, as well as show his support for Rep. Last week, he accused intelligence agencies, without evidence, of leaking false information about him and compared it during a news conference to “something that Nazi Germany would have done and did do.”
Click here to read the full story on LATimes.com. We are going to start winning again and you are going to be leading the charge,” Trump said. “I love you, I respect you. You are going to do a fantastic job. (Credit: Olivier Doulier – Pool/Getty Images)

After months of mocking the CIA and questioning its conclusions on Russian interference in the election, President Trump went to the agency headquarters in Langley, Va., on Saturday ostensibly to reach out but instead delivered an animated, rambling address in front of its memorial to fallen officers. spies behind him, Trump called the press “dishonest” for describing him as feuding with intelligence services over the Russian election meddling, a contradiction of several public statements he’s made. (Credit: Olivier Doulier – Pool/Getty Images)

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Trump Addresses CIA, Wrongly Says Inauguration Crowd Reached Washington Monument

US President Donald Trump speaks at the CIA headquarters on January 21, 2017 in Langley, Virginia. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.), Trump’s nominee to run the CIA. In free-form remarks at odds with the somber memorial to 117 fallen U.S. There is nobody I respect more.

Trump’s Pick for CIA Director Says He’s Open to Waterboarding

During his confirmation hearings, Pompeo offered a less nuanced response when asked about the revival of enhanced interrogation practices considered by many to be torture. In 2014, Pompeo had supported the use of enhanced interrogation techniques publicly in Congress. John Kelly, Donald Trump’s newly confirmed Secretary of Homeland Security, told the Senate he would “absolutely” abide by US laws prohibiting the use of waterboarding and other forms of torture, breaking with Trump’s campaign promise to bring back waterboarding and “worse” forms of torture in the fight against terrorism. James Mattis, told him that waterboarding was not an effective tactic, saying he had better luck with “a pack of cigarettes and a couple of beers.” Gen. And in an interview with The New York Times Trump said that his defense secretary, Ret. While Pompeo acknowledged interrogation practices like waterboarding are illegal under current law, he did not rule out seeking to have those laws modified. In a series of written responses on Wednesday to questions from members of the Senate intelligence committee, Pompeo said that while current permitted interrogation techniques are limited to those contained in the Army Field Manual, he expressed an openness to making changes to that policy. Gen. President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for the director of the CIA, Rep.Mike Pompeo(R-KS) attends his confirmation hearing before the Senate (Select) Intelligence Committee on January 12, 2017 in Washington, DC. Ret. President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for the director of the CIA, Rep.Mike Pompeo(R-KS) attends his confirmation hearing before the Senate (Select) Intelligence Committee on January 12, 2017 in Washington, DC. Mike Pompeo, has told Congress that he would consider bringing back waterboarding and other enhanced interrogation measures under certain circumstances. “If experts believed current law was an impediment to gathering vital intelligence to protect the country, I would want to understand such impediments and whether any recommendations were appropriate for changing current law,” he said. (Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump’s pick to run the CIA, Rep. U.S. The revelation comes as Trump is due to visit CIA headquarters Saturday. “I don’t think we should ever come close to crossing a line that is beyond what we as Americans would expect to follow in terms of interrogation techniques,” he said, agreeing that the Geneva Conventions should continue to serve as a guide for the US. The CIA is currently without a chief, as the Senate has delayed Pompeo’s confirmation vote until Monday, citing concerns about his positions on surveillance and other issues. “Absolutely not,” he responded when asked if he would restart the program if ordered to do so by Trump. (Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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Trump’s Pick for CIA Director Says He’s Open to Waterboarding

U.S. “If confirmed, I will consult with experts at the Agency and at other organizations in the US government on whether the Army Field Manual uniform application is an impediment to gathering vital intelligence to protect the country,” he wrote. “Moreover, I can’t imagine I would be asked that by the President-elect.”
Pompeo told lawmakers they had his “full commitment” that the CIA was out of the enhanced interrogation business. In his most recent responses to questions on the subject, Pompeo declined to address the effectiveness of such techniques, writing, “I understand the disagreement over the past use of waterboarding and whether information could have been obtained through other less coercive methods.”
He went on to cite a public CIA study conducted during the Barack Obama administration that found while the program had obtained intelligence, it was “unknowable” whether that information could have been acquired through other means.

DC Bakeshop Says They Were Asked to Recreate Obama Inauguration Cake for Trump

“Excited to share the cake we got to make for one of last night’s inaugural balls. MacIsaac told The Washington Post that she encouraged the client to use the 2013 cake as inspiration. “The cake on the left is the one I made for President Obama’s inauguration four years ago. “Remembering a fantastic cake I made is awesome and the chef that re-created it for @POTUS Trump did a fantastic job. Trump cut the cake Friday night at his third and final inaugural ball, the “Salute to our Armed Services” event at the National Building Museum. (Credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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DC Bakeshop Says They Were Asked to Recreate Obama Inauguration Cake for Trump

President Donald Trump, his wife First Lady Melania Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Karen Pence clap before cutting the cake during A Salute To Our Armed Services Inaugural Ball at the National Building Museum on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. For his part, Goldman decided to spread the love on Saturday afternoon. “They said, ‘Nope, they want this exact cake. It’s perfect.’ And we said, ‘Great,’ ” MacIsaac told the Post. I didn’t make it,” Goldman tweeted, adding a chin-scratching emoji for good measure. Group hug, y’all,” he tweeted, adding an American flag emoji. The one on the right is Trump’s. Buttercream Bakeshop, led by owner Tiffany MacIsaac, explained the situation Saturday morning with an Instagram of the Friday’s cake creation. President Donald Trump, his wife First Lady Melania Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Karen Pence clap before cutting the cake during A Salute To Our Armed Services Inaugural Ball at the National Building Museum on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. Duff Goldman, of Food Network cake-baking fame, tweeted two side-by-side images of identical cakes. (Credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

The issue stemmed from a pastry parallel — a cake at President Donald Trump’s inaugural ball Friday night mirrored one at President Barack Obama’s in 2013. One of the cakes was made by Goldman and his Baltimore-based Charm City Cakes for Obama’s inaugural ball in 2013, and the other was from DC’s Buttercream Bakeshop, cut by Trump Friday night at his inaugural ball. The bakeshop, possibly foreseeing conflicts with its Washington clientele, noted that all of the profits from the cake will be donated to the Human Rights Campaign, “Because basic human rights are something every man, woman and child~ straight, gay or the rainbow in between~ deserve!”
A quick stop to the shop Saturday afternoon saw a bustling bakery — mostly filled with Women’s March participants. While we most love creating original designs, when we are asked to replicate someone else’s work we are thrilled when it is a masterpiece like this one. The tweet went viral overnight, with up to 67,000 retweets and more than 118,000 likes as of midday Saturday. @duff_goldman originally created this for Obama’s inauguration 4 years ago and this years committee commissioned us to re-create it,” the caption read. He was joined by First Lady Melania Trump, as well as Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence, and broke into the design — which, per a source with knowledge, was mostly made of styrofoam — with a silver sword.

Next Storm Could Be Strongest Since 2010, Bringing Several Inches of Rain, ‘Crippling Snow:’ Weather Service

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Second in Series of Storms Brings More Rain, Lower Snow Levels to SoCal; Flooding Causes Road Issues Another powerful storm that hit California on Friday caused numerous road closures and mudsides in areas burned by recent fires, including a major incident in Goleta that destroyed cabins, cars and forced rescues. Please enable Javascript to watch this video

The National Weather Service is warning that the storm that will hit Southern California late Saturday could be the strongest since 2010, with Los Angeles County coastal and valley areas getting from 2 to 4 inches of rain and the foothills up to 6 inches. The weather service warned of “crippling snow amounts on top of existing snow cover,” warned residents to stock up on food, water and make sure firewood is available, and “essentially prepare for being stranded at home for multiple days.” Power outages are likely and mature trees will probably fall. It’s possible that residents could endure multiple-day power outages, failures of carports and decks, and avalanches. The forecast is heightening concerns about mudslides and flooding across the state. Click here to read the full story on LATimes.com. (Credit: KTLA)
The storm is also expected to hit the Sierra Nevada hard. The storm is expected to enter the region as early as late Saturday night, and peak on Sunday, with thunderstorms possible and continuing into Monday.

LAX’s Wi-Fi, Cellphone Speeds Among the Slowest in the Nation, Study Finds

A passenger at Los Angeles International Airport charges her cellphone. But a new study released last week found that wireless and cellular speeds at LAX are among the slowest of any major airport in the country. (Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

Anyone who has been stuck waiting for a flight at Los Angeles International Airport knows that connecting to the Internet can make a long delay somewhat tolerable. (Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

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LAX’s Wi-Fi, Cellphone Speeds Among the Slowest in the Nation, Study Finds

A passenger at Los Angeles International Airport charges her cellphone. Click here to read the full story on LATimes.com.  Seattle-based technology company Ookla gauged the speeds of the four largest carriers — AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon — as well as the airport-provided Wi-Fi at each of the nation’s top 20 busiest airports.When it comes to connecting to cellular service, LAX had the slowest speeds of all airports except for New York’s LaGuardia Airport, according to the study.

At Least 3 Dead in Mississippi Storm; Damage Reported in Hattiesburg Area

A tornado may have caused the damage, CNN affiliate WDAM-TV reported. A fire station was damaged, as were parts of William Carey University, a private Christian college with about 4,000 students. Damage to dorms, Tatum Court, Thomas Hall,” the university said on Twitter. Storms hit southern Mississippi, Alabama
Damage also was reported elsewhere in Forrest County as well as Lamar and Perry counties, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency said. “Officials working to ensure students are safe. A search and rescue operation is underway in the city, Mayor Johnny DuPree said before dawn Saturday. A tornado watch was in effect for parts of Alabama through most of Saturday morning, the National Weather Service said. (Credit: Loudlabs)

Severe storms shattered parts of southern Mississippi early Saturday, killing at least three people in Forrest County, state Emergency Management Agency spokesman Greg Flynn said. Students at William Carey were reporting minor injuries, the university said. WDAM reporters and editors posted to Twitter pictures of severe damage in Hattiesburg and the adjacent city of Petal, a community of about 10,400 people. Interstate 59 north of Hattiesburg was closed because of debris, said the agency, which asked the public to avoid traveling in the area because of downed power lines and other destruction. The National Weather Service in Jackson warned of hazardous weather Saturday in parts of southeast Arkansas, northeast Louisiana and in central, north central, northwest and west central Mississippi. Severe thunderstorms are likely Saturday evening in those areas, with the possibility of golf ball-size hail, heavy winds and tornadoes. It’s the largest city in Forrest County with about 46,000 people. Arrangements will be made for students who cannot go home.”
Windows were blown out and roofs of buildings peeled back at the Hattiesburg Salvation Army, WDAM reported. (Credit: Loudlabs)

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At Least 3 Dead in Mississippi Storm; Damage Reported in Hattiesburg Area

Rain is shown in a file photo. Parts of an AT&T store and a loan shop collapsed at a shopping center in Petal, one of the images showed. Hattiesburg has taken a lot of damage, the National Weather Service said in an advisory. “There are widespread power outages as the tornado ran across three counties lines — Lamar, Forrest and Perry County,” Flynn said. Rain is shown in a file photo. The storms were part of a system moving through southern Mississippi and Alabama on Saturday morning. Some students reporting minor injuries. The university tweeted that the Hattiesburg campus is closed until further notice: “Students are being escorted from campus. Most of Hattiesburg’s damage appeared to be on the downtown’s outskirts, DuPree said. Dormitories and other buildings were damaged, the school said. The National Weather Service office in Jackson dispatched a damage survey team to the area to investigate what was a likely tornado that also damaged buildings in Hattiesburg and Petal, including parts of a college and a fire station, officials said.