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Full Text: President Obama’s Farewell Letter to the American People

Throughout these eight years, you have been the source of goodness, resilience, and hope from which I’ve pulled strength. And in your daily acts of citizenship, I’ve seen our future unfolding,” he said. And in your daily acts of citizenship, I’ve seen our future unfolding. “Because all that I’ve learned in my time in office, I’ve learned from you. You made me a better president, and you made me a better man.”
The President recalled tragedies such as the Charleston church massacre and celebrations such as military graduations. But before I leave my note for our 45th president, I wanted to say one final thank you for the honor of serving as your 44th. I’ve seen Americans whose lives have been saved because they finally have access to medical care, and families whose lives have been changed because their marriages are recognized as equal to our own. He also celebrated gay and lesbian Americans who now have their marriages recognized and ill people who now have access to health care. It’s a letter meant to share what we know, what we’ve learned, and what small wisdom may help our successor bear the great responsibility that comes with the highest office in our land, and the leadership of the free world. “All of us, regardless of party, should throw ourselves into that work — the joyous work of citizenship. I’ve taken heart from the hope of young graduates and our newest military officers. I’ve seen the youngest of children remind us through their actions and through their generosity of our obligations to care for refugees, or work for peace, and, above all, to look out for each other. Not just when there’s an election, not just when our own narrow interest is at stake, but over the full span of a lifetime.”
Obama has said he will remain engaged in issues he cares about in his post-White House life. “And when the arc of progress seems slow, remember: America is not the project of any one person. Because all that I’ve learned in my time in office, I’ve learned from you. All of us, regardless of party, should throw ourselves into that work – the joyous work of citizenship. I’ve seen neighbors and communities take care of each other during the worst economic crisis of our lifetimes. I have mourned with grieving families searching for answers – and found grace in a Charleston church. “I’ll be right there with you every step of the way,” he wrote. Read the full letter below: 
It’s a long-standing tradition for the sitting president of the United States to leave a parting letter in the Oval Office for the American elected to take his or her place. President Barack Obama penned an emotional public letter, published Thursday, thanking Americans and encouraging them to participate into “daily acts of citizenship.”
President Barack Obama waves after he spoke during the SelectUSA Investment Summit March 23, 2015 in National Harbor, Maryland. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
“Before I leave my note for our 45th president, I wanted to say one final thank you for the honor of serving as your 44th,” he wrote. You made me a better President, and you made me a better man. The single most powerful word in our democracy is the word ‘We.’ ‘We the People.’ ‘We shall overcome.’ ”
“Yes, we can,” he added. Obama went on to challenge voters — regardless of political affiliation — to commit themselves to improving the common good. The single most powerful word in our democracy is the word ‘We.’ ‘We the People.’ ‘We shall overcome.’
Yes, we can. I’ve seen our scientists help a paralyzed man regain his sense of touch, and wounded warriors once given up for dead walk again. 38.907192
-77.036871 Not just when there’s an election, not just when our own narrow interest is at stake, but over the full span of a lifetime. And when the arc of progress seems slow, remember: America is not the project of any one person. “I’ve seen you, the American people, in all your decency, determination, good humor and kindness. I’ll be right there with you every step of the way. I’ve seen you, the American people, in all your decency, determination, good humor, and kindness.

Alleged DUI Driver Charged With Murder in South L.A. Hit-and-Run Death of Female Uber Driver

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Uber Driver Killed, Passenger Critically Injured in 2-Car Hit-And-Run-Crash in South Los Angeles; Driver Identified The Uber passenger had to be cut out of the Accord and was initially hospitalized in critical condition, police said over the weekend. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced his name and the charges against him — one count of murder and one count of hit-and-run driving resulting in death — on Thursday. Folesha Parker-Iverson is shown in a photo provided to KTLA by her family’s attorney. Boulevard, at the edge of Leimert Park. The allegedly drunken driver accused of crashing into an Uber driver in South Los Angeles, killing her, has been charged with murder. (Credit: KTLA)
Moran was under the influence when he sped through a red light and hit Parker-Iverson’s car, the DA’s office said. Moran pleaded not guilty Wednesday, the DA’s office said. Parker-Iverson, 52, was driving a black Honda Accord when the car was struck about 3:40 a.m. Police had said the driver fled the scene on foot and was taken into custody later in the day, but his name had not been previously released. She drove for ride-hailing services to supplement her income. Surveillance video provided to KTLA showed a silver Infiniti running the light and slamming into the Accord. Parker-Iverson was a high school counselor who was widowed with two daughters, a friend said. 14, 2017, is shown. Kevin Moran, 24, was identified as the suspect in the death of Folesha Parker-Iverson, who died at the scene of the early morning crash Jan. The aftermath of the hit-and-run crash that killed Folesha Parker-Iverson on Jan. He was later reported to be stable. Moran faces up to 26 years to life in state prison if convicted as charged. at Arlington Avenue and West Martin Luther King Jr. 14. His bail was recommended at $2 million.

Woman Dies After Being Shot Multiple Times in Front of Cafe in San Bernardino

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Woman Dies After Being Shot Multiple Times in Front of Cafe in San Bernardino

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A 41-year-old woman was shot to death in front of a cafe in San Bernardino Wednesday night, spurring a search for the shooter or shooters, authorities said Thursday morning. Kokesh at 909-384-5615. after receiving multiple calls regarding a shooting in front of the business, according to a San Bernardino Police Department news release. Officers responded to Gaby’s Cafe, located at 1641 N Mt Vernon Ave., shortly before 9:30 p.m. Police have identified the woman as Carmen Gutierrez Rodriguez, of North Hills. Anyone with information about the deadly shooting is asked to contact San Bernardino police Detective Bonshire at 909-384-5623 or Sgt. No additional details were immediately released, including a description of the shooter or shooters. Officers performed CPR on the victim before she was trasnported to a local hospital, where she later died. The victim, who had been shot several times, was on the ground when police arrived, according to the release. 34.129395
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Brutally Disfigured Dog Recovering After Nose, Ears Cut Off in Michigan

“He gets along with everybody that he’s encountered so far,” Ramos said. “At this point it’s too early to say what the course of action will be,” she said. And there were lacerations to the backs of his legs. “It appears that someone purposely maimed this poor dog, which has caused it a great deal of suffering,” Mark Ramos, one of Michigan Humane Society’s lead cruelty investigators, said in a statement. He had a stump tail. The group posted a blurred photo of the disfigured dog, a brown and tan Rottweiler, and offered a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the abuse. Stable but not yet healthy
The dog has since received medical treatment and is in stable condition. “This kind of cruelty is unacceptable.”
That post has spurred a reaction of outrage and sympathy, and a number of users have asked to adopt the dog. “And despite his injuries, he still has a fantastic attitude.”
Though he doesn’t yet have a permanent home, the animal does now have a name: Baron. “This is extreme.”
That abuse was enough for the Michigan Humane Society to take to Facebook with a call to action. “We want to give him a voice, so he needs a name.”

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-85.602364 Kathy Bilitzke has become sadly familiar with animal abuse since she began working at the Michigan Humane Society about four months ago. The dog’s ears had been cut off. “We don’t see this type of abuse, thankfully, regularly,” Bilitzke, the Michigan Humane Society’s director of marketing and communication, told CNN. “He needs a name,” Bilitzke said. But she still wasn’t ready for what she saw Tuesday after a call from a concerned citizen came in to the Cruelty Hotline. His nose, too. “But because he is stable, we are encouraged.”
In an interview with CNN affiliate WDIV, Ramos said the dog appeared to be well socialized and behaved. Still, Bilitzke said he’s not yet healthy enough to be put up for adoption.

Husband Detained After Wife Fatally Stabbed in San Fernando Home With Their Children Inside: LASD

No others injuries were reported, according to the release. A weapon has not yet been recovered. Officers with the San Fernando Police Department responded to a residence in the 1000 block of Griswold Avenue about 2:55 a.m. He was detained and is being questioned by investigators. 34.291013
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The investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information about the fatal stabbing is asked to contact the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. Her 37-year-old husband has been identified “as a possible suspect” in the case, but has not been arrested, authorities stated in the release. When they arrived, officers found a 33-year-old woman who had been stabbed. Tips can also be left anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477, or by going to the website http://lacrimestoppers.org. The unidentified victim received treatment from first responders, but died at the scene. (Credit: KTLA)

A mother was stabbed to death in her San Fernando home Thursday while her children were inside the residence, and her husband has been detained in connection to the deadly attack, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said. after receiving a 911 call regarding a “medical emergency, possible assault,” according to a sheriff’s news release. A Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department patrol car is seen in this file photo. The couple’s two children were home at the home time of the deadly stabbing, as were other family members, according to the Sheriff’s Department. (Credit: KTLA)

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Husband Detained After Wife Fatally Stabbed in San Fernando Home With Their Children Inside: LASD

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Man Accused of Kidnapping Woman From Anaheim Motel Shot by Police; Victim Found in S.D.

Luke Lampers is shown in a Department of Motor Vehicles photo. Lampers fled from authorities and during the ensuing pursuit an officer involved shooting occurred. Authorities responded to the information and found the victim, identified in earlier reports as 23-year-old Brianne Deese. 11, after he allegedly shot and killed 49-year-old Douglas Navarro and then forced Deese into his vehicle at gunpoint and took off. Brianne Deese is shown in a booking photo. (Credit: Anaheim Police Department)
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Anaheim Police Searching For Homeless Man Accused of Killing Man, Kidnapping Woman Investigators did find a weapon at the scene of the shooting, according to the tweet. The continuing investigation led San Diego Police Department officers to the 4000 block of Taylor Street, where alleged kidnapper Luke Thodore Lampers was spotted arriving at a motel in a vehicle on Wednesday, the news release stated. (Credit: Anaheim Police Department)
Lampers was struck and taken to a San Diego area hospital, where he was expected to survive, the Anaheim Police Department tweeted. The shooting was the result of investigators following up on information that the kidnapping victim had called her father after apparently escaping her captor and was in San Diego, the Anaheim Police Department stated in a news release. The search for Lampers began on Jan. There was no immediate word on Deese’s condition at the time she was found. Lampers and Deese are believed to have had a past romantic relationship, police said. Navarro had been trying to protect Deese when he was shot, police said following the abduction.

Tump to Clamp Down on Immigration as Soon as He’s Inaugurated

9, 2016, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. President-elect Donald Trump looks on during a rally at the DeltaPlex Arena, Dec. Aides are clearing the way for President-elect Donald Trump to take the first steps toward transforming the immigration system as soon as he takes office Friday, fulfilling a major campaign pledge while deepening the fears of immigration advocates about what’s to come. (Credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Gone will be the temporary protections of the final Obama years for people in the country illegally. In addition to the high-profile raids, Trump will also widen the range of people singled out for deportation, focusing on those with criminal convictions, and he could move immediately to reduce the number of refugees allowed into the U.S., according to interviews with immigration advocates and with people familiar with his plans. 38.907192
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Click here to read the full story on LATimes.com. In their place, expect to see images on the evening news of workplace raids as Trump sends a message that he is wasting no time on his promised crackdown.

PETA Calls for Boycott of ‘A Dog’s Purpose’ After Disturbing Video of Alleged Animal Mistreatment Surfaces

 
After the disturbing footage emerged, PETA calling for a boycott of the movie, saying in a tweet that they want to “send the message that dogs & other animals should be treated humanely, not as props.”
“A Dog’s Purpose,” which stars Dennis Quaid, Britt Robertson and Josh Gad, is scheduled for release on Jan. The approximately 1-minute clip was recorded in 2015 at a set outside Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, and first obtained by TMZ, which published the the recording Wednesday. ×
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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals have called for a boycott of “A Dog’s Purpose” Wednesday after a disturbing video purporting to show a struggling German shepherd being forced into choppy waters on the film’s set surfaced online this week. 27. Another man, who doesn’t appear on camera, can be heard saying, “He ain’t gonna calm down until he goes in the water … you just gotta throw him in.”
In the second scene, the dog can be seen struggling to keep its head up as the swirling water carries it across the pool. The German shepherd finally slips under the surface after running into the wall of the pool, and someone off camera can be heard yelling, “Cut it,” as trainers rush over. However, the dog did not want to perform the stunt on the day it was filmed, so the production team did not proceed with the shoot. The footage appears to shows the frightened dog struggling to stay out of the pool of churning water, struggling against the handler’s attempt to push the canine in. The film’s production company and distributor — Amblin Entertainment and Universal Pictures, respectively — released a joint statement to Variety in which they called the footage “edited.”
“The Amblin production team followed rigorous protocols to foster an ethical and safe environment for the animals,” the statement read “While we continue to review the circumstances shown in the edited footage, Amblin is confident that great care and concern was shown for the German Shepherd Hercules, as well as for all of the other dogs featured throughout the production of the film.”
The statement continued that the German shepherd, named Hercules, had rehearsed the scene for several days. It’s unclear whether or not the final scene was scripted, but TMZ reported that director Lasse Hallström was on set at the time, and at least one crew member was “extremely disturbed” after seeing what happened to the German shepherd. 49.895136
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Ahead of Super Bowl Sunday, Pizza Hut Announces It Is Hiring 11,000 Workers in the US

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The company is looking for pizza makers, delivery drivers, managers and servers, among other jobs. 5,” he said. Brands, the parent company of Pizza Hut.

Thursday Forecast: Heavy Morning Showers, Powerful Surf

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Look for lots of morning rain and powerful surf as the first of three storms arrives in Southern California Thursday. 19, 2017. 34.052234
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