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Utah Couple in Their 70s Killed in Fire Likely Caused by Faulty, Old Christmas Lights

It’s the smoke that — you take a couple breaths of that — you don’t know what kind of chemicals are coming off the furniture or the carpet, whatever products are in the house,” said South Davis Metro Fire Department Chief Jeff Bassett. When fire crews arrived, neighbors rushed to them, saying they believed the couple was still inside. A couple more breaths of that turns to be fatal.”
KTLA’s Melissa Pamer contributed to this article. Investigators said the couple tried to use a fire extinguisher to put out the flames from an electrical fire coming from old Christmas lights on an artificial tree, KTSU reported. Officials said Melba Mecham, 74, and Gary Mecham, 77, died after trying to put out the fire, likely from smoke inhalation. Firefighters found the couple inside and brought them outside to medical crews, who immediately started CPR to try to save them. “Fire burns — it’s dangerous. The Mechams were overcome by smoke before firefighters arrived.  

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Faulty Christmas tree lights are likely to blame for a fire that killed a couple in their 70s near Salt Lake City, Utah, authorities there said Friday. Thursday, KTLA sister station KSTU reported. They later died at the hospital. The South Davis Metro Fire Department responded to a fire at a home in Woods Cross, north of Salt Lake City, about 10:30 p.m.

Man Fatally Shot by Deputies After Allegedly Reaching for Gun During Standoff in Hacienda Heights

A man involved in a family disturbance call and a motorcycle pursuit Thursday afternoon was fatally shot after allegedly threatening deputies with a handgun when they caught up to him at his Hacienda Heights home later in the evening. The officers called for backup and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputies arrived at the scene in an attempt to get the man to comply with orders. 33.993068
-117.968676 The subject of the call sped off on a motorcycle when officers arrived and took to the 5 Freeway before disappearing from the view of pursuing officers, the Sheriff’s Department stated. Investigators found the man hours later at his home in the 15600 block of Windrush Drive in Hacienda Heights and officers approached him about 9:45 p.m., according to the news release. and deputies opened fire with less than lethal weapons. Following a standoff of about an hour, the man allegedly began to reach for his gun about 10:49 p.m. when Downey police responded to the disturbance call of a man armed with a knife and a gun who was threatening to kill family members, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department stated in a news release. The man was pronounced dead at the scene and a handgun was recovered. A man allegedly armed with a gun was shot and killed by deputies in Hacienda Heights on Dec. The man still did not comply and armed himself with the gun before deputies opened fire, striking the man, the Sheriff’s Department stated. (Credit: OnScene.TV)
The events began about 1 p.m. 16, 2016. The man was uncooperative when the officers tried to detain him and warned them he was armed with a gun, according to the Sherriff’s Department. No deputies were injured in the incident.

Arizona Couple Wake up to Find Strange Man Holding Their 2-Year-Old Daughter

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Police were called to an apartment complex southwest of Priest Drive and Warner Road at about 2:30 a.m. “He was ultimately tazed before [being] taken into custody.”
Officers arrested Cohen on suspicion of burglary and aggravated assault. Police have identified that man as Oren Cohen, 34. It’s not clear if he has a criminal history. A woman told a 911 dispatcher that her husband was fighting with a burglar, television station KPHO reported. When she went to check on the girl, she saw that her bedroom door was closed, which was unusual. The couple told police they had never seen Cohen before tonight. “We were pulling in as the suspect was running away from the apartment,” Montenegro said. Investigators are trying to determine not only how Cohen came to be inside the couple’s apartment but also why he had the little girl and what transpired between when the girl’s father first saw him and when police arrested him. Montenegro described the Thursday morning’s events as “just a total parent’s nightmare.”
The 2-year-old was not injured. Police said there were no signs that Cohen forced his way into the house. 33.425510
-111.940005 Police believe Cohen was drunk when they caught up with him. The little girl has a 3-month-old sister who was not involved in this situation. Josie Montenegro, the woman woke up when she heard her young daughter whimpering. “We’re still going to continue our investigation to figure out what the suspect’s intent was,” Montenegro said, explaining that Cohen could face additional charges. The whimpers of a 2-year-old girl in Tempe, Arizona, woke her parents who then found her in the arms of a stranger inside their home early Thursday morning. The father got into a fight with Cohen as the child’s mother called 911. When officers arrived at the complex, they spotted Cohen. According to Tempe Police Department spokeswoman Sgt. The whimpers of a Tempe toddler woke her parents who then found her in the arms of a stranger inside their home early Thursday morning. The father went into the living room and saw a man holding his daughter.

Nintendo’s Iconic Mario Comes to iPhone for First Time Ever

The game was a surprise announcement at September’s Apple event and fan have been waiting for it ever since. “If you think about it, the input mechanism that’s probably simplest for everyone around the world to understand is to touch something and see it react,” explained Miyamoto. It takes a bit to get the hang of it since Mario is always moving, but once you do you will enjoy the pocket sized adventure. I downloaded and played the game and it is indeed fun. Now it’s here – Super Mario run is here to download to iPhone for an entirely new generation of mobile players. In an interview, famed Nintendo developer Shigeru Miyamoto explains (through a translator) that it took them a while to figure out the best way to make Mario work on the iPhone. The game is scheduled to arrive on Android sometime in 2017. Super Mario Run is free to download and you can play several levels free. “It’s sort of like the classic Mario experience but updated for the mobile age,” said Dan Casey, Senior Editor at Nerdist. Mario runs automatically – your job is to tap to avoid obstacles, enemies, collect coins and more. Dan Casey of Nerdist
“Putting mario on the iPhone [is] a huge win for Apple and it’s an even bigger win for Nintendo,” said Casey. Download Super Mario Run and you’ll instantly recognize the familiar worlds and characters, but there’s a new way to play. But if you want to play the entire game you will have to pay a one time fee of $10. Download:
Super Mario Run on iTunes App Store Super Mario Run is available right now for iPhone and iPad. “Nintendo is giving you a full, complete premium mobile game experience for a relatively accessible price point – that’s less than a movie ticket,” said Casey of Nerdist. Please enable Javascript to watch this video

For the first time ever, Nintendo’s beloved Mario character is now on the iPhone in a brand new game called “Super Mario Run.”

Nintendo fans have been eagerly awaiting the day they can play a Mario game on their phones.

As Crashes Mark Rain-Slicked Freeways, Driver of Overturned Big Rig Dies in Paramount Area

A large amount of mud in lanes was causing fast-moving vehicles to slide, CHP’s incident log said. at the westbound 105 Freeway transition to the northbound 710 Freeway.  

California law requires a motorist to turn on their vehicle's headlights when they are using the windshield wipers. 16, 2016. (Credit: LoudLabs)
In the Paramount area, a big rig overturned shortly after 1:30 a.m. Flooding on the eastbound 60 Freeway in Hacienda Heights, meanwhile, prompted temporary lane closures in the 5 a.m. in Sylmar, another big rig overturned on the westbound 210 Freeway transition to the southbound 5 Freeway. 16, 2016. Remember, if a road appears flooded, don't try to drive on it. A flash-flood watch is in effect through noon for recent wildfire burn areas. Two people were transported from the scene, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department’s Margaret Stewart. (Credit: LoudLabs)

Multiple vehicle crashes, including a fatal one involving a big rig, were causing problems on rain-slicked freeways and streets in the greater Los Angeles area on Friday morning. Heavy rain that began Thursday was expected to lighten into showers later Friday, with gusty winds rising later in the day, according to the National Weather Service. A SigAlert was issued about 6:30 a.m., and the transition road was expected to closed for about 90 minutes. 16, 2016. Then, around 6:30 a.m. Two lanes were closed for about 2 1/2 hours after that crash. Just before 6 a.m. The driver of a big rig died after the vehicle overturned in the Paramount area on Dec. #WinterSafety
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A Pacific storm is expected to bring heavy rain and show to California. in the Montebello area, multiple lanes were blocked on the eastbound 60 Freeway for an overturned SUV. pic.twitter.com/ZxYkFPUsB1
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Winter Storm Expected to Dump 2 to 4 Feet of Snow on Sierra Nevada hour. The driver was declared dead on scene, according to the California Highway Patrol’s incident log. The driver of a big rig died after the vehicle overturned in the Paramount area on Dec. (Credit: LoudLabs)

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2 People Trapped in Rushing Water of San Gabriel River in South El Monte; Rescue Attempt Underway

Emergency crews are working to rescue two people trapped in the rushing waters of the San Gabriel River in South El Monte Friday morning. Rescue crews attempt to rescue a person trapped in the San Gabriel River on Dec. Check back for updates on this developing story. (Credit: KTLA)
The people are trapped on an island in the middle of the river near the 60 Freeway, a Los Angeles County Fire Department spokesman at the scene told KTLA. Two helicopters that were assigned to help with the rescue had to be canceled due to the weather, the spokesman said. Video from the scene showed crews unloading a raft from atop one of the emergency vehicles and taking toward the river. 16, 2016. 34.068621
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Obama Vows Action Against Russia for Hacks

US President Barack Obama watches as US Vice President Joe Biden speaks during signing ceremony for the 21st Century Cures Act in the South Court Auditorium, next to the White House on December 13, 2016 in Washington, DC. Trump, when he assumes office, could choose to reverse the punishment. President Barack Obama on Thursday vowed retaliatory action against Russia for its meddling in the US presidential election. (Credit: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
“I think there is no doubt that when any foreign government tries to impact the integrity of our elections that we need to take action and we will at a time and place of our own choosing,” Obama told NPR. Otherwise it all begins to look unseemly,” he said. Officials have said since then that Obama spelled out potential responses in his conversation with Putin. Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday that it is ‘indecent’ of the United States to “groundlessly” accuse Russia of intervention in its elections. Obama acknowledged he had little control over Trump’s punitive actions against Russia. And so when I receive a final report, you know, we’ll be able to, I think, give us a comprehensive and best guess as to those motivations,” Obama said. Putin is well aware of my feelings about this, because I spoke to him directly about it,” Obama told NPR’s Steve Inskeep. “Our indispensability in the world in part draws from our values and ideals.”
He insisted the issue be separated from partisan politics, striking a less combative tone that his Press Secretary Josh Earnest, who has been escalating his rhetoric on Trump after the President-elect dismissed US intelligence reports that tied Russia to the election interference. “It requires us not to relitigate the election, it requires us not to point fingers.”
Intelligence agencies in October pinned blame on Russia for election-related hacking. His secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson has spoken against US sanctions on Russia. 38.907192
-77.036871 “But that does not in any way, I think, detract from the basic point that everyone during the election perceived accurately — that in fact what the Russian hack had done was create more problems for the Clinton campaign than it had for the Trump campaign.”
He said that fact was clear even to Trump’s own team. “The President determined once the intelligence community had reached this assessment that a proportional response was appropriate,” Earnest said. Obama is also expected to address the Russian hacking allegations during his final planned news conference of the year from the White House on Friday at 2 p.m. “(Trump’s campaign) understood what everybody else understood, which was that this was not good for Hillary Clinton’s campaign,” Obama said. Afterwards, Obama told reporters he raised cybersecurity with the Russian leader. Officials have said US actions against Russia may not be revealed publicly. Obama and Putin conferred on the sidelines of the G20 meeting in China in September. “Mr. “It’s very important that we do not let the interfamily argument between Americans — the domestic political differences between Democrats and Republicans — obscure the need for us to stand together,” he said. “I can say I had a conversation with the President-elect about our foreign policy generally,” he went on. Options for Obama include scaling up financial sanctions on Russia or engaging in an online counterattack, though Obama has warned against ratcheting up tensions into a full-scale cyberwar. Describing potential countermeasures by the US, the President said “some of it may be explicit and publicized; some of it may not be.”
His remarks suggested Obama was planning to act in the final weeks of his administration to punish Russia for its cyber intrusion into US political institutions in a bid to influence the US vote. Speaking Thursday at the White House, Press Secretary Josh Earnest declined to say whether the US had already begun its response to Moscow’s actions. “At this point, I don’t have anything to say about whether or not that response has been carried out.”
In the interview with NPR, Obama said it was plainly clear that Russia was attempting to boost Trump. But didn’t detail any specific options. ET. But he said he had encouraged the President-elect during private conversations to uphold US ideals in his foreign policy decision-making. “There are still a whole range of assessments taking place among the agencies. If Obama does choose to impose sanctions, it would add to a list of previous restrictions on Russian individuals and entities enacted following Moscow’s incursion into Ukraine. “I can’t look into my crystal ball,” Obama said. At the time, the White House vowed a “proportional response” to the cyberactivity, though declined to preview what that response might entail. “They should either stop talking about that or produce some proof at last. Obama said in the interview the US government was already working to ensure the response was “proportional” and “meaningful,” suggesting that plans for a response were being laid. He said he directly confronted Russian President Vladimir Putin about a potential US response, and said his counterpart acknowledged his stance.

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150,000 American Aviation Jobs Depend on China, Boeing Says

Boeing’s factories are filled with colorful jets for Chinese airlines: Xiamen, 9 air, Donghai, Ruili, Hainan, Hebei, Shandong and Shenzhen. Traditionally, the president of the U.S. Trump has already upended decades of U.S. Boeing did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 41.878114
-87.629798 economy is without parallel. “I deserve a gold watch, because I’m selling this stuff all the time,” President Obama told Boeing workers in 2012. The market could be worth a trillion dollars over the next 20 years. The group, which promotes cooperation between China and the United States, tweeted Conner’s comments on Thursday evening. President-elect Donald Trump last week criticized the cost of Air Force One, which is a Boeing product. has been Boeing’s biggest booster at home and abroad. Conner also said that he expects the number of jobs to continue growing. “I will go anywhere in the world to open up new markets for American products.”
China has bet roughly equally on new airliners from Europe and the U.S. If a trade spat results, Boeing’s business in China could be in jeopardy. The Boeing logo hangs on the corporate world headquarters building of Boeing November 28, 2006 in Chicago, Illinois. But company executives are more worried about his antagonism of Beijing. Increased antagonism toward China on trade, or an even closer diplomatic posture toward Taiwan, may have consequences for U.S. to build its airlines. foreign policy by taking an unexpected congratulatory phone call from the president of Taiwan. Boeing’s position in the U.S. businesses – and Boeing has a lot to lose. population. Boeing delivered nearly 500 737 jets in 2015 and one quarter of them went to Chinese airlines, which are serving a growing middle class that’s already as large as the U.S. At the same time, China is cultivating its own commercial airliner industry to one day compete with Boeing and Airbus. (Credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)
The answer is 150,000, according to Boeing vice chairman Ray Conner, who touted the figure at an event held by the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations. Beijing, which considers Taiwan to be a “rogue province,” lodged a protest with the U.S. It has no competitors in the U.S., and it often touts the number of American jobs supported by its deals. How many American jobs depend on China’s booming demand for aircraft?

Hipster Nativity Featuring Mary and Joseph Taking Selfies Prompts Sales, Criticism

Entrepreneurs Corey Wright and his brother Casey, who run online novelty products business Gorilla Goodies, are behind the spin on the Biblical scene. The Hipster Nativity set hit the market on November 21, and the brothers have already made a profit. But their biggest surprise is this: “Many orders for the sets came from churches, pastors and reverends,” he added. Oh, and there’s a solar-powered stable, too. “Casey and I are always playing around with ideas for new fun products,” said Corey Wright, who comes from a Christian household. The duo have nearly sold out of its 5,000 unit supply. The Modern Nativity Set depicts a “hipster” version of the biblical scene of Jesus’ birth. About 20% of orders are from international customers. In the scene, Joseph — sporting a man bun — holds up a cellphone, Mary flashes a peace sign and Baby Jesus, wearing a beanie on his head, looks on. The Three Wise Men carry Amazon Prime boxes and a shepherd sends Snapchat messages. (Credit: Modern Nativity)
A new Hipster Nativity set ($130) depicts one filled with the Three Wise Men on Segways, and Mary and Joseph posing for selfies with Baby Jesus. “We had a small window of about 30 days to sell the sets.”
Wright believes a large bulk of their customers are millennials and their parents. “We started talking about what Jesus’ birth would look like today.”
The Wrights sent the ideas to an illustrator and spent 6 months — and $150,000 — to turn the concept into an actual product. But not everyone is a fan. If Jesus were born in 2016, what would a modern-day Nativity scene look like? Nearby, a cow enjoys gluten-free, all-natural grass feed next to a sheep wearing a Christmas sweater. “It was incredibly stressful,” said Wright. “Some people absolutely love it and understand it’s not about blasphemy, but we’ve also gotten lot of criticism,” Wright said.

Powerful Storm Barreling Through SoCal Prompts Flash Flood Watches, Dangerous Driving Conditions

A big rig driver was killed after his truck overturned on the transition road from the westbound 105 Freeway to the northbound 710 amid the wet conditions early Friday morning. Light snow accumulations and gusty winds will be possible on the 5 Freeway near the Grapevine Friday night. Drivers were warned the wind and snow could create near zero visibility at times through the area. for the burn areas of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. Flash Flood Watches have been issued until 6 a.m. 16, 2016. The storm is expected to bring between 1 and 3 inches of rain to the foothills and south-facing mountain areas. Drivers are asked to leave early and drive slower than usual due to the unpredictable conditions. Flash floods and debris flows are a danger for recent burn areas Friday morning, according to the Weather Service. Snow fell only at the higher elevations overnight, but levels were expected to drop between 4,000 and 5,000 feet by late afternoon, then falling as low as 3,500 feet Friday night, the Weather Service stated. Rain dropped across Southern California on Dec. Our coasts and valleys are likely to see between a half inch and an inch and a half of rain, according to the Weather Service. The steady rain is likely to result in dangerous driving conditions on our local freeways resulting in lengthy commutes Friday morning. A Flash Flood Watch was also issued until noon for areas of the San Bernardino County Mountains. (Credit: Loudlabs)
The heaviest showers were expected overnight and into the early morning hours, but showery rain is expected to continue through much of Friday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service. 34.052234
-118.243685 The storm is expected to exit the area Friday evening, making way for drier conditions over the weekend. A powerful storm system, which could bring up to three inches of rain to parts of Southern California, arrived Thursday evening and continued to move through the region Friday morning.

Muslim Students in Garden Grove Respond to Hate Mail

Click here to read the full story on LATimes.com. Rather than deal with it privately, school officials decided to share the letter with the students, presenting the kids on Thursday, Principal Maisa Youssef said, to let people “see what an American Muslim child looks like.”
“There’s nothing different about our school,” she added. Students at Orange Crescent School assemble to present a response to hate mail sent to area mosques by an anonymous individual. 33.755583
-117.958537 In their pressed uniforms, the students squirmed as their principal addressed the letter that landed in the mailbox of Orange Crescent School one late November day. “We’re like every other school in America.”
Leila Dakelbab, vice principal of the school that serves children from preschool to eighth grade, called members of the student government to join her at the podium. (Credit: David McNew / Los Angeles Times)
“Dear children of Satan,” it read, speaking to Muslim boys and girls whose campus is located on the grounds of the Islamic Society of Orange County in Garden Grove.

Up to 3 Inches Rain Expected by Friday as Major Storms Barrel Into Southern California

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NorCal Drought Conditions Have Dramatically Improved While SoCal Remains Bone Dry But the situation in Northern California was more dramatic, with one small town in the North Bay Area receiving nearly 7 inches of rain over the last 24-hour period, forecasters said. In Southern California, rains started moving in Thursday afternoon. Click here to read the full story on LATimes.com. The weather service issued a flash flood watch for the Santa Monica and San Gabriel mountains and foothill communities in the San Fernando, Santa Clarita and San Gabriel valleys.

Stroke of Luck and Gun Laws Kept Washington State Mall Shooting From Being Much Worse, Police Say

Adrian Kuschnereit, “that this theater room and the people inside of it may have been a planned target for a shooting.”
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Suspected Gunman Confesses to Fatally Shooting 5 People in Washington Mall: Police
4 Dead After Shooting in Washington State; Police Hunt at Least One Shooter (Credit: Karen Ducey / Getty Images)
More than 30 moviegoers watching “The Magnificent Seven” in a Burlington mall theater could have been sitting targets had the suspect, a troubled, 20-year-old fast-food worker named Arcan Cetin, been able to buy other firearms that day and enter though a theater exit door he had propped open with his cellphone in what police say was an ambush plan, newly released records show. Candles are lit in front of the Cascade Mall on Sept. Gunman James E. 26, 2016, in Burlington, Washington. As bad as it was, the violence unleashed by a gunman this fall at a mall in Washington state could have been substantially worse, police say, if fate and gun laws had not intervened. Holmes had propped open an exit door in order to retrieve firearms from his car. The phone’s placement brings to mind the bloodshed at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., in 2012 that left 12 dead and 70 wounded. “I suspect,” said Burlington Police Det.