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Fake News Stories About ‘Pizzagate’ Led Armed Man to D.C. Restaurant: Police

Flynn — who has an official government transition email address — has repeatedly defended “Pizzagate,” including in one tweet sent after Sunday’s incident. But the term “fake news” — usually signaling a specific article — doesn’t fully capture an insidious narrative like “Pizzagate.” This became a full-fledged conspiracy theory, with multiple spin-off theories. At Monday’s White House press briefing, when asked about Flynn, Earnest avoided responding directly, but said, “I think we all hold a responsibility, regardless of whether or not we are planning to serve in a government position or if one of our family members is planning to serve in a government position, that we shouldn’t be propagating false things that could inspire violence.”

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Man Brandishing Assault Rifle Sought to Investigate Online Conspiracy Theory, Washington D.C. Believers imagined a pedophilia ring supposedly being run out of the pizza shop that somehow involved Hillary Clinton and her campaign chairman John Podesta, among other Democrats. The world wide web provides easy access to the truth — but makes it equally easy to wall off the facts and soak up fictions instead. 5, 2016, a day after a man was arrested for walking into the pizzeria and discharging a rifle, claiming he was “self-investigating” an online conspiracy theory about a pedophilia ring being run by high-ranking Democrats. Some of them, written by spammers with the intent of fooling unsuspecting web users and getting ad revenue from those users’ clicks, have become known as “fake news” stories. Case in point: While detectives were still scouring the scene of the crime on Sunday afternoon, “Pizzagate” believers were already saying that the incident was a “false flag” operation and a “fake news” story. Police Say
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College Professor Creates List to Help Keep Fake News Out of Facebook Feeds police said, “the suspect revealed that he came to the establishment to self-investigate ‘Pizza Gate’ (a fictitious online conspiracy theory).”
James Alefantis, the owner of Comet, said in a statement on Sunday night: “Let me state unequivocally: these stories are completely and entirely false, and there is no basis in fact to any of them. On Monday afternoon White House press secretary Josh Earnest called the incident “deeply troubling.”
“I think there’s no denying the corrosive effect that some of these false reports have had on our political debate and that’s concerning in a political context,” Earnest said. Flynn, shared a related anti-Clinton theory on Twitter before election day, and his son Michael G. “Pizzagate” spun up on 4chan, Reddit, Twitter and other web sites in the final days before the election. What happened today demonstrates that promoting false and reckless conspiracy theories comes with consequences. Comet Ping Pong in Washington, D.C., pizzeria is seen Dec. (Credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)
No one was injured at Comet Ping Pong, the Washington restaurant, on Sunday afternoon, but the armed confrontation showed the offline, real-life consequences of online lies. If you’re saying to yourself, “How could anyone possibly believe this stuff?,” think back to the overheated days before the presidential election. The conspiracy theory apparently motivated the suspect, Edgar Maddison Welch, to drive from his home in North Carolina to Washington. “Pizzagate” continued to evolve after election day. One person apparently took matters into his own hands and showed up to the pizza place that the conspiracy theorists say is at the center of the web with guns. Yes, these commenters were asserting that the real-life crime was all just part of the cover-up. Millions of people have read about a crazy conspiracy theory called “Pizzagate.” An untold number of them actually believe it. It was a made-up story incorporating fake leaks from “police sources” and misinterpreted Wikileaks emails. I hope that those involved in fanning these flames will take a moment to contemplate what happened here today, and stop promoting these falsehoods right away.”
Not all of the obviously untrue anti-Clinton stories that have floated around the Internet were peddled by conspiracy theorists. He allegedly walked inside Comet, pointed one of his weapons, and caused a panic. He apparently fired at least one shot before being apprehended. “It’s deeply troubling that some of those false reports could lead to violence.”
While conspiracy theories are nothing new, Internet echo chambers are making the deceptions more powerful and more pernicious. Facebook and Twitter helped fake headlines go viral during the campaign. “These things are preposterous fabrications,” CNN media analyst Bill Carter said on “New Day” Monday morning, and “they’re not being repudiated by the right people.”
Trump’s pick for national security adviser, Michael T. “During a post-arrest interview,” D.C. It was an anti-Clinton narrative — just one of many — spread by online commenters who described themselves as Donald Trump supporters.

Former Walt Disney Animation Company in Los Feliz Now Houses Photocopy Shop, Skateboard Boutique

“He is always here. (Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

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Former Walt Disney Animation Company in Los Feliz Now Houses Photocopy Shop, Skateboard Boutique

The Kingswell Building in Los Feliz now houses a photocopy shop and a skateboard boutique, but it was once home to the original offices of Walt Disney's fledgling animation company. And he is very happy.”
If the Walt Disney Co. From 1923 to 1926, the Disney Bros. Studio was headquartered at the Kingswell Building at Vermont and Kingswell avenues. (Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

Marine Ter-Pogosyan often senses the presence of a Hollywood legend in her Los Feliz photocopy shop. Click here to read the full story on LATimes.com. These modest storefronts, adjacent to a commercial strip lined with vintage clothing boutiques and ethnic restaurants, lay claim to being the birthplace of the world’s largest entertainment company. “My customers, they ask me, ‘Do you see the ghost of Walt Disney?’ And I say, ‘Yeah, every day I feel it,’” Ter-Pogosyan said. founder’s spirit were to surface in any locale, this spot makes sense: Ter-Pogosyan’s Extra Copy and a neighboring tattoo parlor and skateboard shop are housed in space that once served as the original offices of Disney’s fledgling animation company. The Kingswell Building in Los Feliz now houses a photocopy shop and a skateboard boutique, but it was once home to the original offices of Walt Disney's fledgling animation company. 34.106331
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Muslim NYPD Officer Threatened, Told ‘Go Back to Your Country’

Elsokary, who regularly wears a hijab while on duty in Brooklyn, was praised for her heroism after she helped save a baby girl and an elderly man from a burning building in April 2014, according to a press release from Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. Nelson’s attorney did not immediately respond to a request from CNN seeking comment. On Monday, an off-duty Muslim NYC transit employee was assaulted by a male passenger at Grand Central Terminal. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said he’s “sick to my stomach” over an incident in which a Muslim off-duty NYPD officer was reportedly threatened over the weekend by a man who said, “I will cut your throat, go back to your country.”
Aml Elsokary is seen in a photo provided by the NYPD Muslim Officers Society. “This is her country, she is an American, she is a New Yorker, and this is her home. The transit employee sustained injuries to her ankle and knee and was transported to an area hospital, according to a statement from Governor Andrew Cuomo, who directed the Metropolitan Transit Authority, the State Police and the state Division of Human Rights to investigate the matter. Elsokary, a 34-year-old Muslim-American, is an 11-year-veteran of the NYPD. In an interview last month Trump said he was “so saddened” to hear about vitriol hurled by some of his supporters against minorities and told them to “stop it.”
“You can’t have a candidate for president single out groups of Americans negatively and not have some ramification for that, not have something as a result of that. The officer, Aml Elsokary, said she had just dropped off her 16-year-old son in Brooklyn Saturday evening when a man begin arguing with the teen. It’s very troubling. He needs to keep doing that,” de Blasio said Monday. The department has supported me in wearing my hijab. There are approximately 900 Muslim-Americans currently serving on the NYPD, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday at a news conference in which he addressed the threat against Elsokary. “I help everybody no matter what your religion is. Hate crimes in New York City are up 35% from last year, with a “huge spike” in incidents right after Election Day on November 8, NYPD Chief of Detectives Bob Boyce said Monday. Look, a few times recently the President-elect has spoken out against it. Most of the reported hate crimes have been anti-Semitic in nature, followed by anti-Muslim crimes, Boyce said. 40.712784
-74.005941 She was wearing a hijab at the time of the incident, according to the NYPD. De Blasio said the uptick in hate crimes were “obviously connected to the (presidential) election.”
Critics accused President-elect Donald Trump of fostering xenophobia and Islamophobia during the divisive presidential campaign. When Elsokary, who was not in uniform, intervened, the man allegedly told her, “ISIS [expletive], I will cut your throat, go back to your country,” before fleeing the scene. The man allegedly called the uniformed employee a “terrorist” and pushed her down a flight of stairs. I’m born and raised here and I am here to protect you all. I want to thank my Muslim officers for standing by my side,” Elsokary said at Monday’s press conference. The incident involving Elsokary is just one in a recent rash of hate crimes in New York, authorities said. “This is the great state of New York — we welcome people of all cultures, customs and creeds with open arms. We cannot allow this hatred and bias to spread,” de Blasio said. Within 24 hours of the incident New York police arrested Christopher Nelson, 36, and charged him with menacing as a hate crime and aggravated harassment. We do not allow intolerance or fear to divide us because we know diversity is our strength and we are at our best when we stand united,” Cuomo said. Nelson was ordered held on $50,000 bail, according to Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez.

California Legislation Challenges Trump’s Proposals for Wall at Mexico Border, Registration of Muslim Immigrants

Click here to read the full story on LATimes.com. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) rests on his chair during a break in a Senate Rules Committee meeting in Sacramento. illegally before they gained citizenship. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) said the legislation is one of three proposals he is introducing as a package called Fight For California. “We’re not going to allow a wall that harms our environment and our economy,” Lara said in a statement. “We’re not going to allow personal data on individual Californians’ religious beliefs to be used to compile an unconstitutional database.”
Lara has been a leading lawmaker on immigration issues in recent years. Another bill would prohibit state agencies from providing federal entities with information for purposes of compiling a so-called Muslim registry, another Trump proposal. 36.778261
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Democrats in California Legislature to Introduce Bill That Will Provide Immigrants with Additional Legal Help Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) rests on his chair during a break in a Senate Rules Committee meeting in Sacramento. State Sen. Sen. (Credit: Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times)

In a challenge to President-elect Donald Trump’s proposal to build a wall at the Mexico border, a California lawmaker said Monday he is introducing a bill that would require the project to first be approved by the state’s voters. His parents are immigrants from Mexico who were in the U.S. (Credit: Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times)

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Mike Huckabee Asks if Nancy Pelosi is ‘Racist or Just Dumb’ Following Comments on Ben Carson

Carson brings the necessary credentials” to the role. Fancy Nancy Pelosi says he's not qualified; is she racist or just dumb? House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), speaks to the media during her weekly news conference on Capitol Hill on December 2, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Former Arkansas Gov. “This nomination is universally viewed as bizarre and the nominee is clearly unqualified. Fancy Nancy Pelosi says he’s not qualified; is she racist or just dumb?”
A spokesman for Pelosi told CNN on Monday that “name-calling” is “beneath” Huckabee. He added: “No one seriously thinks Ben Carson is qualified to do this job.”
In a statement released earlier on Monday, Pelosi said Carson is “a disconcerting and disturbingly unqualified choice” for HUD secretary, adding there is “no evidence that Dr. Carson has never held a government position and in the Republican presidential primary largely on his qualifications as a pediatric brain surgeon and his personal story. Name calling like this is beneath the dignity of even Governor Huckabee,” Drew Hammill told CNN in an email. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) December 5, 2016

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Huckabee, who became a Trump surrogate after he dropped out of the 2016 Republican primary, tweeted on Monday, “Ben Carson is first HUD Sec to have actually lived in gov’t housing. (Credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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Mike Huckabee Asks if Nancy Pelosi is ‘Racist or Just Dumb’ Following Comments on Ben Carson

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), speaks to the media during her weekly news conference on Capitol Hill on December 2, 2016 in Washington, DC. — Gov. Ben Carson is first HUD Sec to have actually lived in gov't housing.

Storm Expected to Bring Heavy Snow to Parts of Hawaii, Forecasters Say

The conditions will make driving and hiking very dangerous, the NWS warned, with the combination of strong winds and heavy snow making travel potentially “very hazardous or impossible.”
CNN meteorologist Michael Guy says it isn’t unusual for the Big Island summits to experience snowfall in the winter months. “It usually can snow at elevations above 9,000 feet and some of the summits reach above 13,000 feet. Up to six inches of snow is expected to fall, the National Weather Service says, and a winter storm warning was in place until 6 a.m. Snow also fell on the summits late last week, with photos showing the summit of Mauna Kea cloaked in white Thursday. (Credit: Kilauea EcoGuides)

Hawaiians more used to dusting sand than ice from their feet have been warned that a winter storm may bring heavy snow to Big Island peaks overnight. local time Monday. “There have actually been blizzard warnings for those areas that get snow at those elevations before,” Guy says. The variation in the island’s elevation allows for colder temperatures at higher altitudes — which can support winter weather precipitation, he says. 19.896766
-155.582782 Parts of Hawaii could receive up to 6 inches of snow, forecasters say. The NWS is forecasting heavy snow, blowing and drifting snow, strong winds gusting up to 55 mph and low visibility for the summits of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea. (Credit: Kilauea EcoGuides)

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Storm Expected to Bring Heavy Snow to Parts of Hawaii, Forecasters Say

Parts of Hawaii could receive up to 6 inches of snow, forecasters say. Further snow showers are predicted from Wednesday.

Mistrial Declared for South Carolina Officer Charged With Murder of Walter Scott

Wilson urged jurors not to let “anyone from the outside get in your head” and make them question their decision. The jury, which deliberated for 22 hours in the case, passed a note to the judge. “Y’all seen every minute of this trial,” she said. Slager shot and killed Walter Scott, an unarmed black man, after a 2015 traffic stop. “Despite the best efforts of our members we are unable to come to a unanimous decision,” jurors said in the note. This still, released by the family of Walter Scott, appears to show North Charleston, South Carolina police officer Michael Slager shooting Scott in the back as he ran away from the officer. (Credit: Scott Family)

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Mistrial Declared for South Carolina Officer Charged With Murder of Walter Scott

This still, released by the family of Walter Scott, appears to show North Charleston, South Carolina police officer Michael Slager shooting Scott in the back as he ran away from the officer. It wasn’t immediately clear whether Charleston County prosecutors will seek a retrial. Prosecutor Scarlett Wilson then thanked jurors for their service, saying that even though she is disappointed she respects their decision. (Credit: Scott Family)

The judge in the murder trial of former North Charleston, South Carolina, police officer Michael Slager on Monday declared a mistrial after jurors were unable to reach a verdict after three days of deliberations. “You have sacrificed more than any of your peers.”

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Memorial Held on USC Campus for Slain Psychology Professor

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Cold Weather Alert Extended for Antelope Valley and L.A. County Mountains

A driver rides Angeles Crest Highway in the Angeles National Forest on Oct. 2, 2013, in the San Gabriel Mountains. The county’s interim health officer announced the extended alert — through Friday for the Antelope Valley and through Wednesday for county mountains. Locations and transportation info is on the Homeless Services Authority’s website. (Credit: David McNew/Getty Images)

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Cold Weather Alert Extended for Antelope Valley and L.A. “Extra precaution should be taken to ensure they don’t get too cold when they are outside.”
He warned people not stove, barbecues or ovens to heat themselves due to risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. 2, 2013, in the San Gabriel Mountains. Jeffrey Gunzenhauser. Wind chills are expected to fall below freezing. “Children, the elderly, and people with disabilities or special medical needs are especially vulnerable during such cold snaps,” said interim health officer Dr. 34.288004
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A cold weather alert for Antelope Valley and Los Angeles county mountain areas has been extended as low temperatures continue. County Mountains

A driver rides Angeles Crest Highway in the Angeles National Forest on Oct. The county’s winter shelter program began last week.

Main Street Electrical Parade Set to Return to Disneyland in January

Fans who don’t want to wait until Jan. to midnight, according to the release. The attraction, among the most popular of Disney’s parades, is set to debut on Jan. 20 can purchase tickets to a special after-hours premier set for Jan. Most recently, the Main Street Electrical Parade entertained audiences at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. The parade’s return will also mark the first time since 1996 that the original opening float for the Main Street Parade — a train pulling a giant drum that proclaims in bright lights, “Disneyland Presents … Main Street Electrical Parade” — will be included in the route, the release stated. The nighttime parade premiered at the Anaheim theme park in 1972, and went dark there in 1996. 6, while tickets go on sale to the general public on Dec. It has been seen at various Disney parks around the world, including at Disney California Adventure, where it ran from 2001 to 2010. 19, which will include a night of exclusive access to select Disney attractions and restaurants from 7:30 p.m. Additionally, a specially decorated Main Street Electrical Parade will celebrate the parade’s return during the 108th Newport Christmas Boat Parade in mid-December. 33.835293
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Naked Man Found Fatally Shot in Long Beach; Woman’s Body Discovered in Nearby SUV: Police

As investigators combed the area, they found a woman’s body in an SUV that was parked nearby, Johnson said. No additional information was immediately released. Authorities discovered the man’s body with a gunshot wound to the upper torso around 5:50 a.m. (Credit: Tex Texin/flicker via Creative Commons)

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Naked Man Found Fatally Shot in Long Beach; Woman’s Body Discovered in Nearby SUV: Police

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A man’s nude body found on the beach led to the discovery of a deceased woman in a nearby vehicle in Long Beach early Monday morning, prompting an investigation, police said. Homicide detectives are investigating both cases. Brad Johnson. KTLA’s Irving Last contributed to this story.  

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-118.132342 on the beach in the 5400 block of East Ocean Boulevard, according to Long Beach Police Department Sgt. The deceased man was naked when police found him, Johnson told the Los Angeles Times. Neither person has been identified. It was unclear how the woman died, and whether the two deaths were related.