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About the Podcast: “Tech Smart with Rich DeMuro” We also got a chance to discuss in-depth the biggest question most people have after hearing about the service: Is it safe? With the app, parents can book rides for their kids to take them anywhere they need to go, thus taking one more thing off a parent’s to-do list, which can be a huge help. A new app called HopSkipDrive is here to relieve that stress and help take some of the hassle out of being a parent. Between sports practices, after-school study sessions, and outings with friends, parents can find themselves driving their kids all over town and adding more stress to an already hectic day. HopSkipDrive is a transportation service that could simply be described as “Uber for kids,” but it’s much more than that. Buckle up and join me for a ride on this episode of Tech Smart: America on Demand! Founders Carolyn Yashari Becher, Joanna McFarland, and Janelle McGlothlin. I had a chance to talk with HopSkipDrive co-founder and CEO Joanna McFarland about the app and how it’s helping parents and kids alike. HopSkipDrive is a great service developed by moms who understand the need parents have to take some of the stress out of their daily lives. ×
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Being a parent can be extremely busy, but being a kid can be busy too.

Fire Crews Respond to Pallet Yard Fire Burning in Perris

Firefighters are battling a pallet yard fire burning in Perris Friday morning. at the intersection of North Webster Avenue and West Ramona Expressway near the 215 Freeway, according to a news release from the Riverside County Fire Department. No injuries were reported and the building was not being threatened, according to the news release. Both directions of the West Ramona Expressway were closed as crews worked to put out the fire. 33.782519
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The fire was reported about 2:49 a.m. Nearly a quarter acre of pallets were burning in the pallet yard located behind a commercial building, the Fire Department stated. A pallet yard caught fire in Perris on Nov. 18, 2016.

McDonald’s to Offer Table Service, Touch Screen Ordering at US Locations

Consumer tastes aren’t the only thing changing the way companies operate. McDonald’s customers will be able to place their customized order on a touch screen, take a seat and have their meal brought right over. Donald Trump’s victory in the U.S. presidential election has left many business executives wondering what his administration means for employment, trade and economic growth. The chain is also trying to be healthier, cutting artificial preservatives from Chicken McNuggets and offering more wraps and salads. Since then, McDonald’s has launched an all-day breakfast menu. When Easterbrook took the reins in March 2015, McDonald’s was suffering from falling sales and lousy earnings. Next year, they’ll even have the option of mobile ordering. It’s introduced more customizable sandwiches with fancier ingredients, and announced two new sizes of Big Macs. Revenue and profits for the third quarter topped forecasts. “They’re expecting us to evolve and offer greater convenience,” Easterbrook said. “Customers have access to information that gives them much more control over their lives,” Easterbrook said in an interview with CNNMoney’s Cristina Alesci. “No one likes uncertainty,” he said. In the meantime, Easterbrook and McDonald’s are sitting tight. Now, McDonald’s loyalists will be able to place their customized order on a touch screen, take a seat and have their meal brought right over. Restaurants in San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, D.C. “The sooner we get through this period, and there’s some clarity as to the way things are going to go going forward, we’ll be able to make the long term decisions of business.”

-87.953553 The move is the company’s latest attempt to win back the customers it’s lost to popular fast-casual joints like Shake Shack. The changes are already starting to show up at locations in Florida, New York and Southern California, where 500 restaurants have been updated. and Seattle will get upgrades in early 2017. (Credit: Rich Brooks/CNN)
So the fast food giant is rolling out self-order kiosks, mobile pay options, an updated interior design, even table service. The strategy is working. McDonald’s CEO Steve Easterbrook knows the business of food is changing. That’s pushing consumers to demand more, he says — especially in the way of personalized eating.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on U.S. Mission to ‘Build Trust’ With Donald Trump

“By meeting Trump, Abe wants to show the rest of the world that the US and Japan still stand side by side.”
A top aide to Abe, Katsuyuki Kawai, said that he’d been told by members of Trump’s transition team that Trump’s previous remarks should not be taken literally. “Abe has invested a lot of critical capital in strengthening alliance with the US, and would have been worried to see his entire agenda go up in the air,” he said. “What is there to gain, I have no idea?” said Nakano. General Michael Flynn Job of National Security Advisor
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During the campaign, Trump alarmed Japan and South Korea, two of America’s strongest allies, by suggesting they were free-riding on US security commitments. Abe declined to say if the two men hashed out the defense issue or discussed their disagreement over the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, but stressed that he emerged “convinced that Mr. Kingston, however, suggested that the Trump-Abe relationship could be off to a good start given the kind of leaders Abe looks favorably on. “(Abe) is not talking to a president yet.”
How future relations between Abe and Trump will play out remain to be seen. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he had a “very candid discussion” Thursday with US President-elect Donald Trump. (CREDIT: KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images)
The pair met in New York in an “unofficial” capacity, Abe told reporters, as Trump has not yet assumed the presidency. Brad Williams, a professor of international relations at the City University of Hong Kong, told CNN that the early meeting was brought on in part from Japanese concern for the future of the US-Japanese alliance and also owing to practical concerns. Koichi Nakano, a political scientist at Sophia University was more skeptical of the Trump-Abe meeting. “Abe is on the way to the APEC summits, so he would have flown through the US anyway,” he said. The Japanese government released several photos of Trump and Abe, some of which included Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump and retired Lt. 40.712784

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Trump Offers Retired Army Lt. It is not known what role the three played in the meeting. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe waves to well-wishers prior to boarding a government plane at Tokyo’s Haneda on November 17, 2016. First meeting
The sit-down with Abe was Trump’s first in-person meeting with a foreign head of state since he clinched the presidency last week. “The Japan-US alliance is the axis of Japan’s diplomacy and security. Nakano told CNN that the Japanese administration had rushed to see Trump even before he assumed office while he was busy forming a new admnistration. General Michael Flynn. Abe’s meeting with the President-elect “sends a reassuring signal that despite Trump’s rhetoric, things remain more or less on track,” Kingston said. The alliance becomes alive only when there is trust between us.”
While vague, this statement would be reassuring to the Japanese public, Jeffery Kingston, director of Asian studies at Japan’s Temple University, told CNN. Abe wants to ‘build trust’
“I am very honored to see the President elect ahead of other world leaders,” Abe told reporters before his departure. Abe stressed that he emerged feeling that the US and Japan will be able to maintain a “relationship of trust” with Trump as president. It comes after Trump’s repeated suggestions during the campaign that Japan should shoulder a bigger financial burden regarding US military forces stationed in the region. “If you look at who Abe admires around the world, he likes strong leaders like Putin, Modi and Erdogan, who have despotic tendencies,” he said. Particularly jaw-dropping were the suggestions that Japan, which until last year had a pacifist constitution, should obtain nuclear weapons to protect itself from North Korea. CNN is not publishing or airing these photos because news organizations were denied access to the meeting. Trump is a leader in whom I can have confidence.”
“I conveyed my various views on different issues, but since he hasn’t assumed the office, I would like to refrain from touching on details,” Abe said.

Massive Drills in California, Nevada Simulate Aftermath of Earthquakes

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Cracked hunks of concrete are all that remain of a six-story hotel after a catastrophic magnitude 7.8 earthquake that has left hundreds of thousands of people dead. Luckily the disaster scene is not real, at least not today, but rather an elaborate simulation of the chaotic aftermath of devastating earthquakes in California and Nevada and the rapid-fire reaction of emergency responders in both states. 34.052234
-118.243685 The simultaneous weeklong exercise, ending Friday and called Vigilant Guard, was hosted in California by the California National Guard with participation from more than 1,200 members of local, state and federal agencies, including Los Angeles County fire officials, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the Oakland Fire Department’s Urban Search & Rescue Task Force, plus members of Arizona’s, Hawaii’s and Nevada’s National Guards. (Credit: Al Seib/Los Angeles Times)

Massive Drills in California, Nevada Simulate Aftermath of Earthquakes

Los Angeles County Fire Department Urban Search and Rescue team members work to locate and extricate victims during a massive earthquake-response exercise hosted by the California National Guard simulating the aftermath of a magnitude 7.8 earthquake. Los Angeles County Fire Department Urban Search and Rescue team members work to locate and extricate victims during a massive earthquake-response exercise hosted by the California National Guard simulating the aftermath of a magnitude 7.8 earthquake. Nearby, a three-story garage has collapsed into itself and is littered with cars so badly damaged that the make and model of one is virtually unrecognizable. Eight members of Los Angeles County Fire Department’s Search and Rescue Team are hard at work breaching the concrete of the hotel’s facade to crawl inside and locate any survivors trapped below.

Man Shoots, Critically Injures Himself in L.A. After Shooting Girlfriend in Fontana: Police

While officers were at the home Isaccs was allegedly involved in a carjacking in the 8700 block of Locust Avenue. The incidents are under investigation and anyone with information can call the Fontana Police Department at 909-350-7700. 34.092233
-117.435048 Kayvon Isaccs is seen in a photo released by the Fontana Police Department on Nov. He was taken to a hospital in critical condition. Officers discovered that Kayvon Isaccs, 25, was involved in an argument with his girlfriend when he shot her one time and ran away. The victim was taken to a hospital in critical condition, police said. 18, 2016. in a home along the 18200 block of Orange Way, according to Fontana police. He then drove himself to the 77th Division Station of the Los Angeles Police Department and shot himself twice, police said. The incident was reported about 8:25 p.m. A man shot and critically injured himself in front of a LAPD station after allegedly shooting his girlfriend and stealing a car in Fontana Thursday night.

Long Beach Mother Claims Malpractice After Providers Ignored Symptoms of 8-Month-Old Boy With Penny Stuck in Esophagus

She started a petition against the providers and asking them to take accountability for their medical negligence and misdiagnosis. The family later learned from a specialist that the penny caused his symptoms and gave him two large ulcers. 17, 2016. Four months later, EJ is doing fine, but Knox wants the doctors who saw her son to be held accountable. 17, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)
He was immediately taken to Miller Children’s Hospital where the penny was removed. (Credit: KTLA)
Samantha Knox said her son EJ was diagnosed with a viral infection after visiting doctors at HealthCare Partners in June, when the boy was 8-months-old. “I was diligent, I was committed to ensuring that my son’s health was my highest priority and i didn’t feel as though any body else considered those facts,” Knox said. Samantha Knox holds the penny that was lodged in her son’s esophagus on Nov. “They weren’t valuing my instincts as a mother, me knowing my son, me having carried this child in my womb,” Knox said. There are times however when a claim simply does not align with the facts.”

-118.193739 “Anytime a patient brings a concern to our attention we examine the facts surrounding the issue. She said she returned at least five times, but kept being pushed back. Samantha Knox holds her son, EJ, on Nov. While the petition has gotten more than 85,000 supporters, HealthCare Partners had not responded until she sent several formal letters of compliant to several sites and the Medical Board of California. She finally decided to take EJ to Long Beach Memorial Medical Center for emergency care where an X-ray revealed he had a penny stuck in his esophagus that was compromising his breathing. Please enable Javascript to watch this video

A Long Beach mother is claiming medical malpractice after she says doctors misdiagnosed symptoms of her 8-year-old son who had a penny lodged in his esophagus. She added that the providers questioned her ability to pay. Knox’s claim was eventually denied and HealthCare Partners told her their investigation did not find that the penny was stuck during EJ’s visit to their facilities. Specialists believe it had been there for three weeks or more, based on the corrosion. “I couldn’t understand why my son was going though this,” Knox said. She also wants her medical bills and loss of wages reimbursed. Knox received a response from the Medical Board of California saying they intend to pursue the case against the providers. In a statement to KTLA, HealthCare Partners said they are not allowed to comment on patient cases, but that quality care is at the core of what they do. She said providers dismissed her concerns and requests for further testing despite the fact that his fever and rash were worsening.

Dress Worn By Marilyn Monroe When She Sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to JFK Sells for $4.81 Million at L.A. Auction

The dress, created by Hollywood designer Jean Louis, was purchased by Ripley’s Believe It or Not, according to Julien’s Auctions. Kennedy was on display at Julien's Auctions in Los Angeles. he dress worn by Marilyn Monroe when she sang "Happy Birthday" to President John F. Brown / AFP/Getty Images)

The iconic form-fitting dress worn by Marilyn Monroe as she sang “Happy Birthday” to President John F. (Credit: Frederic J. Brown / AFP/Getty Images)

Dress Worn By Marilyn Monroe When She Sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to JFK Sells for $4.81 Million at L.A. Auction

he dress worn by Marilyn Monroe when she sang "Happy Birthday" to President John F. The number originally cost $12,000 and Monroe donned it for a May 19, 1962, fundraiser at Madison Square Garden. Kennedy was on display at Julien's Auctions in Los Angeles. Made of silk gauze and covered in thousands of sequins and rhinestone beads, the gown was so tight that Monroe had to be sewn into it before she walked on stage, according to the auction house. (Credit: Frederic J. Kennedy sold Thursday evening for $4.81 million at an auction in Los Angeles. Click here to read the full story on 34.052234

LAPD Motorcycle Officer Injured in Crash on 10 Freeway Near Arlington Heights

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-118.320044 KTLA’s Matt Phillips and Nidia Becerra contributed to this story. in the Arlington Heights area and an ambulance was called for multiple contusions, Officer Tony Im said. The California Highway Patrol also responded to the crash. A LAPD motorcycle officer was injured in a crash along the 10 Freeway in the Arlington Heights area on Nov. A car changed lanes in front of the officer and he crashed into the rear of the car, Im added. 17, 2016. Traffic was backed up in the area as emergency vehicles responded to the crash. Please enable Javascript to watch this video

A Los Angeles Police motorcycle officer was injured in a crash along the eastbound 10 Freeway near Arlington Avenue Thursday night, officials said. He was taken to a hospital with non life-threatening injuries, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. The officer, who was on duty at the time, works at the west traffic division of the agency, Im said. Aerial video from Sky5 showed the officer being put on a stretcher and into an ambulance.

Vigil Held for Manhattan Beach Woman Missing Since October During Trip to LACMA

She is 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighs about 140 pounds. 16. (Credit: KTLA)
Paulikas’ husband Kirk Moody said family and friends have been searching for Paulikas for 33 days, with no luck. 17, 2016 at LACMA, where she was last seen before vanishing on Oct. A vigil was held for Nancy Paulikas on Nov. Despite a county-wide search, she has not been found. 16. She was last seen wearing a red shirt with a white pattern, jeans and blue sneakers. She has light brownish-grey shoulder-length hair and blue eyes. Nancy Paulikas, 56, was separated from her family at the museum about 2:35 p.m. Please enable Javascript to watch this video

Friends and family members held a vigil Thursday evening for a Manhattan Beach woman with early onset Alzheimers who has been missing since a trip to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on Oct. Anyone with information about Paulikas’ whereabouts can call 310-650-7965. On Thursday they retraced her last known steps to raise awareness that she is still missing. Nancy Paulikas is shown in a photo provided by her family. 34.063405

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Manhattan Beach Woman With Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Missing Since Trip to LACMA 2 Weeks Ago While her family thought she was in the restroom, video footage showed her leaving LACMA and walking west on Wilshire Boulevard. A $1,000 reward is being offered for information about her whereabouts. She had apparently never wandered away from her family before and she was not carrying a cellphone, ID or cash at the time.

Shopping Meets Charity at ‘Dress for Success’ Event in Beverly Hills

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At Least 45 Killed After Airstrikes, Bombs Pound Eastern Aleppo

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At least 45 people were killed Thursday and dozens injured as airstrikes and barrel bombs pounded eastern Aleppo and rebel-held parts of the countryside, the Aleppo Media Center activist group said. 36.202105

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Haunting Video Showing Wounded Syrian Girl, 8, Crying for Her Dad Is Widely Viewed on Social Media Moscow has sought to distance itself from the blitz, with Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov saying Wednesday that the Russian air force had not carried out the Aleppo strikes, according to state-run news agency Tass. Trump has previously suggested he is opposed to targeting the Syrian regime and ISIS at the same time, and has said he is willing to work with Assad. 17, 2016. The Syrian Civil Defense volunteer group — also known as the White Helmets — said that more than 40 airstrikes and barrel bombs struck besieged rebel-held neighborhoods. Blitz after text message warning
The strikes that resumed this week followed a dire text message sent en masse to Aleppo’s eastern residents, essentially telling them to flee or be killed in the bombings. Syrian government aircraft resumed airstrikes Tuesday on the war-ravaged northern city after a relative lull, although clashes and shelling have continued near the front lines. (Credit: Aleppo Media Center via CNN)

At Least 45 Killed After Airstrikes, Bombs Pound Eastern Aleppo

At least 45 people were killed and dozens injured as airstrikes and barrel bombs pounded eastern Aleppo on Nov. The death toll was expected to rise and airstrikes and shelling continued through the night. “Planes are more than birds, and bombs are more than rain,” one resident said of the Syrian air force’s renewed blitz. On Thursday, a Kremlin aide said that Moscow saw a possibility to improve joint efforts over Syria with Trump, Russian state broadcaster Tass reported. Following last week’s US election, questions have swirled over how President-elect Donald Trump might approach the war, which has seen the United States and Russia at odds in many respects. Trump: Assad’s friend or foe? Central to the disagreement between the two powers is the question of which groups in the conflict are regarded as terrorists. Many of these groups also oppose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. There had been a three-week lull in air raids before the Syrian government blitzed eastern Aleppo on Tuesday, using what the regime called “precision weapons to target terrorist positions.”
Rebels took control of eastern Aleppo in 2014, and government forces have besieged the area, battering it from above with the help of Russian air power. Syria’s grinding five-year conflict has devastated Aleppo, divided between government-controlled areas in the west and rebel positions in the east. 17, 2016. “The situation is very, very difficult,” he said. At least 45 people were killed and dozens injured as airstrikes and barrel bombs pounded eastern Aleppo on Nov. The old Cold War enemies agreed to target ISIS, but the United States has armed and supported what it calls moderate rebel groups to fight the militants. White Helmets member Ismail Abdallah described barrel bombs being dropped from helicopters on neighborhoods regularly. Yuri Ushakov said that the level of cooperation over the conflict between the two powers was “neither good nor bad,” but that the Kremlin saw a chance of “normalizing” this relationship with the US President-elect as they saw terrorism as a “common enemy.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Trump discussed the “unsatisfactory” cooperation between their countries over Syria during a phone conversation earlier this week, Tass reported. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has told Portugal’s RTP TV that Trump could be a “natural ally” to his government, but said he was dubious the incoming US leader could influence relevant decision-makers to change the American strategy. The regime’s siege of rebel-held neighborhoods has triggered a humanitarian catastrophe as food, water and medical supplies run low. The Aleppo Media Center released images of children who survived Thursday’s airstrikes on eastern Aleppo — a boy with wounds to his abdomen laid out on a stretcher, two toddlers with bloodied faces. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry are due to meet in the coming days in Lima, Peru, where Syria will be on the agenda, Ushakov said.

Officials Identify Man Suspected of Raping Woman in Maywood

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s officials have identified a man who they believe raped a woman in Maywood on Nov. Salvador Martinez, 28, is believed to have raped a woman in her home in the area of Slauson and Maywood avenues. Tips can also be left anonymously through Crime Stoppers by calling 800-222-8477, or going to the website In the public safety announcement about the rape earlier this week, sheriff’s officials also included a sketch and description of an intruder wanted in connection with a series of incidents that occurred in Maywood since early October. The crime occurred between midnight and 4 a.m. 17, 2016. Salvador Martinez is seen in a photo provided by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department on Nov. 17, 2016, by the L.A. 33.986681

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Sketch Released in Search for Man Involved in String of Sexual Assaults in Maywood He remains at large. Authorities released a  photo of Martinez and photos of three tattoos of babies on his left and right forearms. County Sheriff’s Department. 13. County Sheriff’s Department Special Victims Bureau hotline at 877-710-5273. It is unclear whether the assailant in the other cases was also responsible for the sexual assault on Nov. and the victim was alone at the time of the attack, officials said. 13. Suspect Salvador Martinez’s tattoos — which are positioned, from left, on his left forearm, right forearm and left forearm — are shown in photos released Nov. Anyone with information about Martinez can call the L.A.

Dodgers Raise Price on Every Season Ticket, Parking

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-118.251259 The Dodgers have capped season sales at 35,000 tickets and expect to hit that level again next year, said David Siegel, vice president of ticket sales. The Dodgers also have led the majors in payroll the last three seasons, although they are expected to cut that number for a second consecutive year. In each of the four full seasons under the ownership of Guggenheim Baseball Management, the Dodgers have won the National League West and led the major leagues in tickets sold. Fans cheer during the National League Championship Series at Dodger Stadium on October 19, 2016 in (Credit: Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Dodgers Raise Price on Every Season Ticket, Parking

Fans cheer during the National League Championship Series at Dodger Stadium on October 19, 2016 in (Credit: Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

The Dodgers raised the price on every season ticket Thursday, stunning some fans hit with double-digit increases for a second consecutive year. Ticket prices are a function of supply and demand, not player salaries. The Dodgers also increased parking prices for season-ticket holders by as much as 27%.