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LeBron James among California wildfire evacuees after blaze erupts near Getty Center in Los Angeles

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James was among the Southern California residents who had to leave their homes as mandatory evacuations were issued early Monday, after a “very dynamic fire” erupted on a hillside near the Getty Center museum, fire officials said.

The Los Angeles Fire Department is urging residents to evacuate the Mountain Gate and Mandeville Canyon communities, between Mandeville Canyon Road and Interstate 405 north of Sunset Blvd., due to the explosive blaze.

The fire erupted around 2 a.m. local time in the Sepulveda Pass along Interstate 405 near the Getty Center Museum community and the hill-top golf community of Mountain Gate. By 7:45 a.m. ET, officials said it had already grown to encompass over 250 acres as more than 470 LAFD firefighters with assistance from neighboring agencies rushed to combat the blaze.

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Mandatory evacuations were issued after a fire erupted on a hillside near the Getty Center museum in Los Angeles. (KTTV)

“This is a very dynamic fire that is moving in a westward direction.,” the LAFD said.

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James, one of the NBA’s most prominent athletes, tweeted he had to evacuate from his home after the blaze erupted, calling the fires “no joke.”

“Had to emergency evacuate my house and I’ve been driving around with my family trying to get rooms,” he said, later sharing they were able to find somewhere to accommodate them.”I [pray emoji] for all the families in the area that could be affected by these [fire emojis] now! Pretty please get to safety ASAP.”

Flames could be seen on hillsides, with winds fanning the blaze as it grew rapidly. Helicopters were attempting to conduct airdrops, and the flames appeared to be near large homes in the area of the upscale community of Brentwood.

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The communities of Mountain Gate and Mandeville Canyon were ordered to evacuate after the blaze erupted early Monday. (KTTV)

An evacuation warning was issued in the area from Mulholland Drive to the north, Topanga Canyon to the west, Sunset to the south and Mandeville Canyon to the east, and expanded westward to include parts of Topanga State Park and the Pacific Palisades.

Evacuation centers are open in Westwood and Sherman Oaks.

Videos posted to Twitter by motorists on the 405 showed hillsides engulfed in fire as crews rushed to the scene.

“The 405 freeway a few miles from Santa Monica looks just like a scene in Volcano,” another Twitter user wrote.

“There are mandatory evacuations in place and all residents West of the 405 and South of Sunset need to be vigilant and prepared,” the LAFD tweeted.

Mount Saint Mary’s University tweeted its Chalon campus near the Getty had been evacuated under orders from the LAFD. Students were taken to the school’s Doheny campus. Evacuations were also ordered for 200 people in a care facility next door, FOX11 reported.

Although the Getty Center is nearby, officials say the facility was built with thick walls and doors that should be able to compartmentalize any flames. The Getty Center said on Twitter a “serious brush fire” was burning in the hills north of the facility.

“Currently the fire is moving west and away from the Getty, and we have activated emergency operations,” the museum said, adding that it was preparing to assist emergency responders.

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The blaze in Southern California comes as the Tick Fire near Santa Clarita was 70 percent contained as of Sunday night. Up north, crews are grappling with a wildfire in Sonoma County that officials say covers 85 square miles and caused the evacuation of nearly 200,000 people.

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Fire conditions statewide made California “a tinderbox,” said Jonathan Cox, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Of the state’s 58 counties, 43 were under red flag warnings for high fire danger Sunday, with the threat lasting into Monday.

Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency Friday in response to the wildfires, which have been powered by gusts reaching more than 102 mph.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Wildfire threat sparks seed-collection projects to reforest charred hillsides

With warmer temperatures, an increase in the frequency of drought and the severity of wildfires on the rise, many scientists say the necessity of seed collection and reforestation efforts has become more urgent.

“We’ve had so many large, high-severity fires in the state, and without our intervention, there is a possibility that some of those areas will never be forests again,” Sarah Hurteau with The Nature Conservancy in New Mexico told The Associated Press. “What we’re trying to do is collect the seed to help reforest these areas. This is a huge effort.”

The goal: 1 million seeds to be used to reforest fire-scarred hillsides in New Mexico and Southern Colorado. Similar work was ongoing in South Dakota and other places across the West.

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Ponderosa pine cones cut open during a demonstration at Bandelier National Monument near Los Alamos, N.M. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)

A crew outfitted with spurs, ropes and hard hats scaled huge tree trunks and used long clippers to snip branches loaded with ponderosa pine cones.

It’s a science, the professionals said.

Crew members were looking for the perfect cones — no curves, no sap, no insect bore holes. The cones were gathered in the Jemez Mountains of northern New Mexico.

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Thousands of acres of burned trees that remained years after a wildfire raced through part of Bandelier National Monument near Los Alamos, New Mexico. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)

Santa Clara Pueblo in New Mexico has gathered seeds, ponderosa, Douglas fir, spruce and other pine variations, from about 2.5 million trees in over a decade. In the Black Hills of South Dakota, an estimated 2 million trees have been planted since 2003.

“The ability of trees to produce seed has a huge implication for natural recovery,” Kyle Rodman, a post-doctoral research assistant at the University of Colorado Boulder, told The AP. “If the seed is not being produced, then it can’t get to the places that are disturbed, then the chances for the ecosystem to recover to that forested state are obviously pretty low.”

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A partially open ponderosa pine cone in a tree at Bandelier National Monument near Los Alamos, N.M. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)

Overall, the number of fires in the U.S. has decreased slightly over the past three decades, but the number of acres burned was on the rise. Every year since 2000, an average of 10,900 square miles have been burned, according to figures compiled by the National Interagency Fire Center.

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Scientists said that the combination of overgrown forests and hotter, drier conditions increased the threat of catastrophic wildfires.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Family of missing Utah tech CEO, police dispute whether disappearance was voluntary

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The family of a missing Utah woman who was last seen Monday say that police in California incorrectly described her disappearance as voluntary.

Family members say Erin Valenti, CEO of Salt-Lake City-based app developer Tinker Ventures, was last seen in Palo Alto, Calif. She was supposedly on her way to the San Jose airport to head home to Salt Lake City.

Valenti’s husband Harrison Weinstein wrote on Facebook that phone activity suggested Valenti was driving in San Jose. She never returned her rental car or made it on her flight back to Utah, and she’s had no phone or credit card activity since Monday.

San Jose police spokesman Sgt. Enrique Garcia told Fox 13 Friday that “at this time, we are treating this case as a voluntary missing person.” However, Valenti’s family says she seemed to be distraught on the night she disappeared. Weinstein and Valenti’s parents told the station that they spoke to her on the phone Monday and she seemed manic, though she has no history of mental illness.

“I get that people have the right to disappear, but that’s not this,” Weinstein told KTVU. “Everything she said she was planning on coming home. She was trying to get to the airport. She’s not thinking clearly.”

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“She seemed confused. We said, ‘Did you drink anything?  Did anybody give you anything?’ and she said, ‘No,'” her mother Agnes Valenti said, “But my daughter is so smart and she is such a strong independent lady and this has never happened before.”

Valenti is described as 5-foot-4 with blond hair. She was last seen wearing a white T-shirt and jeans.

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Panel from missing Los Angeles Public Library sculpture found after 50 years

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Fifty years after a three-panel bronze sculpture disappeared from the grounds of the Los Angeles Public Library in the city’s downtown one of the panels has been found.

The “Well of the Scribes” vanished in 1969 when gardens in front of the library were demolished to make way for a parking lot, according to reports.

“The gardens were fortunately restored in 1993, but the Well of the Scribes went missing,” said City Librarian John Szabo told KABC-TV Friday.

Author Susan Orlean referenced the sculpture in her 2018 bestseller “The Library Book.”

That inspired the managing editor at Alta magazine to commission an article about the missing sculpture which ran over the summer, The Los Angeles Times reported.

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An antiques dealer in Arizona read the article and recognized the sculpture, according to the paper.

A bronze panel he bought for $500 years earlier was a piece of it, the paper reported. The dealer kept the panel in his apartment.

The dealer gave it back to the library, which unveiled it Friday.

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“Up until now, we thought [the sculpture] might have been destroyed or was in someone’s backyard,” Szabo said, according to the Times. “We just didn’t know if it would ever be found.”

The “Well of Scribes” went on display in the gardens when the Library opened in 1926. According to the paper, it pays homage to history’s great writers.

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Now the Library wants to solve the rest of the mystery and find out what happened to the other two missing panels.

“We’ve always been hopeful,”  Szabo told KABC, “but I think we’re especially hopeful now that part of it has been discovered, that we might find the other two pieces.”

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Menstrual cup hurled at California lawmakers by anti-vaccine protester contained human blood

The California state Senate confirmed Wednesday that red liquid inside a menstrual cup hurled at lawmakers from a viewing gallery by an anti-vaccine protester last month was human blood.

“While lab tests confirmed that the substance thrown from the Senate Gallery was human blood, it was negative for any blood borne [sic] pathogens or infections,” Erika Contreras, secretary of the Senate, wrote in a letter to staffers.

Contreras also wrote that an environmental hazard company was hired to “ensure complete remediation and decontamination of both the chamber and the gallery,” according to the San Francisco Chronicle, which obtained a copy of the letter.

Rebecca Lee Dalelio, 43, allegedly hurled the blood onto the Senate floor in opposition to Senate bills 276 and 714 on Sept. 13, the final day of the legislative session,

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Rebecca Lee Dalelio, 43, allegedly threw a menstrual cup filled with human blood at California lawmakers over he opposition to a pair of vaccine bills. (Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office)

She allegedly yelled: “That’s for the dead babies” before throwing the cup at lawmakers. At least six senators were hit by the menstrual cup or the blood. A menstrual cup is a silicone or latex cup that collects menstrual fluids.

Democratic State Sen. Steve Glazer underwent a series of tests after he said he was hit in the head with blood, the Sacramento Bee reported.

“A couple hours of sleep since our Senate adjournment around 3am [sic] and I’m at a doctors [sic] appointment to follow safety protocols from blood exposure,” Glazer tweeted.

Both bills, which give the state the power to review medical exemptions for vaccines, were signed into law earlier that week by Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, prompting vaccine skeptics to flood the state Capitol in Sacramento.

Investigators initially called the substance a “feminine hygiene device” containing what appeared to be blood. The Senate chamber was evacuated and the session resumed three hours later in another room.

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Dalelio was arrested without incident on suspicion of six crimes, including assault and vandalism.

“This incident was incited by the violent rhetoric perpetuated by leaders of the anti-vaxx movement,” said Sen. Richard Pan, who wrote both bills to reinforce laws that ban personal beliefs from a list of reasons to obtain vaccine exemptions. “As their rhetoric escalates, their incidents of violence does as well. This is an attack on the democratic process and it must be met with strong condemnation by everyone.”

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Dem megadonor Ed Buck hit with additional federal drug charges in two overdose deaths

A federal grand jury in California has indicted wealthy Democratic megadonor Ed Buck on drug charges in connection with two overdose deaths at his West Hollywood apartment.

The indictment returned Wednesday charges Buck with distributing methamphetamine resulting in the deaths of Timothy Dean in January and Gemmel Moore in 2017. Buck had previously been charged in Moore’s death after his arrest last month.

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Federal prosecutors said Buck, 65, preyed on vulnerable gay black men and pressured them to let him inject them with drugs as part of a sexual ritual.

Buck also is charged with providing meth to three more men, including one who overdosed twice in a week last month before escaping Buck’s home to get help and another man who said Buck threatened him with a power saw in December if he didn’t leave his apartment

Family members of the victims had criticized local prosecutors for not charging Buck in the deaths. Moore’s mother and her supporters have said Buck got favorable treatment because of his status and reputation and that the victims were ignored because they were gay black men, drug users and often sex workers.

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The indictment returned Wednesday in U.S. District Court charges wealthy Democratic megadonor Ed Buck, center, with distributing methamphetamine resulting in the deaths of Timothy Dean, right, in January and Gemmel Moore, left, in 2017. (AP-AP-FB)

“If white gay men had been dying in a black man’s house or anybody’s house, rather, this case would have been taken a lot more seriously,” said Jasmyne Cannick, a communications strategist who spearheaded the effort to get justice for Moore. “Ed Buck knew who he was preying on, and he knew that people would not care. Or he thought that people would not care.”

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department reopened the case after Dean’s death Jan. 7. In July, the U.S. attorney’s office took the case after sheriff’s detectives approached a federal task force investigating opioid overdoses.

Buck was arrested Sept. 17  and hit with state charges of operating a drug house. Two days later, federal prosecutors charged him with distributing methamphetamine resulting in Moore’s death.

The federal charges bring a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years if Buck is convicted. A defense lawyer has previously said Buck, 65, denies a role in both deaths.

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Buck has donated tens of thousands of dollars to California candidates, including Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, and is well known in LGBTQ political circles.  According to federal records, Buck contributed more than $500,000 to Democratic groups, including $1,500 to Barack Obama’s presidential campaign and $2,950 to the Hillary Clinton campaign.

Buck gained fame by leading a 1987 campaign to recall Republican Arizona Gov. Evan Mecham, who was ultimately convicted in an impeachment trial and kicked out of office.

Buck had been a Republican but said he switched party affiliation to Democrat because he felt the GOP was intolerant toward the gay community.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Air Force test-launches intercontinental ballistic missile in California

The U.S. Air Force said Wednesday it had launched an unarmed Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missile from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

The missile lifted off at 1:13 a.m. from the base northwest of Los Angeles and sent a test reentry vehicle on a 4,200-mile flight over the Pacific Ocean to the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands.

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An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile test launch early Wednesday at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. (Michael Peterson/U.S. Air Force via AP)

The launch was conducted by a team of airmen from the 341st Missile Wing at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana.

“The flight test program demonstrates one part of the operational capability of the ICBM weapon system,” Col. Omar Colbert, 576th Flight Test Squadron commander, said in a statement. “The Minuteman III is nearly 50 years old, and continued test launches are essential in ensuring its reliability until the mid-2030s when the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent is fully in place. Most importantly, this visible message of national security serves to assure our partners and dissuade potential aggressors.”

The Air Force said its missile launch was planned six months to a year in advance, calling the timing with North Korea’s launch a coincidence. The launches were about 12 hours apart.

The Air Force also keeps 400 nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missiles on alert at bases in North Dakota, Montana and Wyoming. Dozens of Air Force B-2 and B-52 bombers are also capable of delivering nuclear warheads.

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This image shows an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile test launch early Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. (Michael Peterson/U.S. Air Force via AP)

South Korea’s military said that North Korea fired a ballistic missile from the sea on Wednesday, suggesting that Pyongyang may have tested an underwater-launched missile for the first time in three years ahead of a planned resumption of nuclear talks with the United States this weekend.

South Korean military radars detected the North Korean missile flying about 280 miles at a maximum altitude of 565 miles after liftoff from a site about 10.5 miles off the North’s eastern coastal town of Wonsan, Defense Minister Jeong kyeong-doo told lawmakers.

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Suspected arsonist set California wildfires before attending high school reunion: report

A suspected arsonist was arrested after authorities say he traveled from Missouri to California to set more than a dozen wildfires before attending his 50th high school reunion, a newspaper reported Saturday.

Freddie Owen Graham, 68, is charged with 13 counts of arson and two special counts of arson during a declared state of emergency. According to The San Jose Mercury News, prosecutors say Graham set 13 fires over the course of two days, which burned 128 acres in the rugged terrain in the hills near Milpitas, Calif. The fires were dubbed the Reservoir Fire due to their proximity to the Calaveras Reservoir north of San Jose.

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Freddie Graham. (Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Offfice via AP)

The fires caused no injuries or structural damage, but dozens of firefighters using aircraft, bulldozers and other equipment spent hours extinguishing the flames.

A former classmate told The Mercury News that Graham seemed to enjoy himself at the Sept. 21 reunion.

“He was excited to come,” said Rich Santoro. “I talked to him five or six times during the night. He was happy he was there. He told me, ‘I didn’t expect to have this much fun.'”

“It turns out he had already set the fires.”

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After his arrest at the airport in San Jose, Graham told officers he was in an “emotional” state over the loss of his wife in 2018 when he tossed flaming pieces of paper onto the side of a road. Someone witnessed Graham’s actions, wrote down his rental car license plate number and notified firefighters. Graham had swapped out the rental car seen by the witness, but he was arrested as he returned his second rental car at the airport.

Graham was ordered held on $2 million bail and is set to appear in court Monday. If convicted, he could face up to 22 years in prison, according to CBS San Francisco.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Stem cells from dozens of child cancer patients lost after freezer malfunction, hospital says

Stem cells harvested from the blood of 56 Los Angeles-area child cancer patients were lost when the hospital freezer where they were stored malfunctioned, administrators said Wednesday.

The stem cells were harvested from patients at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) before they underwent chemotherapy and radiation treatments. They were put in long-term storage in case their cancer ever returned.

“One of the freezer’s sensors failed and the notification process … failed and so we lost those specimens,” said Dr. James Stein, CHLA’s Chief Medical Officer.

All but one patient had gone through initial therapy, the Los Angeles Times reported. The loss of stem cells hasn’t jeopardized any of the children’s health, the hospital said.

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A freezer malfunction at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles destroyed the stems cells of 56 child cancer patients, officials said. (Google Maps)

The hospital also bungled the notification of families. A letter breaking the news was accidentally addressed to the children and not their parents.

Sean Anderson Corona, 13, described the news as “painful” and broke into tears.

“I got almost to the very bottom [of the letter] and I just started crying,” he told KABC-TV.

Corona underwent stem cell therapy after being diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma. The grueling process required him to be hooked up to machines for hours. His blood was then reinfused back into his body once the stem cells were harvested.

“I would try to sleep and my body would just start shaking, and then I just started to freak out and I’d start crying,” said Corona, who will have been cancer-free for three years in November.

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Stein said patients can always have the stem cells harvested again. In a statement, the hospital apologized for the mishap.

“We are very sorry that this loss occurred,” it read. “We apologize for any distress or confusion that this has caused our patients and their families.”

It said the freezer was replaced and the system that monitors the sensors has been upgraded.

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Democratic megadonor Ed Buck ordered held until end of federal drug case

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California Democratic activist and megadonor Ed Buck was ordered held in federal custody Thursday until the disposition of a drug charge against him following a hearing that lasted fewer than 10 minutes.

Federal prosecutors in Los Angeles asked for Buck, 65, to be held without bond and public defender Claire Simonich told U.S. Magistrate Judge Patrick J. Walsh that Buck is “not contesting detention at this time.”

Buck was arrested earlier this month and charged by local prosecutors with battery causing serious injury, administering methamphetamine and maintaining a drug house. Two days later, he was charged with one federal count of distribution of methamphetamine resulting in death for the July 2017 death of Gemmel Moore.

If convicted of the federal charge, Buck faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years in prison. The state case against him is currently on hold.

Nana Gyamfi, an attorney for Moore’s family, told reporters outside the courthouse that the families and friends of Buck’s alleged victims were “happy … that Ed Buck is not torturing or killing another black gay man.”

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A criminal complaint and accompanying affidavit detailed multiple allegations that Buck injected men with meth against their wishes during sexual encounters. The investigation found at least 10 alleged victims, several of whom described in salacious detail Buck’s apparent fetish for paying men to use drugs and have sex with him, which often took a dark turn and led to several suspected overdoses.

Prosecutors have described Buck in court documents as a “violent, dangerous sexual predator” whose “deadly behavior has not stopped,”

Walsh told Buck Thursday that he had the right to contest his detention, but added: “I don’t see anything that would alleviate my concern about danger” to the community.

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Buck, 65, has donated tens of thousands of dollars to California candidates, including Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, and is well known in LGBTQ political circles.  According to federal records, Buck contributed more than $500,000 to Democratic groups, including $1,500 to Barack Obama’s presidential campaign and $2,950 to the Hillary Clinton campaign.

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