Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It is Saturday, Dec. 14. Newsletter Get our Essential California newsletter Thank you to the readers who have already written in to tell us about how how this year’s California headlines have affected their lives. If you haven’t already, we’d love tohear about your experiences for a year-end feature we’re working on.Use this form to tell us about how a news event or issue affected you, and we’ll share some of the responses in the coming weeks. Advertisement Here’s a look at the top stories of the last week:Top storiesClaremont Nativity scene goes viral. A Methodist church in Claremont unveiled a Nativity scene that depicts Jesus, Mary and Joseph as refugees in cages, likening one of the most well-known images of the Christmas season and photos that have become synonymous with criticism of the Trump administration’s border separation policies.The scene makes people … [Read more...] about Newsletter: Essential California Week in Review: The Nativity reimagined with refugees
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So there’s a UFO problem in the United States. The New York Times outlined it again this week. Between summer 2014 and March 2015, the Times reports, a strange object appeared daily in high skies over the East Coast. But what remains unclear is whether these UFOs are actually aliens or possibly just super-secret Elon Musk experiments. And what exactly does Blink-182’s Tom DeLonge, now an in-demand UFO specialist, have to do with all of this? The History Channel is here to address these questions and pose about 10,000 more in their new docuseries Unidentified: Inside America’s UFO Investigation, which premieres Friday night. The series follows former military operative Luis Elizondo’s efforts to solidify public concern and outline government (in)action in response to the threat of UFOs. In 2017, Elizondo walked away from his 20-year Department of Defense career, including a stint running the Pentagon’s discreet Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification … [Read more...] about When Two Navy Pilots Saw a UFO Shaped ‘Like a Giant Tic Tac’
CALIFORNIA – It was another busy news week across California. Missed the headlines on Patch?Whether you're looking for breaking or bizarre news, or sweet or silly features, we've rounded up some of the most share-worthy stories from the past week.Take a look at some of this week's top news stories from across the state.1. 1,063 Hate Crimes In CA: New FBI Report Shows 2018 Stats However, new FBI data shows the number of reported hate crimes decreased nationwide, a trend that was mirrored in California.2. SoCal Man Practiced Mass Shooting In YouTube Videos: Reports Steven Homoki, 30, filmed himself aiming a gun at passersby from the window of his downtown San Diego hotel room, NBC reported.3. Man Convicted Of Sexually Penetrating Women Through Porta-Potties Napa County prosecutors say the man cut holes in porta-potties at BottleRock and another festival, then "digitally penetrated" two women.4. Calif. Nativity A Shocker To Make An Immigration Point Imagine if Joseph & Mary were … [Read more...] about Special Needs Spaniel; Caged Nativity; Strange Worms: CA Stories
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA — Our sweet stories will make you smile — SeaWorld Releases Rescued Blue-Footed Booby Back Into Wild SeaWorld San Diego animal care staff medically cleared the bird for release and it was returned to the wild off the La Jolla coast.Beverly Wilshire Plans Festive Events For Children Little ones can enjoy cookie decorating and writing letters & meeting Santa on upcoming Saturdays at the iconic hotel in Beverly Hills.Be A Santa To A Senior: How To Participate In SoCal The program allows community members to buy gifts for seniors who might not otherwise receive gifts this holiday season.Rhino Born Via Artificial Insemination Named 'Future' The southern white rhino at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park has been named Future for what she represents to the field of rhino conservation.Elon Musk Shows Off New Tesla Cybertruck In Malibu The Tesla CEO brought his Cybertruck to Nobu, and curious diners, including actor Ed Norton, came outside to see the truck.USC To … [Read more...] about Rescued Blue-Footed Booby | Christmas Toy Drives: Saturday Smiles
Seoul, South Korea (CNN)We're back in familiar territory. North Korea is again issuing cryptic threats that officials around the world are scrambling to decipher. A so-called "Christmas gift" for the United States, a year-end deadline and a new path have all been mooted by the Kim Jong Un regime in the past 12 months. Kim and Trump have met three times in the hopes of striking a deal that would see North Korea trade its nuclear weapons and the missiles used to fire them in exchange for sanctions relief and normalized relations. Whether this is actually achievable remains uncertain. Even the sharpest and most experienced minds studying North Korea say their predictions as to what happens next are educated guesses. But there does appear to be some consensus forming -- that North Korea is frustrated by what it perceives as a lack of flexibility and creativity from US negotiators. And perhaps more worryingly, whatever it does next will be designed to capture the attention of US … [Read more...] about What could North Korea’s ‘Christmas gift’ to the US be?