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California woman dies when Santa Ana winds cause tree to topple onto car

A California woman was killed Monday when strong Santa Ana winds caused part of a large eucalyptus tree to fall onto her car, the Los Angeles Times reported.

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Crews responded after receiving a report of a person in a vehicle that was stuck beneath a tree at an apartment complex in Tustin, Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Tony Bommarito told KTLA. The tree also damaged a carport, Bommarito told the television station.

The woman has not been identified, KTLA reported.

Because of offshore winds, warm temperatures and low humidity, the National Weather Service issued a red flag warning for possible fire danger across Ventura, Los Angeles and Orange counties, the Times reported.

The National Weather Service reported winds with gusts of up 75 mph in some parts of Orange County, KTLA reported.

DJ Khaled rents out Marlins stadium for son's 2nd birthday party

DJ Khaled sure knows how to throw a party for his son.

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The Miami music producer and his wife, Nicole Tuck, rented Marlins Park on Saturday for his son Asahd’s second birthday, and turned the 36,000-seat baseball stadium into a carnival. Instead of bases and a pitching mound, the stadium floor included a chair swing ride, a Ferris wheel, games and even a petting zoo, the Sun-Sentinel reported.

“Although his actual bday is OCT 23rd we started early,’’Khaled wrote on Twitter, including videos of the event at Marlins Park. “ASAHD had the whole stadium!!”

About 150 inner city kids and members of local Boys and Girls Clubs and Connecting Families joined the family at the party, EOnline reported. 

The party also served as the official launch for Asahd’s charity program, called Asahd’s Initiative -- which is part of Khaled’s We The Best Foundation.

Guests included Marlins owner Derek Jeter and Yo Gotti. Jeter presented a $100,000 check from the Marlins to Khaled’s We The Best Foundation.

It was a festive day for the Asahd and his family, and perked up the normally staid Marlins ballpark. The Marlins had the lowest average attendance in the major leagues in 2018, drawing 811,104 fans for an average of 10,013 per game, ESPN reported.

‘Pocahontas’: Elizabeth Warren’s DNA, what Trump said, and the limits of DNA tests

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren released the results of a DNA test on Sunday which showed “strong evidence” that at least one ancestor was a Native American.

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The test was done after Warren’s claim to Native American ancestry had been derided by critics including President Donald Trump  who refers to her in campaign speeches as “Pocahontas.”

According to Warren’s test results her DNA shows a distant Native American ancestor dating back six and 10 generations.

Warren submitted her DNA material to Carlos D. Bustamante, a Stanford University professor who won a MacArthur Scholarship for his work on tracking population migration via DNA analysis.

Warren provided the Globe with the results of Bustamante’s test in which he determined her DNA sample “strongly” supports her claim of Native American ancestry.

“We find strong evidence that a DNA sample of primarily European descent also contains Native American ancestry from an ancestor in the sample’s pedigree 6-10 generations ago. We find little or no evidence of African ancestry in this sample,” the report read.

The report from the DNA test was distributed by Warren's staff to reporters Monday morning along with a video on her childhood, according to the Washington Post.

Warren has said that she was told by her mother that her great-great-great-grandmother, OC Sarah Smith, was at least partially Native American.

If the results are correct, it would mean Warren would be at least 1/32nd Native American. If the Native American ancestor in Warren’s family is from 10 generations back, that would mean she is 1/512th Native American.

Warren has faced criticism that she used a claim of Native American ancestry to advance her career. During the time Warren was a law professor at Harvard, she changed her ethnicity on personnel forms from “white” to “Native American.”

Warren told the Globe that she began to identify herself as a Native American in the late 1980s, when she felt her family heritage was as risk of being forgotten as the matriarchs of her family were dying.

The Guardian reported in September that Harvard officials denied the reason they hired Warren after she changed her ethnic status to “Native American” was to increase numbers of non-white faculty members at the college.

Warren’s claims about Native American heritage came to light during her 2012 run for the Senate. When she began to speak out against Trump as he campaigned for president, Trump began to attack her claims and dub her “Pocahontas.” At one time, Trump had promised to donate $1 million to the charity of her choice if Warren would take a DNA test and release its findings.

In a series of tweets on Monday, Warren called in the bet, telling Trump to pony-up the $1 million to charity.

“NIWRC is a nonprofit working to protect Native women from violence,” Warren tweeted. “More than half of all Native women have experienced sexual violence, and the majority of violent crimes against Native Americans are perpetrated by non-Natives. Send them your $1M check.”

Warren, 69, is seeking re-election in November and will face the winner of a Republican primary on Tuesday. 

The DNA test Warren took looks at a person’s genetic makeup and is able to match certain of their DNA markers to people in other groups with similar DNA markers. This process helps researchers determine where a person’s ancestors may be from based on DNA similarities.

Here’s how DNA testing works:

You may be familiar with the companies that offer DNA testing to help you get a better look at your ancestry.

Customers receive a packet, register it and mail in samples of their spit. After about two months, they receive reports on where their ancestors may have been from.

In Warren’s case, the majority of her DNA traced back to European groups. Some of her DNA, according to the results, has the same markers as people who are descended from Native Americans, indicating that at least some of her ancestors were Native American.

How is your DNA used to find out where you come from?

The saliva that is sent into DNA testing groups is separated and digitized into a series of letters – A, C, G and T -- that researchers then process. The letters correspond with four nucleobases – or substances that join together to form DNA. 

An algorithm, or a set of rules a computer uses when it is trying to achieve a set goal, is then used to decode the series of letters and spot patterns among them.

Researchers then use those patterns to compare the DNA sample to a large library of other DNA samples. When your DNA sample matches a group in one of those libraries, it means your ancestors and the ancestors of those in that group likely share a common heritage. 

For instance, if your DNA sample is collected, separated, analyzed then matched with a group of people whose DNA has been found to come from England, then it is likely that some of your ancestors came from England as well.

How do researchers know which country or region the DNA suggests people come from?

Researchers determine where DNA comes from in a couple of ways.

According to a story from Live Science, ancestry groups are made from a mix of self-reports (where people have been able to trace their ancestry back generations through family records or genealogy tools), and independent research.

Researchers have found that people who have ancestors from the same region share certain DNA matches.

How accurate are the tests?

The tests are as accurate as the algorithm used to match them to other samples and the libraries those samples are in.

Father unknowingly hits, kills 4-year-old son in driveway, police say

Authorities said a 4-year-old Georgia boy was killed Sunday afternoon when his father unknowingly backed over him in a driveway.

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Deputies with the Lamar County Sheriff’s Office, medical personnel and Georgia State Patrol troopers were called to a home in Barnesville, Georgia, about 65 miles south of Atlanta.

The boy’s father, a 36-year-old man, was backing up in his Toyota pickup truck when the 4-year-old ran behind him, authorities said in an emailed statement to WSB. 

The incident is still under investigation. It does not appear alcohol was involved, according to WSB. 

State troopers, who are leading the investigation, have not said if the father will face charges in his son’s death.

Don't worry, be grumpy: It's National Grouch Day

Grouches of the world, be happy -- it’s National Grouch Day.

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Or more than likely, don’t worry, be grumpy. I know I complained when this story was assigned to me. But even a grump can revel in his or her own day.

According to Sesame Street Magazine -- which has Oscar the Grouch, a master in the art of grumbling -- the National Day Calendar added National Grouch Day in order for grouches worldwide to “celebrate their way of life.”

According to the Merriam-Webster website, a grouch is defined as “a fit of bad temper,” a “grudge” or “complaint,” or “a habitually irritable or complaining person.”

The National Calendar Day website said National Grouch Day has been celebrated since “at least 1976.”

Oscar the Grouch got ready for his day a few weeks ago, tweeting that “Frowning makes me happy. Can’t you tell?”

The Ornament Shop, on its website, listed its Top Five Grouches. Oscar won’t be happy -- he only ranked No. 3. Topping the list was Ebenezer Scrooge, followed by the Grinch. Rounding out the top five are the Wicked Witch of the West and comedian Groucho Marx -- who wore a “grouch bag” around his neck that contained his valuables and money. 

Here’s an honorable mention: Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau, who starred in the 1993 movie, “Grumpy Old Men.” And Grumpy, one of the Seven Dwarfs.You can commiserate with other grouches on Twitter by using the hashtag #NationalGrouchDay.

So, enjoy your day -- or, more in character -- be grouchy about it. 

What You Need To Know: Elizabeth Warren

What You Need To Know: Elizabeth Warren

4 killed, 1 hurt in shooting at Texas child’s 1st birthday party

A child’s first birthday party turned deadly over the weekend when an argument among family members ended in gunfire that left a man and three of his grandsons dead.

CBS Dallas-Fort Worth reported that the shooting took place in Taft, a city of about 3,000 people 12 miles north of Corpus Christi. The dead were all distant relatives of the child for whom the party was held. 

Sgt. Nathan Brandley, with the Texas Department of Public Safety, said that officers arrived at the residence just after 5 p.m. Saturday to find four men dead: Juan Espinoza Sr., 62, and his grandsons, Juan Sandoval III, 20, Jeremy Sandoval, 22, and Nicky Sandoval, 25. According to the news station, the injured man was Espinoza’s 43-year-old son, Juan Espinoza Jr.

Juan Espinoza Jr. was airlifted to a hospital in Corpus Christi and was expected to survive, the CBS affiliate reported. His sister, Belinda Espinoza, said on Facebook Sunday that he was in critical condition and required surgery. 

CNN reported that all the dead were found in the backyard of the home where the party took place. 

A 20-year-old man, Ronnie Rodriguez Jr., is in custody in the shooting, Brandley told CNN. His father, Ronnie Rodriguez Sr., 37, is at large. 

No charges had been filed against the younger Rodriguez as of Sunday, Brandley said. 

“There (were) a lot of people who witnessed this happen,” Brandley told the CBS affiliate. “(We’re) still interviewing eyewitnesses and everybody that was there at the party, trying to piece all the pieces of the puzzle together.”

Family members did not say what the argument was about, but Brandley told CNN witnesses said it started with “an argument over something real small and it escalated real quickly to where guns were involved.”

It was not clear Monday whether any of the men killed or injured were armed at the time of the shooting. 

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Belinda Espinoza, who is raising funds on Facebook to help bury her father and nephews, told CNN that her father was a farmer and family man.

“He did everything he could for us,” Espinoza told the network. “He was happily married to his first and only love, my mother, Eulalia Sandoval.”

She described her brother, Juan Espinoza Jr., as a man who would “give the shirt off his back” for anyone he cared about.

“He always opened his home to anyone,” she said. 

Her nephews were also good men, Espinoza said. Jeremy Sandoval leaves behind a wife and young son, CNN said

Man sentenced to 30 years for attack on woman in front of their son

Officials announced that an Ohio man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for trying to kill a Georgia woman in front of their 5-year-old son in 2015.

Joseph Tarik Davis, now 38, previously pleaded guilty to a number of charges in connection with the Feb. 12, 2015, attack on his former girlfriend, whose name has not been released, according to a statement from Cobb County District Attorney Vic Reynolds’ office. 

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Prosecutors said Davis broke into the woman’s apartment in Kennesaw, Georgia, while she was at work and hid in a closet. When the woman returned home with the couple’s child, Davis jumped out of the closet and choked her until she passed out, according to officials.

When she came to, he stabbed her at least seven times as she tried to run after their child, who was trying to get out of their apartment, prosecutors said. Davis told the woman he was going to kill her, according to the statement.

He then took the child and left the scene before being taken into custody the next morning.

“This type of violence, especially against women and children, simply will not be tolerated,” said Assistant District Attorney David Williamson, one of the prosecutors on the case.

During Thursday’s sentencing hearing, Davis angrily shouted at the woman as deputies took him from the courtroom, the DA’s office said.

The former girlfriend said her son still has nightmares about the attack.

Davis was charged with aggravated assault, aggravated battery, cruelty to children in the first degree and other charges. After he is released from prison, he will be on probation for 10 years, according to the terms of the sentence.

Halftime shows bring dancing, dinosaurs to gridiron

The Ohio State Marching Band has shown why it lives up to its nickname and that it has its collective finger on the pulse of what’s trending. 

This week’s halftime show had musicians doing the Floss, the viral dance that many kids are doing when they’re just standing around. 

But it wasn’t the individual musicians swinging their arms back and forth, but rather, large formations that looked like people who stretched nearly sideline to sideline.

And while it was a little slow, one Twitter user sped up the video and came up with this: 

The entire 10-minute show was called “Dance, Dance, Dance” and featured songs like “Uptown Funk,” “Don’t Stop Until You Get Enough,” “Footloose” and “Can’t Stop the Feeling” but started with “Shut Up and Dance.”

But Ohio State wasn’t the only band that brought its “A” game for halftime creativity. 

Iowa State’s band resurrected dinosaurs: Dancing T. Rexes took the field in the form of blow-up costumes to perform a routine to John Williams’ “Jurassic Park” theme.

But it wasn’t just a tribute to “Jurassic Park,” the band also performed songs from “Star Wars,” “Jaws” and “E.T.,” USA Today reported.

President Trump visits storm-damaged Florida, Georgia after Hurricane Michael

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump have landed in Florida to survey the damage Hurricane Michael left behind last week.

He was greeted by Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long when he arrived at Eglin Air Force Base in Okaloosa County, CNN reported.

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The president embarked on an aerial tour of the area via Marine One. He is also scheduled to meet with officials and first responders in both Florida and Georgia today, CNN reported.

Check back for the latest on this developing story.

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