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Photos: See What’s Cookin’ Inside the New ‘Breaking Bad’ Pop-up Restaurant and Bar

Photos: See What's Cookin' Inside the New 'Breaking Bad' Pop-up Restaurant and Bar

You can step into Walter’s White’s world at a new “Breaking Bad”-themed pop-up in West Hollywood, but you’d better tread lightly.

The pop-up bar and restaurant, with space design by Floyd Davis, “completely immerses” guests into the award-winning AMC drama series and celebrates the much-anticipated debut of ”
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie.”

A $30 ticket to the “Breaking Bad Experience” allows guests to explore insta-worthy set recreations from all five seasons of “Breaking Bad.” Sip on your choice of a chemically-reactive cocktail or chow down on some bar snacks (vegan and gluten-free options available). Yeah, science!

The Heisenburger Sliders, the Full Measure Grilled Cheese (the “Half Measure” if you want it crustless), and Loaded SAULsa Nachos are all safely served via hazmat tableside. Breaking Bad-themed sides and desserts are also on the menu.

The Breaking Bad Experience will be open Tuesdays through Sundays from 4 to 10 p.m. at 7100 Santa Monica Blvd in West Hollywood. Tickets will be on sale through the end of the year.

Take a look below at the Breaking Bad Experience or click here to read the full story.


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Missing Sylmar Couple, Three Young Children Found Alive, Police Say

Missing Sylmar Couple, Three Young Children Found Alive, Police Say

A Sylmar couple and their three young children that went missing and were suspected of possibly being involved in a kidnapping were found Tuesday at the United States border, Los Angeles police said.

Liliana Lopez and her three children made entry into the U.S. at the San Ysidro Port of Entry around 1:45 p.m., the Los Angeles Police Department said. Esteban Lopez is still in Mexico, police said.

After being interviewed, the LAPD said information will be presented to the LA County District Attorney’s Office to see if criminal charges are appropriate.

No other information was immediately available.

Police Continue to Search for Missing Sylmar Family

[LA] Police Continue to Search for Missing Sylmar Family


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Wildfire Threat Diminishes After Days of Flames and Smoke in Southern California

Wildfire Threat Diminishes After Days of Flames and Smoke in Southern California

What to Know

  • Three people have died in the October wildfires, sparked at one of the most dangerous times of the year

  • Two people were killed in a mobile home park fire in northern Riverside County

  • All evacuation order are lifted in the Saddleridge Fire in the northern San Fernando Valley

Firefighters in Los Angeles and Riverside counties increased containment lines around wildfires that broke out during volatile windy and dry conditions in Southern California.

Three people have died in the wildfires, sparked at one of the most dangerous times of the year for fires in California. Some evacuated residents, many who spent anxious hours in shelters, were allowed to return home as authorities deemed neighborhoods safe.

Below, updates on three fires burning in Southern California.

Note: All figures current as of Sunday morning.

Video: Flames Cause Firefighters to RetreatVideo: Flames Cause Firefighters to Retreat

The Saddleridge Fire

  • Location: Northern San Fernando Valley
  • Size: 8,000 Acres
  • Containment: 41 percent
  • Evacuations: All evacuation orders were lifted Saturday evening.
  • Fatalities: 1
  • Injuries: 2
  • Structures Burned: 31 structures damaged or destroyed

The Saddleridge fire began near the 210 Freeway Thursday night in the Sylmar area and was fanned by strong winds into the Granada Hills and Porter Ranch areas. One resident died, suffering a heart attack as the fire burned in his neighborhood north of Los Angeles.

Santa Ana winds that whipped flames earlier have died down, allowing firefighters to gain ground. Calm conditions are in Sunday’s forecast, but the LAFD said shifting winds could create challenges as firefighters try to hold containment lines.

At one point, about 100,000 and 20,000 homes were affected by evacuation orders. All evacuations were lifted Saturday evening.

Air quality is poor as smoke from the fire settles over much of greater Los Angeles.

A cause has not been determined. 

Residents Return Home After Evacuations Lifted for Saddleridge FireResidents Return Home After Evacuations Lifted for Saddleridge Fire

Sandalwood Fire

  • Location: Northern Riverside County
  • Size: 1,000 Acres
  • Containment: 77 percent
  • Evacuations: Active
  • Fatalities: 2
  • Structures Burned: 74 structures destroyed

Full containment of the Sandalwood Fire in Calimesa is in sight after improved weather conditions east of Los Angeles. The fire started Thursday after a trash truck dumped its fiery load near a mobie home park. It quickly spread to residences, leaving two people dead and destoying 74 buildings.

Evacuation orders remain inplace for the Villa Calimesa Mobile Home park, where two bodies were found in the aftermath. One of the victims has been identified as 89-year-old Lois Arvikson. Her son Don Turner had said his mother called him to say she was evacuating, but he never heard from her again. Authorities are working to identify the other victim, whose remains were found in one of the homes.

“We’re trying to determine whether there’s criminal culpability,” Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco said. “We’re investigating to see if we need any type of criminal charges.”

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Reche Fire

  • Location: Moreno Valley
  • Size: 350 acres
  • Containment: 100 percent
  • Evacuations: None
  • Fatalities: 0
  • Structures Burned: 1 structure destroyed

The non-injury Reche Fire was reported at 12:55 p.m. Thursday on Reche Canyon Road near Reche Vista Drive in the Moreno Valley area. It started with a trailer fire that jumped into surrounding vegetation, propelled by intense Santa Ana winds.

The flames Thursday pushed west into rugged terrain, leading to mandatory evacuations. Evacuation orders were lifted at 9 p.m. Thursday.

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Santa Ana winds, produced by surface high pressure over the Great Basin squeezing air down through canyons and passes in Southern California’s mountain ranges, are common in the fall and have a long history of fanning destructive wildfires in the region.

Fall is historically one of the most dangerous times of the year for wildfires in California. Seven of the state’s 10-most destructive wildfires occurred in October — many fueled by monster winds, including Santa Ana gusts. 


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Caught on Camera: Firefighters Face Shower of Saddleridge Fire Embers, Overwhelming Flames

Caught on Camera: Firefighters Face Shower of Saddleridge Fire Embers, Overwhelming Flames

Security camera video shows residents and firefighters, who had been protecting a neighborhood north of Los Angeles from a wildfire, running for cover as dangerous wind-scattered embers and flames exploded near a house.

Robert Delgado, of Sylmar, told NBCLA that he saw flames Thursday night under a high-voltage electrical transmission tower near his home at around the time the fire broke out. Delgado said he had just finished praying when his family saw fire at the bottom of a tower that was about 150 yards from the back of his house.

“It was an overwhelming sight, seeing all this ember, all these flames flying over our heads, over our house,” he said. “It looked like a tunnel of fire.”

The family ran downstairs and into the backyard, grabbing garden hoses in a futile battle against wind-fanned flames and glowing embers. Even firefighters who had just arrived retreated during the initial flare-up

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Delgado said the fire moved very quickly and reached the back of his house. Delgado, his wife and their dog were told to evacuate immediately.

They did so in tears, he said, thinking that was the last time they would see their house standing. 

“Our house was basically the first house at risk through this whole fire,” Delgado said.

The Saddleridge Fire started Thursday night near the 210 Freeway in Sylmar. Fanned by infamous Santa Ana winds, flames and embers rampaged west into Porter Ranch and Granada Hills, destroying and damaging several buildings, including homes.

The Delgados went to a family member’s house to wait our the flames.

“We left in tears thinking that our house was burning,” Delgado said. “I didn’t see how they were going to be able to stop this fire.”

It turned out, the unyielding efforts of firefighters had saved the home. A neighbor called Delgado at about 1:30 a.m. Friday to confirm the house was still there.

“It was a huge team effort,” Delgado said. “It’s a miracle that our neighborhood is still here.

“It was just so terrifying. The fire was so fierce.”

Family members have returned home, but thousands of evacuated residents remain out of their house Saturday. Dying winds will likely help as firefighters continue battling flames north of Los Angeles.

Fire officials have not determined a cause of the fire. 

NBC4’s Jonathan Lloyd contributed to this report.


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Fast-Moving Wildfire Forced Anxious Residents to Pack Up and Leave in a Hurry

Fast-Moving Wildfire Forced Anxious Residents to Pack Up and Leave in a Hurry

Like many residents in his Porter Ranch neighborhood, Gordon Wolf had a sleepless night as he waited to see whether a wind-whipped wildfire to the east would threaten his home north of Los Angeles.

His worst fears were confirmed when he smelled smoke. Then, the police cars showed up on his street. 

“It was the smell, and finally a police car came up the street,” Wolf said. “My wife pretty well prepared everything. She had everything packed in suitcases. Bless her heart.”

The Wolfs were among the tens of thousands of residents forced to evacuate overnight when the fast-moving Saddleridge Fire, fanned by powerful winds, spread west from Sylmar and into the Porter Ranch area. Widespread evacuations were ordered for those communities and Granada Hills as the fire continued to burn Friday, fanned by the region’s infamous Santa Ana winds. 

Resident Describes Destruction in Porter Ranch Neighborhood

[LA] Resident Describes Destruction in Porter Ranch Neighborhood

By Friday, about 100,000 residents and more than 20,000 homes were under evacuation orders.

The fire started Thursday around 9 p.m. Some residents had already gone to bed when they were awakened by officers and neighbors urging them to evacuate. Others remained up, vigilantly keeping an eye on flames to the east.

Wolf was among the first to evacuate around 3:30 a.m. At the shelter, he listened for updates on his car’s radio.

What he heard left him filled with uncertainty.

“I’m worried about if I go back up to Porter Ranch we won’t be able to come back down,” Wolf said.

Several major freeways, including the 118, 5 and 210, were closed in the area. 

The Granada Hills evacuation shelter when Wolf waited out the fire and others quickly filled up as more people arrived later Friday morning. Some residents were allowed to re-enter neighborhoods, freeing up space for others.

Resident Sandy Laurens returned to her neighborhood in the 12000 block of Darby Avenue early Friday in Porter Ranch. Her home was still standing, but at least one nearby residence was burned to the foundation.

“It’s horrifying to see this house,” said Laurens. “It’s like a skeleton. It still keeps having little embers and smoldering in the garage area.”

A BMW convertible in the home’s driveway was charred. Embers carried by the wind likely sparked fires in the neighborhood. 

A cause of the fire has not been determined.

Fall is historically one of the most dangerous times of the year for wildfires in California. Seven of the state’s 10-most destructive wildfires occurred in October — many fueled by monster winds, including Santa Ana gusts.

Saddleridge Fire: Hillside Homes Threatened in Sylmar Area

[LA] Saddleridge Fire: Hillside Homes Threatened in Sylmar Area

Strong gusts are expected through Friday as firefighters try to protect homes from wind-carried embers. 

Until now, Southern California had been spared the large wildfires that devastated the state last year, when the largest, most destructive and deadliest fires on record burned in California. Above-average soil moisture, steady winter rains and high humidity are some of the reasons, along with onshore winds that help keep humidity in place. Without dry brush that acts as fuel, fires can’t spread as quickly.


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Eek Over the Earliest Horror Films, at Heritage Square

Eek Over the Earliest Horror Films, at Heritage Square

What to Know

  • Saturday, Oct. 12

  • $35 + fee

  • “Light refreshments” will be available

Mere moments after the invention of moving pictures changed hearts, minds, and lives forever, creative cineastes began dreaming up ways to scare the very earliest movie audiences.

This isn’t a surprise, since spooky tales have been with humanity as long as there have been shadows, howls, and leaves rustling in the night. Which is to say we’ve always liked the eerie stuff, and the first filmmakers jumped right into the form, with glee.

Where, though, can you see such skin-prickly stories?

True, “online” is a plausible answer, but what if you want to enjoy phantasmic fare while sitting in a long-ago place that forever feels as though it passed through some time portal? 

Heritage Square Museum is the answer, or will be, on Saturday, Oct. 12, when “The First Horror Movies” screen at the historic destination, which includes a number of authentic and atmospheric Victorian-era buildings.

Galen Wilkes, a movie and music maven, will be there to host the evening, which will feature some way, way, wayback takes on “Frankenstein,” “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” and other classic yarns.

Oh, and there’s a Felix the Cat cartoon, too. Plus “(l)ight refreshments,” if time-traveling back to watch early horror shorts sets you in a peckish mood.

A ticket is $35, plus a fee. 

So you call yourself a cinelover, and a fan of frightful films, but you’ve missed some of the inaugural horror works? The stuff that came out more than a century ago?

Here’s your chance to cackle your way back, via Heritage Square Museum, where “The First Horror Movies” will flicker again on a bigger screen, not a computer, over one spooky October night in one delightfully spooky-after-dark destination.


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Now Hiring: Best Buy Is Looking for Help Ahead of the Holidays

Now Hiring: Best Buy Is Looking for Help Ahead of the Holidays

Best Buy is in search of thousands of employees to help handle the upcoming holiday shopping rush.

The technology retailer is hosting a job fair at sites across the country, including Southern California. Hiring fairs will be at Best Buy stores Thursday and Friday from noon to 7 p.m. 

Best Buy also will be hiring for warehouse positions in Southern California. Here’s what to know.

  • Dates: Thursday Oct. 10, 2019
  • Time: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Locations: Chino, Compton and Ontario

Job offers will be made on the spot. Online RSVPs can be submitted here. Walk-ins also are welcome.

Retailers are expecting to hire between 530,000 and 590,000 temporary employees this year, according to the National Retail Federation. Last year, 554,000 employees were added.


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Where’s Gunny? Thief Steals a Marine’s Service Bulldog

Where's Gunny? Thief Steals a Marine's Service Bulldog

Security camera video shows a service bulldog being snatched from a Pasadena family’s home Monday afternoon after a man presumably broke into their yard.

Randy Koval is a decorated Marine veteran, who served in both Iraq and Afghanistan. His wife, Andrea, got the dog, Gunny, as a Christmas gift for her husband.

“Gunny helped him emotionally more than I can tell you. We need to get him back,” Andrea Koval said.

A man alerted the Kovals to the hole in their fence around noon.

The couple rushed home, and when Randy Koval arrived, he found the hole and footage recorded by their Ring security camera. Their two other dogs, dachshunds Bailey and Baxter, were in the backyard, but Gunny was gone.

“It’s just a bummer, because you know, he’s my buddy,” Randy Koval said.

Security camera video shows a man picking up Gunny in the street and walking behind a white box truck.

Gunny is a little over a year old and has distinct brown spots.

The family has filed a police report with the Pasadena Police Department and plastered posters around their neighborhood and Victory Park, where they usually walk their dogs.

This is the second time Randy Koval has had an English bulldog stolen from him, and the family is desperate to find their dog.


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3 Dead, 1 Missing After Car Careens Into Delaware Canal

3 Dead, 1 Missing After Car Careens Into Delaware Canal

An 18-year-old driver and two of his young passengers are dead after his car careened off a Delaware canal bank Sunday morning and crashed into the water below, Delaware officials said.

The two passengers were 16 and 12 years old. A third passenger, a 6-year-old boy, has not been found, Delaware officials said.

The accident happened around 9:41 a.m. in Middletown, about a mile from the Sen. William V. Roth Jr. Bridge, state police said. The car fell into the southern side of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, according to Delaware State Police spokesman Master Cpl. Michael Austin.

A 16-year-old female passenger managed to escape the wreckage and swim to shore with the help of the driver, Austin said. Once she reached safety, the driver swam back to help the remaining three passengers. 

“He was a hero,” Austin said of the driver, who has not been identified. “He tried to do everything he could.”

A multiagency operation, including dive teams, located the submerged car around 3 p.m. Sunday. It was pulled out of the water two hours hours later.

A search for the missing 6-year-old passenger continues, police said.

The driver and three of the passengers were related, according to police. The 16-year-old girl was described as a family friend.

“They’re holding up but it’s not going to be easy,” relative Rudolph Jones said. “It’s going to stay with them.”


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