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California officials update wildfire containment, evacuation maps

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iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — Several California wildfires are still wreaking havoc as firefighters continue to battle the blazes Saturday.

The Saddleridge fire in Los Angeles County, the largest of the latest California wildfires, encompasses 7,552 acres and is only 19% contained as of 7:30 a.m. PST. The Saddleridge fire evacuation map, according to Cal Fire, showed mandatory evacuations still in place for Porter Ranch north of state highway 118 from Reseda to Iverson, Oakridge Estates (north of 210 highway) and West of Balboa, North of Sesnon to the Ventura County border with DeSoto as the western border.

On Friday the wildfires forces school closures, caused severe traffic jams and force many from their homes.

Smaller wildfires in Riverside County are nearly contained. Wolf fire encompasses 75 acres and is 90% contained, and Reche fire is 350 acres and is 85% contained, according to Cal Fire. The Sandalwood fire is 823 acres and is 25% contained.

Briceburg fire, which is off Highway 140 and north of Midpine in Mariposa County, encompasses 5,190 acres and is 49% contained. The Wendy Fire in Ventura County includes 91 acres and is 80% contained.

The Los Angeles Fire Department, which said more than 1,000 firefighters are fighting the blazes, said it would provide additional evacuation updates “mid-morning Saturday.” LAPD previously said mandatory evacuation orders impacted 100,000 people and 23,000 homes.

Earlier this week, the Pacific Gas and Electric Company said it shut off power for around 1 million residents a precautionary measure for high winds and dry weather. As of midnight local time on Saturday, the company said 98% of power was restored.

Initial reports said the planned power outage resulted in an elderly man’s death, but officials now say the man’s cause of death was unrelated.

Robert Mardis, 67, died just minutes after his power was shut off. He reportedly has COPD, which required oxygen equipment, ABC Fresno station KFSN reports. On Friday, the coroner’s office said Mardis died from arteriosclerosis.

Arteriosclerosis happens, according to the Mayo Clinic, “when the blood vessels that carry oxygen and nutrients from your heart to the rest of your body (arteries) become thick and stiff — sometimes restricting blood flow to your organs and tissues.”

El Dorado County Sheriff’s Sgt. Anthony Prencipe told the Los Angeles Times that “the power outage was NOT the cause of death.”

For an updated California wildfire evacuation maps, head to the LA Fire Department’s website.

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Authorities investigating New Hampshire church shooting: Governor

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iStock/Thinkstock(PELHAM, N.H.) — Wedding guests tackled a gunman after he allegedly opened fire in a Pelham, New Hampshire, church on Saturday morning and shot two people, the local police chief said.

“They basically gang-tackled him” and held him until police arrived, Pelham Police Chief Joseph Roark told reporters.

The suspect later was identified as Dale Halloway, 37. He’s been charged with first-degree assault, according to a statement from Gordon J. MacDonald, the state’s attorney general.

One of the people shot was Bishop Stanley Choate, 75, who last was listed in serious condition at Tufts Medical Center in Boston.

Claire McMullen, 60, was shot in the arm and treated at a local hospital, where she was listed in good condition.

A third person, Mark Castiglione, 60, was struck in the head with an object and treated and released from a local hospital.

Halloway, according to the attorney general’s statement, also faces a count of purposely and knowingly causing bodily injury by means of a deadly weapon. He’s accused of shooting the bishop in the chest.

Roark, earlier on Sunday, had declined to say anything about the shooter’s motive or his relationship to the couple or the New England Pentecostal Church.

But the department said in a written statement: “Preliminary investigation of the matter indicates that this incident does not appear to be a random event.”

Police responded around 10:12 a.m. local time and said the suspect was discovered “being subdued by guests of the wedding.” A handgun was recovered at the scene.

State police and the Pelham Police Department are continuing to investigate the incident.

Church services on Sunday have been canceled.

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4 people killed in 'mass casualty shooting' at illegal gambling club in Brooklyn: Police

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Four men were shot and killed early Saturday morning at an illegal gambling location in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, according to police.

Three others, one woman and two men, were wounded and taken to local hospitals with non-life threatening injuries, New York City Police Department Chief of Detectives Dermot F. Shea said at a press conference.

The victims, who have not been identified, range in age from 32 to 49 years old, Shea said. Two of the deceased male victims appeared to be from out of state.

A motive was not immediately clear, and no arrests have been made.

Police said they were called to the scene around 6:55 a.m. after reports of shots fired inside the gambling location, which was also described as a social club, at 74 Utica Ave.

When cops arrived, “they discovered the mass casualty shooting.”

The four male victims were pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Two firearms have been recovered.

Multiple people are being interviewed at the 77th Precinct to determine what happened, according to Shea.

An estimated 15 people were believed to be inside the club when the shooting began and a minimum of 15 shots were fired, preliminary evidence showed.

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2 feet of snow slams the Dakotas, California fires rage on

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ABC News(LOS ANGELES) — A Red Flag Warning is in effect through 6 p.m. for Los Angeles and the surrounding area.

Santa Ana winds are making it difficult for firefighters to contain the raging wildfires in California. Any new or existing fires are likely to spread and with wind gusts up to 20 mph and relative humidity as low as 3% to 5%.

Winds are expected to calm down later this evening, which will reduce the fire risk overnight into Sunday.

A Blizzard warning is in effect until 1 p.m. Saturday for eastern North Dakota and parts of northwestern Minnesota. Heavy, wet snow is reportedly making it difficult for plows to clear roadways.

Up to 2 feet of snow has already fallen across parts of the Northern Plains with new snowfall amounts of 3 to 10 inches expected through Saturday night.

In addition to snow, we are expecting wind gusts to 60 mph at times. This will cause blizzard conditions and reduce visibility, making driving dangerous particularly along I-29 and I-94.

By Sunday the system begins to weaken but will bring rain to the Upper Great Lakes before winding down Sunday night.

Many Americans from the Rockies to the Gulf are waking up to the coldest air of the season Saturday morning. Wind chill values are in the single digits for Yellowstone National Park, the twenties for Chicago and the thirties in parts of Texas.

Coastal Flood Alerts are effective through noon Saturday for parts of the Mid Atlantic.

As Subtropical Storm Melissa lingers roughly 250 miles SSE of Nantucket Massachusetts, it will bring gusty winds up to 40mph to the Northeast and minor coastal flooding around high tide for the affected communities.

Melissa is expected to become a remnant low late Saturday into early Sunday and conditions will improve.

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This is a food truck that will have tongues and tails wagging. Duck neck and chicken hearts on the menu

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reidathegolden(SEATTLE) — While most Seattle residents are fast asleep under their 800-thread count comforters during the wee hours of Saturday morning, Dawn Ford is crawling out of bed.

By 3:30 a.m., Dawn has showered, brushed her teach, thrown her reddish-brown hair into a messy bun and painted her face with makeup. Wearing sweats and comfortable sneakers, she pulls out of her driveway and makes the five-minute commute to her office. The streets are quiet and empty of people, save for a few homeless residents and those drunk souls who couldn’t find Ubers after the local dive bars closed.

Arriving to work, she turns off the alarm and starts making a to-do list on the dry erase board hanging on the wall. She ties an apron around her waist and fires up the oven before grabbing her ingredients from around the kitchen.

Flour? Check.

Eggs? Check.

Cheese? Check.

Time to start baking.

It’s a true labor of love for this 38-year-old dog lover, who owns and operates the dog treat company “The Seattle Barkery” with her husband, Ben.

The couple, who spend their weekends baking and decorating treats for their business, came up with the idea for the upscale dog treat company after discovering a hole in the marketplace.

Several years ago, Dawn and Ben had owned their own dog walking service, and at the end of each walk, would give their doggy clients what they had thought were “natural, organic” treats. But when they discovered those treats were poor quality or had been recalled, they were horrified.

Then Dawn had a thought.

“How hard could it be to make our own?”

Turns out: hard.

“We had all the taste testers we could want with our business,” said Dawn. “[But] dog treat recipes can be really complicated and have a lot of ingredients that you don’t necessarily have on hand… like bone broth or brewer’s yeast.”

Dawn wrestled with the various online recipes and couldn’t understand why the dogs weren’t enjoying the expensive and hard-to-make treats, so she started researching what human foods dogs were allowed to eat.

“Dogs love human food,” began Dawn, “so how can we make this more appealing for them and simple for me?”

Cheese, peanut butter and apple were high on the list.

The Fords took their new recipes – cheesy donuts with grain free flour and peanut butter apple bites – to the local farmers market and sold out every weekend.

But the long set-up and tear-down hours of the farmers market started to take their toll on Dawn and Ben. The Seattle rain certainly didn’t help either. That’s when Dawn noticed the food trucks at the farmers market and became green with envy. Those food trucks would be the last ones in and the first ones out, according to Dawn, and all they had to do was open their windows. She realized maybe they too could capitalize on the ease of a food truck… albeit for dogs.

The Fords starting combing through Craigslist’s ads, finally settling on a well-used, dark turquoise former maintenance truck that lovingly came with the name “Buster.”

$20,000 later and the retrofitted dog treat truck was ready to hit the road.

It’s been five years since the truck opened it’s window for the first time, but it’s still causing a bit of confusion. Some people even think it’s a hot dog truck, explained Dawn.

“Some other [humans] just come up and start ordering and you can just tell that there’s some confusion. So we’ll say ‘Where’s your dog at today?’” Dawn continued.

“People then exclaim ‘Ohmygosh!’ And then they are so embarrassed. And they’ll say ‘I thought the chicken feet were weird but everything else looks good,’” added Dawn with a laugh.

Sometimes though, people will still try to order the dog treats for themselves.

“What I found if that pretty much every culture eats the whole chicken except for America,” explained Ben, a 40-year-old King County resident hailing from Colorado.

“A lot of Brazilians will try to order the chicken hearts themselves because it’s a common street food there.” And while all of the company’s ingredients are human-grade, Ben noted that the food still isn’t licensed for human consumption.

“If I don’t see a leash attached to them, I start asking some questions,” said Ben, chuckling to himself.

For the most part, Dawn said there’s some level of familiarity with new customers, who may have heard about the truck’s other locations through dog park friends.

With the foundation of their truck’s success, The Fords also opened a “treat bar” at Dogwood (an indoor dog park where dog owners can drink alcohol while watching their pets) and staioned a permanent vintage trailer named “Hammy” stationed near Lake Washington at the Magnuson Off-leash dog park.

According to Ben, the truck serves between 3,500-5,500 loyal fans a year, including Molly Oberndorf’s two Goldendoodles, Moose and Nellie.

“Everyone thinks I’m nuts,” said Oberndorf, laughing, “But in a good way,” she added quickly. Whenever they visit the Barkery truck, her dogs run nose first up to the aptly named “treat tunnel,” a device that drops a free treat down a shoot and into the waiting, drooling mouths of her dogs.

Oberndorf said her dogs, who are partial to the truck’s “beefy sticks” and “bacon birthday cakes” have sensitive stomachs – something that Dawn said is one reason owners trust their treats.

“[Our foods] do have a shelf life and that’s what’s appealing to people. They’re not all hard and they won’t stay fresh on your shelf for two years and be ‘edible,’” said Dawn, a mom of her own three pups.

Those treats include peanut butter cookies, pumpkin pretzels, bacon cupcakes and doggie icew cream sundaes with edible bowls.

For the pups’ owners, the truck sells a special brand of local coffee, called the “Leg Lifter Blend.”

The truck’s number-one selling dog product are always the chicken hearts that have been air fried in coconut oil – think popcorn for dogs, as it were.

“A lot of people have been burned by treats at the pet store or the rock hard treats. You don’t want to be duped into spending $15 on a bag of treats [your dogs] don’t like,” continued Dawn.

“Maybe they just want something less processed,” she said.

Keeping up with that less-processed workload has proven a lot harder than the Fords were expecting.

“It’s not a dream scenario. We don’t have any social life. When we go out with other friends and family, I’m like, ‘You want to go out at 7:30pm? I go to bed at 8 o’clock,’” said Dawn, laughing.

The couple considered franchising, but quickly agreed that wasn’t a business model that worked for them.

“To even become a franchise is about $40,000, and then you got to hope that somebody is going to be crazy enough as you to do what you do,” said Dawn.

Almost every day, the Fords receive a phone call or email asking for advice on how to start a dog food truck in another city. And while they fully encourage others to try it, they warn the process may turn most folks off.

Between the licensing and permitting processes, registering recipes with the Department of Agrucultue, random health inspections and the daily grind of the baking business, the Fords admitted they may not have gone into the dog food truck business had they known five years ago what they know now.

“Five years in, you know, we know our health inspector by name,” said Dawn. “We have a good relationship with the city,” she continued, “But it’s very daunting and it’s a lot of money right up front. If you just want to do it on the weekend, you’re never going to make a return. You really gotta hustle.”

Currently, the Fords said are putting every penny they earn directly back into the business – they are preparing to open their first official brick-and-mortar store in January within a new Amazon building.

In the meantime, the Fords continue to stock their various locations and take orders for specialty cakes – they’ve made bakery items for “Gender Reveal” parties and celebrated a dog’s “Bark Mitzvah,” amongst others.

On the whole, the company gets a ton of positive feedback.

“There are a few older generations that kind of roll their eyes that say ‘Only in Seattle’” eplained Ben. “And I laugh and say ‘You’re right, only in Seattle!’”

But regardless of what anyone thinks, Ben said he knows how lucky they are. The company just celebrated it’s five-year anniversary last week.

“I tell my employees: It’s such a great job because your customer is already walking up to you and smiling,” said Ben, “So that’s very rewarding.”

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