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The memorial service for billionaire, politician and iconic Texan H. Ross Perot will be held Tuesday in Dallas.

The invitation-only service is set for 2 p.m. at Highland Park United Methodist Church.

The memorial will be streamed live and will be visible at the top of this article.

Perot died Tuesday, July 9, at the age of 89.

The self-made billionaire founded Electronic Data Systems Corporation and Perot Systems Corporation.

He was also well-known for two runs as an Independent presidential candidate and for championing health care for military veterans.

Read more on Perot's life, here.


Photo Credit: Perot Family, NBC 5 News
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NBC 7 San Diego by Sophia Mccullough And Dorian Hargro.. - 5h ago


Cellphones are a part of our everyday life. They connect you to the internet, to your work, and to your family. But that convenience comes at a cost with some phones costing upwards of $1,000.

And as cellphone prices increase, more people are in the market for used cellphones.

To find out more, NBC 7 Responds spoke to Nerdwallet.com’s writer Kelsey Sheehy about today’s used cellphone market.

“A lot of people clamor over the latest phone, the newest shiniest thing, but you can save hundreds of dollars if you buy a used phone instead of a new one,” said Sheehy in a July 11 interview.

Websites such as Swappa, Gazelle, eBay, and Amazon offer a variety of used cellphone options as well as protections to safeguard your purchase.

An example: the website Swappa.com offers a used iPhone X for $540. That same phone costs as much as $940 brand new at certain retailers. Older models with fewer features can cost much less.

“A used phone may have some dings and scratches but the money that you save will more than cover a case to hide those imperfections,” says Sheehy

But there are some warnings when shopping for a used cellphone:

  • First, make sure you know about the website’s return policy before making any purchase.
  • Always get the serial number to make sure the phone isn’t lost, stolen or still under contract.
  • Make sure to check if your carrier can activate the phone before buying.
  • Use caution when buying from online marketplaces, such as Craigslist or Facebook, as many of those purchases are not protected.
  • Lastly, be wary of using cash or mobile payment apps as those do not offer consumer protections.

That’s why Sheehy says it is best to pick a website where the phones are certified and returnable.

“More and more of these sites popping up,” said Sheehy. “Generally speaking, people are more comfortable with buying second hand.”



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A San Diego city pool was closed after it was vandalized with broken glass over the weekend, according to city officials.

Employees of the Allied Gardens Pool said the swim center was closed Monday because someone reportedly threw glass bottles over the fence, shattering around and in the pool. NBC 7 was at the scene and saw pieces of clear glass at the bottom of the pool.

Crews must now drain, vacuum and refill the pool, which may take up to a week.

“It’s a huge bummer. It’s sad,” Amy Snyder told NBC 7.

Parents and their children showed up at the pool on Monday afternoon for swim lessons only to find the place shut down.

“I wanted my daughter to start this swim class, and I wanted her to be a stronger swimmer for the summer,” said Snyder. “It was really convenient because it fit between other camps we have going on this summer.”

Swimming lessons at the Allied Gardens Pool will be on hold until crews clean the scene.

A sign was posted outside the swim center that said, “Pool is CLOSED due to vandalism. We apologize for the inconvenience. – AG Staff”

“I was really surprised because this is for the community; it's not for people to destroy,” said Nadine Corley. “When I saw that and they explained what had happened, I was very surprised that it happened here.”

Officials did not release a description for a suspect or suspects.

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NBC 7 San Diego by Dorian Hargrove And Paul Krueger - 5h ago


NBC 7 Investigates has published Episode Three of INSIGHT: a podcast that dives behind the stories and investigations making headlines in our community.

INSIGHT Episode Three focuses on the increasing number of citations handed out by San Diego Police Officers to homeless people. San Diego Police Department says the $282 encroachment violations are a tool to help clean up San Diego’s streets and sidewalks while encouraging San Diego’s homeless population to get the help they need. Advocates for the homeless, however, say the city is targeting the homeless.

I-Team Producers Paul Krueger and Dorian Hargrove explain the numbers they found, the emails which lay out the city’s strategy of issuing citations, as well as speak to a local attorney currently fighting the enforcement in court and a police captain for the San Diego Police Department’s Neighborhood Policing Division.

In future episodes, INSIGHT will inform listeners by giving them a behind-the-scenes perspective on NBC 7 Investigations.

INSIGHT is produced by Senior Investigative Reporter Mari Payton, executive producer Tom Jones, Dorian Hargrove and Matthew Lewis. Lewis also serves as Audio Engineer and Editor.

The team also wants to hear from you. If you have ideas or questions, feel free to reach out to us on social media:

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You can find us on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play or Spotify, and right here on www.NBC7.com.

And if you enjoyed INSIGHT, please rate and review us on your favorite podcasting platform.


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A utility worker was killed and another was injured Monday in a natural gas line explosion that leveled a home in a Murrieta residential neighborhood, Southern California Gas Co. officials reported.

SoCalGas "crews responded to reports of a natural gas line that was damaged by a contractor working on a home on Wooden Horse Trail in the city of Murrieta. Shortly after crews arrived, there was an explosion," according to a statement released about 1:50 p.m. by Christine Detz of SoCalGas.

"Initial reports are that one SoCalGas employee was killed in the incident. Another was transported to the hospital with injuries," she said.

"Preliminary information is that one occupant of the home may also be unaccounted for." 

Emergency personnel were called about 12:15 p.m. to the 23500 block of Wooden Horse Trail near Spicewood Avenue and later called for an air ambulance.

One other home was partially damaged on the side facing the burned-out home, but apparently did not catch fire, according to reports from the scene.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise cited a witness account in reporting that a natural gas line was apparently struck while solar panel and landscape workers were working on the home.

Detz said utility crews stopped the flow of gas to the property about 1 p.m.

Murrieta police closed Clinton Keith Road to all traffic from Smith Ranch Road to Nutmeg Street, and said no one would be allowed into the area -- including residents -- for an undetermined period of time for safety reasons.


Photo Credit: @ally_amodeo via Twitter
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Immigrant rights advocates and attorneys denounced President Donald Trump's latest move on Monday to restrict asylum at the southern border as the "most egregious" and "extreme" policy targeting the form of protection by the administration yet, NBC News reports.

“The administration has been trying to fight against asylum at the southern border for a long time now and if they are able to get away with this regulation, they have effectively ended it for the vast majority of the population that we see applying for asylum at the southern border,” Sarah Pierce, a policy analyst at the Migration Policy Institute, told NBC News.

On Monday morning, the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security announced that they would move to end asylum protections for most Central American migrants and other asylum-seekers coming to the southern border in the latest attempt to restrict the influx of migrant families coming to the United States.

Keren Zwick, a litigator with the National Immigrant Justice Center, said in a news teleconference Monday afternoon that the rule was the administration’s “most egregious attack on the asylum system” to date. Charanya Krishnaswami, advocacy director for the Americas for Amnesty International, said on the call the rule would “fundamentally eviscerate the right to territorial asylum in the United States.”


Photo Credit: EDUARDO JARAMILLO CASTRO/AFP/Getty Images
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Some states and cities have a message for women seeking abortions who live in places where it is becoming increasingly restricted: We're here for you.

New York City and Illinois — spurred by a slew of states that have passed laws recently to limit or ban abortion — are taking action to provide women from out of state with financial and other assistance for easier access to abortions, NBC News reports. Last month, the New York City Council approved $250,000 for abortions for poor women who live in, or who have traveled to, the city specifically to receive the procedure — the first time, experts told NBC News, that a municipality has directly allocated money for abortion that could be explicitly used for residents from other locales. 

Meanwhile, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, a Democrat, last month signed a law making abortion a "fundamental right" in the state, codifying Roe v. Wade into state law, striking down a handful of anti-abortion provisions that had been on the books for decades (like spousal consent, waiting periods and felony penalties for doctors performing the procedure) and requiring nearly all insurance plans, both public and private, to cover abortion.

In strengthening the state's abortion law, Illinois lawmakers are inviting women from other states to come for abortions.


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Instead of swimming away from a barrel jellyfish that is larger than some humans and can sting you, underwater cinematographer Dan Abbot and wildlife biologist and presenter Lizzie Daly swam toward it, capturing the stunning photo.

The under-the-sea daredevils swam with the jellyfish for about an hour, they told VICE News’ Motherboard. The beast just “appeared out of the murky water” and was bigger than any other barrel jellyfish the two had ever seen.

Also known as the dustbin-lid jellyfish, the barrel jellyfish is the biggest jellyfish found off the coast of the United Kingdom. They can weigh up to 77 pounds and typically measure around three feet across, according to The Wildlife Trusts.

Encountering a barrel jellyfish like this is rare for humans. The only time most humans ever see one is when they wash up on the shore of a beach. And almost no one would want to swim with them. Their 8-frilly tentacles, which are covered in many tiny mouths, can get you with a not-so-dangerous sting.

“It really humbles you to be alongside an animal that size,” Daly said. “It’s an experience we’ll never forget.”


Photo Credit: Dan Abbott - Underwater Cinematographer / Lizzie Daly - Wildlife Presenter
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U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue is in San Diego County Monday to meet with production workers, tour an avocado farm and meet with San Diego Zoo officials.

The agriculture secretary began his day in North County, where he toured the Sysco production facility in Poway and the Rancho Guejito Avocado Farm in Escondido.

Perdue was expected to sign the America's Workers Initiative on behalf of the White House during his visit to Sysco. 

He will then travel south to Balboa Park to learn about the San Diego Zoo's animal care efforts. 

The USDA is the authority on food, agriculture and other natural resource production in the United states. Perdue was sworn in as head of the agency on April 25, 2017.


Photo Credit: Bloomberg via Getty Images
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Two teenagers are facing a murder charge in juvenile court for the death of a Mission Hills High School student, who was struck by a black BMW while walking on a sidewalk last May. 

High school senior Lauren Wolford was just weeks from graduation when she was struck by the car in the 500 block of E. Mission Road, less than a mile from her high school, on May 12, 2018. 

On Monday, Wolford's family was at the boys' trial, which they described as a nightmare that has been ripping apart the hearts of their entire family. 

Prosecutors argue the two teenage boys, who will not be identified because they are juveniles, are responsible for her death because they were street racing. At least one driving more than 80 miles per hour at the time of the crash.

The family listened as San Diego County Sheriff's Deputy David Rosenthal testified to the high speeds on security footage from that morning. The footage showed Wolford walking on a sidewalk at about 11 a.m., just moments before the crash.

The two teens each face a charge of second-degree murder, and charges of gross vehicular manslaughter, reckless driving causing great bodily injury and engaging in a speed contest resulting in great bodily injury. Both have pleaded not guilty to charges. 

Their trial is expected to wrap up this week, at which time Judge William Woods will decide their fate. There is no jury because the case is in juvenile court.  


Photo Credit: Wolford Family
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