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Rescuers Pull Man From From L.A. River in Atwater Village Following Storm

Firefighters used an inflatable boat and ropes to rescue a man stranded in the middle of the Los Angeles River in Atwater Village after a storm on Sunday afternoon. The 40-year-old man was spotted standing on a small island amid the briskly-flowing 2-foot-deep waters of the river, Los Angeles Fire Department officials said. He was about 25 feet away from shore. Rescuers elected to use an inflatable raft, tethered with ropes, to reach and retrieve the man. “LAFD Swift Water Rescue personnel skillfully used a tethered LAFD rescue boat to safely extricate the (man) to shore,” according to L.A. Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey. The man appeared unhurt and declined to be taken to a hospital, he said. It was not clear why the man was in the river to begin with. Los Angeles Fire Department firefighters rescue a man from the Los Angeles river in Atwater Village following a storm on Dec. 8, 2019. (Credit: LOUDLABS)

Tigers Injure Woman During Event at Animal Sanctuary Near Moorpark

A woman was taken to a trauma center Saturday after being injured by tigers during an event at an animal sanctuary near Moorpark, the Ventura County Fire Department said. The woman, described as the owner of Wildlife and Environmental Conservation, was in a cage with two Bengal tigers when one wrapped its paws around her legs and another grabbed onto her head,  Michael Bradbury, who is affiliated with the non-profit, told the Ventura County Star. The fire department received a call at about 12:58 p.m. reporting a tiger had injured a woman in 11900 block of Broadway Road, with the facility telling officials that it was a result of “rough play” and not an attack, Ventura County Fire Department spokesman Mike Des Forges said. A crew from the department was already attending the event along with about 30 other people who contribute to the sanctuary, according to Des Forges. Firefighters were there during the incident and were able to immediately render aid before the woman was transported to a trauma center for her injuries, fire officials said. Des Forges said he could not comment on…

District Attorney Jackie Lacey Cuts Ties With Political Fundraiser Associated With Trump

LOS ANGELES (CNS/CBSLA) — Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey has cut ties with a political fundraiser who also helped organize a Los Angeles event for President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign. Lacey said her campaign would no longer work with Trey Kozacik of the Pluvious Group, whose name appeared on a flier promoting a $1,500-per-person event Thursday night in downtown Los Angeles in support of Lacey’s reelection bid, the Los Angeles Times reported. Kozacik was also listed as a point of contact on an invitation to an April fundraiser in Los Angeles for Trump’s re-election campaign, according to the newspaper. “I am the first Democrat in nearly 20 years to hold this office, and the only major candidate in this race who is a lifelong Democrat,” Lacey said on Saturday.” Mr. Kozacik has not been paid by our campaign, and our chief fundraising consultant is Stephanie Daily Smith, a leading Democratic fundraiser who has spearheaded fundraising efforts for Hillary Clinton for president, Mayor Eric Garcetti, and the Democratic National Committee. “Mr. Kozacik helped us put together a fundraising event hosted by one of his…

Chargers End 3-Game Skid, Crush Jaguars 45-10

JACKSONVILLE (CBSLA/AP) — Philip Rivers threw for 314 yards and three touchdowns, including an 84-yarder to Austin Ekeler that was the longest completion of the quarterback’s 16-year NFL career, and the Los Angeles Chargers handled the Jaguars 45-10 Sunday to end a three-game skid. It was Jacksonville’s fifth consecutive lopsided loss, all by at least 17 points. The 1986 Tampa Bay Buccaneers were the last NFL team to drop five straight by at least 17. Jacksonville’s last two have been embarrassments at home — both essentially settled before halftime. The Chargers (5-8) scored on four of five possessions in the first half, picking apart Jacksonville’s beleaguered defense and taking a 24-3 into the locker room. It was a welcome cushion for a team whose eight losses each came by seven points or fewer. It was more of the same for the Jaguars (4-9), who trailed by as many as 25, 32, 24 and 23 in their previous four blowouts. It’s hard to imagine owner Shad Khan keeping Doug Marrone any longer, not following another lackluster effort against another sub-.500 team. The Jaguars have now lost…

Man Eats $120K Banana That Was Duct-Taped to Wall at Miami Art Fair

When an artist duct-taped a banana to a wall and priced it at $120,000 this week, we should probably have known where the story was heading. The work, by Maurizio Cattelan, was ripe for the picking — and on Saturday, it was unceremoniously taken off the wall at the Art Basel Miami Beach and eaten by a performance artist, amid a crowd of stunned onlookers, some of whom posted videos of the incident. “I really love this installation. It’s very delicious,” David Datuna wrote on Instagram, alongside a video showing the aftermath of his stunt. As people gather and film the incident, a woman can be seen remonstrating with Datuna before asking for his name. Entitled “Comedian,” the artwork comprised a banana bought in a Miami grocery store, and a single piece of duct tape. There were three editions, the gallery said, adding that two had already sold for around $120,000. It’s unclear whether the banana being eaten will detract from the artwork’s value, or whether Cattelan plans to buy more bananas and start again. CNN has contacted the gallery for comment. Prior to the reported sale,…

Pensacola Base Shooting Victim Was Standing Watch, Fresh Out of Boot Camp, Father Says

Fresh out of boot camp, Cameron Walters proudly told his father in Georgia during their nightly video chat that he had passed the exam qualifying him to stand watch and help secure building entrances at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida. When news broke the next morning of shots being fired at the base, Shane Walters called his son’s cellphone repeatedly throughout the day. There was no answer. The 21-year-old airmen apprentice from Richmond Hill had been killed along with two other sailors by a gunman authorities later identified as a military aviation student from Saudi Arabia. Shane Walters told The Associated Press on Sunday that his son died standing watch at the classroom building where the shooter opened fire. “He was just looking forward to getting his wings and being a part of flying and whatever job they gave him,” Shane Walters said. “He just wanted to earn his wings. He was looking so forward to having those wings pinned on his chest.” The attack also killed 23-year-old Joshua Watson, a recent graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy from Enterprise, Alabama, and 19-year-old Airman Mohammed…

‘Benson,’ ‘Star Trek’ Actor René Auberjonois Dies at 79

René Auberjonois, a prolific actor best known for his roles on the television shows “Benson” and “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” and his part in the 1970 film “M.A.S.H.” playing Father Mulcahy, has died. He was 79. The actor died Sunday at his home in Los Angeles of metastatic lung cancer, his son Rèmy-Luc Auberjonois told The Associated Press. René Auberjonois worked constantly as a character actor in several golden ages, from the dynamic theater of the 1960s to the cinema renaissance of the 1970s to the prime period of network television in the 1980s and ’90s — and each generation knew him for something different. For film fans of the 1970s, he was Father John Mulcahy, the military chaplain who played straight man to the doctors’ antics in “M.A.S.H.” It was his first significant film role and the first of several for director Robert Altman. For sitcom watchers of the 1980s, he was Clayton Runnymede Endicott III, the hopelessly highbrow chief of staff at a governor’s mansion on “Benson,” the ABC series whose title character was a butler played by Robert Guillaume. And for…

‘Benson,’ ‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” Actor René Auberjonois Dead At 79

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA/AP) — René Auberjonois, a prolific actor best known for his roles on the television shows “Benson” and “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” and his part in the 1970 film “M.A.S.H.” playing Father Mulcahy, has died. He was 79. The actor died Sunday at his home in Los Angeles of metastatic lung cancer, his son Rèmy-Luc Auberjonois told The Associated Press. (Minions say: We’re sad to confirm that René passed away today, Sunday, December 8) https://t.co/lmYlIqS6Ld — Rene Auberjonois (@reneauberjonois) December 8, 2019 René Auberjonois worked constantly as a character actor in several golden ages, from the dynamic theater of the 1960s to the cinema renaissance of the 1970s to the prime period of network television in the 1980s and ’90s — and each generation knew him for something different. For film fans of the 1970s, he was Father John Mulcahy, the military chaplain who played straight man to the doctors’ antics in “M.A.S.H.” It was his first significant film role and the first of several for director Robert Altman. For sitcom watchers of the 1980s, he was Clayton Runnymede Endicott III, the…

Tigers Injure Woman at Animal Sanctuary Near Moorpark

A woman was taken to a trauma center Saturday after being injured by tigers during an event at an animal sanctuary near Moorpark, the Ventura County Fire Department said. The woman, described as the owner of Wildlife and Environmental Conservation, was in a cage with two Bengal tigers when one wrapped its paws around her legs and another grabbed onto her head,  Michael Bradbury, who is affiliated with the non-profit, told the Ventura County Star. The fire department received a call at about 12:58 p.m. reporting a tiger had injured a woman in 11900 block of Broadway Road, with the facility telling officials that it was a result of “rough play” and not an attack, Ventura County Fire Department spokesman Mike Des Forges said. A crew from the department was already attending the event along with about 30 other people who contribute to the sanctuary, according to Des Forges. Firefighters were there during the incident and were able to immediately render aid before the woman was transported to a trauma center for her injuries, fire officials said. Des Forges said he could not comment on…

Rapper and Singer Juice WRLD Dies at 21 After ‘Medical Emergency’ at Chicago Airport

Rapper Juice WRLD, who launched his career on SoundCloud before becoming a streaming juggernaut and rose to the top of the charts with the Sting-sampled hit “Lucid Dreams,” died Sunday after a “medical emergency” at Chicago’s Midway International Airport. The rapper, whose legal name was Jarad A. Higgins, was 21. Authorities have not released details about his cause of death. Rapper Juice Wrld performs at Power 105.1’s Powerhouse 2018 at Prudential Center on Oct. 28, 2018, in Newark, New Jersey. (Credit: Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for Power 105.1) The Cook County medical examiner’s office was notified of Higgin’s death Sunday morning, according to office spokeswoman Natalia Derevyanny, who said an autopsy was likely Monday. Chicago police launched a death investigation after a 21-year-old male experiencing a “medical emergency” was transported from Midway to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead. Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford said the man experienced cardiac arrest and was taken to a hospital from a small hangar at Midway, away from the main terminal, where private planes land. The artist, who was named top new artist at the 2019 Billboard…

Rep. Jerry Nadler Says Articles of Impeachment Will Be Brought Before Committee This Week

Speeding toward impeachment, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee said Sunday he expects a committee vote soon on charges against President Donald Trump that will focus on abuse of power on Ukraine in a bid to get an unfair advantage in U.S. elections and obstruction in the congressional inquiry. “We’ll bring articles of impeachment presumably before the committee at some point later in the week,” said Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y. Last week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., instructed the committee to write articles of impeachment — formal charges — against Trump for pressuring Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, a leading Democratic rival. If the committee approves articles by Friday that would set up a final impeachment vote in the days before Christmas. “There’s a sense of urgency, because he will do anything — judging from his past conduct — that he can to get interference and to rig the next election,” Nadler said. House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy criticized Democrats for their timeline, which he said was unfairly aimed at preventing the nation’s voters from making their own choices in the 2020 election.…

USC To Face Iowa In Holiday Bowl December 27, Wisconsin And Oregon Set As Rose Bowl Teams

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The USC  Trojans (8-4) will face the Iowa Hawkeyes (9-3) in the Holiday Bowl on December 27 in San Diego, organizers announced Sunday. Kick off is at 5 p.m. at San Diego Credit Union Stadium. OFFICIAL: USC has accepted a bid to the @HolidayBowl to play Iowa on December 27. #FightOn pic.twitter.com/aafday620s — USC Trojans (@USC_Athletics) December 8, 2019 Both teams are coming off three-game winning streaks and have victories in five of their last six games. “The game is a terrific matchup between teams that finished very strong down the stretch,” Trojans coach Clay Helton said. The game will be USC’s first against Iowa since the Trojans’ 38-17 victory in the 2003 Orange Bowl. USC leads the series, 7-2, including a six-game winning streak. Iowa’s most recent victory in the series was in 1961. The Rose Bowl match-up is also set, as Wisconsin has been selected as Oregon’s opponent for the 106th installment of the college football classic in Pasadena. The 106th Rose Bowl Game will be a rematch of the 2012 Granddaddy of Them All, No. 6 Oregon vs.…

Racist, Sexist Video Allegedly Filmed by UC Berkeley Student Prompts Outrage on Campus

A video clip posted on social media that shows a man described as a UC Berkeley student spewing racial slurs and questioning whether women or African Americans deserve rights has sparked outrage across the Bay Area campus and prompted an investigation from the school. The footage, which went viral on Twitter after it was shared widely on Friday, shows a man from the neck down sitting on what appears to be a dorm room bed rambling about his distaste for “black people.” The man also employs a slur commonly used against LGBTQ students in the clip, which has been viewed more than 3 million times and can be seen here. (Warning: Extremely offensive and profane content.) “I don’t think they should have rights at all,” the man says, referring to African Americans. “They’re like women.” In a statement, Berkeley officials said they were aware of the footage and had launched a review. Read the full story on LATimes.com.

Close Coworkers and Intimate Friends: When is it Cheating?

In the wake of Justin Timberlake cheating rumors, relationship expert Dr. Laura Berman weighs in on close relationships that can spark infidelity rumors and questions. If cheating rumors are stressing you out, Dr. Berman has a free fortification mediation for the holiday season available at DrLauraBerman.com. Originally aired on KTLA Weekend Morning News on Sunday, December 8, 2019.

Reddit Says Russians Leaked Confidential U.K. Documents on Brexit Just Before Election

The prospect of Russian interference in Britain’s election flared anew Saturday after the social media platform Reddit concluded that people from Russia leaked confidential British government documents on Brexit trade talks just days before the general U.K. vote. Reddit said in a statement that it has banned 61 accounts suspected of violating policies against vote manipulation. It said the suspect accounts shared the same pattern of activity as a Russian interference operation dubbed “Secondary Infektion” that was uncovered earlier this year. Reddit investigated the leak after the documents became public during the campaign for Thursday’s election, which will determine the country’s future relationship with the European Union. All 650 seats in the House of Commons are up for grabs. Reddit said it believed the documents were leaked as “part of a campaign that has been reported as originating from Russia.” “We were able to confirm that they did indeed show a pattern of coordination,” Reddit said. The British government has not challenged the authenticity of the documents. Britain’s main opposition party has argued the documents prove that Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party is seeking a deal…

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