Biden has support from most Black and Latino members of Congress. His fate may turn on keeping it

WASHINGTON —  A small but growing number of Democratic members of Congress — about 20 as of Friday afternoon — have publicly called on President Biden to withdraw from the presidential race. Nearly all are white, and many are members of the moderate New Democrat Coalition. But Biden still has strong support from most of the Congressional Black Caucus, which boasts about 60 members of the House, and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, with about 40. His fate may depend on whether he can hold them. The fear of many Democrats — whether they are saying so publicly or not — is not only that Biden will lose the White House but that he will also doom their chances of winning the Senate or the House of Representatives. Congressional leaders have carried their concerns to Biden, but they have no power to force him out, and they worry that an open conflict could be disastrous for the party. Biden has scoffed at polls suggesting most Democratic voters believe he should step aside after his disastrous debate with former President Trump last month. “I’m determined on running,” the

As alpine glaciers melt, the corpses of long-lost climbers keep popping out of the ice

In late June, as a group of mountaineers descended a treacherous glacier high in the Peruvian Andes, they spotted a dark, out-of-place lump resting on the blinding white snow. When they approached, they realized it wasn’t a rock, as they had initially assumed. It was a corpse. When they got a little closer, they could tell from the out-of-date clothes and the condition of the skin that the dead man had been there for a very long time. A miraculously well-preserved California driver’s license in the man’s pocket identified him as Bill Stampfl, a mountaineer from Chino who had been buried by an avalanche in 2002. Undated handout photo of Bill Stampfl. (Courtesy of Stampfl family) Avalanches begin as loose, flowing rivers of ice and snow that sweep their victims off their feet and wash them down the mountain. When the frozen debris stops, it quickly solidifies into something like a concrete tomb. But in recent years, as the planet has warmed and ice has melted at an alarming rate, receding glaciers on the upper reaches of many of the world’s most celebrated and deadly

DWP union sues city of L.A. over pension double-dipping

The union representing Los Angeles Department of Water and Power workers is suing the city for allowing employees who retired from other city departments to work at the utility while collecting a pension. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday by International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 18, argues that the city charter prohibits those who retire with a pension through the Los Angeles City Employees’ Retirement System from subsequently working as a DWP employee. The city attorney’s office last year took the position that the retired city employees can join the DWP, according to the lawsuit. But the charter’s prohibition against working as a “city employee” while collecting a LACERS pension includes DWP jobs, not just jobs elsewhere in the city government, the lawsuit said. The city charter includes three pension systems: the Water and Power Employees’ Retirement Plan, the Los Angeles Fire and Pension System and LACERS. IBEW officials worry that a flood of retired city employees will sign on at the utility, which often pays more than other departments. Because of their experience, they can start at a high level, drawing a salary and their

Navy pilots welcomed home after deployment defending against Houthi attacks

Navy pilots welcomed home after deployment defending against Houthi attacks – CBS News Watch CBS News Several squadrons of U.S. fighter jets made a hero’s homecoming Friday, arriving in Virginia after a tense nine-month deployment in the Middle East. They were part of a strike group with the USS Eisenhower aircraft carrier confronting Iranian-backed Houthi militants. Charlie D’Agata has details. Be the first to know Get browser notifications for breaking news, live events, and exclusive reporting. Not Now Turn On

NASA celebrates James Webb telescope anniversary with new images

NASA celebrates James Webb telescope anniversary with new images – CBS News Watch CBS News It has been two years since NASA’s James Webb telescope gave us a stunning first look at the depth of our universe. To commemorate the achievement, NASA has released new images showing two distant galaxies interacting with each other. Jane Rigby, astrophysicist and a senior project scientist for the Webb telescope at NASA, joins CBS News to discuss. Be the first to know Get browser notifications for breaking news, live events, and exclusive reporting. Not Now Turn On

Nearly 1 million homes still without power in Texas

Nearly 1 million homes still without power in Texas – CBS News Watch CBS News There’s no relief in southeast Texas for nearly a million homes and businesses still without power in sweltering heat. Now, the federal government has declared a state of emergency as people have been coping without air conditioning, electric fans or freezers full of ice. Janet Shamlian has details. Be the first to know Get browser notifications for breaking news, live events, and exclusive reporting. Not Now Turn On

AT&T says customer data exposed in massive data breach

AT&T says customer data exposed in massive data breach – CBS News Watch CBS News AT&T on Friday disclosed that hackers had accessed records of calls and texts of “nearly all” its cellular customers for a six-month period between May 1, 2022, and Oct. 31, 2022. Jo Ling Kent reports. Be the first to know Get browser notifications for breaking news, live events, and exclusive reporting. Not Now Turn On

Del Rio Ranch project would bring RV, glamping sites to Atascadero

More than a decade after it was originally approved in 2012, the revised Del Rio Ranch project awaits review from city officials. Senior Planner Kelly Gleason explained why development along the southeast corner of Del Rio Road and El Camino Real took years to move forward. The property was actually tied up with the Walmart project for a long time,” Gleason said. “Since theyve been able to sell the property, weve actually been able to move forward really quickly with amendments to the specific plan and review of some alternative development concepts.” Most recently, the project was revised and submitted for review this May. The project includes the following features: 74 RV sites 103 glamping sites 18-hotel units Central lodge Guest pools RestaurantHowever, before the proposal can move forward it needs to be reviewed by Atascaderos Planning Commission and City Council. “This project can bring amazing things to Atascadero,” Gleason said. Gleason said the city hopes to have the project approved by the end of the year.

Korean War era veterans: Lunch gathering happening Saturday at SLO Vets Hall

The Central Coast Veterans Memorial Museum is hosting their 2nd annual Korean War Veterans Meetup Saturday at the SLO Vets Hall. Coffee and pastries will be served beginning at 10:00 a.m., followed by lunch at 11:30 a.m. served by American Legion Post 66. Last year, the museum hosted a coffee meetup to mark the 70th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice Agreement, which essentially ended the Korean War (1950-1953). More than 30 veterans attended, met fellow comrades, and shared stories of their military service. The museum welcomes all veterans of the Korean War era, not solely those who served overseas during the three-year period. It is amazing, especially when were doing these period-specific events, because were bringing together all of the veterans from that service period, said Morgan Boyd, San Luis Obispo County Veterans Services Officer. Not only does it give us time to honor them, but it gives them time to engage with each other. Some of them find out they were serving in units together or nearby. Theyre forming new kinships later in life that mean a tremendous amount to them. Its extremely

Abducted child found in Santa Monica motel room

A young girl who was abducted in Santa Monica was found in a motel room Friday. Santa Monica police received reports of the kidnapping at around 12:11 p.m. A grandmother told police that her 4-year-old granddaughter had been kidnapped from a restaurant on the 1900 block of Lincoln Boulevard. Officers arrived at the scene and began gathering images of the kidnapping suspect from nearby surveillance video. She was described as a heavyset white female in her 30s. Around 30 officers and civilian personnel began searching the area for the woman. At around 12:37 p.m., officers found the child inside a room at the Holiday Motel at 11th Street and Pico Boulevard. The Holiday Motel located at 11th Street and Pico Boulevard in Santa Monica. (Google Earth) The child was found unharmed and the suspect was taken into custody on kidnapping charges. Authorities said the suspect, who was not identified, appeared to be living at the motel for an extended period of time. The motive behind the kidnapping and whether the woman has a criminal history remains unclear. “Our heartfelt best wishes go out to the

Evacuations ordered due to fire burning near Temecula

Fire officials have called for evacuations due to a fire burning near homes in Temecula. The “Pauba Fire” was first reported around 1:30 p.m. Friday on the 39100 block of Pauba Road, according to Cal Fire and the Riverside County Fire Department. Firefighters who responded to the scene found a 20-acre brush fire burning uphill through “flashy fuels,” officials said. By 3:20 p.m., the fire had expanded to more than 60 acres and evacuations were ordered for nearby homes, businesses and resorts. This map shows the evacuation warnings and orders in place for the Pauba Fire burning near Temecula, accurate as of 4:15 p.m. on July 12, 2024. Mandatory evacuation orders are in place for the area of Vail Lake and Butterfield Lake Estates. An evacuation warning is in place for the area north of Highway 79, east of Anza Road, west of Sage and Wilson Creek, and south of Avenida Bravura. An interactive map that shows current evacuation orders and warnings can be found here . Photos shared by CAL OES show smoke billowing from the Pauba Fire near Temecula on July 12, 2024.

More than 1,500 pounds of fireworks confiscated by San Bernardino Sheriff’s Deputies

It was a busy Fourth of July holiday for deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office assigned to respond to illegal fireworks calls. From July 1 through July 7, deputies confiscated more than 1,500 pounds of illegal fireworks and responded to around 1,300 calls for service. The Sheriff’s Department called the weeklong detail “Operation Safe and Sane,” which focuses on enforcing existing laws against illegal fireworks. The operation was conducted with “zero tolerance,” officials said, in partnership with the Sheriff’s Department’s special enforcement division, arson and bomb squad, patrol deputies and partners at local fire departments. Fireworks confiscated by SBSD deputies over the Fourth of July holiday are displayed in this photo released on July 12, 2024. (San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department) Fireworks confiscated by SBSD deputies over the Fourth of July holiday are displayed in this photo released on July 12, 2024. (San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department) Fireworks confiscated by SBSD deputies over the Fourth of July holiday are displayed in this photo released on July 12, 2024. (San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department) In total, 134 people were cited for illegal fireworks and

Review: In ‘Sing Sing,’ the stage is bound by prison walls, but imagination and dignity roam free

A film like “Sing Sing” is a rare, precious achievement — a cinematic work of unique empathy and hand-turned humanity, hewed from the heart, with rigorous attention paid to the creative process. How this quietly captivating film was made is almost the more important story, but it is part and parcel with the text on screen. “Sing Sing” is the result of years of research and volunteer work on behalf of writer-director Greg Kwedar and his co-writer, Clint Bentley, with Rehabilitation Through the Arts, a theater program for men incarcerated at Sing Sing Correctional Facility. At first, Kwedar and Bentley tried to mount a narrative film project about RTA involving professional actors, but never managed to capture the magic they experienced in the room itself, watching prisoners. So they decided to bring the room itself to the screen, casting a group of RTA alumni alongside stars Colman Domingo and Paul Raci. In “Sing Sing,” the supporting cast are all playing themselves (or something close to it), and giving damn good performances too. Domingo steps into the role of John “Divine G” Whitfield, a man incarcerated

A stalled mixed-use development turns into West Hollywood’s newest lake

The Melrose Triangle mixed-use development project — with 80 residential units, featuring home office pod spaces, a two-level cafe and retail shops — was expected to transform a highly visible intersection in West Hollywood. Instead, with construction on hold, the site has become a large, swampy pool that neighbors have nicknamed “WeHo Lake” because of the accumulation of green-hued water, presumably colored by algae. Over the past several months, the water has inundated the construction site at the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Avenue, providing a home for a new type of tenant —mosquitoes, ducks and other water-loving critters, residents say. It is not clear when construction might begin so that the mini lake can be drained and the development can be completed. Jack Kurchian, a project manager for developer Charles Co., told The Times that the water began to stagnate after many of the 34 groundwater pumps installed on the property were vandalized. The pumps have since been repaired and the water level has been reduced, but the company is getting additional pumps to remove the rest of the water. “It’s been

NBA Summer League honors Jerry West on first day of play

LAS VEGAS —  The baseline seats are where the iconic Jerry West always sat when he attended the NBA Summer League, and so to honor the former Lakers great and Hall of Famer who died last month at 86, a T-shirt with his face on it was placed on a chair. There was a cup from Dairy Queen also on the chair, put there because West loved to eat ice cream while watching the games. Over the course of the next 11 days of games at the Thomas & Mack Center, those items will remain in the chair and no one will be allowed to sit there. Warren LeGarie, the director of the NBA Summer League, decided he wanted to honor West with a tribute for all he has done for the game of basketball. “One of the most instrumental people, players, executives in the history in developing this game,” said Pat Riley, president of the Miami Heat and once the coach of the 1980s “Showtime” Lakers, in a video tribute. West was the architect of the Lakers’ team that won five NBA championships with Magic

Eddie Murphy and Paige Butcher are married after nearly six-year engagement

July is Eddie Murphy’s month. The Oscar-nominated actor-comedian reportedly married his long-term partner, Australian model Paige Butcher, on Tuesday — less than a week after the premiere of his latest movie, “Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F.” The couple were wed in a private ceremony in Anguilla, an island in the Eastern Caribbean, People reported Friday. Butcher wore a Mira Zwillinger-designed lace gown, while Murphy sported a matching white Brioni suit. A representative for Murphy confirmed the report to The Times. Murphy, 62, and Butcher, 44, have been engaged since 2018 but first began dating in 2012 — several years after they reportedly met on the set of “Big Momma’s House 2.” They share an 8-year-old daughter, Izzy Oona, and a 5-year-old son, Max Charles. The “Shrek” voice actor has eight other children from prior relationships, including with his ex-wife Nicole Mitchell Murphy. The former couple finalized their divorce in 2006. Joining Murphy at the Netflix premiere of “Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F” earlier this month was his daughter Bria, who plays a police officer in the movie. “She’s the one that arrests me,” Murphy told

Judge dismisses Alec Baldwin’s involuntary manslaughter case

Judge dismisses Alec Baldwin’s involuntary manslaughter case – CBS News Watch CBS News A judge dismissed actor Alec Baldwin’s involuntary manslaughter case after a motion from the actor’s defense team Friday afternoon. Baldwin faced charges for the 2021 accidental shooting death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins while on the set of his film “Rust.” CBS News legal contributor Jessica Levinson, entertainment attorney Tre Lovell and CBS News correspondent Elise Preston join to unpack the development. Be the first to know Get browser notifications for breaking news, live events, and exclusive reporting. Not Now Turn On

Alec Baldwin’s manslaughter case dismissed in “Rust” shooting

Updated on: July 12, 2024 / 6:41 PM EDT / CBS/AP Baldwin’s manslaughter trial on hold Baldwin’s manslaughter trial on hold 01:04 The judge in actor Alec Baldwin’s New Mexico trial on a charge of involuntary manslaughter dismissed the case Friday after the defense team accused prosecutors of withholding evidence.  Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer dismissed the case with prejudice based on the misconduct of police and prosecutors over the withholding of evidence from the defense in the 2021 shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of the film “Rust.”  Prior to the dismissal, the case took a bizarre turn when prosecutor Erlinda Johnson resigned and fellow prosecutor Kari Morrissey called herself as a witness. Earlier in the day, the judge had sent the jury home as attorneys argued over the defense’s motion for dismissal, including questioning a witness who had already testified in the case.  Actor Alec Baldwin reacts during his trial on involuntary manslaughter at Santa Fe County District Court in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on July 12, 2024.  RAMSAY DE GIVE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images Baldwin cried, hugged his two attorneys, gestured to the front

Rep. Levin Calls for Biden to Drop Out of Race; Rep. Correa Doubles-Down on Support for President

Rep. Mike Levin, D-Dana Point, Friday called on President Joe Biden to step aside as the party’s candidate for the White House, but Rep. Lou Correa, D-Santa Ana, emphatically continued his support for Biden’s re-election. In a statement, Levin said, “Like so many of you, I was naturally concerned about President Biden’s performance in the recent debate,” referring to the tipping point that has led to many other elected leaders in Washington to call for the president to suspend his re-election campaign. “Since then, I’ve made my opinions known in the appropriate manner with House Democratic leadership and my colleagues,” Levin continued. “And I called upon all Americans to give the president a window to make an expeditious decision about his candidacy.” But despite praise for Biden as an “outstanding leader,” and his “deep respect” for the president’s decades of public service, the congressman said he believed it was time for Biden to “pass the torch.” Levin added, “We must prevail against the incalculable threat Donald Trump poses to the American institutions of freedom and democracy. Donald Trump actively seeks a bleak authoritarianism and the

Young Mom Arrested in Connection with 3-Yr-Old Son’s Overdose

A 22-year-old woman was behind bars Friday in connection with the apparent overdose death of her 3-year-old son at a home in Winnetka. Police and paramedics responded at about 11:20 a.m. Thursday to a home in the 20000 block of Sherman Way, where Jestice James found her 3-year-old twin boys “unresponsive,” according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The boys were both taken to a hospital, where one of them was pronounced dead and the other was listed in critical condition, police said. The child who died was identified by the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner as Josiah James, who died at 12:24 p.m. Thursday. The child’s cause of death was pending an autopsy, but an “exam has not yet been scheduled,” according to the Medical Examiner. “Preliminary investigation revealed that the children had ingested, or been exposed to, an unknown substance,” according to an LAPD statement. “The mother and other residents of the home were transported to the LAPD Topanga Community Police Station for questioning.” Jestice James was subsequently arrested on suspicion of murder and was being held in lieu of $2