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More than 900 students, staff in 1 Georgia school district quarantined after 1st week of classes

A Georgia school district has quarantined more than 900 students and staff members because of possible exposure to the coronavirus since classes resumed this last week. The Cherokee County School District outside Atlanta said it would also temporarily shut down a hard-hit high school in which a widely shared photo showed dozens of maskless students posing together. The district serves more than 42,000 students. A district spokeswoman says the district anticipated the possibility of positive tests among students and staff and put a system in place to quickly contact trace and mandate quarantines. News of the quarantines came a day after Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp said that the reopening of some of the state’s schools amid the coronavirus outbreak has gone well with the exception of the viral photos of students crowded together without masks. Other Atlanta-area school districts scrapped in-person learning amid a spike in cases of COVID-19 in Georgia.

LA County Surpasses 5K Coronavirus Deaths, 211K Cases

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The Los Angeles County Department of Health Tuesday reported 1,440 newly confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus and 63 additional virus-related deaths, bringing countywide totals to 211,808 cases and 5,057 deaths. People wait in line at a walk-up coronavirus testing location in Los Angeles, California, Aug. 10 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Robyn Beck/AFP-Getty) “L.A. County has hit a tragic milestone today — more than 5,000 of our friends, family, neighbors and co-workers have died because of COVID-19,” Dr. Barbara Ferrer, county public health director, said. “This is heartbreaking and reminds us of the human toll of this pandemic. Our hearts go out to the many families that have lost a love one to this pandemic.” Of the 63 newly reported deaths, 31 were over the age of 80, 16 were between the ages of 65 and 79, 13 were between the ages of 50 and 64 and one person was between the ages of 18 and 29. “One of the deaths we are reporting today is of a young adult under the age of 29,” Ferrer said. “This is…

Quake Swarm Under Salton Sea Increases Chances Of Bigger Earthquake Over Next 7 Days

SALTON CITY (CBSLA) — A swarm of minor earthquakes underneath the Salton Sea have increased the possibility of an even stronger temblor due to its close proximity to the San Andreas Fault, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. (credit: USGS) Dozens of minor earthquakes, ranging from 2.0 to 4.6, shook the Salton Sea Monday. The swarm of earthquakes were centered about 8 miles from the southern end of the San Andreas Fault. Earthquake swarms are not unusual in this area and have been previously recorded in 2001, 2009 and 2016, according to the USGS. Previously, such swarms remain active for up to 20 days, with an average duration of about a week. In all likelihood, the USGS says there is 80% chance that the earthquakes will continue, but will decrease and none of them will exceed a magnitude-5.4 within the next seven days. However, there is also a 19% chance of a bigger earthquake, between a 5.5 or 6.9, and in the least likely scenario, there is a 1% chance of a magnitude-7.0 or higher earthquake within the next seven days. The USGS says they…

‘Kamala Harris Will Help Joe Biden Unite The American People’: Garcetti, Other LA Officials React To Biden’s Running Mate Pick

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Joe Biden announced he has chosen California Senator Kamala Harris to be his running mate heading into November’s presidential election, adding his former rival for the Democratic nomination to the ticket. Harris, 55, edged out former National Security Advisor Susan Rice and Los Angeles Rep. Karen Bass, was among those being vetted for a spot on the ticket. “I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked (Harris) — a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants — as my running mate,” Biden announced via his Twitter page. Harris is the first Black and South Asian woman to run on the ticket of a major political party. Biden vowed during a primary debate in March that he would pick a woman as his running mate. Following the announcement, Harris wrote on Twitter: “Joe Biden can unify the American people because he’s spent his life fighting for us. And as president, he’ll build an America that lives up to our ideals. I’m honored to join him as our party’s nominee for vice president, and do…

Biden Picks Kamala Harris As His VP Running Mate

Share this article:California Sen. Kamala Harris was chosen Tuesday as presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s vice presidential running mate, a selection that quickly earned rave reviews among Southland Democrats. “I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked (Harris) — a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants — as my running mate,” Biden announced via his Twitter page. Harris, 55, is the first Black and South Asian woman to run on the ticket of a major political party. Biden vowed during a primary debate in March that he would pick a woman as his running mate. After the selection was announced, Harris wrote on Twitter: “Joe Biden can unify the American people because he’s spent his life fighting for us. And as president, he’ll build an America that lives up to our ideals. I’m honored to join him as our party’s nominee for vice president, and do what it takes to make him our commander-in-chief.” The selection ended hopes of Rep. Karen Bass, D-Los Angeles, of becoming the vice presidential candidate. She was among those…

Pac-12 Postpones Football, Other Fall Sports Due to COVID-19

Share this article:The Pac-12 Conference canceled the fall sports season Tuesday due to health concerns from the coronavirus pandemic. The decision leaves USC and UCLA football fans in the lurch for now, but officials said that when conditions improve, they would consider a return to competition for impacted sports after Jan. 1, 2021, raising the possibility that the football season could be played in the spring. Student-athletes at all 12 conference schools will continue to have their scholarships guaranteed. “On March 12, I wrote what I called the hardest message I’ve ever had to deliver in 35+ years as an administrator to our student-athletes, coaches, and staff informing them that winter championships and spring seasons were canceled,” Trojans Athletics Director Mike Bonin said. “Nearly five months to the day, our hearts again ache for our student-athletes, coaches, staff, alumni, and fans with the postponement of all sport competitions through the end of the calendar year. Another incomprehensible consequence of an unprecedented time. We wanted to play, we wanted to coach, and we still hope for the opportunity to do both when conditions improve. “In listening…

Family sues LAPD officer accused of fondling dead woman’s breasts

A Los Angeles police officer accused of fondling a dead woman was sued Tuesday by her family, court documents show. The lawsuit accuses Officer David Rojas of fondling Elizabeth Baggett’s breasts and “feeling her nipples, without limitation,” as well as showing the body camera video of it to others. The lawsuit alleges invasion of privacy, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligence, mishandling of human remains and other offenses. Baggett’s family filed the lawsuit against the city, Rojas and defendants Does 1-20 in Los Angeles Superior Court, seeking unspecified damages in a jury trial. Rojas, who has been on the force for four years, remains employed by the Los Angeles Police Department. But he has been suspended, LAPD spokesman Officer Mike Chan said. The department did not have a comment on the lawsuit, which does not name the agency as a defendant. Rojas allegedly touched Baggett’s breast while he was alone in the room with the corpse on Oct. 20. He and his partner had responded to the home where she died. Rojas had allegedly disabled his LAPD body camera, but the act was caught on…

Poll finds most Latinos haven’t heard of ‘Latinx’ and only 3% use the term

The term “Latinx” has been embraced by 3% of Latinos in the United States, according to the first major poll on the topic by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center, which closely tracks “Hispanic/Latino” demographic and social trends. The study, released Tuesday, also found that roughly three out of four Latinos in the U.S. hadn’t even heard of the term. The Pew findings suggest that Latinx has a significant way to go before it enters fully generalized usage in the United States, despite its enthusiastic embrace at colleges and universities, in liberal corporate discourse, some news media outlets, Hollywood and among recent presidential primary candidates such as Elizabeth Warren and Julián Castro. Among those who had heard of Latinx, 33% said it should be used to describe the Hispanic or Latino population, while 65% said it should not be used. Researchers also found that people in the United States still prefer to self-identify as “Hispanic” (61%) followed by “Latino” (29%) or their country of origin. Pew interviewed 3,030 U.S. Hispanic or Latino adults, ages 18 to 65 and older, in December 2019. The survey was conducted bilingually and was “nationally…

Newsom has a chance to appoint history-making senator after Kamala Harris is selected as Biden’s VP pick

With California Sen. Kamala Harris now cemented as Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s running mate, Gov. Gavin Newsom could soon face the politically perilous decision of whom to select as her replacement in the U.S. Senate. The appointment promises to be one of the most consequential of his political career, both in California and in regard to any ambitions he may have for the White House. And it puts him at risk of upsetting some of the most powerful forces within the Democratic Party no matter what he decides. During a time of national reflection over the pervasive inequities and injustices suffered by Black Americans, Newsom will face significant pressure to appoint a Black woman to replace Harris. Harris is only the second Black woman in the nation’s history to serve in the U.S. Senate. Conversely, an open seat would provide Newsom an opportunity to make history by appointing California’s first Latino senator. Though Latino public officials have ascended to other positions of power in California over the last two decades, the state’s most coveted political prizes — its two U.S. Senate seats and the…

Pac-12, Big Ten call off fall football seasons amid coronavirus concerns

The Big Ten and Pac-12 called off their fall football seasons on Tuesday because of concerns about COVID-19, taking two of college football’s five power conferences out of a crumbling season. Five months after the first spikes in coronavirus cases in the U.S. led to the cancellation of the NCAA basketball tournament, the still raging pandemic has begun tearing down a sport that generates billion of dollars for the schools that compete in it. Despite pleas from players, coaches and President Donald Trump in recent days to play on, 40% of major college football teams have now decided to punt on a fall season. The Big Ten’s announcement, that it was postponing all fall sports and hoping to make them up in the second semester, came first Tuesday afternoon. An hour later the Pac-12, the Big Ten’s Rose Bowl partner, called a news conference to say that all sports in its conference would be paused until Jan. 1, including basketball. “This was an extremely difficult and painful decision that we know will have important impacts on our student-athletes, coaches, administrators and our fans,” Pac-12 Commissioner…

‘Kamala Harris Will Help Joe Biden Unite The American People’: Garcetti, Other LA Officials React To Biden’s Running Mate

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Joe Biden announced he has chosen California Senator Kamala Harris to be his running mate heading into November’s presidential election, adding his former rival for the Democratic nomination to the ticket. Harris, 55, edged out former National Security Advisor Susan Rice and Los Angeles Rep. Karen Bass, was among those being vetted for a spot on the ticket. “I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked (Harris) — a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants — as my running mate,” Biden announced via his Twitter page. Harris is the first Black and South Asian woman to run on the ticket of a major political party. Biden vowed during a primary debate in March that he would pick a woman as his running mate. Following the announcement, Harris wrote on Twitter: “Joe Biden can unify the American people because he’s spent his life fighting for us. And as president, he’ll build an America that lives up to our ideals. I’m honored to join him as our party’s nominee for vice president, and do…

Pac-12, Big Ten Pull Plug On Fall Football Season Due To Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA/AP) — UCLA and USC fans won’t get a chance to cheer on their teams anytime soon after the Pac-12 Conference canceled the fall sports season Tuesday due to health concerns from the coronavirus pandemic. While the decision means both universities and 10 others will have to go without any fall season sports in the near term, officials did indicate that should unspecified conditions improve, they may consider a return to competition for impacted sports after Jan. 1, 2021 – a spring season for football. Despite the move, student-athletes at all 12 conference schools will continue to have their scholarships guaranteed. “In listening to our Pac-12 Medical Advisory Committee present the latest data over the past few days, it became abundantly clear that, despite our gargantuan efforts locally and as a conference, there is too much uncertainty to move forward with athletics practices and competitions at this time,” said Trojans Athletics Director Mike Bonin. According to UCLA Athletics Director Martin Jarmond, the school “is in complete support of today’s decision by the Pac-12 CEO Group to postpone all sport competitions through the end…

Firefighter Hospitalized In Brush Fire Near 118 Freeway In Chatsworth

CHATSWORTH (CBSLA) – A small brush fire shut down several lanes of the 118 Freeway in Chatsworth Tuesday and ended with a firefighter in the hospital. Aug. 11, 2020. (CBSLA) The Peak Fire was reported before 11:30 a.m. near the 118 Freeway at Rocky Peak Road. The fire was burning three acres as of noon, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. California Highway Patrol shut down several westbound lanes of the 118 Freeway, west of Topanga Canyon Boulevard. It’s unclear if the fire was threatening any structures. The city and county of L.A. Fire Departments, along with the Ventura County Fire Department were battling the blaze on the ground and in the air. One firefighter has been taken to a hospital in fair condition for heat-related exertion.

5 Wounded After Gunfire Erupts At Warehouse Party In Harbor-Gateway

HARBOR-GATEWAY (CBSLA) – A large party at a warehouse in an industrial area in the South Los Angeles County neighborhood of Harbor-Gateway came to an abrupt end in the early morning hours Tuesday when dozens of shots rang out, wounding five people. Aug. 11, 2020. (CBSLA) An estimated 150 people were at Cutting Edge Productions, located in the 22900 block of Lockness Avenue, when there was a fight and then shots rang out sometime around 12:30 a.m. Los Angeles police officers responded to find three women and two men with gunshot wounds. They were taken to hospitals in stable condition. The victims ranged in age from 20 to 39, police said. “The five victims were transported to local area hospitals here in the Harbor area,” LAPD Capt. Jay Mastick told reporters. “All five were treated. One was in serious condition but is now in stable condition. All the victims are expected to be OK.” At least 50 rounds were fired. “There are dozens and dozens of casings from rounds that were fired at least from two different guns,” LAPD Det. Meghan Aguilar told CBSLA. Investigators…

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