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South Africa’s Zozibini Tunzi is Crowned Miss Universe 2019

Miss South Africa rules all. Zozibini Tunzi was crowned Miss Universe Sunday night after excelling through rounds of swimsuit and evening gown struts, questions on social issues and one final chance to explain why she was the right choice. “I grew up in a world where a woman who looks like me — with my kind of skin and my kind of hair — was never considered to be beautiful,” she said in her last response. “I think it is time that that stops today. I want children to look at me and see my face and I want them to see their faces reflected in mine.” The two runners-up for the crown were Miss Mexico and Miss Puerto Rico. “If you do not use your beauty for your life’s mission, it’s just an empty ornament,” Sofía Aragón, representing Mexico, said earlier in the competition. Madison Anderson represented Puerto Rico. “Being on the Miss Universe stage is not just a dream” Anderson said. “I believe that I found my mission. It’s a representation of dedication, resilience and perseverance. I do believe my mission is to show the…

The Next Manned Mission to the Moon Could Cost $1.6B Per Launch, NASA Says

After nearly a decade of funneling money into a project to build a gargantuan rocket that NASA hopes will return astronauts to the moon, the launch vehicle is finally assembled and ready for testing. But the rocket, called SLS or Space Launch System, is still haunted by critiques of long delays and cost overruns. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine on Monday revealed his latest guess at how much SLS will cost each time it launches: $800 million per rocket for a bulk order and $1.6 billion if NASA purchases just one, Bridenstine, told CNN Business’ Rachel Crane. That’s just an estimate, Bridenstine noted, because the space agency “needs to sit down with its primary contractor, Boeing, and negotiate the best solution to getting the right mix of the number of rockets and the cost per rocket.” Boeing declined to comment on those negotiations and referred questions to NASA. SLS promises to be the mightiest rocket ever built, able to produce up to 20% more thrust than the Saturn V rocket that powered the Apollo missions 50-or-so years ago. But the project is controversial because Boeing has spent far…

$14M Settlement Reached Months After 2 NorCal Boys Were Electrocuted While Trying to Save Dog in Ditch

The families of two 17-year-old boys who were electrocuted earlier this year while trying to save a dog from a canal have received a $14-million settlement from the water district, according to the agency that owns the canal. Jacob Schneider and Jacob Hourmouzus died April 1 after they jumped into the Weyland Canal in Dixon, Calif., to save a dog they were walking with friends after it either jumped or fell into the ditch. The waterway is owned by the Solano Irrigation District. As the boys were trying to climb out of the water after rescuing the dog, they grabbed a metal railing on a bridge to pull themselves up and were electrocuted, according to reporting by the Sacramento Bee. “This terrible tragedy has devastated our community, the employees and management of the district and all of us who know the families of Jacob Schneider and Jacob Hourmouzus,” Solano Irrigation District officials said in a statement. “The grief, heartache and anguish of the management and employees of our District cannot be adequately underscored.” Read the full story on LATimes.com.

Clint Eastwood Visits With Marines After Advanced Screening of New Film at Camp Pendleton

Actor and director Clint Eastwood visited Camp Pendleton Saturday for an advanced screening of his new film and to visit with Marines, KTLA sister station KSWB in San Diego reported. In an interview shared by officials at the base, Eastwood said he had visited Camp Pendleton multiple times. “It’s changed so much. The base has gotten huge,” he said. “It was nice then and it’s nice now.” Eastwood, who could be seen signing autographs for Marines after the screening, said he had a great appreciation for the Marine Corps. “I see this and I’m proud that I got a chance to play a Marine, even though I’m not qualified to be a Marine at this present time,” Eastwood said. The Academy Award-winning filmmaker’s latest movie, “Richard Jewell,” hits theaters this Friday. View this post on Instagram Clint Eastwood took a moment to sign autographs for Marines and sailors during a visit to Camp Pendleton Saturday. The actor and director also spoke on stage during the trip, which included an advanced screening of his new film. Tap the link in our bio for more. : Juan Martinez…

Man Arrested After Video Captures Apparent Mass Shooting Plot Rehearsal at San Diego Hotel: Police

A man was arrested after authorities received a tip that he had posted videos online that appear to show him pointing weapons and practicing to carry out a mass shooting from a downtown San Diego hotel room. Steven Homoki is seen in a Facebook photo distributed by CNN. Steve Homoki was scheduled to be arraigned Monday, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported. He was arrested last week at his home on suspicion of possessing assault weapons, possessing high capacity magazines and child endangerment, the newspaper said. Homoki, 30, was jailed in lieu of $20,000 bail. It wasn’t known if he has an attorney. Authorities identified Homoki during an investigation that began Dec. 2 when the San Diego Joint Terrorism Task Force received a tip “concerning very distressing Youtube videos threatening firearm violence linked to San Diego,” Lt. Shawn Takeuchi of the San Diego Police Department said in a statement. Following a two-day investigation, authorities served a search warrant at Homoki’s home in the Spring Valley area east of San Diego, seizing “several firearms” and arresting Homoki, police said. In a pair of YouTube videos posted Sept. 17 and…

Man Seriously Burned, Dog Dies After Fire Engulfs Hillside Home In Los Feliz

LOS FELIZ (CBSLA) – A man suffered serious burns and his dog died after a fire engulfed their two-story hillside home in Los Feliz Monday morning. Dec. 9, 2019. (CBS2) The blaze was reported at around 9:45 a.m. in the 3700 block of West Evans Street. Los Angeles Fire Department crews arrived to find the second-floor of the home ablaze. A 27-year-old man with severe burns was rushed to a nearby hospital in serious condition, the fire department said. Firefighters searched the home and found an unresponsive dog. They attempted to resuscitate the dog, but it died on scene. The fire was knocked down within 21 minutes, the fire department reports. It was confined to the top floor of the home. Three other residents reside in the home. None of them were injured. It’s unclear how many people were in the home when the fire broke out. The cause and circumstances of the blaze are under investigation. Firefighters do not believe the home had working fire alarms.

Pete Frates, Man Who Helped Popularize ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Dies at 34

Pete Frates, a former college baseball player whose determined battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease helped inspire the ALS ice bucket challenge that has raised more than $200 million worldwide, died Monday. He was 34. Frates died peacefully, surrounded by his family, they said in a statement. “A natural born leader and the ultimate teammate, Pete was a role model for all, especially young athletes, who looked up to him for his bravery and unwavering positive spirit in the face of adversity,” the family said. “He was a noble fighter who inspired us all to use our talents and strengths in the service of others.” The ice bucket challenge began in 2014 when pro golfer Chris Kennedy challenged his wife’s cousin Jeanette Senerchia, whose husband has ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease after the New York Yankees great who suffered from it. ALS patient Pat Quinn, of Yonkers, New York, picked up on it and started its spread, but when Frates and his family got involved, the phenomenon exploded on social media. The process was simple: Take a bucket of ice water, dump it over…

Orphaned Mountain Lion Cub Getting ‘Feistier Every Day’ at Oakland Zoo

An ailing mountain lion cub rescued last month along with two siblings that died is recovering at the Oakland Zoo and has found a permanent home in Texas, zoo officials said Monday. The severely malnourished and dehydrated cubs were found by a homeowner near Somerset in El Dorado County on Nov. 24 but only two were still alive, the Oakland Zoo said. The cubs, a male and female estimated to be 4 to 6 weeks old, weighed less than four pounds and were covered with fleas and ticks, had parasites and were severely anemic, dehydrated, and malnourished. Dr. Alex Herman performs a routine procedure on an orphaned mountain lion cub in this photo released by the Oakland Zoo on Dec. 9, 2019. (Credit: Steven Gotz) California Department of Fish and Wildlife employees took the cubs to the Oakland Zoo Veterinary Hospital for treatment but the female cub passed away hours after arriving. The surviving male cub has gained three pounds and “is getting feistier every day,” said Alex Herman, the hospital director. Once he is strong enough, he will take up permanent residence at El…

Man Arrested After Video Captures Mass Shooting Plot Rehearsal at San Diego Hotel: Police

A man was arrested after authorities received a tip that he had posted videos online that appear to show him pointing weapons and practicing to carry out a mass shooting from a downtown San Diego hotel room. Steve Homoki was scheduled to be arraigned Monday, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported. He was arrested last week at his home on suspicion of possessing assault weapons, possessing high capacity magazines and child endangerment, the newspaper said. Homoki, 30, was jailed in lieu of $20,000 bail. It wasn’t known if he has an attorney. Authorities identified Homoki during an investigation that began Dec. 2 when the San Diego Joint Terrorism Task Force received a tip “concerning very distressing Youtube videos threatening firearm violence linked to San Diego,” Lt. Shawn Takeuchi of the San Diego Police Department said in a statement. Following a two-day investigation, authorities served a search warrant at Homoki’s home in the Spring Valley area east of San Diego, seizing “several firearms” and arresting Homoki, police said. In a pair of YouTube videos posted Sept. 17 and 18, a man can be seen inside a hotel room pointing…

SoCal Expected to Dry Out This Week After Rainy, Snowy Start to December

Southern California will get a chance to dry out this week after a string of storms dumped rain and snow across the region over the last few weeks. “Basically, we’ve got an area of high pressure moving in from the West, and it’s deflecting the storms to the north,” said David Sweet, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard. The weather is expected to stay dry through at least Sunday, forecasts show. Temperatures are also expected to warm up later in the week, with highs in the mid-60s to lower-70s on Friday and Saturday, according to the weather service. The shift follows several storms that brought widespread rain and snow to higher elevations, pushing precipitation totals above normal in many areas on the heels of the wettest November in nearly a decade. (Credit: Los Angeles Times) Read the full story on LATimes.com. 

Man Seriously Burned After Fire Engulfs Hillside Home In Los Feliz

LOS FELIZ (CBSLA) – A man suffered serious burns and a dog was found unresponsive after a fire engulfed two-story hillside home in Los Feliz Monday morning. Dec. 9, 2019. (CBS2) The blaze was reported at around 9:45 a.m. in the 3700 block of West Evans Street. Los Angeles Fire Department crews arrived to find the second-floor of the home ablaze. A 27-year-old man with severe burns was rushed to a nearby hospital in serious condition, the fire department said. Firefighters searched the home and found an unresponsive dog, who they were attempting to resuscitate on scene. The fire was knocked down within 21 minutes, the fire department reports. It was confined to the top floor of the home. The cause and circumstances of the fire are under investigation.

‘I Feel At Peace With The Whole Thing’: Brandon Routh On ‘DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow’ & Playing Superman Again

(CBS Local)– “DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow” has been an important chapter in actor Brandon Routh’s career. He’s had the opportunity to work alongside his wife Courtney Ford and hone his comedic skills. On top of that, Routh will also get the chance to put on the Superman cape again during the crossover and Crisis on Infinite Earths. Routh played the iconic superhero in the 2006 film “Superman Returns” and is excited to play the role again after some important life experience. “I did it and it was done, but it was never fully done for me” said Routh in an interview with CBS Local’s DJ Sixsmith. “There was always that unresolved bit of it. I did that experience and I was 24 or 25 at the time and very naive. I thought this would be my future for a couple of films. That didn’t happen the way that I planned. I had a lot of time dealing with that perceived future that didn’t happen the way that I had intended it to. Now I step back into the suit and the role with the maturity that…

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