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Ship leaking tons of oil off island nation of Mauritius has split apart

The grounded Japanese ship that leaked tons of oil near protected areas off the Indian Ocean island nation of Mauritius has split apart, officials said Saturday, with remaining fuel spreading into the turquoise waters. Photos posted on social media by the official cleanup effort with support of the environment ministry show the ship in two pieces, “and the tugboats are already at work.” Oil barriers were in place and a skimmer ship was nearby. Most if not all the remaining 3,000 tons of fuel had been pumped off the ship in the past week as environmental groups warned that the damage to coral reefs and once-pristine coastal areas could be irreversible. The MV Wakashio struck a reef on July 25 and its hull began to crack after days of pounding waves. Some 1,000 tons of fuel began to leak on Aug. 6. The Mauritius government is under pressure to explain why immediate action wasn’t taken to empty the ship of its fuel. Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth earlier blamed bad weather for the slow response. Owner Nagashiki Shipping has said “residual” amounts of fuel remained on the ship…

Flash flood warning issued for Northeastern L.A. County amid heavy rain, thunderstorms

A flash flood warning was issued Saturday for Northeastern Los Angeles County due to heavy rain and thunderstorms in the Antelope Valley area, forecasters said. The warning is in effect until 3 p.m., with the Llano and Lake Los Angeles areas expected to experience flooding, according to the National Weather Service. “Flash flooding is ongoing or expected to begin shortly, especially over highways 138 and 18 near Llano,” NWS said in a 1 p.m. alert. Officials said streets, underpasses, small creeks and other low lying areas could flood. Radars detected thunderstorm activity “rapidly developing” in northeast area of San Gabriel mountains near Big Pines, extending into adjacent foothills of Antelope Valley around noon. Thunderstorms are detected on #GOES17 & lightning detection (blue) at 130pm. You can see a definite increase in activity across the San Gabriel Mountains & the Antelope Valley, including plume growth from the #LakeFire. Storms remain active in #SLOCounty also. #CAwx #TADD #LArain pic.twitter.com/yBxpJNgvwo— NWS Los Angeles (@NWSLosAngeles) August 15, 2020 At the time, weather officials said the conditions, along with very gusty and erratic winds, could mean dry lightning that may…

Beverly Hills Man Arrested In Connection With Series Of Sexual Assaults

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Authorities on Saturday announced the arrest of a 39-year-old resident of Beverly Hills suspected in a series of sexual assaults. Kamran Syed stands accused of targeting intoxicated women at bars and nightclubs and sexually assaulting them, according to Beverly Hills police. In a news release, police said that the alleged assaults occurred between 2017 to 2020, and the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office as a result has filed six felony counts against Syed. He remains in custody, with bail set at $1.5 million, authorities said. Police suspect Syed may have other alleged victims. Anyone with more information was asked to contact the Beverly Hills Police Department at (310) 285-2125.

Texas mom recreates classroom at home for daughter with Autism

Virtual learning is something new and can be stressful for parents — especially for parents with special needs children. 10-year-old Selah Adame One Texas mother recreated her daughter’s special ed classroom at home. Ten-year-old Selah Adame has autism and is about to start the fifth grade. Selah Adame gave sister station KTSM a tour of her at-home classroom, pointing out the highlights of the space. “That pink tree, that music thingy, because they have it in the school,” she said. Her mother tried to make the at-home classroom similar to the one her daughter learned in at school. “It’s set up so she has a sensory room in her actual classroom, so I’ve tried to kind of emulate that in our house,” said Lizette Adame, Selah’s mother. “So she has that area where it can be soothing and calming with soft music in the background, and a lot of dimming lights. She likes pink a lot, so I’ve tried to do that.” However, she says hours spent in front of the computer will be difficult for her daughter, who has autism and ADHD. “To be…

Habitat for Humanity O.C. dedicates new homes to 3 families in Fullerton

Saturday marked the first day three Orange County families cut ribbons and stepped into their newly built homes in Fullerton. All three families were set up with affordable mortgages to pay for the houses from Habitat for Humanity of Orange County, which has built more than 200 homes for families in the county since 1988. “Just seeing him running around the whole house, it’s everything,” Gilbert Garcia said, pointing at his young son. “My girls, they’re gonna have their own room and we’re going to be stable, that’s the biggest thing that we have, thanks to Habitat.” His wife, Ana Gomez, said the home will be the family’s first. “This is a very, very happy day for us. It’s a day we’ve been looking forward to,” she said. Chip Yost reports from Fullerton for the KTLA 5 News on Aug. 15, 2020.

Video: Ventura County firefighters take off running when bull shows up on their way to Lake Fire

Firefighters face fear all the time, but this was something different. Southern California crews battling the Lake Fire on Friday were chased by a bull — known locally as Ferdinand — while they cleared a road. “#LakeFire Ferdinand the Bull wasn’t clowning around,” the Ventura County Fire Department tweeted. “Luckily no one was injured and #Ferdinand went about his day.” The tweet included a short video clip of a handful of helmeted firemen steering clear of the bull’s wide horns. Some residents on Twitter suggested the bull is actually one called Maxwell and that, regardless, the animal was probably just scared by the blaze near Lake Hughes. Late Friday, an Instagram account for L.A. County firefighters posted an image of a bull similar to the one shown in the Ventura County Fire Department video with the message, “This sweet boy is safe and resting comfortably.” The Lake Fire continues to burn amid a heat wave Saturday after exploding mid-week in the Lake Hughes area of northwest L.A. County. Authorities have not reported any injuries to firefighters but said the blaze has destroyed at least six…

Surging demand has sewing machine sellers scrambling

The Clorox wipes shortage continues to hog the attention, but there’s another product that’s been hard to find on store shelves over the past four months because of coronavirus: sewing machines. Sellers are doing everything they can to keep up with a sudden surge in demand, but they still can’t keep pace. While homebound families looking for ways to fill the time are turning to old-school crafting activities like sewing, a more obvious trigger for the sewing boom is the coronavirus-fueled necessity for face masks. “The sewing fervor really erupted in April, almost immediately after the CDC said everyone should wear face masks,” said Jeff Fuller, vice president of marketing for Tacony Corporation. “It was a Friday when the new guidelines were announced. By Monday, we saw the largest spike in sewing machine demand we’ve ever seen.” Tacony Corp., in St. Louis, Missouri is a wholesale supplier of Baby Lock sewing machines to hundreds of independent sellers nationwide. Fuller said demand jumped “five to eight times” in April. In recent months, he said, the surge has calmed somewhat but the run on all kinds of sewing machines — from…

Man, 94, Reunited With Family After Going Missing In Hollywood

UPDATE AS OF 12:40PM: Leonard Nynik was located safely and has been reunited with his family. HOLLYWOOD (CBSLA) — Authorities on Saturday were searching for a 94-year-old man who was last seen in Hollywood Friday. Leonard Nynik was seen last in the 1300 block of N. Detroit Street. His family is very concerned for his safety and described him as 5-foot-6 with gray hair and blue eyes. He weighs 170 pounds and was wearing a blue striped shirt and blue shorts. Anyone with information as to Nynik’s whereabouts was asked to contact the LAPD Hollywood Division Detectives at (213) 972-2967 or (213) 972-2971.

2nd stimulus checks: Where lawmakers stand halfway through August

As of now, there are no plans on the table for lawmakers to act on President Donald Trump’s goal of an even larger second direct payment to Americans. Both Republicans and Democrats agree it makes sense to send $1,200 checks to help boost the bank accounts of families, but they can’t come to a consensous on a larger coronavirus aid package. And with negotiations stalled out, that means it’s possible no additional direct payments are on the way. As we entered the weekend, both sides continued to play the blame game rather than make any serious moves to try to break their stalemate. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pressed the case for funding for the U.S. Postal Service, rental assistance, food aid and rapid testing for the virus at her weekly press event, blasting Republicans as not giving a damn and declaring flatly that “people will die” if the delay grinds into September. “Perhaps you mistook them for somebody who gave a damn,” Pelosi said when asked if she should accept a smaller COVID-19 rescue package rather than endure weeks of possible gridlock. “That isn’t the case.” On Friday,…

Douglas Emhoff could become ‘America’s 1st second gentleman’

After Sen. Kamala Harris made her campaign debut as Joe Biden’s vice presidential pick on Wednesday, she posed for pictures with her husband, Douglas Emhoff, who would also make history if the ticket is elected in November. While Harris has shattered political barriers by becoming the first Black and Indian American woman joining a major party ticket, her husband would also represent a change in political and gender norms if he becomes the first male spouse of a vice president. “Doug, you’re going to have to learn what it means to be a barrier-breaker yourself in this job you’re about to take on: America’s first second gentleman,” Biden said at his first joint appearance with Harris in Wilmington, Delaware, on Wednesday. Emhoff, a successful entertainment lawyer, was a mostly quiet and supportive presence on the campaign trail when Harris was running for president. He shied away from the spotlight, and was often seen backstage or at the edge of the crowd at Harris’ events sporting a “Kamala” T-shirt. But he is active on social media, with his supporters calling themselves the #DougHive, modeled after Harris’ supporters and the #KHive. “Cueing to other voters, in…

Vacation spots, salons, youth sports leagues asking people to sign coronavirus waivers

Add paperwork to the list of things that the coronavirus pandemic has added or changed in your life. Some vacation spots, salons and a range of other service providers are asking consumers to waive any legal claim they might have if they’re sickened with COVID-19 while at the business. Walt Disney World warns visitors that they “voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure of COVID-19” in a disclaimer on their website, and requires visitors reserving tickets to acknowledge its COVID-19 liability waiver and assumption of risk. President Donald Trump’s campaign had people sign a coronavirus liability waiver before attending a June rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Some university students are signing similar declarations on housing contracts, saying either they assume the risk of getting infected or the college won’t be held liable if they do. Hair salons, golf courses and youth sports leagues are doing it, too. Can these waivers prevent people from successfully suing businesses for getting sick? It will depend on many factors. Why we’re seeing waivers for a disease First, know that liability waivers for general injury are nothing new. Think of waivers you might have signed before playing sports or going indoor rock climbing,…

Lake Fire: Threat to Lake Hughes area remains as battle against 23-square-mile blaze continues amid heat wave

Many communities in northwest Los Angeles County remain at risk as a destructive brush fire that erupted in the Lake Hughes area mid-week continues to burn Saturday. The so-called Lake Fire has charred 14,714 acres or about 23 square miles, much of it in the Angeles National Forest, the L.A. County Fire Department said. That’s about 2,700 acres smaller than previously estimated. The blaze has destroyed at least six structures and was 12% contained as firefighting efforts entered the weekend, according to the U.S. Forest Service. Crews continue to assess damages to the affected communities. With hot, dry and windy conditions expected to persist, authorities said the following communities remain under evacuation orders: Lake Hughes Road, west of Pine Canyon and north of Dry Gulch RoadEast of Ridge Route RoadWest of Lake Hughes Road and Fire Station 78North of Pine Canyon and Lake Hughes RoadSouth of State Route 138 The following roads were still closed Saturday morning: San Francisquito Canyon Road from Stater Lane to Spunky CanyonThree Points Road from Highway 138 to Pine CanyonOld Ridge Route from Highway 138 to Pine CanyonLake Hughes Road…

Loved Ones Very Concerned After Man, 94, Goes Missing In Hollywood

HOLLYWOOD (CBSLA) — Authorities on Saturday were searching for a 94-year-old man who was last seen in Hollywood Friday. Leonard Nynik was seen last in the 1300 block of N. Detroit Street. His family is very concerned for his safety and described him as 5-foot-6 with gray hair and blue eyes. He weighs 170 pounds and was wearing a blue striped shirt and blue shorts. Anyone with information as to Nynik’s whereabouts was asked to contact the LAPD Hollywood Division Detectives at (213) 972-2967 or (213) 972-2971.

Man Sought On Suspicion Of Arson In Connection With 1,400-Acre Azusa Fire

AZUSA (CBSLA) — Authorities were searching for a 36-year-old man experiencing homelessness who stands accused of starting the Ranch 2 fire in Azusa that scorched 1,400 acres. Police say Osmin Palencia was last seen in the Azusa Canyon riverbed and is believed to be violent. Authorities urged the public to call police if Palencia is spotted. Evacuation orders for the area have been lifted, though containment for the fire stood at around three percent. The Ranch 2 Fire was reported about 2:45 p.m. Thursday near North San Gabriel Canyon Road and North Ranch Road, according to authorities. The following roads remain closed: • San Gabriel Canyon Road/Highway 39: Northbound Highway 39 is closed at Sierra Madre Ave. and Southbound Highway 39 is closed at East Fork Rd. • Glendora Mountain Rd: closed from Big Dalton to East Fork • Glendora Ridge Rd: Closed from Glendora Mountain Rd to Mt. Baldy Rd • Santa Anita Canyon Rd: Closed from Arno Dr to Chantry Flats Rd Anyone with information about Palencia’s whereabouts was encouraged to contact the Azusa Police Department at 626-812-3200.

Residents Throughout SoCal Report Increase In Package Delays From USPS

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Residents throughout Southern California have reported an increase in delays from the U.S. Postal Service. “It is very frustrating. I don’t like getting calls from customers saying, ‘Where’s my merchandise,’ ” said Armano Perales who explained that he has received a lot of recent calls referencing delays in packages. Perales is a manager for Classic Lamp Parts in Long Beach, a wholesale distributor to the lighting industry across the U.S. Like so many other businesses and people, they’re experiencing problems with the USPS. “A customer notified us on Thursday that they got their package a week after they were shipped. It was supposed to be there in two days. Another customer says it’s been two weeks and still not delivered,” he said. “It’s affecting business.” Mail service has been disrupted across the country because of a number of reasons. The USPS had already been suffering financially for years. Then, it got another blow from the coronavirus pandemic. Now, the USPS is having to adjust to cost-cutting measures put in place by its new Postmaster General, along with a recent controversy over…

Officials Revise Acres Burned in Lake Hughes Fire from 17,842 to 14,714

Share this article:Officials revised the number of acres burned in a fire near Lake Hughes Saturday from 17,842 to 14,714 and attributed the change to better mapping. Nonetheless, the containment figure for the Lake Fire remained at 12%, Cal Fire reported. “Improved infrared mapping of the fire perimeter revealed a decrease in acreage burned,” the Los Angeles County Fire Department reported. The blaze has destroyed six structures and damaged three others as firefighters prepared to battle flames in extreme heat and low humidity throughout the weekend. No injuries have been reported. The multi-agency effort had 1,563 personnel battling the blaze, according to the U.S. Forest Service, along with three helicopters, five water tenders and 173 engines. Evacuations remained in effect for the following areas: Lake Hughes Road West of Pine Canyon and north of Dry Gulch Road, east of Ridge Route Road, west of Lake Hughes Road and Fire Station 78, north of Pine Canyon and Lake Hughes Road, and south of SR-138. An evacuation site was established at Highland High School, at 39055 25th St. W in Palmdale, according to the American Red Cross.…

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