Red Lobster and Flavor Flav team up for Crabfest announcement

Red Lobster is making it known that they are here to stay by teaming up with rapper Flavor Flav to announce the return of Crabfest. After the chain revealed it filed for bankruptcy in May, Flavor Flav took to social media to share that he had visited a Red Lobster location and ordered the whole menu in an attempt to save the popular restaurant. After the chain revealed it filed for bankruptcy in May, Flavor Flav took to social media to share that he had visited a Red Lobster location and ordered the whole menu in an attempt to save the popular restaurant. (Red Lobster) Reports: Red Lobster’s management issues led to bankruptcy “We love seeing our fans show up and rally for us, so when Flavor Flav reached out, we answered the call and invited him to join us in reminding fans we’re here to stay,” Sara Bittorf, chief experience officer at Red Lobster, said in a statement. During Crabfest, guests can order a full pound of steamed wild-caught crab legs with the flavor options or simply steamed. Red Lobster is also offering new

Harvard researchers suggest aliens may live among us, underground or on moon

A recent legitimization of reports of Unidentified Anomalous Phenomena — commonly called UAPs and formerly referred to as UFOs — has brought more eyeballs to the possibility of extraterrestrial life. While a long-awaited government report issued earlier this year “found no evidence of aliens or extraterrestrial intelligence,” as reported by the Associated Press, two professors from Harvard University and a colleague at Montana Technological University suggested humanity may just be looking in the wrong places. Instead, reality could be something similar to science fiction movies like 1988’s “They Live,” in which special glasses allow a man to see the aliens who’ve disguised themselves as humans and live in plain sight. “UAP may reflect activities of intelligent beings concealed in stealth here on Earth (e.g., underground), and/or its near environs (e.g., the moon), and/or even ‘walking among us’ (e.g., passing as humans),” wrote Tim Lomas and Brendan Case of Harvard’s Human Flourishing Program and biological anthropology professor Michael P. Masters of MTU in a report this month. “Although this idea is likely to be regarded [skeptically] by most scientists, such are the nature of some UAP

What happens in a dog’s brain when they hear fireworks

Even though personal fireworks are illegal in many cities, we know many people ignore the law around the July 4th holiday weekend. This means the sight and sound of crackling bottle rockets, Roman candles, flowers and sparklers – legal or illegal – will echo through neighborhoods for several nights, which poses a unique risk to dogs. There are two main reasons why man’s best friend is easily spooked by fireworks. The first is the most obvious: Fireworks are loud. “Dogs have exceptional hearing,” Purina explains. “If a dog comes running to the sound of a crinkling food wrapper from a different part of the house, you can imagine how sensitive they are to firecrackers.“ Smithsonian digs a little deeper. “Dogs hear more than twice as many frequencies as humans, and they can also hear sounds roughly four times further away. Reacting to every sound would demand too much energy, and so dog brains must determine which sounds are significant and which can be tuned out.” Fireworks, Smithsonian explains, are easily perceived as a threat by dogs which triggers survival instincts that make them anxious and

Best Meta Quest deals and bundles in June 2024

By Jason R. Rich Edited By Leslie Gornstein June 13, 2024 / 2:40 PM EDT / Essentials CBS Essentials is created independently of the CBS News editorial staff. We may receive commissions from some links to products on this page. Promotions are subject to availability and retailer terms. Meta Right now, Amazon is offering some impressive, money-saving deals on the latest Meta Quest systems and accessories. So, if you’ve been thinking about taking your gaming experiences to a new level of fun and realism, now’s a great time to purchase a Meta Quest system. If you want to experience the ultimate in immersive virtual experiences and the latest in what virtual reality and augmented reality has to offer, you’ll want either the Meta Quest 2 or Meta Quest 3 headset.  Best deals on Meta Quest systems and bundles in June 2024 Our in-house team of deal seeking experts has discovered the best deals you can snag right now on a Meta Quest system or bundle. Here are some of the best deals we’ve discovered that are available right now. Meta Quest 2 (128GB): $199 (20%

Florida tourism board approves Walt Disney World expansion plans, ending Disney-DeSantis feud

A special Florida district that governs Walt Disney World Resort has voted unanimously to approve the company’s plans for expansion, officially ending the years-long feud between the House of Mouse and Fla. Gov. Ron DeSantis. The Central Florida Tourism Oversight District voted Wednesday in favor of Walt Disney Co.’s proposal to expand its theme park complex in Orlando, including an $8-billion investment during the first 10 years and up to $17 billion over the next 10 to 20 years. The expansion is part of a major investment spree by the Burbank media and entertainment giant into its so-called “experiences” division, which is largely comprised of its theme park empire around the world. Disneyland Resort in Anaheim is expected to expand as well, with an investment of at least $1.9 billion. At Wednesday’s meeting, local tourism executives and board members alike praised the benefits of the proposal and its potential economic effect on the state. “Walt Disney World is inextricably intertwined in the fabric of the state of Florida, and the success of Walt Disney World is the success of Central Florida,” board member Brian Aungst

He got out of prison, then robbed a bank the next day, authorities say

Eric Walter Gray had been out of prison for just one day when he allegedly committed a crime that would land him right back in custody. Federal authorities say the 53-year-old took three employees hostage while robbing an Anaheim bank last month. After he was arrested, they say, he wrote the bank workers an apology note. On Wednesday, Gray, who has a lengthy criminal history, was charged in a federal indictment with bank robbery and forced accompaniment, according to the U.S. attorney’s office for the Central District of California. “One day after his release from prison, this defendant allegedly chose to return to crime,” U.S. Atty. Martin Estrada said in a news release. “My office will continue its efforts to prosecute and punish violent recidivist criminals who harm our community.” Gray’s federal public defender did not respond to a request for comment. Since 1993, Gray has been in and out of prison for various crimes, including narcotics-related offenses, robbery, petty theft and burglary, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Authorities say his past crimes also include sexual battery and grand theft auto.

Ukrainian family of slain ‘Rust’ filmmaker again sues Alec Baldwin, other producers

“Rust” cinematographer Halyna Hutchins’ Ukrainian family members have renewed their legal fight against actor Alec Baldwin and other producers following her 2021 death on the set of the low-budget western movie. Hutchins’ mother, Olga Solovey; father, Anatolii Androsovych; and sister Svetlana Zemko — who all live near the Ukranian capital of Kyiv— last week filed a civil negligence lawsuit in Santa Fe, N.M. The June 5 suit contends Hutchins’ death was caused by reckless behavior by producer-star Baldwin as well as the film’s producers, production managers and several crew members, who all were named as defendants. Baldwin was pointing his Colt .45 revolver at Hutchins, 42, who was standing less than four feet away, when the gun discharged, authorities said. Baldwin did not realize the gun’s chamber held a live bullet. Film industry protocols forbid real ammunition on sets, and the “Rust” assistant director had announced that the weapon was “cold,” meaning that it contained no ammunition. Hutchins died from her wounds. The film’s director, Joel Souza, was injured by the same bullet but survived. “The fact that live ammunition was allowed on a movie

LA28 Names TV Veteran Maria Arena Bell as Chair of Cultural Olympiad

Maria Arena Bell, an Emmy-winning writer, producer and arts leader, was selected as chair of the LA28 Cultural Olympiad, the celebrated arts and culture platform that has accompanied the Olympic Games in every host city for more than 100 years, officials announced Thursday. LA28, the entity organizing the 2028 Olympic Games, which will be held in Los Angeles, described Bell as an experienced executive and founder of Vitameatavegamin Productions, as well as an arts advocate with more than three decades of experience. Bell’s priorities will be to listen and collaborate with the city’s arts creators, champions, organizations and institutions to shape the LA28 Cultural Olympiad. “Los Angeles is a city built by artists,” Bell said in a statement. “As the world’s attention turns to Los Angeles for the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games, we have an incomparable opportunity to showcase our vibrant and diverse arts scene for our own community, and for a global audience, highlighting one of the world’s most creative places.” She added, “This program will put a spotlight on our incredible culture, expressed across many mediums throughout greater Los Angeles.” LA28 and

Candlelight Vigil Set for Victim of Venice Canals Assault

A candlelight vigil will be held Thursday evening in memory of Sarah Alden, one of two women who were brutally attacked, sexually assaulted and beaten in attacks that occurred more than two months ago along the Venice Canals. Alden, 53, had been in a coma since the April 6 attack, and she was declared brain dead last month. Friends said she was taken off life support on May 24, after her organs were harvested for donation. The alleged assailant, Anthony Francisco Jones, 29, was arrested in San Diego a few days following the attacks and charged with two counts of forcible rape and one count each of sexual penetration by use of force, mayhem, torture, attempted murder and sodomy by use of force. Following Alden’s death, the District Attorney’s Office announced that Jones had also been charged with murder. “Our hearts and deepest sympathies go out to the victim’s family and friends during this unimaginably tragic time,” District Attorney George Gascón said in a statement May 28 announcing the murder charge. “We are committed to seeking justice for both victims of these heinous crimes. The

Biden to sign Ukraine security plan with Zelenskyy at G7 summit

Biden to sign Ukraine security plan with Zelenskyy at G7 summit – CBS News Watch CBS News President Biden is in Italy for the annual G7 summit, where he will sign a security plan with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. The deal would extend U.S. resources for the next 10 years as the key ally continues its fight against Russia. CBS News chief White House correspondent Nancy Cordes has more. Be the first to know Get browser notifications for breaking news, live events, and exclusive reporting. Not Now Turn On

What does each beach flag color mean? Here’s what to know before you go.

What does each beach flag color mean? Here’s what to know before you go. – CBS News Watch CBS News Headed to the beach? Keep an eye out for flags posted along the sand that will help warn you of any potential dangers, from strong currents to sharks and everything in between. Here’s what the different colored flags mean. Be the first to know Get browser notifications for breaking news, live events, and exclusive reporting. Not Now Turn On

Phoenix police discriminate, violate civil rights, Justice Dept. says

June 13, 2024 / 1:54 PM EDT / CBS/AP DOJ launches probe into Phoenix Police Justice Department opens investigation into Phoenix policing practices over use of force allegations 02:53 Phoenix police violate people’s rights, discriminate against Black, Hispanic and Native American people when enforcing the law and use excessive force, including unjustified deadly force, the U.S. Justice Department said Thursday. The government found a “pattern or practice” of the violations, saying the police department unlawfully detains homeless people and disposes of their belongings and discriminates against people with behavioral health disabilities when dispatching calls for help and responding to people who are in crisis. And the Justice Department said Phoenix police had violated the rights of people engaged in protected speech. The sweeping investigation — which CBS’ Phoenix affiliate KPHO-TV reports cost the city at least $7.5 million — found “pervasive failings” that have “disguised and perpetuated” problems for years, according to the report. The Justice Department said certain laws, including drug and low-level offenses, were enforced more severely by Phoenix officers against Black, Hispanic and Native American people than against whites who engaged in the same

Tesla CEO Elon Musk may be set for a $46 billion pay day. Here’s why.

Tesla shareholders to meet about Musk’s pay Tesla shareholders meeting over Elon Musk’s compensation package 06:46 In the history of U.S. corporate pay packages, there have been plenty of massive payouts worth almost $1 billion in today’s dollars. But none comes close to the $46 billion pay deal Tesla shareholders appear to be on the verge of handing over to CEO Elon Musk.  The results of the shareholder vote, which concludes today, will be announced on Thursday during Tesla’s annual meeting, which will be livestreamed here at 4:30 p.m. Eastern. But Musk has already declared victory, writing late Wednesday on his social media platform X that shareholders were voting to approve the pay package by “wide margins.” The pay package has become a lightning rod over executive pay, with some critics calling the package ” excessive .” Supporters argue that such a deal is necessary to tether Musk to Tesla and ensure he doesn’t decamp to start another business. Along with Tesla, the billionaire currently owns five additional businesses including X (formerly Twitter), Neurolink and SpaceX, the latter of which he is also CEO.  With Musk trumpeting

Universal Studios Hollywood launches 2-for-1 ticket deal

Universal Studios Hollywood has introduced a ticket deal that allows guests to spend one day at the theme park for free. Beginning Thursday, parkgoers can purchase the “Buy A Day, Get A 2nd Day Free” general admission ticket. The ticket deal will be available until Oct. 9. Universal Express and Universal Express Unlimited, the theme park’s paid line-skipping passes, aren’t included in the limited-time deal. ‘A Quiet Place’ haunted house coming to Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights There are no blocked-out dates or restrictions for the first visit, but there will be some for the second visit. All visits must be completed by Dec. 18. Universal said in a news release. Guests who purchase the ticket deal can’t utilize their second visit on the following days: July 6 July13 July 20 July 27 Sept 7 Sept. 14 Sept. 21 Sept. 28 Oct 5 Oct. 12 Oct. 19 Oct. 26 Nov 27 Nov. 29 Nov. 30 Dec. 1 ‘Pride is Universal’ event coming back to Universal Studios Hollywood this June Guests who visit Universal during this time can experience the 60th anniversary of the Studio Tour

California has highest gap between high, low earners: report

California residents are accustomed to seeing flashy wealth at a level rarely found in other states. Turns out there’s a reason for that. California leads the country in the wage gap between top and bottom earners, according to a report by The Orange County Register. “There’s a 146% difference between what California bosses typically paid in the top half of salaries versus the bottom half,” columnist Jonathan Lansner explained. “That’s the No. 1 chasm among the states and well above 108% nationally.” California is followed by Massachusetts at 144%, New York at 144% and Maryland at 142%. As for the state with the lowest gap, it’s Maine, with 81%, followed by South Dakota at 82%, Iowa at 84% and North Dakota at 85%. To see how all states stack up, click here.

Tesla in self-drive mode slams into police car in Orange County

A Tesla was in its self-driving mode when it crashed into a parked patrol vehicle responding to a fatal crash in Orange County Thursday morning, police said. The officer was on traffic control duty blocking Orangethorpe Avenue in Fullerton for an investigation into a suspected DUI crash that left a motorcyclist dead around 9 p.m. Wednesday when his vehicle was struck. A Fullerton Police Department spokesperson said the officer was standing outside his vehicle around midnight when he saw a Tesla driving in his direction and not slowing down. A Tesla is seen after crashing into a police car while in self-drive mode in Fullerton on June 13, 2024. (OC Hawk) A police cruiser is seen after being struck by a Tesla in self-drive mode in Fullerton on June 13, 2024. (OC Hawk) A motorcycle helmet is left in the street after the rider was killed in a crash with a suspected DUI driver in Fullerton on June 12, 2024. (OC Hawk) A motorcycle is seen following a fatal crash involving a suspected DUI driver in Fullerton on June 12, 2024. (OC Hawk) The officer

Governor Newsom increases California National Guard deployment at border by 152% to curb fentanyl smuggling

In an effort to cut down on migrant fentanyl smuggling, California Governor Gavin Newsom has announced an increase in the deployment state’s National Guard across the U.S.-Mexico border. Announced on Thursday, Newsom plans to more than double the presence of the Cal Guard’s Counter Drug Taskforce from 155 service members to 392. “Our top priority is the safety of our communities statewide,” Newsom said in a statement. “By working with state, local, and federal partners to take down transnational organizations and the illegal drugs they attempt to bring into our state, the state’s Counter Drug Taskforce is making a profound difference to hold smugglers accountable and take deadly drugs off our streets.” FILE – This photo provided by the U.S. Attorneys Office for Utah and introduced as evidence in a 2019 trial shows fentanyl-laced fake oxycodone pills collected during an investigation. (U.S. Attorney’s Office) The 152% increase in service members is an attempt to curb illegal drug smuggling — including fentanyl — at several key ports along the southern border. California began deploying the Counter Drug Taskforce at the border in 2022, initially with just 30

Disneyland union files charges against Disney in Mickey button dispute

A coalition of labor organizations representing thousands of Disneyland employees has filed unfair labor practice charges against Disney for allegedly “threatening to discipline” workers for wearing union pins depicting Mickey Mouse’s raised fist. Master Services Council — which represents 13,000 custodians, ride operators, candy makers, merchandise clerks and other workers at the Anaheim amusement park — accused Disney on Tuesday of unlawfully disciplining, intimidating and surveilling employees for “exercising their right to wear union buttons at work” amid their contract negotiations with the Burbank-based entertainment giant. In a statement provided Thursday to The Times, Disneyland Resort spokesperson Jessica Good said that “cast members may only wear buttons and pins that are a part of their costumes while at work so that the show is maintained for our guests.” The bargaining unit maintains that wearing the buttons at work is a legitimate form of union activity and that Disney cannot legally take action against employees for violating a dress code, regardless of what uniform they are required to wear or how regularly they interact with guests. This is a developing story. More to Read

Swanky airport lounges are arriving at LAX, like this Chase one. But who can get in?

While a swanky airport lounge can’t alleviate Los Angeles International Airport’s infamous curbside gridlock , it can make it become a more distant memory. The latest predeparture sanctuary that will land at LAX? It’s from a company best known for its bank branches. Chase announced on Thursday it will open a 9,234-square-foot Sapphire Lounge at Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT), near Gate 148. An opening date was not shared. Dana Pouwels, head of airport lounge benefits and strategic partnerships for Chase, said the company is investing in meeting its customers where they are. “Los Angeles is home to many cardmembers and a popular destination among Chase travelers,” Pouwels said. “And as a native Angeleno who frequently travels through LAX to visit home, I’m excited to bring a Chase Sapphire Lounge to my home city.” Based on renderings, the premium Chase space will feature expansive tarmac views — a first for a lounge in TBIT’s main concourse — along with a dramatic waterfall-style chandelier above a granite and wood bar. While Chase was mum on proposed amenities, if it’s anything like the company’s other lounges now

How to watch the 2024 Tony Awards

Father’s Day? What Father’s Day? Sunday, June 16, marks the date of the 77th Tony Awards at the David H. Koch Theater at New York’s Lincoln Center. Put on your favorite show tunes and ready your jazz hands; here’s how to watch. Let’s start with the preshow, which is on again for a fourth year, and will run for 90 minutes before the main event. Hosted by Julianne Hough and Utkarsh Ambudkar, the preshow will start at 3:30 p.m. PT and stream on Pluto TV’s ET channel. The good news is that Pluto TV is free. The bad news is that you’ll likely have to create another account (don’t you have, like, 35 streaming subscriptions already?). The app can be downloaded to any device or streamed straight from a desktop computer. The big show begins at 5 p.m. PT and will once again be hosted by Academy Award-winning actor Ariana DeBose. This year’s proceedings aren’t disrupted by a TV writers’ strike so the ceremony will thankfully be scripted. All three hours of the show, which will feature live performances of some of Broadway’s most beloved

Column: The abortion pill is safe. Is your uterus?

Huge sigh of relief. In a ruling that I happily admit surprised me, the Supreme Court on Thursday affirmed the obvious: Women should have the right to safe medication abortions. But ladies, our uteri are not safe yet. For now, in a unanimous decision, the justices have tossed a case that would have prevented the drug mifepristone from being used by women seeking to end pregnancies. So mify, as the drug is commonly called, is safe. But this is far from the end of the MAGA war on women. Let’s be clear on this: The ruling wasn’t actually about the drug. It was about the folks who brought the suit, a bunch of doctors who really didn’t have much of a reason to keep millions of women from accessing care other than they didn’t like the care those women wanted. That’s not actually a reason to sue, even by Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas standards. So this ruling is about “standing” and the fact that these docs didn’t have it. Already, antiabortion activists are lining up other cases with defendants whose legal footing is much