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Neighbors Fed Up With Growing Pothole Fill It With Christmas Tree

ATLANTA (CBS Local) — A group of homeowners in Atlanta have placed a Christmas tree inside a gaping pothole on their street, hoping it would pressure local officials to do something about it. “I can see down five or six feet of hollowed out area beneath there,” homeowner Peter West told CBS affiliate WGCL. “We’d love to have a new road.” Decorated with lights and ornaments, neighbors placed the tree on Archwood Drive in Atlanta’s Northcrest subdivision earlier this week. They even wrote their own lyrics to a festive song about the pothole and caroled around the massive eyesore: O Archwood tree, o Archwood tree How lovely are thy branches Asphault expands in summertime Rebuilds potholes in wintertime O Archwood tree, o Archwood tree How scary is that sinkhole Homeowner Sharon Magruder said they wanted to get the county’s attention but still have a little fun in the process. “Instead of being negative and screaming and stomping our feet and being ugly about it why not have fun with it and still get attention and get the job done so it’s not so dangerous for…

Autistic Child Fulfills Dream Of Being A Wendy’s Manager

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (CBS Local) — A Missouri boy on the autism spectrum recently got to fulfill his dream of working as a fast-food restaurant manager for a day. First grader Eric Johnson was very excited to take over operations at a Wendy’s restaurant in Springfield on Monday, his mother, Denise Johnson, told CBS affiliate KOLR. “I said to him, what do you want to be when you grow up,” she said. “I thought he was going to say like a professional gamer, he just said ‘I want to be a Wendy’s manager.’” About 50,000 people on the autism spectrum graduate high school every year and many of them will be looking for their first jobs. Will they get hired? “When we talk about [workplace equality], we often talk about race, and gender identity. We don’t always talk about people with special abilities and I think it’s time that we start talking about that,” she said. A little boy on the autism spectrum got to fulfill his dream of working as a manager at Wendy’s for a day today. https://t.co/FWQGg3DyMR — KOLR10 KOZL (@kolr10kozl) November 12,…

Sword-Wielding Suspect Shot, Killed By Deputies At East LA School

EAST LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – A man wielding a sword was shot and killed by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies at an East L.A. school Wednesday morning, forcing the campus into lockdown. Nov. 13, 2019. (CBS2) The shooting occurred at around 9 a.m. in the outdoor lunch area of the Esteban Torres High School campus, located at 4211 Dozier St. Deputies had initially responded to a family disturbance for a suspect who had violated a restraining order against him at a home in the 900 block of North Miller Avenue, less than a half-mile from the school. They arrived on scene to find the suspect standing outside the home “holding a three-foot-long sword,” Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Brandon Dean said at a news briefing Wednesday afternoon. The suspect then took off running, prompting a foot chase that wound its way to Torres High, where the suspect jumped a fence onto the campus. Deputies surrounded the man and ordered him to drop his sword and surrender. When he began to advance on deputies, they opened fire on him. “At once point, the suspect advanced on…

Disney+ Hit 10 Million Subscribers 1 Day After Launching

A day after its big launch, Disney announced that its new streaming service Disney+ has amassed 10 million subscribers. This number seems to back up Disney’s claim on Tuesday that the platform crashed early in the day due to “the consumer demand” that “exceeded our high expectations.” Disney has been heavily marketing the new service across its TV networks and parks. The company projected that Disney+ will have 60 million to 90 million global subscribers by 2025. Disney did not say how many subscribers came from Verizon, which is offering its customers a free year of Disney+, or how many were pre-orders. What remains to be determined is if those 10 million accounts will end up paying for the service beyond its seven day free trial. Disney+ has a long way to go before catching up to Netflix, which has nearly 160 million subscribers worldwide. For $6.99 a month, Disney+ subscribers have access to some of the company’s biggest brands, including Marvel, Star Wars, Disney Animation and Pixar. The service will be available in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy and Spain on March 31.

SoCal Edison to Pay $360 Million for Thomas, Woolsey Fires

Southern California Edison has agreed to pay $360 million to local governments to settle lawsuits over deadly wildfires sparked by its equipment during the last two years, including one blamed for a mudslide that killed more than 20 people, the utility and attorneys announced Wednesday. The sum will reimburse counties, cities and other public agencies for firefighting costs and repairing damage from two of the worst blazes in the region’s history. The figure will not fully repay taxpayer costs, but it will help pay the bills to rebuild roads, other infrastructure and clean up debris, among other things. “While this is not 100%, it’s not pennies on the dollar,” said attorney John Fiske, who represents local governments. “A lot of these communities … were hit very hard. In the aftermath of these wildfires, all sorts of public resources and taxpayer resources are lost.” The Thomas Fire that broke out in dry brush in Ventura County was sparked when the utility’s power lines slapped together in high winds on Dec. 4, 2017. Two people were killed and 440 square miles (1,139 square kilometers) were burned. The…

California Regulators Open Formal Investigation Into Preemptive Power Outages 

California regulators opened a formal investigation Wednesday into preemptive power outages that blacked out large parts of the state in October, drawing strong rebukes from public officials and residents who said the shut-offs were too broad and poorly executed. The unanimous vote by the California Public Utilities Commission followed testimony from a handful of people who pleaded with the regulatory body for leadership at a time of increased danger from fire and other natural disasters. “Many Californians are debating whether California is still safe. Is this a safe place to live?” said Will Abrams of Santa Rosa, whose house burned down in 2017 in wildfires that roared through Northern California wine country. The state’s largest utility, Pacific Gas & Electric Co., initiated multiple rounds of shut-offs and plunged nearly 2.5 million people into darkness at one point throughout Northern and Central California. Some of the outages lasted for several days. PG&E officials insisted on the shut-offs for public safety, but infuriated residents and a parade of public officials, including Gov. Gavin Newsom, said cutting off power should be used only as a last resort and…

5.4 Billion Fake Accounts Were Shut Down By Facebook This Year

So far this year, Facebook has shut down 5.4 billion fake accounts on its main platform, but millions likely remain, the social networking giant said Wednesday. That’s compared to roughly 3.3 billion fake accounts removed in all of 2018. As much as 5% of its monthly user base of nearly 2.5 billion consists of fake accounts, the company said, despite advances in technology that have allowed Facebook to catch more fake accounts the moment they are created. The disclosure highlights the scale of the challenge before Facebook as it prepares for a high-stakes election season in the United States, as well as the 2020 US census. Analysts and watchdogs are bracing for a wave of fake and misleading content on social media following revelations about election meddling in 2016. On a call with reporters, CEO Mark Zuckerberg framed the large number of fake accounts that have been removed as a sign of how seriously the company is taking this issue and called on other platforms to make similar disclosures. “Because our numbers are high doesn’t mean there’s that much more harmful content. It just means we’re working harder…

Southern California Edison To Pay $360M Settlement For Thomas, Woolsey Fires

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA/AP) — Southern California Edison has agreed to pay $360 million to settle lawsuits brought by local governments over deadly wildfires sparked by its equipment in the last two years, including one blamed for a mudslide that killed more than 20 people. Attorneys for counties, cities and public agencies said Wednesday that Southern California Edison agreed to repay taxpayers for firefighting and damage caused by the Thomas Fire in 2017 and the Woolsey Fire last year. Los Angeles County will receive roughly $62 million from the settlement, officials said. “This settlement is an essential step toward accountability and continued recovery,” said L.A. County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, whose district includes most of the Woolsey fire burn area. “While this settlement won’t bring back people’s homes or businesses, it’s very important to hold SCE accountable for the devastation caused by this fire.” The settlement does not include private lawsuits for deaths and destruction in Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles counties. Officials announced in March that a downed power line owned by Edison was the cause of the devastating 2017 Thomas Fire in Ventura County,…

Suspect Shot, Killed By Deputies Outside East LA School

EAST LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – A suspect was shot and killed by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies outside an East L.A. school Wednesday morning, forcing the campus into lockdown. Nov. 13, 2019. (CBS2) The shooting occurred sometime before 9:30 a.m. in the area of East Cesar Chavez and North Mariana avenues, on the edge of the Esteban Torres High School campus. The sheriff’s department told CBS2 it followed a foot pursuit with the suspect. The suspect did at one point jump a fence and run onto the campus, according to a L.A. Unified School District spokesperson. Nov. 13, 2019. (LASD) The suspect’s condition and the circumstances leading up the shooting were not confirmed. It’s unclear if any deputies were hurt or if the suspect was armed. No students or staff were involved in the shooting. The high school remained on lockdown as of 11 a.m. No nearby schools were affected.

Body Found in Lake Havasu ID’d as Missing Los Angeles Man

Authorities say a body found floating face down in Lake Havasu between two rental boats last month has been identified as a missing California man. Mohave County Sheriff’s officials say fingerprints obtained during autopsy were sent to Homeland Security for analysis and identification. Sheriff’s deputies were notified that the fingerprints belonged to 52-year-old Hyok Kyo Chong, whose family had reported him missing out of Los Angeles. Authorities say there were no obvious signs of trauma or foul play and the cause of death remains under investigation. They say the body was found Oct. 5 and was fully clothed with shoes on.

Tesla Profits Projected to Climb Entering 2020 and Beyond

Tesla is one of the most polarizing companies on the planet. Fans of the electric car company and CEO Elon Musk think Tesla will reinvent the mass market auto industry thanks to the Model 3 sedan and upcoming Model Y crossover. But Musk’s detractors think Tesla is an overvalued company that has yet to prove it can be consistently profitable and still faces challenges from global auto giants like GM, Volkswagen and Nissan. The Tesla bulls have the upper hand for now. Shares are up nearly 40% in the past month and more than 60% in the past three months. That’s pushed the stock back into positive territory for the year. (It still lags the performance of GM, Ford, Fiat Chrysler and many other big auto makers, however.) Tesla’s strong earnings and sales last month were a key catalyst behind its recent rebound. Musk also said during the company’s last earnings conference call that production plans for the Model Y — which he predicted will outsell the Model 3 as well as its higher end S sedan and X crossover “combined” — are ahead of…

Magnitude 3.9 Earthquake Strikes Near Ridgecrest, Rattles Desert Communities

A magnitude 3.9 earthquake struck near Ridgecrest and Trona Wednesday morning and rattled the Mojave Desert area, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The quake struck at 11:26 a.m. at a depth of 5.7 miles, centered about 11 miles north of Trona and Searles Valley and 15 miles west of Ridgecrest, USGS said. The epicenters of quakes that have struck in the Mojave Desert area over the past three weeks. (Credit: USGS) There have been two earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater centered in the area in the past 10 days, the Los Angeles Times reported. The Mojave Desert was struck by a powerful 6.4 earthquake near Ridgecrest on the Fourth of July and it prompted officials to declare a state of emergency. Less than two days later, the region was hit by a more powerful 7.1 magnitude quake that destroyed dozens of homes in the Trona area and left many without power. The shaking was so powerful that it cracked a large fissure in the desert ground. The jolt was followed by more than 100,000 aftershocks. Experts said the aftershocks have been creeping into…

Deputy Fatally Shoots Sword-Wielding Man at Torres High School in East L.A.

A man armed with a sword was fatally shot by a deputy at Torres High School in East Los Angeles, where he ran after officers tried to detain him at his family’s home, officials said. A family called 911 twice at around 8:35 a.m. and reported that a family member was breaking a restraining order, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Deputies arrived at their home in the 900 block on Miller Avenue to find a man holding a 3-foot-long sword, Lt. Brandon Dean said. The man did not follow orders to drop the weapon and ran to the high school, which is about half a mile away from his family’s residence, Dean said. Officers pursued him and ended up at the school’s “lunch area,” where he advanced towards them while still holding the sword, Dean said. That’s when at least one deputy opened fire and struck the man, who was pronounced dead at the scene. Officials have not released his identity. The incident triggered a lockdown at the campus, but no student, school staffer or deputy was hurt in the incident, according…

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