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Mercedes-Benz Owner Daimler to Cut Thousands of Jobs Worldwide

Daimler, the owner of Mercedes-Benz, is cutting at least 10,000 jobs around the world, making it the latest carmaker to shed workers as the industry races toward its electric future. The German company said Friday that it needs to reduce staffing costs in order to develop clean vehicles, an imperative that is roiling the global autos industry and sparking waves of new investment in electric cars. “The automotive industry is in the middle of the biggest transformation in its history,” Daimler said in a statement, adding that it wants to improve its competitiveness, innovation and investment strength. Daimler personnel chief Wilfried Porth told reporters that job reductions would be in the low five digits. Management positions will also be trimmed by 10%. The company employs roughly 300,000 people, nearly 60% of whom work in Germany. The changes will save €1.4 billion ($1.5 billion) by the end of 2022, Daimler said. Traditional carmakers around the world are ripping up their business models in the hope of adapting to a new world in which electricity replaces gasoline and diesel. Electric cars, which have fewer parts than those powered…

4 Children Killed in Thanksgiving Day Crash in Kansas

Authorities say four children have been killed in a Thanksgiving Day crash. Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper Ben Gardner said in a tweet that the crash happened around 11:30 a.m. when a vehicle went off the side of a road and into a pond in Republic County, near the state’s border with Nebraska. Gardner initially tweeted that the children were 8 and younger, but said it now appears two of them may be older. Their names weren’t immediately released. The patrol says the mother of the children was taken to a hospital, and an adult male in the vehicle is being interviewed. The man wasn’t seriously injured, and his relationship to the family wasn’t immediately known. None of the victims are believed to be from Kansas. The investigation is ongoing. Multiple @kshighwaypatrol Troopers in Republic county investigating crash, resulting in four deaths. It’s believed the occupants of this vehicle are not Kansas residents. Death notification has been completed. pic.twitter.com/RSFPCf3xYV — Trooper Ben (@TrooperBenKHP) November 28, 2019

Technical Problems, Delays Plague Metro’s Newly Reopened A Line After $350 Million Overhaul

When Los Angeles County’s oldest rail line reopened this month after a 10-month closure, transportation officials threw three parties, including one emceed by Snoop Dogg. Clad in a navy-blue tuxedo, the rapper lauded the $350-million overhaul of the Blue Line, now called the A Line, saying the route had a “new name with some new tricks.” Two hours after the celebrations ended, a signal problem near downtown L.A. triggered a series of delays. In the three weeks since, the line has seen more than two dozen delays linked to rail cars, gate crossings, overhead power lines and the signal system. Frustrated riders who endured shuttle buses, long waits and a closure that went on a month longer than advertised say that so far, the A Line’s new tricks feel just like the old ones. Read the full story on LATimes.com. 

4 Children Killed, Mother Injured in Thanksgiving Day Crash in Kansas; Man Interviewed: Police

Authorities say four children have been killed in a Thanksgiving Day crash. Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper Ben Gardner said in a tweet that the crash happened around 11:30 a.m. when a vehicle went off the side of a road and into a pond in Republic County, near the state’s border with Nebraska. Gardner initially tweeted that the children were 8 and younger, but said it now appears two of them may be older. Their names weren’t immediately released. The patrol says the mother of the children was taken to a hospital, and an adult male in the vehicle is being interviewed. The man wasn’t seriously injured, and his relationship to the family wasn’t immediately known. None of the victims are believed to be from Kansas. The investigation is ongoing. Multiple @kshighwaypatrol Troopers in Republic county investigating crash, resulting in four deaths. It’s believed the occupants of this vehicle are not Kansas residents. Death notification has been completed. pic.twitter.com/RSFPCf3xYV — Trooper Ben (@TrooperBenKHP) November 28, 2019

Judge Tosses Out AIDS Group’s Lawsuit Over Hollywood High-Rise Towers

A judge has thrown out a lawsuit from the AIDS Healthcare Foundation claiming that the city’s approval of residential towers violates housing anti-discrimination laws — the latest in a string of legal defeats for the group. Superior Court Judge Robert S. Draper ruled earlier this month in favor of the city of Los Angeles and real estate companies pursuing four high-rise developments in Hollywood, all of them on Sunset Boulevard, where AIDS Healthcare has its headquarters. AIDS Healthcare had argued that the City Council’s approval of those projects would cause rents to go up, displacing longtime residents and violating housing laws aimed at protecting black and Latino residents. The judge concluded, however, that three of the projects would not require the demolition of any homes and said the fourth, the 950-unit Crossroads Hollywood project, would offer more than 100 units for very low-income families. “There will be a net increase of 2,096 housing units, with 180 affordable housing units for low or very low income families, in a state suffering from an acknowledged housing crisis,” the judge wrote. Read the full story at LATimes.com.

Thanksgiving Storm Drops 4 Feet of Snow on Big Bear Mountain Ahead of Resort’s Opening Day Friday

A powerful storm that swept through Southern California during the Thanksgiving holiday turned Big Bear Mountain Resort into a winter wonderland by its opening day Friday. Another 18 inches of snow fell on the mountain overnight, bringing the 48-hour total to 4 feet at the top and 42 inches at lower elevations, according to the resort. Those looking to partake in opening day at Bear Mountain may run into a major snag — how to get to there. With a winter storm warning still in effect, and heavy snowfall expected through Friday night, many of the roads leading to Big Bear remain closed. The lone open road is State Route 18 from Lucerne Valley, which was experiencing heavy traffic and delays of 45 minutes as of Friday morning, according to SoCalMountains.com. Highway 38 is closed and will remain so all day, Caltrans officials said. The 330, as well as the stretch of 18 from Running Springs to Big Bear, are also closed; however, crews are working to reopen the highways. As of Friday morning, both routes are open for travel from Big Bear. Anyone heading…

‘Frozen 2’ Nabs $130 Million in Opening Weekend, Sets New Disney Record

Five Disney films have made more than $1 billion at the box office this year. After this weekend, it looks like “Frozen 2” is on its way to becoming the company’s sixth. “Frozen 2,” the studio’s animated sequel to the 2013 phenomenon, brought in $130 million in North America this weekend. While short of the opening record for animated films set by Pixar’s “Incredibles 2” — another Disney sequel — that’s the highest-grossing debut ever for Walt Disney Animation Studios, which has been producing films since 1937. The film also made more than the opening of the original, which brought in $93 million over the five-day Thanksgiving holiday in 2013, and it exceeded industry expectations that projected the sequel would make $100 million this weekend. “Frozen 2” also set the record for biggest global opening for an animated film ever, making $358 million worldwide. When “Frozen” was released in 2013, it would quickly become one of Disney’s top franchises. It inspired merchandise, theme park rides, and even a Broadway show. Despite “Frozen 2” coming six years after the original film, the sequel was able to bring in record numbers for…

CBSLA The Rundown: 11/29 8am

Make CBSLA: The Rundown your Alexa Flash Briefing and listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify and Stitcher Here is a look at the top local stories for Friday, 11/29 at 8 a.m. Storm Slowly Tapers Off Friday After Bringing Heavy Snow, Rain To Southland Over Thanksgiving The rain was expected to diminish Friday as a storm which brought heavy showers to the Southland’s lower elevations and snow to mountains was moving out after parking itself over the region for several days. Angelenos Descend On Citadel Outlet On Black Friday Thousands of people descended on the Citadel Outlets in Commerce for the shopping center’s 27-hour shopping marathon in what has become a Black Friday tradition. Local Weather The rain will taper off Friday as the storm front moves out of the region. A dry weekend with below-average temperatures ahead. A high of 57 for the beaches and 55 for the valleys.

Atmospheric River Heads to Bay Area After Holiday Storm Leaves State Drenched, Blanketed in Snow

California is drenched or blanketed in snow after a powerful Thanksgiving storm. Rain and snow showers are continuing in parts of the state Friday morning while skies are clearing elsewhere. The storm turned Thanksgiving travel into a nightmare in some places, including the major mountain passes of Southern California. Heavy snow produced massive gridlock Thursday night on Interstate 15 in Cajon Pass east of Los Angeles. Snow and poor visibility also forced repeated closures of Interstate 15 in Tejon Pass between LA and the San Joaquin Valley. The respite will be short-lived in some parts of the state, including the San Francisco Bay area. Forecasters say an atmospheric river taking aim at the bay region will bring rain and wind by Saturday and continue through Sunday, impacting returning holiday travelers. Models suggest additional storm systems will bring periods of precipitation through the weekend into next week. Stay tuned for details! #cawx pic.twitter.com/wu5WnkhkGp — NWS Sacramento (@NWSSacramento) November 28, 2019 Here are the 24 hour snowfall reports from around the region as of 8 am. A stronger storm system is expected to bring more precip to…

5 Teens Arrested After Allegedly Robbing Bay Area Target on Thanksgiving Night

Police say officers arrested five teenagers Thanksgiving night on suspicion of robbing a San Francisco Bay Area Target and firing shot at security guards before fleeing in a car. The Fremont Police Department says in a statement Friday that officers responded late Thursday to the store at a Fremont shopping mall after several reports of shots fired. It says the teens ranging in age from 17 to 19 stole video games and other items and that when a getaway car arrived, one of them fired multiple rounds into the air as the suspects piled into the car and fled. Officers gave chase in a brief pursuit that ended after the car stopped and one of the suspects tried to flee on foot. The department says officers arrested that teenager and the other four and recovered a gun and the stolen items from the car.

2 K-Pop Stars Get Prison After Being Convicted of ‘Special Quasi-Raping’ of Woman Unable to Resist

A South Korean court on Friday found two K-pop stars guilty of illicit sexual relations with a woman who was unable to resist and sentenced them to up to six years in prison. The Seoul Central District Court said singer-songwriter Jung Joon-young received a six-year prison term and former boy band member Choi Jong-hoon a five-year term. The court said in a statement that they were convicted of committing “special quasi-raping,” which it said means multiple people collaborating to have illicit sextual intercourse with a person who was unconscious or unable to resist. Jung was additionally convicted of filming sex videos of women against their will and sharing them with friends in a group chat. The two men were also ordered to undergo 80 hours of sex offender treatment programs. They have one week to appeal, according to the court. Their scandals roiled South Korea’s entertainment industry earlier this year when the investigation began. South Korean pop songs, TV dramas and films are hugely popular in Asia and beyond, but the country’s entertainment world has in recent years suffered a series of sexual scandals that…

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