Internet predators scamming people through dating apps

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – According to the Federal Trade Commission, internet predators commit more than 16,000 abductions, 100 murders and thousands of rapes every year. These crimes are happening through dating apps as predators try to set up people looking to find companionship. Sexual assaults from online platforms haven’t doubled or tripled in recent years. According to the FTC, sexual assaults are up six times with the help of dating apps. Even if a crime hasn’t been committed, officials encourage people who have been scammed, or think they’ve been scammed to report the incident to officials on the non-emergency line. KUSI’s Ginger Jeffries spoke to one woman who shared her story of a dating app meet up that could have gone horribly wrong. Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News, Trending

Police officers still frustrated over not being eligible for vaccine

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – KUSI News has been informed by various law enforcement officials that they “have not been authorized by San Diego County to get our officers vaccinated.” The Chula Vista Police Department says their City Council have “made calls to County of San Diego Board of Supervisors in an attempt to get our officers authorized to be vaccinated,” but have not been successful. CVPD says several other counties up and down the state of California have already authorized their law enforcement officers to get vaccinated, and wonder why the San Diego County Supervisors won’t do so. During Thursday’s San Diego County Health Briefing, KUSI News asked why they won’t authorize our law enforcement officer to be vaccinated? Supervisor Fletcher responded saying, “we want them to get their vaccines, and we certainly want them to get it as quickly as possible. We are presently following the guidance which is to do healthcare workers, and individuals 65 and older. “ KUSI followed up saying, “Do you understand their frustration because they are going out saving lives, doing CPR? And especially Chief Kennedy, who is frustrated…

Stone Brewing and Bistro at Liberty Station reopens their outdoor patio

Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens at Liberty Station has reopened their expansive gardens for al fresco dining. They are thrilled to be back to work and serving their loyal customers. The Liberty Station location recently hired San Diego chef and former Bravo TV Top Chef contestant, Rich Sweeney to oversee the menu. The bistro offers a variety of foods from ahi nachos to fish tacos and burgers, just to name a few. The bar features 40 taps of craft beers, including Stone’s brews as well as beers from other small breweries. The location will be offering specials for the Super Bowl as well as Valentine’s Day. For more information, visit www.stonebrewing.com Categories: Coronavirus, Good Morning San Diego

SpaceX flight gives St. Jude hospital a cosmic funding boost

NEW YORK (AP) — SpaceX’s first all-civilian space flight set for late this year will provide an out-of-this-world fundraising opportunity for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which says it expects to generate $200 million for cancer research and other causes. It’s off to a fast start: $1 million in donations in the first day since the flight’s announcement. Jared Isaacman, the billionaire businessman who will finance and pilot the multi-day mission for himself and three others, will drive the publicity push, with the help of a Super Bowl commercial next weekend. Of the $200 million that St. Jude hopes to raise this year, $100 million is to come from Isaacman, with the rest from donations generated by raffling off one seat on the flight. Richard C. Shadyac Jr., CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising organization for St. Jude, said the money raised will go toward the Memphis hospital’s $1 billion annual operating cost, as well as its global partnership with the World Health Organization. The overarching idea is to raise childhood cancer survival rates around the world from 20% to 60% by 2030. “We have this,…

Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s founder, will step down as CEO

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon said Tuesday that Jeff Bezos is stepping down as CEO later this year, a role he’s had since he founded the company nearly 30 years ago. Amazon said he’ll be replaced in the fall by Andy Jassy, who runs Amazon’s cloud business. Bezos will then become the company’s executive chairman. Bezos founded Amazon as an online bookstore and turned it into a behemoth that sells just about everything. In the process, he became one of the world’s richest people. Categories: National & International News

Jeff Bezos stepping down as CEO of Amazon

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon said Tuesday that Jeff Bezos is stepping down as CEO later this year, a role he’s had since he founded the company nearly 30 years ago. Amazon said he’ll be replaced in the fall by Andy Jassy, who runs Amazon’s cloud business. Bezos will then become the company’s executive chairman. Bezos founded Amazon as an online bookstore and turned it into a behemoth that sells just about everything. In the process, he became one of the world’s richest people. Categories: National & International News

Key findings in audit of California’s unemployment agency

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — An audit released Thursday found the California Employment Development Department has likely paid $10.4 billion in fraudulent benefits from March to December, a number that is likely to grow in the coming months. California State Auditor Elaine Howle said the agency was slow to react to warnings of an increase in fraudulent claims, saying this inaction cost the state billions as criminals exposed weaknesses in the system. Employment Attorney, Annie Ellis, joined Good Morning San Diego to discuss the audit released. The audit’s findings include: SLOW TO ACT The agency was flagging as many as 1,000 suspicious claims per day during the first four months of the pandemic. Yet it only had two people assigned to review these claims and stop the payments. The state finally automated this system in July. But by then, thousands of fraudulent claims had already been paid. SUSPICIOUS ADDRESSES One sign of fraud is multiple claims all coming from the same address. In one assessment, the Employment Development Department found 26,000 addresses were associated with more than 555,000 claims. But the agency did nothing to stop…

World of Wonder: Groundhog Day

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (AP) — Punxsutawney Phil has emerged from his burrow to forecast there will be six more weeks of winter. The spectacle that is Groundhog Day at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, still went on this year despite a winter storm and the coronavirus pandemic. The prognosticator of prognosticators emerged at dawn on Tuesday. Members of his inner circle revealed he had seen his shadow, indicating six more weeks of winter. Phil this year, like many years in the past, gave his forecast during a major snowstorm that hit the entire Northeast. KUSI’s Dave Scott looks back at the history of Groundhog Day in this episode of Dave’s World of Wonder. Categories: Dave’s World Of Wonder, Entertainment, Good Morning San Diego

Senate confirms Pete Buttigieg as transportation secretary

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Tuesday confirmed Pete Buttigieg as transportation secretary, the SECOND openly gay person to take a Cabinet post, tasked with advancing President Joe Biden’s ambitious agenda of rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure and fighting climate change. Richard Grenell was the first openly gay person to take a Cabinet post, and he served under President Donald J. Trump. Many media reports have incorrectly claimed Buttigieg is the first openly gay person, and Grenell called them out, while congratulating Buttigieg on Twitter. Buttigieg, a 39-year-old former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and Biden’s one-time rival during the Democratic presidential primaries, was approved on a 86-13 vote. Praised by Biden as bringing a “new voice” to the administration, Buttigieg takes over a Transportation Department with 55,000 employees and a budget of tens of billions dollars. He has pledged to quickly get to work promoting safety and restoring consumer trust in America’s transportation networks as airlines, buses, city subway systems and Amtrak reel from plummeting ridership in the coronavirus pandemic. He is expected to play an important role in promoting Biden’s sweeping green initiatives, helping to…

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