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    CALABASAS (CBSLA/AP) — Fines for using too much water don’t really register for well-heeled residents in tony Santa Monica Mountain communities, so officials are now threatening to restrict the flow to customers who repeatedly fail to conserve. The Las Virgenes Municipal Water District serves about 75,000 people in Agoura Hills, Westlake Village, Calabasas and Hidden Hills, an area that in recent years has attracted a growing number of celebrities, including Kim Kardashian and Will Smith. READ MORE: Thomas Apollo Of Poway Charged With Attacking Workers At Tustin Vaccine Clinic, Groping Nurse Trying To Treat HimLike much of inland Southern California, Las Virgenes rarely sees rain outside the winter months, and during summer the average high temperature is in the mid-90s. It’s wealthier than most places — a typical home in Calabasas sells for more than $1.5 million, according to the online real estate marketplace Zillow. But in spite of calls for conservation, water customers in those communities increased use in August and September, then exceeded the 15% reduction goal in October before again missing the target in November. Collectively, customers...
    Los Gatos Town Council voted Tuesday to hire a cannabis consultant for the town to investigate the pros and cons of allowing commercial marijuana dispensaries to operate in town. The consultant will determine how much tax revenue marijuana sales in Los Gatos could generate and conduct community meetings and surveys to help inform both the town council and the public on what marijuana legalization could look like in Los Gatos. “It makes sense to gather more information,” Mayor Rob Rennie said. “I’d like to get better information about what our residents are thinking.” The consultant will present their findings to town council, when it would have the opportunity to put a question about taxing marijuana products on the November ballot. If that passed, council could decide to legalize marijuana usage and sales in town. The town is allocating $50,000 from the capital and special projects budget reserve to cover the consultant services. Neighboring cities that sell marijuana products, like San Jose, get all the tax revenue, regardless of where the consumer lives, town attorney Rob Schultz said San Jose currently...
    GRECLAURENTIU | iStock | Getty Images Financial help is often available to families unable to afford the funeral and burial costs for a loved one, but they may not realize it. Although a number of states and counties have funds to assist residents with memorial expenses, the details of the resources can be buried on government websites and hard to track down at any time, let alone a traumatic and overwhelming one. Still, the support — usually available only to those with little to no means — will be worth trying to find for many people. In 2021, the median cost of a funeral with a viewing and burial was $7,848. More from Personal Finance:Here are 22 destinations it will be cheaper to fly to in 2022Where Americans want to travel, and not so muchBus lines look to attract wary passengers with premium services "It's a big problem for a lot of low-income people," said Joshua Slocum, executive director of the nonprofit Funeral Consumers Alliance. To learn if there's a burial assistance fund in your state or county, first turn...
    BELMONT (CBS SF) — Police and game wardens searched a Belmont neighborhood early Wednesday for an aggressive mountain that has killed another mountain lion in the area. Belmont police said the mountain lion had seen in the 2500 block of Hastings around 2:00 a.m. Local residents were urged to use extreme caution. READ MORE: Friends, Loved Ones Remember Michelle Go, Killed In NY Subway Attack At San Francisco Chinatown VigilOver the last several months, mountain lion sightings have been on the rise across the Bay Area. On Jan. 11th, a Daly City woman face-to-face with a cougar in her backyard. Laurie Golub said her dogs were barking at a tree in the rear of her Daly City home, which she thought was just another raccoon or cat. “I noticed this big tail hanging down and I was like, ‘Oh, my God what is that,'” said Golub. “I looked right up and it was looking right down at me, the mountain lion. It was very scary. I screamed a couple things I won’t repeat, and I ran back inside.” At least...
    President Joe Biden launched a website for Americans to order free coronavirus tests on Tuesday, but some people who live in apartments were blocked from placing orders. Each household can order up to four coronavirus tests from covidtests.gov that will be shipped within 7-12 days, according to the website. However, some people living in apartment buildings had trouble ordering tests from the website. “I won’t be able to receive at-home tests since my apartment is connected to a commercial building. Wonder how many others will have this issue,” tweeted one user who attempted to order a test. I won’t be able to receive at-home tests since my apartment is connected to a commercial building. Wonder how many others will have this issue. https://t.co/qundyrhifI pic.twitter.com/BKzOPadH23 — Jessica Christian (@jachristian) January 18, 2022 Another user explained that because her basement neighbors ordered a test before her, she could not complete her order. Alright so the basement neighbors in my rowhouse beat us to ordering the tests… while we have the same address, they put that they were in the "b unit" while I put we were in the...
    With just over two weeks before the opening of the Beijing Winter Olympics, residents of the Chinese capital say they’re disappointed at not being able to attend events because of coronavirus restrictions that have seen parts of the city placed under lockdown.  Organizers announced Monday that no tickets will be sold to the general public and only selected spectators will be allowed. Access to the famed National Stadium, known as the Bird’s Nest, and indoor venues in the heart of Beijing have been sealed off.  People interviewed Wednesday appeared understanding of the restrictions. Many of them could be seen skating on Beijing's frozen lakes in a sign of continuing enthusiasm for winter sports.  PUTIN TO HOLD SUMMIT WITH XI AT START OF OLYMPICS IN BEIJING  People wearing face masks to protect from the coronavirus walk by a Beijing Winter Olympics mascot on display near the barricaded Main Press Center (MPC) in Beijing, Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022.  (AP Photo/Andy Wong) Because China allows no public protests or opinion polling and tightly restricts free speech, any opposition to the Games or...
    (CNN)As Covid-19 cases rise again in nursing homes, a few states have begun requiring visitors to present proof that they're not infected before entering facilities, stoking frustration and dismay among family members.Officials in California, New York and Rhode Island say new Covid-19 testing requirements are necessary to protect residents — an enormously vulnerable population — from exposure to the highly contagious Omicron variant. But many family members say they can't secure tests amid enormous demand and scarce supplies, leaving them unable to see loved ones. And being shut out of facilities feels unbearable, like a nightmare recurring without end.Severe staff shortages are complicating the effort to ensure safety while keeping facilities open; these shortages also jeopardize care at long-term care facilities — a concern of many family members. People desperate for Covid tests are turning to resellers onlineAndrea DuBrow's 75-year-old mother, who has severe Alzheimer's disease, has lived for almost four years in a nursing home in Danville, California. When DuBrow wasn't able to see her for months earlier in the pandemic, she said, her mother forgot who she was."This...
    BEIJING (AP) — With just over two weeks before the opening of the Beijing Winter Olympics, residents of the Chinese capital say they’re disappointed at not being able to attend events because of coronavirus restrictions that have seen parts of the city placed under lockdown. Organizers announced Monday that no tickets will be sold to the general public and only selected spectators will be allowed. Access to the famed National Stadium, known as the Bird’s Nest, and indoor venues in the heart of Beijing have been sealed off. People interviewed Wednesday appeared understanding of the restrictions. Many of them could be seen skating on Beijing’s frozen lakes in a sign of continuing enthusiasm for winter sports. Because China allows no public protests or opinion polling and tightly restricts free speech, any opposition to the Games or the restrictions would be muted. Chen Lin had planned to buy tickets for speed skating, but gave up over personal concerns about the pandemic and after it became clear that tickets would only be offered to selected spectators. “I...
    (CNN)A prescribed fire in Central Texas apparently "got out of its boundaries" Tuesday and swelled to hundreds of acres, forcing some residents to evacuate, local officials said.The Rolling Pines Fire in Bastrop County was sparked Tuesday morning and grew to 500 acres and 10% containment as of Tuesday night, according to the Texas A&M Forest Service. The fire was burning along Power Plant Road and Highway 21, officials said. Officials issued evacuation orders for multiple areas surrounding the blaze, though some residents were later allowed to return to their homes. It's unclear how many people were asked to evacuate the area. "Fire behavior has greatly reduced over the last few hours, allowing for firefighters to use direct attack tactics to create containment line," the Bastrop County Office of Emergency Management said in a Tuesday night update. "Our tactical objectives for night shift include continued structure protection and constructing containment line using heavy equipment." Bastrop County is located about 30 miles southeast of Austin. Read MoreTexas officials deployed multiple resources to combat the fire, Gov. Greg Abbott said Tuesday in a...
    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police on Wednesday evicted Palestinian residents from a disputed property in a flashpoint Jerusalem neighborhood. Earlier in the week the residents of the buildings in Sheikh Jarrah held a tense standoff with police officers who had come to evict them from the property, but were stopped by crowds. Several other properties in the neighborhood are also disputed. Police said officers arrested several people Wednesday suspected of “violating a court order, violent fortification and disturbing public order.” The Salhiya family say they purchased the property before 1967, while the state has argued against the family’s claims in court. The Jerusalem Municipality formally seized the property in 2017 for the purpose of building a special needs school, but the family continued to operate a plant nursery there. A Jerusalem court ruled last year in favor of the city and authorized the eviction. The family has appealed and is awaiting a ruling, but the judge did not freeze the eviction order. The municipality and police said in a joint statement Wednesday that the family’s “illegal takeover of public...
    SRINAGAR, India (AP) — In a Himalayan village in the Indian-controlled part of Kashmir, young health worker Masrat Farid packed her bag with vaccines on a frigid morning in January as strong winds swept snow through the air. She is part of a team of health workers undertaking a door-to-door campaign in the region to deliver vaccine shots to teens and boosters to old people in remote mountain villages. “We have to fight the infection. We have to keep going,” Farid said as she made her way through the knee-high snow in Gagangeer, a hamlet lying between forests. Farid and her colleagues have vaccinated thousands in the last year, mostly in villages that they reach by trekking long distances across rugged countryside. But bone-chilling cold and snowy inhospitable terrain are not their only obstacles. Some residents are still vaccine-hesitant and winning their trust is more difficult than braving the Himalayan winter. “Most young girls are hesitant, fueled by misinformation and mistrust,” Farid said during a recent vaccination drive in a snow-covered mountain village. She was referring to the...
    SANTA ANA (CBSLA) – The number of COVID-positive patients in Orange County hospitals declined slightly Tuesday, but the number of those patients in intensive care increased. There are 1,197 people with the coronavirus in county hospitals, down from 1,202 on Monday, according to the Orange County Health Care Agency. But the number of COVID patients in the ICU was 199, up from 188 the previous day. READ MORE: Teenage Boy Shot In Pasadena Transported In Extremely Critical ConditionThe county’s percentage of available ICU beds has dropped to 16.5% and the percentage of available ventilators has fallen to 62%. Dr. Regina Chinsio-Kwong, the county’s deputy health officer, has said that officials grow concerned when the percentage of ICU beds available drops below 20%. Of those hospitalized, 86% are unvaccinated, and 87% of the ICU patients are not inoculated. Hospitalizations have not been this high since Feb. 4 when there were 1,233 COVID-19 patients in the county. The last time ICU levels were this high for the virus was Feb. 19, when there were 219 ICU patients. However, local hospital officials have...
    (CBS DETROIT) – Beginning on Tuesday, Jan. 18, Americans are able to start ordering at-home COVID-19 tests from the federal government. These tests are made available through the federal government’s free COVID-19 testing program. READ MORE: Father, Twin 6-Year-Olds Die In Crash In Bay CountyEvery household is eligible for four free at-home, rapid COVID-19 tests, and they will be shipped directly to each person’s home. To sign-up to receive these free tests, visit COVIDTests.gov. READ MORE: AG Nessel Expands On Why Feds Should Probe Fake GOP ElectorsAs sign-up for these tests became available, Whitmer urged Michiganders to take advantage of the opportunity to receive the free tests. “The federal program to deliver free tests to every family is simple, easy, and effective. It will remove barriers to testing including time and cost and make it easier for Michiganders to get tested,” said Gov. Whitmer. “Testing is a crucial tool to help stop the spread of COVID-19, and I encourage every Michigander to claim their free COVID-19 tests at COVIDTests.gov.” MORE NEWS: Dismembered Remains Found In Detroit, Family Fears It's Missing...
    The White House announced Tuesday President Joe Biden’s website for Americans to request free coronavirus tests was now live. Officials said the website, covidtests.gov, was live but still remained in the beta phase of the programming and testing process. The president expects to officially launch the website on Wednesday as he also plans to hold an official press conference at the White House to mark his upcoming one-year anniversary as president. Families can request four free coronavirus tests on the website after putting in their name and address. The government will begin shipping the test within 7-12 days, according to a notice on the website. White House press secretary Jen Psaki acknowledged during the daily briefing that the website was live, but only operating in a limited capacity. “We can’t guarantee there won’t be a bug or two,” she said. Biden is struggling to catch up on testing, despite being in charge of the pandemic for a year as president. Joe Biden replaces the mask he wears. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Many Americans trying to travel and gather with...
    Fort Lee police nabbed two out-of-towners burglarizing vehicles in a quiet local neighborhood, authorities said. Officers responding to a 911 call on Briar Way call off Palisade Avenue stopped the suspects’ vehicle shortly after 11:30 p.m. Sunday, Capt. Edward Young said. They arrested Jahaad Bembry, a 22-year-old food server from Hillside, and Samad Foster, a 26-year-old sanitation worker from Newark, after a witness and home security video confirmed they'd been working the neighborhood, Young said. Bembry was charged with burglary, and both he and Foster were charged with conspiracy before being released pending court action. Young, meanwhile, urged owners to always lock their vehicles and take their fobs no matter where or for how long they park. The overwhelming majority of vehicle burglars don’t technically “break in,” authorities say. Many simple test door handles. If a vehicle is locked, they keep moving. If it’s not, they get to work. Don’t believe it?  WATCH THIS: Gone In 30 Seconds (VIDEO): Here's How Car Thieves Steal Unlocked Vehicles In Bergen, Elsewhere Thieves know what to look for. Some vehicles won't lock if the...
    KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — A third person has died as a result of a fire at a senior apartment building in southeastern Wisconsin that also injured several others, officials said. Kenosha Fire Chief Christopher Bigley said in a statement Tuesday the entire building was filled with smoke and the west side was consumed by flames when firefighters arrived around 9:30 p.m. Monday at the Saxony Manor apartments. Kenosha police officers had evacuated several residents before firefighters arrived. Once on scene, fire crews used their ladder trucks to rescue two residents who were trapped in upper level units. Evacuated residents were kept warm in Kenosha Transit buses. Firefighters contained the blaze in about 30 minutes. Fire crews conducted secondary searches and found two people dead. One of the two appeared to have died from a medical event, officials said. A third adult died later at a hospital of injuries sustained in the fire, according to the statement. Authorities say several others were taken to hospitals, including a Kenosha police officer who suffered from smoke inhalation. Two people remain...
    REISTERSTOWN, Md. (WJZ) — Someone deliberately started the two-alarm fire that torched a Reisterstown apartment building Monday night, authorities said. The Baltimore County Fire Department on Tuesday said an unnamed person has been charged with first-degree arson after investigators determined the fire was intentionally set. READ MORE: Councilman Mark Conway Announces Hearing On GTTF ReportNo one was hurt in the fire, according to preliminary details released by the fire department, but 20 residents were displaced. A dog also died in the fire. The fire erupted at an apartment complex on Brookebury Drive shortly after 8 p.m. Crews sounded a second alarm after arriving to find heavy flames coming from the building. The name of the person suspected of starting the fire was not immediately released Tuesday. READ MORE: Howard County Officials Announce $1,800 Bonuses For County's EducatorsCarlos Meier, who lives nearby, estimated Monday’s fire is the fourth unit he has seen burned in the decade or so he has lived in the area. “I feel for a lot of them,” Meier told WJZ. “They probably have to lose a lot of...
    SAN PABLO (BCN) — The San Pablo City Council will decide Tuesday whether to create a new urgency ordinance aimed at stopping no-fault evictions, as rising COVID-19 numbers cause increased hardship to city renters. State and county eviction protections expired in October, as COVID-19 numbers went down and more people were able to get back to work. But the omicron variant has changed things. READ MORE: SF Citizen Detective Finds Her Missing License Plate on Identical Car Stolen From Another ResidentAccording to a staff report for Tuesday’s meeting, state law prohibits municipalities from passing new eviction protections relating to unpaid rent due between March 1, 2020, through March 31, 2022. But it doesn’t prohibit new just cause protections related to unpaid rent. “Increased non-payment protections and decreased no-fault eviction protections, coupled with delays in distributing rent relief, have incentivized landlords to commence ‘no-fault’ evictions to circumvent the strong state protections on non-payment of rent,” the report says. “Delays in distributing rent relief have increased landlords’ desires to remove tenants from rental properties for any reason. The delays in rent relief...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — With cases and hospitalizations declining, Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman Jr. defended the county’s indoor mask mandate in the face of a lawsuit asking for a temporary restraining order of the policy. Even the Omicron-driven surge in cases is waning, 39 Anne Arundel County residents have died from the virus in the last week, the highest seven-day total since the start of the pandemic, according to Pittman and county health officer Dr. Nilesh Kalyanaraman. READ MORE: Maryland Senate Committee To Hear Testimony On Expanded 'Slow Down, Move Over' Law“My message to the residents of Anne Arundel County is we’re better than this,” Pittman said of the suit. “We do care about one another, I know that you care about your neighbors.” While hospitals in the county are still operating under crisis standards of care, the number of new cases and hospital patients is plateauing, said Kalyanaraman. There are currently 230 residents hospitalized with COVID-19. “That’s exactly what we wanted to see with the mask mandate,” he said. “It’s exactly what is needed to decrease the...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New York City residents who qualify for food assistance started seeing extra cash in their accounts Saturday. Gov. Kathy Hochul announced last week the state would provide an additional $230 million in federal funding to SNAP recipients. READ MORE: No Remote Learning Deal, But Updated Attendance Policy Allows Some Work Online, NYC Schools Chancellor SaysEvery person enrolled in SNAP will get the maximum benefit level this month. That adds up to $835 for a family of four. Families who already receive the maximum will get a $95 stipend. READ MORE: Former NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio Says He Will Not Run For GovernorPayments for SNAP recipients outside the city began last Wednesday. CLICK HERE for more on SNAP benefits in New York City MORE NEWS: Candlelight Vigil Tonight For Michelle Go, Woman Pushed In Front Of Train At Times Square Subway StationEditor’s note: This story first appeared on Jan. 15
    REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (KGO) -- New images show just how much ash is covering parts of Tonga after a massive volcano eruption Saturday, which triggered a tsunami.Reuters reports ash is so heavy at the airport, planes carrying relief supplies can't yet land.Ships with supplies are also on the way.Two people have been confirmed dead, but communications from the island have been limited, so the true extent of the devastation is not yet known.RELATED: Videos show flooding, damage after tsunami waves hit Bay Area EMBED More News Videos An undersea volcano erupted in near the Pacific nation of Tonga, sending tsunami waves crashing across the San Francisco Bay Area coast. Many Bay Area residents are still anxious to hear from loved ones."It's really hard, especially with your son out there," said Liberty Latu.Latu from Redwood City is consumed with worry about her 11-year-old son Gordon, who lives in Tonga. She hasn't spoken to him since last Friday, hours before a massive underwater volcano erupted near the island nation.The phone and internet were knocked out. Liberty needs to know if Gordon is...
    KENOSHA, Wis. (WLS) -- A fire at an apartment complex for senior citizens in Kenosha killed two and left at least five injured Monday night, Wisconsin officials said.Kenosha Fire Chief Kenneth Schroeder said the blaze broke out about 9:30 p.m. at the 16-unit complex known as Saxony Manor, located in the 1800-block of 22nd Avenue.Two of the five hospitalized suffered life-threatening injuries, and the other three were stabilized, fire officials said.RELATED: Highland, Ind. Meijer fires likely set as distraction for shoplifters, police sayA man and a woman died; no other identifying information was immediately provided about those killed.A Kenosha police officer was also injured while trying to evacuate residents. The officer suffered smoke inhalation but is expected to be OK.At least a dozen residents have been displaced.The fire's cause was not yet known early Tuesday morning.
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey says he’s pleased with the job Public Works did clearing city streets, but some families still find themselves stuck in the snow. A lot of areas throughout the city are still covered in snow, even though Mayor Gainey vowed to have the streets cleared by Monday night. Along Fort Duquesne Boulevard and Liberty Avenue, the street was still full of slush and snow overnight. In Pittsburgh’s Brookline neighborhood, Rossmore Avenue and surrounding streets are still buried in snow, making it very dangerous to drive on. (Photo Credit: KDKA Photojournalist Brian Smithmyer) Exercise caution if you do need to head out and hit the roads this morning. Related content: Live Winter Storm Tracker: Pittsburgh Area Digs Out After Heavy Snowfall Blankets Region Mayor Gainey Vows To Have ‘Streets Clear By Tonight’ PHOTO GALLERY: Winter Storm System Moves Into Pittsburgh Area Along Methyl Street in Beechview and on surrounding streets, it was a similar scene to Brookline overnight, with snow and slush still needing to be removed. (Photo Credit: KDKA Photojournalist Brian...
    STUDIO CITY (CBSLA) — The unwarranted death of Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center emergency room nurse Sandra Shells has made waves across the Southland, as residents call for a change in public safety measures amidst rising crime rates. A small memorial for Sandra Shells at the Metro bus stop where she was attacked on Thursday. (Photo Credit: KCAL9 News) READ MORE: Rams Fans Flood The Stands For First Ever Playoff Game At SoFi StadiumShe was approached by an unhoused man on Thursday morning, who slapped her without cause. She fell to the ground, hitting her head. Shells was rushed to the same hospital that she had worked at for nearly 40 years, and after surgery she succumbed to her injuries on Sunday. Now, Angelenos are calling for change from public transportation officials. Christopher Richie, who rides the Metro on a daily basis, told CBS reporters that for him, enough is enough. “Somebody lost their life just going to work, I’m getting off work, we’re all going to work, getting off work, that’s what this place is for – go...
                 Without citing evidence to back up her claims, the district attorney for Georgia’s Western Judicial Circuit last month compared her constituents in Oconee County to white supremacists. That woman, Deborah Gonzalez, said those Oconee County residents wish to do her harm. Gonzalez represents a district that includes not only Oconee but Athens-Clarke counties. Athens-Clarke County’s political climate is strongly liberal. Oconee County’s political climate, meanwhile, is very conservative, according to BestPlaces.net Gonzalez did not return The Georgia Star News’ requests for comment on Monday. Gonzalez, on her Twitter feed, represents herself as politically progressive and promotes left-of-center causes. In a December 18 email, Gonzalez told supporters about a skirmish she witnessed that week in Oconee County. A man patronizing a restaurant allegedly assaulted a member of the Oconee County Democrats. This, as members of that group gathered together for a holiday dinner, as reported by The Athens Banner-Herald. In her email, Gonzalez said Oconee County residents are dangerous. “I was faced with the surreal reality that I can walk on the Block, Vine Street, a place so many...
    (CNN)Residents near Ottawa used a kayak to save a woman whose car plunged into icy water after she drove on a frozen river, police said in a statement. The residents didn't know why the driver was on the Rideau River on Sunday. People who witnessed the incident posted videos on social media showing the vehicle speeding across the ice.Lynda Douglas Kurylowicz, who posted a series of photos online -- including one of the driver taking selfies while standing on the sinking car -- told CNN she grabbed her phone after she heard the car driving on the ice.Kurylowicz said she was in disbelief when she saw the car driving on the frozen river and described the driver's decision to take a selfie during the ordeal as "cavalier." Shortly afterward, Kurylowicz called 911 when she heard the ice crack and saw the car start to sink. Read More"While I was on the phone with 911, people were getting ropes and things to try and help her (the driver)," Kurylowicz said. The driver started climbing out of the car while two men...
    The state of Georgia experienced rare snowfall on Sunday, and many Georgians were eager to take advantage with outdoor activities like sledding.  In fact, some were so excited for the outdoor fun that it didn't even matter that none of the snow was actually sticking. Video captured by actress Brec Bassinger, 22, shows a crowd of Georgians in a local park doing their best to sled down a hill — even though only a smattering of snow can be seen on the mostly grassy hillside. Georgians were seen enjoying rare snowfall in the state by attempting to sled down a not-so-snowy hill on Sunday Footage shows parents and children at the top of a hill, with some kids doing their best to sled down, despite a clear lack of slippery snow @brecbass Snow in the south ¿¿ thinking bout snowboarding l8ter ¿¿ ¿ original sound - Brec Bassinger Bassinger, who starred in Nickelodeon's Bella and the Bulldogs and now appears in the title role in The CW's Stargirl, captured the funny moment midday on Sunday. 'So, I'm in Georgia. It's snowing,...
    BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (CBS Detroit/AP) — More than 400 water service lines in Benton Harbor have been replaced or verified to be free of lead, according to state officials. City officials also are reviewing bids from 13 contractors for removal of an estimated 3,900 lead service lines, Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services said last week in a release. READ MORE: Roseville Woman Charged After 3-Year-Old Finds Gun, Shoots HimselfAccelerated work is expected to start in March, four to six of the contracting firms expected to be hired. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has directed that all of the city’s lead lines be replaced by spring 2023, officials said. Service lines connect city water mains to homes and businesses. Lines made of lead are a source of lead contamination in drinking water. “We appreciate the cooperation of residents and collaboration with the state on this endeavor to help make sure that lead service lines are replaced, and water is safe when it comes out of faucets in Benton Harbor homes and businesses,” said Benton Harbor Mayor Marcus Muhammad. READ MORE: Habitat...
    A woman in Florida says that she’s lucky to be alive after getting attacked by a bear in her own driveway. The large animal injured the woman while she was taking her dogs out for a walk. Fortunately, the woman’s injuries were not considered to be life-threatening. Police officers and biologists with the Florida FWC responded to reports of a woman being attacked by a bear on Jan. 13 around 9 p.m. (Volusia County Sheriff's Office) The incident occurred on Jan. 13 in DeBary, Florida. According to a news release from Florida Fish and Wildlife, officials received reports of the attack around 9 p.m. that evening. When Volusia County Sheriff’s Officers arrived on the scene, a large female bear was found in a tree with her three young cubs. Biologists from FWC arrived on the scene and tranquilized the mother bear. COAST GUARD RESCUES TRAPPED DUCK HUNTERS NEAR CAPE COD The woman, whose full name has not been released, was walking her dog when the attack occurred.  (Volusia County Sheriff's Office) Since it had attacked a human in...
    SANTA ANA (CBSLA) – Orange County’s COVID-19 hospitalizations have inched up to an even 1,200, six more than Saturday’s total, according to the latest state figures. The number of those patients in intensive care rose from 178 to 180. READ MORE: LA Mural, Tributes Honor Betty White On 100th BirthdayMany coronavirus patients entered the hospital for other reasons and only discovered they had COVID after a mandated test, but the rising numbers are putting a strain on local hospitals nonetheless, with some nurses and other staffers unavailable themselves due to the pandemic. “Hospitals are full,” Dr. Regina Chinsio-Kwong, the county’s deputy health officer, told reporters on a weekly media call Friday. However, local hospital officials have not been complaining as much of late about a crush of residents besieging emergency rooms and urgent care facilities for COVID-19 tests after officials urged residents to avoid the heavily taxed system unless they have serious symptoms, Chinsio-Kwong said. About one-third of patients coming to the county’s emergency rooms are specifically complaining of COVID-19, Chinsio-Kwong said. The issue of parsing direct cases of COVID-19...
    In March 2020, San Rafael resident Margrit Gonzalez lost her husband to COVID-19. Since then, another 199 Marin residents have died from the virus. The county reached the grim milestone of 200 deaths during the holidays. Almost all of the victims were older than 65. “I’m still very sad, sometimes I still cry over him,” said Gonzalez, whose husband Lucio was 73. “I miss him terribly.” As of Friday, more than 64 million Americans had been infected by COVID-19 and more than 844,000 of them died. The World Health Organization estimates there have been more than 312 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide — and more than 5 million deaths. Sixty-eight percent of those who died were residing in long-term care centers when they were infected. Unlike the Spanish flu, which was more lethal for young people, COVID-19 has proven to be a scourge for seniors. More than 77% of Marin’s COVID-19 deaths involved people older than 75, while 93% were over 65 and 97% were over 50. Only 2.5% of the deaths involved Marin residents between the ages of...
    JERUSALEM (AP) — Palestinian residents of a flashpoint east Jerusalem neighborhood held a tense standoff with Israeli authorities on Monday as police came to evict them from a disputed property. Several residents of a home in Sheikh Jarrah climbed onto the roof of the building with gas tanks and threatened to set them alight should the Jerusalem municipality follow through with the eviction. Residents say they purchased the property before 1967, when Israel captured east Jerusalem, while the state has argued in court that the family does not have rights to the property. The Jerusalem Municipality formally seized the property in 2017 for the purpose of building a special needs school. A Jerusalem court ruled last year in favor of the city and authorized the eviction. The family has appealed and is awaiting a ruling, but the judge did not freeze the eviction order. City Hall and the police issued a joint statement saying the court ordered the family to vacate the property a year ago. The municipality said the property is to be used to build...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Dozens of public housing residents in the Bronx have been living without hot water for weeks. Now, many fear the frigid temperatures will affect the most vulnerable people living there. READ MORE: Suspect In Texas Hostage Situation Called New York City Rabbi Twice During StandoffJulie Franqui says water from the tap in her apartment on East 153rd Street in the Melrose Houses should be flowing hot, but it’s not, making it impossible to do basic things at home like wash hands or bathe. “I’ve been calling since December 4th. Lukewarm water. They haven’t done anything,” Franqui told CBS2’s Thalia Perez. She’s not alone. There are about 140 residents who live in Building 7, and it seems everyone is affected. Dana Newman lives on the eighth floor and says it’s especially hard on her two young children and 85-year-old mother. “Especially, like, with my mother. She has leg problems, so we have to keep the area clean. And with the cold water, we have to boil it. It takes time,” she said. Residents say they’ve been dealing...
    A TSUNAMI warning was issued for the entire West Coast on Saturday. However, the warning was revised and applied specifically to California residents. 2Officials cautioned residents about the tsunami Is there a tsunami warning in California? On the morning of Saturday, 15 January 2022, a tsunami advisory was in effect for the entire West Coast and Alaska after a volcanic eruption in the Pacific. The official Twitter account of the National Weather Service National Tsunami Warning Center stated: "A Tsunami is occurring. Remember- the first wave may not be that largest. Move away from the shore and head to high ground." However, later that evening on the same day, the warning was only in effect for the California coast from the Orange/Diego Line, California, to the Oregon-California border, as well as San Francisco Bay. Most read in NewsSNOW JOKE Snowstorm Izzy path tracker as huge front causes weather warnings for the weekendSIEGE ENDS Texas synagogue's rabbi says he is 'grateful to be alive' as hostages are freedDON STAGE Donald Trump travels to Arizona for his first rally of 2022TERRORIST NAMED...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – New York City residents who qualify for food assistance will start seeing some extra cash in their accounts as of Saturday. This week, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the state would provide an additional $230 million in federal funding to SNAP recipients. READ MORE: New Yorkers Urged To Wrap Up Holiday Weekend Travel Before Sunday Evening StormEvery person enrolled in SNAP will get the maximum benefit level this month. That adds up to $835 for a family of four. READ MORE: Bronx High-Rise Victims Remembered With Funeral Sunday, Officials Pledge To Keep Up Support For SurvivorsFamilies who already receive the maximum will get a $95 stipend. Payments for SNAP recipients outside the city began on Wednesday. MORE NEWS: British National Identified As Suspect In Hostage Situation At Texas SynagogueEditor’s note: This story first appeared on Jan. 15
    BOSTON (CBS) – Newly elected Boston City Council president Ed Flynn joined WBZ-TV political analyst Jon Keller to discuss a variety of issues impacting residents in the city. Flynn, who is in his third term representing South Boston, is a Navy veteran who was previously a probation officer. Keller asked Flynn if he approves of the COVID vaccine mandate that is in place for all City of Boston employees. “I have great respect for the public employee unions. They do an incredible job in our city – police, fire EMS,” Flynn said. “But I do think our city officials need to be vaccinated so they continue to provide exceptional services to the residents they’re interacting with. For their health and the residents’ health, I think it’s important to do.” Flynn also said he backs how Mayor Michelle Wu handled the situation at Mass and Cass, where tents were removed this week and homeless residents were offered alternative housing. “I think the mayor has handled it well. She was considerate, she was respectful to the rights of the people living in...
    COVID-19 infections are soaring again at U.S. nursing homes because of the omicron wave, and deaths are climbing too, leading to new restrictions on family visits and a renewed push to get more residents and staff members vaccinated and boosted. Nursing homes were the lethal epicenter of the pandemic early on, before the vaccine allowed many of them to reopen to visitors last year. But the wildly contagious variant has dealt them a setback. Nursing homes reported a near-record of about 32,000 COVID-19 cases among residents in the week ending Jan. 9, an almost sevenfold increase from a month earlier, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A total of 645 COVID-19-related deaths among residents were recorded during the same week, a 47% increase from the earlier period. And there are fears that deaths could go much higher before omicron is through. Despite the rising numbers, the situation is not as dire as it was in December 2020, when nursing home deaths per week topped out at about 6,200. Experts credit the high vaccination rates now among...
    LOS ANGELES (CNS) -- Los Angeles County reported 66 deaths associated with the coronavirus Saturday -- the most COVID-related fatalities reported in one day since April 2 of last year.The majority of deaths reported this week occurred in people who became infected after Dec. 20, when the omicron variant was circulating widely, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.The county also reported 41,765 new cases of COVID-19, and said "the extraordinarily high number of new cases reflects worrisome rates of community transmission."The number of COVID patients in Los Angeles County hospitals increased to 4,386, up from 4,257 on Friday. The number of those patients in intensive care rose to 602, up two from Friday's total.Many coronavirus patients entered the hospital for other reasons and only discovered they had COVID after a mandated test, but the surging numbers are putting a strain on hospitals nonetheless, with many nurses and other staffers unavailable themselves due to the pandemic.As of Friday, more than 80% of all adult ICU beds in the county were occupied.Overall, COVID patient numbers are still well...
    BERKELEY (KPIX) — Police evacuated around 115 residents Saturday morning at the Berkeley Marina as a tsunami advisory impacted communities around the Bay Area and along the entire U.S. West Coast after an underwater volcano erupted near the island nation of Tonga in the South Pacific. “The first thing is I got a call from a friend in San Francisco and she said ‘be careful, there’s something coming,'” said Kat Schaaf, who has lived in the marina for more than 20 years. “Knock, knock, knock, then the words came you got to evacuate immediately.” Berkeley police say they evacuated people from docks and boats at the marina. They asked people to stay away from the shore until the tsunami advisory ended. “[We] immediately began making evacuations, going from boat to boat while the tsunami advisory is in effect,” said Byron White, a public information officer for the department. Sarah Greenwood has lived at the marina for a decade and says about 10 percent of the boats have residents. She says the notice to leave came around 7:20 a.m. “They drove...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Pennsylvania’s Department of Transportation said Saturday it is ready for Sunday’s incoming storm, with a plan to cover any staffing issues caused by COVID. Right now, it’s not the snow people are talking about — it’s the freezing cold. With temperatures this low, people in Philadelphia are cutting to the chase. READ MORE: Philadelphia Weather: Potent Winter Storm System Set To Hit Delaware Valley Sunday Night“I don’t like the cold because it’s too cold freezing,” one person told CBS3. The cold weather not freezing plans Saturday night as Eyewitness News caught up with people at the Acme on City Avenue. “I’ll tell you my business. I’m coming from Jersey just running errands with my mom, Walmart and some other places,” one person said. At Dilworth Park, we found the same dislike for the cold READ MORE: Patient Smoking Led To Small Fire, Partial Evacuation Of Lankenau Hospital, Spokesperson Says“It was real cold when we first got here because we had to walk like 15 minutes for parking but as soon as we got here it warmed...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Local fire departments have a reminder for residents as the winter storm system approaches. READ MORE: 1 Dead, 1 Hurt After Boat Carrying Duck Hunters Capsizes In CreekThe Volunteer Fireman’s Association of Liberty Borough posted on its Facebook page a reminder about shoveling out fire hydrants when it snows. They want people to “adopt” a hydrant this winter season. READ MORE: Pittsburgh Weather: Current Forecast Show Likelihood Of Heavy Snow In Region“If there is a hydrant close to your property and your (sic) physically able to clear the snow around it we ask that you do. Trying to locate a hydrant after roads have been plowed is very difficult! This also takes precious time if we have to clear around it during an emergency,” the post said. MORE NEWS: Pittsburgh Public Schools Interim Superintendent Places Friendly Bet With Kansas City Public Schools SuperintendentClick here for the latest forecast.
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — State and municipal officials around the state are preparing for a winter snowstorm expected to begin Sunday and last into Monday in the Baltimore region. Precipitation is expected to start as snow around 3 or 4 p.m. Sunday with possible snowfall rates of 1 inch to 2 inches an hour. READ MORE: Smithsonian Museums Adjust Hours, Implement Procedures Against COVID-19Flooding could be possible in low-lying areas like Fells Point and the Inner Harbor in Baltimore. Residents are asked to park their cars in one of the following garages starting at 2 p.m.: The Fleet and Eden Street Garage at 501 S. Eden Street Caroline Street at 805 S. Caroline Street Spaces will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. Vehicles must be removed by 7 a.m. Tuesday. Residents should call 311 to report downed trees and dangerous conditions. Power outages should be reported to BGE at 877-778-2222. READ MORE: City Police Investigating Overnight Shooting In Fells PointThe Baltimore City Snow Team has been readying snow removal equipment and pretreating roads and gateways in and out of...
    PostedJanuary 15, 2022, 5:00 p.m. Authorities in the United States have recommended that Hawaii be evacuated following a volcanic eruption in the Pacific archipelago. The epicenter was reported below the Pacific Ocean floor, however; no tsunami alert was issued for Tonga on Saturday. The Japan Meteorological Agency said the tsunami hit the southern island of Amami Oshima at 11:55 pm local time (1455 GMT) on Saturday, before other areas along Japan’s Pacific coast saw small waves. National Public Television NHK switched to a special program with live broadcasts from the port cities concerned, calling for the evacuation of high-altitude residents, with nothing too unusual in film broadcasting. During a news conference televised at midnight, the Japanese Meteorological Agency said a tsunami alert had been issued for a wave of about 1 meter after 11:00 pm local time. An official said during the press conference, “We call on residents to react. “Leave Beaches, Ports” A tsunami alert was issued Saturday morning for the west coast of Hawaii, which has already been hit by “minor flooding”, according to the U.S....
    COLLEYVILLE synagogue worshippers are reportedly being held hostage on live stream after man storms temple during service near Fort Worth. Multiple voices can be heard in the live-stream service that was being held at Congregation Beth Israel synagogue. 1There is an ongoing hostage situation at a Colleyville synagogue According to reports, a suspect is demanding to speak with his sister on phone amid the ongoing hostage situation. The synagogue is located at 6100 Pleasant Run Road in Colleyville, Texas. An evacuation is underway for residents in the immediate surrounding area. Colleyville Police tweeted alerting residents of the situation. We are currently conducting SWAT operations around the 6100 block of Pleasant Run Rd. All residents in the immediate area are being evacuated. Please avoid the area.— Colleyville Police (@ColleyvillePD) January 15, 2022 More to follow... For the latest news on this story keep checking back at Sun Online. The-sun.com is your go-to destination for the best celebrity news, sport news, real-life stories, jaw-dropping pictures and must-see video. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheSunUS and follow us from our main Twitter account at @TheUSSun. Most read...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- New York let its eviction and foreclosure moratorium expire on Saturday, but will once again let people apply for eviction protection and rent relief.Tenants' rights advocates rallied on the steps of the New York Public Library a day before the moratorium officially expired, asking for federal relief for families still struggling amid the pandemic."We're here today fighting to get our electeds to pay attention and understand and we're going to keep fighting until they take action," said Jarrod McFarlane, Housing Justice for All.Some 100 protesters joined city leaders on Friday asking Gov. Kathy Hochul for another extension to the eviction moratorium until the end of June."Our governor and our assembly have decided to take the week off, and we think it's unconscionable in a week when so many New Yorkers are facing being unhoused, and that's what we're here today to represent," McFarlane said.They also want to keep the Emergency Rental Assistance Program open until the state gets the money needed to pay off all debts, pass a Good Cause Eviction Law, and expand New York...
    By Matt DeLucia, CBS2 Meteorologist/Weather Producer Bunde up! Expect mostly to partly sunny skies today, but it stays COLD. Highs will struggle to get into the low 20s, feeling like the single digits and teens all day. It’s then another cold night, although with slightly less wind, the wind chills won’t be as severe. Still… plenty cold! READ MORE: Police: Woman Dies After Being Pushed In Front Of Oncoming Subway In Times Square, Man In CustodyFor Sunday, the daylight hours are dry as well. It’s after sunset that precip starts moving into our southern areas, moving into the city by 7pm. The brunt of the storm is then overnight into early Monday morning. For the city and south/east, it’s a mainly rain event after a brief thump of snow to start. To the north and west, a bit more snow… but still, rain takes over fairly quickly. It’s Sussex Co. up into western Orange and Sullivan/Ulster that will see the most snow, potentially up to 6″ or more. For the city? A quick coating or so before going over...
    A tsunami advisory was issued Saturday morning along the West Coast, including parts of the Bay Area, as weather officials told residents to avoid coastal waters. The National Weather Service said there could be up to a couple feet of flooding at beaches at harbor areas in the Bay Area, including in San Francisco and Berkeley, during the morning hours. The announcement prompted the city’s department of emergency to order residents to stay away those areas. “If you are on a beach, harbor or marina dock, or pier, and you cannot self-evacuate, call 911 for evacuation assistance now,” the department said in an alert. “Stay away from San Francisco beaches, harbor and marina docks, and piers until the city issues an official notice that it is safe to return. The Berkeley Fire Department, meanwhile, ordered the mandatory evacuation of residents living at or near the city’s Marina neighborhood due to similar flooding risks. #TsunamiAdvisory remains in effect for the #WestCoast, with peak tsunami wave heights of 1 to 2 feet possible. Main impacts expect to be strong rip currents, coastal...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A man is in custody after allegedly pushing a woman into the path of an oncoming train. Police say it happened on R train platform at the Times Square station at around 9:40 a.m. Saturday. READ MORE: Saturday Is Deadline For Connecticut Residents To Enroll In Affordable Care ActAccording to police, a man shoved the woman into the tracks as a southbound R train was entering the station. She was fatally struck. READ MORE: Officials Say 11-Alarm Fire At Chemical Warehouse In Passaic Contained; Warn Nearby Residents To Keep Windows ClosedPolice say they have a man in custody. MORE NEWS: Extra Cash Starts Saturday For New York City Residents Who Receive SNAP Benefits 
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Saturday is an important deadline if you need health insurance for 2022. Open enrollment ends Saturday to get coverage through the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare.” READ MORE: Officials Say 11-Alarm Fire At Chemical Warehouse In Passaic Contained; Warn Nearby Residents To Keep Windows ClosedHowever, some states, including New York and New Jersey are extending their deadline through Jan. 31. READ MORE: Extra Cash Starts Saturday For New York City Residents Who Receive SNAP BenefitsThat means people in Connecticut must enroll by midnight Saturday. Coverage prices could be even lower this year. MORE NEWS: 'Miracle On The Hudson' Remembered On 13th AnniversaryExperts say federal COVID relief is helping to reduce premiums and out-of-pocket costs.