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Rep. Jackie Speier on surviving Jonestown, retirement : “When you look death in the eye, you are not afraid anymore”
Politics

Rep. Jackie Speier on surviving Jonestown, retirement : “When you look death in the eye, you are not afraid anymore”

After spending over a decade in Congress, Rep. Jackie Speier, a California Democrat, will be retiring. She is one of 55 lawmakers who decided not to run for re-election. But Speier's road to Washington began in 1978 on a deserted airstrip in Guyana where she lay wounded after being shot five times. Speier was then a 28-year-old congressional staffer on a fact-finding mission with her boss, California Rep. Leo Ryan, at the People's Temple compound of cult leader Jim Jones.  After the visit, they sought to return home but attackers dispatched by the cult leaders assassinated Ryan and shot Speier multiple times. For 22 hours, she lay on the ground bleeding and hurt — afraid that she would never see her family again.  "Many of us thought we we...
Science

Twitter is auctioning off office items from its headquarters — including a giant “@” statue that can hold your plants

Holiday shopping could extend another month for Twitter's biggest fans. In mid-January, the social media giant will auction off some of the surplus office items at its San Francisco, California, headquarters — including statues, kitchen items, furniture and more. Along with standard office furniture, the auction will include some more advanced technology, such as smart TVs, mobile media centers and digital whiteboards, as well as commercial kitchen supplies, including ice machines, a heavy-duty griddle and espresso machines. Some of the most unique items available, however, represent Twitter itself – a more than 3-foot tall Twitter bird statue and a massive 6-foot "@" sculpture planter that currently has artificial plants that can be replaced with live ones. A more ...
Joe Chahayed is a grandpa of 10 who emigrated to the U.S. in the 80s. He just won $1 million for selling the $2.04 billion Powerball ticket.
Business

Joe Chahayed is a grandpa of 10 who emigrated to the U.S. in the 80s. He just won $1 million for selling the $2.04 billion Powerball ticket.

Someone who bought a Powerball ticket won a record $2.04 billion Powerball jackpot Tuesday — and the owner of the Southern California business that sold the lucky ticket is getting a hefty sum himself.The jackpot ticket was sold at Joe's Service Center in Altadena, an unincorporated community in the foothills northeast of Los Angeles. For selling the winning ticket, business owner Joe Chahayed will receive a Powerball bonus of $1 million."I'm very surprised. Very excited. Very happy," said Chahayed, who wore a bright yellow California Lottery shirt and cap. Joe Chahayed, owner of Joe's Service Center, the Mobil gas station at Woodbury Road and Fair Oaks Avenue in Altadena, is the man who sold the $2.04 billion-winning Powerball ticket. He is seen meeting the media o...
2022 midterms have “significant stakes for the climate.” These are the state and local measures to watch.
Politics

2022 midterms have “significant stakes for the climate.” These are the state and local measures to watch.

The countdown to Election Day is now in the single digits, and this year there are a number of major issues on the line. One of those issues could have implications for humanity as a whole: climate change. "This midterm election has significant stakes for the climate," Geoffrey Henderson, a postdoctoral associate at Duke's Sanford School of Public Policy, told CBS News. Clean energy, pollution and infrastructure upgrades are all important aspects of climate policy that have found their way onto the ballot. Andrew Pershing, director of climate science at the nonpartisan research group Climate Central, told CBS News, "The earlier you act, the more effective the actions are and the cheaper they are and the more benefits you get."  "Even though the s...
Microsoft and Sony in corporate battle over Call of Duty access
Science

Microsoft and Sony in corporate battle over Call of Duty access

Hunting down your enemies on the bustling streets of Amsterdam, along the U.S.-Mexico border or in a Middle Eastern fishing village is just part of the intense action in the latest Call of Duty video game.The Friday release of "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2" continues a nearly two-decade run for California-based Activision Blizzard's wildly popular military shooting game franchise. New installments of the game can rival Hollywood's biggest blockbusters in how much they earn on their opening weekend.But the battle this time is also happening off-screen. Call of Duty is at the center of a corporate tug-of-war between Microsoft's Xbox and Sony's PlayStation over Microsoft's pending $69 billion purchase of Activision Blizzard. Rights to the mega-hit...
F-16 fighter jet intercepted small plane in restricted airspace near Biden speech in California
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F-16 fighter jet intercepted small plane in restricted airspace near Biden speech in California

President Joe Biden stands after delivering remarks on lowering costs for American families at Irvine Valley College in Orange County on October 14, 2022 in Irvine, California.  Mario Tama / Getty Images An F-16 fighter jet intercepted a small plane last Friday in restricted airspace over Southern California, near a community college where President Biden had just begun speaking. The incident occurred over Santa Ana, Calif.; the president was at a community college in Irvine, about 12 miles away. According to an Air Force press release, the fighter jet fired flares to "gain the attention" of the Cessna pilot. Air traffic control audio revealed the F-16 alerted the pilot numero...
California attorney general warns town against abortion ban as governor signs 13 reproductive health bills
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California attorney general warns town against abortion ban as governor signs 13 reproductive health bills

A city in California is considering legislation that would ban abortions within the city. In response, California Attorney General Rob Bonta warned Temecula's city council not to pass such legislation, threatening legal action if it attempts to go above state law. In a letter sent Friday to the city's mayor and council, Bonta emphasized that local laws cannot conflict with state laws. "The California Legislature and the California Supreme Court have declared time and again that California is a reproductive freedom state and that Californians have a right to access abortion," the letter said. Earlier this month, during a Temecula City Council meeting, member Jessica Alexander proposed the creation of a resolution barring abortions."Let Temecula be...
GOP governors continue sending migrants, including babies, to Democratic states
Politics

GOP governors continue sending migrants, including babies, to Democratic states

Republican governors this week continued ramping up the controversial practice of sending migrants to Democratic states in a move critics are calling a political stunt. Arriving by bus and plane in Sacramento, California, dozens of migrant families, including children, were dropped off without any direction or assistance. Aid workers said some migrants who walked from a Sacramento airport looking for shelter ended up sleeping in a park. "Using people as political pawns to make a political point is wrong, and this is really an immoral thing for whoever is doing it to be doing," Autumn Gonzalez, a volunteer with the nonprofit group NorCal Resist, told CBS News. New York City's shelters are also at the breaking point. Mayor Eric Adams said the ci...
Ex Rep. TJ Cox of Fresno blames blames charges on ‘politics’
Politics

Ex Rep. TJ Cox of Fresno blames blames charges on ‘politics’

Upon his release from Fresno County Jail Tuesday evening, former Fresno Congressman Terrance John “TJ” Cox said he looks forward to defending himself against a slew of federal charges. Earlier Tuesday, Cox, 59, appeared in U.S. District Court in Fresno facing 28 charges, including wire fraud, money laundering, financial institution fraud, and campaign contribution fraud. “I was facing charges today. We pled not guilty and look forward to vigorously defending those allegations,” Cox said. Cox told reporters outside the jail that he learned of his imminent arrest at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, and he agreed to surrender at Fresno County Jail, where he remained most of the day, aside from his arraignment. Cox, who was accompanied by his attorney, said he had not read the indictment yet upon ...