GOP, businesses slam AOC for doubting existence of smash-and-grab robberies: 'Tone-deaf and offensive'
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said 'a lot of these allegations of organized retail theft are not actually panning out' referring to smash-and-grab incidents. The New York Democrat is facing pushback from Republicans and retail leaders.news.yahoo.com
"48 Hours" catches up with woman two decades after adopted parents sent her back to Russia over safety concerns
Over 20 years ago, a young American couple adopted a Russian girl. But eventually, the parents began to fear she was capable of murder. For this week's "48 Hours," Troy Roberts sat down with her decades later to discuss her surprising story, and he joined CBSN to talk about his reporting.news.yahoo.com
Nebraska reports six omicron infections, making it the sixth U.S. state with confirmed cases
The first patient in Nebraska returned from Nigeria on Nov. 23 and became symptomatic on Nov. 24, according to a press release from the Public Health Solutions District Health Department. New York officials confirmed five cases late Thursday: one in Suffolk County on Long Island, two in Queens, one in Brooklyn and another in New York City. Minnesota public health officials confirmed the second U.S. case of variant earlier that day in a resident who recently returned from attending a convention in New York City. The U.S. is among the list of 38 countries with confirmed cases of the omicron variant, the World Health Organization on Friday. Health officials in the U.S. and worldwide have worried that the variant may reduce the efficacy of vaccines to some degree.cnbc.com
California Man Sentenced to More Than Six Years in Prison for Federal Hate Crime Conviction
A California man was sentenced to 82 months in prison for committing a federal hate crime in connection with attacking a Black man with a knife in Santa Cruz, California. According to evidence presented at trial, Hougen confronted a 29-year-old Black man who was crossing the street in Santa Cruz. This conviction represents Hougen’s fourth known racially motivated attack against Black men in the last seven years. “All crime is unacceptable, but hate crimes are particularly cruel. For more information and resources on the department’s efforts to combat hate crimes, visit www.justice.gov/hatecrimes.justice.gov
LA authorities announce arrests in smash-and-grab robberies
Authorities in Los Angeles on Thursday announced more than a dozen arrests in recent smash-and-grab thefts at stores where nearly $340,000 worth of merchandise was stolen, part of a rash of organized retail crime in California. Fourteen people were arrested in connection with 11 brazen robberies between Nov. 18 and 28, and all are out of custody, police Chief Michel Moore said. At a joint news conference, both Moore and Mayor Eric Garcetti called for an end to a no-bail policy for some defendants aimed at reducing overcrowding at Los Angeles County jails during the coronavirus pandemic.news.yahoo.com
Two Arrested in Los Angeles for Their Roles in Hospice Fraud Conspiracy
Two California hospice facility owners were arrested today in Los Angeles on criminal charges related to their alleged participation in a kickback and health care fraud scheme. Doganyan and Arutyunyan are charged with conspiracy to commit health care fraud, health care fraud, conspiracy to pay and receive kickbacks, and paying kickbacks. The FBI Los Angeles Field Office and HHS-OIG are investigating the case. Trial Attorneys Justin Givens and Helen Lee of the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section are prosecuting the case. An indictment is merely an allegation and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.justice.gov
Prosecute shoplifters under existing laws, governor says
Gov. Gavin Newsom said Wednesday in no uncertain terms that he thinks shoplifters should be prosecuted under existing California laws, as he called out local officials whom he said have been reluctant to do so. Newsom, a Democrat who has boasted of his criminal justice reform efforts, promised that the proposed budget he sends to state lawmakers next month will “significantly increase our efforts to go after these retail rings.” Attorney General Rob Bonta, a Newsom appointee who has touted his own progressive reforms, separately made similar get-tough comments Wednesday.news.yahoo.com
January 6 panel votes in favor of holding Jeffrey Clark in criminal contempt
The House committee investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol advanced a measure to hold Jeffrey Clark in criminal contempt for failing to comply with a subpoena. However, the former Justice Department official may have one last chance to avoid potential prosecution. CBS News senior investigative correspondent Catherine Herridge joins CBSN's Lana Zak with the details of the vote.news.yahoo.com
Jacqueline Avant, wife of music legend, killed in shooting
Jacqueline Avant, a Los Angeles philanthropist and the wife of music legend Clarence Avant, was fatally shot in Beverly Hills, California, early Wednesday, according to authorities and a Netflix spokeswoman. Netflix spokeswoman Emily Feingold confirmed that Jacqueline Avant was killed in the shooting. Avant's daughter, Nicole, is married to Ted Sarandos, Netflix co-CEO and chief content officer.news.yahoo.com
US reports 1st case of omicron variant in returning traveler
The U.S. identified its first known case of the omicron variant Wednesday — in a vaccinated traveler returning to California from South Africa — as scientists around the world raced to establish whether the new, mutant version of the coronavirus is more dangerous than the previous ones.
Can California legally require women on corporate boards?
When then-California Gov. Jerry Brown signed the nation's first law requiring women on boards of publicly traded companies, he suggested it might not survive legal challenges. Three years later, a judge will begin hearing evidence Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court that could undo the law credited with giving more women seats in boardrooms traditionally dominated by men. The California law has spurred other states to adopt or consider similar laws.news.yahoo.com
US companies announce plans for gene-edited strawberries
An Idaho company that successfully brought genetically modified potatoes to the market has announced an agreement to help a California-based plant breeding company grow strawberries they say will stay fresh longer and have a longer growing season.