Great white shark bite mark from Christmas Eve attack that killed California bodyboarder was 16 inches around, report says
Bodyboarder Tomas Butterfield, 42, was bitten in the head, chest and shoulder in the attack at Morro Bay, some 200 miles north of L.A., official reports say. It was a great white shark that killed him on Christmas Eve, the reports conclude.cbsnews.com
Report: Great white shark killed California bodyboarder
A bodyboarder was attacked by a great white shark in central California on Christmas Eve and died within minutes, official reports have concluded. Tomas Abraham Butterfield, 42, was bitten in the head, chest and shoulder in the Morro Bay attack and died from “complications of multiple penetrating blunt force traumatic injuries,” according to a coroner's report, The Tribune of San Luis Obispo County reported Tuesday. A piece of what appeared to be a shark's tooth was found on his body, the Tribune said, citing a report by a sheriff's detective that was among documents released to the paper under a public records request.news.yahoo.com
Potato casserole recipe really is special
Feb. 16—Last weekend, I asked my mother-in-law, Roye, for her special potato casserole recipe. This is a dish she reserves for holidays, like Christmas Eve or Easter. I thought she called it special because she makes it only for special occasions, but, no, when she sent me the recipe, the name of it is really is Special Potato Casserole, and it's from "Elegant Entertaining Cookbook" by Myra ...news.yahoo.com
Winter storms deal death blow to iconic California rock formation
A view of the arch at Montana de Oro State Park in California. (Flickr/Randy Robinson) Not even the magic of Christmas could save an iconic California rock formation from collapsing. On Christmas Eve, the historic rock arch along a San Luis Obispo beach in California's Montana de Oro State Park, situated about halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, collapsed in on itself, according to reporting from the Los Angeles Times. The rock formation's collapse has been blamed on the record-breakinews.yahoo.com
House panel probing January 6 Capitol riot may hold public hearings in 2022
The House committee investigating the Capitol insurrection will reportedly begin a more public phase of the probe in the new year. CBS News congressional reporter Zak Hudak joined CBSN with more on the progress of their investigation.news.yahoo.com
Russia may have withdrawn thousands of troops from Ukrainian border
After amassing tens of thousands of troops on its shared border with Ukraine, Russia may be pulling back at least some of their forces. The unconfirmed report comes from a Russian news agency, citing Russian military sources. However, a sizable force of up to 100,000 troops remain near the border. Daniel Treisman, a professor in the political science department at UCLA, joined CBSN's Elise Preston to discuss these latest developments.news.yahoo.com
‘It was the worst Christmas,’ says COVID-positive passenger disembarking cruise ship
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. The Holbrook family of Michigan stepped off Royal Caribbean’s Odyssey of the Seas frustrated and angry after the cruise ship they were on returned to Port Everglades from its eight-night voyage. Christopher Holbrook, 49, tested positive for COVID-19 while aboard and spent Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in his room in isolation. “It was the worst Christmas,” Holbrook said ...news.yahoo.com
'Go in peace': US church founded in 1800 holds last service
A Pennsylvania church with a 221-year history held its final service and is scheduled to close at the end of the year because of declining membership and attendance. The First Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, which is nearly as old as the borough itself, held the final scheduled service on Christmas Eve after having welcomed generations of families over the course of more than two centuries. The church was established in 1800 by the same men who founded Bellefonte in 1795 at a time when there were only 16 states and counted among its members two former Pennsylvania governors.news.yahoo.com
Alex Jones' wife arrested on domestic violence charge
The wife of conspiracy theorist Alex Jones was arrested Christmas Eve on a domestic violence charge that the right-wing provocateur said stems from a "medication imbalance.” Sheriff's deputies took Erika Wulff Jones into custody and booked her into an Austin jail around 8:45 p.m. Friday. Alex Jones, an Austin resident and founder of the right-wing media group Infowars, declined Saturday to say whether he'd been injured or elaborate on what happened beyond that he believes it was related to his wife's recent change of medication.news.yahoo.com
More flights canceled on Christmas Day amid Omicron COVID surge
The holiday season is being dampened by the coronavirus pandemic again this year. More than 700 U.S. flights are already canceled today and that's on top of hundreds that were called off on Christmas Eve. The holiday travel woes are the latest reminder of just how disruptive the pandemic has become. Michael George has more.news.yahoo.com
14-year-old fatally shot by LAPD has been identified
The coroner's office has identified the 14-year-old girl who was fatally shot by Los Angeles police Thursday when officers fired on an assault suspect, and a bullet went through the wall and struck the girl as she was in a clothing store dressing room.news.yahoo.com
‘Is You Serious, Man?’: Newly Released Bodycam Footage Captures Virginia Police Officer Tackling Black Man for Riding Bike Without Headlights
A family is seeking justice for their loved one featured in a newly released police body camera video that showed Norfolk, Virginia, police tackling a […]news.yahoo.com
British lawmakers approve post-Brexit trade deal with EU
UK chief trade negotiator David Frost looks on as Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson signs the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement at 10 Downing Street, London Wednesday Dec. 30, 2020. (Leon Neal/Pool via AP)BRUSSELS – Britain’s Parliament voted resoundingly on Wednesday to approve a trade deal with the European Union, paving the way for an orderly break with the bloc that will finally complete the U.K.’s long and divisive Brexit journey. With just a day to spare, lawmakers in the House of Commons voted 521-73 in favor of the agreement sealed between the U.K. government and the EU last week. She noted that the deal protected trade in goods but did not cover services, which account for 80% of Britain's economy. “We have a deal in trade, which benefits the EU, but not a deal in services, which would have benefitted the U.K.," May said.
The Spin: Kinzinger not ruling out bid for governor | Why Lipinski voted against $2,000 payments | Chicago’s surge in homicides tied to COVID-19, Mayor Lightfoot says
In a ruling issued Christmas Eve, Walker wrote that the governor’s initial emergency order delaying the licenses was insufficient. But Walker also wrote that a later governor’s order clarified the delay was necessary because the pandemic has forced the Illinois Department of Agriculture, which is supposed to issue the licenses, to concentrate on oversight of meat and livestock facilities and the food supply chain. Expect the growers to appeal what an attorney is calling a weak decision by the court.chicagotribune.com
Judge rules against marijuana craft grower applicants seeking immediate licenses
In a ruling issued Christmas Eve, Walker wrote that the governor’s initial emergency order delaying the licenses was insufficient. But Walker also wrote that a later governor’s order clarified the delay was necessary because the pandemic has forced the Illinois Department of Agriculture, which is supposed to issue the licenses, to concentrate on oversight of meat and livestock facilities and the food supply chain.chicagotribune.com
Georgia Senate Candidates rake in recordbreaking fundraising hauls
Georgia Senate Candidates rake in recordbreaking fundraising hauls The latest FEC filings from Christmas Eve show Georgia's Senate runoff candidates raised a combined $340 million for their campaigns over the last two months, with Democrats outraising Republicans. Republican strategist and co-founder of the nonprofit "Speak Georgia" Janelle King joins CBSN host Tom Hanson to discuss the final week of campaigning ahead of the June fifth elections.cbsnews.com
Georgia Senate candidates rake in record-breaking fundraising hauls
Georgia Senate candidates rake in record-breaking fundraising hauls The latest FEC filings from Christmas Eve show Georgia's Senate runoff candidates raised a combined $340 million for their campaigns over the last two months, with Democrats outraising Republicans. Republican strategist and co-founder of the nonprofit "Speak Georgia" Janelle King joins CBSN host Tom Hanson to discuss the final week of campaigning ahead of the January 5th elections.cbsnews.com
Tornado damaged homes, injured 2 in Starke on Christmas Eve
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Thunderstorms that swept through Northeast Florida on Christmas Eve spawned a tornado in Starke that left two people injured, according to the National Weather Service Jacksonville. Crews surveyed the damage left in Bradford County in the wake of the strong storms and said it’s consistent with a tornado with maximum winds of 105 mph, classifying it an EF1. The NWS said the tornado developed just after 6 p.m. and left a damage path of about 4.13 miles. The tornado caused damage to trees, fences, and roofs on manufactured homes along its 4-mile path, NWS said. News4Jax saw damage along Highway 100 near Starke, where trees fell onto two homes and a car.
‘This virus is tricky’: Health expert warns COVID-19 spike could follow holidays
The CDC has recommendations for those who traveled for the holiday:It recommends getting tested three to five days after returning home. If you receive a negative test, they recommend still isolating at home for seven days to be safe. “This virus is tricky,” said Dr. Mohammed Reza, an infectious disease expert. If you traveled, @CDCgov recommends getting tested 3-5 days after returning home. The site offers rapid testing, antigen testing and PCR tests with no appointment needed.
Notre Dame choir returns for first time since devastating fire for Christmas Eve concert
Paris — Wearing hard hats and protective suits, members of the choir of Notre Dame Cathedral sang inside the medieval Paris landmark for the first time since last year's devastating fire for a special Christmas Eve concert. Restoration work on the Notre Dame cathedral has been continuing at night despite the curfew aiming at curbing the spread of the coronavirus. The public was not allowed in and isn't expected to see the inside of Notre Dame until at least 2024. MARTIN BUREAU/AFP via Getty ImagesThe archbishop of Paris, Monsignor Michel Aupetit, held Thursday's Christmas Eve services in Saint-Germain-l'Auxerrois Church across from the Louvre Museum instead of Notre Dame. The Notre Dame choir used to give 60 concerts a year inside the cathedral but has been itinerant ever since, moving among other Paris churches.cbsnews.com
Grinch caught green-handed apparently stealing Christmas again
He was allegedly at it again on Christmas Eve. But Colorado State Police Trooper Pointon, whose first name wasn't given, caught him in the act. And put the cuffs on him:Trooper Pointon caught the Grinch red handed or should I say green handed today in Las Animas. S93 pic.twitter.com/Z8ryrXT9w7 — CSP La Junta&Lamar (@CSP_LaJunta) December 24, 2020CBS Denver reports investigators didn't say what the Grinch was accused of this time, but that he has a history of — stealing Christmas. And like the original Dr. Seuss story, the Grinch's "arrest" photo appeared aimed at bringing some smiles to the holidays.cbsnews.com
Virus magnifies the solitude for the elderly at Christmas
I will spend Christmas at home alone because I don't have anyone to spend them with. “I don’t feel like celebrating anything,” Otero said as she sat down to eat a plate of salmon with potatoes. “We have missed one another these Christmas holidays,” Cano said. I am one of the last ones left. I will spend Christmas at home alone because I don’t have anyone to spend it with.”___AP writer Joseph Wilson contributed to this report.
Some Southern California churches set to hold indoor services for the holidays
On Saturday, the LA County Public Health Department announced that indoor religious services would again be permitted, this in response to a ruling from the Supreme Court in early December. The Archdiocese of Los Angeles, which overseas Roman Catholic churches in LA, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, announced Wednesday that it would allow its churches to hold indoor services and released a list of guidelines. LA County has been engaged in multiple legal cases with churches who chose to defy orders not to hold indoor services. Most California churches, mosques and synagogues statewide were first forced to shutter indoor services in mid-March, when the coronavirus pandemic took hold. However, in mid-July, when the coronavirus numbers began to spike, Newsom ordered all houses of worship in counties with high case rates to again halt indoor services.cbsnews.com
Damage, power outages in wake of Christmas Eve storms
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A line of strong storms that moved quickly across Northeast Florida on Christmas Eve left power outages and downed trees in its wake. Another home had a large tree fall in the backyard. STORM DAMAGE: This surveillance video shows patio furniture being tossed around by wind and rain. Also in Mandarin, a power outage didn’t stop the Mandarin Presbyterian Church from holding its Christmas Eve Service. Take a look:In Lake City, Jerry Norenberg said he was getting ready to eat food with his roommates when a tree came crashing through their home.
Severe thunderstorm warnings posted as storms push through Jacksonville
We’re under a Weather Authority Alert through 8 p.m. because of a line of strong, possibly severe storms that may produce damaging wind gusts as they move quickly across our area. The showers and thunderstorms began to move into our inland areas, from Waycross to Lake City around 4 p.m. Just before 5 p.m., Severe Thunderstorm Warnings were up for Clinch and Columbia counties. The greatest threat for damaging wind gusts lies within the initial line of storms, the showers that follow will be less intense. On Christmas Eve, the showers and strong storms at best will be disruptive to your Christmas Eve plans, at worst you could see damaging winds. Christmas Eve StormsGood news: The storms will not affect Santa’s rounds.
Christmas Eve concert held in Paris' fire-wrecked Notre Dame
In this photo provided by Maitrise Notre-Dame de Paris soprani singer Julie Fuchs and the Notre Dame Cathedral choir recording a Christmas concert on Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020, inside Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. The concert will be broadcasted on French television on Christmas. (MSNDP/Musique Sacree Notre-Dame de Paris via AP)PARIS – Wearing hard hats and protective suits, members of the choir of Notre Dame Cathedral sang inside the medieval Paris landmark for the first time since last year’s devastating fire for a special Christmas Eve concert. The public was not allowed and isn’t expected to see the insides of Notre Dame until at least 2024. The Notre Dame choir used to give 60 concerts a year inside the cathedral but has been itinerant ever since, moving among other Paris churches.
Coronavirus dampens Christmas joy in Bethlehem and elsewhere
Few people were there to greet them as the coronavirus pandemic and a strict lockdown dampened Christmas Eve celebrations. The Philippines prohibited mass gatherings and barred extended families from holding traditional Christmas Eve dinners. On Christmas Eve in Italy, church bells rang earlier than usual. In Athens, Christmas Eve was eerily silent. The schedule for Christmas Eve and Christmas day included Masses in English and Spanish, and a bilingual jazz vespers service.
Warm & windy before showers and storms on Christmas Eve
Christmas Day starts out hovering near freezing and only warms up to 48° under sunny skies. Expect a widespread freeze Christmas night, with temperatures sinking as low as 28° at the airport. Saturday starts out as some of the chilliest weather we’ve seen all year and only warm up into the upper 40s under sunny skies. Sunday will be a tad nicer, starting out around 32° but climbing into the upper 50s under sunny skies. We’re back into the 60s on Monday and Tuesday with mostly sunny skies.
The Latest: China tests millions in port over virus cluster
(AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)BEIJING — Authorities in China’s northeastern port city of Dalian are testing millions of residents after seven new coronavirus cases were reported there in the last 24 hours. It has a deal to secure up to 100 million doses of the potential vaccine produced by AstraZeneca. Koca said the first shipment of three million doses of CoronaVac would be shipped to Turkey on Sunday and arrive Monday. He said Turkey could get 4.5 million doses until the end of March and would have the option buy up to 30 million doses. Indonesia has reported nearly 700,000 COVID-19 cases, the largest caseload in Southeast Asia and second in Asia only to India’s 10.1 million confirmed cases.
Breakthrough: UK and EU reach post-Brexit trade agreement
It took more than three years of wrangling before Britain left the bloc’s political structures last January. If Britain were to quit the EU with no agreement governing trade, the two sides would reinstate tariffs on each other's goods. Even with a trade deal, goods and people will no longer be able to move freely between the U.K. and its continental neighbors without border restrictions. ”“And the difference that a trade deal makes is not going to be obvious to most people from that,” he said. ___Follow all AP stories on the Brexit trade talks at https://apnews.com/Brexit
Stocks close higher in holiday shortened week
Stocks are ticking higher on Wall Street Wednesday, Dec. 23, following a mixed set of reports on the economy. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)Stocks closed slightly higher on Christmas Eve, as investors went into the holiday weekend not bothered by President Donald Trump’s threat not to sign a major economic stimulus package approved by Congress this week. Relatively safe investments like utilities and real estate were among the biggest gainers, while energy stocks fell. Trump has asked for higher individual payments to Americans, something Democrats support but which is unlikely to get a vote in the Republican-held Senate. Consumers pulled back on their spending by more last month than economists expected, mainly because of a drop in income.
Nurses fear what’s to come: ‘Walk down our unit for a day’
Airports also recorded around 1 million travelers on each of the five days between last Friday and Tuesday. It took 292 days to reach 1 million cases on Nov. 11. Nurses are exhausted, terrified of what’s next and angry at those who ignore pleas to stay home and stay safe. “I wish they could just walk down our unit for a day and look at the faces of some of these patients,” said Holy Cross nurse Jenny Carrillo, her voice breaking. Associated Press writers Heather Hollingsworth in Kansas City, Missouri, and Shelley Adler in Fairfax, Virginia, contributed to this story.
Pre-Christmas rush for COVID-19 testing
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – If you’re looking to get tested for COVID-19 before Christmas, expect to be waiting in line. Susan Rudgick said she arrived at the Regency Square testing site at 9 a.m. Wednesday to get a test before a trip to New York. Legends Center Test Site: Please DO NOT visit the Legends Center Test Site if you are not already in line. For a list of other testing sites in Duval County, go here. For Florida testing sites beyond Jacksonville, go here.
Edging into Christmas Eve, EU and UK near Brexit trade deal
After resolving a few remaining fair-competition issues, negotiators tussled over EU fishing rights in U.K. waters as they worked right into Christmas Eve to secure a provisional deal for a post-Brexit relationship after nine months of talks. A trade deal would avert the imposition of tariffs and duties that could cost both sides billions in trade and hundreds of thousands of jobs. Johnson has always insisted the U.K. will “prosper mightily” even if no deal is reached and the U.K. has to trade with the EU on World Trade Organization terms from Jan. 1. Rumors of a pre-Christmas trade deal surfaced in recent days based on progress on the main outstanding issues, other than fishing. On Wednesday, brokering on quotas and transition times for EU vessels to continue fishing in U.K. waters was in full swing, with progress reported from several sides.
A season of fear, not cheer, as virus changes Christmas
All most people wanted for Christmas after this year of pandemic was some cheer and togetherness. Instead many are heading into a season of isolation, grieving lost loved ones, worried about their jobs or confronting the fear of a new potentially more contagious virus variant. Peruvians won't be allowed to drive their cars over Christmas and New Year to discourage visits even with nearby family and friends. South Africans won’t be able to go to the beach on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day or New Year’s Day. There are no nationwide travel restrictions in the United States, but health officials have urged people to stay home and limit gatherings.
Long lines expected at COVID-19 testing sites before Christmas closures
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – If you’re looking to get tested for COVID-19 before the Christmas holiday, expect to be waiting in line. Not only are more people getting tested in preparation to travel for the holidays, but local and state sites will be closed Thursday, Christmas Eve, and Friday, Christmas Day. On Monday, the Regency Mall testing site set a record for most tests in a single day, with 3,499 tests completed. The site offers rapid testing, antigen tests, and PCR tests with no appointment required. For a list of other testing sites in Duval County, go here.
Asia Today: South Korea to curb social gatherings nationwide
SEOUL – South Korea will prohibit private social gatherings of five or more people and shut down ski resorts and major tourist spots nationwide starting from Christmas Eve as it contends with surging coronavirus infections. The capital area has been at the center of a viral resurgence in past weeks that has overwhelmed hospitals and increased death tolls and raised questions to how the government is handling the outbreak. Forty-eight COVID-19 patients have died in the past 48 hours, the deadliest two days since the emergence of the pandemic. The viral resurgence has put pressure on the government to raise social distancing restrictions to maximum levels, something policymakers have resisted for weeks out of economic concerns. The mass outbreak in Samut Sakhon was revealed over the weekend when authorities reported more than 500 new cases, the country’s biggest single-day increase by far.
Risk of heart attack peaks on Christmas Eve, study shows
The risk of heart attack peaks at 10 p.m. on Christmas Eve, especially for older and sicker people, according to a study in the British Medical Journal. Researchers found a 37% higher risk of heart attacks on the holiday, as well as increased risk on News Year’s Day and Christmas Day. These activities can raise blood pressure and set off a “fight or flight” response in the body that’s hard on the heart. Signs of a heart attack include:Chest painDiscomfort in other parts of the body like arms, back, neck, jaw or stomachShortness of breathNauseaCold sweatLightheadednessIt’s very important to not ignore these symptoms when they happen. If you experience any heart attack warning signs, don’t ignore them.
Help give Jacksonville shelters ‘Silent Night’ by fostering pet for holidays
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville’s annual “Silent Night” program that aims to empty animal shelters for the holidays will soon be in full swing. Animal Care and Protective Services (ACPS) and the Jacksonville Humane Society (JHS) are inviting everyone to foster a cat or dog. The goal is to empty the shelters by Christmas Eve. Animal lovers can visit the two shelters Dec. 17-24 to be matched with and pick up a furry friend. The JHS facility, located at 8464 Beach Blvd., is open from noon - 7 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on weekends (closed Christmas Day).
All Mariah Carey wants is you to enjoy her Christmas special
NEW YORK – Christmas is still a few weeks away, but Mariah Carey is already orchestrating her dinner menu. 1 hits really going to sweat over a hot stove? “Magical Christmas Special” is another example of diverse, family-friendly holiday programming that hasn’t always been allotted by Hollywood. “As a kid, if I had to select one holiday, of course I’m going with Christmas. And while the pandemic has halted a number of projects, 2020 has been busy for Carey: In September she released her candid memoir “The Meaning of Mariah Carey,” which debuted at No.
Europe's Christmas dilemma: risk empty chairs next year?
(AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)BRUSSELS – Please leave a chair empty at this year's family Christmas dinner as a precaution, or face the possibility of having that chair empty forever. That's the stark dilemma Belgium's prime minister has set to urge smaller festive family gatherings, as Europeans battle with containing the surging COVID-19 pandemic over the holiday season. Britain, with the continent's highest death rate at 57,031 yet a Christmas tradition unlike few others, could not resist the temptation of relaxation. Like Belgium, Italy, where the pandemic initially struck hard in Europe, is taking a hard line at Christmas. In Oberndorf, home of the world's most famous Christmas carol, they hope its lyrics will not be taken too literally.
Heisman Trophy to be awarded Jan. 5; Finalists on Dec. 24
The Heisman Trophy will be presented Jan. 5, but without the usual ceremony held in New York City, and the finalists will be revealed on Christmas Eve. The deadline for Heisman voters to submit their ballots is now Dec. 21, two days after the conference championship games are scheduled to be played. Before college football schedules were revised because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Heisman was set to be handed out Dec. 12. Now it will be awarded during the 10 days between the College Football Playoff semifinals on Jan. 1 and the championship game on Jan. 11. ___More AP college football coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25
Man killed on Christmas Eve in Norwood shopping center leaves behind young son, friend says
Man killed on Christmas Eve in Norwood shopping center leaves behind young son, friend saysPublished: December 25, 2019, 6:19 pmThe Norwood shopping plaza turned into a crime scene on Christmas Eve following a deadly shooting. Police said a woman was also injured in a shooting.