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Trump, US officials send mixed messages on virus risk here

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and chief economic adviser said Tuesday that the new coronavirus is under control in the U.S., even as the government’s top disease fighters warned Americans to prepare for an outbreak here.

The mixed messages came as the stock market tumbled for a second straight day and lawmakers of both political parties questioned whether the White House’s request for $2.5 billion in virus response funding will be enough to prepare the nation.

Speaking earlier in the day from New Delhi, India, Trump said “we have very few people with it.” A “lot of talent” and a “lot of brainpower” is being tapped for the coronavirus response, he added.

He said the situation is “very well under control in our country.”... Read More

San Francisco declares local emergency amid coronavirus outbreak

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON) — San Francisco Mayor London Breed declared a local emergency Tuesday amid the global coronavirus outbreak.

This declaration will help the city get resources they need to respond to an outbreak.

“We need to allocate more resources to make sure that we are prepared,” Breed said in a news conference Tuesday afternoon. “This declaration is all about preparedness.”

Three people have been treated for the coronavirus in the city. None of the patients are San Francisco residents.

Two patients from San Benito County were hospitalized in San Francisco. They have since been discharged in good health and are no longer in the city. ... Read More

Las Vegas police investigate an alleged sexual assault following Facebook post

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Las Vegas police are investigating an alleged sexual assault after a Facebook post went viral showing an older man with a girl who appears to be a minor.

According to Metro police, the Facebook post was reported to them and it is part of an “active and ongoing investigation.”

At this time, it is unknown the relationship between the man and girl and if any crime has been committed.

The girl’s photo has received the attention of the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office in Rapid City, South Dakota where a girl named Serenity Dennard was reported missing more than a year ago when she ran away from the Black Hills Children’s Home Society. ... Read More

Disney CEO Bob Iger steps down in surprise announcement

NEW YORK (AP) — Disney CEO Bob Iger, who steered the company through successful purchases of Star Wars, Marvel and Fox’s entertainment businesses and the launch of a Netflix challenger, is stepping down immediately, the company said in a surprise announcement Tuesday.

The Walt Disney Co. named Bob Chapek as his replacement. He was most recently chairman of Disney’s parks, experiences and products business.

Iger will remain executive chairman through the end of his contract Dec. 31, 2021.

“I will continue to conduct the company’s creative endeavors while also leading the board,” Iger said on a conference call with reporters and analysts.

His most recent coup was orchestrating a $71 billion acquisition of Fox’s entertainment assets and launching the Disney Plus streaming service in November. That service gained nearly 29 million paid subscribers in less than three months... Read More

Nevada caucuses had similar errors to Iowa, according to The New York Times analysis

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — According to a report from “The New York Times” published Monday, the Nevada Democratic party released final results of the caucuses in Nevada and the data reflects “inconsistencies” that mirror those that challenged the Iowa caucuses on Feb. 3.

According to the analysis conducted by The New York Times, there were flaws in the results of at least 9% of the precincts in Nevada, “including some instances in which delegates appeared to have been given to the wrong candidates.”

The analysis by The New York Times states that there were: ... Read More

Police seeking possible victims of ride share driver accused of child crimes

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A ride share driver is facing charges of unlawful contact with a minor and luring a child. Las Vegas police are concerned there could be more victims.

The driver has been identified as 50-year-old Ranier Braga. Police did not identify him with any particular ride share company but did say he had access to various passengers. According to court documents, Braga is currently in custody but is due in court Wednesday to review whether he is eligible for house arrest.

Police are asking anyone with information about Braga or who feels they may have been victimized by him to contact the Sexual Assault Section at (702) 828-3421.... Read More

NTSB: Driver in fatal Tesla crash in Mountain View was playing video game

Washington (AP) – The National Transportation Safety Board says the driver of a Tesla SUV who died in a Silicon Valley crash two years ago was playing a video game on his smartphone at the time.

Chairman Robert Sumwalt said at the start of a hearing Tuesday that partially automated driving systems like Tesla’s Autopilot cannot drive themselves.

Yet he says drivers continue to use them without paying attention. He says the board made recommendations to six automakers in 2017 to stop the problem and only Tesla has failed to respond.

The board will determine a cause of the crash at the hearing and make recommendations to prevent it from happening again.

Sumwalt says government regulators have ignored the board’s previous recommendations for measures to prevent these crashes. ... Read More