SIMI VALLEY (CBSLA) — Local, state and federal agencies have inspected the Santa Susana Field Laboratory and found that the nuclear Superfund site was not impacted by the Woolsey Fire. The U.S. Department of Energy, its contractors and the California Department of Toxic Substances Control inspected the site on Sunday, Nov. 11 and determined that Area IV and the Northern Buffer Zone was untouched by the fire. View of Area IV and DOE buildings which remain undamaged from fire. (DOE) The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health also performed an assessment of the site and found “no discernible level of radiation in the tested area.” For decades starting in the 1940s, the U.S. government conducted rocket testing, nuclear reactor testing and liquid metal research at Santa Susana. There was a series of nuclear accidents at the site including the worst nuclear meltdown in American history in 1959.
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico — The Trump administration struggled to meet a court-imposed deadline Thursday for reuniting immigrant children and their parents . Nearly 2,600 children ages 5 years and older were separated at the U.S.-Mexico border. The government announced Thursday evening that 1,820 of those children have been reunited with their parents, while 711 children remain in custody because their parents or relatives are ineligible for reunification. Romela Victoria Isaula and her 13-year-old son Geronimo were finally reunited after crossing the border near El Paso in May and being separated for two months. “I am so happy because I have her close,” Geronimo said through a translator. Now they are heading to Massachusetts where they’ll wait for a judge to decide whether they’ll be granted asylum or sent back to Honduras. Romela Victoria Isaula and her son Geronimo are reunited Thu., July 26, 2018. (SOURCE: CBS News) The teenager is one of more than 1,800 children recently reunified with a parent or other family member. However, more than 400 of the 711 still in custody have parents who may have already been deported. “I’m worried here that we have 460 parents who have now been deported to Central America and there is a very high likelihood that those parents are not going to see their children again,” said John Sandweg, a former acting director of Immigration Customs Enforcement. Immigration attorneys say the government is making unilateral decisions that include a parents’ health condition and possible criminal history, with no oversight. “There’s a lot of concern that those standards are being inconsistently applied, or parents are being arbitrarily denied access to their children,” Sandweg pointed out. For the hundreds of ineligible children, shelters will continue to be their home while the government figures out its next move. Meanwhile, the ACLU is asking the federal judge for a new deadline of August 1 for more information on the reunifications which would the government’s feet to the fire. Thursday afternoon, the Department of Justice announced they will have reunified all eligible families by the end of the day. (© 2018 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved.)
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Monday confirmed Pentagon official Robert Wilkie to be secretary of Veterans Affairs, charged with delivering on President Donald Trump’s campaign promises to fire bad VA employees and steer more patients to the private sector. Wilkie won approval on a bipartisan vote of 86-9, securing the backing of many Democrats after insisting at his confirmation hearing that he will not privatize the government’s second-largest department. It was a moment of respite from the sharp political divisions engulfing Trump’s other nominees in the final months before congressional midterm elections. Wilkie is Trump’s third pick for the job in 18 months. The longtime public official says he will “shake up complacency” at VA, which has struggled with long waits in providing medical treatment to millions of veterans. In an 86-9 vote, the United States Senate has confirmed Robert Wilkie as our new Secretary of Veterans Affairs. pic.twitter.com/LyRDU5zTA9 — The White House (@WhiteHouse) July 23, 2018 In a statement released by the White House, Trump applauded the confirmation vote and said he looked forward to Wilkie’s leadership. “I have no doubt that the Department of Veterans Affairs will continue to make strides in honoring and protecting the heroic men and women who have served our nation with distinction,” he said. Trump selected Wilkie for the post in May after firing his first VA secretary, David Shulkin, amid ethics charges and internal rebellion at the department over the role of private care for veterans. Trump’s initial replacement choice, White House doctor Ronny Jackson, withdrew after allegations of workplace misconduct surfaced. Wilkie, a former assistant secretary of defense under President George W. Bush, has received mostly positive reviews from veterans’ groups for his management experience, but the extent of his willingness to expand private care as an alternative to government-run VA care remains largely unknown. Trump last year pledged he would triple the number of veterans “seeing the doctor of their choice.” Currently more than 30 percent of VA appointments are made in the private sector. Under repeated questioning at his hearing, the Air Force and Navy veteran said he opposed privatizing the agency of 360,000 employees and would make sure VA health care is “fully funded.” When pressed by Sen. Jon Tester, the top Democrat on the panel, if he would be willing to disagree with Trump, Wilkie responded “yes.” “I have been privileged to work for some of the most high-powered people in this town,” said Wilkie, currently a Pentagon undersecretary for Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. “They pay me for their opinions, and I give those to them.” Wilkie’s main task in the coming months will be carrying out a newly signed law to ease access to private health providers. That law gives the VA secretary wide authority to decide when veterans can bypass the VA, based on whether they receive “quality” care, but the program could face escalating costs. Some Democrats have warned the VA won’t be able to handle a growing price tag, putting it at risk of budget shortfalls next year. Major veterans’ groups want full funding for core VA medical centers, which they see as best-suited to veterans’ specialized needs such as treatment for post-traumatic stress. As VA secretary, Wilkie also will have more power under a new accountability law to fire VA employees. Lawmakers from both parties have recently raised questions about the law’s implementation, including how whistleblower complaints are handled and whether the law is being disproportionately used against rank-and-file employees rather than senior managers who set policy. “The tone has been set by President Trump on the direction of VA reforms,” said Dan Caldwell, executive director of the conservative Concerned Veterans for America. “There have been a tremendous number of bills passed in the last year and half, and all will require a lot of work to make sure they are properly implemented.” Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson of Georgia, chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, praised Wilkie as “eminently qualified,” saying he will “bring stability and leadership” to VA. Wilkie served as acting VA secretary after Shulkin’s firing in March, before returning to his role as Pentagon undersecretary. He will replace current acting VA secretary Peter O’Rourke, who clashed with the VA inspector general after refusing to release documents relating to VA whistleblower complaints and casting the independent watchdog as an underling who must “act accordingly.” Under pressure from Congress, the VA agreed last week to provide documents to the IG. (© Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is sounding an alarm about blueprints that will allow people to build their own guns. Come August, plans for a homemade assault rifle will be posted online, meaning people with a 3-D printer could then potentially use the plans to make their own weapon. A gun rights activist won the right to post the information as part of a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department. Schumer says the agreement will put the entire public at risk. “They don’t have serial numbers so we don’t know if they’ve killed anybody, but we do know they’re easy to make, they’ve been tested, and unfortunately they work,” the New York Democrat said on Sunday. The blueprints were originally posted in 2013, but the government originally ordered them taken down.
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HUNTINGTON BEACH (CBSLA) – A man was critically injured Wednesday night after going overboard when his inflatable boat collided with a docked boat in Huntington Beach. (CBS2) The collision occurred at 9:38 p.m. in Sunset Harbor. According to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, the inflatable boat carrying a man and woman slammed into a docked boat, sending both of them overboard. The male driver of the boat was underwater for a period of time before being rescued, the sheriff’s department reports. He was rushed to a hospital with critical injuries. His condition Thursday was not confirmed. The woman was able to swim to safety. She was treated on scene and did not require hospitalization. The Huntington Beach Fire Department and the OCSD Major Accident Reconstruction Team is investigating whether drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash.
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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Sanitation worker Adrian Corrales – who normally drives a small garbage truck on a day shift – was charged with DUI after crashing a truck on the freeway at 3 a.m. City officials say his normal hours are 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. When CBS2’s David Goldstein asked if he had permission to take the truck, Corrales wouldn’t answer. Taxpayers will have to foot the bill for the crash – about $28,000. A Goldstein investigation last year found some employees are driving rentals for their own use – like Francisco Pena, who officials say no longer works for the city. In Corrales’ case, the accident happened on the 5 Freeway in April when he allegedly flipped the truck and slammed into safety barrels on the side of the road. Court records show he had a BAC above .15 percent, almost twice the legal limit. Corrales is in court next month to enter a plea. But it’s not his first DUI: he was also charged with driving under the influence of alcohol within 10 years of another DUI offense, in 2012 before he worked for the city. The latest one occurred three months ago, but Goldstein reports Corrales was spotted last week wearing his city sanitation uniform. “How is it that you’re still working in sanitation?” Goldstein asked him. When he wouldn’t answer any questions, Goldstein tried a sanitation official. Sanitation CFO Lisa Mowery confirmed he’s still driving trucks, but wouldn’t say whether he had permission to borrow the now-destroyed truck overnight. Mowery did confirm the department is looking into the matter. As for Corrales’ history of DUIs? “Our employees have due process,” said Mowery. But political watchdog Jack Humpreville says Corrales continuing to work could lead to a lawsuit if he gets in another crash – one that could cost the city and taxpayers millions of dollars. “He oughta be fired, period, end of sentence,” said Humphreville. “All you need to do is have some guy drive the city trucks when he’s schonked and getting into an accident and really hurting somebody, and you know that’s gonna be a big ticket.”
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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill revealed on Wednesday he’s used the department’s counter-terrorism plane three or four times to travel. The commissioner says he most recently used the $4 million Cessna a week and a half ago to attend a state trooper’s funeral upstate. O’Neill’s admission comes two weeks after CBS2’s Marcia Kramer revealed Mayor Bill de Blasio used the plane to travel to and from his vacation in Canada. The plane usually flies over New York Harbor checking for suspicious activity.
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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A father and his 2-month-old son were injured when a façade partially collapsed Saturday in Brooklyn. It happened around 9 p.m. on North 9 th Street near Driggs Avenue in Williamsburg. Police said the man and boy were struck by falling tiles and both suffered minor injuries. The father sustained minor injuries to his neck, back and arm. The son suffered bruises to his legs. The Department of Buildings was called to check the security of the structure.
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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A Rikers Island correction officer was slashed across the face on Friday night, prompting calls for change. Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association, COBA, tweeted Saturday morning, saying, “CO AT RIKERS VICIOUSLY SLASHED ACROSS HIS FACE BY BLOODS GANG MEMBER LAST NIGHT.” BREAKING NEWS: CO AT RIKERS VICIOUSLY SLASHED ACROSS HIS FACE BY BLOODS GANG MEMBER LAST NIGHT. COBA TO HOLD PRESS CONFERENCE AT 1PM TODAY @77 -10 21st Ave East Elmhurst. We have chilling video of incident. Media contact Mike Skelly 917-364-8142. pic.twitter.com/a5ipX8Wixc — COBA (@NYCCOBA1) July 14, 2018 A short time later, New York City Councilman Joe Borelli, of Staten Island, posted, “After yet ANOTHER slashing of an Officer @ Rikers, I want 2 know why NYCDOC turned a blind eye 2 @NYCCOBA1’s rational concern 4 the safety of its members & the failure of the department to follow its own policy. The inmates are running the asuylum it seems.” After yet ANOTHER slashing of an Officer @ Rikers, I want 2 know why NYCDOC turned a blind eye 2 @NYCCOBA1 's rational concern 4 the safety of its members & the failure of the department to follow its own policy. The inmates are running the asuylum it seems https://t.co/tZWWj9tKka pic.twitter.com/TBwxBEQxb1 — Joe Borelli (@JoeBorelliNYC) July 14, 2018 CBS2 obtained a copy of a letter that COBA sent to the New York City Department of Corrections on June 20, raising concerns that “lock-in procedures” were not being followed at the Anna M. Kross Center on Rikers Island. “In AMKC every night during the institutional lock-in, all dorms and modular housing areas are not in compliance with lock-in procedures. Each night there are approximately 1,200 inmates not in compliance with the institutional lock-in procedures,” the letter read in part. “The inmates are refusing to obey the lock-in procedures,” it continued. “The house never locks in for the night and the officer will not turn the lights off for fear of being assaulted. Female officers are being sexually assaulted and groped by these inmates. We can’t continue this dangerous cycle where offices have to walk into a danger zone every night,” the letter said. COBA said it previously sent letters raising these concerns on June 8 and 15 as well. CBS2 reached out to the DOC for a comment but has not yet heard back.
NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — It’s all in the family at the New Rochelle fire department. Among 21 candidates Friday, the department welcomed a third-generation firefighter. It wasn’t the first time Ann Cordaro hugged and kissed a recent graduate of a fire academy in Westchester County. At this point, you can probably call her a pro. “I couldn’t ask for a better life or better boys,” she said. Her late husband was a New Rochelle firefighter for almost 40 years and so are her sons — all five of them following in their dad’s footsteps. But on Friday, a third generation found room on the same path. “My husband is not here, he’d be so proud of his grandson,” said Ann. “That he became a firefighter also, because my husband loved it.” With a salute to his dad, handshake and a hug, 27-year-old Ted Cordaro became a probationary firefighter. “I think it’s a calling, as cliche that sounds. I really think it is, you just know from a young age what it is you want to do,” said Ted. “He studied hard for it, he worked hard for it and everything kind of fell into place,” said Ted’s father, Salvatore. After 17 weeks of training, Ted and 20 other men graduated. All will be stationed in different fire houses across Westchester Ccounty, but Ted will head right to New Rochelle, working in the same department as his dad and his four uncles. “New Rochelle, we’re a busy job to begin with,” said New Rochelle fire chief Andy Sandor. “There’s a lot of things going on and to get such men of character, it’s just incredible, I am just so fortunate to be able to work with such people.” They’ll be busy, but with Ted’s grandfather as inspiration and his grandmother right here with him, he has support. “I have a scanner so I listen to them when they go out, so I can make sure… Even my husband, when he retired, would make sure he knew where they were,” said Ann. She has six firemen to listen for — it’s like having a full time job, for a woman full of pride. Ted’s aunt also took the firefighter exam, but ended up going into nursing instead.
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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Health officials say McDonald’s will remove salads from some of its stores after they were linked to an outbreak of an intestinal illness. Since mid-May, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has received reports of as many as 90 cases of cyclosporiasis, an intestinal illness caused by the microscopic Cyclospora parasite, according to officials. An initial investigation found approximately one-fourth of Illinois cases reported eating salads from McDonald’s in the days before they became ill, the department said. The Iowa Department of Health says it also has noted a similar increase in cases. McDonald’s is “fully cooperating” with state health departments, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Food and Drug Administration investigation, IDPH said. The chain says it’s in the process of removing these salads from its restaurants and distribution centers. Officials say McDonald’s will re-supply restaurants with salads from other suppliers. “Although a link has been made to salads sold in McDonald’s restaurants in some Illinois cases, public health officials continue to investigate other sources,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. “If you ate a salad from McDonald’s since mid-May and developed diarrhea and fatigue, contact a health care provider about testing and treatment.” A display for McDonald’s Asian Salad, part a their new “Go Active Happy Meal,” is visible next to a McDonald’s logo in a McDonald’s restaurant in Oakbrook, Illinois. (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images) People can become infected by consuming food or water contaminated with feces that contains the parasite, officials say. Cyclospora is not spread directly from person to person. Symptoms usually begin within a week of consuming tainted food and may include frequent bouts of watery diarrhea (the most common symptom), loss of appetite and weight, and cramping, bloating, and/or increased gas. Earlier this week, another outbreak of cyclosporiasis affected 200 people who became sick after eating Del Monte vegetable trays.
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The New York City Health Department confirmed Wednesday it was investigating a community cluster of Legionnaires’ disease in upper Manhattan. The department says eight people throughout Washington Heights and Hamilton Heights have been diagnosed with the disease in the past week. All but one of the patients was hospitalized, and one of the hospitalized patients has already been discharged according to the department. WATCH: Health Department Officials Discuss Legionnaires’ Cluster The individuals infected range from 40 to over 80 years-old, but the department says most of them were over 50 and above. The health department says they’re investigating the eight cases and testing water from nearby cooling tower systems. A community meeting will be held at Saint Luke’s AME Church located at 1872 Amsterdam Ave. Thursday night. The City is taking every precaution necessary and has already tested every cooling tower in the area. It’s important to remember Legionnaires’ is NOT contagious and is easily treatable when caught early. For more info: https://t.co/c8GV468hu8 @nycHealthy @BrianABenjamin @ydanis — Mark D. Levine (@MarkLevineNYC) July 11, 2018 New Yorkers with flu-like symptoms, cough, fever, or difficulty breathing should contact a doctor immediately. The disease isn’t contagious and can be treated by antibiotics if caught early, but can be spread if people breathe in water vapor that contains Legionnaires’ bacteria. There have been no deaths associated with the current cluster.
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