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Chipolte Releases Detail On Massive Debit-Credit Card Breach

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The company is dealing with another crisis but this time it’s not about the food. The Mexican fast-food giant is announcing more detail about a recent credit-debit card breach. Chipotle announced the data breach in April, but on Saturday they listed the restaurants that were affected which include all over the United States and many locations in the Los Angeles area. In Late 2015 the chain delt with an E. coli outbreak that reached restaurants in 14 states The company says hackers installed malware that read a credit card’s magnetic stripe as customers swiped their card to pay for a meal. Customers at Chiplote in Studio City responded to the news Saturday. “You can get hacked anywhere and I think just the age that we live in you take a risk every time you swipe your cards so I refuse to live in fear.” a man with his family said. CLICK HERE FOR INFO FROM CHIPOLTE ON THE INCIDENT Chipotle says between March 24 through April 18 registers were infected with the credit-card stealing malware that captured the card holder’s name, card number, expiration date and even a verification code. Chipotle gave a statement that says in part: “You should immediately report any unauthorized charges to your card issuer because payment card rules generally provide that cardholders are not responsible for unauthorized charges reported in a timely manner” Chipotle says that the issue has now been fixed. Read More »

NYPD To Refocus Efforts On Drug Dealers To Curb Heroin Crisis

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — New York City has seen a 22 percent jump in fatal overdoses so far in 2017. The NYPD is blaming that on fentanyl, a particularly potent synthetic drug. “It’s a crisis in the city that we’ve never seen before,” Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said at a City Council meeting earlier this week. To combat the crisis, the department is refocusing officers on finding the dealers. “Each overdose will get the same focus we do on a homicide,” Boyce said. “We’ll have a crime scene or evidence collection come to the scene, gather evidence, take pictures, and start dealing with phone numbers and talking to people in the area. Canvases of that nature.” Carfentanil and fentanyl are driving forces in the most deadly drug epidemic the United States has ever seen. Because of their potency, it’s not just addicts who are increasingly at risk — it’s those tasked with saving lives and investigating the illegal trade. Police departments across the U.S. are arming officers with the opioid antidote Narcan. As WCBS 880’s Myles Miller reports, fentanyl is 50 to 100 times more potent than heroin. (© Copyright 2017 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.) Read More »

Study Reveals Why Woman Find It Harder To Pay Off Student Loans

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) —  Channel McLewis is a PHD student at UCLA with big dreams and big debt. While many of her undergraduate expenses were largely covered by scholarships from the United Negro College Fund, two years at Columbia University for a Masters degree has left her nearly $40,000 in debt with student loans. Her student debt continues to grow with each passing day at UCLA. “The debt is something that you think about constantly,” McLewis says. McLewis is not alone. According to a study just released by the American Association of University Women, female students represent just over half of the student body, but they hold almost two thirds of the country’s $1.3 trillion student debt. The study concludes women take longer to pay their student loans back, in part, because women are paid about 20 percent less than their male counterparts once they get out of college and into the workplace. McLewis is working on a PHD in higher education and organizational change. “I think my greatest wish is that we have more folks who just care about people as human beings, what it means to think beyond ourselves and invest in each other I think that would be my greatest wish,” So what can students do to minimize their debt? According to one veteran college guidance counselor we spoke to, they can spend their first two years in a community college, find a college in a location where housing costs are low. Spend time looking for scholarships and find a degree which leads to a career with expanding job opportunities. Read More »

Study Reveals Why Women Find It Harder To Pay Off Student Loans

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) —  Channel McLewis is a doctoral candidate at UCLA with big dreams and big debt. While many of her undergraduate expenses were largely covered by scholarships from the United Negro College Fund, two years at Columbia University for a master’s degree has left her nearly $40,000 in debt with student loans. Her student debt continues to grow with each passing day at UCLA. “The debt is something that you think about constantly,” McLewis says. McLewis is not alone. According to a study just released by the American Association of University Women, female students represent just over half of the student body, but they hold almost two-thirds of the country’s $1.3 trillion student debt. The study concludes women take longer to pay their student loans back, in part, because women are paid about 20 percent less than their male counterparts once they get out of college and into the workplace. McLewis is working on a doctorate in higher education and organizational change. “I think my greatest wish is that we have more folks who just care about people as human beings, what it means to think beyond ourselves and invest in each other I think that would be my greatest wish,” So what can students do to minimize their debt? According to one veteran college guidance counselor we spoke to, they can spend their first two years in a community colleg or, find a college in a location where housing costs are low. Spend time looking for scholarships and find a degree that leads to a career with expanding job opportunities. Read More »

Roger Moore, Star Of James Bond, Dies At 89

HOLLYWOOD (CBSLA.com) – Flowers were placed on the Hollywood Walk of Fame star of actor Roger Moore Tuesday, as the world paid tribute to the debonair British performer best known for portraying super-spy James Bond in seven films from 1973 to 1985. Roger Moore. (Getty Images) Moore died in Switzerland after a “short but brave battle with cancer,” according to his family. He was 89. “We know our own love and admiration will be magnified many times over, across the world, by people who knew him for his films, his television shows and his passionate work for UNICEF which he considered to be his greatest achievement,” his family said. Moore portrayed James Bond in seven films — “Live and Let Die,” “The Man with the Golden Gun,” “The Spy Who Loved Me,” “Moonraker,” “For Your Eyes Only,” “Octopussy” and “A View to a Kill.” Moore was credited with bringing a wry sense of humor to the character, with his one-liners often peppered with double-entendres. He is one of six actors to portray Bond, along with Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Pierce Brosnan, Timothy Dalton and Daniel Craig. Moore received his Walk of Fame star on Oct. 11, 2007, fittingly located at 7007 Hollywood Blvd., with the year and the address both serving as a tip of the hat to Bond’s code number of 007. Born in London on Oct. 14, 1927, the son of a policeman, Moore entered art school at the age of 15 with the intention of becoming a painter. He later became an apprentice at an animation studio. Moore delved into acting as an extra in crowd scenes in the mid-1940s and studied at the Royal Academy of Drama. Moore came to the United States in 1953 and won a film contract with MGM. He played supporting roles in several films and starred in “The Miracle” before returning to England to star in the television series “Ivanhoe.” When James Garner walked out on the hit ABC series “Maverick” in 1960, Moore replaced him as Cousin Beauregard Maverick. Moore first found worldwide fame in the early 1960s starring in “The Saint” as Simon Templar, a modern-day Robin Hood who came to the aid of those who had been robbed, swindled or taken advantage of. The series ran for six years in England and was also seen in the United States, first in syndication and later on NBC. Following his final Bond film, “A View to Kill” in 1985, Moore has acted sporadically, turning his attention to philanthropic work. “Sadly, I had to retire from the Bond films,” Moore said during his Walk of Fame ceremony. “The girls were getting younger and I was just getting too old.” Impressed by his friend Audrey Hepburn’s work with UNICEF, Moore became a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 1991, raising funds for children in undeveloped countries. He was awarded a knighthood in 2003 for his work with the organization. (©2017 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.) Read More »

Calexit Backers Begin New California Secession Ballot Bid

SACRAMENTO (AP) — Supporters of making California an independent nation are beginning their second longshot attempt to recruit voters by submitting a new proposed ballot measure. The measure being submitted to state officials Friday by the separatist California Freedom Coalition takes a more gradual approach than one withdrawn by an earlier group last month. It would have the governor negotiate with the federal government to give California more autonomy as what supporters call a “nation within a nation.” Or the talks could eventually lead to full independence. About a dozen supporters gathered outside the state Capitol were met by a nearly equal number of American flag-carrying protesters who want California to remain part of the United States. The coalition must collect more than 585,000 signatures to qualify for next year’s ballot. Read More »

Thousands Of Birds Seized In Cockfighting Bust Near Castaic

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com)  — Up to 7,000 birds intended for cockfighting were seized in Northern Los Angeles County in the largest cockfighting bust in U.S. history, according to the  Humane Society of the United States . According to the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department, the birds were seized Monday in a remote area of Val Verde, west of Castaic. A video taken by deputies showed the scope of the raid, including birds staked to blue poles and pens lined up. “This included mobile fighting pits and the rings that they used to have the roosters fight each other,” Capt. Jeff Perry said. Several dead roosters also were found, along with hundreds of slashers — razor sharp blades that are fastened to the birds’ legs when they fight. “The bird is being stabbed repeatedly to the chest area,” said Eric Sakach, Senior Law Enforcement Specialist for the Humane Society of the United States. “It’s not unsual for one or both birds to be dead.” Syringes and steroids were also found to make the birds strong and lethal. “Cockfighters or rooster handlers, let those birds who suffer injuries during cockfighting to go untreated or throw the birds away in the trash afterwards,” Deputy Lillian Peck said. “Having the birds fight to death along with letting them to untreated is not only cruel, but oftentimes goes hand in hand with gambling, drug dealing, illegal gun sales and murder.” Other evidence included illegal drugs and a shotgun with a serial number removed. “Mind bottling. The scale of this particular operation defies belief,” Sakach said. But the woman who lives next door said she did not believe her neighbor was running the largest cockfighting operation in U.S. history. “I believe there was no illegal cockfighting going on,” she said. Ten people who work on the property were detained. Investigators said the property owner is a primary suspect, but has not been arrested. Authorities say 2,700 birds were seized during a raid on the same property in 2007. Read More »

High Court Could Soon Signal View On Trump Immigration Plans

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court decisions in a half-dozen cases dealing with immigration over the next two months could reveal how the justices might evaluate Trump administration actions on immigration, especially stepped up deportations. Some of those cases could be decided as early as Monday, when the court is meeting to issue opinions in cases that were argued over the past six months. The outcomes could indicate whether the justices are retreating from long-standing decisions that give the president and Congress great discretion in dealing with immigration, and what role administration policies, including the proposed ban on visits to the United States by residents of six majority Muslim countries, may play. President Donald Trump has pledged to increase deportations, particularly of people who have been convicted of crimes. But Supreme Court rulings in favor of the immigrants in the pending cases “could make his plans more difficult to realize,” said Christopher Hajec, director of litigation for the Immigration Reform Litigation Institute. The group generally supports the new administration’s immigration actions, including the travel ban. For about a century, the court has held that, when dealing with immigration, the White House and Congress “can get away with things they ordinarily couldn’t,” said Temple University law professor Peter Spiro, an immigration law expert. “The court has explicitly said the Constitution applies differently in immigration than in other contexts.” Two of the immigration cases at the court offer the justices the possibility of cutting into the deference that courts have given the other branches of government in this area. One case is a class-action lawsuit brought by immigrants who’ve spent long periods in custody, including many who are legal residents of the United States or are seeking asylum. The court is weighing whether the detainees have a right to court hearings. In the other case, the court has taken on a challenge to an unusual federal law that makes it easier for children born outside the United States to become citizens if their mother is an American and harder for them if their father is the U.S. citizen. Even after legislation in 1986, children of American fathers face higher hurdles claiming citizenship for themselves. Both cases were argued before Trump became president in January, and the Obama administration opposed the detainees’ claims and the citizenship challenge. Even if the positions haven’t changed, the context has, Spiro said. “The court has got to be conscious of how these rulings are going to apply to Trump administration activity,” Spiro said. The decisions may directly affect people who are targeted by immigration authorities for quick deportation, or expedited removal, and immigrants who were brought to the United States as children and offered protection from deportation by the Obama administration, said Steven Vladeck, a University of Texas law professor. “An open question in immigration law concerns how much authority the government has and how strong the Constitution is as a constraint,” Vladeck said. For Trump, he said a major question is how much discretion the president has. “It’s at the heart of a lot of what the Trump administration wants to do,” Vladeck said. Other cases involve discrete sections of the immigration law in which the decisions either will free or constrain immigration authorities from deporting people convicted of certain crimes. In one case, a Mexican immigrant is facing deportation after he was convicted in California of having sex with someone under 18 and more than three years younger than he was. The charge covered a period before and after his 21st birthday when the woman, his girlfriend, was 16. That’s a crime in California, but not in most of the rest of the country and the immigrant says it should not count as sexual abuse of a minor, which under immigration law would subject him to deportation. In another case, an immigrant convicted of burglary is challenging a provision of immigration law that counts the crime as serious enough to warrant automatic deportation. Several federal appeals courts have sided with immigrants who have contended the provision is too vague. Another issue before the court also involves sending people back to their native countries, in a case in which an immigrant received bad legal advice that led to a guilty plea and certain deportation. Immigration almost certainly will continue to be a very active part of the Supreme Court’s docket. The travel ban itself could be at the court in the coming months. On Monday, the federal appeals court in San Francisco is hearing the administration’s appeal of an order striking down the ban. Appellate judges in Richmond, Virginia, heard a similar case last week. (© Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Read More »

Microsoft Offers Free Security Fixes After Global Cyber Attack

LONDON (CBSNewYork/CBSNews)  — Friday’s global cyber attack targeted Microsoft operating systems on computers across 100 countries. Now, the company is offering free security fixes to everyone affected. As CBS News’ Jonathan Vigliotti reported, the virtual attack sent the United Kingdom’s National Health Care Service into emergency mode. Ambulances and patients were turned away from hospitals across the country after malicious software crippled their computer systems, making access to patient records impossible. “They said, ‘I’m really sorry, but the computer system is down. You’re going to have to go away. We can’t have any appointments, it would be dangerous to do so, because we can’t access any of the files,'” Emma Simpson, the mother of a sick child, said. Hackers encrypted those files, rendering them unreadable. To decode them, hackers demanded $300 in ransom, then the amount would double after three days. If ignored, they warned data would be destroyed. The malware program appeared to exploit a vulnerability in Microsoft Windows first identified by the U.S. National Security Agency and later leaked in a series of stolen documents . The hack wasn’t just limited to computer systems in the UK. Businesses across Europe, including Spain’s telephone system, were targeted. Japan, Turkey and the Philippines were targeted as well. In the United States, FedEx was hit. The brunt of the attacks was felt in Russia, including the country’s largest mobile phone company. In the UK Saturday night, goverment officials said computer systems were almost completely up and running again, Vigliotti reported. It’s unclear who’s behind the attack, but experts say it appears to be the work of cyber criminals, not state sponsored. Read More »

LA City Council To Take Up Resolution Calling For Trump Impeachment

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Is roughly 100 days in the White House long enough to consider impeachment? That’s the question Los Angeles City Council was set to consider Friday. A group called the West Valley Resistance wants council members to support a motion recommending that President Donald Trump be investigated for any impeachable offenses for what they say is “unprecedented corruption of the White House” under Trump. The resolution was presented by the West Valley Resistance to Councilmember Bob Blumenfield and passed at the Rules, Elections, Intergovernmental Relations, and Neighborhoods Committee meeting on April 28, 2017. A post on the group’s Twitter account – which had 44 followers as of Friday – called on supporters to gather outside the council chambers to receive “#ImpeachTrump” stickers. Meet us outside council chamber rm 340, inside city hall before 10am to get your #ImpeachTrump stickers. We'll be wearing pins w/our logo. — WestValleyResistance (@WVResistance) May 5, 2017 According to a statement, the group – which says it’s aligned with other anti-Trump groups under the Indivisible movement – wants lawmakers to determine whether Trump “has violated the Foreign Emoluments Clause of the United States Constitution, or committed any other high crime or misdemeanor sufficient to warrant commencement of impeachment proceedings.” The Foreign Emoluments Clause states “[N]o Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under [the United States], shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.” The group is associated with the “non-partisan” Impeach Donald Trump Now national campaign, which recently delivered a petition calling for impeachment to Congress. Similar resolutions have been passed in other California cities, including Richmond, Alameda, and Berkeley, along with other U.S. cities. Read More »

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