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loftus. sherry swensk and i'm sherry swensk. < brian, kirsten and sherry are talking about the wx > let's get to sherry with a look at today's weather. sherry swensk some showers moved through last night and broken clouds around southern nevada this morning. ..... some light showers now in the northwest valley and another wave will move through later in the morning. .... then the gusty winds will pick up as the day goes on and get dangerous in the mountains. . temps take a slight hit, but
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we don't see this early... but thousands of tall, yellow wildflowers are starting to bloom.. at death valley national park. this is a rare event that happens once every decade. but you only have a short time to see all the flowers: ((linda slater, national park ranger)) "we will probably continue to have flowers all through march into april. but these fields of flowers, like we are seeing right now. they're close to their prime, right to their peak right now. especially south, along bad water road." ((kirsten joyce)) the last time death valley got an early desert bloom was in
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now we also got an update on the october flooding recovery from last year. park rangers say it's going to take some time before things return back to normal. there's no timeframe yet on when the scotty castle area will reopen. /// ((brian loftus)) > cliven bundy and four others were indicted by a grand jury... for putting up a fight over land and cattle.. against the federal government 2- years ago. bundy, his two sons, and two other men were indicted on 16 felony charges. they're accused of spreading false information and rallying hundreds of armed followers... which put law enforcement in danger. bundy ignored court orders and was not paying fees to use land in bunkerville. that's when the bureau of land management removed his cattle... but they ended up backing down and returning the animals. the department of justice collected lots of information... and paid attention to bundy's interviews... like this one back in april 2014: ((cliven bundy/cattle rancher: battle is gonna go on for months so if we want a long, good hard battle we're ready. vanessa: what does that mean?
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loftus)) bundy was arrested in oregon last week... after two of his sons were arrested there for their role.. in occupying a national wildlife refuge. /// ((kirsten joyce)) > las vegas fire and rescue is investigating a house fire... for the second time. the fire happened on sherill circle... near lamb and charleston... and was put out in under 30 minutes last night. no one was injured... but that same house caught fire back in november. police initiantlly ruled it arson... but later turned it into a homicide... after one person was found dead inside the home. /// ((brian loftus)) ((kirsten joyce))
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> that's a look at the roads... back to you./// ((brian loftus)) > the debate continues between apple and the government... after the tech giant refused to comply with a court order. ((kirsten joyce)) other big name tech companies are backing with apple's response... to not create a backdoor in the phone. don champion has the latest. tech giant google is standing with apple...as its encryption battle with the government unfolds. in a series of tweets wednesday night the company's chief executive...questio ned the validity of a court order...requiring apple to help unlock the i-phone of san bernardino shooter, syed farook... ...saying the move could set a troubling precedent. some i-phone users flocked to this san francisco apple store
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(cindy cohn/ electronic frontier foundation) we understand that they're standing up for us, and we appreciate them standing up for us. farook and his wife killed 14 people in the december shooting rampage. farook's work- issued i-phone 5c was found in the couple's getaway car. federal investigators want to break farook's passcode but first need apple to create software that would disable the phone's auto erase feature- which would protect any data about the attack. mandy pifer, whose fiance died in the attack, calls it common sense: (mandy pifer/ victim's fiance) i would be outraged if in the future it was used in other ways but this is an investigation into a terror attack in a statement - federal authorities maintained the order and request were only for farook's phone. still - apple ceo tim cook says complying would have chilling consequences. the company plans to appeal as early as next week and is prepared to take its fight to the supreme court. don champion cbs news.
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national security agency contractor edward snowden... is also backing apple. he calls the move the most important tech case in a decade. /// ((brian loftus)) > millions of toyota cars are being recalled... that could affect your safety. ((kirsten joyce)) what the car company says is wrong with the seat belts... and the car models being affected. ((brian loftus)) plus -- this small computer is no macbook... but it does the job. what you have to plug it into...
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((brian loftus)) > popday mexico trip. the pope held a cross-border mass between juarez and el paso... where he addressed the issue of immigration... calling the situation a humanitarian crisis. he also prayed with hundreds of immigrants living over the border. many who attended the mass say... the pope did an incredible job bringing both cities together: (( elizabeth reyes/el paso resident: "well we may be two countries, two cities, but we're one. regardless if you're catholic or not, we have one god for all of us-i just didn't think i would feel anything but i did..." )) ((brian loftus)) pope francis is on his way back to the vatican. many called his trip "unforgettable ". /// ((brian loftus)) > multiple sources tell c- n-n... president obama plans to visit cuba next month. the historic visit will be part of a trip through latin america. this comes after the president re- opened ties with cuba in 2014... ending more than 50-years of tensions between the countries. the last sitting u-s president to visit cuba was calvin coolidge...
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/// ((kirsten joyce)) > toyota is recalling 3- million s-u-v's worldwide... because of possible problems with the seat belts. the company says a flaw could cause some rear seat belts to fail. the cars affected are the toyota rav-4, rav-4 e-v, and toyota vanguard. most were built between 2005 and 2014... toyota dealers will fix the problem at no cost. for more information on the recall, go to toyota's website. /// ((kirsten joyce)) > a california start-up created a computer that fits anyone's budget. the computer is called "chip"... and it only costs nine bucks! it doesn't look like much... but it can turn any t-v into a desktop computer. the creators originally were trying to design a cheap computer for a toy camera. like all technology... it has its limits: ((but if you want to use it for a single purpose, if i just want to surf the web or i just want to work on my homework, it's really great for that. knowing that what we built is
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things is really exciting for us. )) ((kirsten joyce)) chip sold 50- thousand computers in one month... and 10- thousand more were pre- ordered in a single day. chip was originally funded by crowdfunding on kickstarter. /// ((kirsten joyce)) > whole food is changing up their stores... in hopes of creating a different shopping experience. ((brian loftus)) what kinds of small shops they plan to put inside stores...
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one of the areas that i've been particularly interested in is the area of children. we intend to be sure that everybody in this room and every child in this state is somebody. no matter where they're born, no matter to whom they are born. i want to make sure that every child has a chance to live up to his or her god-given potential. i've spent my life fighting for children, and i'm not stopping now. i'm hillary clinton,
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national parks are becoming very popular vacation destinations. ((brian loftus)) over 3-million people visited national park sites last year. the most popular spot was the great smoky mountains... with more than 10-million visits. the grand canyon had 5- million visitors... while yellowstone and the rocky mountains each saw 4-million. in august, the national park services will celebrate its centennial anniversary. /// ((sherry swensk)) > astronaut scott kelly is nearly finished with his year- long trip in space... but before he signs off... he's shared so many amazing views of our planet. these are photos kelly has posted on his twitter page. he's captured everything from intense green and blue oceans... to orange sands and yellow deserts... as well as views of our actual planet. kelly will return back to earth next month. he now holds the record for the
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any astronaut has spent in space. /// ((demetria obilor)) > kanye west fans are trying to help the rapper out... after he stated that he was 53- million dollars in debt. fans started a go-fund-me page to help raise money for him. t-m-z reports the 53-milllion dollars represents kanye's investment dollars... that are tied up in his music and fashion lines. kanye actually asked facebook c-e-o mark zuckerburg to help him out. at last check... not many have donated to the go-fund-me account. /// ((demetria obilor)) > and instead of going to a tattoo parlor to get inked up... you're next best stop to get a tattoo... could be whole foods. whole foods' new brand grocery stores... called "365".. will include other shops to break up the grocery store experience... like record shops to tattoo parlors. the store chain hopes that this will attract more millenials. the "365" stores are expected to open later this year. ///
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at today's weather.
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winds are blowing right now... but only expected to get stronger through the day. ......... a wind advisory in place right now and will last until this afternoon. we had some gusty winds last night as the first wave of showers pushed through with just some light amounts so far. ........... let's check your weather now temps around the valley... mainly near 60 degrees around town. ........ some gusty winds out at red rock already and we could see high winds to 60 mph out there at the base of the spring mountains today. ...... rains pushed through last night and measured up to a tenth of an inch... with some showers on the way with a secondary cold front. ..........
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temps near 70 degrees. ..... after today the temps start climbing and we're back to the pattern of mild and dry weather through the weekend. ((sherry swensk))
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lane shifts in effect on us 95 at stephanie street as construction work takes place on the overpass. no through traffic allowed at mcleod and flamingo. < > < > > that's a look at the roads... back to you./// ((brian loftus)) > one california police department is tracking down suspects even faster. ((kirsten joyce)) the controversial software they're using...
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university of texas is allowing guns in classrooms... starting august first. the university's president approved guidelines that comply with a state law... allowing concealed handgun license holders... to bring their weapons into classrooms. the president thinks otherwise on the matter... saying they should not be allowed on campus. he says this was one of his greatest challenges to date as school president. /// ((brian loftus)) > there's a new piece of crime fighting software... that's helping police gather online data about potential criminal suspects. ((kirsten joyce)) it's called "beware"... and as chris martinez reports... the fresno police department is the first in the nation to use it. that's how fast it is... the software program called beware dives deep into the web - searching public records. from property archives to arrest reports, it's giving police a heads up about who officers may encounter - before they head to a call. a star warns of prior crimes. ((jerry dyer/fresno police chief)) "somebody that has had a past arrest for robbery, assault
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of information may cause our officer to handle that call a little bit differently. "shots fired at officers! we watched pooice use the system after a man opened fire on two officers... they ran the license plate of the suspect's car through beware... which revealed the vehicle's owner - and his criminal record. a short time later - he was caught. but beware is controversial. the software assigns a threat level of red, yellow or green for residents at a given address. how that color score is calculated is unclear... even to police. ((jessica price/ aclu attorney)) "we want greater transparency..." aclu attorney jessica price is also concerned about the program's ability to screen public social media posts. ((jessica price/ aclu attorney)) "people want to be free to post on their social media without fear of government profiling or harrassment just because they did something like post criticism of the police." frenso pd opted out of beware's color coded threat system and social media screening after public backlash. chief dyer insists the program
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((jerry dyer/fresno police chief )) "when you look at the amount of technology that is out there today that criminals are using, it's important for law enforcement to assess those same tools." he believes beware is keeping both police and citizens safe. chris martinez, cbs news, fresno. > we'll be right back........///
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gusty winds are expected this morning as you head out. we'll take a closer look how long you'll need the umbrella... in my weather now forecast. ((brian loftus)) > plus... plans for a new luxury retail site is in the works for the wynn. the public. ((kirsten joyce)) > and the monster trucks roll into las vegas next month... for the monster jam world finals. /// < welcome to a brighter morning, this is 8 newsnow with kirsten joyce, sherry swensk, demetria obilor and brian loftus > brian loftus > good morning and thanks for waking up with us. i'm brian loftus. kirsten joyce and i'm kirsten joyce. sherry swensk and i'm sherry swensk. < brian, kirsten and sherry are
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let's get to sherry with a look at today's weather. sherry swensk streets are a little wet in some neighborhoods more than others. some heavier showers moved through last night and for the most part are east of last vegas and have set up over western arizona. .................... we have mainly broken clouds around southern nevada this morning. ..... some light showers now in the west and northwest valley and another wave will move through later in the morning. .......

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