Elliott, Cowboys power past Seahawks for 24-22 wild-card win

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 137 yards and the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter, and the Dallas Cowboys hung on for a 24-22 wild-card win over the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday night.

The playoff win by the Cowboys (11-6) was the first for Elliott and quarterback Dak Prescott on their second try after losing a divisional game as rookies two years ago. Dallas will play either New Orleans or the Los Angeles Rams in the divisional round next weekend.

The loss ended a run of nine straight victories in playoff openers for the Seahawks (10-7). The Elias Sports Bureau says it was the longest streak in NFL history.

Dallas’ defense, ranked in the top 10 most of the season, mostly kept quarterback Russell Wilson under control and handed him his first loss in four wild-card games.

Neighbors Notice Increased Police Presence Following Mob Attacks

Chicago (CBS) — Following recent mob attacks, police are sending a clear message. At one “L” stop, neighbors say they are seeing a larger police presence than normal.

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Neighbor Adam Jobes said he’d noticed a more visible police presence Saturday night near Chicago and State.

“Just recently they just started being here,” Jobes said.

One week ago, police were called to a disturbance at a McDonald’s preceded by an attack on the nearby Red Line platform.

Two juveniles were charged in connection with the Dec. 29 beating.

It was all part of a string of mob crimes involving dozens of teens just off and on the Magnificent Mile.

Police are looking into an attack at the Cermak-Chinatown Red Line stop Saturday.

Police say they’ve arrested two juveniles following a disturbance.

Hours earlier at the Blue Line Illinois Medical District station, police say a 29-year-old victim was pummeled and kicked by six to seven male teenagers.

Around 4:20 a.m., the attackers took the victim’s personal belongings and ran off, some right into the waiting arms of the law.

“We had some individuals that attacked a gentleman, stole some property from him and ran right into some police officers who immediately took them into custody,” CPD Superintendent Eddie Johnson said. “Our CTA system is blanketed with high definition cameras. You commit a crime on the CTA, you will be identified and you will be arrested.”

Police said there’s a person of interest in custody with the Blue Line attack.

Johnson says there’s no evidence of any connection between the group attacks but that officers are investigating.

CBS 2 reached out to the CTA for comment, but no one has responded so far.

Thieves Smash Display Case With Hammers, Steal Diamonds From Vernon Hills Jewelry Store

Chicago (CBS) — A group of thieves made off with a haul of diamonds from a Vernon Hills jewelry store.

It happened at a Jared store on Townline Road just before closing around 9 p.m. Friday.

Police say three men, wearing black clothing, walked into the store.

They used hammers to smash a display case full of diamonds, stole the gems and then drove off in a gray minivan.

No one was injured.

At this time, police don’t know the value of the stolen diamonds.

‘Greatest Showman’ Rules the Soundtracks Chart for 2018… And All Album Sales, Period

In a music world where streaming services now overwhelmingly rule the market, who still actually bothers to buy albums? One obvious answer: people who also buy movie tickets. BuzzAngle Music’s newly released data for 2018 shows that the two top selling albums of the year were the soundtracks for “The Greatest Showman” and “A Star […]

3 Dead, 4 Injured In Southern California Bowling Alley Shooting

TORRANCE (AP) — Three men were fatally shot late Friday and four injured when a brawl at a popular Los Angeles-area bowling alley and karaoke bar erupted into gunfire that had terrified patrons, some children, running for their lives.

Police in the coastal city of Torrance responded shortly after midnight to calls of shots fired at the Gable House Bowl. They found seven people with gunshot wounds.

Three men were pronounced dead at the scene and two were taken to a hospital, Sgt. Ronald Harris said. Two other men were struck by gunfire but “opted to seek their own medical attention.”

Authorities have not identified the victims nor suspects or released details about what led to the shooting. Witnesses said it stemmed from a fight between two large groups.

Dwayne Edwards, 60, of Los Angeles, said he received a call from his nephew that his 28-year-old son, Astin Edwards, was one of those killed. His nephew told him his son was attempting to break up a fight when a gunman “just started unloading.”

“I’m thinking this is a dream and I’ll wake up,” Edwards told the Orange County Register. “He was a good kid. I don’t understand it.”

A grieving mother told KABC-7 her 28-year-old son, Robert Meekins, was also trying to break up the fight and that Meekins and Astin Edwards were friends.

“They were friends, so I know he probably jumped in and helped Astin and whoever he was with … but I don’t think my son deserves to die,” Anglean Hubbard said.

“My son was a loving person. He loved life, he loved his son, and he loved his family. Nobody can imagine what I’m going through right now,” Hubbard said.

The third victim was 20-year-old Michael Radford, his sister Latrice Dumas told the Torrance Daily Breeze.

“He was happy. He was always a protector,” Dumas said. “That’s how he got into this, he was trying to protect others.”

Wes Hamad, a 29-year-old Torrance resident, said he was at the bowling alley with his 13-year-old niece and cousin when he saw a “huge fight” break out. Hamad said the brawl, which lasted about five minutes, blocked the entrance and spiraled into “complete chaos.”

“I grabbed my niece and started running toward the far end of the bowling alley,” he said. “As we were running, we heard 15 shots.”

As he was leaving, Hamad said he saw a woman weeping over a man who had gunshot wounds to his head and neck.

Damone Thomas was in the karaoke section of the bowling alley, a regular stop for him and his friends after work on Fridays, when people ran in saying there was a shooting. The 30-year-old Los Angeles resident said his friend flipped a table to shield them as they heard gunshots.

Thomas said he didn’t feel scared because he was “just trying to survive.” But when he was driving home, he said he realized how traumatic the situation was and said he hasn’t been able to fall asleep.

“Closing my eyes, all I can see is the women against the wall crying, not knowing what to do,” he said.

Thomas and Hamad said they had never witnessed any violence there in the past. But Hamad said he had stopped going for a while because he heard someone with a gun was recently seen there.

“I definitely won’t be going back anymore,” he added.

In a tweet, California U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris said her heart breaks for the victims.

“We must do more to address gun violence,” she said. “Americans should be able to go to a bowling alley and be safe.”

Rain Forces Global Winter Wonderland To Close Early

The bright and festive Global Winter Wonderland has been rained out for its final weekend. Organizers of the annual event posted on its website today that weather is forcing it to close for the season.

ALSO: Heavy Snow Causing Slow Go In The Sierra

The holiday festival and multi-cultural celebration opened December 5th at Cal Expo.

For more on the latest impact of this weekend’s storm is having, visit CBS13 weather by clicking here.

Rain Forces Global Winter Wonderland To Close Early

The bright and festive Global Winter Wonderland has been rained out for its final weekend. Organizers of the annual event posted on its website today that weather is forcing it to close for the season.

ALSO: Heavy Snow Causing Slow Go In The Sierra

The holiday festival and multi-cultural celebration opened December 5th at Cal Expo.

For more on the latest impact of this weekend’s storm is having, visit CBS13 weather by clicking here.