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Missing Couple Found Dead In Plane Wreckage In Sierra

LOYALTON, Sierra County (AP) — Authorities say the wreckage of a small plane found under snow in Northern California mountains contained the bodies of a couple missing for more than a month. Sierra County sheriff’s officials say a recreational snowmobiler came upon a piece of the plane’s tail last week in a remote area east of Yuba Pass. On Thursday searchers located the separated cockpit buried in several feet of snow. The bodies of Mark and Brenda Richard were inside. The Socata TB-20 Trinidad took off April 17 from the Truckee-Tahoe Airport near the Nevada border. Family members reported the Santa Rosa couple missing after the plane didn’t land as planned at the Petaluma Municipal Airport north of San Francisco. The Santa Rosa Press Democrat newspaper reports the National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash. © Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Woman Attempts To Abduct Child At San Francisco Ferry Building

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A woman was arrested Monday after she attempted to snatch away a young boy from his mother’s arms in the crowded San Francisco Ferry Building. Authorities said the attempted kidnapping took place at 9:36 a.m. — at the height of the morning rush hour as commuters were streaming through the building from their ferries. According to police, the woman walked up to the mother and started a conversation. At some point, she grabbed the 3-year-old boy and attempted to flee but was stopped by ferry building employees. The boy was shaken up but otherwise unharmed. The woman was taken into custody.

Sea Lion Snatches Girl, Pulls Her Into Water

CHICAGO (CBS) — A local marine mammal expert has some advice should you find yourself around wild sea lions — like a young girl did over the weekend in Canada when a sea lion pulled her into the water. Tim Binder, executive vice president of animals at the Shedd Aquarium, says people, many times, make the mistake of thinking wild animals they see are “friendly, cuddly” animals. If you happen to see wild sea lions, Binder says you should refrain from feeding them, as people were doing in the Vancouver area over the weekend. Feeding the animals, he says, is bad for the animals as well as for the people. He says sea lions and other wild animals need to hunt for their food.
  “When you have the great fortune of seeing a sea lion in the wild, stay your distance. Enjoy the opportunity to see these animals.” Binder says one of the sea lions at the Shedd was rescued from near the Bonneville Dam on the Washington-Oregon border. That sea lion was going to be euthanized for being a nuisance and eating endangered salmon. Binder says male sea lions, like the one near Vancouver, can grow from 600-800 pounds, and can be aggressive, especially when defending their territory or harem. Binder says he did not view the incident near Vancouver as an act of aggression, rather a sea lion going after what he thought was food (the girl’s dress) in an area where he’s often fed by tourists. The YouTube video, which was posted on Saturday, has already garnered six million views as of early Monday afternoon.

Suspect Doused Child With Flammable Liquid During Denny’s Attack

HAYWARD (CBS SF) — An Union City man has been identified as the suspect who doused several patrons including a small child with a flammable liquid as they dined at a East Bay Denny’s restaurant. According to Hayward police, 43-year-old Victor Rubio planned to light the patrons on fire but was stopped before he could ignite their clothes. Alameda County prosecutors have charged Rubio with seven counts of assault with caustic chemicals, one count of willfully and maliciously attempting to set fire, and one count of child endangerment. Officers had responded at 9:54 a.m. Wednesday to the Denny’s restaurant at 30163 Industrial Blvd. According to investigators, the suspect was inside the restaurant eating breakfast when he got up, pulled out a container and doused several patrons, including a small child, and the floor with a flammable liquid. Police said the suspect tried to ignite the floor with a lighter, but several patrons intervened and physically detained him. He briefly escaped, but was soon caught by police.

Police: Toy Poodles Were Dropped Five Floors From Christ Hospital

CHICAGO (CBS) — Two toy poodles were dropped Saturday from the fifth floor of a tower at Advocate Christ Medical Center in southwest suburban Oak Lawn. Officers responded just after noon to a call of two injured dogs in the parking tower between Towers B and C at the hospital at 4440 W. 95th St., according to Oak Lawn police. Both white toy poodles were dropped from the top floor of Tower C, which is five stories, police said. The dogs were taken to the Animal Welfare League in Chicago Ridge, where one died. The other is being treated for its injuries. Anyone with information should call Oak Lawn police at (708) 422-8292. (Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2017. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

Supreme Court To Decide Whether To Hear Gay Wedding Cake Case

LAKEWOOD, Colo. (CBS4) – The U.S. Supreme court is expected to decide on Monday whether to hear a case over a cake artist who refused to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. In 2015, the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips’ refusal to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple could lead to discrimination.
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Then last year, in April 2016, the Colorado Supreme Court said it would not hear the case. Phillips argues the government cannot force him to communicate a message with which he fundamentally disagrees.
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The couple requesting the cake was married in Massachusetts in 2012 but wanted the cake for a celebration in Colorado.
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15-Year-Old Boy Shot, Critically Wounded By Sibling In Des Plaines

CHICAGO (CBS) — A 15-year-old boy was shot and critically wounded by a younger sibling Saturday morning in northwest suburban Des Plaines. Officers responded to a gunshot victim about 10:55 a.m. Saturday at a residence in the 2100 block of David Drive, according to Des Plaines police. A 15-year-old boy was accidentally shot in the face by his 10-year-old sibling, police said. He was taken to Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge with life-threatening injuries. Police said the “tragic incident” remains under investigation as of Monday morning. (Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2017. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

St. Charles Country Club Hosts Star-Studded Charity Golf Gala

CHICAGO (CBS) — St. Charles Country Club was playing host to some of the top sports celebrities in the world – including the most decorated Olympian of all time, and one of the game’s top golfers – for the Golf. Give. Gala. on Monday. The celebrity golf outing started at 10:45 a.m. A total of 123 golfers were teeing off to raise money for charity, but all eyes were on PGA Number 3 golfer Jason Day and Olympic champion Michael Phelps. Both said the best ball scramble is a fun way to call attention to charitable causes. For Phelps, it’s keeping kids active, mostly in swimming; for Day, it’s helping families in need in his hometown of Columbus, Ohio, through his Brighter Days Foundation. “We benefit the Stowe Mission Center, which helps families in need. If they need to pay a bill, they’ll help. If they need furniture, they’ll help. If they need food, they’ll help. There’s a food pantry there. There’s a dental clinic there. There’s a pregnancy clinic there,” Day said. Phelps was playing with his 1-year-old son, Boomer. “We’re able to help so many people that are in need, and for me that’s what I want to do every day; and especially me, with kids, now being a new dad. Being able to help them live the best life that they possibly can is a goal and a dream,” Phelps said. He might be arguably the best swimmer in the world, but Phelps was surprised at how difficult it was to golf with the pros. “It’s crazy that it’s that hard to play this game, to hit a stationary white ball,” he said. “It logically shouldn’t be that hard, but somehow we make it so much harder, which is brutal, and that’s what makes it so fun.” The charity golf event runs until Monday afternoon. Other athletes and celebrities taking part include Northwestern Wildcats basketball coach Chris Collins, Michigan Wolverines football coach Jim Harbaugh, 101.9 The Mix host Eric Ferguson, former Bulls star Toni Kukoc, and Bears tight end Zach Miller.

Sen. Bennet: Congress Is As ‘Dysfunctional’ As It’s Ever Been

DENVER (CBS4)– Sen. Michael Bennet says Congress is as “dysfunctional” as it’s ever been. The senior senator from Colorado, a Democrat, says the bombshells coming out of the White House are drowning out everything that’s happening on Capitol Hill. Bennet told CBS4 Political Specialist Shaun Boyd that every week he reads letters from concerned Coloradans. He receives thousands of them every week. He talked about his biggest concerns and what happens next.
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CBS4 Political Specialist Shaun Boyd interviews Sen. Michael Bennet (credit: CBS)

“Before this election, Shaun, as you know, things were pretty dysfunctional. And now everything has virtually screeched to a halt,” said Bennet. He said the daily controversies coming out of the White House are consuming Congress, especially Republicans who set the agenda. “They have absolutely no idea what Donald Trump is going to say from day to day. They don’t know what the President is going to say or what his priorities are going to be. Or even what he’s going to say about them,” said Bennet.
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Sen. Michael Bennet (credit: CBS)

Bennet is concerned about the one bill House Republicans have acted upon, health care reform. The bill that passed the House cuts one quarter of Medicaid funding, and the budget proposal Pres. Trump will submit on Tuesday reportedly calls for more work requirements for recipients. “You look at who is on Medicaid in our state, about 50 percent of the people are kids. Are we going to assign kids work requirement or are we going to let them go to school?” asked Bennet.
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Bennet said children are also impacted by new immigration policies that could result in the deportation of their parents. Bennet said he met with the Secretary of Homeland Security about the issue. “The secretary said ‘We’re only getting rid of the most serious felons.’ And then I said, ‘Well, are you counting in that people who have overstayed their Visas?’ He said, ‘Yeah, we’re counting that.’ Well, 40 percent of the people in Colorado, or in the country who are undocumented, have overstayed their Visas,” said Bennet.
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Bennet said he’s pushing back on immigration and health care… and trying to keep perspective. He said the country has survived far more than a Pres. Trump. “This Republic has been around for somewhere between 230 to 240 years. And we are going, as long as we follow the rule of law and as long as we are committed to the principles that the framers designed in the Constitution… we are going to be fine,” said Bennet. Bennet also said he supports the appointment of a special counsel to investigate possible ties between the Trump administration and Russia and that we should let the investigation take its course.

San Jose State Football Player Recovers After Weekend Stabbing

SAN JOSE (AP) — Authorities say a San Jose State University football player is recovering Monday after being stabbed in a weekend off-campus fight. The Mercury News in San Jose reports  university officials identified the victim as Chad Miller. He started three games at safety for the Spartans last season. The university says in a statement that Miller is expected to recover. He is a junior. San Jose police did not return an email sent Monday seeking comment about the stabbing. Miller did not play in his second season with the university. He was injured following an on-campus dispute where a teammate allegedly hit Miller in the face with a skateboard. © Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.