2 pedestrians dead after car crash in San Jose

SAN JOSE (KRON) — Three pedestrians were struck while walking across Almaden Expressway in San Jose on Tuesday evening.

The San Jose Police Department said the three adults were walking outside of any marked crosswalk when a car crashed into them around 8:24 p.m., near Foxworthy Avenue

Two of the pedestrians died, police said, while the third is expected to survive her moderate injuries.

The driver also had moderate injuries that he will survive from, police said. According to their investigation, the driver had a green light at his intersection and did not appear to be intoxicated.

The identities will be released by the Santa Clara County Coroner’s Office after they notify next of kin, according to police.

Anyone with information on this investigation is urged to contact Detective Templeman #3566 of the San José Police Department’s Traffic Investigations Unit at 408-277-4654.

from KRON4 https://www.kron4.com/news/bay-area/2-pedestrians-dead-after-car-crash-in-san-jose/

Actor Gaspard Ulliel, 37, star of Marvel’s ‘Moon Knight,’ dies after ski accident

LYON, France (AP) — French actor Gaspard Ulliel, known for appearing in Chanel perfume ads as well as film and television roles, died Wednesday after a skiing accident in the Alps, according to his agent’s office. He was 37.

Ulliel portrayed the young Hannibal Lecter in 2007’s “Hannibal Rising” and fashion mogul Yves Saint Laurent in the 2014 biopic “Saint Laurent.” He is also in the upcoming Marvel series “Moon Knight,” and was the advertising face of the Chanel men’s fragrance Bleu de Chanel.

Ulliel was hospitalized Tuesday after the accident in the Savoie region’s Rosiere ski area, the Savoie prosecutor’s office said. The office of the actor’s agent said Ulliel died on Wednesday. It provided no details.

Local broadcaster France Bleu said Ulliel was hospitalized with a skull injury, and that he apparently collided with another skier at a crossing point on the slopes. The other skier was not hospitalized, according to France Bleu. Police and prosecutors would not discuss details of the accident.

Ulliel started in television while still in middle school and went on to win two of France’s top cinema awards, the Cesar.

Tributes poured in from shocked fans and the corridors of power. French Prime Minister Jean Castex tweeted an homage that said, “Gaspard Ulliel grew up with cinema and cinema grew up with him. They loved each other madly.”

The accident conjured up memories of when Formula One great Michael Schumacher hit his head in a ski accident in 2013 in the French ski resort of Meribel, about 50 kilometers (30 miles) from where Ulliel was skiingl. Both were treated at Grenoble University Hospital.

Schumacher, 53, has not been seen in public in eight years, and little has been released about his physical and mental condition. The German auto racing legend suffered serious head injuries when he fell and hit the right side of his head on a rock off the side of a demarcated slope. He was skiing with his teenage son while on a family vacation in the Alps.

After Ulliel’s accident, the mountain police service for the Rosiere ski area said its personnel have been carrying out five or six rescues per day as the snow hardened in recent days.

In the neighboring Haute-Savoie region, a 5-year-old girl was killed Saturday when a skier crashed into her. The man was handed preliminary manslaughter charges, according to the Haute-Savoie prosecutor, who cited excessive speed as the likely reason for the accident.

from KRON4 https://www.kron4.com/entertainment-news/actor-gaspard-ulliel-37-star-of-marvels-moon-knight-dies-after-ski-accident/

Belmont police warn of ‘aggressive’ mountain lion

BELMONT (BCN) — Belmont police issued a warning early Wednesday that a mountain lion has been sighted in the 2500 block of Hastings Drive.

In a 4:47 a.m. tweet, police said “An aggressive mountain lion that fought & killed another mountain lion in the area was seen around 2:00 am. Game wardens have responded. Pls use caution!”

No additional information was provided.

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CDC adds 22 countries to level four travel warning list

(The Hill) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) added 22 countries to its advisory list against travel on Tuesday.

The countries were added to the highest warning at a level four due to the rising levels of COVID-19. 

Some of the countries added include Israel, Australia, Egypt, Albania, Argentina, Uruguay, Panama, Qatar, the Bahamas, Bahrain, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Turks and Caicos Islands, Suriname, Saint Lucia and Bolivia, Reuters reported

The level four rating now has more than 100 countries as nations struggle to combat the highly contagious omicron variant. 

The CDC advises that level four countries be avoided at all costs and a person be fully vaccinated if they do have to go to them. 

Less than 20 countries are on the CDC’s lowest warning level at level 1. 

In the past few weeks, popular travel destinations for Americans such as Canada and Aruba have moved up to the highest warning due to increased COVID-19 cases. 

Many countries paused travel from several African countries after the omicron variant was discovered to slow the spread of the virus, but the coronavirus still spread rapidly around the world.

from KRON4 https://www.kron4.com/news/national/cdc-adds-22-countries-to-level-four-travel-warning-list/

Ford recalls 200,000 cars over brake light problem

DETROIT (AP) — Ford is recalling about 200,000 cars in the U.S. to fix a problem that can stop the brake lights from turning off.

The recall covers certain 2014 and 2015 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ midsize cars as well as some 2015 Mustangs.

All were sold or registered in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia and Hawaii.

High temperatures and humidity can cause a rubber brake pedal part to disintegrate, keeping the lights on, confusing other drivers and increasing the risk of a crash.

Drivers with automatic transmissions also can shift out of “park” gear without having their foot on the brake.

Dealers will replace brake and clutch pedal bumpers. Owners will be notified by mail starting March 3.

from KRON4 https://www.kron4.com/news/national/ford-recalls-200000-cars-over-brake-light-problem/

Stanford students circulate petition to repeal booster mandate

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, Calif. (KRON) — A petition is circulating at Stanford University that asks to repeal a COVID-19 booster shot mandate.

At last check, it has nearly 1,700 signatures.

All students are required to show proof of vaccination by January 31 unless they have an approved exemption.

The petition states that those opposed to the mandate are not anti-vaccine or anti-booster, but instead support the rights of Stanford students to make their own medical choices moving forward.

Ninety-five percent of the students testing on campus are fully vaccinated.

Campus health officials put the booster mandate in place due to a continuous spike in cases since winter break. Students just returned for in-person classes. The winter quarter has been online.

Last week, 205 students tested positive and 287 staff members tested positive, according to the university.

As of Tuesday, 325 students are isolating in student housing – either because they have COVID-19 or because they were exposed to it.

The petition also says it would be more effective to lower COVID-19 cases by having students not return to campus at all, keeping online classes.

But this week classes are mostly in person and students have to get tested before returning to school.

As of now, Stanford has not responded to the petition, so students still have less than two weeks to get boosted otherwise they cannot come on campus.

from KRON4 https://www.kron4.com/news/bay-area/stanford-students-circulate-petition-to-repeal-booster-mandate/

Employers planning for big raises in 2022, survey finds

(NewsNation Now) — New data shows companies are doing more to keep employees happy, including putting more money in their pocketbooks.

A new survey by Willis Towers Watson shows that nearly a third of the more than 1,000 U.S. companies involved in the study are planning to bump up salaries from last year.

So how do you leverage this opportunity to earn more money in 2022?

“Raise your hand and say, ‘Boss, I’d like to earn more and I think I’m worth it,” Rebecca Knight, senior correspondent for Insider, said during an appearance on “Morning in America.” “A lot of people are doing it right now.”

We know that the “Great Resignation” is taking place. In November, the latest month for which figures are available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 4.5 million people voluntarily left their jobs.

“One of the biggest reasons they’re doing so is to make more money,” Knight said.

According to Knight, employees got about a 2.8% salary bump last year. At the beginning of 2022, companies were considering about a 3% raise, but are now looking at about 3.4%.

“People are leaving their jobs in droves,” Knight said. “And companies are falling all over themselves to make sure their employees stay, to attract and retain the people they’ve got.”

Cost of living increases are normally around 3%, so companies might have to do a little better than that, especially with the inflation rates that we’re seeing.

But to keep and hire the best talent, is the money enough?

“So right now, it’s not working,” Knight said. “And it’s not working by a long shot because employees during this global pandemic — that has been pretty undeniably horrible for everyone — employees have really done a lot of soul searching and reflection and thinking they want more out of their lives, out of their careers. So they don’t just want the money.”

Of course, the money doesn’t hurt, but employees “want flexibility,” Knight said. “They want autonomy. They want to feel like the work that they’re doing matters. They want to feel purpose. They want to feel a connection with, not only with their colleagues but with their organizations.”

So employers have got their work cut out for them right now as we seem to be at a turning point in the marketplace, where employers are having to pay attention to the desire of their employees to want to make the world a better place while at work.

“We realize what we want out of our lives and I think employers if they are going to hold onto us and get the best out of us, they’re going to need to connect their mission, what they do, to what we’re searching for,” Knight said.

Watch the full interview with Rebecca Knight in the video player at the top of the page.

from KRON4 https://www.kron4.com/news/business/employers-planning-for-big-raises-in-2022-survey-finds/

Man accused of groping nurse, punching 2 at vaccination clinic charged: DA

TUSTIN, Calif. (KTLA) — A 44-year-old man accused of punching two medical assistants at a COVID-19 vaccination clinic in California and later groping a nurse who was providing him medical care has been charged with misdemeanor battery and resisting arrest.

On Dec. 30, Thomas Apollo of Poway was asked to leave the Families Together clinic in Tustin after he refused to wear a mask, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office said in a news release.

Apollo then allegedly started acting erratically, calling the clinic workers “murderers” and using expletives toward employees who asked him to put on a mask or go back outside.

He is accused of punching one of the medical assistants five times and another medical assistant twice. Several bystanders pinned Apollo down until police arrived.

“We just said, ‘Please sir, calm down, put your mask on’ and ‘we are just doing our jobs,’ and then suddenly he just started punching,” said Alexander Rossel, CEO of Families Together of Orange County. “It can happen again. My staff is afraid.”

Apollo then allegedly refused to follow commands given by Tustin police, who ultimately used a taser to subdue him so that he could be handcuffed.

Then at O.C. Global Medical Center, Apollo is accused of grabbing a nurse’s finger and bending it and groping her breast while she was treating him for minor cuts and scrapes.

“Instead of being treated with the same compassion and respect in which they treat their patients, these health care workers were punched in the face and physically assaulted for just trying to do their jobs,” O.C. District Attorney Todd Spitzer said in a statement. “Violence of any kind will not be tolerated and we will hold this individual accountable to the fullest extent of the law.”

Apollo has been charged with one misdemeanor count of battery on a nurse, two misdemeanor counts of battery and one misdemeanor count of resisting arrest, the DA’s office said Tuesday.

He faces a maximum sentence of three years in the Orange County Jail if convicted on all counts.

Apollo is scheduled to be arraigned at the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana on March 30.

from KRON4 https://www.kron4.com/news/california/man-accused-of-groping-nurse-punching-2-at-vaccination-clinic-charged-da/

Man chases off Palo Alto burglary suspect with a bat

PALO ALTO (BCN) — A man in his 70s used a baseball bat to chase a burglar from his home early Tuesday morning in Palo Alto, and police captured the suspect a short time later as he tried to flee on a stolen bicycle.

Police arrested 44-year-old Juan Bartolo Rios, of Redwood City, on suspicion of one felony, residential burglary, and two misdemeanors, prowling and trespassing, according to a Tuesday news release from Palo Alto Police Department.

Police initially responded to 400 block of Sequoia Avenue after a 6:47 a.m. call from a woman who said her husband had just chased a burglary suspect who had entered their home.

As officers searched the neighborhood, another caller in the 1600 block of Escobita Avenue reported that she has just found the suspect hiding in her detached garage and that he had stolen a bicycle.

Officers apprehended the suspect on the stolen bicycle without incident at 7:32 a.m. on Portola Avenue near Miramonte Avenue.

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from KRON4 https://www.kron4.com/news/bay-area/man-chases-off-palo-alto-burglary-suspect-with-a-bat/

White House to make 400 million N95 masks available for free

WASHINGTON (The Hill) – The White House announced Wednesday that it is making 400 million N95 masks available for free, part of a string of actions aimed at fighting the surging omicron variant.  

The masks will be available for pickup at “tens of thousands of local pharmacies” as well as thousands of community health centers, the White House said. The masks will begin shipping later this week and will start to become available late next week, before being “fully up and running” in early February.  

Making high quality masks more available has been one of the areas where President Biden has been under pressure to step up the response to the virus.  

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and more than 50 Democratic lawmakers introduced a bill last week, for example, to send three N95 masks to every person in the U.S.  

Similar to action on testing, experts say the Biden administration should have acted months ago to make high quality masks more available, but the new steps are still progress.  

Biden first announced last week that an announcement on free high quality masks would be coming this week.  

The masks are being deployed from the Strategic National Stockpile, which currently has more than 750 million N95 masks, triple the number in January 2021, the White House said.  

Experts have been stepping up calls for people to use higher quality masks like N95s, which offer much better protection than simple cloth masks, especially in the face of the highly-transmissible omicron variant.  

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said last week that N95 masks offer the highest level of protection. Experts have also recommended KN95 masks, another type of high quality mask, though consumers are warned to make sure the masks they are buying are not counterfeit.  

In addition to the mask announcement, a new website to order four rapid tests per residence went live on Tuesday, at covidtests.gov.  

from KRON4 https://www.kron4.com/news/national/white-house-to-make-400-million-n95-masks-available-for-free/

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