Sign1News 10.10.19 – News for the Deaf community powered by CNN in American Sign Language (ASL).

Sign1News 10.10.19 – News for the Deaf community powered by CNN in American Sign Language (ASL).


Hello everyone. Welcome to Sign1News live. I’m Jethro Wooddall. Here are your top stories for today. Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), the largest
utility in California, has purposely turned off power in more than twenty counties as
an effort to avoid igniting a wildfire. The blackout could last up to a week in some
areas. Hundreds of thousands of California residents
are in the dark and many are fuming. Among the affected areas is Santa Clara County,
where a local state of emergency is declared. Officials are urging people to stay at home
as much as possible during the power shut off. Forecasters say the state’s extreme wind and
the dry vegetation make it vulnerable for a wildfire. PG&E hopes this outage will prevent another
one from starting. The utility company agreed to pay billions
of dollars for last year’s fatal Camp fire when it was determined its equipment was linked
to the blaze. Some residents are apparently taking out their
frustration on the utility company. A PG&E truck was struck by a bullet Tuesday
and a customer service center was egged Wednesday. No injuries were reported. PG&E officials say the company understands
the stressful impact of its shutdown and is working as fast as it can. Once the weather conditions improve, the company
says it will inspect its equipment before bringing the power back on. And PG&E tweeted that it’s experiencing a
high amount of traffic on its website and says its team is working as quick as it can
to restore access. We are learning new details about what led
to the firing of NBC anchor Matt Lauer. A word of warning: the details of the story
may be too mature for younger viewers so use discretion in sharing it with others. Lauer was fired two years ago, accused of
inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace. Now it’s been revealed that former NBC staffer
Brooke Nevils says Lauer raped her in his hotel room at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. The details of the alleged incident are in
Ronan Farrow’s new book “Catch and Kill” in which Nevils says the sex with Lauer was nonconsensual
because she was too drunk to give consent. Nevils told Farrow the incident derailed her
life. She eventually left NBC and received a seven-figure
settlement payment. Lauer categorically denies the rape allegations. He says the incident in Sochi was the first
of many sexual encounters the two would have over the next few years. He says Nevils did not do or say anything
in Sochi to object or behave in any way to show she was incapable of consent. NBC news responded in a statement saying:
“Matt Lauer’s conduct was appalling, horrific and reprehensible, as we said at the time. That’s why he was fired within twenty-four
hours of us first learning of the complaint.” Two associates of President Trump’s personal
lawyer Rudy Giuliani have been arrested. Igor Fruman and Lev Parnas were detained Wednesday
at Dulles Airport. According to a spokesperson for the southern
district of New York, Fruman and Parnas were indicted in Virginia Thursday on criminal
charges of violating campaign finance rules. Two other men were also indicted. All four are US citizens. The men are connected to efforts to get Ukraine
to investigate former vice president and Trump’s 2020 rival Joe Biden and his son Hunter. The Miami Herald reports a man gave hundreds
of thousands of dollars in donations to a Trump-allied super PAC. There’s no evidence of any wrongdoing against
the Bidens involving Ukraine. Efforts to investigate the Bidens were revealed
in a rough transcript of Trump’s July call to Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky. That call is what triggered a Democratic impeachment
inquiry. Uber is offering a new feature for people
who want to take a ride with their pets. The pilot program is called Uber pets. Uber says riders who use the feature can bring
any household pet with them on the trip. There is a surcharge for the service, anywhere
from 3 to 5 dollars. Drivers can opt in and out of the feature. Uber says this is only for non-service animals. Riders will not be charged for having a service
animal. The feature kicks off on October 16 but for
now it is only being offered in a little more than half dozen cities. The cities are Phoenix, Denver, Austin, Minneapolis,
St. Paul, Tampa Bay, Nashville and Philadelphia. For most of us, having a car is a necessity. Not only is it a major purchase but it can
keep draining your bank account throughout its lifetime. Insurance, gas, oil changes and repairs are
just some of the many car costs that can drain your wallet. But according to consumer experts, here are
five simple things you can do right now to save on car costs. Tip number one: take a defensive driving course. Safe and careful drivers are cheaper to insure. According to AARP, taking a driver’s ed class
could save you up to $200 annually with your insurance company. Another idea for AARP: use cruise control. It can reduce highway fuel usage by 7 percent. Depending on how you drive and how far, you
could save as much a seventy dollars per year. Tip number three: be smart about gas. Gasing up likely eats up much of your car
budget. So find the cheapest prices in your area by
downloading apps like Gas Buddy or WAZE. And several grocery stores or credit cards
offer loyalty points that can be used at gas stations. Number four: keep your tires properly inflated. The EPA says driving with properly inflated
tires can improve your gas mileage up to 3 percent. And the final tip: take good care of your
car. That means keeping up with regular oil changes,
air filter replacements and even something as simple as new wiper blades can keep those
engines revving longer. The people have spoken! A new champ has emerged as the champion of
Alaska’s Katmai National Park and Preserve’s annual fat bear competition. “Fat Bear Week” highlights the remarkable
weight changes Alaska’s brown bears can go through during hibernation. The bears are already considered the largest
brown bears in the world and they can nearly double in size during hibernation. And it’s no wonder after scarfing down 90
pounds of food a day. This year’s winner is…(drumroll please)… Bear number 435, better known as Holly. The park says online voters picked her to
be this year’s fat bear week champion. Holly is considered one of the most recognizable
bears to use the Brooks River. The mama bear beat out more than a dozen other
bears to take on this year’s crown. Park officials say this year’s competition
was a huge success with a record 187,000 votes cast, more than three times more than last
year. They say while fat bear week is a fun event,
it is also used to build awareness of the natural process and the need to conserve the
unique wilderness area of the Brooks River. And those are your top stories for today. I’m Jethro Wooddall. Thank you for watching Sign1News live. Remember to follow us on all of our social
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