LA firefighters rely on axe, luck to free Woods from crash

ROLLING HILLS ESTATES, Calif. — With short, sure strokes of a flathead axe, firefighter Cole Gomoll methodically chopped along the edge of the SUV’s broken windshield as golf icon Tiger Woods — tangled up in his seatbelt and covered in a sheet to avoid shards of glass — waited in shock inside the mangled wreck. When Gomoll had cut a long, continuous line to the end of the glass, he and another Los Angeles County firefighter peeled back the windshield. The 6-lb (2.7-kilogram), 36-inch-long (91-centimetre-long) axe went down, and the backboard was swapped in. Within minutes, the ambulance had raced away, bound for the trauma centre with its famous patient in the back. It would be hours before the news

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Official: 3 dead in small plane crash in northeast Georgia

GAINESVILLE, Ga. — A single-engine plane bound for Florida crashed after takeoff Friday evening from an airport in northeast Georgia, killing the three people aboard, authorities said. The Cessna 182 crashed around 6:50 p.m. approximately two miles (3.2 kilometres) northeast of the Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport in Gainesville, Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Emma Duncan said. “The aircraft crashed shortly after departing from Gainesville on a planned flight to Daytona Beach,” Duncan said in an emailed statement. Hall County Fire Services spokesman Zach Brackett said three people on board, all adults, were killed, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. They were not immediately identified. “Three adult occupants were found deceased and it was confirmed with the FAA that this matches the occupants reported

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SoftBank says deal reached with WeWork founder, directors

TOKYO — SoftBank Group Corp. has reached a settlement in a U.S. legal dispute with directors of office space-sharing venture WeWork Inc. and its founder Adam Neumann, the Japanese technology company said Saturday. The terms of the settlement in the Delaware Court of Chancery were not disclosed. The statement said the agreement was not yet final. Other details were not immediately available. The wrangling began more than a year ago after SoftBank acquired shares in WeWork, which was suffering after its failed IPO. But some investors and Neumann were not satisfied with the monetary deals offered by SoftBank. “With this litigation behind us, we are fully focused on our mission to reimagine the workplace and continue to meet the growing

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Man gets nearly 20 years for Colorado synagogue bomb plot

DENVER — A man was sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison on Friday for plotting to bomb a historic Colorado synagogue last year by a judge who described the case as “dripping with Nazism and supremacy.” Judge Raymond P. Moore set the 235-month sentence for Richard Holzer, 28, and imposed a 15-year term of supervised release. Throughout the sentencing trial, Moore expressed harsh criticism of Holzer’s previous statements to undercover FBI agents and social media accounts — describing Holzer’s life as filled with violent and hateful imagery. “It is one of the most vulgar, aggressive, evil crimes that can be committed against an entire group of persons,” Moore said. Holzer’s defence team argued that his suffering of fetal alcohol

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Airline CEOs, Biden officials consider green-fuel breaks

Chief executives of the nation’s largest passenger and cargo airlines met with key Biden administration officials Friday to talk about reducing emissions from airplanes and push incentives for lower-carbon aviation fuels. The White House said the meeting with climate adviser Gina McCarthy and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg also touched on economic policy and curbing the spread of COVID-19 — travel has been a vector for the virus. But industry officials said emissions dominated the discussion. United Airlines said CEO Scott Kirby asked administration officials to support incentives for sustainable aviation fuel and technology to remove carbon from the atmosphere. In December, United said it invested an undisclosed amount in a carbon-capture company partly owned by Occidental Petroleum. A United Nations

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Andrew Yang helps photographer facing attack on ferry

NEW YORK — A photographer who was shoved by a man who then came at him with a metal pole during a trip on the Staten Island ferry on Friday was able to get out of harm’s way when New York City mayoral candidate Andrew Yang intervened. Spencer Platt, a photographer with Getty Images, said he was on the top deck of the boat heading toward Staten Island around 11 a.m., talking on the phone after taking some photos of Yang, who was headed to campaign events. Platt said when he turned around, the man was “just right in my face, like an inch away.” The man pushed him, sending him down onto a bench, and Platt said he saw

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Nevada governor proposes giving tech firms power to govern

CARSON CITY, Nev. — Nevada’s governor on Friday unveiled a proposal that would allow technology companies to establish jurisdictions with powers similar to those of county governments, arguing the state needed to be bold to diversify its economy and pushing back against those who have likened the idea to company towns. “This proposal is an exciting, unprecedented concept that has a potential to position Nevada as a global centre of advanced technology and innovation, while helping to create immediate positive economic impact and shape the economy of the future,” Gov. Steve Sisolak said of his Innovation Zones idea. “As we’ve learned in the past, an emergency requires us to throw out the tried-and-true, discard the ‘How We’ve Always Done It’

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2 men plead guilty in California charter school fraud case

SAN DIEGO — An Australian man and his Southern California business partner who ran more than a dozen charter schools pleaded guilty Friday to felony charges tied to a massive fraud scheme that siphoned $50 million in education funds from the state to invest in start-up companies and real estate. Prosecutors called it one of the nation’s biggest fraud cases involving education dollars. Sean McManus, 46, entered his plea from Australia via a video call to San Diego Superior Court. He agreed to voluntarily return to the United States as part of his plea agreement. He and his business partner, Jason Schrock, 44, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to misappropriate public funds and to stealing more than $500,000. Schrock also pleaded

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Speakers Corner: The future of Toronto’s landlocked lighthouse

Speakers Corner is back! CityNews wants to hear from you. We’ve been asking you to send us interesting stories, videos or questions you want answered. The Queen Street booth maybe a thing of the past, but we’re still listening and want to hear what’s on your mind. This week, we were asked about a Toronto lighthouse, built to guide ships safely into shore. The only problem? It’s not near the water! It’s also been the victim of vandals and squatters. So CityNews was asked how it got there and what’s being done to preserve it. Parked between streetcar tracks, off Fleet Street not far from Prince’s Gate, sits an octagonal structure standing 8.5 metres tall. “People are embarrassed to say

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Coming to terms with pandemic stress shopping

While many Canadians are saving while staying home, some are making purchases simply to feel better as they cope with the pandemic and the stresses it has brought. “Needless to say, my online shopping habits are heightened more when I’m not working than when I am working,” says Razia Kassam. “Now when I’m not working I have time and I’m on Instagram and I’m looking at influencers.” Markham mom Razia Kassam has lost her job twice during the pandemic. Like many, she’s home a lot more and bored. “I must have carts full in probably every single store that I shop at, just to fill that void,” she says. In the early months of the pandemic, a survey by Credit

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