Mike McKinnon III

Thousands celebrate the life of Barbara Bush

HOUSTON (AP) — Barbara Bush was the “first lady of the greatest generation.” Addressing former presidents, ambassadors and hundreds of other mourners inside the nation’s largest Episcopal church on Saturday, historian Jon Meacham recalled Barbara Bush’s quick wit that made her so popular. He also spoke of her devotion to her husband of 73 years, former President George H.W. Bush,…

Pot politics: Schumer joins politicians rethinking marijuana

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top Senate Democrat is using marijuana’s informal holiday to announce a change of heart about the drug, another sign of the growing political acceptance of pot. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York said Friday he’ll introduce a bill taking marijuana off the federal list of controlled substances — in effect decriminalizing its use. His…

North Korea announces shutdown of nuclear test site, freeze on nuclear and missile tests

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea announced Saturday it will suspend nuclear tests and intercontinental ballistic missile launches ahead of its summits with Seoul and Washington, but stopped well short of suggesting it has any intention of giving up its nuclear weapons or scale back its production of missiles and their related component parts. The new policy, which sets…

Mourners lining up to pay final respects to Barbara Bush

HOUSTON (AP) — A spray of flowers covered the closed silver casket of former first lady Barbara Bush in the sanctuary of a Houston church as hundreds of mourners began arriving Friday to pay their final respects. People waited in line hours early for security screening before boarding shuttle buses to attend a public viewing at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church…

USS Milius departing from San Diego

The USS Milius will leave San Diego Friday afternoon to join deployed Naval forces in Japan. The guided missile destroyer is scheduled to arrive in Central Japan by the end of May. Ships like the USS Milius perform key roles in support of strike groups, and are capable of carrying out sustained combat operations and maritime security.

What to do in San Diego this weekend

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – There is a lot going on this weekend in the San Diego area. Laura Cain was in studio to detail all the fun things you can enjoy with family and friends this weekend. For Families…. The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Carlsbad Ranch The beautiful blooms at the famous Flower Fields…

Avicii has been found dead at 28-years-old

NEW YORK (AP) — The Swedish-born producer and DJ known as Avicii has been found dead in Oman. Publicist Diana Baron said in a statement that the 28-year-old DJ, born Tim Bergling, was in Muscat, Oman. “The family is devastated and we ask everyone to please respect their need for privacy in this difficult time,” the statement said. Avicii was…

Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals free housing summit

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Close to 250,000 veterans throughout San Diego are eligible for local and federal programs that can save them money on housing, energy costs, insurance and property taxes. San Diego County and the state of California also have programs to help veterans get into their own home, but they are never advertised. Andre Hobbs, the President of…

New study shows the escalating toll of Alzheimer’s on San Diego families

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Two studies released today indicate San Diego County will see increasingly devastating health and economic effects from dementia-related diseases in coming years. The number of county residents age 55 and older with dementia is expected to increase from 84,000 today to 115,000 by 2030, according to The Alzheimer’s Project, a regional initiative that includes political leadership,…

Multistate E. Coli outbreak traced to lettuce from Arizona

YUMA, Ariz. (AP) — The Centers for Disease Control says a multistate E. coli outbreak that has sickened nearly three dozen people is linked to lettuce grown in Arizona. The CDC said Friday that 35 people across 11 states have become ill from chopped romaine lettuce from Yuma. Twenty-two of them have been hospitalized, including three with kidney failure. No…

Robot builds IKEA furniture

If you’re one of the many people who struggle to build IKEA furniture, now there’s a robot to do it for you. A team of scientists in Singapore built a robot that can assemble an IKEA chair in about 20-minutes. The robot consists of two arms, and a 3-D camera that allows it to read the furniture parts. It then…

Qualcomm laid off 1,231 San Diego Employees

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Qualcomm is laying off 1,231 San Diego employees and another 269 workers in Northern California as part of a $1 billion cost-cutting plan. The size of the mass cutback was revealed through mandatory 60-day layoff notices received Thursday at the San Diego Workforce Partnership. The cellular technology company alerted workers to the layoffs on Wednesday; they…

Governor Brown mobilizes National Guard along the coast and at the border

SACRAMENTO (KUSI) – Governor Jerry Brown’s Press Conference has announced that Governor Brown is mobilizing National Guard personnel to combat transnational crime within the state, along the coast and at the border. The full release states: RELATED STORY: Trump says Feds won’t pay for CA National Guard Deployment Following through on his commitment to fight transnational crime, Governor Edmund G. Brown…

Amazon reveals its Prime service has 100 million members

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Amazon has persuaded more than 100 million shoppers to subscribe to its Prime service that offers free two-day shipping and other perks that help bind people to the company and its ever-expanding empire. CEO Jeff Bezos quantified the size of Amazon’s Prime membership for the first time Wednesday in his annual letter to the Seattle company’s shareholders. Before…