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Gavin Newsom's Campaign Says It's Certain of Win as Larry Elder Hints at 2022 Run

Elder has refused to say whether he'll accept the results of the recall election if he loses.
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US deports convicted Russian hacker amid cyber tensions with Moscow
US officials have deported a key player in the Russian cybercriminal world who was sentenced to nine years in US prison in 2020 for his alleged role in a scheme that defrauded Americans of millions of dollars, according to the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.
He lost his vision then became starting quarterback
Jasen Bracy lost his vision when he was 7. But he didn't let that get in the way of becoming the starting quarterback for his football team. Carter Evans shares more.
How dangerous are brain-eating amoebas?
CNN's Elizabeth Cohen explains what you need to know about naegleria fowleri, more commonly known as brain-eating amoeba, found in warm fresh water.
U.S. at risk of unprecedented financial crisis
The U.S. could default on its bills for the first time in history if Congress doesn’t raise the federal debt limit. Republicans have said it's the Democrats' responsibility since they control both chambers. Nikole Killion reports.
Fact check: Was Biden advised to withdraw troops from Afghanistan?
President Joe Biden says his military advisors did not recommend that he keep troops in Afghanistan. His military advisors say they did.
Covid-19 restrictions kept her family from attending her wedding, so she got married on the Canadian border
When Covid-19 restrictions made it difficult for a Canadian bride to have her family at her US wedding, she did the next best thing -- she brought her wedding to the border.
The ultimate guide to Black Friday 2021
Plus, find Black Friday 2021 deals that are already available now
Millions of kids forced into labor worldwide
The United Nations estimates one in 10 children is performing forced labor. Debora Patta spoke to a former child slave who was forced to deep-water dive for fishing nets in Ghana.
Key takeaways from US military leaders on Afghanistan withdrawal
Key takeaways from congressional hearing on the U.S. military mission in Afghanistan.
Defense officials grilled on Afghanistan exit
The nation's top military officials testified to the Senate Armed Services Committee about the hasty withdrawal from Afghanistan, saying they warned both President Trump and President Biden against pulling troops out of the country. David Martin reports.
Swimming With Hawaii's Spinner Dolphins Is Popular, But Now It's Banned
Federal regulators on Tuesday moved to protect the nocturnal animals from people seeking close encounters with the playful species.
Brazile: Democrats need to unify on infrastructure to fight GOP obstruction
Most Republicans in Congress are determined to put former President Trump first and America last. Democrats should put America first: Compromise
"CBS Evening News" headlines for Tuesday, September 28, 2021
Here's a look at the top stories making headlines on the "CBS Evening News with Norah O'Donnell."
Georgia county divided over school mask policy
As their kids contract COVID-19, parents in Cobb County are frustrated that the school district does not have a mask mandate. Mark Strassmann shares more.
Milley defends Trump-era calls to Chinese counterpart in congressional Afghanistan hearing
Vaccine racial disparity gap narrows; NY makes it easier to replace health workers who resist vaccine mandate: COVID-19 updates
The gap in racial disparities in COVID-19 vaccination rates is closing. Latest news.
Almost all United employees complied with the vaccine mandate
United Airlines announced Tuesday that only 593 of its workers face dismissal for not complying with the requirement to get a Covid-19 vaccine. That is less than 1% of its 67,000 US workers who are covered by the rule.
'No Time to Die' marks the end of Daniel Craig's service with a slightly bloated Bond film
Daniel Craig's service in the Bond franchise comes to its conclusion in "No Time to Die," a big epic, which, despite its flaws, should buy the movie considerable goodwill from an audience that has waited (and waited) for it.
'No Time to Die' marks the end of Daniel Craig's service with a slightly bloated Bond film
After 25 movies over 60 years, billing a James Bond adventure as the end of something requires a certain leap of faith. Still, Daniel Craig's yeoman service comes to its conclusion with "No Time to Die," a big and length-wise bloated epic that includes the desired bells and whistles, which, despite its flaws, should buy the movie considerable goodwill from an audience that has waited (and waited) for it.
Lori Loughlin to act in first role since college admissions scandal
Loughlin will reprise her role as Abigail Stanton in "When Calls the Heart" this holiday season.
Obama breaks ground in Chicago for massive presidential center project
Former President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama were in Chicago Tuesday for the groundbreaking of the former commander-in-chief's new presidential center.
Sen. Tillis recounts suicide of ex-Marine over Afghan interpreter left behind
Sen. Thom Tillis recounted the story of a former Marine who took his own life after an Afghan interpreter was left behind following the evacuation of the nation.
Greg Abbott Trounces Joe Biden on Handling of Border Among Voters, New Poll Shows
Only 1 in 5 Texas voters told Quinnipiac pollsters they approve of how President Joe Biden is handling the situation at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Gen. Milley defends interviews with authors who wrote books about Trump
CNN'S Alex Marquardt reports.
Japan’s Princess Mako and ‘commoner’ husband to be ‘The new Meghan and Harry’
"Japanese media has been very harsh on her and her fiancé especially, but overseas reactions seem a bit different," Ulrika Yui from Japanese Fuji TV told Page Six.
Noem says media 'trying to destroy my children' after report over daughter’s certification denial
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem said the media is "trying to destroy my children" after a report alleged she engaged in a conflict of interest following a meeting with the head of the state agency in charge of approving or denying her daughter's application to become a real estate appraiser.
Torrey Pines goes to Saturday finish to get off NFL Sunday
The Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines had an ideal spot on the West Coast Swing as the weekend between the NFL conference championship games and the Super Bowl. That changed when the NFL added a game to its regular season.
Zac Brown Band cancels shows after lead singer tests positive for COVID-19
"I have made the very difficult decision to pause Zac Brown Band’s 'The Comeback Tour.' Despite taking precautions, I’ve tested positive for COVID-19."
He lost his vision at 7, but went on to become the starting quarterback
He's memorized every play and where every player is supposed to be.
Stream It Or Skip It: ‘Ada Twist, Scientist’ On Netflix, A Series About A Science-Loving Kid From The Obamas And The Creator Of ‘Doc McStuffins’
Ada and her friends Izzy and Rosie use science, engineering and architecture to help answer all their questions in this series adapted from the popular book series.
Sea Slugs Can Be Solar-Powered
Studying sea slugs in the group Sacoglossa can mean being on the receiving end of some very imaginative emails. Sidney K. Pierce, of the University of South Florida, retired a few years ago. “But to this day,” he told me, “I get questions from little kids in their science classes” who have stumbled upon the marvelous mollusks—and want to know if they could help “end world hunger.”The answer, Pierce assured me, is no. But the proposal isn’t totally outlandish. Several sacoglossan sea slugs can harvest energy from the sun’s rays and, using only the contents of their cells, turn it into chemical packages of food. In other words, they photosynthesize—arguably the plantiest thing that earthly plants and algae do.Except sea slugs are, of course, not plants or algae. They’re standard-issue animals that have blurred the boundaries between biological kingdoms, thanks to a spectacular act of thievery: They steal photosynthesizing machinery—in-cell structures called chloroplasts—from the algae they eat, and store the green, light-converting blobs in their body for extended periods. Some species can reap the nutritional benefits of these self-replenishing snack packs for months, perhaps for longer than a year. One sea slug that Pierce has studied extensively, Elysia chlorotica, can go the rest of its life without eating—moseying, mating, vibing—after just one algae-rich binge in its youth. “We collect them in the field,” he told me, “and we never feed them again.”Humans do not do this; as far as we know, our bodies aren’t set up to carry out these grand heists. But oh, that we could. “What would it be like, if we just ate salad for a week, and then you don’t need to worry about where you’re getting your nutrients ever again?” Karen Pelletreau, of the University of Maine, told me. The slugs’ felonious feat, known as kleptoplasty, is so remarkable that it’s been held up by creationists as proof of intelligent design. (It is, to be clear, evolution.) And researchers still aren’t sure how the plant-pantomiming animals pull it all off. A sea slug of the species Elysia timida. (Paulo Cartaxana) Some of the nomming nitty-gritty differs a bit among species, but in general, the slugs, which run up to a couple of inches in length, will latch on to a straw-shaped stretch of algae, puncture it with a tooth, and slurp out its contents like a college student shotgunning a beer. The resultant sludge then floods the slug’s über-branched gut, where it’s captured by cells that hoard the chloroplasts intact, while breaking down or discarding everything else that’s algal. Solar-powered sea slugs tend to hatch translucent or whitish. But the chloroplasts swathe large portions of their flat, billowy bodies in a startling verdigris. In the 1970s, one pioneering biologist who espied E. chlorotica’s emerald hues dubbed them the “leaves that crawl.” Most sacoglossan sea slugs aren’t of the solar-powered ilk; they digest the chloroplasts along with everything else. That certain species among them manage to keep the little structures operational for days, weeks, or months is, frankly, bonkers—and seems impossible at first, because of how dependent chloroplasts are on their native host cells. Chloroplasts were, millions of years ago, free-living bacteria that were ultimately engulfed by bigger cells; in exchange for room and board, the microbes pumped out energy for their hosts, forging what became a permanent codependency. Nowadays, plant and algae chloroplasts can’t get by without protein cargo that’s manufactured exclusively out of genes in the nucleus, which doesn’t survive the sea slug’s discerning digestion. Sticking a chloroplast into a sea-slug cell and expecting it to run is like asking a car to gun indefinitely down a highway with no gas or oil-change stations. (It’s also why we humans can’t just stick chloroplasts into test tubes and profit.) And yet, even stripped of their nuclear entourage, the chloroplasts persist—and work. “It seems like a biotechnological marvel,” Debashish Bhattacharya, of Rutgers University, told me. “How the hell do they keep the chloroplasts alive?” [Read: A pesky insect took an evolutionary shortcut.] Several potential explanations have been put forth over the years. In one, the sea slugs use their own in-house accoutrement to jerry-rig the chloroplasts, making them more durable. In another, the animals manage to ransack algal nuclei, co-opting chloroplast-fortifying genes, though most of the researchers I talked with characterized the evidence for this idea as scant or mixed. A few years ago, a group of scientists proposed another work-around: Perhaps the kidnapped chloroplasts are important to the slug less as photosynthetic factories, and more as self-contained food stores—mini, cell-intrinsic calorie caches that could be digested by the animal in times of nutritional need, like a camel’s fat-rich hump. In that scenario, chloroplast maintenance could fall to the wayside. Pierce told me that idea doesn’t have much support. (It also doesn’t negate the possibility that the sea slugs are solar-powered: Some species, for instance, could be tapping into those reserves after milking the chloroplasts’ photosynthesizing chops for weeks.) And many experts are wholly convinced that, for Elysia chlorotica and several of its closest kin, the biggest benefit of harboring algal contraband centers totally on photosynthesis, especially because “it’s dangerous business to steal a chloroplast,” Paulo Cartaxana, who studies the slugs at the University of Aveiro, in Portugal, told me. Chloroplasts are fragile and fussy; they emit toxic compounds while they work. The structures must be providing big perks, or they’d have been booted long ago. And proof of this has indeed racked up. Several chloroplast-hoarding sea-slug species will live longer and grow larger when allowed to soak up sunlight. Pelletreau, of the University of Maine, collaborated on prior work showing that E. chlorotica in particular seem to be totally dependent on chloroplasts; without them, the plant wannabes simply perish in their youth. One recent study proposed that the chloroplasts’ energetic oomph may even be powerful enough to sustain certain sea-slug species after they purposefully decapitate themselves and begin the arduous work of sprouting a new body from their severed head. Further evidence that the animals pack a substantial photosynthetic punch comes from studies that have tracked chloroplast-produced chemical food packets on an atomic scale, as they migrate into a menagerie of sea-slug tissues, where they can presumably facilitate all sorts of sea-sluggy things. Cartaxana’s recent work showcases something new: In Elysia chlorotica’s close cousin Elysia timida, what comes out of gut-cell chloroplasts can end up in reproductive tissues and boost the number of eggs new sea-slug parents lay. (E. timida slugs, while greedy burglars at the dinner table, are very reciprocal lovers. All of them are hermaphrodites, and they mate by colliding head-to-head and mutually inseminating each other with penises that unspool from beneath their right eye.) Sea slug of the species Elysia viridis, a close cousin of Elysia timida, locked in a mating embrace. (Paulo Cartaxana) “Spawning is a huge reproductive investment,” Sónia Cruz, also of the University of Aveiro, and another author on the new E. timida study, told me. “It takes a lot of energy out of them.” Each slug has to manufacture hundreds of eggs, each packed with enough nutrients to sustain their offspring during early development. The chloroplasts appear to offer an energetic boon, in some cases doubling the slugs’ output.Anna Karnkowska, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Warsaw, in Poland, told me that lessons could be learned from the other members of the chloroplast-stealing club, most of which are single-celled creatures such as dinoflagellates (though at least a couple of marine worms seem to briefly hijack the structures too). These unicellular pirates are thought to have an especially intense relationship with their chloroplasts; for them, kleptoplasty might be an intermediate step toward fixing the structures permanently into their cells and making them heritable from generation to generation.Sea slugs, with their multicelled anatomy and complex lifestyle, would have a much harder time passing pilfered chloroplasts down. As far as scientists can tell, what the slugs accomplish is akin to black-market organ theft, but little more: When the animal dies, its chloroplast cargo dies with it. But even if the chloroplasts’ tenancy is a dead end, it’s a fascinating push to rethink the strange and category-defying ways in which organisms interact, Karnkowska said. The slugs offer the chloroplasts a home, and get to, for a while, masquerade as pseudo-plants; the chloroplasts, in turn, become the sole survivors of carnage, enduring where the rest of their algal comrades could not.
Marcus Stroman helps Mets snap slide with win over Marlins
With Stroman in command, the Mets snapped a five-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory over the Marlins in Game 1 of a doubleheader.
Liar in chief: Military brass urged Biden to keep US troops in Afghanistan
Directly contradicting President Joe Biden, top military officials testified Tuesday that they advised him against pulling all US troops from Afghanistan.
First photos of John Hinckley Jr. emerge after deal for ‘unconditional’ release in Reagan assassination bid
Failed presidential assassin John Hinckley Jr. celebrated his impending freedom from court-ordered medication and therapy sessions in a low-key fashion on Tuesday.
Duchess Kate: Her style through the years
We haven't gotten to see a lot of Duchess Kate during quarantine. While we wait for life to return to normal, look back at her greatest style moments.
NYC sets vaccine deadline for school staff
A federal judge said New York City, the nation's largest school district, can mandate that all school employees be vaccinated or be fired. Errol Barnett has the latest.
More than 100 Americans evacuated from Afghanistan on private charter, organizations say
More than 100 US citizens and green card holders and nine special immigrant visa holders were evacuated from Afghanistan via a private charter flight on Tuesday, according to two organizations involved in the effort.
U.S. could default by October 18th unless Congress acts
The Treasury Department says the U.S. has just under three weeks until it could run out of cash to pay bills and default on its debt. CBS News reporter Sarah Ewall-Wice spoke to Ed O'Keefe on "Red and Blue" about what that could mean for Social Security and Medicare recipients.
Child dies of amoeba likely contracted at Texas splash pad, officials say
A child in Texas died two weeks ago from an infection caused by a brain-eating amoeba, and local officials announced Monday the child was likely infected after visiting the Don Misenhimer Park splash pad in Arlington. The site has been closed since officials were notified of the child's illness, and the investigation is ongoing. CBSN Dallas-Fort Worth has details.
Bellator 267 pre-event facts: Can Douglas Lima stay perfect in rematches?
Check out all the facts and figures about Friday's Bellator 267, which features a Douglas Lima vs. Michael Page rematch in the main event.      Related StoriesBellator 267: Make your predictions for Douglas Lima vs. Michael PageTaila Santos wants top names after dominating Roxanne ModafferiAfter UFC debut loss in T-Mobile Arena, Jalin Turner avenged things in a big way
Congressman Joaquin Castro on the importance of Latino representation in media jobs
A new study by the Government Accountability Office found that Latinos hold 12% of jobs in the media while they represent 18% of the rest of the workforce. Congressman Joaquin Castro, a Democrat from Texas who commissioned the investigation, joins CBSN "Red and Blue" anchor Ed O'Keefe to discuss the findings.
Aaliyah’s uncle says karma finally caught up to R. Kelly
Karma is finally catching up to R. Kelly, the uncle of late singer Aaliyah told The Post -- one day after the pervy crooner was convicted of sexually abusing women and children for decades.
Children forced into slavery risk lives deep-dive fishing in Ghana
One trafficker said he forced children to dive to bottom of Lake Volta, even if they didn't know how to swim.
Man accused of robbing uncle, turning off oxygen
Man gets 10 yrs for robbing gas station with sword
Spay, neuter clinic could set up in fire office
'Superheros for Hope' battle childhood diseases