Classified documents were found at the home of former Vice President Mike Pence; President Joe Biden has been sued over his migrant sponsorship plan; and Pope Francis criticized laws criminalizing homosexuality. These stories and more highlight the morning rundown for Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023.
Earthquake hits California coast
A 4.2 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of California early Wednesday morning, according to the U.S. Geological survey. Aftershocks of 2.6 and 3.5 magnitude were felt in the area.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said no tsunami threat was associated with the quake. The Los Angeles Fire Department added there were no immediate reports of major damage.
Washington mass shooting
Three people were killed in a shooting at a convenience store in Yakima, Washington, early Tuesday. The gunman died after an hours-long manhunt. The shooting comes follows several shootings in California in recent days.
“You wouldn’t know this threat was coming. And that makes people uncomfortable,” Yakima Police Chief Matt Murray said Tuesday. “I think that’s why America is uncomfortable right now with a lot of these crazy incidents that are occurring. And here we are in little Yakima, right on the heels of California dealing with much the same thing.”
Classified documents found in Mike Pence’s home
A lawyer for former Vice President Pence announced Tuesday that documents were found in Pence’s home. The lawyer said “a small number of documents … were inadvertently boxed and transported” to Pence’s home following his time as vice president. Those documents were taken into FBI custody last Thursday.
The Pence discovery comes as the Department of Justice was already investigating the discovery of classified documents in President Joe Biden’s home in Delaware and his former Washington office, as well as former President Donald Trump’s Florida estate.
Microsoft Suffers Outage
Microsoft has recovered all of its cloud services after suffering a networking outage early Wednesday morning. The outage affected the company’s cloud platform Azure along with services such as Teams and Outlook.
Walmart workers to get pay raises
Walmart said its workers will get a pay raise next month. The company announced Tuesday it will be increasing its starting wages to between $14 and $19 an hour. That’s up from the current $12 to $18 an hour. The move is expected to increase average pay from $17.00 to $17.50.
“As you continue to focus on your customers, we’re focused on investing in you – our store associates – through higher wages and new opportunities to gain the skills to serve tomorrow’s customers and grow a career with Walmart,” Walmart President and CEO John Furner said in a note to all U.S. associates.
States sue Biden over migrant sponsorship plan
Twenty states filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration over a plan to allow up to 30,000 migrants from four countries to enter the U.S. legally each month if they have American sponsors. Those countries are Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua and Venezuela.
The Department of Homeland Security, under the false pretense of preventing aliens from unlawfully crossing the border between the ports of entry, has effectively created a new visa program without the formalities of legislation from Congress,” the states wrote in the complaint. “The Department’s parole power is exceptionally limited, having been curtailed by Congress multiple times, and can be used ‘only on a case-by-
case basis for urgent humanitarian reasons or significant public benefit.'”
Pope Francis comments on homosexuality
In an exclusive interview with the Associated Press, Pope Francis denounced laws that criminalize homosexuality as “unjust.” He said “being homosexual isn’t a crime” and God loves all his children just as they are.
“What happens is that they are cultures, cultures in a state and in bishops from that place, if they are good bishops, they are part of the culture and some have their minds still in that culture,” Pope Francis said Tuesday. “These bishops have to have a process of conversion.”
According to the Human Dignity Trust, some 67 countries or jurisdictions worldwide criminalize consensual same-sex sexual activity. Eleven of those countries can or do impose the death penalty.
The Associated Press, Reuters, CBS News and CNN contributed to this report.
GOOD MORNING THANKS FOR JOINING THE DAILY RUNDOWN.
I’M KARAH RUCKER.
CLASSIFIED DOCUMENT END UP AT MIKE PENCE’S PRIVATE RESIDENCE.
AND THE VICE PRESIDENT VISITS MONTEREY PARK TODAY WHERE 11 PEOPLE WERE SHOT AND KILLED OVER THE WEEKEND.
BUT FIRST AN EARTHQUAKE STRIKES NEAR MALIBU…SENDING SHOCK WAVES THROUGH SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA.
THIS IS STRAIGHT ARROW NEWS.
UNBIASED. STRAIGHT FACTS.
A 4.2. MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE HAS STRUCK 10 MILES SOUTH OF MALIBU BEACH…HAPPENING AROUND 2 AM THEIR TIME.
WHILE THERE’S NO TSUNAMI THREAT ACCORDING TO OFFICIALS —
IT HAS SENT SHOCK WAVES UP AND DOWN THE SOUTHERN COAST OF CALIFORNIA…
COMING IN BETWEEN A 2.6 TO 3.5 MAGNITUDE FELT IN THE AREA.
NO DAMAGE OR INJURIES WERE REPORTED.
A MAN FATALLY SHOT THREE PEOPLE AT A “CIRCLE K” GAS STATION IN WASHINGTON ON TUESDAY BEFORE TURNING THE GUN HIMSELF.
THE NEWS COMES JUST DAYS AFTER SEVERAL MASS SHOOTINGS MADE NATIONAL HEADLINES THIS WEEK.
MASS SHOOTINGS HAVE AVERAGED MORE THAN ONE PER DAY SO FAR THIS YEAR.
THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT RELEASING DATA ON MASS SHOOTINGS TODAY…A 72 PAGE REPORT CONDUCTED BY SECRET SERVICE.
THEY ANALYZED 173 INCIDENTS THAT RESULTED IN THREE OR MORE PEOPLE GETTING INJURED OR KILLED.
THOSE INCIDENTS SPAN BETWEEN 2016 AND 2020.
THEY FOUND NEARLY THREE-QUARTERS OF ASSAILANTS USED GUNS TO CARRY OUT THEIR CRIMES.
ONE QUARTER OF THOSE OBTAINED THEIR WEAPONS ILLEGALLY.
A PERSONAL GRIEVANCE OF SOME SORT WAS THE SINGLE MOST COMMON MOTIVE BUT ONE-QUARTER OF THE ATTACKS WERE REPORTEDLY MOTIVATED BY WHAT THE SECRET SERVICE CALLS “CONSPIRACY THEORIES OR HATEFUL IDEOLOGIES.”
THE REPORT IS MEANT TO HELP MONITOR TRENDS AND SHED LIGHT ON A TOP ISSUE OUR COUNTRY FACES.
VICE PRESIDENT KAMALA HARRIS WILL BE IN MONTEREY PARK TODAY TO VISIT THE SITE OF ONE OF THE LATEST MASS SHOOTINGS WHERE 11 PEOPLE DIED.
SAME STORYLINE– DIFFERENT CHARACTER.
DOCUMENTS WITH CLASSIFIED MARKINGS WERE DISCOVERED LAST WEEK AT FORMER VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE’S INDIANA HOME AND TURNED OVER TO THE FBI.
HIS LAWYER SAYS THERE WAS A “SMALL AMOUNT” OF CLASSIFIED MATERIAL FOUND AT THE RESIDENCE.
THE SEARCH WAS A PRECAUTIONARY ONE SINCE THE NEWS OF CLASSIFIED FILES ENDING UP IN PERSONAL RESIDENCES OF PRESIDENT BIDEN AND FORMER PRESIDENT TRUMP.
THE LAWYER SAID THE FILES WERE PLACED A BOX AND TRANSPORTED TO PENCE’S HOME WHEN PACKING TO LEAVE THE WHITE HOUSE.
THE ATTORNEY ALSO SAID THE VICE PRESIDENT WAS “UNAWARE” OF THE DOCUMENTS.
MICROSOFT PROGRAMS LIKE “TEAMS” AND “OUTLOOK” — ARE EXPERIENCING TECHNICAL ISSUES…CAUSING OUTAGES FOR THOUSANDS OF USERS.
THE COMPANY SAYS THEY’VE IDENTIFIED A POTENTIAL NETWORKING ISSUE AND HAVE ALREADY MADE ADJUSTMENTS TO GET THEIR PROGRAMS BACK UP-AND-RUNNING.
THE OUTAGES WERE WIDELY REPORTED OVERNIGHT.
WALMART EMPLOYEES ARE GETTING A PAY RAISE.
THE MINIMUM WAGE INCREASING FROM 12 DOLLARS TO 14 DOLLARS AN HOUR.
THE COUNTRY’S LARGEST PRIVATE EMPLOYER IS CATCHING UP WITH ITS COMPETITION IN A TIGHT-LABOR MARKET.
WHILE WHITE-COLLAR INDUSTRIES EXPERIENCE LAYOFFS…
IT’S LOWER PAID SECTORS STRETCHED THIN IN THEIR WORKFORCE.
COMPETITORS TARGET AND AMAZON HAVE A 15 DOLLAR AN HOUR MINIMUM WAGE.
THE AVERAGE WALMART EMPLOYEE WILL NOW MAKE 17-50 AN HOUR COMPARED TO 17 DOLLARS AN HOUR AFTER THE NEW PAY RAISE KICKS IN NEXT MONTH.
PRESIDENT BIDEN’S LATEST IMMIGRATION PLAN IS BEING MET WITH LEGAL CHALLENGES.
20 REPUBLICAN STATES HAVE FILED A LAWSUIT ASKING A FEDERAL JUDGE TO STOP A PROGRAM THAT WOULD ALLOW UP TO 30 THOUSAND MIGRANTS TO ENTER THE U.S. LEGALLY EACH MONTH…AS LONG AS THEY HAVE AMERICAN SPONSORS.
MIGRANTS FROM CUBA, HAITI, NICARAGUA, AND VENEZUELA COULD LIVE AND WORK IN THE U.S. LEGALLY UNDER A HUMANITARIAN IMMIGRATION AUTHORITY KNOWN AS PAROLE.
THE STATES SUING TO STOP THE SPONSORSHIP SAY NOT ONLY IS IT ILLEGAL, BUT SOMETHING THE PUBLIC SHOULD HAVE BEEN ABLE TO HAVE A SAY-SO IN.
POPE FRANCIS IS GIVING THE CATHOLIC CHURCH HIS TAKE ON HOMO-SEXUALITY IN A NEW INTERVIEW PUBLISHED TODAY.
THE POPE DISTINGUISHING BETWEEN WHAT IS SIN AND WHAT IS CRIMINAL.
POPE FRANCIS SAYS LEGISLATION ACROSS THE WORLD THAT CRIMINALIZES SAME-SEX MARRIAGE IS **WRONG.
AT LEAST 67 COUNTRIES HAVE LAWS AGAINST GAY MARRIAGE.
THE POPE JUSTIFYING HIS TAKE BY CALLING **ALL CHILDREN…CHILDREN OF GOD.
WHILE THE POPE SAYS HOMOSEXUALITY IS SINFUL…HE SAYS THE CATHOLIC CHURCH NEEDS TO TAKE A STANCE AGAINST CRIMINALIZING IT.
THESE ARE YOUR TOP HEADLINES ON THIS WEDNESDAY MORNING.
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UNTIL THEN, I’M KARAH RUCKER…HAVE A GREAT DAY.