Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt reportedly paid $65 million for 'Enchanted Hill,' a vacant lot in Beverly Hills that belonged to Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen and almost sold to Jeff Bezos
The empty development site, which sits on a hilltop overlooking downtown Los Angeles, was originally on the market for $150 million.news.yahoo.com
Kennedy Center honoree Debbie Allen reflects on groundbreaking career
Debbie Allen has spent decades as a champion of the arts around the globe, amassing 20 Emmy nominations, including five wins over the years. “CBS Saturday Morning” co-host Michelle Miller spoke to Allen about how the early obstacles she faced, including a rejection from dancing school, helped to shape her groundbreaking career.news.yahoo.com
CDC shortens recommended isolation for asymptomatic people infected with COVID-19
The CDC has cut isolation period for asymptomatic people infected with COVID-19 from 10 days to five. CBS News correspondent Nancy Chen has more on what the new guideline could mean for businesses hit hard by staff shortages around the U.S. Then, Dr. Owais Durrani, an emergency medicine physician, joins Elise Preston on CBSN to discuss the latest with the virus.news.yahoo.com
Juries resume deliberations in trials of Ghislaine Maxwell and Elizabeth Holmes
Juries in two different high-profile trials have returned from a holiday break and are continuing their deliberations. In New York, Ghislaine Maxwell, a former associate of disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, faces six federal charges linked to sex trafficking. In California, Elizabeth Holmes faces eleven counts of fraud stemming from her failed blood-testing start-up Theranos. CBS News legal contributor Jessica Levinson joins CBSN with a breakdown of each case.news.yahoo.com
Michigan governor kidnapping plot defense seeks to dismiss indictment
Defense attorneys want to dismiss the indictment against five men accused of plotting to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer because of what they described as “egregious overreaching” by federal agents and informants, according to a court filing.news.yahoo.com
Hail and farewell: Those we lost in 2021
"Sunday Morning" remembers some of the creative, inspiring and newsworthy men and women who passed away this year, who'd touched us in unforgettable ways, and left us with wisdom, love, and the satisfaction of lives well-lived. Lee Cowan reports.news.yahoo.com
Peter Dinklage on playing "Cyrano"
The famously private "Game of Thrones" star talks with "60 Minutes" correspondent Lesley Stahl about a new film adaptation of the play "Cyrano de Bergerac," featuring Dinklage as the ghostwriter of love letters wooing the beautiful Roxanne. Stahl also talks with "Cyrano" screenwriter Erica Schmidt (Dinklage's wife); and with director Joe Wright, who reveals how the period romance almost devolved into a disaster movie while shooting near a suddenly-active volcano.news.yahoo.com
The revolutionary James Webb Space Telescope
It's the most ambitious, complex space observatory ever built – 100 times more powerful than the Hubble Space Telescope, capable of seeing stars so distant, their light has been traveling for nearly 14 billion years. Correspondent David Pogue looks at the revolutionary James Webb Space Telescope, an infrared observatory whose scheduled launch next week will usher in a new era in our understanding of the origin and evolution of the cosmos.news.yahoo.com
FAA: No more commercial astronaut wings, too many launching
Heads up, future space travelers: No more commercial astronaut wings will be awarded from the Federal Aviation Administration after this year. The FAA said Friday it's clipping its astronaut wings because too many people are now launching into space and it's getting out of the astronaut designation business entirely. The news comes one day ahead of Blue Origin’s planned liftoff from West Texas with former NFL player and TV celebrity Michael Strahan. All 15 people who rocketed into space for the first time this year on private U.S. flights will be awarded their wings, according to the FAA.news.yahoo.com
MacKenzie Scott won't say how much she's giving 'this time'
In a blog post titled “No Dollar Signs This Time,” billionaire philanthropist MacKenzie Scott said she won’t reveal how much she has given to charity since her last round of donations earlier this year, in an effort to reduce the attention she draws.
Hall of Famer Michael Strahan to launch into space on Blue Origin rocket
The Good Morning America co-host and Pro Football Hall of Famer announced Tuesday that he will be among the crew on the next Blue Origin flight to space on Dec. 9. Blue Origin and founder Jeff Bezos asked Strahan if he’d like to fly during the NS-19 flight. Innovators have always been risk takers.”Laura Shepard Churchley, the eldest daughter of groundbreaking astronaut Alan Shepard, will join Strahan on the flight. As will four paying customers, including space industry executive and philanthropist Dylan Taylor, investor Evan Dick and Bess Ventures founder Lane Bess, and Cameron Bess. Previously, Blue Origin rockets have carried Bezos and “Star Trek” actor William Shatner into space.mlive.com
Foundations commit billions to fight climate change
The United Nations Climate Change Conference, which was postponed a year because of COVID-19, has promoted a series of announcements from foundations and individuals attempting to pour money into efforts to fight climate change, an area many think philanthropy has neglected.
Giving to top charities rose 3.7% in 2020, driven by wealthy
In the wake of the most devastating public-health emergency in a century and the resulting economic uncertainty, Americans provided more charitable dollars to United Way Worldwide than any other nonprofit focused on direct aid, followed by the Salvation Army and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, according to new rankings by the Chronicle of Philanthropy.
Live stream: Blue Origin launches into space with William ‘Capt. Kirk’ Shatner onboard
Actor William Shatner and Audrey Powers, Blue Origin’s vice president of mission and flight operations, will fly on board New Shepard NS-18. They will join crewmates Chris Boshuizen and Glen de Vries for the flight.
$5B conservation plan offers new approach, but faces hurdles
A pledge by nine grantmakers to give $5 billion to conservation efforts that address threats to biodiversity and to help curb climate change is taking a different approach than philanthropy has embraced in the past — one that may require those organizations to do things differently.
SpaceX launches 4 amateurs on private Earth-circling trip
.SpaceX’s first private flight has streaked into orbit with two contest winners, a health care worker and their rich sponsor. It was the first time a spacecraft circled Earth with an all-amateur crew and no professional astronauts. SpaceX’s recycled rocket soared Wednesday night from the same Kennedy Space Center pad used by the company’s three previous astronaut flights for NASA. But this time, the Dragon capsule aimed for an unusually high orbit, 100 miles higher than the International...