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San Francisco: Thieves Break Into Cars Along Embarcadero, Shoot At Witness

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San Francisco has been hit by an ongoing series of car break-ins. This time the latest incident happened along the Embarcadero.

A witness, who wished to remain anonymous, said he saw two persons breaking into cars around Pier 19 as he shouted at them to stop. Before driving off they dumped the luggage from the car and on reaching Pier 19½ they broke into another car, Kron4 reported.

The witness said he again shouted at them and started clicking photos. One seeing the witness taking photos, one of the thieves took out a gun and opened fire.

“I heard gunshots as he aimed the gun at me, I instinctively jumped behind a car standing next to me. They then got into the stolen vehicle and sped away,” the man told the outlet.

The witness, who luckily didn’t suffer any injury, said he was angry that such a thing was happening in the city in broad daylight and no one was trying to stop the thieves.

‘Feel Unsafe Here’

Hours later, the owners of the car turned up to find their cars gone.

One of the car owners speak to Kron4.

One of the victims said, “Something like this has happened to me twice in the city. The first time I was here I was mugged and now this. I have lived and worked in Detroit for 10 years and never has something like this happened. It is a pity that you come to this beautiful city and feel unsafe.”

Some of the dumped luggage was found and the finder contacted the owner, who immediately headed out to collect whatever was left of it.

One of the cars which were broken into had its rear windscreen smashed.

When the police were contacted, the guy whose car was broken into was told to fill an online police report. Meanwhile, the witness who was shot at was also told to fill an online report. Not satisfied with this, he called 911 again and this time they agreed to send an officer to meet him.

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A Simple Tip To Boost Social Security Benefits By $800

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Inflation sure did inflict some heavy blows to benefits in Social Security, including the amount of coverage to its beneficiaries in the United States. Prices of commodities have surged significantly by six percent in the past year alone. Putting things into perspective, inflation stagnated to almost zero for the better part of the last ten years, and in less than a year, prices have skyrocketed in nearly each of the major categories. A good example is the grocery prices that went up by 12 percent in several categories.  

COLA 2022’s 5.9% may not be enough for some  

To ease things up, the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for 2022 will be up by 5.9 percent, which is the largest tweak in the last four decades. Albeit such an increase, some still need additional funds to make ends meet. That said, here are some tips to substantially boost one’s income.  

The Significance to Beneficiaries If the Social Security Benefits Get Slashed Early

Image credits: (FDR Presidential Library & Museum/flickr)

All about timing  

An essential factor in determining a person’s Social Security benefit is timing. That said, the timeliest one can get in filing for the program’s benefits is by the time that individual has reached the age of 62, with age 70 being the latest. Americans are well-aware, though, that there’s a catch to this. Early filing of it would only yield lesser benefits. However, waiting for the ripe age of 70 would result in them receiving the maximum benefits, GBR writes 

Further, delayed retirement credits are some sort of reward that Social Security provides its recipients with for putting off claiming an individual’s retirement benefit. These credits start to stack up the month a person reaches their retirement age of 66 years and four months for people born in 1956, as this slowly increases to 67 for folks born in 1960 and above.  

Additionally, these credits accumulate through age 69, though this may seem to work in reverse if one decides to get the benefits earlier.  

The Social Security Administration stated that if a worker starts getting benefits prior to his/her full retirement age, that worker is said to be getting a reduction in benefits. The program stated that a worker can opt to retire as early as 62, though doing such may ensue a benefit reduction to as much as 30 percent. 

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Mystery Of What Killed A Family Hiking In Mariposa County Solved

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Investigators have finally nailed the cause of death of a young family and their dog, who all perished mysteriously during a hiking trip on a remote trail in Mariposa County in August, authorities said.

Mariposa Sheriff Jeremy Briese on Thursday said the family perished due to hyperthermia and dehydration as temperatures reached 109 in the afternoon while it was just 74 when they started the hike, reports San Francisco Chronicle.

Investigators reached this conclusion after conducting investigation, autopsies and toxicology reports, said Briese.

When body temperature rises to dangerous levels hyperthermia sets in. “Heat and lack of water on the steep stretch of switchbacks with no shade was too much for them to handle and they all succumbed,” Briese said.

‘Family Underestimated Difficulties’

Addressing a crowd of reporters, the sheriff said they were new to the area and hence underestimated the difficulties of the remote trail, unforgiving terrain, and the heat.

Some questions though remain unanswered like exactly when the members of the family and their pet died and whether they passed away at almost the same time. Their bodies were found close to each other more than two days after they started their hike.

Hites Cove Trail. Pic credit: yosemite.com

According to authorities, Jonathan Gerrish, 44, his wife Ellen Chung, 31, their 1-year-old daughter Miju and dog Oski started their hike on Aug. 15 on the Hites Cove Trail loop.

Investigators said that the family had almost completed the 8-mile loop before they died on a steep switchback, just under 2 miles from where they had parked their car.

Gerrish was found in a seated position with Miju and Oski next to him while Chung was slightly farther ahead on the path. Gerrish had a cell phone in his shirt pocket but the area had no reception. The FBI is working on unlocking the phone to find more clues.

‘They Weren’t Carrying Enough Water’

According to Briese, the family had a bladder backpack which held just 85 ounces of water when they started the hike, which was inadequate. Only a tiny quantity was found remaining when the bodies were found. They were also carrying some snacks and a bottle of baby formula.

The water was tested for toxins but the result came back negative.

The couple was wearing shorts and tank tops but no hats while the baby was in a backpack. They were just 1.6 miles from finishing the loop trail.

The cause of death of the 8-year-old dog remains undetermined but it also appeared to have succumbed to heat.

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Nissan Owners Complain Of Dashboards ‘Melting’, Sparking Safety Concerns

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Nissan cars owners are up in arms against the manufacturer for what they say is a “serious defect” in their vehicles. More than 1,000 owners have complained to federal authorities that the dashboards in their vehicles have started melting, reports say.

According to the Center for Auto Safety, the defect in older Nissan models can potentially cause an accident on the road and is more than a cosmetic issue, reports ABC 7 News.

Adam Klock, who owns a 2008 Nissan Altima, said that underneath the piece of felt he placed on the dashboard, he noticed a gooey mess, the report said.

“The dashboard became so sticky I didn’t need an adhesive to stick the felt in place,” Klock said, adding: “It looks horrible and that’s why you don’t want anyone in the car to look at it. You want to keep it covered to hide the mess.”

Center for Auto Safety’s Jason Levine said, “What we have is what can only be described as melting dashboards, which are changing properties in the sun, in the heat.”

Dashboard giving off glare making it difficult for the driver to see the road ahead.

Another issue pointed out by Klock is that the dashboard gives off a lot of glare.

“It is always in your face,” he said. “To avoid it you need to put something on the dashboard which’s doesn’t reflect light.”

Safety Hazard

Steckler Wayne Cochran law firm has filed a class-action suit against Nissan alleging that the glare is so harsh that it can become a safety hazard.

Most of the complaints made to federal regulators are from southern states, but an Oakland resident who owns an Infiniti, Nissan’s luxury brand, says the dashboard of his 2004 model has bubbled and is peeling.

Dashboard peeling off.

A 2005 Infiniti SUV owner from Campbell said his vehicle melted internally and another from San Francisco said his car’s dashboard is cracking.

According to Levine, the complaints are coming from across the country and not just from southern states.

In a statement issued by Nissan, the company said it has found that the issue doesn’t pose any safety risk and it was continuing to assess car owners’ concerns and take the required steps to deal with each case.

The average cost of replacing a dashboard is $2,000.

However, a settlement was reached for the lawsuit filed by Steckler Wayne Cochran in which Nissan owners in Florida would get their dashboards replaced for only $250.

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