Cathedral City man accused in serial rape cases, prosecutors seek additional victims


A Coachella Valley man is accused of grabbing women on Orange County running trails in order to sexually assault them. Law enforcement officers believe there may be other victims and are setting up a hotline to gather more information.

The Orange County District Attorneys’ office reports that “since January 2020, at least three women have been snatched off running trails in an Aliso Viejo park and choked unconscious in an attempt to sexually assault the women. One of the women was raped.”

The cases date back to January of 2020. A task force has been working to find the suspect and Monday, the District Attorney’s office announced an arrest.

Prosecutors now say Robert Daniel Yucas, 51, of Cathedral City, is the man they’ve been searching for. Yucas is now in custody in Anchorage, Alaska. Prosecutors also connected Yucas to an alleged crime in San Diego county. District Attorney Todd Spitzer says DNA evidence is providing a link between several cases.

Investigators say Yucas travels for work as a commercial cargo pilot. Because of his ability to travel, they are concerned there may be “many other victims.”

A tip line has been established: 714-647-7419

“He moved from Aliso Viejo to Cathedral City,” DA Spitzer said.

News Channel 3 interviewed Yucas ahead of the September 11th anniversary. An image from that interview was used in the news conference. “That is the best picture we have of him,” of what he looks like presently, said the District Attorney.

“He did that interview voluntarily and while people were looking for him,” DA Spitzer said.

Watch the Orange County District Attorney explain the new developments below.

Orange County deputies are looking for a man who may be responsible for three sexual assaults near a popular walking trail at an Aliso Viejo park.

Orange County Sheriff’s Department released these two images following an August report of an assault.

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UK Covid live news: cases rates rising in England’s secondary schools, latest ONS figures show | Politics


This is another disappointing U-turn from Labour’s first minister who told me in July he was against the idea of people having to show a Covid passport to enter a venue or event in Wales.

Welsh Conservatives have been against the introduction of such documentation from the outset, due to the wide-ranging ethical, equality, privacy, legal, and operational ramifications.

The inclusion of the lateral flow test element eases one area of concern but a whole host remain, particularly regarding the overall effectiveness of this measure and the impact it will have on businesses, jobs and Wales’ economic recovery.



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Travel industry taking another hit as COVID cases rise, airlines warn


In this June 16, 2020 file photo, a traveler wears a mask and protective goggles as he walks through Terminal 3 at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

DALLAS (AP) — Several leading U.S. airlines warned Thursday that the rise in COVID-19 cases due to the delta variant is hurting their bookings and further delaying a recovery for the travel industry.

American Airlines said a slowdown that started in August has continued into September, and the airline further lowered its outlook for third-quarter revenue.

In another regulatory filing, United Airlines said its flying and revenue are both weaker than previously expected, and it is cutting its schedule for later this year to match the lower demand. United forecast a pretax loss in the third quarter that could extend into the fourth quarter if the virus outbreak continues.

Delta Air Lines said it still expects to post an adjusted pretax profit for the third quarter, but revenue will be toward the lower end of its previous forecast.

Delta CEO Ed Bastian said the rise in COVID-19 cases won’t derail the travel recovery but will delay it by 90 to 120 days. He said the variant has particularly affected business and international travel, which are both critical to the largest U.S. airlines.

Southwest Airlines reported that leisure travel, too, has weakened, with more cancellations and softer bookings for September and October.

Southwest said, however, that demand over the Labor Day holiday was solid other than cancellations that it attributed to Hurricane Ida’s aftermath, and it said booking patterns for the winter holidays look normal.

Shares of all four airlines fell 1% to 2% minutes after regular trading opened on Thursday.



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COVID-19 cases tip over 300 as regions begin to reopen | Bendigo Advertiser


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Victoria has recorded 324 new coronavirus cases overnight, as residents in regional Victoria look toward the end of the current lockdown. Of the local cases, 107 have so far been linked to known cases and outbreaks. There are now around 2,166 active cases in the state. Read more: Department of Health data also showed 37,604 people received a COVID-19 vaccination on Wednesday while 54,242 test results were received. On Wednesday, premier Daniel Andrews announced regional Victoria will exit its current lockdown at 11.59pm on Thursday night. The five reasons to leave your home will be removed and there will be no limit on the distance regional Victorians can travel from home. Related news: COVID-19 case numbers slightly drop as vaccination numbers rise The authorised worker list will no longer apply in the regions, meaning most businesses and venues can reopen with capacity and density limits. A highly-visible police presence will be in place on the metro-regional border with 200 officers patrolling the area. The news was welcomed by many people but some restaurants had concerns about fully re-opening with hospitality restrictions only allow 10 dine-in customers and 20 outdoor dining seats. The accommodation sector was also concerned that the recovery would be a slow process. Eased restrictions will sees some students return to schools on Friday. Our journalists work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. This is how you can access our trusted content:

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COVID-19 cases tip over 300 as regions begin to reopen | Bendigo Advertiser


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Victoria has recorded 324 new coronavirus cases overnight, as residents in regional Victoria look toward the end of the current lockdown. Of the local cases, 107 have so far been linked to known cases and outbreaks. There are now around 2,166 active cases in the state. Read more: Department of Health data also showed 37,604 people received a COVID-19 vaccination on Wednesday while 54,242 test results were received. On Wednesday, premier Daniel Andrews announced regional Victoria will exit its current lockdown at 11.59pm on Thursday night. The five reasons to leave your home will be removed and there will be no limit on the distance regional Victorians can travel from home. Related news: COVID-19 case numbers slightly drop as vaccination numbers rise The authorised worker list will no longer apply in the regions, meaning most businesses and venues can reopen with capacity and density limits. A highly-visible police presence will be in place on the metro-regional border with 200 officers patrolling the area. The news was welcomed by many people but some restaurants had concerns about fully re-opening with hospitality restrictions only allow 10 dine-in customers and 20 outdoor dining seats. The accommodation sector was also concerned that the recovery would be a slow process. Eased restrictions will sees some students return to schools on Friday. Our journalists work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. This is how you can access our trusted content:

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Local doctors are concerned about a new spike in COVID-19 cases following holiday travel


BAY COUNTY Fla. (WMBB) — Thousands of people from across the country came to our beaches this holiday weekend . 

Now local doctors are concerned about a potential spike in COVID-19 cases. 

Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport Executive Director Parker Mcclellan said around 8000 people passed through the airport on Monday alone. 

“People from all over the midwest and as far west as California and Arizona so we have a whole variety of people coming to our community,” Mcclellan said.

While airport officials are pleased with the holiday weekend results, the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic is still looming.

“We are still following that with the daily spraying and sanitizing the wiping down of high touch areas and the requiring of masks continues,” Mcclellan said.

He said the federal mask requirement will be in place in the airport through January 18, 2022. 

Although air travel is good for the local economy, some doctors like Dr. Roman Nation MD, a family medicine physician in Panama City, said he fears that when travelers could be spreading the COVID-19 virus.

“The biggest concern that I would have as somebody from our area is people traveling when they’re sick,” Nation said. 

Doctor Nation said the last major spike happened after the Fourth of July.

He said people refrain from getting tested so they don’t miss out on the fun. 

“Travel advisories and stuff like that would expect at least something of a spike here from this last weekend,” Nation said. “I’m hoping it’s not nearly as bad as the one we had in July.”

But Dr. Nation said the Delta variant has changed some of the most common ways of detecting the virus. With the original strain of the virus, the incubation period was about five to seven days. With the Delta variant it is shorter. 

“Delta, which replicates more than 1000 times faster than the previous one, only takes about three to four days for it to manifest itself and have symptoms,” Nation said.

He also said loss of taste and smell is not as common with the Delta variant. 

Dr. Nation said the rest of the symptoms are similar to the flu with a cold, body aches, fevers, chills and more. 

Dr. Nation recommends getting vaccinated for both COVID and the flu to protect yourself and others.

“It’s not all about which political side of the aisle you’re on, we’re really trying to save lives,” Nation said. 

He said it’s everyone’s personal choice but if you want to get a shot they are available.



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US cases reach 40M; unemployment benefits expire: COVID updates


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On the same day the U.S. reached 650,000 COVID-19 deaths — the world’s highest reported total — the country also registered more cases in 2021 than the previous year.

The U.S. had logged nearly 20,146,000 coronavirus cases this year by 7:30 p.m. ET Tuesday, surpassing the 2020 total of 20,100,249, according to Johns Hopkins University data.

The latter figure comes with a couple of caveats: No major outbreaks were detected in the U.S. until March 2020, and testing for the virus was quite limited at that time and for the first several weeks of the pandemic. Therefore, the true number of infections in 2020 will never be known.

Regardless, the emergence of the delta variant has turbocharged a pandemic that appeared to be waning in the U.S. by early summer, and now threatens to continue raging for months, especially now that students are back in school for in-person learning.

One clear example of the failure to contain the virus can be found in Kentucky, which has already reported more than three times as many COVID-19 deaths this year as in 2020. Through Tuesday, the state has had 7,905 fatalities in 2021, compared with 2,623 last year.

— Mike Stucka

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►Children accounted for 26.8% of reported weekly COVID-19 cases in the U.S. the week ending Sept. 2, a substantially higher figure than the 15.1% they’ve represented since the beginning of the pandemic, the American Academy of Pediatrics said. The increase of 252,000 infections that week was the largest on record.

►Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich says Tucson’s vaccine mandate for city employees is illegal, citing a new state law banning local governments from such requirements. Tucson has 30 days to repeal the mandate or lose millions of dollars in state funding.

►The U.K. recorded another 209 coronavirus-related deaths Tuesday, its biggest daily increase in six months at a time when new infections are expected to rise further as a result of the return of children to school.

►Health officials say anyone who attended the Oak Leaf Festival in West Virginia should get tested for the coronavirus. The weekend festival in Oak Hill started Saturday, but most events scheduled for Sunday were canceled after some workers and volunteers tested positive for COVID-19.

►The two most populous counties in Washington state began outdoor mask mandates Tuesday. In King and Pierce counties, regardless of vaccination status, anyone at events with 500 or more people now must wear a mask.

📈 Today’s numbers: The U.S. has recorded more than 40.2 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and upwards of 650,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. Global totals: More than 221.7 million cases and 4.58 million deaths. More than 176.6 million Americans – 53.2% of the population – have been fully vaccinated, according to the CDC.

📘 What we’re reading: The COVID-19 pandemic is threatening to reverse years of progress made in patient safety standards, a new CDC study suggests. An analysis found four out of the six routinely tracked infections saw major increases in 2020. Read more here. 

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First responders, among the early heroes of the pandemic for their willingness to help infected people while risking exposure to the coronavirus, are making a lesser impression now as the U.S. tries to get COVID-19 under control.

Police officers and other first responders are among those most hesitant to get the vaccine, and their cases continue to grow. No national statistics show the vaccination rate for America’s entire population of first responders, but individual police and fire departments across the country report figures far below the national rate of 75% of adults who have had at least one dose.

As a group, first responders are dying of COVID-19 in larger numbers but pushing back against vaccine mandates, even though the virus is now the leading cause of U.S. law enforcement line-of-duty deaths.

According to the Officer Down Memorial Page, 132 members of law enforcement agencies are known to have died of COVID-19 in 2021. In Florida alone last month, six people affiliated with law enforcement died over a 10-day period.

President Joe Biden will deliver remarks on Thursday laying out a six-pronged strategy involving both the public and private sectors in his administration’s latest efforts to stop the spread of the coronavirus and boost vaccination rates.

The announcement from White House press secretary Jen Psaki comes as the U.S. reached more than 40 million recorded cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began and as health officials race to contain the highly contagious delta variant.

Nearly 650,000 Americans have died from the virus since the pandemic began more than 18 months ago.

The president’s approval rating on his handling of the coronavirus pandemic has dropped by 10 points since June, according to a recent Washington Post-ABC News poll. The survey found 52% of adults said they approved of the way he is handling COVID-19, down from 62% who said he was doing a good job in late June.

-– Courtney Subramanian

The top U.S. infectious disease expert says big crowds at football stadiums this fall could further fuel the pandemic surge now plaguing the nation. Dr. Anthony Fauci told CNN that such behavior could cause the nation to be stuck in “outbreak mode.” He said he expects more schools and communities to mandate masks to participate even in outdoor activities. On Saturday, college football games around the nation drew packed houses, and few masks were visible.

“I don’t think it’s smart,” Fauci told CNN. “Outdoors is always better than indoors, but when you have such a congregate setting of people close together – first, you should be vaccinated. And when you do have congregate settings, particularly indoors, you should be wearing a mask.”

Jamaica joins Puerto Rico and Bahamas on the CDC’s ‘do not travel’ list because of COVID

The traditional summer travel season ended with Labor Day weekend, and maybe that’s just as well considering the shrinking number of safe places to visit.

The CDC on Tuesday added Jamaica to its “do not travel” list because of high COVID-19 levels, after putting Puerto Rico and the Bahamas on the same list the previous two weeks. France, Switzerland, Israel, Aruba, Thailand, Greece and Ireland also became non-advisable destinations in August, according to the CDC.

Spain, Costa Rica, the United Kingdom and Portugal have also landed Level 4 designations by the CDC, meaning a virus transmission rate of more than 500 per 100,000 people in the previous four weeks.

A Vietnamese man was sentenced to jail for five years after he disobeyed a 21-day quarantine mandate and spread COVID-19, according to a local media reports. A court in Vietnam found Le Van Tri guilty of “transmitting dangerous infectious diseases” to eight people – including one person who later died, according to the Vietnamese News Agency. Van Tri, 28, traveled by motorcycle from Ca Mau to Ho Chi Minh City, breaking his quarantine in July. It was discovered that Van Tri also lied on a health declaration form. Vietnam has witnessed 530,000 cases and 13,300 deaths just in the last few months, according to BBC. 

COVID-19 killed an average of one Floridian about every four minutes last week, but information on how many people are dying every day in local communities is hard to find. The state of Florida won’t say, nor will most local public health officials. At least one county acknowledged it doesn’t know. Federal websites show either incomplete or inconsistent data for Florida’s counties. Florida has not reported deaths at the county level for three months. The intensity of this worst wave of the pandemic in a given locale is anyone’s guess. Read more here.

– Frank Gluck and Chris Persaud, Fort Myers News-Press

The U.S has recorded a total of 40 million COVID-19 infections since the pandemic began, or about 12 cases for every 100 residents, data from Johns Hopkins University shows. The milestone comes as the delta variant continues to spread and worries mount about potential surges after the long Labor Day weekend. An estimated 42.5 million Americans traveled for the holiday, according to Arrivalist, a company that tracks travel data. 

Daily coronavirus infections and deaths are much higher than a year ago, and hospitals across the country are filling up again. Oregon and Idaho are among the latest states to warn they are running out of ICU beds.

“We are dangerously close to activating statewide crisis standards of care – a historic step that means Idahoans in need of health care could receive a lesser standard of care or may be turned away altogether,” Idaho Gov. Brad Little said last week.

As the last wave of U.S. kids heads back to school, parents are concerned their children will get seriously ill if they catch COVID-19. A strong majority support requiring universal mask-wearing and teacher vaccinations amid the surge in pediatric COVID cases. Still, parents are eager for their children to return to classrooms, and they’re more skeptical of online learning now than they were last school year.

That’s according to a new USA TODAY/Ipsos poll, which found declining optimism about distance learning as some schools that had just reopened had to close or go back online. Read more here.

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An Ohio judge has ruled that West Chester Hospital cannot be compelled to administer ivermectin to a COVID-19 patient. Butler County Judge Michael Oster Jr. said  no clear evidence that ivermectin is effective against COVID-19 was presented in court and that he must also consider the impact of forcing a hospital to give a drug.

Ivermectin is an antiparasitic treatment commonly used for livestock, and is recommended by the FDA to treat “infections caused by some parasitic worms” in humans as well as head lice and rosacea. Interest in the drug to combat the coronavirus has been fueled by endorsements from allies of former President Donald Trump as well as Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, plus Fox News personalities Laura Ingraham and Sean Hannity.

Julie Smith, the wife of the patient, Jeffrey Smith, had sued the hospital to force doctors to administer the medication.

– Cameron Knight, Cincinnati Enquirer

Millions of jobless Americans lost their unemployment benefits Monday, leaving only a handful of economic support programs for those who are still being hit financially by the year-and-a-half-old coronavirus pandemic.

Two critical programs expired Monday. One provided jobless aid to self-employed and gig workers and another provided benefits to those who have been unemployed more than six months. The Biden administration’s $300 weekly supplemental unemployment benefit also ran out Monday.

It’s estimated that roughly 8.9 million Americans will lose all or some of these benefits.

While the White House has encouraged states to keep paying the $300 weekly benefit by using money from the stimulus bills, no states have opted to do so. More than 20 states, almost all of them with Republican governors, even opted out of the federal program early after some businesses complained that they couldn’t find enough people to hire. The data has shown minimal economic benefits from cutting off aid early in those states.

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Health officials concerned holiday travel could cause spike in COVID-19 cases


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Health officials are concerned Labor Day travel could cause another spike in COVID-19 cases, especially among the unvaccinated population.

This comes as the start of the school year has brought an uptick in cases among children who are not vaccinated.

Dr. Nancy Tofil, the Director of the Division of Pediatric Critical Care at the UAB & Children’s of Alabama said the Delta variant is hitting the unvaccinated population hard.

“Most are either unvaccinated or under the age of 12 and unable to get vaccinated,” Tofil said. “The numbers have been three or four times what we were seeing last winter at its peak.”

The CDC is warning people who are traveling to take caution during the holiday and has a warning to the unvaccinated population.

“If you are unvaccinated, we would recommend not traveling,” CDC Director, Dr. Rochelle Walensky said.

According to the CDC, the U.S. has averaged over 150,000 cases a day for the past week. This is an increase of nearly 5% compared to the previous week.

CDC COVID-19 Daily Case Data – Sept. 6, 2021

The Missouri State Dashboard reports the state averaging over 1,500 cases a day for the past seven days of data available. This data set is from Aug. 27 – Sept. 2.

The state has seen 38 COVID-19 deaths during this time period.

The State Vaccine Dashboard has seen an uptick in vaccine orders within the past month. The most recent Aug. 30 vaccine order was for 65,900 vaccines. The order was up over 40 thousand vaccines from the July 26 order of 20,560 vaccines.

According the the dashboard, 52.2% of Missourians have gotten at least one dose of the vaccine. Nearly 40% of kids between the ages of 12-17 have gotten vaccinated and 63.3% of adults are vaccinated.



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