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KSBR News Briefs on Monday, Jan. 23, 2017

Ground stop lifted, United Airlines flights set to resume

United Airlines says domestic flights are on the move again after being grounded yesterday because of a computer problem.

Company spokeswoman Maddie King says the "IT issue" that initially caused the ground stop has been resolved and flights are resuming, but customers may experience additional delays. She didn't give any more details.

It wasn’t immediately clear how many flights were affected. The ground stop lasted about 2 ½ hours.

Chicago-based United Airlines and United Express operate more than 4,500 flights a day to 339 airports across five continents.


Schumer: Airlines shouldn't charge extra for overhead bin

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is concerned about airlines charging passengers for the ability to use space in the overhead bin.

The New York Democrat says passengers who purchase new "basic" fares offered by United Airlines and American Airlines won't be able to store carry-on baggage in the overhead bins. He says he worries other airlines will follow suit and that one day all passengers might have to pay extra if they want to stow a suitcase overhead.

Schumer said Sunday that all passengers should be allowed to use the overhead bins without extra charges.

The airlines argue that the new "basic" fares are simply a way to give passengers a cheaper alternative to standard fares, which come with overhead bin privileges.


Samsung: Batteries only problem with fire-prone Note 7s

Samsung Electronics said tests of more than 200,000 Galaxy Note 7 smartphones found defects in two sets of batteries from two different manufacturers that made the devices prone to catch fire.

Samsung's mobile division president, Koh Dong-jin, ruled out any problems with other aspects of the Note 7, either in its hardware or its software. He said Samsung would use what it learned from its investigations to improve lithium ion battery safety for the industry, though analysts questioned if the company had really gotten to the heart of the problem.

Samsung discontinued the Note 7 just two months after it was launched on Aug. 2, in one of its worst product fiascos ever.

Rechargeable lithium batteries are more susceptible to overheating than other types of batteries if they are exposed to high temperatures, are damaged or have manufacturing flaws. A highly technical explanation of Note 7 problems boiled down to the relatively large battery cells not fitting well into their pouches, with not enough insulating material inside.


Attorney general nominee faces final hurdle

In their first official action since Donald Trump became president, state lawmakers are poised to vote today on confirming an attorney general nominee who has vowed to defend the state's liberal policies against the Trump administration and the Republican Congress

Xavier Becerra, who is expected to easily clear this last hurdle in our state’s heavily Democratic Legislature, says he will fight any federal law he believes infringes on the rights of Californians. Becerra is a Democrat who represents the Los Angeles area in the U.S. House.

Becerra told lawmakers at a hearing earlier this month our state has the law, the grit and the guts to fight for hardworking families.

Becerra would be our state’s first Latino attorney general. He would replace Kamala Harris as the state's top law enforcement official after she was elected to the U.S. Senate in November. Becerra currently serves as the highest-ranking Latino in Congress.


California Chrome wins Horse of the Year at Eclipse Awards

California Chrome has one race left in his career, and is in such good condition right now that trainer Art Sherman is clamoring for more time with him. It's easy to see why.

California Chrome was the biggest winner at the Eclipse Awards on Saturday night, taking home three trophies celebrating his accomplishments in 2016 — including Horse of the Year for the second time. He also won an Eclipse as the best in the older dirt male division, and his victory at the Dubai World Cup was picked as the National Thoroughbred Racing Association's moment of the year.

California Chrome beat out Arrogate — who toppled Chrome when they met at the Breeders' Cup Classic — and Songbird for horse of the year. California Chrome is the eighth horse to win that crown multiple times, after also winning in 2014, and joined John Henry as only to do so in non-consecutive years.

California Chrome's final race is Saturday, when he'll face Arrogate again in the $12 million Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park.


Goodwill of Orange County

Goodwill of Orange County provides people with developmental disabilities the opportunity to achieve their highest levels of personal and economic independence.

Goodwill Orange County Senior Manager of Media and Branding Eric Smissen says it does so through various programs such as computer lab, job seeking skills training and mobility training.

He says many people are familiar with Goodwill through its donation centers. He says 93 cents of every dollar raised at the stores goes back into the programs.

He’s a guest on our public affairs show “Collage” which airs this evening at seven.