A little over three years ago, Aldo Amenta broke his neck and became paralyzed. He didn't know if he would graduate from college -- let alone walk at the ceremony. On Sunday, he did both. Amenta walked across the stage to accept his diploma at the Florida International University (FIU) graduation ceremony. The new graduate, who normally uses a wheelchair, was able to take part in the ceremony thanks to extra support from an exoskeleton, he told CBS News, adding that he's been training with it for "about 6 months to a year." "I have so many mixed feelings ... overwhelmed, happy, grateful," said Amenta, a Venezuelan native. "I feel so blessed to have been able to accomplish that milestone." The university captured the moment and posted images on its social media platforms. But Amenta had a very difficult road getting to graduation day. On November 7, 2015, when he was in the middle of his time in college, he broke his neck diving into the shallow end of a swimming pool. He spent … [Read more...] about Quadriplegic student walks across stage at college graduation using exoskeleton
MENLO PARK, Calif. — Police in Menlo Park are investigating a bomb threat early Tuesday evening near offices of Facebook and Instagram, according to authorities. CBS San Francisco reports the police department issued an alert shortly after 5 p.m. asking the public to avoid the area as officers investigate a bomb threat. Menlo Park police confirmed to CBS San Francisco that the bomb threat was initially called in to the New York Police Department and the information was relayed to local law enforcement. The threatened building, which is on the main Facebook campus, has been evacuated and a bomb squad is going through the building looking for evidence of a bomb. A few buildings have been evacuated and everyone at the company is safe, according to Facebook officials. … [Read more...] about Police investigate bomb threat near Facebook and Instagram offices in Calif.
LOS ANGELES — Kevin Hart has a new job — he will host the 2019 Academy Awards, a role the prolific actor-comedian says fulfills a longtime dream. Hart announced his selection for the 91st Oscars in an Instagram statement Tuesday. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and Jimmy Kimmel congratulated Hart on the new gig. The announcement came hours after trade publication The Hollywood Reporter posted a story calling the Oscars host position "the least wanted job in Hollywood." Hart clearly doesn't feel that way, writing on Instagram that it has been on his list of dream jobs for years. The 2019 Oscars will be broadcast Feb. 24 on ABC. "I am blown away simply because this has been a goal on my list for a long time ... To be able to join the legendary list of host that have graced this stage is unbelievable," Hart wrote. "I know my mom is smiling from ear to ear right now. "I will be sure to make sure this years Oscars are a special one," Hart wrote. Hart takes over … [Read more...] about “I am blown away”: Kevin Hart says he’s hosting the 2019 Academy Awards
UNITED NATIONS — Amid the global crises of the 1970s, former President George H.W. Bush, who died on Friday at 94, stood out as a diplomat and tough negotiator on the world stage. As ambassador to the U.N. from March 1971 until January 1973, Mr. Bush cut his teeth in global diplomacy during a period when the U.S. remained mired in Vietnam and the Cold War began to enter a new phase. Mr. Bush remains the only U.S. president to have served as U.N. ambassador, and his presidency became a study in foreign policy crisis management and high-stakes diplomacy, skills he had honed at the United Nations. Bush was "a leader who served the United States with distinction and supported the United Nations with dedication," U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres said Saturday. While his presidency was defined by the fall of the Soviet Union and the Gulf War, his earlier handling of a burgeoning U.S. relationship with China resulted in one of his most significant setbacks, while simultaneously … [Read more...] about George H.W. Bush stood out as tough negotiator on the world stage
The Department of Homeland Security has asked the Pentagon to keep troops stationed at the southern border through the end of January. That would mean a 45-day extension of troops at the border, although it's unclear whether the same troops will stay at the border or there will be a rotation, CBS News correspondent David Martin notes. The troops are stationed at the border to help Customs and Border Protection officials and other federal personnel. "Given the ongoing threat at our Southern border – today the Department of Homeland Security submitted a request for assistance to the Department of Defense to extend its support through January 31, 2019," DHS told reporters. "This request refines support to ensure it remains aligned with the current situation, the nature of the mission, and CBP operational requirements." As of last week, Secretary of Defense James Mattis said more than 5,700 troops were stationed at the southern border. President Trump has repeatedly … [Read more...] about Homeland Security asks Pentagon to keep troops at the border through January