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  • Twenty women have filed a lawsuit against Lyft, alleging that ride-share drivers raped or sexually assaulted them. >> Read more trending news  In the lawsuit, filed Wednesday in San Francisco Superior Court, the victims contend that the company ignored their complaints and does little to ensure safety of female passengers. Lyft is based in San Francisco. “This company is harming thousands of women,” said California attorney Mike Bomberger, who filed the suit. “This platform attracts predators.” The women are seeking unspecified financial damages and for Lyft to install cameras in drivers’ vehicles, CBS News reported. A Lyft spokesperson said the company is continuing to improve safety for its passengers. The company implemented 15 additional safety strategies, including background checks, earlier this year, CBS News reported. “What these women describe is something no one should ever have to endure. Everyone deserves the ability to move about the world safely, yet women still face disproportionate risks,” officials said. “We recognize these risks, which is why we are relentless in our work to build safety into every aspect of our work. That means continually investing in new features and policies to protect our riders and drivers.” Lawyers told CBS News that some of the victims were assaulted since those measures were launched. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  • Police in Texas have a sense of humor this holiday season. Instead of the traditional cookies or breakfast with Santa events, they’re hosting an event called “Mugshots with Santa,” the Houston Chronicle reported. >> Read more trending news  The mugshots come with booking signs that spell out the children’s “crimes.” Think “refusing to nap' and “moving the elf” for the youngest offenders, and “texting addict” and “eye rolling” for the teens. The event raises money for the Pearland Police Department youth outreach program. Some of the proceeds also go to a family in need chosen by the department, the Chronicle reported. Last year they raised $7,000. This year they’re charging $10 for the first person in the photo and $5 for each additional, with a four-person limit because of space. No pets are allowed for now, but there may be an animal-friendly version eventually, the Chronicle reported. Parkland isn’t the only police department with the “Mugshots with Santa” event. Police in Manfield, Texas, held a similar event for the first time last month.
  • A 76-year-old Marion County Jail inmate offered a fellow inmate $4,000 and a car to have four people killed and their remains fed to pigs and alligators, the Marion County Sheriff's Office said Thursday. Investigators said an inmate told a jail deputy that Bangstad approached him about the offer Oct. 20 and that he had the request in writing and signed by Bangstad. >> Read more trending news  Deputies said the request outlined who Bangstad wanted to be murdered, how he wanted them killed, where the victims would be found and how much he was willing to pay. Bangstad told the inmate he wanted “everyone whose name was on the note to be fed to the pigs or alligators” in order to “leave no evidence” behind, investigators said. Bangstad wanted the inmate to draw a map of a mobile home so he could show where each person he wanted to be killed would be sleeping, an arrest report said. The inmate said Bangstad told him he had previously hired someone else, but that person had killed himself before carrying out the murders, the report said. Bangstad was charged Wednesday with five counts of solicitation of murder.
  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she will ask Thursday for the drafting of articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. >> Read more trending news  Update 1:10 p.m. EST Dec. 5: White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham accused House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of ignoring the “needs of the American people and (advancing) her selfish political desires” after the California politician announced the House would move forward with articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. “Democrats in Congress have clearly abused their power,” Grisham said. 'Democrats in Congress have lied to the American people. Democrats in Congress have made a mockery of the law.' Grisham’s accusations are similar to ones lobbed at Trump by Pelosi earlier Thursday. “The president abused his power for his own personal political benefit at the expense of our national security,' she said. “The president’s actions are a profound violations of the public’s trust. ... The president’s actions have seriously violated the Constitution -- especially when he says and acts upon the belief Article 2 says I can do whatever I want. No.” Update 12 p.m. EST Dec. 5: President Donald Trump slammed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday after she announced the House will move forward with articles of impeachment against him. “Nancy Pelosi just had a nervous fit,” Trump said. “She hates that we will soon have 182 great new judges and sooo much more.”  Pelosi told reporters Thursday that the president’s actions since being sworn into office left Democrats with “no choice but to act.” Pelosi previously declined to pursue articles of impeachment against Trump, but she said Thursday that the surfacing of a whistleblower complaint filed against Trump over the summer changed her mind. The whistleblower in August filed a complaint about concerns over Trump’s attempts to get Ukrainian officials to investigate one of his political rivals, former vice president and 2020 presidential hopeful Joe Biden. Update 11:45 a.m. Dec. 5: House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is speaking with reporters after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Thursday that the House will move forward with articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. Update 11 a.m. EST Dec. 5: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is speaking with reporters after announcing earlier Thursday that the House plans to move forward with articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. Counsels for Republicans and Democrats will present impeachment evidence Monday at a 9 a.m. hearing, according to Politico and Axios. The Judiciary Committee will also hold a hearing to mark up the articles of impeachment, according to Axios. Update 9:50 a.m. EST Dec. 5: Officials with President Donald Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign slammed the decision announced Thursday morning by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to draft articles of impeachment against Trump. “The facts are uncontested,” Pelosi said at a news conference Thursday morning. “The president abused his power for his own personal political benefit at the expense of our national security.” Marc Lotter, director of strategic communications for Trump’s 2020 campaign, said in a tweet that Democrats decided to impeach the president “over ‘feels’ not ‘facts.'” Campaign manager Brad Parscale accused Democrats of trying to “take the decision of who should be president out of the hands of voters.” “Impeaching the President has always been their goal, so they should just get on with it so we can have a fair trial in the Senate and expose The Swap for what it is,” he said. “Speaker Pelosi, Chairman (Adam) Schiff, and Hunter Biden should testify, and then we can get back to the business of our country.” Democrats have been building a case for impeachment against Trump based on his decision to ask Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, one of several Democrats vying for the 2020 presidential nomination. Trump has denied any wrongdoing. Update 9:30 a.m. EST Dec. 5: White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democrats “should be ashamed” after the California politician announced plans to move forward with articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.  “(Trump) has done nothing but lead our country - resulting in a booming economy, more jobs & a stronger military, to name just a few of his major accomplishments,” Grisham wrote Thursday morning in a tweet. “We look forward to a fair trial in the Senate.” Pelosi said Thursday morning that Trump’s decision to ask Ukraine for an investigation into his political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden, were “a profound violation of public’s trust.” “The president abused his power for his own personal political benefit at the expense of national security by withholding military aid and crucial Oval Office meeting in exchange for an announcement of an investigation into his political rival,” she said. Update 9:20 a.m. EST Dec. 5: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Thursday morning that the House will move forward to draft articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. “The facts are uncontested,” she said at a news conference Thursday morning. “The president abused his power for his own personal political benefit at the expense of our national security.” The announcement came one day after House Democrats held a closed-door meeting on impeachment, according to Cox Media Group’s Jamie Dupree. The House Judiciary Committee also held its first hearing Wednesday on impeachment. “Our democracy is what is at stake,” Pelosi said Thursday. “The president leaves us no choice but to act.” The historic announcement came as Democrats push toward a vote, possibly by Christmas. Original report: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will give an update Thursday morning on the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. The California Democrat plans to make the announcement from the Speaker’s Balcony Hallway at 9 a.m. EST. On Wednesday, the impeachment inquiry moved to the House Judiciary Committee as three of four law professors considered experts in impeachment from across the country testified they believe Trump’s action toward Ukraine constitutes bribery. The three professors – Pamela Karlan, Noah Feldman and Michael Gerhardt – were called by the Democrats. The fourth professor testifying Wednesday, Jonathan Turley, called by Republicans, did not agree. House Democrats launched the inquiry in September to investigate whether Trump abused his power by pressuring Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to announce investigations into former Vice President Joe Biden and Biden’s son, Hunter, and their connection to a Ukrainian energy company in exchange for an invitation to the White House and a military aid package. Read more here or here. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  • While riders were excited to be able to get an early look at the new 'Star Wars': Ride of the Resistance ride Thursday, they were temporarily dismayed after learning the ride had to be evacuated. >> Read more trending news  Early goers took to Twitter at the park to say they experienced delays and “temporary suspension” of boarding. Those who arrived early were eventually able to board before the park distributed all passes for the day. 'Star Wars': Rise of the Resistance opened to the public Thursday morning inside 'Star Wars': Galaxy's Edge in Disney's Hollywood Studios. WFTV′s Jeff Levkulich was one of the first people to take the ride for a spin. See video of the ride below: The ride starts on Batuu in Galaxy’s Edge, but riders soon will find themselves right in the middle of a battle on board a star destroyer in space, with Kylo Ren in hot pursuit. 'This attraction has been in the making for many years now,' said Greg Johnson, the senior project coordinator for Disney Imagineer. 'It's one of the most epic, over the top experiences that we've ever conceived.' Riders will be able to see every detail pop, from the First Order troopers to wall decorations that will have park-goers feeling fully immersed in the experience. READ: 9 facts about Disney's newest ride 'Star Wars': Rise of the Resistance Disney hopes the ride will be able to resonate with fans who may have not seen the movies.
  • The 29th year of Clark’s Christmas Kids kicks off in Dunwoody today. This year the nearly two-week event is expected to provide gifts for more than 10,000 children in Georgia’s foster care system who otherwise might not get anything on Christmas morning. Jamie Kelley, who benefited from the program over the years, is thankful children like her aren’t forgotten for the holiday.  Now age 20, she entered the foster care system along with her five siblings when she was 11-years-old.  “I was distraught. It was hard because I didn’t know what was going on at a young age,” she tells WSB’s Sandra Parrish.  >>LISTEN TO SANDRA PARRISH’S FULL ON-AIR REPORT BELOW. While her brothers and sisters would eventually return home, Kelley remained in the system where she would go on to finish high school and is now a rising Senior at Georgia Gwinnett College with plans to go to graduate school.  “I am a first-generation college student and high school student; so, I wouldn’t be able to do all this at home if everything (didn’t) happen,” she says.  During those years, Kelley had no idea that many of those gifts she received for Christmas came from those who donated through Clark’s Christmas Kids.  “You never know; some kids don’t have Christmas. So, just to be able to get one gift… I think that was great to just have one gift to open on Christmas,” she says.  But more than the gifts she received, it was the messages that came with them that made the biggest impact on her life.  “The messages that they wrote like, ‘I see a future in you’ (and) ‘You’re going to do great in life, just keep pushing forward’; stuff like that can really can take a person a long way,” says Kelley.  She has kept all those messages in a box from over the years.  Kelley now looks back with no regrets, believing everything happens for a reason.  “I’m actually glad it happened, because I wouldn’t be here today if didn’t,” she says.  And Kelley loves giving back now that she’s older.  “Now since I’m at that age in life, I enjoy giving back. That’s one of my favorite things to do besides working and school,” she says.  You can donate to Clark’s Christmas Kids through Dec. 15th at ten Walmart locations throughout metro Atlanta. For more information, click here.