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Arson suspects detained in 1,325-acre Palisades Fire; evacuations in place for Topanga Canyon area

A smoky wildfire churning through a Los Angeles canyon community had burned about 1,325 acres Sunday as about a thousand residents in the Topanga Canyon area remained under evacuation orders while others were warned they should get ready to leave, authorities said. The cause of the fire near Topanga State Park has been deemed “suspicious”… [...]

Israeli airstrikes hit Gaza tunnels, homes of 9 Hamas commanders as diplomats work for truce

The Israeli military unleashed a wave of heavy airstrikes on the Gaza Strip early Monday, saying it destroyed 15 kilometers (9 miles) of militant tunnels and the homes of nine Hamas commanders, as international diplomats worked to end the week of fighting that has killed hundreds of people. The latest attacks killed a local Gaza… [...]

CDC director defends decision to ease mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people

The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Sunday defended the decision to ease mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people, stressing that increasing political pressure had nothing to do with the abrupt shift in guidelines. “I’m delivering the science as the science is delivered to the medical journals. And it evolved," CDC… [...]

States, business sort out what new CDC mask guidance means

More than a dozen states quickly embraced new federal guidelines that say fully vaccinated Americans no longer need to wear masks indoors or out in most cases. But other states and cities and some major businesses hesitated amid doubts about whether the approach is safe or even workable. As many business owners pointed out, there… [...]

California recall election reshaped by fading coronavirus crisis, astounding windfall of tax dollars

A fading coronavirus crisis and an astounding windfall of tax dollars have reshuffled California’s emerging recall election, allowing Democratic Gov. Gavin Newscom to talk about an end to most COVID-19 restrictions and propose billions in new spending as he looks to fend off Republicans who depict him as a foppish failure. The governor spent much… [...]

Jury returns to courtroom as Robert Durst's murder trial is set to resume after pandemic delay

It took nearly 15 years for police to arrest New York real estate heir Robert Durst in the killing of his best friend and another five to bring him to trial. After just two days of testimony, jurors were sent home when the coronavirus closed courthouses. On Monday, more than 14 months later, the jury… [...]

Investigation underway after 3 people shot in Chatsworth

An investigation is underway after three people were shot in Chatsworth early Sunday morning, officials said. The shooting was reported just before 1 a.m. in the 20900 block of Lassen Street, a Los Angeles Police Department official said. The gunman was "upset" and he shot two security guards and a customer, LAPD said. All three… [...]

Man with kitchen knives chases ex onto field during her child's sporting event in Garden Grove: Police

An Anaheim man was arrested after he chased his estranged wife onto a field with kitchen knives during her child's sporting event in Garden Grove, police said Saturday. The mother was watching the child warm up at the fields at Chapman Sports Complex on 11701 Knott Street around 7 p.m. Friday when the child alerted… [...]

Fauci says pandemic exposed 'undeniable effects of racism'

The immunologist who leads the COVID-19 response in the United States said Sunday that “the undeniable effects of racism” have led to unacceptable health disparities that especially hurt African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans during the pandemic. “COVID-19 has shown a bright light on our own society’s failings,” Dr. Anthony Fauci said during a graduation… [...]

Small plane crashes near Lake Arrowhead

A small plane carrying two people crashed into the side of a mountain near Lake Arrowhead Saturday afternoon, officials said. The single-engine Cessna 210 was flying from Chino to Big Bear City when it went down in Cedar Glen around 3:15 p.m., according to the Federal Aviation Administration and the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.… [...]

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AT&T, in Abrupt Turn, Will Shed Media Business in Deal With Discovery

The telecommunications giant will spin off WarnerMedia in a transaction that will combine HBO and CNN with Oprah Winfrey’s OWN and HGTV. [...]

How hundreds of “Jeopardy!” contestants talked themselves into a baseless conspiracy theory — and won’t be talked out of it. [...]

A merger could be announced as soon as Monday, in a deal that would offload the media business that AT&T fought to buy. [...]

Secret Sharers: The Hidden Ties Between Private Spies and Journalists

A booming, renegade private intelligence industry is increasingly shaping (and misshaping) the news. [...]

What TikTok Stars Owe ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’

The comedian is ending her daytime talk show after 19 years. Her segment “Ellen’s Wonderful Web of Wonderment” was the start of a new kind of fame. [...]

A filing on Friday marked the end of a long dispute between the company and the once-powerful executive, who was fired in 2018 after accusations of sexual misconduct. [...]

On Spotify, an Arranged Marriage Between Music and Podcasts

Music-filled — and Spotify-exclusive — shows like “Black Girl Songbook” and “60 Songs That Explain the ’90s” dance around copyright constraints. [...]

A Kevin Spacey Accuser Tried to Sue Anonymously. A Judge Said No.

As sexual assault cases proliferate, judges must weigh accusers’ requests for anonymity against the tradition of open courts and fairness toward defendants. [...]

How Lies on Social Media Are Inflaming the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Misinformation has flourished on Twitter, TikTok, Facebook and other social media about the violence between Israelis and Palestinians. [...]

As Ethiopia Fights in Tigray Region, a Crackdown on Journalists

Authorities have detained journalists without charges and revoked the accreditation of a reporter for The New York Times. [...]

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How a Colorado Campus Became a Pandemic Laboratory

Colorado Mesa University and the Broad Institute of M.I.T. and Harvard have spent the last year exploring new approaches to managing outbreaks. [...]

Why the C.D.C. Changed Its Mask Guidance

Two scientific findings altered the calculus: Vaccinated people rarely transmit the virus, and the shots are effective against variants. [...]

How the United States Beat the Coronavirus Variants, for Now

The country has managed to avoid a variant-fueled spike in coronavirus cases. Scientists say we were lucky. [...]

Businesses Offer Perks to Vaccinated Customers

Tossing their masks, jumping on side-by-side treadmills, sharing peanuts next to fellow sports fans, the vaccinated find special freedoms await. [...]

Hundreds of Epidemiologists Expected Mask-Wearing in Public for at Least a Year

The C.D.C. said Thursday that vaccinated Americans no longer needed masks in most places. Other disease experts recently had a different message: that masks were necessary in public. [...]

Many Unvaccinated Latinos in the U.S. Want the Shot, New Survey Finds

Issues of access and fears of employment and immigration consequences have kept their Covid vaccination rates low, the findings suggest. [...]

Covid Pandemic Demands Air Quality Changes in the Workplace, Researchers Say

The researchers issued a call to action to improve indoor air quality as a safeguard against the spread of contagions like the coronavirus. [...]

Covid Vaccines Protect Pregnant Women, Study Confirms

The shots may also have benefits for infants and do not seem to damage the placenta, according to the latest research. [...]

Aspirin May Help Protect the Brain From Pollution's Toll, Study Suggests

Even short-term exposure to polluted air may impair mental ability in the elderly. Aspirin and other NSAIDs showed some protective effects. [...]

A Jane Brody Birthday Milestone: 80!

The secret to a happy and vibrant old age? Strive to do what you love for as long as you can do it. [...]

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Science

What We Know About China’s Mars Rover Zhurong Landing

The success establishes China as a principal contender in what some see as a new era of space competition. [...]

The 1,000-Year Secret That Made Betta Fish Beautiful

Scientists found that the fish were gradually domesticated like dog breeds into the beautiful shapes and colors that turn up today in pet stores. [...]

Breathing Through the Rectum Saves Oxygen-Starved Mice and Pigs

Japanese scientists who studied an unusual method of delivering oxygen in mammals hope to one day try it in people. [...]

Extraterrestrial Plutonium Atoms Turn Up on Ocean Bottom

The rare form of the element found on the Pacific seabed points to its violent birth in colliding stars. [...]

More Scientists Urge Broad Inquiry Into Coronavirus Origins

Researchers urge an open mind, saying lack of evidence leaves theories of natural spillover and laboratory leak both viable. [...]

At Mating Time, These Ants Carry Their Young Queen to a Neighbor’s Nest

The royal matchmaking service may help these insects avoid inbreeding. [...]

What if Space Junk and Climate Change Become the Same Problem?

Changes to the atmosphere caused by carbon dioxide emissions could increase the amount of debris that stays in orbit. [...]

Scientists are concerned about unregulated feeding of ocean wildlife by tour operators. [...]

Why Do Humans Feed So Many Animals?

Researchers want to learn more about the connections between humans and the feeding of birds, beasts and other fauna. [...]

How a Colorado Campus Became a Pandemic Laboratory

Colorado Mesa University and the Broad Institute of M.I.T. and Harvard have spent the last year exploring new approaches to managing outbreaks. [...]

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World of Tech

When It Comes to Taxes, Being Tracked Can Be a Good Thing

With remote work more common now, tax apps that track your location have become relevant for professionals who want to work wherever they want to live. [...]

How to Power Up Your To-Do List

The free task-reminder app on your phone can keep you and your projects on track. [...]

Apple AirTag Review: Next-Generation Tech in a Humble Tracker

Don’t let its familiar look fool you. Apple’s new tracking accessory is a precursor to better wireless gadgets to come. [...]

To Be Tracked or Not? Apple Is Now Giving Us the Choice.

With Apple’s latest mobile software update, we can decide whether apps monitor and share our activities with others. Here’s what to know. [...]

How to Use Technology to Prepare for Travel During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Even as vaccines make it safer to travel, planning a trip is becoming increasingly complicated. [...]

5 Tips for Smartphone Voice Tools

A virtual assistant is just one tool that lets you use your voice to share your thoughts, capture a moment or just get things done. [...]

Can the Gleam of High-End Watches Thrive on Audio-Only Clubhouse?

It took luxury brands years to get used to the internet — but just months to start talking on the audio chat site. Are they a fit? [...]

In this techno-satire, a woman tagged with a chip by her mogul husband tries to break the (block)chains of love. [...]

If You Care About Privacy, It’s Time to Try a New Web Browser

A new crop of internet browsers from Brave, DuckDuckGo and others offer stronger privacy protections than what you might be used to. [...]

Five Tech Commandments to a Safer Digital Life

We can survive a world of ever-changing tech if we remember these principles. [...]

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Kids around the world are looking forward to the summer of 2021 and here are a bevy of interesting tech games and gear that will keep them occupied throughout the… [...]

Some coins are so new that they are only available on a few exchanges, but there are more options. [...]

NFTs are the hottest new thing in the world of the blockchain. But what are non-fungible tokens, how are NFTs different from cryptocurrency, and what are their practical uses for… [...]

Finding time for mindfulness amid a busy workday can be challenging. These meditation apps help professionals refocus, reset and make time for self-care. [...]

Terradepth CEO talks about a project to map out and collect data from all the oceans of the world. The company uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to gather and… [...]

The CEO of Terradepth discusses what his new submersible can do and the technology the project will use. [...]

Telecommuting certainly has its professional drawbacks. A virtual coffee with the boss could be a great way to show initiative, gain a mentor and even negotiate a raise. [...]

Planes, trains and automobiles are packed for travel. Thanks to the vaccine, the pandemic-sheltered are ready for the great outdoors, new places to explore and ways to revel post-lockdown. [...]

If you're confused by what "edge computing" actually is, marketing and hype could be to blame, according to a new Forrester report. [...]

JP Morgan Chase, Coinbase and IBM are all looking for developers with expertise in smart contracts and hyperledger technologies. [...]

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Having conquered the home, Amazon takes on the office by using its voice platform to streamline corporate tasks. [...]

Kids around the world are looking forward to the summer of 2021 and here are a bevy of interesting tech games and gear that will keep them occupied throughout the… [...]

Data science, machine learning and artificial intelligence are key enabling capabilities in today's business world but few executives know how to deploy them effectively. [...]

Terradepth CEO talks about a project to map out and collect data from all the oceans of the world. The company uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to gather and… [...]

Ready for the future? Combining science and technology with policy and regulation and a few other ingredients is the only way to reach true change according to one new book. [...]

Accenture did a study to find out if businesses were ready for the future, and most of them were not. Here's how to change that. [...]

Expert discusses a new study that shows that most organizations are woefully unprepared for the future. [...]

A new report from Microsoft found that companies see an increased responsibility to use technology to help workers and society at large. [...]

When that obsession with data turns into tunnel vision on customer data only, it becomes impossible to achieve personalization at scale. Brands need to know both their customer and their… [...]

In addition to new blueprints, IBM Security also announced a partnership with the cloud and network security provider Zscaler. [...]

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