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Family-run retail theft crew in Southern California taken down by L.A. police

A multigenerational, family-run retail theft crew accused of robbing dozens of stores across the Southland and stealing thousands of dollars in merchandise was taken down Thursday in South Los Angeles. The raid comes after a monthslong investigation by LAPD’s Organized Retail Theft Taskforce into the crime family, dubbed the “Dodger Crew” by police because [...]

Family in Southern California left shaken by frightening burglary speaks out

A family in San Bernardino County left shaken by a terrifying home burglary, who previously wanted to remain anonymous, is speaking out about the harrowing break-in and a sense of safety that’s been destroyed.   The burglary at Mary Ledet’s home in a Rancho Cucamonga neighborhood off Foothill Boulevard and Archibald Avenue happened on the [...]

Beloved Los Angeles bar found engulfed in flames

Locals are devastated after a beloved neighborhood bar in Beverly Grove was found engulfed in flames Thursday afternoon. Crews responded to a fire at Molly Malone's Irish Pub on the 500 block of South Fairfax Avenue at around 1:17 p.m., according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. Arriving crews found heavy smoke and flames billowing [...]

Father of 3 left paralyzed after being struck by gunfire in Los Angeles

Officials with the Los Angeles Police Department on Thursday announced a $25,000 reward for information leading to the identification and arrest of a suspect or suspects involved in a shooting that left an innocent father of three paralyzed from the waist down earlier this year. The violence unfolded at a swap meet in the [...]

Robbery suspects in Southern California posing as federal immigration agents

Authorities in Orange County are warning the public of two robbery suspects posing as federal agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement before stealing their victim’s property and cash. In a press release from the Westminster Police Department, officials said there have been at least two robberies involving matching descriptions of the suspects and [...]

Median income families in L.A. need 'nearly impossible' down payments to afford a mortgage

The old adage that you need a 20% down payment to afford a home is a massive underestimation for the average buyer in 2024, according to analysts at Zillow.com. New data released from the real estate listing platform shows that an American family making the national median income would need closer to a 35% down [...]

USC student won't face charges for fatally stabbing burglary suspect

The USC student who fatally stabbed a man allegedly breaking into cars on Greek Row is free after Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón declined to file charges against him on Thursday. Ivan Gallegos, 19, was arrested after the confrontation with Xavier Cerf, 27, at about 8:15 p.m. Monday in the 700 block of [...]

Thieves escape with thousands worth of high-end alcohol from Ventura County stores

Two suspects were arrested for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars worth of high-end alcohol from Ventura County stores. The suspects were identified as John Daniel Johnson, 37, and Dhati Mack Conley, 34. Both are Los Angeles residents, according to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office. On June 12, deputies responded to a theft at a Target [...]

Orange County man arrested, accused of lewd acts with minor

A man was arrested on suspicion of lewd acts with a minor as police continue searching for more possible victims. The suspect was identified as Gilmar Lopez-Diaz, 32, according to the Fullerton Police Department. Lopez-Diaz was arrested on Thursday for allegedly engaging in lewd and lascivious acts with a minor. The incidents reportedly took place [...]

California Lottery issues warning to ticket retailers

The California Lottery is warning retailers against selling tickets to third-party lotto distribution sites. In a news release, lottery officials urged their 23,000 traditional ticket retailers — convenience and liquor stores, gas stations and grocery retailers — to avoid business dealings with companies that resell those tickets online. “Online lottery ticket courier services are illegal [...]

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  • Beloved Los Angeles bar found engulfed in flames June 21, 2024
    Locals are devastated after a beloved neighborhood bar in Beverly Grove was found engulfed in flames Thursday afternoon. Crews responded to a fire at Molly Malone's Irish Pub on the 500 block of South Fairfax Avenue at around 1:17 p.m., according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. Arriving crews found heavy smoke and flames billowing […]
  • Family in Southern California left shaken by frightening burglary speaks out June 21, 2024
    A family in San Bernardino County left shaken by a terrifying home burglary, who previously wanted to remain anonymous, is speaking out about the harrowing break-in and a sense of safety that’s been destroyed.   The burglary at Mary Ledet’s home in a Rancho Cucamonga neighborhood off Foothill Boulevard and Archibald Avenue happened on the […]

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TikTok Lays Out Past Efforts to Address U.S. Concerns Over Potential Ban

The company said the disclosures support its argument that a law signed by President Biden in May is unconstitutional. [...]

Thomas J. McCormack Dies at 92; Transformed St. Martin’s Press

He turned “an insignificant trade house” into a powerhouse, publishing best sellers like “The Silence of the Lambs” and “All Creatures Great and Small.” [...]

Film Crew Veteran, Injured in an Accident, Faults Amazon for His Pain

The visual effects supervisor, hurt in one of three recent accidents on Amazon film sets, has sued, but the company says it is not to blame. [...]

Tony Awards’ Viewership Slips Lower

Sunday’s show had the second-lowest viewership for a Tonys telecast since records have been kept. [...]

The Washington Post Delves Into a Difficult Story: Itself

The newspaper has been reeling from successive revelations about Robert Winnett, its incoming editor, and Will Lewis, its chief executive. [...]

As N.B.A. TV Deal Nears, Warner Bros. Discovery Is on the Outside

The company’s TNT channel and the N.B.A. have long been inextricably linked, but that may end after next season. Plus, Charles Barkley is retiring. [...]

In a Digital Age, High-End Outdoors Magazines Are Thriving in Print

Titles like Adventure Journal, Mountain Gazette, Summit Journal and Ori are aimed at “people who just don’t want to be on their phones anymore.” [...]

Years before becoming The Post’s publisher, Will Lewis assigned an article based on stolen phone records, a former reporter said. [...]

How to Watch the Tony Awards 2024: Date, Time, Streaming

The main event will be broadcast on CBS and livestreamed for Paramount+ with Showtime subscribers. A simulcast will also air at Damrosch Park in Manhattan. [...]

Martin Starger, Influential Shaper of TV and Movies, Dies at 92

In his decade at ABC, long the doormat network in prime time, he helped guide it toward the No. 1 spot. He later produced “Nashville” and won an Emmy for [...]

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Researchers Say Social Media Warning Is Too Broad

Some scientists who study youth mental health say the evidence does not support the notion that social media is harmful per se. [...]

South Africa Runs Out of Insulin Pens as Global Supply Shifts to Weight-Loss Drugs

The shortage highlights a widening gulf in the standard of care for people with diabetes, most of whom live in low-income countries. [...]

Doctors Test the Limits of What Obesity Drugs Can Fix

“Obesity first” doctors say they start with one medication, to treat obesity, and often find other chronic diseases, like rheumatoid arthritis, simply vanish. [...]

A Bird-Flu Pandemic in People? Here’s What It Might Look Like.

There is no guarantee that a person-to-person virus would be benign, scientists say, and vaccines and treatments at hand may not be sufficient. [...]

Bird Flu Is Infecting Cats (and the Occasional Dog). Here’s What to Know.

A few “reasonable precautions” can help people keep their pets safe from the H5N1 virus, experts say. [...]

Surgeon General Calls for Warning Labels on Social Media Platforms

Dr. Vivek Murthy said he would urge Congress to require a warning that social media use can harm teenagers’ mental health. [...]

More Women in Africa Are Using Long-Acting Contraception, Changing Lives

Methods such as hormonal implants and injections are reaching remote areas, providing more discretion and autonomy. [...]

Pregnant, Addicted and Fighting the Pull of Drugs

Many pregnant women who struggle with drugs put off prenatal care, feeling ashamed and judged. But as fatal overdoses rise, some clinics see pregnancy as an ideal time to help [...]

Medical Experts Alarmed by Out-of-Hospital Cesareans in Florida

A new state law will permit surgeons to perform cesarean deliveries in “advanced birth centers,” despite the risk of complications. [...]

How Helpful Is Walking for Lower Back Pain?

A new study adds to a large body of evidence on the effectiveness of movement for treating and preventing pain. [...]

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Researchers analyzed a skull found in Montana of a plant-eating member of the ceratops family, finding distinct traits. [...]

There has long been anecdotal evidence of the wormy creatures taking to the air, but videos recorded in Madagascar at last prove the animals’ acrobatics. [...]

About a mile beneath the sea, the ship suggests that trade in the eastern Mediterranean Sea traveled much farther from the safety of land. [...]

How to Make 3,000-Year-Old Beer

An amateur brewer in Utah gathered rare figs and a strain of yeast from 850 B.C. to make a sour, fruity concoction inspired by ancient Egyptian recipes. [...]

How Our Brain Produces Language and Thought, According to Neuroscientists

A group of neuroscientists argue that our words are primarily for communicating, not for reasoning. [...]

Summer Solstice 2024: Why It’s the Longest Day of the Year

We have Earth’s off-kilter tilt to thank for the summer solstice, as well as the different seasons. [...]

On Titan Submersible Anniversary, World Rethinks Deep Sea Exploration

A year after the first deaths of divers who ventured into the ocean’s sunless depths, an industry wrestles with new challenges for piloted submersibles and robotic explorers. [...]

Beluga Whales Are Rescued From Ukrainian War Zone to New Home in Spain

A pair of whales were extricated from the besieged city of Kharkiv and taken to an aquarium in Spain with help from experts around the world. [...]

A Tale of Two Nearly Extinct Giant Salamanders

While trying to save large amphibians native to Japan, herpetologists in the country unexpectedly found a way to potentially save an even bigger species in China. [...]

Amazon Says It Will Stop Using Plastic Pillows in Shipments

They’ll be replaced in North America with paper packing, eliminating some 15 billion pillows a year. Plastic film is a major pollutant. [...]

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How Apple and Google Are Overhauling Our Phones With AI

Apple and Google are getting up close and personal with user data to craft memos, summarize documents and generate images. [...]

How to Trace Your Ancestry Using Your Phone’s Free Tools

Everyday tools and free apps on your mobile device can help you collect, translate and digitize new material for your family-tree files. [...]

The New ChatGPT Offers a Lesson in AI Hype

OpenAI released GPT-4o, its latest chatbot technology, in a partly finished state. It has much to prove. [...]

San Francisco’s Hot Tourist Attraction: Driverless Cars

Cable cars are still trundling up the city’s hills, but robotaxis from Waymo are shaping up as the city’s latest must-do for visitors. [...]

Smartphones Can Now Last 7 Years. Here’s How to Keep Them Working.

Google and Samsung used to update smartphone software for only three years. That has changed. [...]

Artificially Intelligent Help for Planning Your Summer Vacation

Travel-focused A.I. bots and more eco-friendly transportation options in online maps and search tools can help you quickly organize your seasonal getaway. [...]

The horror video game Content Warning, a surprise hit, lets players microdose as momentary celebrities on the fictional website SpookTube. [...]

Meta and Google Are Betting on AI Voice Assistants. Will They Take Off?

Meta, Google and others are driving a renaissance for voice assistants, but people have found the technology uncool for more than a decade. [...]

Meta’s A.I. Assistant Is Fun to Use, but It Can’t Be Trusted

Despite Mark Zuckerberg’s hope for the chatbot to be the smartest, it struggles with facts, numbers and web search. [...]

Everything You Need to Know About Smartphone Backups

It doesn’t take a lot of work to keep copies of your phone’s photos, videos and other files stashed securely in case of an emergency. [...]

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Artificial intelligence and robotics technology continues to drive automation across all sectors of industry. TechRepublic Premium presents a list of books that offer insights into where this tech is headed, [...]

Banks play a fundamental role in both local and international economies. Learn the technological concepts reshaping this landscape in this overview. [...]

An upcoming blog post for members of the Windows Insider Program will explain how to get the AI-powered Recall feature. [...]

The best laptop deals can help you get more done during the workday without emptying your bank account. [...]

This is a complete guide for Apple's iPadOS, which includes iPadOS 18's supported devices, release dates and key features such as Calculator. [...]

iOS 18 includes artificial intelligence features, new apps and much more. Learn how registered developers can install the iOS 18 beta. [...]

During WWDC 2024, Siri was given its largest overhaul since it was introduced back in 2011. Learn how to make the most of all the new features, including Apple Intelligence. [...]

How much does the Apple Vision Pro cost? What are its main features? When will it be released worldwide? Find out using our cheat sheet. [...]

The pursuit of enhancing human well-being and environmental health has entered an era of possibility, all thanks to the remarkable advancements in science and technology. Within this transformative landscape, biotechnology, [...]

Get up and running with ChatGPT with this comprehensive cheat sheet. Learn everything from how to sign up for free to enterprise use cases, and start using ChatGPT quickly and [...]

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Subscribe to the Innovation Insider Newsletter Catch up on the latest tech innovations that are changing the world, including IoT, 5G, the latest about phones, security, smart cities, AI, robotics, [...]

In this video, we delve deep into the latest release from OpenAI, GPT-4o, to determine if it's truly worthy of being your new AI best friend forever, or if it's [...]

In this tutorial, learn how to maximize your content creation with GPT-4o Voice Mode. Discover the step-by-step process to effectively use this cutting-edge feature. [...]

In this episode of News of The Week, we dive into a surprising clash between Scarlett Johansson and OpenAI. What happened when Johansson declined a request from OpenAI’s CEO, only [...]

Artificial intelligence and robotics technology continues to drive automation across all sectors of industry. TechRepublic Premium presents a list of books that offer insights into where this tech is headed, [...]

Learn about the new features available with macOS 15, as well as how to download and install the latest version of Apple’s flagship operating system. [...]

Two certifications that verify skills in building AI and ML on AWS are coming in August. [...]

An upcoming blog post for members of the Windows Insider Program will explain how to get the AI-powered Recall feature. [...]

The best laptop deals can help you get more done during the workday without emptying your bank account. [...]

Find the perfect CRM for your small business in our detailed review. Explore features, pricing and more. [...]

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  • OpenAI GPT-4o: Your New AI BFF? June 18, 2024
    In this video, we delve deep into the latest release from OpenAI, GPT-4o, to determine if it's truly worthy of being your new AI best friend forever, or if it's just another update from the tech giant.
  • How to use GPT-4o Voice Mode June 18, 2024
    In this tutorial, learn how to maximize your content creation with GPT-4o Voice Mode. Discover the step-by-step process to effectively use this cutting-edge feature.
  • News of The Week: Scarlett Johansson Vs OpenAI GPT-4o June 18, 2024
    In this episode of News of The Week, we dive into a surprising clash between Scarlett Johansson and OpenAI. What happened when Johansson declined a request from OpenAI’s CEO, only to find out her voice might still be part of their latest ChatGPT model? Tune in to discover the full story, the fallout, and what […]
  • 10 Must-Read Books on the Impact of AI, Robotics and Automation June 17, 2024
    Artificial intelligence and robotics technology continues to drive automation across all sectors of industry. TechRepublic Premium presents a list of books that offer insights into where this tech is headed, how it’s being put to use and the ways it will impact the modern workforce. Featured text from the download: Mastering AI: A Survival Guide […]
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