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FBI investigating bomb 'attack' at anti-LGBTQ church in El Monte

Authorities are investigating an early Saturday explosion at an El Monte church whose stance against same-sex relationships has raised tensions in the community in recent weeks. The FBI, which is probing the incident at First Works Baptist Church along with local law enforcement, called it a bomb "attack" and asked the public's help for tips… [...]

Larry King, broadcast giant who helped define American conversation for half-century, dies at 87

Larry King, the suspenders-sporting everyman whose broadcast interviews with world leaders, movie stars and ordinary Joes helped define American conversation for a half-century, died Saturday. He was 87. King died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, his production company, Ora Media, tweeted. No cause of death was given, but a spokesperson said Jan. 4… [...]

Winter storm arrives in SoCal, threatening debris flows in mountain and foothill communities

The threat is real and widespread, looming over many of the state’s mountain and foothill residents. After the biggest year of wildfire in California’s modern history that saw more than 4 million acres burned in the state and millions more scorched among our Western neighbors, the winter rains are finally coming and bringing with them… [...]

California still doesn’t have COVID-19 vaccine supply to meet demand amid growing angst among residents

More than five weeks into its vaccination program, California doesn't have nearly the supply to meet demand and there's growing angst among residents over the difficulty to even get in line for a shot. Social media is awash with people seeking or giving tips on how to maneuver the system. State officials are frustrated the… [...]

Rate of new coronavirus infections falling across California, but death rates remain high

The rates of new coronavirus infections and hospitalizations are dropping across California, but health officials warn those trends are tempered by very high death rates. The state reported 593 deaths on Saturday, a day after recording a one-day record of 764, according to the Department of Public Health. California’s death toll since the start of… [...]

How to sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties

The COVID-19 vaccine rollout in California has been scattered and slower than expected as supplies remain scarce and counties expand access and offer the doses at different paces, but more people are getting vaccinated every day. Those seeking to sign up for the vaccine have been plagued by confusion over who's eligible, technical issues on… [...]

Coronavirus strain homegrown in California, apparently more contagious, may be partly to blame for surge

California scientists have discovered a homegrown coronavirus strain that appears to be propagating faster than any other variant on the loose in the Golden State. Two independent research groups said they stumbled upon the new strain while looking for signs that a highly transmissible variant from the United Kingdom had established itself here. Instead, they… [...]

Democrats: Passing Biden's immigration plan through Senate is 'a herculean task'

It's taken only days for Democrats gauging how far President Joe Biden's bold immigration proposal can go in Congress to acknowledge that if anything emerges, it will likely be significantly more modest. As they brace to tackle a politically flammable issue that's resisted major congressional action since the 1980s, Democrats are using words like “aspirational”… [...]

Actor Gregory Sierra, known for 'Barney Miller' and 'Sanford and Son' roles, dies at 83

Gregory Sierra, who had memorable roles in the 1970s sitcoms “Barney Miller" and “Sanford and Son," has died after battling cancer. He was 83. Sierra's widow, Helene, said Saturday in a phone interview with The Associated Press that the actor died on Jan. 4 in Laguna Woods, California. Sierra's breakthrough came in 1972 when he… [...]

21-year-old killed in apparent road rage shooting in San Bernardino: Police

Police are investigating after a young man was killed in what appears to be a road rage shooting in San Bernardino Friday, officials said. Officers responded to reports of a shooting in the 200 block of East Hospitality Lane at about 7:30 p.m., the San Bernardino Police Department said in a news release. They arrived… [...]

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  • Actor Gregory Sierra, known for 'Barney Miller' and 'Sanford and Son' roles, dies at 83 January 23, 2021
    Gregory Sierra, who had memorable roles in the 1970s sitcoms “Barney Miller" and “Sanford and Son," has died after battling cancer. He was 83. Sierra's widow, Helene, said Saturday in a phone interview with The Associated Press that the actor died on Jan. 4 in Laguna Woods, California. Sierra's breakthrough came in 1972 when he […]
  • 21-year-old killed in apparent road rage shooting in San Bernardino: Police January 23, 2021
    Police are investigating after a young man was killed in what appears to be a road rage shooting in San Bernardino Friday, officials said. Officers responded to reports of a shooting in the 200 block of East Hospitality Lane at about 7:30 p.m., the San Bernardino Police Department said in a news release. They arrived […]

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How Newsmakers and News Hosts Are Remembering Larry King

CNN colleagues like Wolf Blitzer and Christiane Amanpour were joined by celebrities including Oprah Winfrey, Bill Clinton, Magic Johnson and Celine Dion in mourning the longtime broadcaster. [...]

Larry King, Breezy Interviewer of the Famous and Infamous, Dies at 87

Over five decades, he chatted with an estimated 50,000 people from all walks of life, from presidents and pundits to swindlers and U.F.O. “experts.” [...]

“A Theory of Relativity,” a 2018 article by the staff writer Elif Batuman, was honored in the feature writing category. [...]

Long at Newsweek, she was regarded as one of her generation’s pre-eminent science writers. An “Enlightenment-era figure,” Jon Meacham said. [...]

NBC Sports Network Will Shut Down to Bolster Peacock Streaming Service

NBCSN was the No. 2 sports channel on cable last year, but coverage of the N.H.L., the English Premier League and NASCAR is now moving to Peacock and the USA… [...]

Kathleen Kingsbury Is Named New York Times Opinion Editor

She spent seven months as the section’s interim head after replacing James Bennet, who resigned under pressure. Now she officially takes a job that has been a steppingstone to the… [...]

Can a Brash Executive in Kansas Save Movie Theaters?

For Adam Aron, who runs AMC Entertainment, the world’s largest movie theater chain, the past year has been filled with twists and turns. And no one knows the ending. [...]

An Australia With No Google? The Bitter Fight Behind a Drastic Threat

The big tech platforms are facing a challenge unlike any other as Australia moves to make them pay for news. [...]

Biden’s Inauguration Scores Bigger TV Ratings Than Trump’s

The opening moments of both presidencies did not attract as large an audience as Barack Obama did in 2009. [...]

The New Yorker Magazine Union Employees Stage Daylong Walkout

The labor action by more than 100 union workers also included web producers and some other editorial employees. [...]

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Pfizer Will Ship Fewer Covid-19 Vaccine Vials to Account for ‘Extra’ Doses

After the surprise discovery of an extra dose in every vial, Pfizer executives successfully lobbied the F.D.A. to change the vaccine’s formal authorization language. The company charges by the dose. [...]

In Crises, Vaccines Can Be Stretched, but Not Easily

Shortages of shots for yellow fever, polio and other diseases have led to innovative solutions even in very poor countries. [...]

Do Curfews Slow the Coronavirus?

A restriction more often used in natural disasters, or to quell unrest, has never been tested against a pathogen like the virus. [...]

Why Biden Inherited a Covid-19 Vaccine Supply Unlikely to Grow Before April

But with 200 million doses pledged for the first quarter of the year, some experts say President Biden’s plan for 100 million shots in 100 days is far too modest. [...]

U.S. Vaccine Supply: What to Know

Can President Biden really boost production? Why are governors trying to buy directly from Pfizer? And when will supply exceed demand? [...]

Filing Suit for ‘Wrongful Life’

More Americans are writing end-of-life instructions as the pandemic renders such decisions less abstract. But are medical providers listening? [...]

Amid One Pandemic, Students Train for the Next

Researchers have banded together to find safe, virtual ways to teach the principles of microbiology and epidemiology. [...]

F.D.A. Approves Monthly Shots to Treat H.I.V.

A combination of two injectable drugs will provide an alternative to daily pills for people with H.I.V. [...]

Emerging Coronavirus Variants May Pose Challenges to Vaccines

Laboratory studies of mutations circulating in South Africa suggest they may dodge some of the body’s immune responses. [...]

U.S. Virus Cases Top 25 Million

Experts say that as staggering as that figure is, it significantly understates the true number of people in the country who have been infected and the scope of the nation’s… [...]

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Six Stars, Six Eclipses: ‘The Fact That It Exists Blows My Mind’

A handful of other six-star systems have been discovered, but this one is unique. [...]

The Coronavirus Kills Mink. They May Get a Vaccine.

The pandemic has been a powerful reminder that there is no clear barrier between viruses affecting animals and people. [...]

When travel restrictions stopped bird-watchers from visiting a Swedish island, hidden ecosystem dynamics were revealed. [...]

Your Cat Isn’t Just Getting High Off Catnip

A new study hints that plants like catnip and silver vine may also protect your feline friend from mosquitoes. [...]

An Ancient Form of European Money: Bronze Rings, Ribs and Blades

Because the objects had a standardized weight, scientists suggest they were a form of currency used some 3,500 years ago. [...]

Finally in 3-D: A Dinosaur’s All-Purpose Orifice

This cloaca is more than 100 million years old, and it did a lot of work for this extinct species. [...]

A Bitter Archaeological Feud Over an Ancient Vision of the Cosmos

The Nebra sky disk, which has been called the oldest known depiction of astronomical phenomena, is a “very emotional object.” [...]

Missing: One Black Hole With 10 Billion Solar Masses

One of the biggest galaxies in the universe seems to lack its dark centerpiece. [...]

A Surprise in a 50 Million-Year-Old Assassin Bug Fossil: Its Genitals

Scientists were surprised to find the insect’s preserved penis, which suggests it was an unknown species. [...]

George Carruthers, Whose Telescopes Explored Space, Dies at 81

At a time when there were few other Black astrophysicists, he developed a telescopic device that went to the moon on Apollo 16. [...]

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World of Tech

4 Ways to Do More With Your Smartphone Camera

If you are still using your phone’s camera only for selfies and quick videos, you’re barely touching its potential. [...]

On Factory Floors, a Chime and Flashing Light to Maintain Distance

Businesses like Henkel, a big German chemical company, are trying wearable sensors to prevent virus outbreaks among workers. [...]

The Tech That Will Invade Our Lives in 2021

Spoiler: We’re looking at another year of internet services dominating many aspects of our lives. [...]

Winter Exercise Guides and Apps

If you need a dose of exercise inspiration, it’s easy to find online or on your phone with these guides and apps. [...]

The Tech That Was Fixed in 2020 and the Tech That Still Needs Fixing

From videoconferencing to fitness apps, the best tech helped us endure a hard year. But there were also low points. [...]

How to Send a Recap of 2020 to Friends and Family

Even if you’ve never done a year-end newsletter, there’s still time to squeeze in a personalized message before the calendar flips the page. [...]

Amazon Halo Review: The Fitness Gadget We Don’t Deserve or Need

The retail giant claims that its health product is extremely precise at scanning body fat. I found otherwise. [...]

The town is mad about the studio’s decision to put movies on HBO Max and in theaters at the same time. But with a telecom giant running an entertainment company,… [...]

A.A. to Zoom, Substance Abuse Treatment Goes Online

It began as a stopgap way to get through the pandemic, but both participants and providers say virtual sessions have some clear advantages and will likely become a permanent part… [...]

Excessive screen time can be harmful to our well-being, but we can free ourselves from tech’s hooks with goals, rules and boundaries. [...]

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The embedded message was left for those looking through the HTML code and had developers talking. [...]

Humans spend about one-third of their lives asleep--or at least we are supposed to. These sleep gadgets are designed to help people drift to sleep, stay asleep, and wake refreshed. [...]

The company's Special Project Group posted more than 300 jobs for electrical engineers, road safety specialists, and those with automotive experience in 2020. [...]

Windsor's partnership with Ford will provide the city with data gathered from AI and machine learning to predict and prevent traffic accident hotspots. [...]

Sometimes the most appealing jobs at the most promising companies can't be found online. Here's a guide to get a foot in the door. [...]

Resonant says its new radio frequency filter has the tech to make wider applications possible. [...]

With global dust storms, extreme temperature fluctuations, and cosmic radiation, life beyond the Earth's comparatively cozy confines is no picnic. [...]

EVs are more in demand but the pandemic has taken a toll on the spread of charging stations, says analytics company Blastpoint. [...]

Expert says larger companies are more willing to spend money for top talent to achieve machine learning, whereas smaller companies aren't able to do so. Pre-configured solutions can help. [...]

America's 46th president wants to use government policy and technology to address social justice, climate change, and economic prosperity. [...]

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Artificial Intelligence

Changing threats, volume of threats, and ransomware plague organizations. Having some autonomous AI tools to help pros do their jobs can help. [...]

Having an AI tool to help can ease the burden on cybersecurity teams, which are struggling to keep up with constant and more serious threats. [...]

Professionals union Prospect warned that the UK was at risk of 'sleepwalking into a world of surveillance' as more businesses turn to digital tools to keep tabs on remote workers. [...]

Windsor's partnership with Ford will provide the city with data gathered from AI and machine learning to predict and prevent traffic accident hotspots. [...]

Women are vastly underrepresented in tech careers, and this new collaboration between Springboard and Women Who Code can help remedy that gap. [...]

The new functionality is intended to enhance communication and collaboration for millions of Google Meet users. [...]

Expert says larger companies are more willing to spend money for top talent to achieve machine learning, whereas smaller companies aren't able to do so. Pre-configured solutions can help. [...]

America's 46th president wants to use government policy and technology to address social justice, climate change, and economic prosperity. [...]

To make these five emerging technologies commonplace in the next five years, business leaders will need to play a more active role in their management, integration, and governance. [...]

Increased use of edge computing could "put AI everywhere," according to Hikvision's trends roundup. [...]

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