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Russian authorities move to stymie Navalny protests

By Daria Litvinova | Associated Press MOSCOW — Authorities in Russia have taken elaborate measures to curb protests against the jailing of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, planned by his supporters for Saturday in more than 60 Russian cities. Navalny’s associates in Moscow and other regions have been detained in the lead-up to the rallies. Opposition supporters and independent journalists have been approached by police officers with official warnings against protesting. Universities and colle...
Tags: Facebook, Vladimir Putin, Germany, Russia, Sport, Soccer, Moscow, Associated Press, Kremlin, Alexei Navalny, Investigative Committee, Dmitry Peskov, Roskomnadzor, Navalny, Sergei Sobyanin, Georgy Alburov

Big Labor’s latest attack on worker freedom

The Service Employees International Union is asking the California Supreme Court to overturn the voter-approved Proposition 22. Their effort should be denied. The legal challenge is the latest in a years-long battle over the gig economy and in particular app-based transportation companies in California. Such services have allowed for often much lower-cost transportation than taxi cabs for consumers and lower barriers to entry for people wishing to earn extra income driving people around or deliv...
Tags: Lyft, Uber, California, Opinion, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Editorials, San Diego, Associated Press, SEIU, California Supreme Court, Gavin Newsom, Legislature, California Legislature, Service Employees International Union

Lucky few hit the COVID-19 vaccine jackpot for rare extra doses

By BERNARD CONDON, CANDICE CHOI and MATT SEDENSKY | Associated Press Fortune struck one man in the bakery aisle at the supermarket. Two others were working the night shift at a Subway sandwich shop. Yet another was plucked from a list of 15,000 hopefuls. With millions of Americans waiting for their chance to get the coronavirus vaccine, a lucky few are getting bumped to the front of the line as clinics scramble to get rid of extra, perishable doses at the end of the day. It is often a matter of ...
Tags: News, California, Washington, New York City, Sport, Chicago, Soccer, World Health Organization, Nashville, Ohio, Macmillan, Associated Press, Pasadena, Rose Bowl, Kauai, Giant

California sees suspicious surge in coronavirus unemployment claims for gig workers

By ADAM BEAM | The Associated Press SACRAMENTO  — California is reporting a surge in coronavirus unemployment claims last week for independent contractors, gig workers and the self-employed — the category of benefits blamed for much of the state’s fraudulent payments. The state last week received more than 110,800 Pandemic Unemployment Assistance claims, an increase of more than 77,00 from the week before. It was so large it accounted for more than a quarter of all such claims nationally, accord...
Tags: Business, Politics, News, Congress, California, California News, Sacramento, Bank Of America, Sport, Soccer, Levy, Associated Press, Patterson, Los Angeles Times, Vern Pierson, Gavin Newsom

Amid cancellation talk, Tokyo Olympics organizers ‘focused on hosting’

By STEPHEN WADE The Associated Press TOKYO — IOC president Thomas Bach and local organizers are pushing back against reports that the postponed Tokyo Olympics will be canceled. Now set to open July 23, the Tokyo Games were postponed 10 months ago at the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, and now the event appears threatened again. The Times of London, citing unidentified government sources, reported that the Games will have to be canceled. It quoted an unidentified senior member of the ruling...
Tags: Japan, London, Sports, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Shinzo Abe, Olympics, Paris, The Times, Switzerland, Tokyo, Associated Press, Times, Ioc, Stephen

Amid cancellation talk, Tokyo Olympics `focused on hosting’

By STEPHEN WADE The Associated Press TOKYO — IOC President Thomas Bach and local organizers are pushing back against reports that the postponed Tokyo Olympics will be canceled. Now set to open July 23, the Tokyo Games were postponed 10 months ago at the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, and now the event appears threatened again. The Times of London, citing unidentified government sources, reported that the Games will have to be canceled. It quoted an unidentified senior member of the ruling...
Tags: Japan, London, Sports, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Olympics, Paris, The Times, Switzerland, Tokyo, Associated Press, Times, Ioc, Stephen, Bach

McConnell wants to push impeachment trial to February

By Mary Clare Jalonick and Lisa Mascaro | Associated Press WASHINGTON — Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell is proposing to push back the start of Donald Trump’s impeachment trial by a week or more to give the former president time to review the case. House Democrats who voted to impeach Trump last week for inciting the Jan. 6 Capitol riots have signaled they want a quick trial as President Joe Biden begins his term, saying a full reckoning is necessary before the country — and the Congres...
Tags: Congress, California, Washington, Senate, White House, Georgia, Sport, Joe Biden, Ukraine, Soccer, Democrats, Gop, House, United Nations, Argentina, Mitch McConnell

Biden signs flood of COVID-focused executive orders

By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Zeke Miller | Associated Press WASHINGTON — With a burst of executive orders, President Joe Biden served notice Thursday that America’s war on COVID-19 is under new command, promising an anxious nation progress to reduce infections and lift the siege it has endured for nearly a year. At the same time, he tried to manage expectations in his second day in office, saying despite the best intentions “we’re going to face setbacks.” He brushed off a reporter’s question o...
Tags: California, Washington, White House, America, Sport, Joe Biden, Soccer, Fema, Associated Press, Lausd, Republican, Biden, California Supreme Court, Donald Trump, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Amtrak

Experts say it could take 15 days to reach trapped miners

Associated Press BEIJING — It will take at least 15 more days to get through a massive amount of debris and reach miners already trapped for 11 days since an explosion in a gold mine in eastern China, authorities said Thursday. The mine shaft is blocked 1,000 feet below the surface by 70 tons of debris that extends down another 330 feet, the Yantai city government said in a statement on its social media account. “Based on expert evaluations, the extent of the blockage … is well is out of expect...
Tags: News, China, Accidents, Sport, World news, Beijing, Soccer, Associated Press, Chongqing, Shandong, Yantai, Qixia

GOP wrestles with the post-Trump future

By Steve Peoples | Associated Press For the first time in more than a decade, Republicans are waking up to a Washington where Democrats control the White House and Congress, adjusting to an era of diminished power, deep uncertainty and internal feuding. The shift to minority status is always difficult, prompting debates over who is to blame for losing the last election. But the process is especially intense as Republicans confront profound questions about what the party stands for without Donald...
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Source: Biden to propose 5-year START treaty extension

By Matthew Lee and Robert Burns | Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is proposing to Russia a five-year extension of the New START treaty limiting the number of U.S. and Russian strategic nuclear weapons, U.S. officials said Thursday. Biden’s national security adviser Jake Sullivan planned to convey the extension proposal to Russia’s ambassador to the U.S., Anatoly Antonov, on Thursday afternoon, said one official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss a matter not y...
Tags: Obama, Congress, Washington, Senate, China, Russia, Barack Obama, Sport, Beijing, Soccer, United States, Nato, Moscow, Associated Press, Biden, Donald Trump

Despite reactions, California says Moderna’s COVID vaccine is safe to use

By DON THOMPSON | Associated Press SACRAMENTO — California said it’s safe to immediately begin using a batch of coronavirus vaccine doses after health officials urged a halt to injections and held a review because several people had reactions. Wednesday’s decision frees up more than 300,000 doses to counties, cities and hospitals struggling to obtain supplies. With the largest U.S. population at 40 million people, California has the second-highest COVID-19 death toll in the country behind New Yo...
Tags: New York, News, California, California News, Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sport, Joe Biden, Soccer, San Diego, Associated Press, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Biden, Pasadena, Rose Bowl

Patient’s best friend: Dog waits for days outside hospital for owner

Associated Press ISTANBUL — A devoted dog has spent days waiting outside a hospital in northern Turkey where her sick owner was receiving treatment. The pet, Boncuk (Bon-DJUK), which means bead, followed the ambulance that transported her owner, Cemal Senturk, to hospital in the Black Sea city of Trabzon on Jan. 14. She then made daily visits to the facility, private news agency DHA reported on Wednesday. Senturk’s daughter, Aynur Egeli, said she would take Boncuk home but the dog would repeated...
Tags: News, Animals, Sport, World news, Turkey, Soccer, Associated Press, Black Sea, Istanbul, DHA, Trabzon, Cemal Senturk, Senturk, Aynur Egeli, Boncuk, Muhammet Akdeniz

Twin bombings strike busy market in Baghdad

By Samya Kullab and Qassim Abdul-Zahra | Associated Press BAGHDAD — Twin suicide bombings ripped through a busy market in the Iraqi capital on Thursday, killing at least 32 people and wounding dozens, officials said in what was the first massive bombing in years, harkening back to darker days of rampant militant attacks. The rare suicide bombing hit the Bab al-Sharqi commercial area in central Baghdad amid heightened political tensions over planned early elections and a severe economic crisis. ...
Tags: Politics, News, Islamic State, Iraq, Sport, World news, Joe Biden, Iran, Soccer, Military, Pope Francis, Vatican, Associated Press, Christian, Francis, Baghdad

Sacramento Kings’ Monday Game Against Grizzlies Pushed Back Due To COVID-19

The Memphis Grizzlies are the latest NBA team that will have a coronavirus-related extended break from games, after the league announced Thursday that their next three contests will be postponed because of a lack of available players. Friday’s game at Portland, along with home games Sunday and Monday against Sacramento, were pushed back, the NBA said. That decision came one day after the Grizzlies’ game at Portland, scheduled for Wednesday, was also called off. “The games are being postponed due...
Tags: News, Washington, Sports, Sacramento Kings, Memphis Grizzlies, Sacramento, Chicago, Portland, Nba, Cbs, Associated Press, Memphis, Phoenix, Wizards, Grizzlies, CBS Broadcasting Inc

Woman accused of helping steal Pelosi laptop is freed from jail

By MARK SCOLFORO | Associated Press HARRISBURG, Pa. — A Pennsylvania woman facing charges that she helped steal a laptop from the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during the attack on the U.S. Capitol will be released from jail, a federal judge decided Thursday. U.S. Magistrate Judge Martin Carlson released Riley June Williams into the custody of her mother, with travel restrictions, and instructed her to appear Monday in federal court in Washington to continue her case. Williams, 22, of Har...
Tags: Politics, News, California, Washington, Virginia, Sport, Joe Biden, Fbi, Soccer, Pennsylvania, Williams, House, Associated Press, Nancy Pelosi, Capitol Police, Harrisburg

New CDC director takes over battered agency in crisis

By Mike Stobbe | Associated Press NEW YORK — As the coronavirus swept across the globe last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sank into the shadows, undermined by some of its own mistakes and stifled by an administration bent on downplaying the nation’s suffering. Now a new CDC director is arriving to a mammoth task: reasserting the agency while the pandemic is in its deadliest phase yet and the nation’s largest-ever vaccination campaign is wracked by confusion and delays. “I ...
Tags: New York, Cdc, Atlanta, Sport, Ap, Soccer, Associated Press, Biden, Donald Trump, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Trump, Mike Pence, Massachusetts General Hospital, Georgetown, Harvard Medical School, Georgetown University

Read the full text of the inaugural poem by Amanda Gorman

National youth poet laureate Amanda Gorman arrives at the inauguration of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021 in Washington. (Win McNamee/Pool Photo via AP) In one of the inauguration’s most talked about moments, poet Amanda Gorman summoned images dire and triumphant Wednesday as she called out to the world “even as we grieved, we grew.” The 22-year-old Gorman referenced everything from Biblical scripture and “Hamilton,” and at time...
Tags: News, Los Angeles, Sport, Joe Biden, Ap, Soccer, John F Kennedy, Associated Press, Biden, Donald Trump, Garth Brooks, Hamilton, HARRIS, Hill, U S Capitol, Gorman

At least 3 dead in Madrid after building explosion

By Aritz Parra and Manu Fernandez | Associated Press MADRID — A powerful gas explosion tore through a residential building in central Madrid on Wednesday, killing at least three people and ripping the facade off the structure. A tower of smoke rose from the building, where repairs were being done to a gas boiler, and billowed through Toledo Street, near the city’s center. Aerial footage shared by Spain’s National Police showed rubble covering a nearby schoolyard — though Madrid’s mayor said no o...
Tags: News, Accidents, Spain, Sport, World news, Soccer, Associated Press, Madrid, The Associated Press, National Police, Paul White, TVE, National News, Manu Fernández, ARITZ PARRA, José Luis Martínez Almeida

Biden is sworn in, takes the helm as president facing pandemic, divisions

By JONATHAN LEMIRE, ZEKE MILLER and ALEXANDRA JAFFE | Associated Press WASHINGTON — Joe Biden became the 46th President of the United States on Wednesday, swearing the oath of office just before noon to take the helm of a deeply divided nation while inheriting a confluence of crises arguably greater than any faced by his predecessors. Biden’s inauguration came at a time of national tumult and uncertainty, a ceremony of resilience as the hallowed American democratic rite unfurled at a U.S. Capito...
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For first time in years, local immigrants see hope, not fear, coming from White House proposals

Immigrants and their advocates in Southern California are excited and hopeful about the prospects of sweeping immigration reform that could come shortly after President-elect Joe Biden is sworn into office. The new president is expected to reverse a slew of Trump administration policies, and introduce legislation that could give millions of people living in the country illegally a chance to become citizens after an eight-year process. Some actions are expected quickly, via executive order and ot...
Tags: Congress, California, Mexico, White House, Los Angeles, Barack Obama, Sport, Joe Biden, Soccer, Gop, United States, Muslim, Associated Press, Republican, Biden, Donald Trump

Kremlin ignores calls to release Putin foe Navalny

By Daria Litvinova | Associated Press MOSCOW — The Kremlin on Tuesday brushed aside calls from the West to release opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who was arrested upon his return to Russia from Germany following treatment for poisoning with a nerve agent. Moscow called his case “an absolutely internal matter.” Navalny blames his poisoning on President Vladimir Putin’s government, which has denied it. The condemnations of his arrest and the calls from abroad for his release have added to the e...
Tags: Sweden, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Germany, Russia, Berlin, Sport, West, Soccer, Moscow, Siberia, Associated Press, Kremlin, Black Sea, Alexei Navalny, Fsb

McConnell: Trump ‘fed lies’ to the crowd about election

By Lisa Mascaro and Mary Clare Jalonick | Associated Press WASHINGTON — Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell opened the Senate on Tuesday saying the pro-Trump mob that stormed the Capitol was “fed lies” by the president and others in the deadly riot to overturn Democrat Joe Biden’s election. McConnell’s remarks are his most severe and public rebuke of outgoing President Donald Trump. The Republican leader vowed a “safe and successful” inauguration of Biden on Wednesday at the Capitol, which ...
Tags: Congress, California, Washington, Senate, White House, Georgia, Sport, Joe Biden, Ukraine, Fbi, Soccer, House, Mitch McConnell, Associated Press, Republican, Biden

Joe Biden picks transgender woman as assistant health secretary

By WILL WEISSERT | The Associated Press WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden has tapped Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine to be his assistant secretary of health, leaving her poised to become the first openly transgender federal official to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. A pediatrician and former Pennsylvania physician general, Levine was appointed to her current post by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf in 2017, making her one of the few transgender people serving in elected or appointed p...
Tags: Politics, News, Obama, Congress, California, Washington, Sport, Joe Biden, Harvard, Soccer, Pennsylvania, United States, Yale, Associated Press, Lgbtq, Biden

NFL changes 2021 scouting combine because of COVID-19 pandemic

By ROB MAADDI AP Pro Football Writer The NFL will not allow in-person workouts for the annual scouting combine due to health and safety precautions because of COVID-19. The league informed teams on Monday that any workouts will take place on the individual pro days on college campuses. Interviews of prospects and psychological testing and assessments will be done virtually. The NFL’s coaches, scouts and personnel executives typically descend upon Indianapolis in February for the annual pre-draft...
Tags: Sports, NFL, Sport, Indianapolis, Soccer, Chargers, Associated Press, Usc, Jason Garrett, ROB MAADDI, Jon Arnett, Brandon Staley, Brandon Staley Rams

Kremlin foe Alexei Navalny returns to Moscow and is jailed for 30 days

By DARIA LITVINOVA | Associated Press MOSCOW — A Russian judge on Monday ordered opposition leader Alexei Navalny jailed for 30 days, a ruling that comes after the leading Kremlin critic returned to Russia from Germany where he was recovering from nerve agent poisoning that he blames on President Vladimir Putin’s government. The ruling concluded an hours-long court hearing at a police precinct where Navalny was being held since his arrest at a Moscow airport on Sunday evening sparked sharp react...
Tags: Politics, News, Sweden, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Germany, Russia, Berlin, Eu, Sport, World news, Joe Biden, Ap, Soccer, European Commission, Moscow

Kamala Harris prepares for central role in Biden White House

By ALEXANDRA JAFFE | Associated Press WASHINGTON — Kamala Harris will make history on Wednesday when she becomes the nation’s first female vice president — and the first Black woman and the first woman of South Asian descent to hold that office. But that’s only where her boundary-breaking role begins. With the confluence of crises confronting Joe Biden’s administration — and an evenly divided Senate in which she would deliver the tie-breaking vote — Harris is shaping up to be a central player in...
Tags: Politics, News, Obama, Congress, California, Washington, Senate, White House, Barack Obama, Sport, Joe Biden, Soccer, Ted Cruz, Vogue, US Senate, Associated Press

FBI vetting Guard troops in DC amid fears of insider attack

By LOLITA C. BALDOR WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. defense officials say they are worried about an insider attack or other threat from service members involved in securing President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, prompting the FBI to vet all of the 25,000 National Guard troops coming into Washington for the event. The massive undertaking reflects the extraordinary security concerns that have gripped Washington following the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol by pro-Trump rioters. And it und...
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11,366 new cases reported as L.A. County battles new coronavirus strain

Officials urged residents to adhere to Los Angeles County’s “Safer at Home” orders a day after public health officials confirmed that the swifter spreading B.1.1.7 variant of coronavirus was present in the county. Health officials reported 11,366 new cases of COVID-19 and 108 additional deaths on Sunday, Jan. 17, bringing the county’s totals to 1,014,662 cases and 13,848 fatalities. County health officials said, however, that the number of new cases reported Sunday reflects an undercount because...
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Trump allies were behind rally that ignited Capitol riot, records show

WASHINGTON — Members of President Donald Trump’s failed presidential campaign played key roles in orchestrating the Washington rally that spawned a deadly assault on the U.S. Capitol, according to an Associated Press review of records, undercutting claims the event was the brainchild of the president’s grassroots supporters. A pro-Trump nonprofit group called Women for America First hosted the “Save America Rally” on Jan. 6 at the Ellipse, an oval-shaped, federally owned patch of land near the W...
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