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Filming of 'She's All That' remake halts coronavirus testing at Union Station in Los Angeles. Officials try to restart it

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LOS ANGELES — Coronavirus test appointments scheduled for Tuesday at Union Station were canceled after Miramax was granted a permit to film there, officials confirmed late Monday night.

As Los Angeles County broke records for COVID-19 hospitalizations and new restrictions were imposed, a film permit was granted to Miramax for the filming of "...Read more

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How money colors Operation Warp Speed's quest to defeat COVID-19

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April 16 was a big day for Moderna, a Massachusetts biotech company on the verge of becoming a front-runner in the U.S. government's race for a coronavirus vaccine. It had received roughly half a billion dollars in federal funding to develop a COVID-19 shot that might be used on millions of Americans.

Thirteen days after the massive infusion of...Read more

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Along the crumbling Sonoma coast, an ambitious project paves the way for 'managed retreat'

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GLEASON BEACH, Calif. — A few winding turns past Bodega Bay, along foggy bluffs and coastal prairie, relentless waves pound a crumbling stretch of coastline in dire need of saving.

Here at Gleason Beach, once referred to as Malibu North, the beach gets drowned during high tide. Bits of concrete and rebar are all that remain of 11 clifftop ...Read more

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Bipartisan group to propose $908 billion coronavirus 'bridge' aid package

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WASHINGTON — A bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers is set to unveil a COVID-19 relief package that's much smaller than what has been proposed by House Democrats, but far larger than the offering from Senate Republican leaders.

A roughly $908 billion proposal set to be announced by nine senators and several House members Tuesday morning ...Read more

Bill Cosby's sex assault conviction debated before state's highest court

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PHILADELPHIA — Two years after a trial that rendered Bill Cosby the first convicted celebrity of the #MeToo era, lawyers for the 83-year-old comedian will push the state's highest court Tuesday to overturn outcome of the case, arguing it was marred by evidence that should never have been presented before a jury.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court...Read more

Biden stokes first nomination fight with pick for budget chief

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President-elect Joe Biden is setting up his first confirmation fight with Senate Republicans by choosing Neera Tanden — a sometimes-acerbic Democratic policy wonk with an often-partisan Twitter feed — to serve as his White House budget chief.

Tanden, the tough-minded head of an influential Democratic think tank, is a veteran Hillary Clinton...Read more

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'Major milestone' in removal of sunken ship off Georgia coast

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ATLANTA — Salvage workers on the Georgia coast are set to begin cutting the second section of the Golden Ray, the massive cargo ship that ran aground just over a year ago in the St. Simons Sound, after crews hit a milestone in removal operations this weekend.

Onlookers watched Saturday as the bow, brimming with smashed cars and trucks and ...Read more

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Black Lives Matter and other activists protest possible Biden appointment for Garcetti

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LOS ANGELES — Banging drums and chanting "Block Garcetti," activists with Black Lives Matter-Los Angeles and other groups rallied outside Mayor Eric Garcetti's home to protest the mayor's possible appointment to President-elect Joe Biden's administration.

Monday's demonstration marked the seventh day in a row that protesters have gathered ...Read more

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California urges weekly COVID-19 testing for hospital workers

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LOS ANGELES — After months of rallies, protests and pleas by health care workers for better coronavirus protection, California has unveiled some of the nation's strongest COVID-19 testing guidelines for hospital personnel, many of whom are bracing for a post-Thanksgiving virus surge.

The guidelines, announced in an all-facilities letter from ...Read more

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FCC chief who ended net neutrality says he'll quit Jan. 20

WASHINGTON — U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai said he'll leave the agency Jan. 20, eliminating the possibility of a holdover Republican majority at the agency that could have temporarily stymied changes sought by the incoming Biden administration.

Since being ...Read more

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Flynn case should be dismissed immediately, US tells judge

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Michael Flynn's prosecution for lying to federal agents in the early days of the Russia investigation should be immediately dismissed because the former national security adviser accepted President Donald Trump's full pardon, the Justice Department told a judge.

"The president's pardon, which General Flynn has accepted, moots this case," the ...Read more

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Scott Atlas, Trump's controversial COVID-19 adviser, resigns as virus spirals out of control

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Dr. Scott Atlas, a radiologist who gained President Donald Trump's ear by pushing science-defying advice about COVID-19, has resigned from the White House coronavirus task force, according to an administration official familiar with the matter.

Atlas submitted a resignation letter to Trump on Monday, the official told the New York Daily News, ...Read more

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Giuliani associates' electronic devices still not cracked by FBI

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FBI agents have still not accessed the electronics devices of two Rudy Giuliani associates arrested more than a year ago, and some suspect they never will, a federal prosecutor said Monday.

Nicolas Roos, an assistant U.S. attorney in Manhattan, raised the issue during a hearing in the case of Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, who are charged with ...Read more

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Cuba shuts down dialogue, blames US for protesting artists who demand more freedoms

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It is a script Cubans know well.

Less than 24 hours after the Ministry of Culture reached an agreement in response to an unprecedented public protest by more than 300 young artists and intellectuals demanding freedom of expression and the release of several members of the San Isidro Movement, the Cuban government unleashed a wave of attacks ...Read more

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Crew of cargo ship rescues man from sinking boat 90 miles off coast of Florida

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MIAMI — A Port Canaveral man was found alive Sunday almost 90 miles out to sea clinging to his sinking boat a day after he was reported missing.

The crew of a cargo ship, the Angeles, spotted Stuart Bee, 62, hanging onto the bow of his 32-foot Sea Ray boat, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. The crew of the ship dropped a line to Bee and ...Read more

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Minneapolis mayor, police chief call proposal to cut department funding 'irresponsible and untenable'

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MINNEAPOLIS — Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and police Chief Medaria Arradondo on Monday struck back at a proposal by three of City Council members to cut the Minneapolis police budget by nearly $8 million, with Frey calling the plan "irresponsible and untenable" amid a year of rising violent crime and a shrinking police force.

Although both ...Read more


Florida announces another 6,658 cases of COVID-19, bringing total for year near 1 million

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Another 6,658 cases of COVID-19 were reported Monday in Florida, bringing the total case count in the state close to 1 million.

The cumulative total, representing all cases since the first ones were confirmed in early March, stands at 999,319, making it likely Tuesday's count will push Florida's cases past 1 million, a...Read more

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Miami Herald journalists receive Open Government Reporting award for 'Perversion of Justice'

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MIAMI — The Miami Herald's "Perversion of Justice" investigative series, which detailed Palm Beach multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein's sex trafficking crimes and years of deferred justice for dozens of abuse victims, won the 2020 First Amendment Foundation's Lucy Morgan Award for Open Government Reporting.

Since the project was first published...Read more

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Ravaged by fire, USS Bonhomme Richard is bound for scrapyard, Navy says

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SAN DIEGO — A fire that raged for almost five days in July has doomed the San Diego-based amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard to the scrapyards, Navy officials announced Monday.

The ship will be decommissioned within a year and will be scrapped, a Navy official told reporters during a conference call Monday. The cause of the fire is ...Read more

Northern Minnesota hunter shoots, kills another hunter after mistaking him for deer

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MINNEAPOLIS — A hunter fired at what he thought was a deer in northern Minnesota and killed another hunter who was not wearing blaze orange or other high-visibility clothing, authorities said Monday.

The shooting involving the two men who were not hunting together occurred as dusk settled Wednesday near Puposky, the Beltrami County Sheriff's ...Read more