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California is running critically low on COVID-19 vaccines as people vie for shots

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LOS ANGELES — As California increases COVID-19 vaccinations, supply issues are becoming a critical problem, and some counties say they are rapidly running out.

County officials say they have most of the resources — large vaccine centers and personnel to run them — but lack the doses they need.

“Our ability to protect even more L.A. ...Read more

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Motley crew of far-right Californians accused of joining Capitol siege

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LOS ANGELES — The four Southern Californians charged so far with joining the violent assault on the U.S. Capitol are an oddball crew.

There’s John Strand, a fashion model who displayed his six-pack on the cover of a raunchy novel, “Howl for It.” When photos emerged online showing his alleged participation in the siege, Facebook deleted ...Read more

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Buttigieg to push big infrastructure bill to boost economy

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WASHINGTON — Transportation Secretary nominee Pete Buttigieg will tell a Senate panel Thursday that he hopes to help the Biden administration shepherd through Congress a massive investment in infrastructure, calling it the key to helping regrow the economy.

“Infrastructure can be the cornerstone of all this,” he is expected to say in ...Read more

‘It must be done': Pelosi vows to move quickly on Trump impeachment trial over Capitol riots

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi vowed Thursday to push ahead quickly with the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump over his role in inciting the violent storming of Congress on Jan. 6, 2021.

A day after President Joe Biden took office, Pelosi left little doubt that she plans to quickly transmit the articles of impeachment to the Senate...Read more

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Fauci pledges US Covax support in re-engagement with WHO

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U.S. infectious disease chief Anthony Fauci pledged his country’s commitment to the World Health Organization, including membership in a global effort to deploy COVID-19 vaccines.

Fauci addressed the Geneva-based group a day after Joe Biden’s inauguration, underlining the new U.S. president’s effort to mend ties with an agency crucial to ...Read more

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Fauci pledges US Covax support in re-engagement with WHO

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U.S. infectious disease chief Anthony Fauci pledged his country’s commitment to the World Health Organization, including membership in a global effort to deploy COVID-19 vaccines.

Fauci addressed the Geneva-based group a day after Joe Biden’s inauguration, underlining the new U.S. president’s effort to mend ties with an agency crucial to ...Read more

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More than 4,000 in LA County dead of COVID-19 since New Year's Day

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LOS ANGELES – The chance that a person hospitalized for COVID-19 will die in L.A. County has doubled in recent months.

According to an analysis by the L.A. County Department of Health Services, in September and October, there was about 1 in 8 chance for patients hospitalized for COVID-19 to die. But since November, the chance of dying for ...Read more

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Census estimates show population decline in 16 states

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With a perfect storm of aging residents, low birth rates, COVID-19 deaths and immigration cutbacks, 16 states saw population decreases last year as the United States experienced the slowest national population growth since the Great Depression.

The nation grew only about 7% between 2010 and 2020, similar to the previous historic low between ...Read more

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Newsom promised 1 million COVID-19 vaccinations in 10 days. The state can't say if he met his goal

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Gov. Gavin Newsom urged Californians to "hold me accountable" to a goal of administering 1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine in 10 days, but nearly two weeks later a series of data collection problems have left state officials unable to offer clear evidence of success or failure.

A spokesperson for the California ...Read more

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US housing starts rose to fastest pace since 2006 in December

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U.S. home construction starts rose for a fourth-straight month in December to the best pace since late 2006 as builders responded to the robust demand for single-family housing.

Residential starts climbed by 5.8% to a 1.67 million annualized rate, according to government data released Thursday. That topped all estimates in a Bloomberg survey of...Read more

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COVID-19 extends sentences for some incarcerated people

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Nearly every day, Jan Salvay checks for her nephew’s name on the Nevada Department of Correction’s website: Nicholas, 39, jailed in a credit card forgery case. Then she checks the state’s list of deaths in custody — just to make sure his name isn’t there.

“He’s ... scared he’s going to get sick, and he’s going to die,” ...Read more

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‘She's been vilified:’ Woman accused of stealing Pelosi’s laptop blames ex-boyfriend for 'overstated' accusations

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A lawyer for the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, woman accused of stealing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s laptop during the Capitol riot told a judge Thursday her client was not fleeing from authorities when she left her home, changed her phone number and shut down her social media accounts after being identified by the FBI.

Instead, Riley Williams ...Read more

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AOC walks picket line with striking NY workers

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NEW YORK – Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., skipped the glitz of President Joe Biden’s inaugural ball Wednesday to walk on a chilly picket line with striking workers at the Hunts Point Food Market in her home borough of the Bronx.

“We have to support them in their demands for a better life,” Ocasio-Cortez said.

The firebrand ...Read more

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Fingerpointing, outrage after Trump pardons USC father in college admission scandal

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Federal prosecutors had accused Robert Zangrillo, a Miami developer, of a costly and criminal effort to secure his daughter's entry to the University of Southern California.

In 2017, Zangrillo hired associates of Newport Beach consultant Rick Singer to secretly complete his daughter's high school classes. Later, Zangrillo paid others to ...Read more

Fauci pledges US Covax support in re-engagement with WHO

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U.S. infectious-disease chief Anthony Fauci pledged his country’s commitment to the World Health Organization, including membership in a global effort to deploy COVID-19 vaccines.

Fauci addressed the Geneva-based group a day after Joe Biden’s inauguration, underlining the new U.S. president’s effort to mend ties with an agency crucial to ...Read more

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Calif. rally organizer accused of running over Trump supporters faces new charges

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LOS ANGELES – The organizer of a rally against police brutality who was charged with attempted murder last year after she allegedly plowed her car into counter-protesters, seriously injuring two people, now faces additional felony charges after a months-long review of the case, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Prosecutors plan to file two felony ...Read more

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Twin suicide bombings hit Baghdad, killing 32 and sparking fears of Islamic State comeback

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BEIRUT – A pair of suicide bombers hit a crowded market in Baghdad on Thursday, Iraq's civil defense agency said, killing at least 32 people, injuring more than 100 others and reigniting fears of a return to the days when such attacks were a daily occurrence in the Iraqi capital.

The first of the bombers approached Tayaran Square, a major ...Read more

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Midwest suffered $11 billion in damage from last summer's derecho

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CHICAGO — The summer derecho that rattled windows and ripped down trees across the Midwest caused an estimated $11 billion in damage, becoming the costliest storm event to occur in less than 24 hours in at least four decades.

That’s according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which this month released its annual report...Read more

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Trapped in Mexico, asylum-seekers watch with hope that Biden will let them enter US

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Tijuana's El Chaparral plaza, where the western pedestrian route between San Diego and its southern neighbor merges in a cluster of businesses and transportation hubs, once bustled with activity at 7 a.m. on a Monday. Street vendors would sell breakfast and local newspapers to workers heading north for their shifts.

There, too, each morning, ...Read more

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California is overriding its limits on nurse workloads as COVID-19 surges

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California’s telemetry nurses, who specialize in the electronic monitoring of critically ill patients, normally take care of four patients at once. But ever since the state relaxed California’s mandatory nurse-to-patient ratios in mid-December, Nerissa Black has had to keep track of six.

And these six patients are really sick: Many of them ...Read more