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Delta water crisis linked to California's racist past, tribes and activists say

Tribes and environmental groups are challenging how the state manages water in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, a major source for much of California, arguing the deterioration of the aquatic ecosystem has links to the state’s troubled legacy of racism and oppression of Native people.

A group of activists and Indigenous leaders is ...Read more

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Forest Service ban on prescribed fires stalls work to protect Colorado residents, water supplies

DENVER — The federal suspension of prescribed burns pending a review of how recent fires lit during extreme drought escaped boundaries is reverberating in the West — and complicating Colorado efforts to revive ailing forests and reduce the severity of wildfires.

Foresters for years have favored more, not less, deliberate controlled burning ...Read more


Gadgets: These chargers, cases make life easier

A lot of new products are out that aren't fancy but certainly make some of our everyday gadgets more productive.

This includes the Satechi Qi-wireless charging Magnetic Wireless Car Charger ($44.99), designed for MagSafe-compatible iPhones. The easy-to-use charger is built to attach to air vents. Its clip-on design allows the charger to ...Read more


Delaying dementia: VR games may be the next big thing

While virtual reality may once have seemed like something out of "Back to the Future," the technology is now here to stay. A new report by CNET claims the gaming platform may even be older adults' next super weapon in the fight against dementia.

From the Oculus Rift to PlayStation VR, virtual reality gaming is growing. Now studies are showing ...Read more

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Preview: Nine questions answered about the ‘Saints Row’ reboot

When Volition decided to reboot “Saints Row,” they wanted to do it from scratch. The developer had a blank slate with the only guiding light being that the project had to strike the right tone. It had to feel like a “Saints Row” game in word and deed.

The result of that freedom is a Santo Ileso, a city inspired by the Southwest. ...Read more

‘Hearthstone’ designer announces new collectible card game ‘Marvel Snap’

It looks like Ben Brode, one of the minds behind “Hearthstone,” is trading Dr. Boom for Dr. Doom on his latest project. The game designer left Activision Blizzard in 2018 to start a new studio called Second Dinner, which has been fairly quiet until now.

Today, the team announced that it’s working with publisher Nuverse and Marvel on a ...Read more

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Jim Rossman: Burning your own CDs isn’t difficult

Macintosh and Windows computers have the necessary software. All you need is a CD writer.

It’s been a while since I was asked about burning music CDs, but this week a reader asked how best to make music CDs from his music library. It’s been a few years since I wrote about this topic.

The reader has an HP laptop without an optical drive, ...Read more

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Boeing's Starliner back on Earth to complete redo of test flight to space station

ORLANDO, Fla. — NASA’s astronauts could soon officially have a new ride to the International Space Station as the Boeing CST-100 Starliner finally completed its long-delayed reflight of its uncrewed test mission arriving back on Earth on Wednesday.

The capsule that launched last week from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station spent more than ...Read more

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EPA proposes Bristol Bay protections in potential blow to Pebble Mine development

SEATTLE — The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday proposed protections for some Bristol Bay drainages, a move that — if finalized — would effectively block attempts to develop an open pit mine to extract gold, copper, silver and molybdenum in a Southwest Alaska region that sustains the world's biggest sockeye salmon runs.

The ...Read more


Toro's new robot mower is like a Roomba for your lawn

Toro announced the introduction of a robotic lawn mower for the residential market that will greatly reduce the time and sweat homeowners spend cutting grass.

Toro has some autonomous lawn mowers for golf courses and commercial markets under development but is introducing its first robotic mower for residential use.

To compete against robotic ...Read more

Google takes yet another run at e-commerce -- and Amazon

Google executive Prabhakar Raghavan recently had an issue with his rose bushes. His wife took a photo of the plants on her phone, uploaded the image to Google, identified the culprit and followed a link for a fungicide. Then she bought it.

A seamless transaction that didn’t involve typing into a search bar, it was a real-life test of sorts ...Read more


The private sector steps in to protect online health privacy, but critics say it can't be trusted

Most people have at least a vague sense that someone somewhere is doing mischief with the data footprints created by their online activities: Maybe their use of an app is allowing that company to build a profile of their habits, or maybe they keep getting followed by creepy ads.

It’s more than a feeling. Many companies in the health tech ...Read more

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California will test digital driver's licenses. Is personal info at risk?

Are Californians ready for yet another new version of the driver's license?

The last one — called "Real ID" — went over about as well as CNN+. As of April, less than half of the state's drivers had obtained one, even though Californians will need a Real ID or a passport to get on a plane or enter a federal building in a year. The tepid ...Read more


Walmart plans $3.99 drone deliveries in six states by year-end

Walmart Inc. and partner DroneUp LLC plan to expand their drone-delivery hubs to 34 locations in six states by year-end, taking a big step toward scaling up aerial dropoffs for U.S. shoppers even though big regulatory hurdles remain.

Deliveries will cost $3.99 and orders can weigh up to 10 pounds, Walmart said in a statement Tuesday. The ...Read more

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Why free streaming channels like Pluto TV and Tubi have viewers watching commercials again

There’s a new hot buzzword in the streaming video business — it’s spelled f-r-e-e.

While Netflix is reeling over subscriber losses due to increased competition and consumer sensitivity to inflation, free, ad-supported streaming services are on the rise, offering thousands of programs and films in every genre and hundreds of channels at no...Read more

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Battle over Bandcamp: In Epic Games v. Google, Epic achieves conditional app store win

RALEIGH, N.C. — Cary-based Epic Games and Google have reached a temporary armistice in their ongoing legal battle over Bandcamp — a digital music store known for its eclectic selection and direct-to-artist payment system.

Epic Games, the company behind popular video games such as Fortnite and Rocket League, acquired Bandcamp in March. Epic ...Read more

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Boeing's Starliner finally docks with International Space Station

ORLANDO, Fla. — Getting off the Earth is one thing, but inserting tab A into slot B in space is another.

Boeing solved that puzzle with its CST-100 Starliner capsule that launched from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station on Thursday, when it docked with the International Space Station on Friday night.

The uncrewed spacecraft connected with ...Read more

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Boeing's Starliner on its way to finally dock with the International Space Station

ORLANDO, Fla. — Getting off the Earth is one thing, but inserting tab A into slot B in space is another.

Boeing looks to solve that puzzle with its CST-100 Starliner capsule that launched from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station on Thursday, and is set for an engagement with the International Space Station at 7:10 p.m. Eastern time Friday.

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Wildlife officials truck Chinook salmon to cooler waters in emergency move to help them spawn

In a stopgap measure to help struggling spring- and winter-run Chinook salmon spawn in the face of rising water temperatures and lower water levels due to climate change, state and federal wildlife officials in Northern California have begun trucking adult fish to cooler waters.

The spring- and winter-run salmon are genetically different, with ...Read more

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Canada bans Huawei from 5G, ending years-long impasse

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government joined Canada’s closest intelligence allies in banning Huawei Technologies Co. from fifth-generation wireless networks.

The Chinese state-championed telecommunications firm poses a threat to Canada’s national security, Industry Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne said Thursday, confirming an ...Read more