TV this week: Shark Week set to make another big splash

 Chuck Barney’s TV and streaming picks for Aug. 9-15 DON’T MISS: “Shark Week” programming — The summer has been largely wrecked by the coronavirus crisis, but take heart — at least we still have Shark Week. The beloved annual TV event returns with more than 20 hours of fin-credible programming that runs through Aug. 16. […]

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Decline in hydropower hampered by drought will impact utility costs

By Jesse Kathan, Correspondent Hydroelectric power from dams usually provides about 15% of California’s electricity needs. But in 2015, at the zenith of the worst drought in California’s recorded history, it supplied only 6%. That loss in electricity generation during the 2012-16 drought cost PG&E and other California utilities about $5.5 billion, a new study […]

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Latest line: A good week for Apple, bad one for Karen Bass

Apple After struggling in spring from China factory shutdowns, Silicon Valley tech giant’s stock is now up 50% this year, with market value nearing $2 trillion, as stuck-at-home customers keep buying its devices and streaming its music and video.               Karen Bass Southern California congresswoman, once considered a finalist […]

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JSO: Man shot in Woodland Acres neighborhood; shooter fled on motorcycle

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office responded Saturday night to a shooting in the city’s Woodland Acres neighborhood. Police were dispatched around 11:30 p.m. to a home on Jasper Avenue. Responding officers found a man suffering from a gunshot to his leg. The victim was transported to a nearby hospital. JSO described his injuries as being non-life-threatening. […]

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They said it: Trouble brewing in Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office

“We are not done.” — Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen, announcing indictments on conspiracy and bribery charges against four people, including a Santa Clara County Sheriff’s captain, in an alleged pay-to-play scheme with concealed-gun permits issued by Sheriff Laurie Smith’s Office. …read more Source:: The Mercury News – Latest News       

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Earthquake rattles those from Virginia to Georgia

At 08:07:37 a.m. Sunday morning at 5.1 magnitude earthquake shook the ground a few miles southeast of Sparta, North Carolina. Right along the North Carolina Virginia border according the the preliminary survey by the United States Geological Survey (USGS). The earthquake, whose epicenter is in Allegheny County, was felt by those in southwest Virginia, Tennessee, […]

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UneeQ, a startup that counts Salesforce’s former head of AI as an investor, has a free new tool that aims to make building virtual humans to answer questions as easy as creating a website

The startup UneeQ has created a website that lets anyone build one of their digital humans for free and start talking to it. The new site is a sign of the growing access to conversational artificial intelligence and highly realistic on-screen personas — making a conversation with a chatbot just that much more personal.  UneeQ […]

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16 plutonium-powered space missions shaping our understanding of space — including the NASA rover that will search for alien life on Mars

NASA last week launched its Mars 2020 Perseverance rover to hunt for signs of ancient alien life. Once on Mars, Perseverance will be powered by a radioisotope thermoelectric generator. The nuclear “battery” is fueled by a rare human-made material called plutonium-238. Perseverance is just the latest in a long line of groundbreaking, plutonium-powered spacecraft that […]

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City councilwoman accused of creating fake identities to blast foes, praise allies

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office is reviewing accusations that a South Pasadena councilwoman used fake email accounts to submit public comments praising her allies and attacking critics. The South Pasadena Police Department forwarded the complaint, sent initially to the mayor by resident Chris Bray, to county prosecutors Aug. 3, according to a press […]

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Opinion: This legislation addresses needed housing and racial justice

Californians face an incredible opportunity to use over 38,800 acres of underused land for new, affordable homes. Amie Fishman  Through Senate Bill 899, faith-based institutions and nonprofit colleges could choose to make their land available for affordable housing development, regardless of any local restrictions, to meet our communities’ needs. These institutions collectively own 38,800 acres […]

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Senior Living: What seniors can expect as their new normal in a post-vaccine world

By Bruce Horovitz Contributing writer, Kaiser Health News Imagine this scenario, perhaps a year or two in the future: An effective vaccine for the coronavirus is routinely available and the world is moving forward. Life, however, will likely never be the same — particularly for people over 60. That is the conclusion of geriatric medical […]

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From outdoors to Oprah: Rue Mapp’s mission to open nature to everyone

Growing up in the Bay Area, Rue Mapp loved the outdoors. She hiked. She fished. She swam. But as she got older and ventured to the Sierras and farther afield, she noticed “fewer people who looked like me.” After a stint as an analyst with Morgan Stanley, the Oakland native was considering going back to […]

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Are California police officers trained enough and in the right things?

A law enforcement trainee wears a protective face mask as he is trained on how to handle civil disputes at San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Frank Bland Regional Training Center in San Bernardino on Wednesday, July 29, 2020. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) The Los Angeles Police Department is reviewing its training after the death […]

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Anxiety, tears and empty streets: How coronavirus exploded among Latinx residents in Oakland’s Fruitvale district

Click here if you are unable to view the photos on a mobile device. OAKLAND — Amador Angel Luna knows his Oakland neighborhood is at the heart of one of the Bay Area’s worst coronavirus outbreaks, so he does everything he can to protect himself. But as an essential worker living in a crowded apartment, […]

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He called himself the ‘rubbish man’ and he built one success story after another – his children

“I told all my kids growing up that when other kids asked them what their father did for a living they should be right up front. You tell them your father works for the Department of Sanitation. He’s the rubbish man.”   Gilbert Gonzales put five children through college on the modest salary he earned picking […]

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EHang has developed a firefighting autonomous flying vehicle for high-rise fires in dense cities — see how it works

EHang has unveiled what it says is the world’s first large-payload firefighting aerial vehicle built to tackle fires in high-rise buildings. The 216F can reach up to 1,970 feet high and carry 39.6 gallons of firefighting foam, as well as six fire extinguishing bombs. Because the drones can function as a fleet and be remotely […]

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9 strategies to ensure your relationship survives long-term work from home, according to a relationship and intimacy expert

Alexandra Stockwell is a relationship and intimacy expert. As some companies settle in for remote work for the next year, couples who live together are facing a new challenge. To survive this time, couples need to prioritize three different things: their relationship, time alone, and working successfully. Here are nine strategies for becoming successful long-term […]

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The death of the ‘live’ runway show? Not so fast, fashion insiders say

In June, Fashinnovation, a summit for leaders in fashion and sustainability, held a panel about the future of the fashion industry amid the pandemic. One question many in the industry have been pondering is: What will the fashion calendar come to look like as more runway shows go virtual to temper the spread of COVID-19? […]

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Illinois logs second straight 2,000 case day (LIVE UPDATES)

Pat Nabong/Sun-Times Here’s what we learned about how COVID-19 is impacting Chicago and Illinois. Latest Illinois logged more than 2,000 new coronavirus cases for a second straight day Saturday, once again ratcheting up concerns of a severe viral resurgence across the state. Over the last 10 days, the state has recorded six of its highest […]

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