Jan. 18, 2021

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Small public health departments are struggling in rural Northern California, where coronavirus skepticism runs deep despite a statewide crisis.

L.A. schools Supt. Austin Beutner pushes for schools to become vaccine centers, which also would become part of his plan to open campuses safely.

As the number of coronavirus infections in California approaches 3 million, health officials said Sunday that a new strain — different from a highly contagious variant first identified in the U.K. — is popping up across the state.

California’s top epidemiologist told healthcare providers on Sunday to stop using a batch of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine after a “higher than usual” number of people had apparent allergic reactions at a San Diego vaccination clinic.

Many Californians 65 and older faced frustration and confusion as they tried to get the coronavirus vaccine after the state announced it was opening up vaccinations to older people.

Transfer of power

A manhunt was underway for a Pennsylvania woman suspected of stealing a laptop from the offices of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during the Capitol attack.

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In less than five months, an unused parking lot has been transformed into 232 units of permanent and interim housing at $200,000 per unit, a record for speed and cost.

Guatemalan police and soldiers have used tear gas and wielded batons against a group of Honduran migrants who tried to push through a roadblock.

Sammy Potter and Jackson Parell set out New Year’s Day to hike the entire Appalachian Trail. They plan to also traverse the Continental Divide and the Pacific Rim.

A show about teenage karate warriors, “Cobra Kai” offers insights on repentance, redemption, forgiveness and unity in the face of existential evil.

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Martin Luther King Jr.'s Legacy

As memories of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and death continue to resound, his legacy looms large in the present. Many are likening the partnership of incoming Georgia Sens. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff to the solidarity of King and Jewish leaders in the civil rights movement, while the new documentary “MLK/FBI” connects the past to our troubling present.

Martin Luther King Jr. understood that the official power of the state to punish and murder Black people was fatal for a democracy.

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Set on a destroyer, “Greyhound” had its cast “tilting, pitching, leaning, bucking, rolling and rising and falling in amusement park-worthy action,” Hanks writes.

In ‘Let Them All Talk,’ the former ‘Murphy Brown’ star improvises dialogue, works with Steven Soderbergh and gets into that fight. It was ‘just heaven.’

Tucci and friend Colin Firth were all set to shoot the dementia drama when each felt something wasn’t quite right. So they traded roles.

From a stoned Amsterdam monologue to a pair of sports coverage TV ads to a newly beloved sitcom, ‘Ted Lasso’ isn’t just a show. It’s a vibe.

Attending a Lakers game at Staples Center without fans amid the pandemic is a strange experience for players and an exercise in futility for others.

With the help of a network of sighted guides, Tony Duenas, 53, found fitness and freedom through endurance athletics after losing his eyesight in 2009.

Halley Harding was a gifted athlete and journalist who railed against bigotry and racism. His remarkable life isn’t well-known, but it should be.

Mike Bohn, USC’s athletic director, says the football program is making progress under Clay Helton. “I can’t think of one area where we didn’t improve.”

Brazil has approved the use of COVID-19 vaccines made by Sinovac and AstraZeneca as the coronavirus continues to slam Latin America’s largest country.

Twitter has temporarily suspended the account of U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, the Georgia Republican who has expressed racist views and support for QAnon conspiracy theories online.

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s arrest upon arriving in Moscow after recovering from his poisoning has drawn sharp criticism from the West.

Chinese state media say that 12 out of 22 workers trapped for a week after an explosion in a gold mine are alive.

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