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Chris O'Brien

Chris O’Brien is a technology reporter who covers Apple and Silicon Valley. He joined the Los Angeles Times in 2012 and has covered Silicon Valley since 1999, both as a reporter and a columnist. He’s lived through the dot-com boom and bust, and still has a talking Sock Puppet to prove it. He’s a native of Kansas and a graduate of Duke University who scoffs at Pac-10 “basketball.” He’s also a better bowler than you are.
For 800 years, they were celebrated as martyrs to their faith. Just one problem: The Cathars may never have existed

In recent weeks, a debate erupted across southern France following an academic exhibition that explored a modern-day heresy: The Cathars, religious fundamentalists celebrated as martyrs since the 13th century, never existed.

Angry students, confused parents protesting Macron's efforts to reinvent France's treasured high schools

Teachers are protesting in city centers. Students are setting fires and blocking schools. Parents are shouting into bullhorns. A plan by President Emmanuel Macron’s government to reinvent the nation’s treasured high schools, a system established by Napoleon, is not going over well in France.

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