Today’s Headlines: A major safety breach and other moments leading to ‘Rust’ shooting
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Court records outline critical moments leading up to shooting on ‘Rust’ set
Authorities determined the projectile that fatally wounded cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was a lead bullet, one of roughly 500 rounds of ammunition recovered from the set of the film “Rust.” Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza said the projectile was recovered from director Joel Souza’s shoulder at an area hospital.
First assistant director Dave Halls told investigators he did not check all the rounds in the gun before it was handed to actor and producer Alec Baldwin — a major breach of safety protocol.
Here’s our full coverage of the shooting.
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Europe is the destination, but Asia is on Biden’s mind
President Biden is preparing for two international conferences in Europe this week. But he spent two days at a virtual summit of Southeast Asian nations, a sign that the president remains keenly focused on foreign policy challenges posed by a rising China.
Six years ago, an unprecedented level of cooperation between the U.S. and China laid the groundwork for the Paris climate accord, a milestone in the fight against global warming. But as final preparations are made for the back-to-back international summits this week, that partnership has frayed.
— President Biden will make a last-second pitch to House Democrats on Thursday to support agenda-fulfilling legislation, even though lawmakers and White House aides are still hashing out details about several major policies.
— House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told colleagues Democrats were in “pretty good shape” on President Biden’s sweeping domestic plan, but fresh problems emerged as Sen. Joe Manchin panned a new billionaires’ tax to help pay for the $1.75-trillion package.
— An ambitious proposal to mandate 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave for workers nationwide will probably be struck from the Democrats’ Build Back Better plan, a setback for the party’s hopes of strengthening the nation’s social programs.
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It may be harder to justify COVID-19 vaccination for kids if pandemic’s end is near
If this were December 2020, or August 2021 — and coronavirus cases were surging and hospitals nearing capacity — the case for vaccinating young children against COVID-19 would be easy to make. The risk that inoculation could cause heart inflammation in young kids appears to be minuscule. But it’s late October 2021, and the virus appears to be in retreat.
These are the calculations safety experts are trying to make as they decide whether Pfizer and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for kids ages 5 to 11 should be made available, and especially whether it should be recommended for all 28 million of them.
More top coronavirus headlines
— Although the chances of serious illness and death from COVID-19 are exceedingly slim for children, experts say there’s a very good reason for parents to get their kids vaccinated. COVID-19 has become one of the leading causes of death in children nationwide.
— California health officials said they were prepared to pull out all the stops to vaccinate children ages 5 to 11 as the country drew closer to authorizing eligibility for that age group, with doses offered as soon as the end of next week, as the critical holiday season approaches.
— Pharmaceutical company Merck has agreed to allow other drugmakers worldwide to produce its COVID-19 pill in a move aimed at helping millions of people in poorer countries get access to the potentially lifesaving drug.
— An inexpensive antidepressant, fluvoxamine, reduced the need for hospitalization among high-risk adults with COVID-19, according to a new study.
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Long Beach school safety officer charged with murder
Murder charges have been filed against a former Long Beach school safety officer who shot an unarmed 18-year-old, prosecutors announced. The officer fired into a fleeing vehicle after a fight between Manuela “Mona” Rodriguez and an unidentified 15-year-old a block away from Millikan High School in late September.
County to consider $2.5-million settlement with families in Kobe Bryant crash photo lawsuits
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will consider approving a $2.5-million settlement for two families suing over the unauthorized sharing of photos of the Kobe Bryant helicopter crash, in which their loved ones also were killed.
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PHOTO OF THE DAY
— Did Beverly Hills police target Black shoppers on Rodeo Drive? Documents offer a complicated picture of the operation, shedding light on how it started and raising new questions.
— A Los Angeles police officer broke department policy by firing at a suspect who was allegedly stunning him with his own Taser in a South L.A. housing unit last year, the civilian Police Commission has ruled.
— The Haunt in Atascadero keeps extra pants on hand for visitors so frightened that they pee their pants. A list of “confessed pee-ers” (two of whom have asked for pants) is kept by managers: “They like to sign it as sort of a badge of honor.”
— San Francisco is poised to give sick pay to house cleaners, nannies and caregivers.
— A federal jury awarded $17 million in damages to the family of a mentally disabled man who was fatally shot inside a Costco in Corona by an off-duty Los Angeles police officer.
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— The United States has issued its first passport with an “X” gender designation — a milestone in the recognition of the rights of people who don’t identify as male or female — and expects to be able to offer the option more broadly next year, the State Department said.
— More and more Italian towns and villages eager to attract new residents are putting up homes for sale for as little as 1 euro, a trend that has spread since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
— The general who led the military coup in Sudan earlier this week has vowed to steer the country toward democracy and an elected government. But Abdel-Fattah Burhan has powerful allies and a history of broken promises, critics say.
— Sunao Tsuboi, a survivor of the Hiroshima atomic bombing, has died. Tsuboi made opposing nuclear weapons the message of his life, including in a 2016 meeting with President Obama.
HOLLYWOOD AND THE ARTS
— TV critic Robert Lloyd explains why “Star Trek” is the greatest sci-fi franchise of all. Taken as a whole over time, it has remained remarkably true to a vision: Peace is better than war; violence is dramatically less interesting than discussion; difference is not merely respected but portrayed as a positive good.
— Will the real Buzz Lightyear please stand up? Chris Evans stars in Pixar’s new teaser for “Lightyear,” a prequel to the popular “Toy Story” films.
— “Squid Game” creator Hwang Dong-hyuk formed a slam dunk of a response to LeBron James after the Lakers superstar said he didn’t like the season finale of the Netflix series. It begins: “Have you seen ‘Space Jam 2’?”
— Mort Sahl, who revolutionized stand-up comedy in the mid-1950s with his insightful political and social satire, died Tuesday at the age of 94.
— Silicon Valley has a powerful new adversary: its own workforce. Recent episodes at Facebook and Netflix have seen tech workers taking problems with their employers outside the building — to the media, to the streets and to Capitol Hill — in ways that were rare just a few years ago.
— Massive oil company Exxon Mobil is targeting Serge Dedina, mayor of Imperial Beach in San Diego County, and other California municipal officials who have sued oil companies over the consequences of global warming. Exxon Mobil is demanding depositions and documents, part of a long campaign by the fossil fuel industry to harass and intimidate its critics, writes columnist Michael Hiltzik.
— Career minor leaguer José Siri helped spark the Astros as Houston beat the Atlanta Braves 7-2, evening the World Series at one game apiece.
— Will Trevor Bauer pitch again for the Dodgers? Andrew Friedman, president of baseball operations, has no answer for now.
— The Chargers signed Andre Roberts last week to be their kickoff and punt returner. Entering Week 8, the Chargers rank last in the NFL with a 16.5-yard average on kickoff returns and 26th with a 6.8-yard average on punt returns. Roberts, released last week by Houston, was a Pro Bowl pick each of the last three years and also an All-Pro in 2018.
— With 100 days left until the start of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, Norway is favored to finish atop the medals table with the U.S. trailing in fourth place.
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— Dave Chapelle is a victim only of his own poor judgment, writes columnist LZ Granderson.
— Will Congress expose Big Oil like it did Big Tobacco in the ’90s? The outcome of a congressional investigation will be one indication of whether the fossil fuel industry’s lobbying-fueled stranglehold can be loosened in time to meaningfully confront the climate crisis.
— In the face of supply chain disruptions, California business groups are offering their, um, solution: Roll back state labor protections and slash environmental protections. Bad idea.
ONLY IN L.A.
Malibu has long been a weekend destination for auto and motorcycle enthusiasts. But a beachfront brouhaha over car enthusiast gatherings has emerged, pitting owners of expensive automobiles against landlords of expensive property in a collision of upper-class ego and entitlement. The fight involves some of the biggest names in the California car scene, including Jay Leno and Jerry Seinfeld.
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