Coronavirus: Another metric shows COVID-19 worsening in California

California’s rate of positive tests for COVID-19 climbed to more than 8% over the weekend — one of the state’s own metrics for determining whether transmission of the virus is rising — before falling back to 7.7% with Monday’s results. Another 9,399 Californians tested positive for the virus Monday, a steep drop off from the previous Monday, which included up to three days worth of results from the Independence Day weekend. That resulted in the seven-day average falling to 8,693 cases per day around the state, down from 9,727 the previous day, which included the inflated data from the previous weekend. That number, however, is still 23% higher than a week ago. The new cases Monday rank as the fifth most reported on any single day of the outbreak, but they also came with a record 137,766 test results. The average number of daily deaths this week was at 92 after another 48 fatalities were reported around the state Monday, led by 13 in Los Angeles and Riverside counties. The World Health Organization recommends a test-positivity rate below 5% for 14 days before reopening. In…

Demand for robot cooks rises as kitchens combat COVID-19

By DEE-ANN DURBIN and TERENCE CHEA HAYWARD, California (AP) — Robots that can cook – from flipping burgers to baking bread – are in growing demand as virus-wary kitchens try to put some distance between workers and customers. Starting this fall, the White Castle burger chain will test a robot arm that can cook french fries and other foods. The robot, dubbed Flippy, is made by Pasadena, California-based Miso Robotics. White Castle and Miso have been discussing a partnership for about a year. Those talks accelerated when COVID-19 struck, said White Castle Vice President Jamie Richardson. Richardson said the robot can free up employees for other tasks like disinfecting tables or handling the rising number of delivery orders. A touch-free environment that minimizes contact is also increasingly important to customers, he said. “The world’s just reshaped in terms of thoughts around food safety,” Richardson said. Flippy currently costs $30,000, with a $1,500 monthly service fee. By the middle of next year, Miso hopes to offer the robot for free but charge a higher monthly fee. Robot food service was a trend even before the coronavirus…

Coronavirus: California DMV extends expiring licenses to drivers over 70

Many drivers in California who are 70 years or older will get an automatic one-year extension on their driver’s licenses in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Motor Vehicles announced Monday. Those who have a noncommercial license that expires from March 1 to Dec. 31 of this year will get the extension. This is being done to delay in-person visits to the DMV offices, which are required for that age group for license renewals. Seniors are more susceptible to serious complications from getting the coronavirus. The DMV has taken steps to curb the virus, requiring customers to wear face coverings and providing them too its employees. But a glimpse at Fullerton’s DMV office on Monday showed the potential problem – long lines, albeit with customers spaced apart, reached into the parking lot on a day with temperatures in the mid-80s. And the DMV has struggled to fill backlogged appointments, meant to severely cut down on wait times, and issue new ones. Previously, the DMV had issued 120-day extensions to these drivers whose licenses expired March through July to avoid physical office visits out…

Raiders’ Trent Brown: Pro Bowl right tackle says he’s serious about lifting weights for the first time

Raiders right tackle Trent Brown was temporarily the NFL’s highest-paid lineman, a mountain of a man who could move mountains. And he reached that status (Brown is now the fourth highest paid lineman) without being serious about lifting weights. That was one of the revelations from Brown during a 45-minute interview posted Monday by Bleacher Report’s Adam Lefkoe — all while Brown was having his hair cut by his personal barber. New episode alert! Trent Brown — with one of the CLEANEST Twitter handles in the game @trent — chats with @AdamLefkoe about Gruden, the Raiders (his SB guarantee is not to be missed), and his experience with … gymnastics?!? https://t.co/0to31jJ1Oz pic.twitter.com/S1glCUNg7v — The Lefkoe Show (@LefkoeShow) July 13, 2020 “I wasn’t really big on lifting weights until this offseason,” Brown said. “I’m as strong as I’ve ever been right now . . . last year I dealt with a lot of small, nagging injuries. I ended the season on (injured reserve). I’ve been trying to focus on strengthening the small muscles. Me and my trainer have been going at it since the end of…

Horoscopes July 14, 2020: Jackie Earle Haley, live in the moment.

CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DAY: Scott Porter, 41; Matthew Fox, 54; Jackie Earle Haley, 59; Jane Lynch, 60. Jane Lynch (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP) Happy Birthday: Live in the moment, experience life and embrace changes that can make your environment better. Be part of the solution, and offer innovative ideas. Step up, be a leader and create what makes you happy. Push anger aside in order to do what’s necessary, and you’ll discover the joy of giving back and making new friends. Your numbers are 7, 11, 16, 25, 31, 36, 47. ARIES (March 21-April 19): You’ll become out of sorts if you don’t like what you see. Before you say something you may regret, consider how best to handle a situation that can affect a meaningful relationship. You’ll achieve more if you act with mindfulness. 3 stars  TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Follow through with your plan. Educate yourself regarding rules and regulations to avoid setbacks. If something goes wrong, speak up, share thoughts and find out what the experts think. Patience and intelligence will outmaneuver anger and upset. 3 stars  GEMINI (May 21-June 20):…

Doctor Warns Focus On COVID-19 Causing ‘Disruption’ In Cancer Screenings, Treatments: ‘Resources, Attention Has Been Diverted Away’

(CBS Local)– The spread of COVID-19 has created many scary situations for people with pre-existing conditions. There is a lot of fear and anxiety these days for cancer patients who need leave the house to get treatment or people who are trying to schedule cancer screenings. Dr. Pat Basu is the President and CEO of the Cancer Treatment Centers of America and he says COVID-19 has had a major impact on cancer patients and cancer treatment across the country. “These are unsettling times for all of us, but particularly in the world of cancer it presents some unique challenges,” said Dr. Basu in an interview with CBS Local’s DJ Sixsmith. “First of all, I have the privilege of meeting and talking to many cancer patients as a part of my job and they are just an amazing group of individuals. It’s definitely been challenging to speak to so many patients during this covid pandemic because they just have a lot of questions. I feel privileged to try and answer a lot of their questions. They are in many cases trying to sift through the noise of…

LA Archdiocese Halts Indoor Masses In Response To Governor’s Order

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – The Archdiocese of Los Angeles Monday night announced that it has again halted indoor masses after California’s governor ordered all houses of worship to close indoor operations because of the surge of coronavirus cases. FILE — A sign hangs outside Holy Family Catholic Church on April 12, 2020, in South Pasadena, Calif. (Getty Images) The L.A. Archdiocese – which includes close to 300 parishes across L.A., Ventura and Santa Barbara counties – reported that it was discontinuing all indoor masses and other services immediately. Outdoor masses and liturgical services, confessions, first communions, confirmations, funerals and weddings may continue to be held outdoors on parish grounds, however. All worshippers must wear face coverings and practice social distancing. “This is also a good time to remind all of our parishioners that the risk of coronavirus is real, and it is dangerous,” the archdiocese said. “While these orders are discouraging and disappointing, this is the time to pray for one another, trust in Jesus, and focus on the care and love he has for each one of us.” The L.A. Archdiocese first shut down…

Grant Imahara, Host Of ‘Mythbusters’ And ‘White Rabbit Project,’ Dies At 49

LOS ANGELES (CNN) — Grant Imahara, host of Discovery Channel’s “MythBusters” and Netflix’s “White Rabbit Project,” has died, according to a statement from the Discovery Channel. He was 49 years old. The host was known in Hollywood for his work in electronics and animatronics. “We are heartbroken to hear this sad news about Grant. He was an important part of our Discovery family and a really wonderful man. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family,” a statement from Discovery sent to CNN said. Discovery Channel confirmed Imahara died of a brain aneurysm. Former “MythBusters” co-host Adam Savage said on Twitter, “I’m at a loss. No words. I’ve been part of two big families with Grant Imahara over the last 22 years. Grant was a truly brilliant engineer, artist and performer, but also just such a generous, easygoing, and gentle PERSON. Working with Grant was so much fun. I’ll miss my friend.” The-CNN-Wire & © 2020 Cable News Network, Inc., a WarnerMedia Company. All rights reserved.

Pedestrian Hit by Vehicle and Killed on Harbor Freeway Near Downtown L.A.

Share this article:A pedestrian was hit by a vehicle and killed on the northbound Harbor (110) Freeway near downtown Los Angeles, authorities said Tuesday. The man died at the scene of his injury about 9:30 p.m. Monday in the No. 1 lane of the freeway near Third Street, according to the California Highway Patrol. The man’s identity was not known, the CHP reported. The motorist called authorities and was not arrested, the CHP reported. The circumstances of the death were under investigation. Anyone with information on the case was urged to call the CHP Central Area office at 213-744-2331. Pedestrian Hit by Vehicle and Killed on Harbor Freeway Near Downtown L.A. was last modified: July 14th, 2020 by Contributing Editor

Police Detain Arson Suspect after Multi-Alarm Fire in Downtown L.A.

Share this article:Firefighters battle the blaze in downtown Los Angeles. Courtesy OnScene.TV Fire damaged businesses in a one-story commercial building in downtown Los Angeles Tuesday morning and a potential arson suspect was being questioned by authorities. Firefighters were called to 803 W. Cesar E. Chavez Avenue, near Grand Avenue, about 4 a.m. and found fire coming from the building, according to Margaret Stewart of the Los Angeles Fire Department. The fire was declared a greater alarm structure fire about 4:30 a.m. as fire spread into several businesses through the roof in one section of the building, Stewart said. A total of 83 firefighters worked to extinguish the flames and a knockdown was called at 4:48 a.m., she said. A potential suspect was detained by Los Angeles police and being questioned by fire department arson investigators, Stewart said. No injuries were reported. Police Detain Arson Suspect after Multi-Alarm Fire in Downtown L.A. was last modified: July 14th, 2020 by Contributing Editor

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