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Off-road crash kills two Apple Valley residents

APPLE VALLEY — Two town residents were killed over the weekend in a single-vehicle, off-road crash that ejected one passenger and trapped two others, authorities said.San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Coroner’s Division officials said Tandy Patnode, 39, and Eric Aranda, 30, were both pronounced dead at the scene of the crash — near Central Road — on Saturday afternoon by medical personnel.Officials said Apple Valley […]

Human-to-Human Transmission Confirmed in Outbreak That Prompted Screenings at LAX, 2 Other U.S. Airports

The head of a Chinese government expert team said Monday that human-to-human transmission has been confirmed in an outbreak of a new coronavirus, a development that raises the possibility that it could spread more quickly and widely. Team leader Zhong Nanshan, a respiratory expert, said two people in Guangdong province in southern China caught the virus from family members, state media said. Some medical workers have also tested positive for the virus, the English-language China Daily newspaper reported. The late-night announcement capped a day in which authorities announced a sharp uptick in the number of confirmed cases to more than 200, and China’s leader called on the government to take every possible step to combat the outbreak. “The recent outbreak of novel coronavirus pneumonia in Wuhan and other places must be taken seriously,” President Xi Jinping said in his first public statement on the crisis. “Party committees, governments and relevant departments at all levels should put people’s lives and health first.” Xi’s remarks were reported by state broadcaster CCTV on its main 7 p.m. evening news broadcast. In Geneva, the World Health Organization announced it…

Alleged DUI Driver Was Going 100 MPH Before Irwindale Crash That Injured 2, Including Baby: Police, Witnesses

A suspected DUI driver has been arrested after an apparent high-speed crash in Irwindale injured two people, including an infant, police said Monday. The multivehicle collision occurred on eastbound Live Oak Avenue at the on-ramp of the southbound 605 Freeway around 8:40 p.m. Sunday, according to an Irwindale Police Department news release. Responding officers found three vehicles had been involved in the crash; one of the cars had overturned. An infant and one other person suffered minor injuries in the collision and were transported to local hospitals, according to police.   MEDIA RELEASE ~ A multi-vehicle traffic collision at about 8:40 pm last night resulted in injuries, including an infant child, and the arrest of a DUI driver. The collision occurred on Eastbound Live Oak Avenue and the 605 Freeway. For details, go to: https://t.co/G34rR6TVpU pic.twitter.com/qCkEPh4ENQ — Irwindale Police Department (@IrwindalePolice) January 20, 2020 During the investigation, police determined that one of the drivers — 28-year-old Eric Vargas of Baldwin Park — was under the influence of alcohol, the release stated. Witnesses also reported that his vehicle was traveling above 100 mph right before the…

Climate Refugees Cannot Be Sent Back Home, U.N. Rules in Landmark Decision

Refugees fleeing the effects of the climate crisis cannot be forced to return home by their adoptive countries, a United Nations panel has ruled, in a landmark decision that could open the door to a flood of legal claims by displaced people around the world. The UN’s Human Rights Committee was making a judgment on the case of Ioane Teitiota, who applied for protection from New Zealand after claiming his life was at risk in his home country of Kiribati. The Pacific island is at risk of becoming the first country to disappear under rising sea levels. The committee ruled against Teitiota on the basis that his life was not at imminent risk — but it also outlined that countries could violate people’s international rights if they force them back to countries where climate change poses an immediate threat. “Without robust national and international efforts, the effects of climate change in receiving states may expose individuals to a violation of their rights,” its ruling said. It’s unlikely the ruling will have an immediate impact on citizens of other countries, given that even Kiribati’s dire situation did not meet the threshold for…

Thousands Rally for Gun Rights in Virginia’s Capital

Thousands of gun-rights activists from around the country rallied peacefully at the Virginia Capitol on Monday, protesting plans by the state’s Democratic leadership to pass gun-control legislation that have become a key flash point in the national debate over gun violence. The size of the rally and the expected participation of white supremacists and fringe militia groups raised fears that the state could see a repeat of the violence that exploded in 2017 in Charlottesville. But the rally concluded uneventfully around noon, and the mood was largely festive as attendees — many carrying military-style rifles — spilled into the streets, chanting “USA!” and waving signs denouncing Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam. “I love this. This is like the Super Bowl for the Second Amendment right here,” said P.J. Hudson, a truck driver from Richmond who carried an AR-15 rifle just outside Capitol Square. He was one of the few African-American rally goers in the crowd that was overwhelmingly white and male, and frequently was stopped and asked to pose for pictures wearing his “Black Guns Matter” sweatshirt. Authorities said that as of 1:40 p.m., there had…

Trump’s lawyers urge the Senate to reject Trump’s impeachment

By Zeke Miller, Eric Tucker and Lisa Mascaro | Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s legal team asserted Monday that he did “absolutely nothing wrong,” urging the Senate to swiftly reject an impeachment case that it called “flimsy” and a “dangerous perversion of the Constitution.” The lawyers decried the impeachment process as rigged and insisted that abuse of power was not a crime. The brief from Trump’s lawyers, filed before arguments expected this week in the Senate impeachment trial, offered the most detailed glimpse of the lines of defense they intend to use against Democratic efforts to convict the president and oust him from office over his dealings with Ukraine. It is meant as a counter to a filing two days ago from House Democrats that summarized weeks of testimony from more than a dozen witnesses in laying out the impeachment case. The 110-page filing from the White House shifted the tone toward a more legal response. It still hinged on Trump’s assertion he did nothing wrong and did not commit a crime — even though impeachment does not depend on a material violation…

Hiltzik: RIP Gary Starkweather, whose laser printer made Xerox billions

One of the enduring myths about Xerox PARC, the legendary Palo Alto Research Center that invented the personal computer and other seminal technologies, was that Xerox never made any money from its incredible roster of innovations. That’s wrong. Xerox made billions from one PARC product alone: the laser printer invented by Gary Starkweather, whose Dec. 26 death at 81 has been reported this week. “The laser printer is arguably the greatest invention made in a Xerox research center,” Xerox’s chief technology officer, Steve Hoover, said in 2017 in marking the 40th anniversary of the introduction of the company’s 9700 printer, the first product based on Starkweather’s technology. Starkweather himself was a relatively unassuming individual compared with the high-powered young engineers and computer scientists that Xerox assembled in Palo Alto in 1971 with instructions to map the path to “the office of the future.” “Gary was one of those people who flew under the radar,” says Doug Fairbairn, a former PARC member now at the Computer History Museum. “He never got a lot of publicity or credit for what he did.” That said, he was inducted…

Laurie Anderson in SF: From jazz to avant garde to Ming dynasty

Much earlier in her career, when she was collaborating with William S. Burroughs, vocalist, violinist, keyboardist and performance artist/ringleader Laurie Anderson created a hypnotic piece around the Beat writer’s assertion that “language is a virus from outer space.” Much like Burroughs, she’s always seemed like a sardonic visitor from another planet, sent here to observe the strange and quirky folkways of the natives. Her stint as a resident artistic director at the SFJazz Center has provided a welcome forum for expanding her musical investigations, and Anderson opens her new four-night run Jan. 23 with bass master Christian McBride and Albanian-born cellist Rubin Kodheli, a close Anderson confederate. She performs in a duo with Kodheli on Jan. 24, and Jan. 25 joins forces with Mr. Bungle and Faith No More vocalist Mike Patton for a concert exploring text from Qi Jiguang’s Ming dynasty military manual “Jixiao Xinshu.” She closes the run Jan. 26 with a solo performance. For Anderson, an artist who’s organized huge multimedia events, the residency format has turned into a productive route to hone new collaborations and reignite existing relationships. “It’s pretty intimidating but…

Migrants ford river between Guatemala, Mexico

By Maria Verza and Sonia Perez D. | Associated Press CIUDAD HIDALGO, Mexico — Hundreds of Central American migrants began wading across the Suchiate River into southern Mexico Monday in a new test of U.S. President Donald Trump’s Central America strategy to keep them away from the U.S. border. The migrants moved off the border bridge and toward the river after Mexican officials told them they would not be granted passage through the country. Amid shouts and even some fireworks they began wading across the shallow river. On the Mexican side, migrants ran from side to side along the river bank, kicking up dust and looking for an opening in the ranks of National Guard troops sent to meet them. Guardsmen scrambled too, trying to head off groups and detaining people where they could. There was pushing and shoving. Some guardsmen carried plastic riot shields hit with rocks tossed by migrants and they occasionally zipped a rock back into the crowd. Others jogged to get into position with long staffs. Still others carried assault rifles. Many of migrants moved back to the river’s edge and…

Harry ends feud with William but not with his father, report says

With Prince Harry’s exit from the inner royal circle and his expected move to Canada with his wife Meghan Markle, he and his big brother Prince William realized it was “now or never” to end their two-year-long feud, The Sun is reporting.  As Harry met last week with William, Prince Charles and Queen Elizabeth II to negotiate the terms for his new non-royal future, he and his older brother also held “secret talks” to repair their relationship and renew their bond, The Sun reported. Meghan and Kate Middleton also joined in some of the brothers’ discussions, The Sun added. Prince Charles, Prince William, and Prince Harry attend a ceremony to mark the centenary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge on April 9, 2017 in Vimy France. (Photo by ArthurEdwards – Pool/Getty Images)  But as much as Harry and William made progress in healing their relationship, Harry is still at odds with his father, sources told The Sun. The sources didn’t specify what issues Harry has with his father. “It’s fair to say that the past week has brought William and Harry back together but the relationship…

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