Police officer who died from injuries after pro-Trump riot lies in honor at U.S. Capitol

Slain Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick lay in honor Tuesday night in the U.S. Capitol, allowing his colleagues and the lawmakers he protected to pay their respects and to remember the violent attack on Congress that took his life. Sicknick died after defending the Capitol on Jan. 6 against the mob that stormed the building and interrupted the electoral count after then-President Donald Trump urged supporters on the National Mall to “fight like hell” to overturn his defeat. The U.S. Capitol Police said in a statement that Sicknick, who died the next day, was injured “while physically engaging with protesters,” though a final cause of death has not yet been determined. President Joe Biden traveled to the Capitol to pay tribute to Sicknick shortly after the ceremony began Tuesday night, briefly placing his hand on the urn in the center of the Capitol Rotunda, saying a prayer and sadly shaking his head as he observed a memorial wreath nearby. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and a handful of other congressional leaders also paid their respects. The arrival of Sicknick’s remains at…

Authorities pursue vehicle on 101 Freeway in Hollywood

Authorities are chasing vehicle across the 110 Freeway Tuesday evening, from South Los Angeles to San Pedro and back into Hollywood. Sky5 is overhead. Around 7:04 p.m., the Los Angeles Police Department started chasing a driver suspected of having a weapon, according to LAPD spokesperson Rosario Cervantes. Sky5 was overhead around 7:30 p.m. as the silver sedan moved through Crenshaw Boulevard and 39th Street. The car drove through a red light, making a left at an intersection in the Hyde Park neighborhood. As of 7:40 p.m. the car was going eastbound on Slauson Avenue, moving through a residential area as at least three police vehicles followed close behind. The driver was moving erratically through several intersections, nearly crashing into at least one vehicle. The vehicle then got onto the southbound 110 Freeway at 7:46 p.m., slowing down, with at least six police cars following close behind and a helicopter unit overhead. The car continued slowly down the freeway for miles, making its way into San Pedro. At times it appeared to only be driving no more than 10 mph. When the pursuit vehicle reached the…

3 injured after explosion at Valencia industrial park sparks small brush fire: LACoFD

An explosion at an industrial park in Valencia sparked a brush fire and sent at least three people to the hospital Tuesday afternoon, officials said. The incident was initially believed to have occurred at a movie set, but officials later described it as an industrial accident involving a private business. Crews responded to initial reports of a possible explosion on the 25100 block of Rye Canyon Loop just before 4:45 p.m., according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Firefighters arrived at the scene just before 5 p.m. and reported a quarter-acre brush fire creeping uphill, officials said. Crews managed to stop the forward progress of the blaze, dubbed the Rye Fire due to its proximity to Rye Canyon Loop, around 5:20 p.m. after it grew to an acre, the Fire Department said in a tweet. Fire officials reported that three people with “critical burns” were transported to a local hospital. Aerial video from Sky5 showed the blaze occurred near a storage site. Officials later said the incident was an accident involving a private business within the Southern California Innovation Park, and not a movie…

Golden Globes nominations to be announced Wednesday, with show set for Feb. 28

Whether anyone will be attending the Golden Globes in person remains uncertain and improbable. But nominations to the 78th Globes will be announced Wednesday, nevertheless. Hollywood’s strange and largely virtual awards season lacks the usual kind of buzz and red-carpet glamour that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association annually feasts on. More than perhaps any other award show, the Globes depend on a cavalcade of stars — something that won’t materialize when the awards are handed out Feb. 28 in a ceremony hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. On Tuesday, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association said the Globes — typically a bubbly dinner gathering with flowing drinks — will be held bi-coastally for the first time. Fey will host live from New York’s Rainbow Room and Poehler will host from the awards’ normal home, the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. It’s expected that nominees will be appear from locations around the world. Nominations will be announced virtually at 8:35 a.m. ET Wednesday by presenters Sarah Jessica Parker and Taraji P. Henson. They will reveal 12 categories on NBC’s “Today” show, with full nominees announced live…

Riverside County Reports 80 New COVID-19 Deaths, Ventura Adds 11

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Riverside and Ventura counties both reported additional deaths attributed to the novel coronavirus Tuesday. People arrive Feb. 2 for their COVID-19 vaccine at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana. (Photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty) Riverside County health officials reported 1,059 newly confirmed cases and 80 additional fatalities since Friday, bringing countywide totals to 276,931 cases and 3,251 deaths. Of those who contracted the illness, 218,650 had recovered. There were a reported 954 coronavirus patients hospitalized Tuesday, 254 of whom were being treated in intensive care units — both decreases from Monday. San Bernardino County, which held a one-time COVID-19 vaccine clinic at the Fontana Auto Club Speedway Tuesday, did not report new COVID-19 data. As of Monday, the county had a total of 275,076 total cases and 1,856 deaths. Of those who had contracted the illness, 265,975 had recovered. There were 1,036 COVID-19 patients hospitalized as of Sunday, 256 of whom were being treated in intensive care units. Ventura County health officials reported 413 newly confirmed cases and 11 additional fatalities since Friday, bringing the countywide total to 71,212…

SpaceX Mars rocket prototype explodes on landing

Starship SN9, SpaceX’s early prototype for a rocket the company hopes will carry the first humans to Mars, launched a high-altitude test flight Tuesday that saw the vehicle travel a few miles up in the air, hover for a moment, and then conduct a belly flop-like maneuver on descent before making an explosive landing back on the launch pad. The rocket’s three engines ignited, turned off, and then re-ignited for the landing as planned, however the rocket burst into a fireball when it returned to the launch pad. It was not immediately clear what went wrong. Live feed of Starship SN9 flight test → https://t.co/Hs5C53qBxb https://t.co/ioM0D5J91I — SpaceX (@SpaceX) February 2, 2021 SpaceX engineer John Insprucker said on the company’s livestream of the event that much of the test flight “looked to be very good,” and engineers were able to gather data to help improve the Starship design throughout the flight, which reached about 10 km, or six miles, high. “We demonstrated the ability to transition the engines to the landing propellant tanks, the subsonic reentry looked very good and stable,” Insprucker said. “We’ve just…

Hospitalizations Trending Down in Riverside County

Hospitals in Riverside County continue to contend with a shortage of intensive care unit beds, in part because of the coronavirus pandemic, but total capacity in medical facilities countywide is improving daily, Emergency Management Director Bruce Barton told the Board of Supervisors Tuesday. “We’re now down to 76% of licensed hospital beds occupied, compared to 92% in the second week of January,” Barton said. “But our ICU capacity is still 114%, so clearly we’re seeing a lot of ill people in our hospitals.” The trend line has been on a downward path since Jan. 10, when a peak of 1,675 COVID-19 patients were hospitalized in the county. The number is just under 1,000 currently, according to the Riverside University Health System. “Our COVID subset is coming down in the ICU,” Barton told the board. “There are other folks who are ill, so the surge treatment (plan) is continuing.” The surge adjustments began in December, when medical facilities resorted to opening previously closed or unused rooms to expand critical care space. At the Riverside University Medical Center in Moreno Valley, storage rooms were converted to treatment…

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