Here’s an excerpt from the Los Angeles Times, Aug. 21, 2011:
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — They fled South Lake Tahoe a week ago in a torrent as the Caldor fire rained ash onto an hourslong traffic jam and evacuees start-and-stopped their way to safety across the Nevada state line.
The fast-spreading delta variant has flooded hospitals across the South. It’s killed more people in Florida and Louisiana than the darkest days of the pandemic winter, and left so many COVID-19 patients gasping for breath that some places face shortages of medical oxygen.
LOS ANGELES – A coronavirus variant recently determined to be a “variant of interest” has been detected in 167 people over the summer in Los Angeles County, officials said.
ATLANTA – It’s an unusual Labor Day. Workers are in demand but relatively scarce, enticed by incentives but scared of infection, constrained by childcare needs, while attracted by a more elastic workplace.
When Eric Grunor contracted COVID-19 in January, he became so ill that he struggled to get off the couch. One night, he awoke at 3 a.m., winded, barely able to talk and so fatigued he could hardly lift his head.
For millions of Americans, the Labor Day weekend brings the end of federally funded emergency unemployment benefits and a lurch into the uncertain economic recovery.
DALLAS – Last week, as Texas enacted the most restrictive abortion law in the nation, some saw it as leading to an inevitable showdown over the landmark Roe vs. Wade decision that enshrined abortion rights into federal law. And as the state grapples with Senate Bill 8’s new restrictions, fai…
WASHINGTON — The largest population declines in California were below Los Angeles and near the Oregon border, but the shifts could mean changes in congressional districts in between, according to census data released Thursday.
The Department of Veterans Affairs became the first federal agency to mandate coronavirus vaccination for employees Monday when its leaders gave heath care workers eight weeks to get inoculated.
Moderna Inc. said it would expand an ongoing trial of its coronavirus vaccine in children under 12 years old to gather more safety data amid worries that messenger RNA shots may trigger rare heart side effects.
The U.S. has decided not to lift existing travel restrictions “at this point” because of the alarming surge of new COVID-19 cases nationwide and spread of the highly contagious delta variant, a White House official reportedly confirmed Monday.
WASHINGTON – Senate infrastructure talks suffered a setback Monday after Republicans rejected an offer meant to address all outstanding issues from the White House and Democrats, calling into question goals of passing a $579 billion measure before Congress’s August recess.
SURFSIDE – Miami-Dade County has identified the final known victim of the Surfside condominium collapse, capping more than a month of recovering bodies and remains of the missing from the rubble of the Champlain Towers South complex.
The Dixie fire burning in Butte and Plumas counties mushroomed to more than 100,000 acres Thursday, becoming the second California blaze this year to surpass that acreage milestone.
WASHINGTON – Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday rejected two of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s picks for the Jan. 6 Select Committee: Reps. Jim Banks, R-Ind., and Jim Jordan, R-Ohio.
WASHINGTON – Republican lawmakers united Wednesday to reject a motion to proceed to a $1.2 trillion, eight-year bipartisan infrastructure package, saying they were uncomfortable with voting to begin debate on a bill still being negotiated.
Blue Origin and West Texas made space history Tuesday morning by successfully launching and landing a private rocket ship with an all civilian crew just outside of the tiny town of Van Horn.
PHILADELPHIA – Shrouds of smoke from wildfires in the Pacific Northwest again are congesting the skies over much of the nation – and they are forecast to persist at least well into Wednesday.
LOS ANGELES – Thomas J. Barrack Jr., the chair of former President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee and a prominent Southern California businessman and philanthropist, was arrested Tuesday on federal charges that he and others were part of a years-long effort to shape Trump’s foreign polic…
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government presented a road map to reopening Canada’s borders to non-essential international travel beginning next month.
A diehard supporter of former President Donald Trump who marauded through the Capitol on Jan. 6 was ordered Monday to spend eight months in prison in the first felony sentencing for the attack that shook American democracy.
SURFSIDE – It’s been six days since authorities found the body of Maria Gabriela Camou in the rubble of the Surfside condo collapse, but her family says funeral plans must wait until the search crew finds her husband of 40 years, Miguel Kaufman.
WASHINGTON – The House Appropriations Committee wants to block a Biden administration proposal to reduce spending by nearly half on the U.S. government’s most extensive program for fighting disease outbreaks worldwide.
WASHINGTON – Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer unveiled draft legislation Wednesday that would decriminalize cannabis and expunge federal sentences tied to the drug, which has been legalized in states across the country.
LOS ANGELES – A quarter of young adults in the United States ages 18 to 25, a group most likely to transmit the coronavirus, say they "probably" or "definitely" won't get vaccinated against COVID-19, according to a study released Wednesday.
WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden on Wednesday tried to solidify a fragile coalition of Democrats to make progress on his massive infrastructure proposal that would both rebuild the nation’s roads and enact a broad array of social programs, such as new Medicare benefits, child-care assistance…
U.S. drug overdose deaths soared almost 30% to a record 93,331 in the pandemic year of 2020, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
WASHINGTON – Senate Democrats on the Budget Committee agreed to set a $3.5 trillion top-line spending level for a bill to carry most of President Joe Biden’s economic agenda into law without Republican support.
The coronavirus vaccine blitz unleashed late last year saved 279,000 lives and prevented 1.25 million hospitalizations, according to a new study out of Yale.
Prices paid by U.S. consumers surged in June by the most since 2008, topping all forecasts and testing the Federal Reserve’s commitment to sticking with ultra-easy monetary support for the economy.
SURFSIDE – Search crews working through harsh weather have recovered one more victim from the rubble of Surfside condo collapse, authorities announced Tuesday morning.
Former President Donald Trump sued Facebook Inc., Twitter Inc., Alphabet Inc.’s Google and their chief executives, raising the stakes in his battle against social media giants who have blocked him.
WASHINGTON – The U.S. is investigating a cyberattack against the Republican National Committee believed to have been carried out by Russian hackers, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Wednesday.
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Capitol Police on Tuesday announced that the agency was opening regional field offices in California and Florida to investigate threats to members of Congress in the wake of the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.
WASHINGTON – A bipartisan group of House lawmakers on Tuesday publicly endorsed President Joe Biden’s $579 billion infrastructure deal with a group of Republican and Democratic senators, giving the compromise fresh momentum at the start of a crucial month for the administration’s agenda.
If you are fully vaccinated and sending your kids off to camp or inviting their friends to sleep over, you might almost – almost – feel like the nightmare that was the COVID-19 pandemic is finally in the rearview mirror.
WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden announced new steps Tuesday intended to inoculate additional Americans as the more contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus spreads and his administration labors to persuade holdouts to get shots.
SURFSIDE – The demolition of the rest of the Surfside condo tower that partially collapsed nearly two weeks ago seems to be helping rescue workers uncover more deceased victims in the original rubble, with officials reporting Tuesday that eight more bodies have been found.
MIAMI – South Florida got its first taste of Tropical Storm Elsa on Monday afternoon as the outermost bands began to lash the region with brief, intense bouts of rain likely to last through today.
SURFSIDE – The successful implosion of the Champlain Towers South condo paved the way for rescue workers early Monday to begin scouring a previously inaccessible portion of the building. The demolition provided hope, however slim, that survivors might be hidden in voids in the massive pile o…
MIAMI – Days after dozens of North Miami Beach residents were evacuated from their homes in Crestview Towers, an engineer’s inspection has deemed the building safe again, the condo association’s attorney says.
Before the pandemic, 16-year-old Na’ryen Cayou had everything he needed. He had his own room. A partial scholarship to a boys’ prep school. A spot playing trombone in the marching band, performing in parades all over New Orleans.
CHICAGO – At least 95 people have been shot in Chicago since the beginning of the long Independence Day weekend, including two police officers; a 6-year-old girl and her mother; and a group of six people early Monday in the Washington Park neighborhood.
Richard Donner, the prolific filmmaker responsible for Hollywood classics of the 1970s and ’80s including the original “Superman” and “Lethal Weapon,” has died at the age of 91.
WASHINGTON – The Trump Organization and Chief Financial Officer Allen Weisselberg will be charged today (Thursday), in the first cases to emerge from a multiyear investigation of the former president’s company, people familiar with the matter said.
Donald Rumsfeld, the defense secretary who became the face of U.S. foreign policy under President George W. Bush while the administration’s troop deployments toppled hostile regimes in Afghanistan and Iraq, has died. He was 88.