Historic wildfires rage across Pacific Northwest: Smoke reaches as far as New Mexico; Washington town devastated

Historic wildfires rage across Pacific Northwest: Smoke reaches as far as New Mexico; Washington...

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FRESNO, Calif. – Helicopter rescues were underway near Fresno and California's largest utility cut off power to more than 170,000 customers Tuesday as intense heat, dry conditions and high winds fueled historic wildfires across the Pacific Northwest.Almost 1,000 fires have raged in California since Aug. 15, many sparked by lightning strikes. The state already has set a…
2 Los Angeles sheriff’s deputies shot near Metro station; suspect at large

2 Los Angeles sheriff’s deputies shot near Metro station; suspect at large

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CLOSELOS ANGELES — Two Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies were transported to the hospital late Saturday after being shot in Compton, authorities said.The deputies, one male and one female, sustained multiple gunshot wounds and are in critical condition after being ambushed as they sat in their patrol vehicle, the department said on Twitter. Both are currently undergoing surgery, officials say.The Sheriff’s Department…
Jerry Harris from ‘Cheer’ charged with producing child pornography

Jerry Harris from ‘Cheer’ charged with producing child pornography

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CLOSE The FBI is investigating reports made to police in Texas and Florida by two 14-year-old boys who claim Netflix "Cheer" star Jerry Harris solicited sexually explicit photos and sex. USA TODAYCelebrity cheerleader Jerry Harris has been arrested by the FBI and charged with producing child pornography for "allegedly enticing an underage boy to produce sexually explicit videos…
Pfizer reports ‘potential’ with COVID-19 candidate vaccine after expanding trial to 44,000 people

Pfizer reports ‘potential’ with COVID-19 candidate vaccine after expanding trial to 44,000 people

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CLOSE It takes a lot of people to develop a COVID-19 vaccine. Volunteers may be one of the most important. WochitPfizer, one of the frontrunners in the quest for a COVID-19 vaccine, said its candidate vaccine is looking safe, and the company expects to have data next month on how well it is protecting people…
‘Global, sudden, violent’: Travel industry clobbered by coronavirus pandemic, struggles to rebound

‘Global, sudden, violent’: Travel industry clobbered by coronavirus pandemic, struggles to rebound

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Thousands of airline workers to lose jobs because of drop in travel caused by coronavirusMany U.S. airlines are overstaffed due to reduced flying schedules and low demand for air travel amid the coronavirus pandemic.USA TODAYMarriott CEO Arne Sorenson described the sudden loss of hotel guests as "breathtaking in its decline.'' Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly said the…
In the spotlight for sex abuse claims, San Jose State University now accused of cover-ups and retaliation

In the spotlight for sex abuse claims, San Jose State University now accused of...

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CLOSESan Jose State University (Photo: San Jose State University)Top San Jose State University officials, including the athletic director and president, engaged in a pattern of covering up misconduct by staff and students and retaliating against those who’ve reported it, according to a tort claim notice filed with the California State University System by the school’s former…
Borders can’t contain climate change: California’s crisis is a world management issue

Borders can’t contain climate change: California’s crisis is a world management issue

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OPINIONDavid Callaway, Opinion contributor Published 5:30 a.m. ET Sept. 17, 2020 | Updated 9:35 a.m. ET Sept. 17, 2020CLOSE Wildfires in California and other western states are getting worse every year, but is climate change all to blame? We explain. USA TODAYThis week California. Next week the Gulf Coast. Next month Australia. Around the world,…
Americans are buying, building, converting backyard sheds into home offices

Americans are buying, building, converting backyard sheds into home offices

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CLOSE If you're working from home, here are some tips to stay productive and ensure your home office is optimized for working remotely. USA TODAYRobin Salcido and her husband have been sharing a small home office since March as America eased into the remote work era.She’s an artist. He’s an engineer. But as the months ticked…
Democrats block Republicans’ $300B coronavirus stimulus package in Senate vote

Democrats block Republicans’ $300B coronavirus stimulus package in Senate vote

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CLOSE COVID-19 widespread testing is crucial to fighting the pandemic, but is there enough testing? The answer is in the positivity rates. USA TODAYWASHINGTON – Senate Democrats blocked a $300 billion COVID-19 stimulus bill Thursday, dampening the prospects Congress will pass much-needed financial relief for Americans weathering the coronavirus pandemic ahead of the November electionThe bill was…
A week before Trump’s order protecting meat plants, industry sent draft language to feds

A week before Trump’s order protecting meat plants, industry sent draft language to feds

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CLOSE President Donald Trump has declared that meatpacking plants are "critical infrastructure" in order to keep them open during coronavirus. WochitEven as thousands of their employees fell ill with COVID-19, meatpacking executives pressured federal regulators to help keep their plants open, according to a trove of emails obtained by USA TODAY.The emails show how a…