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Jimmy Kimmel Brutally Roasts QAnon Nuts for March 4th Trump Prophesy

ABCCapitol police are on high alert. Why, you might ask? Well, Trump’s horde of QAnon followers—you know, the ones like Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, who believe Democrats and Hollywood A-listers are engaged in a massive child sex-trafficking ring and harvest the fear of children (a conspiracy theory inspired in part by the Pixar movie Monsters, Inc.)—believe that Trump will re-assume power and be inaugurated for a second term as president on March 4th. As the BBC explained, “The idea stems from the belief among some QAnon followers that the United States turned from a country into a corporation after the passage of the District of Columbia Organic Act of 1871. It’s an odd, unfounded theory drawn from the sovereign citizen movement, an extreme libertarian fringe that opposes federal laws, ...

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Washington State women hold off Utah’s late rally, win 57-48

Washington State’s Krystal Leger-Walker, center, and Charlisse Leger-Walker (5) and Utah guard Niyah Becker (14) reach for a loose ball during an NCAA college basketball game in the first round of the Pac-12 women’s tournament Wednesday, March 3, 2021, in Las Vegas. | Isaac Brekken, Associated PressLAS VEGAS (AP) — Freshman Charlisse Leger-Walker scored 15 points, Bella Murekatete added 13 points and 12 rebounds, and seventh-seeded Washington State beat No. 10 seed Utah 57-48 on Wednesday night in the first round of the Pac-12 Conference tournament. Washington State (12-10) will play No. 2 seed Arizona in a quarterfinal on Thursday. Leger-Walker was just 3 of 16 from the field but made 7 of 8 free throws. Senior Krystal Leger-Walker added 12 points. The sisters each had eight rebounds an...

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Buenos Aires reopens as virus surge forces Sao Paulo to shut

Sao Paulo and Buenos Aires were a tale of two cities this week, with Brazil’s megalopolis partially shutting down and bracing for possibly the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic, while residents of Argentina’s capital were stepping out to movie-theaters and restaurants. The two biggest cities in the South American neighbors are headed in opposite directions, a trend that experts say demonstrates how places that loosen restrictions against the advice of scientists see a spike in the pandemic while those that keep social distancing measures in place can reopen their economies sooner. Sao Paulo, home to almost 12 million people, is facing the worst two weeks yet in the pandemic and the growing risk that its once-resilient health care system will collapse, Gov. João Doria told reporters Wednesday

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California to give 40% of vaccine doses to vulnerable areas

California will begin setting aside 40% of all vaccine doses for the state’s most vulnerable neighborhoods in an effort to inoculate people most at risk from the coronavirus more quickly. That's according to two Newsom administration officials who shared details Wednesday on condition of anonymity. The doses will be spread out among 400 ZIP codes with about 8 million people eligible for shots. Many of the neighborhoods are concentrated in Los Angeles County and the Central Valley. The areas are considered most vulnerable based on factors such as household income, education levels and housing status. Once 2 million vaccine doses are given out in those neighborhoods, the state will make it easier for counties to move through reopening tiers that dictate what businesses can be open. The de...

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Politics

California to give 40% of vaccine doses to vulnerable areas

California will begin setting aside 40% of all vaccine doses for the state’s most vulnerable neighborhoods in an effort to inoculate people most at risk from the coronavirus more quickly. That's according to two Newsom administration officials who shared details Wednesday on condition of anonymity. The doses will be spread out among 400 ZIP codes with about 8 million people eligible for shots. Many of the neighborhoods are concentrated in Los Angeles County and the Central Valley. The areas are considered most vulnerable based on factors such as household income, education levels and housing status. Once 2 million vaccine doses are given out in those neighborhoods, the state will make it easier for counties to move through reopening tiers that dictate what businesses can be open. The de...

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CM Punk to AEW? Ex-WWE legend Paul Wight teases huge Hall of Famer signing for Revolution

Punk is a legit Hall of Fame talent (Photo: WWE)Paul ‘The Big Show’ Wight has teased a massive Hall of Fame-worthy signing making their debut at AEW Revolution this weekend. The towering wrestling legend – a huge name in his own right – made his first appearance with WWE’s rival promotion on AEW Dynamite on Wednesday night, but he promised something special for the company’s next pay-per-view on Sunday (7 March). After hyping up his own arrival and role as a commentator for the upcoming AEW Dark: Elevation, Wight dropped a major bombshell. He said: ‘I have the biggest scoop ever. This Sunday at Revolution, AEW is going to hire, put in-contract, a Hall of Fame worthy talent that is a hug surprise and a huge asset to AEW. But listen, it’s not who you think.’ Social media speculat

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Final few minutes of 75-70 loss to Oregon State a microcosm of Runnin’ Utes’ frustrating season

Utah Utes guard Alfonso Plummer (25) passes the ball during game against Oregon State at the Huntsman Center on the University of Utah campus in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, March 3, 2021. Utah lost 75-70 in the second-to-last regular season game of the year. | Steve Griffin, Deseret NewsReturning to the court for the first time since stunning No. 19 USC 71-61 last week, Utah turns the ball over twice in the final minutes and loses a heartbreaker to the Beavers Thursday’s Utah-Oregon State men’s basketball game was about as close as a contest can get, with seven ties and 19 lead changes. Both teams had the lead for a little more than 17 minutes each. Simply put, one team made all the big plays in the final minute, while the other team didn’t. University of Utah basketball fans who have bee

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The US House passes H.R. 1, a major voting rights and campaign finance reform package

Summary List PlacementThe House passed H.R. 1, Democrats' flagship democracy reform and voting rights legislative package, in a Wednesday night vote. The bill, dubbed the For the People Act, was first introduced and passed by the House, at the beginning of the 116th Congress in 2019, but was not taken up in the Senate.  The law makes major changes requiring more transparency in the US' campaign finance system, sets stricter standards for lobbyists, and includes a slew of measures to increase access to the ballot box, including expansions of voter registration opportunities, mail and early voting, and expanded election security measures.  In 2021, the bill passed largely along party lines by a vote of 220-210 with Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi the sole Democrat to vote against the ...

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Animals add fun, comfort to Southern California online lessons

Riverside Unified School District kindergarten teacher Jessie Bekkedahl records a math lesson for her online classes with her dog Ginger in her Riverside backyard Friday, Feb. 19, 2021. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Ginger waits for her order from Riverside kindergarten teacher Jessie Bekkedahl before eating one of the treats on the table while recording an online class Friday, Feb. 19, 2021. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Sound The gallery will resume inseconds Riverside Unified School District kindergarten teacher Jessie Bekkedahl records a math lesson for her online classes with her dog Ginger at her Riverside home Friday, Feb. 19, 2021. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Riverside Unified School District kin...

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Prep basketball: California return-to-play advocates deliver data to Gov. Newsom

Advocates pushing for the return of indoor youth sports across California delivered data Wednesday to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office in the latest effort to persuade state leaders to give student-athletes in those sports a chance to play. Basketball, volleyball and wrestling are the primary indoor high school sports that have not received a clear pathway to return to competition before the academic year ends. Advocacy leaders are aiming for the same outcome that football coaches achieved in a relentless campaign in January and February to get their student-athletes back on the field. Football and other outdoor contact sports returned in many parts of the state last week. In a letter delivered Wednesday to Newsom’s office and Dr. Mark Ghaly of the California Department of Public Health, Let The

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World

Shaquille O’Neal stretchered out of arena into ambulance: Shaq crashes through table on AEW

Shaq took a huge bump through a table (Photo: AEW)Shaquille O’Neal crashed through a table and was stretchered out of the arena into an ambulance after his AEW Dynamite debut. The NBA legend teamed up with Jade Cargill on Wednesday night’s show against Cody Rhodes and Red Velvet, and while Shaq’s team picked up the win, he wasn’t involved in the ending. Towards the end of a contest which saw Rhodes bodyslam the towering basketball icon, Jade’s plans backfired after she set up a table at ringside only for O’Neal to go crashing through it courtesy of a crossbody from Cody. Following the match, Shaq – who also paid tribute to the late, great Brodie Lee during the bout – was stretchered out and into an ambulance backstage, although there was still more of a twist to the tail. Whe...

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Bulls backcourt puts on a show in win, as first half comes to a close

Zach LaVine finished with 36, while Coby White put in 25, as the Bulls beat the Pelicans heading into the All-Star Break. Now the hope of the front office is that the two can continue causing headaches for the opposition, bringing the franchise back to postseason play. Arturas Karnisovas hopes his patience pays off. The Bulls executive vice president of basketball operations knows that his starting backcourt – Coby White in particular – have some growing to do as a combination, but he’s banking that with Zach LaVine now a first-time All-Star, the duo could be a headache for years to come. New Orleans had to break out the aspirin on Wednesday, as White and LaVine combined for 61 points, and helped the Bulls close out the first half of the season with the 128-124 win at the Smoothie King Cen

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez decries the student loan debt, low incomes, and climate change facing ‘entire generations’ as birth rates continue to fall

Summary List PlacementAmid the country's ongoing birth rate decline, one lawmaker is denouncing the systemic obstacles she believes are contributing to the fall. In a Wednesday tweet, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez responded to a CBS News article on the declining birth rates "crisis" among younger generations. New data from health departments in more than two dozen states suggests the pandemic-driven "baby bust" experts warned of maybe starting to materialize.  But Ocasio-Cortez said the root of the issue goes beyond the lockdowns of the last twelve months. "The actual crisis is how entire generations are sunk w/inhumane levels of student debt, low incomes, high rent, no guarantee of healthcare & little action on climate change," she tweeted. Those hurdles, she said, create "a situat...

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The key to preventing catalytic converter theft is right outside your door: Roadshow

Q: Having had my catalytic converter stolen, I know the feeling people are going through. So why hasn’t the state responded by keeping an eye on recyclers who purchase these converters for their precious metals from thieves? I don’t know of any auto owner who goes to a recycler to sell their used converter. It could stop this problem now. Bruce Krutel,  El Granada Like Mr. Roadshow’s Facebook page for more questions and answers about Bay Area roads, freeways and commuting. A: Not so fast. California and a few other states require scrapyards to check photo IDs before buying used converters. The state also requires businesses to photograph the seller and retain those records for a couple of years. But police told the New York Times that different rules among states make tracking and enforc

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Gorillas at the San Diego Zoo are the first non-humans to be vaccinated against COVID-19

Summary List PlacementSeveral great apes at the San Diego Zoo were given experimental Covid-19 vaccines for animals Wednesday morning, becoming the first known non-human primates to receive a vaccine in the US. Back in January, eight gorillas at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park tested positive for COVID-19. Global Conservation and Wildlife Health Officer Nadine Lamberski told Insider in an interview that the "alarm bells" first went off when the zoo's 49-year-old silverback gorilla named Winston started coughing a few days after finding out one of their wildlife care specialists had Covid-19. "As soon as we knew that an employee was positive, we were on high alert, so just that one or two coughs really sent the alarm bells off, and we immediately started to get the permissions necessary to...

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