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Ontario Ranch passes Irvine Ranch as region’s top new-home project

Audie Murphy Ranch was No. 42 on John Burns Real Estate’s ranking of the top 50 best-selling master-planned communities. (Courtesy: Brookfield Residential)In another sign of the Inland Empire’s emergence as the region’s new-home hub, Ontario Ranch has replaced Irvine Ranch as Southern California’s homebuilding hot spot. Ontario Ranch in Ontario ranked as the region’s top-selling master-planned community — and No. 5 nationally — by John Burns Real Estate. Its 1,292 sales last year, according to Burns, was a 71% jump from 2019 sales of 755 that ranked Ontario Ranch No. 8 in the U.S. The 2020 surge also put the Ontario project above the Irvine Co.’s Irvine Ranch in industry rankings that have scored the Orange County community among the national leaders since the Great Recession ended. By Bur

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The Latest: Biden staffers get to work at White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Joe Biden’s presidential inauguration (all times local): 2:35 p.m. President Joe Biden’s team has started moving into the White House. The building began humming again with activity a few hours after Biden’s inauguration Wednesday as staff for the new president started moving into their offices, unpacking belongings and getting the badges that grant them easy access to the property. New press secretary Jen Psaki tweeted that she was “in the building and ready to get to work.” Psaki has scheduled the new administration’s first White House press briefing for later Wednesday. Biden plans to sign a flurry of executive orders, some overturning actions by former President Donald Trump, once he gets to the Oval Office. The White House had been largely emptied out o

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Photos: Joe Biden sworn in as 46th president of the United States

CLICK HERE if you’re viewing on a mobile device. “Joe Biden became the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday, declaring that ‘democracy has prevailed’ as he took the helm of a deeply divided nation and inherited a confluence of crises arguably greater than any faced by his predecessors,” reports the Associated Press. “Biden’s inauguration came at a time of national tumult and uncertainty, a ceremony of resilience as the hallowed American democratic rite unfurled at a U.S. Capitol battered by an insurrectionist siege just two weeks ago. The chilly Washington morning was dotted with snow flurries, but the sun emerged just before Biden took the oath of office, the quadrennial ceremony persevering even though it was encircled by security forces evocative of a war zone and devoid of...

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Stephen Curry, Steve Kerr tweet about Kamala Harris and Trump

Stephen Curry and Steve Kerr took to Twitter to celebrate President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris’ Inauguration Wednesday morning. And, for Kerr, to commemorate President Donald Trump’s departure. Curry, who has two young daughters, Riley and Ryan, and a son, Canon, posted a picture of Harris being sworn in as the 49th vice president on TV. “Talk about a moment for my kids to see! How y’all doing this morning??? #MadamVicePresidentKamalaHarris #wediditJoe,” the tweet read. Talk about a moment for my kids to see! How y’all doing this morning???? #MadamVicePresidentKamalaHarris #wediditJoe pic.twitter.com/cwBrG3MWps — Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) January 20, 2021 Curry also tweeted his praises for Amanda Gorman, the young poet from Los Angeles who read aloud a stirring po...

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Inauguration Day: No violence, just quiet reflection as Bay Area welcomes Biden-Harris era

There was no violence, no pandemonium, no streets filled with revelry or vengeance. On the day that President Joe Biden pledged to “end this uncivil war” and Vice President Kamala Harris — the daughter of Berkeley — shattered gender and racial barriers, much the Bay Area quietly took in the moment and hoped that a true culture change will follow four years of Donald Trump. “I think today was the first day of coming out of the darkness,” said Amelia Ashley Ward, whose Black community newspaper gave Harris her first endorsement as San Francisco District Attorney in 2003. Like many Americans, Ward watched the inauguration Wednesday morning on television, alone. In the midst of the pandemic, where deaths continue to surge, celebrations for the Democratic administration came mostly in Zoom meet

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Pac-12 football early look: Our projections for the 2021 division races

Seven months from the start of the 2021 season, we’re calling our shot: The South will be the superior, and perhaps even the dominant division next season. Whether or not it produces the eventual Pac-12 champion — and history suggests it will not — the South will produce more good teams, win more head-to-head matchups and collect more bowl bids than the North. Our initial canvassing of 2021 depth charts suggests five teams capable of contending for the South title but only two capable of winning the North. And neither of those favorites looks particularly dominant. Put another way, we expect the conference to be well stocked with top-25 teams but devoid of top-four teams. Let’s plunge into the Hotline’s (early) projections for the conference race. *** North 1. Washington: The Huskies are o

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Real estate: Big north San Jose office complex eyes biotech amid COVID

SAN JOSE — The owners of a big office complex in north San Jose are now actively marketing the project to life sciences companies amid a surge in demand for space by biotech firms and companies in related fields. Assembly at North First, located at a choice San Jose site, is being offered as a Silicon Valley campus for life sciences companies, a move that adds to its original mission as a modern tech campus. The 27-acre office and research complex is a wide-ranging renovation and redevelopment that so far has created about 300,500 square feet of modern office spaces in three buildings. Brokers Michael Rosendin, Craig Fordyce, and Shane Minnis of Colliers International, a commercial real estate firm, are seeking tenants for Assembly at North First. “From a market standpoint, we are promoti...

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Tip-off for Saturday’s game between Warriors and Jazz moved to 6 p.m.

The start of the Warriors’ game against the Jazz in Utah Saturday has been moved to 6 p.m. PT, the team announced Wednesday. Tip-off had originally been set for 2 p.m. Pushing back the start of the game will allow time for the Warriors and Jazz to process additional COVID-19 testing prior to tip-off, thereby reducing risk of an infected player taking the court and spreading the coronavirus. This serves as a precautionary step as 15 games across the NBA have already been postponed. So far, the Warriors (Jan. 15 in Phoenix) and Jazz (Jan. 13 in Washington) have each had only one game postponed this season. The broadcast will still be televised on NBC Sports Bay Area and on radio at 95.7 “The Game.” ...read more Source:: The Mercury News – Latest News...

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The Latest: Harris gives sendoff to Pence on Capitol steps

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Joe Biden’s presidential inauguration (all times local): 1:40 p.m. Vice President Kamala Harris has now taken on a role that would have typically been performed by the outgoing president. Harris and her husband, second gentleman Doug Emhoff, stood on the U.S. Capitol steps Wednesday to bid farewell to her predecessor, former Vice President Mike Pence, and his wife, Karen. The two couples stood and chatted for a few moments, even laughing, on the steps before the Pences got into a vehicle and were driven away. President Donald Trump typically would have performed the sendoff for his second-in-command but opted to skip Wednesday’s inaugural festivities. Trump and his wife, Melania, went straight from the White House to Joint Base Andrews earlier Wednesday. He

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How to upload local music to Spotify so you can play songs stored on your computer, even when offline

Summary List PlacementWant to access all your music in one place? If you regularly use Spotify, you can play your personal music files — stored locally on your computer's hard drive — through Spotify, turning it into your music player for both streaming and local audio files.  If you've got obscure music that's not on Spotify, foreign music that's not available in the United States, or a non-music recording that you want easier access to, this is absolutely the way to go. You can do this with any Spotify account. But if you have a paid Spotify Premium account, you can listen to those local files on your phone as well, with some caveats. Here's everything you need to know to play local music files through Spotify. How to upload local files to Spotify on a computer To play local music files

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Striking photo shows Barack Obama greeting Vice President Kamala Harris at the inauguration

Summary List PlacementReuters photojournalist Jonathan Ernst captured a striking photo of former President Barack Obama passing on the torch of national office to newly sworn-in Vice President Kamala Harris.  Obama joyfully greeted Harris with a COVID-19 appropriate fist bump at Wednesday's inauguration of President Joe Biden, who served as Obama's vice president, and Harris, on Capitol Hill.  Like Obama 12 years ago today, Harris, who is of Jamaican and Indian heritage, made history when she was sworn in as the first female, Black, and Asian vice president. Obama, born to a Kenyan father and American mother, was the United States' first Black president.  Read more: The ultimate guide to Joe Biden's White House staff Harris and Obama are the only two Black individuals to serve as presi...

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How to use the Quick Selection tool in Photoshop to easily remove backgrounds and more

Summary List PlacementWhen you're working on an image in Photoshop, there are times when you'll only want to edit a specific part of the picture — maybe someone's face, or just the background. If this is the case, then the Quick Selection tool is your friend. Like other selection tools, Quick Selection lets you pick a section of the picture to work on. But unlike other tools that make you pick out the section manually, the Quick Selection tool uses colors to better select only what you want. Here's how Quick Selection works, and how to use it. How to use quick selection tool in Photoshop The Quick Selection tool looks at the colors in the picture you're editing, and uses them to figure out where one object ends and another begins. As such, the Quick Selection tool works best on pictures wi

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Google touches record highs as FANG stocks stage broad rally (AMZN, GOOGL, FB, NFLX)

Summary List PlacementShares of Google's parent company Alphabet jumped as much as 5% Wednesday to touch record highs while FANG stocks—which include Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, and Alphabet—staged a broad rally. The bullishness comes as KeyBanc raises its price targets for a group of companies that derive most of their revenue from digital advertising. KeyBanc analyst Justin Patterson noted a strong environment for online ad sales this year, with revenue growth that is expected to be "driven by re-openings, budget shifts, and strength among new formats." Patterson raised his price target for Alphabet from $1,970 to $2,060, saying the company is "well-positioned to benefit from a recovery in COVID-19-affected sectors," including travel. Google is now up over 30% from its September low. ...

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Google touches record highs as FANG stocks stage broad rally (AMZN, GOOGL, FB, NFLX)

Summary List PlacementShares of Google's parent company Alphabet jumped as much as 5% Wednesday to touch record highs while FANG stocks—which include Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, and Alphabet—staged a broad rally. The bullishness comes as KeyBanc raises its price targets for a group of companies that derive most of their revenue from digital advertising. KeyBanc analyst Justin Patterson noted a strong environment for online ad sales this year, with revenue growth that is expected to be "driven by re-openings, budget shifts, and strength among new formats." Patterson raised his price target for Alphabet from $1,970 to $2,060, saying the company is "well-positioned to benefit from a recovery in COVID-19-affected sectors," including travel. Google is now up over 30% from its September low. ...

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Jill Biden and Kamala Harris Dressed Regally at the Inauguration. And Bernie Sanders’ Mittens Rocked.

Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Photos GettyInauguration Day dawned with Melania Trump striding onto Air Force One, departing DC in the most expensive Jackie Kennedy Halloween costume ever put together (Chanel jacket, Dolce & Gabbana dress, Louboutins, huge sunglasses). Then, Jill Biden and Kamala Harris emerged for a pre-Inaugural church service wearing clothes that were fresher. You might consider it a reset from the exaggerated Trump look. Biden wore an ocean blue wool tweed coat and dress by Alexandra O’Neill’s New York-based label, Markarian. A representative wrote in a statement to The Daily Beast that the outfit was custom. at The Daily Beast. ...read more Source:: The Daily Beast...

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President Joe Biden’s Plea for America: ‘End this Uncivil War’

Rob Carr/GettySpeaking from the West Front of the Capitol after a violent insurrection claimed five lives there on Jan. 6, President Joe Biden sought to comfort a distressed country still suffering from the strife of simultaneous national calamities. Biden’s earliest words as president offered Americans direct reassurance that the most fundamental component of the nation’s government was still intact. “This is democracy’s day,” he said, minutes after being sworn into office by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts as the 46th president of the United States. “A day of history and hope, of renewal and resolve. Through a crucible for the ages America has been tested anew, and America has risen to the challenge.” at The Daily Beast. ...read more Source:: The Daily Beast...

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