Katie Rife, a senior writer for entertainment site the A.V. Club, was working past midnight on a review last week when her friend sent her a text. It was a posting for her job. Rife was mulling over an offer by her employer to relocate from Chicago to Los Angeles and still had nine days before the Jan. 15 deadline to make her decision. "At first I was like, 'Is this a mistake?'" Rife, 38, ...

LOS ANGELES — California has recorded more than 7 million coronavirus cases, after its fastest accumulation of reported infections in the history of the pandemic. The unprecedented count, recorded in California’s databases late Monday, comes one week after the state tallied its 6 millionth coronavirus case. Even during last winter’s disastrous wave, new infections increased more slowly. It ...

MINNEAPOLIS — "Welcome to Flatch," a Fox sitcom debuting in March, takes place in a fictional small town in Ohio. But the promising half-hour comedy has some strong Minnesota connections. Seann William Scott distances himself from his role of Steve Stifler in the "American Pie" franchise by playing a pastor who has recently transferred from a Minneapolis church in the series. Aya Cash, who ...

MINNEAPOLIS — The federal civil rights trial for three former Minneapolis police officers indicted in connection with George Floyd's killing is set to begin Thursday. The men, Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane, all face Justice Department charges of abusing their position as police officers to deprive Floyd of his constitutional rights when another officer, Derek Chauvin, kneeled on ...

Microsoft Corp. said it’s buying Activision Blizzard Inc. in a $68.7 billion deal, uniting two of the biggest forces in video games. In its largest purchase ever, Microsoft will pay $95 a share in cash for one of the U.S.’s biggest gaming publishers, known for titles like Call of Duty and World of Warcraft but which is also grappling with a cultural upheaval over its treatment of women. ...

Boris Johnson denied he was warned not to go ahead with a party in his office garden during the first pandemic lockdown in May 2020, after his former aide accused the U.K. prime minister of lying over the affair. “I can tell you categorically that nobody told me and said that this was something that was against the rules, that was a breach of the COVID rules or you’re doing something that ...

COLTON, Calif. — The 28 patients had camped out for hours and even days in the emergency room of Arrowhead Regional Medical Center. With more than 100 COVID-19-positive patients in the hospital, there weren't enough in-patient beds to put them in. In the fourth-floor intensive care unit, tired nurses tended to three COVID patients at a time instead of their normal two. Five nurses were out ...

NEW YORK — Former New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday that he won’t run for governor of New York state. The two-term mayor gave scant details about his decision to skip a Democratic primary challenge to Gov. Kathy Hochul, who last year replaced disgraced ex-Gov. Andrew Cuomo. “I am not going to be running for governor of New York state, but I am going to devote every fiber of ...

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TUESDAY, Jan. 18, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Home COVID tests are now available at no cost to most Americans, as part of the Biden administration's effort to increase testing around the United States.

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Children are getting injured by home treadmills. The case of a Pennsylvania 3-year-old severely burned after her arm got caught in her family's treadmill illustrates a growing problem, doctors say. Read more

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TUESDAY, Jan. 18, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Despite earlier concerns that at-home COVID-19 tests might be less accurate than PCR tests, new research in U.S. children and teens adds to evidence that the rapid tests are highly accurate.

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TUESDAY, Jan. 18, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Two years into the pandemic, coronavirus treatments like monoclonal antibodies and antiviral pills have been approved to treat COVID-19, but it's hard to keep track of which ones still work, experts say.

AUSTIN, Texas — Outraged at the parents and politicians who are trying to rid school libraries of books they denounce as inappropriate or even pornographic, a band of Texas school librarians is fighting back. Shortly after Texas state Rep. Matt Krause called for the state’s school libraries to review a list of 850 books for possible removal, four librarians formed “#FReadom Fighters” to resist ...

PONTIAC, Mich. — During his incarceration, Oxford High School shooting defendant Ethan Crumbley is allowed visitors and provided health care and services available to all other inmates, according to jail officials. But the 15-year-old has spent the majority of time in his one-man cell. Crumbley was arrested Nov. 30 after allegedly killing four classmates and wounding six others and a teacher. ...

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Late on a Sunday night in July 1994, three teenage friends – Raymond Allan Warren, Chaunte Hunt and Antonio Johnson – were working on Warren's moped when a man in a green Ford Granada rolled up, asking them to sell him drugs. Warren, who was 16 at the time, said the teens told the man they don't sell drugs and they walked away. Minutes later, they heard shots ring out. The ...

Dear EarthTalk: How will the homes of the future look and feel different as a result of global warming? — A.G., Silver Spring, Maryland No doubt, homes are changing dramatically as the planet warms. Recent data from the United Nations Environment Programme shows that construction and use of residential buildings accounts for 17% of global greenhouse gas emissions. As architects and engineers ...

When the nation's second-largest school district reopens for business despite tens of thousands of positive coronavirus tests among students and staff, things have changed. When the state of California, which led the nation in caution, tells medical staffers who tested positive to go back to work if they're asymptomatic, things have changed. When you listen to NPR's "On Point" podcast and hear ...

A murder mystery set in a fictional Rust Belt town tops the DVD releases for the week of Jan. 25. "American Rust": Showtime series adapted from the 2009 novel by Philipp Meyer stars Jeff Daniels as the police chief of an economically depressed community in western Pennsylvania who becomes conflicted after his lover's son is accused of murder. "Comparison with 'Mare of Easttown' feels ...