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‘Flash mob’ thieves target U.S. retail stores on Black Friday

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LOS ANGELES, Nov 27 (Reuters) – Black Friday shoppers weren’t the only ones out hunting for bargains on the day after Thanksgiving. Thieves were busy as well. Police in Los Angeles and cities elsewhere across the country spent much of their holiday weekend patrols looking for suspects in a spate......

Are auto shows dead after pandemic? LA shows some life

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LOS ANGELES, Nov 18 (Reuters) – What a difference two years make. The 2019 Los Angeles auto show featured a parade of vehicle debuts, a flurry of press conferences and other events in the opening two days, along with hundreds of thousands of people eager to see new cars. Fast......

U.S. state attorneys general probe Instagram’s effect on kids

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WASHINGTON, Nov 18 (Reuters) – A bipartisan coalition of U.S. state attorneys general said on Thursday it has opened a probe into Facebook, now known as Meta Platforms (FB.O), for promoting its subsidiary Instagram to children despite potential harms. The investigation, involving at least nine states, comes at a time......

Texas electric grid still not ready for extreme winter weather -NERC

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An electrical substation is seen after winter weather caused electricity blackouts in Houston, Texas, U.S. February 20, 2021. REUTERS/Go Nakamura Register now for FREE unlimited access to reuters.com Register Nov 18 (Reuters) – The Texas electric grid could suffer a massive shortfall in generating capacity in a winter deep freeze,......

Amplify Energy pulls annual outlook on California oil spill hit

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Nov 15 (Reuters) – Amplify Energy Corp (AMPY.N) withdrew its full-year forecast on Monday, saying that a large oil spill from one of its subsea pipelines in southern California last month forced it to shut its operations in the region. In mid-October, the U.S. Coast Guard said about 588 barrels......

Lawsuit over Subway tuna now says chicken, pork, cattle DNA were detected

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Nov 11 (Reuters) – A new version of a lawsuit accusing Subway of deceiving the public about its tuna products said lab testing shows they contain animal proteins such as chicken, pork and cattle, and not the advertised “100% tuna.” Karen Dhanowa and Nilima Amin filed a third version of......

Oklahoma court overturns $465 mln opioid judgment against J&J

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Nov 9 (Reuters) – The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Tuesday overturned a $465 million judgment against Johnson & Johnson (JNJ.N) in a lawsuit by the statealleging the drugmaker fueled the opioid epidemic through the deceptive marketing of painkillers. The decision marked the latest setback for states and local governments pursuing......

Horse racing-Knicks Go dominates field to win Breeders’ Cup Classic

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Nov 6 (Reuters) – Knicks Go took the early lead and never let up in the Breeders’ Cup Classic on Saturday, winning the $6 million showpiece in Del Mar, California, in dominant fashion. Jockey Joel Rosario piloted the Whitney Stakes winner through a speedy nine-horse field to deliver trainer Brad......

Mudslides, power outages as storm drenches burn-scarred California

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Oct 24 (Reuters) – A powerful storm drenched wildfire-scarred northern California on Sunday, triggering mudslides and downing electric lines with winds blasting San Francisco as the “bomb cyclone” headed south. Up to 10 inches of rain was expected to wash over the West Coast, said meteorologist Marc Chenard of the......

Sabalenka tests positive for COVID-19, out of Indian Wells

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Sep 9, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus reacts after losing a point against Leylah Fernandez of Canada (not pictured)on day eleven of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. / Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports/File Photo Oct 3 (Reuters) – World......

California first in U.S. to mandate COVID-19 vaccines for schoolkids -governor

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Coronavirus deaths top 700,000 in United States California requirement would be first statewide SACRAMENTO, Calif., Oct 1 (Reuters) – California will become the first U.S. state to mandate statewide COVID-19 vaccinations for schoolchildren, Governor Gavin Newsom said on Friday as a Reuters tally showed the United States topping 700,000 coronavirus......

Google CEO sought to keep Incognito mode issues out of spotlight, lawsuit alleges

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Sept 24 (Reuters) – Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai in 2019 was warned that describing the company’s Incognito browsing mode as “private” was problematic, yet it stayed the course because he did not want the feature “under the spotlight,” according to a new court filing. Google spokesman José Castañeda told......

A life and death question for regulators: Is Tesla’s Autopilot safe?

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Sept 21 (Reuters) – Robin Geoulla had doubts about the automated driving technology equipped on his Tesla Model S when he bought the electric car in 2017. “It was a little scary to, you know, rely on it and to just, you know, sit back and let it drive,” he......

SpaceX capsule with world’s first all-civilian orbital crew heads for splashdown

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Sept 18 (Reuters) – The quartet of citizen astronauts comprising the SpaceX Inspiration4 mission began their descent from space en route to a splashdown in the Atlantic on Saturday to complete a three-day flight of the first all-civilian crew ever launched into Earth orbit. In preparation fortheir return to Earth,......

Multimillionaire real estate heir Robert Durst is convicted of murder in L.A.

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Sept 17 (Reuters) – A California jury on Friday found multimillionaire real estate heir Robert Durst guilty of murdering his best friend Susan Berman in 2000, the first homicide conviction for a man suspected of killing three people in three states over the past 39 years. Durst, 78 and frail,......

Jury reaches verdict in L.A. murder trial of Robert Durst

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Robert Durst in his wheelchair looks at people in the courtroom as he appears in an Inglewood courtroom with his attorneys for closing arguments in his murder trial at the Inglewood Courthouse in California, U.S., September 8, 2021. Al Sieb/Pool via REUTERS Sept 17 (Reuters) – A California jury has......

California Governor Newsom defeats Republican recall effort

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SACRAMENTO, Calif., Sept 15 (Reuters) – California Governor Gavin Newsom on Tuesday handily beat back a Republican campaign to oust him from office, sending a decisive message that voters in the deeply Democratic state supported his policies for tackling COVID-19, immigration and crime. Newsom, who won his first term in......

California voters deciding governor’s fate in Republican-led recall

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SACRAMENTO, Calif., Sept 14 (Reuters) – California voters on Tuesday were deciding whether to recall Governor Gavin Newsom in a special election that will test the power of a Republican Party still dominated by former U.S. President Donald Trump in a deeply Democratic state. Newsom – a first-term governor and......

California Republicans launching campaign to boost trust in mail-in voting

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A California curbside ballot box is seen in Los Angeles ahead of the September 14 gubernatorial recall election, in California, U.S., August 25, 2021. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson/File Photo SACRAMENTO, Calif., Sept 3 (Reuters) – California Republicans will launch a campaign on Friday to convince conservatives to trust the state’s mail-in balloting......

U.S. Navy helicopter crashes off San Diego coast, Pacific Fleet says

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Aug 31 (Reuters) – A military helicopter took off from the USS Abraham Lincoln and later crashed into the sea leading to search-and-rescue operations off the coast of San Diego, the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Fleet said on Tuesday. “An MH-60S helicopter embarked aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) crashed into......

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