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One-two punch of wintry storms to soak California through early next week

A pair of storm systems will slam into the West Coast in the coming days, bringing the return of wet weather to California. While the month of February featured nearly bone-dry conditions across the Golden State, a series of late-season events are ...

AG William Barr expedites release of federal inmates vulnerable to COVID-19

April 4 (UPI) -- Attorney General William Barr has expedited his directive to release inmates at high risk for severe illness from coronavirus to home confinement. Barr urged officials in a late Friday memorandum to move inmates out of Oakdale, La.; ...

Ex-Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend’s daughter, grandson presumed dead

April 4 (UPI) -- The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended its search for the daughter and grandson of former Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend after the two went missing in the Chesapeake Bay. Townsend said Friday that the search for her family members ...

Northern Italian authorities order citizens to wear masks outside

April 4 (UPI) -- Authorities in the northern Italian region of Lombardy have ordered all citizens to wear masks outside as death toll from the coronavirus reaches more than 15,000 across the country. Regional President Attilio Fontana said the order ...

Space Photos of the Week: Awesome Planets and Ancient Gods

In 1781, astronomer William Herschel discovered a new planet. He wanted to name it Georgian Sidus (George’s Star) after King George III, but all of the other planets in the solar system were named after Roman gods. Fellow astronomer Johanne Bode ...

Coronavirus Has Created a Sex Boom—but Maybe Not a Baby Boom

The clubs are shut. The pubs are shut. Tinder dates are canceled. One-night stands are practically illegal. But, despite these obvious hurdles, coronavirus has still created a sex industry sales boom. Wired UK This story originally appeared on ...

In Xinjiang, Tourism Erodes the Last Traces of Uyghur Culture

Like the rest of the country, China’s far-western Xinjiang Province is slowly starting to open up after months of near-total lockdown meant to halt the spread of Covid-19. For the past six years, though, the Chinese government has focused on ...

The JavaScript Framework That Puts Web Pages on a Diet

Websites are too damn big. The average web page is about 2 megabytes, according to HTTP Archive, a site that tracks the performance of websites and the technologies they use. Sure you can download 2 megabytes in less than a second on a good 4G ...

Pregnant Katy Perry announces she is having a girl

Pop music star Katy Perry and her fiance, film and TV actor Orlando Bloom, have announced they are expecting a daughter.

The Weeknd’s ‘After Hours’ tops the U.S. album chart

April 4 (UPI) -- Singer-songwriter The Weeknd's After Hours is the No. 1 album in the United States this week. Coming in at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart dated Saturday is Lil Uzi Vert's Eternal Atake, followed by Lil Baby's My Turn at No. 3, Bad ...

Trump fires intelligence watchdog who sent whistle-blower complaint to Congress

April 4 (UPI) -- President Donald Trump has notified Congress he intends to fire the intelligence committee inspector general who told lawmakers last year about a whistle-blower complaint that led to the House impeachment inquiry. The president sent ...

A Notorious Spyware Vendor Wants to Track Coronavirus Spread

Everybody's worried about Zoom this week. As the video conferencing software rocketed to 200 million users amid widespread shelter-in-place orders, security and privacy pros have catalogued a litany of issues. It's probably perfectly fine for most ...

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