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Vaccination campaign picks up speed around the world
1/6/2021 12:07:38 PM

By Danica Kirka and Aniruddha Ghosal   The campaign to vanquish the coronavirus is picking up speed, with Britain beginning to dispense the second vaccine in its arsenal Monday. But authorities in France and elsewhere in Europe are coming under fire for slow rollouts and delays. In the U.S., meanwhile, government officials reported that vaccinations have accelerated markedly after a sluggish start. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious-disease expert, said over the weekend that 1.5 million shots were administered in 72 hours, bringing the total over the past three...

Savvy Senior - Deciding what to do in retirement
1/6/2021 11:57:20 AM

Dear Savvy Senior: I just turned 62 and am financially prepared for retirement, but I’m less certain about how to spend my time after leaving work. Can you recommend some resources or tools that can help me with this? —Feeling Lost   Dear Lost: This is a great question! Many people, when asked what they want to do when they retire, will say they want a mix of travel, play and meaningful work. Specifics, however, tend to be few and far between. But planning how to fill your time in retirement is just as important as the financial planning aspect. Here are some...

Compton Unified partners with Care Solace
12/30/2020 6:26:52 PM

By Staff Reports   COMPTON—Care Solace, an organization determined to calm the chaos of mental healthcare coordination, has been selected by the Compton Unified School District (CUSD) to support behavioral and mental healthcare referrals for its students, families and staff members. Care Solace equips school districts with a web-based tool that makes it easier for students, families and staff to connect with mental healthcare resources and providers in their communities. “Schools are more than places to learn, they are a source of social and emotional support. Whether...

Statue of slave kneeling before Lincoln removed in Boston
12/30/2020 6:23:40 PM

By WILLIAM J. KOLE   BOSTON, MA—(AP) Workers removed the Emancipation Memorial, also known as the Emancipation Group and the Freedman’s Memorial, early Tuesday from a park just off Boston Common where it had stood since 1879. City officials had agreed in late June to take down the memorial after complaints and a bitter debate over the design. Mayor Marty Walsh acknowledged at the time that the statue made residents and visitors alike “uncomfortable.” The bronze statue is a copy of a monument that was erected in Washington, D.C., three years earlier....

Neverland is nevermore
12/30/2020 6:20:06 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP)—Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch in California has found a new owner in billionaire businessman Ron Burkle. Burkle views the 2,700-acre property in Los Olivos, near Santa Barbara, as a land banking opportunity, his spokesman said Thursday in an email. The Wall Street Journal reports the property was sold for $22 million to Burkle, an associate of the late pop star and co-founder of the investment firm Yucaipa Companies. The asking price of the property was $100 million in 2016 then dropped to $67 million a year later. In addition to a 12,500 square-foot...

Performing in the pandemic, by zoom, drive-in and doorstep
12/30/2020 6:04:37 PM

By Jake Coyle   NEW YORK (AP)—A good way to hear what we've missed this year is to listen to Sam Cooke's landmark live album, “Live at the Harlem Square Club, 1963.” On a warm January night in downtown Miami, Cooke was well into his torrid set when, in the middle of “Bring it on Home to Me,” he asks the audience to join in. “Let me hear you say yeah,” coos Cooke. The “Yeah!” that follows—instant, exuberant, loud—is one of the great call-and-responses in music, a euphoria of performer and audience as...

'Believe in science': EU kicks off COVID-19 vaccine campaign
12/30/2020 6:01:49 PM

By Nicole Winfield   ROME (AP)—Doctors, nurses and the elderly rolled up their sleeves across the European Union to receive the first doses of the coronavirus vaccine Sunday in a symbolic show of unity and moment of hope for a continent confronting its worst health care crisis in a century. Weeks after the U.S., Canada and Britain began inoculations with the same vaccine, the 27-nation bloc staged a coordinated rollout aimed at projecting a unified message that the shot was safe and Europe's best chance to emerge from the pandemic. For health care workers who have...

Tribes try to shield elders and their knowledge from virus
12/30/2020 5:59:55 PM

By Christine Fernando   ARIZONA—As Monica Harvey watched, crowds flocked to a Sam's Club in northern Arizona where she works, picking shelves clean of toilet paper and canned goods. Native American seniors couldn't move fast enough, and Harvey saw their faces fall when they reached empty shelves. The Navajo woman wanted to help tribal elders get household staples without leaving their homes and risking exposure to COVID-19, so she started Defend Our Community, a group that delivers supplies. Tribes across the nation are working to protect elder members who serve...

MLK Hospital slammed by COVID, highlighting virus impact on Black communities
12/23/2020 10:36:20 PM

LOS ANGELES—Highlighting the devastating impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on Black communities, the CEO of Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital said Tuesday the small medical center is overloaded with patients, with 70 people being treated in a 29-bed emergency department. "The African-American community is being disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, and we are seeing that in South Los Angeles ... and we're also seeing that inside of the hospital," Dr. Elaine Batchlor said during a Covered California video conference urging Black residents to get insured and...

Jeremy Bulloch, Boba Fett in first 'Star Wars' trilogy, dies
12/23/2020 10:30:36 PM

By Andrew Dalton   LOS ANGELES (AP)—Jeremy Bulloch, the English actor who first donned a helmet, cape and jetpack to play Boba Fett in the original “Star Wars” trilogy, died Thursday. Bulloch died at a London hospital from health complications after years of living with Parkinson's disease, his agents at Brown, Simcocks & Andrews said in a statement. He was 75. As the Mandalorian bounty hunter Boba Fett, Bulloch made off with a froze-in-carbonite Han Solo in 1980's “The Empire Strikes Back,” then zoomed around the desert of Tatooine...