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Sheriff Villanueva won't use county's coronavirus testing provider over alleged ties to China

L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said Monday that his department will no longer use the county's COVID-19 testing provider, raising concerns about the company's alleged ties to the Chinese government.


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Trump Supporters Sending Death Threats to Election Workers Spark New Bills in These States
Investigations have found that Trump supporters have sent more than 850 threatening messages to U.S. election officials since 2020.
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Astronomy’s Most Dazzling Era Is About to Begin
The world’s most powerful space telescope was ready to uncover the wonders of the universe, but first it needed some help from a little blue truck. The truck had to haul the James Webb Space Telescope, perched atop a more than 165-foot-tall rocket, to the launchpad at a spaceport in South America in late December. Next to the rocket, the vehicle looked almost decorative. I asked Bruno Gérard how the Ariane 5 rocket, standing crane-your-neck tall in front of us, on a platform hitched to the truck, would make the journey without tipping over.Like me, Gérard—a vice president at Arianespace, which operates rockets like this one—was wearing a blue hard hat and gripping a gas mask. The rocket wasn’t completely fueled for launch yet, but its firecrackerlike boosters, one on each side, were packed with highly explosive propellant. How was this whole thing tied down?“Oh, it’s not,” Gérard replied, and my eyes nearly popped out of my head. A $10 billion space telescope was sitting on top of that rocket! Gérard explained that the rocket holds itself down with its massive weight, and rocket crews do it like this all the time. No need to worry.The trek to the launchpad was one of many, many journeys that Webb has taken since the mission, an international project led by NASA, began 25 years ago. The telescope and all its parts have traveled by truck, plane, ship, and rocket. But the most nerve-wracking leg of its journey was the one it finally completed today, when Webb fired its engines and nudged itself into position about 1 million miles from Earth—four times farther than the moon’s orbit. Until this moment, Webb was mostly a marvel of logistics. Now nestled in its final orbit, the space telescope is finally poised to be a marvel of science. Over the next several months, Webb will make its last adjustments, switch on its instruments, and start basking in the starlight from distant galaxies. It’s all wonder from here on out.[Read: We have one shot to see the universe like never before]Webb, a hundred times more powerful than the Hubble Space Telescope, will soon study nearly everything between Mars and the edges of the observable universe. NASA has grand plans to re-create Hubble’s famous deep-field image using Webb’s ability to scan the cosmos in infrared, which should reveal even more distant galaxies. Caitlin Casey, an astronomer at the University of Texas at Austin, once told me that a Webb deep field will resemble the spray of a freshly opened bottle of champagne—a sparkling display, with every amber droplet a galaxy. Chris Gunn / NASA The travels that brought Webb to its new home began in underground mines in Utah, where the lightweight metal that would become the telescope’s 18 mirrors was excavated. Over the years, the material, known as beryllium, was trucked to 11 facilities across eight U.S. states: first to Ohio, where it was purified; then to Alabama, where it was chiseled into honeycomb shapes; then to California to be polished; and so on. The mirrors and other parts of the telescope were assembled and tested at a NASA facility in Maryland before being driven to Texas for even more testing. After that, Webb was flown to California, where it was fitted with its tennis-court-size sunshield and the propulsion equipment it used to nudge itself into place today.By then, Webb was too big to fit in even the largest cargo plane, so it traveled by ship to its last stop on Earth, the spaceport in French Guiana. The telescope sailed for 16 days, passing through the Panama Canal, to reach the French territory, where the European Space Agency had offered up its launch services. The ship had a military escort, and the travel dates were kept secret to protect against the unlikely—but not impossible—chance that pirates might try to steal the telescope.[Read: This isn’t the big telescope debut NASA imagined]After years of relying on truck drivers, pilots, and ship captains, Webb was turned over to flight-dynamics engineers. These engineers had spent years planning out and simulating the final leg of Webb’s journey, so crucial to ensuring that the mission succeeded. Now “all this theoretical work is actually coming to life,” Karen Richon, who leads the team at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center that created Webb’s trajectory, told me.Richon’s team was tasked with mapping out a path that would bring Webb to a special spot in space called a Lagrange point. There, the forces of gravity will conspire to keep the telescope in place, allowing it to orbit the sun alongside Earth, always in contact with home. The exact route depended on how the launch went, and everything that came after. The telescope, too big to fit on any existing rockets, launched to space folded up and unfolded itself piece by piece while on the move. The flight-dynamics team has spent years rehearsing Webb’s maneuvers, making sure they could keep the spacecraft on track as it underwent the most complicated deployment in space history. “There’s no way to physically test something like our designs until it's actually in orbit,” Wayne Yu, a flight-dynamics engineer on Richon’s team at Goddard, told me. “We run simulations—a lot of simulations.”The Ariane 5 rocket deposited Webb into space just as engineers expected, and every course correction since, including today’s maneuver, has proceeded smoothly. Richon, Yu, and the rest of the team haven’t had to dip into their reserve of well-rehearsed contingency plans. That logistical success is good news for Webb’s scientific operations: The less fuel used to maneuver Webb around, the more would be left to power the observatory itself, potentially extending its operations. “We were looking at every single microgram of fuel,” Richon said, making sure the mission had enough to react in case Webb was thrown off course.[Read: The shipping and handling of a gigantic space telescope]The space navigators’ job isn’t over. Even with gravity’s help, Webb must make tiny, periodic adjustments to keep itself in orbit around its Lagrange point, known as L2. The forces of other celestial bodies—Earth, the moon, even planets as far as Jupiter—will tug at Webb, and without any intervention, the observatory would drift off. Richon and her team plan to conduct a small maneuver every three weeks to keep it on course, but that schedule could change. They’ve never had an object like Webb near L2 before, and they’ve yet to learn how exactly the spacecraft will behave there.Webb will remain in its carefully maintained place until it runs out of fuel, about 20 years from now. When its tank gets low, engineers might command the observatory to push itself into a higher orbit, to make sure it doesn’t crash into any objects closer to home. If that happens, Webb could remain in orbit around the sun for hundreds, maybe thousands of years. It would no longer be yoked to the Earth in the same way, but its mirrors and scientific instruments could keep working, and Webb could still phone home, Yu said.Last month, after that little blue truck took Webb to the launchpad, I traveled a few miles inland from the coast, into French Guiana’s thick jungle, to go to the zoo with Mark McCaughrean, an astronomer at the European Space Agency. A day earlier, McCaughrean had stared into the sky as Webb departed on the final leg of its journey; now he was studying the leaf-cutting ants hauling snips of grass at our feet, a miniature simulacrum of what the people who designed and assembled and transported Webb had carried out over the years.You don’t have to leave Earth to see what the universe is capable of, McCaughrean told me as we looked out on a pond blanketed in lime-green algae, the stillness interrupted by turtles poking their noses out of the water. But if you’re going to do it—if you’re going to schlep pieces of a cosmic instrument around the world on nearly every vehicle known to humankind and then shoot them all into the sky—this is the kind of journey that’s worth making.
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Peloton should fire CEO, explore sale over ‘mismanagement’: activist investor
An activist investor firm demanded that Peloton fire its CEO John Foley and explore a sale of the company following his “repeated failures to effectively lead.”
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Woman survives Uber with ‘unstable’ driver and his ‘crazy’ girlfriend
Talk about a white-knuckle ride.  A woman named Kiara narrowly got away with her life after being trapped in a car for more than an hour with an “unstable” Uber driver who confessed to previously being jailed for choking his girlfriend. To make matters dramatically worse, the driver proceeded to pick up his girlfriend in...
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Robinhood and Coinbase shares fall to their lowest levels ever
The bloodbath in the cryptocurrency market is taking a gigantic toll on online brokerage stocks Robinhood and Coinbase. Shares of both companies, which each went public last year, slid Monday to new all-time lows.
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Brittany Matthews, Jackson Mahomes have turned the internet against the Chiefs
Chiefs Kingdom may be the only fanbase lauding Brittany Matthews' champagne shower following Sunday's epic win over the Bills.
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David Ortiz may become a Hall of Fame DH. He also may be one of the last.
David Ortiz might be the last designated hitter to get into the Hall of Fame, at least for the foreseeable future.
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A cruise ship had an arrest warrant waiting in Miami. So it took passengers to the Bahamas
A cruise ship heading to Miami changed course to the Bahamas Saturday after a US judge issued an arrest warrant for the ship due to unpaid fuel bills.
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What factors are leading to a rise in crime?
Many cities across America have reported rising crime rates. Fordham University Law Professor John Pfaff joins CBS News' Lana Zak to discuss what's behind the latest trends.
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Trump Could Still Lead the U.S. to Civil War—Even if He Doesn’t Run in 2024
Ask most people why countries break apart and many will say that different groups sharing a single country naturally dislike and distrust one another. Yugoslavia fragmented because the Serbs and Croats and then the Bosnian Muslims started to fight each other soon after the Soviet Union collapsed. The citizens of Northern Ireland fought because Catholics…
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In Blow to McCarthy, Supreme Court Says Congress Can Keep Voting from Home
This article is part of the The DC Brief, TIME’s politics newsletter. Sign up here to get stories like this sent to your inbox every weekday. In a functional Washington, the three branches of government have a quiet understanding: they’ll check and cajole, temper and troll. Congress has no problem denying confirmations for top Administration…
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Four killed in ‘ambush’ at house party near Los Angeles
Four people were killed when multiple suspects ambushed a house party near Los Angeles in what is believed to be a gang-related shooting, authorities and officials said.
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Oxford High School Students Return After Some Renovations Following Fatal Shooting
New safety protocols implemented ahead of the school's reopening include extra police presence and requiring students to use clear backpacks.
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GOP playing the long game, with hopes of reclaiming control of Congress
Something surprised me last January when Democrats won both Senate runoff contests in Georgia.
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MTA overtime spending ticked up in 2021 due to COVID worker shortage
The MTA's overtime bill rose last year as the authority faced persistent COVID-related crew shortages.
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Seattle man live-tweets attempted Target hostage-taking, days after allegedly assaulting officer: report
A Seattle man charged with assaulting a police officer and released without paying bail was reportedly arrested just eight days later after allegedly attempting to hold hostages at knife-point at a Target.
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Gun arrests dip in NYC as Mayor Adams rolls out violence prevention plan
Cops have made 315 firearms arrests so far in 2022, compared to 413 over the same time last year -- a 23.7 percent dip.
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UFC Fight Night 201 adds Alan Baudot vs. Parker Porter to lineup for Las Vegas
It'll be France vs. New England in this heavyweight matchup.       Related StoriesEric Nicksick says doctor was adamant Francis Ngannou should have pulled out of UFC 270Eric Nicksick says doctor was adamant Francis Ngannou should have pulled out of UFC 270 - EnclosureVanessa Demopoulos quit being a stripper so she could focus on MMA for UFC 270 
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New York's Congressional Map Facing Deadline, Could Be Handed to Democrats to Decide Lines
After the state Legislature rejected two sets of plans, the 10-member bipartisan redistricting commission fails to redraw congressional lines.
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Novak Djokovic could play in France under latest vaccine rules
Top-ranked player Novak Djokovic could be allowed to defend his French Open title under the latest COVID-19 rules adopted by the French government, even if he is still not vaccinated when the clay-court Grand Slam starts in May.
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17-year-old shot Magruder student with a ghost gun in school bathroom, prosecutor say
Steven Alston, 17, ordered held without bond in Magruder High School shooting.
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NBA player Jaxson Hayes charged with domestic violence, resisting arrest in L.A.
New Orleans Pelicans center Jaxson Hayes is charged with domestic violence and resisting arrest in connection with an incident at his Woodland Hills home.
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NYC council member demands 'racist' NYPD be closed down: 'Thugs in blue'
NYPD should be closed down, all criminals should be released from jail and police officers are a "racist, rogue military force" who are "thugs in blue," says the new city council member who represents the Harlem district.
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Slain NYPD cop’s widow reveals pair were high school sweethearts
The grieving widow of slain NYPD officer Jason Rivera revealed Monday that the two were high school sweethearts who’d been in love since they were kids.
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Gisele Bündchen eerily silent with Tom Brady retirement whispers starting
Gisele Bündchen has been radio silent since her husband Tom Brady and the Buccaneers were bounced from the NFL playoffs on Sunday with a 30-27 loss to the Rams. The supermodel, who was featured on the Fox broadcast in a box suite during the game, has yet to post on social media after the upset,...
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Vaccinated Nike employee fired for denying vax proof to third party: report
Dex Briggs was let go from his job at Nike's headquarters in Portland, Oregon last month for not complying with the company's COVID-19 vaccine mandate.
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Viral TikTok shows military technique for falling asleep in 2 minutes
The technique is based on physically relaxing the body and clearing the mind.
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Lebanon's Hariri withdraws from politics, leaving sectarian vacuum behind
Lebanon's former three-time Prime Minister Saad Hariri has pulled out of the country's political scene, suspending a turbulent 17-year career as the country's most prominent Sunni politician, and throwing the crisis-ridden country into further uncertainty.
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Lineups set for first two PFL Challenger Series events; debut card features Josh Silveira vs. Mohamed Juma
Lineups have been revealed for the first two PFL Challenger Series events, which kick off in February.       Related StoriesUFC Fight Night 201 adds Alan Baudot vs. Parker Porter to lineup for Las VegasEric Nicksick says doctor was adamant Francis Ngannou should have pulled out of UFC 270Eric Nicksick says doctor was adamant Francis Ngannou should have pulled out of UFC 270 - Enclosure 
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'Camera Man' unspools the colorful life of silent film star Buster Keaton
By age 5, Keaton was a star in his family's vaudeville act; he went on to star in and direct silent films, performing jaw-dropping stunts. Slate film critic Dana Stevens profiles Keaton in a new book.
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Why states are fighting Biden's vaccine mandates
Nowhere in the Constitution does it confer the power for any sitting president to unilaterally decide what all American citizens must inject into their bodies.
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Photos: An Oil Spill Causes an Environmental Emergency in Peru
Marcos Reategui / Getty On January 15, while the oil tanker Mare Doricum was unloading crude oil at the La Pampilla Refinery north of Lima, Peru, the ship spilled about 6,000 barrels of oil into the sea. Initial reports blamed the incident on “abnormal waves” caused by the volcanic eruption in Tonga, but investigations are ongoing, and the government is “looking at sanctioning” the refinery. An environmental emergency has been declared, several beaches have been closed, and hundreds of cleanup workers were brought in by the Spanish energy firm Repsol. Cleanup crews and volunteers were working over the weekend to help affected wildlife, including seals, birds, fish and crustaceans.
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Help! My Husband Returned to His Sexual Wrestling Account After I Lost My Libido.
I don't know what to do.
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Lost piglet in California picked up on street: Who will bring home 'Bacon'?
Authorities in Pleasanton, California, are on a mission to reunite a tiny gray-and-white pet piglet with its rightful owner after the animal was found wandering the streets.
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Michael Avenatti lied to Stormy Daniels and stole her money, prosecutors say
Federal prosecutors painted disgraced attorney Michael Avenatti as a serial liar and calculating thief who stole nearly $300,000 from his client, Stormy Daniels.
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TikTok Is Already Convinced This Is the Next Fyre Festival
Why pop-punk kids are side-eyeing their dream festival.
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The 2022 Newbery and Caldecott Medal winners honor tales about the apocalypse, heritage and history
Winners of the American Library Assocation's Youth Media Awards include the Latina-led tale "The Last Cuentista" and autobiographical picture book "Watercress"
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Bob Saget to be honored in all remaining 'America's Funniest Home Videos' episodes of Season 32
“America’s Funniest Home Videos” will pay tribute to former host Bob Saget in every remaining episode of Season 32.
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Playboy responds to ‘abhorrent’ allegations in ‘Secrets’ docuseries
A new 10-part A&E documentary “Secrets of Playboy” will recount "inexcusable" events behind-the-scenes.
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Whoopi Goldberg goes off on Bill Maher over pandemic comments: 'How dare you'
Whoopi Goldberg slammed comedian Bill Maher over his comments that he no longer wanted to live in a "paranoid world" consumed by coronavirus restrictions.
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Lena Dunham’s ‘Sharp Stick’ Is a Bizarre But Beautiful Portrait of Sexual Awakening
Dunham's first feature in 11 years is endearing, sexy, and weird.
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Boris Johnson Facing Another Scandal as Lawmaker Says She Was Fired Due to Muslim Faith
Former British Transport Minister Nusrat Ghani said she was told she was demoted in 2020 because her "Muslimness" made her colleagues "uncomfortable."
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World's largest vegan burger weighs 358 pounds
The world’s largest burger was made in November by U.K. meat and meat-alternatives producer Finnebrogue Artisan.
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Italy lawmakers vote on who should be president
With special pandemic precautions, balloting began Monday in Italy's parliament on who should become the country's next president, even as party leaders huddled to try to forge a consensus with no clear slate yet of candidates. (Jan. 24)      
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Military Seizes Power in Burkina Faso
Mutinous soldiers ousted the West African nation’s democratically elected president hours after surrounding his home. Follow updates here.
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‘I’m done with COVID’: Bari Weiss on Bill Maher sparks controversy
After Weiss appeared on Maher's show, #Donewithcovid started trending on Twitter -- and her comments have both supporters and detractors.
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Peloton Is Getting Really Sick of TV Characters Having Heart Attacks on Their Bikes
Showtime/YouTubeSex and the City’s Samantha Jones once said there’s no such thing as bad publicity, but after this weekend, Peloton might be inclined to disagree.The brand has once again found itself in a PR nightmare after another television show featured a character suffering a heart attack after using one of Peloton’s stationary bicycles. On Friday, the season 6 premiere of Showtime’s Billions saw a prominent character rushed to the hospital with chest pains after riding a Peloton bike. The episode aired just weeks after Mr. Big’s shocking, Peloton-induced death in the series premiere of HBO Max’s Sex and the City reboot, And Just Like That… Unlike Chris Noth’s And Just Like That… character, Mike “Wags” Wagner, played by David Costabile on Billions, survived his cardiac event. He even made a nod to the déjà vu of it all, saying in the episode, “I’m not going out like Mr. Big.” The New York Times reported that the parallel plots were completely coincidental, with Billions wrapping months before the Sex and the City reboot premiered, but the winking reference was added in post-production.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Publishers ask EU to stop Google from removing cookies from Chrome
German media companies want the European Union to prevent Google from removing third-party cookies from its Chrome browser, claiming the move will eat into critical ad revenues for news organizations. Axel Springer and hundreds of other publishers, advertisers, and content providers claim that Google parent Alphabet is breaking European antitrust laws with its plan to...
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