Olympics on TV: How to watch the Opening Ceremony

For television viewers, following the Olympics can be a baffling experience. You hear and read that the Tokyo Games start on Friday with the Opening Ceremony. But why then did certain events like softball and soccer start earlier in the week? And then you’re told that NBC will televise the Opening Ceremony live — which in the U.S. means a 6:55 a.m. ET wake-up call. So what, exactly is the network presenting at night? To help you get with the program, let’s break down exactly how NBC is approaching the first OFFICIAL day of the Olympics: — There is a 13-hour time difference between Japan and th...

Newsom signs $12 billion bill to fight homelessness in California

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Facing a massive homelessness crisis and a looming recall vote, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday funneled an unprecedented $12 billion into services and housing for Californians without homes or at risk of losing their homes. Newsom signed the funding bill as he stood in front of the Sebastopol Inn in Sonoma County, a hotel that has been converted into homeless housing using state funds. With Monday’s record-breaking funding package, Newsom hopes to build on programs that have successfully provided temporary and long-term shelter to tens of thousands of unhoused people during the...

Trump-saluting Mel Gibson is far from canceled: 7 movies coming, maybe ‘Lethal Weapon 5’

As is typical for Mel Gibson, the controversial Oscar winner is back in the news, but not for anything having to do with acting or directing movies. Over the weekend, the 65-year-old “Braveheart” star was caught on video, giving a dramatic, full-on military salute to Donald Trump as the former president entered the arena for the UFC 264 fight between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier in Las Vegas, as confirmed by Snopes.com, the fact checking and rumor-debunking site. The incident confirmed what many of Gibson’s critics have long suspected, given his history of racist, homophobic and antisemit...

Miles Davis covers Prince on brilliant live set from final tour

Miles Davis fans should definitely drop the needle on “Merci Miles! Live at Vienne,” a stunning, newly released concert set from the jazz legend’s final tour. The recording is from July 1, 1991, at the Jazz a Vienne festival in France, where the trumpeter/bandleader led his terrific Miles Davis Group — featuring saxophonist Kenny Garrett, keyboardist Deron Johnson, bassists Foley and Richard Patterson and drummer Ricky Wellman — through a memorable night of music. It would be one of Davis’ last concerts. The acclaimed musician would die just a few months later — on Sept. 28, 1991. “Merci Miles...

California Gov. Gavin Newsom assaulted by ‘aggressive’ person in Oakland

OAKLAND, Calif. — A 54-year-old man was arrested Thursday for allegedly assaulting Gov. Gavin Newsom in downtown Oakland, authorities said. Newsom was in town to promote support for small businesses. Before stopping at Beastmode Barbershop and Graffiti Pizza, the governor came across the 54-year-old while walking on Washington Street in Old Oakland. “This morning, the Governor was approached by an aggressive individual. Members of the Governor’s security detail removed the Governor from the situation and the individual was arrested by CHP officers,” the CHP, which provides security for the gov...

Tom Cruise ‘fumes’ after COVID-19 outbreak forces him to self-isolate, shuts film set

Tom Cruise has been forced to self-isolate after 14 members of the “Mission: Impossible” cast and crew tested positive for COVID-19, a report says, delaying the United Kingdom production for the seventh “Mission” film in the franchise yet again. Tom Cruise reportedly is “fuming” over this latest COVID-related delay in production perhaps partly because the megastar had launched into a controversial and expletive-laced tirade against subordinates in December for violating pandemic safety guidelines. “Tom is absolutely fuming about what’s happened, especially given his rant to his staff last year...

'There aren't many of us left anymore': Once stoically silent, World War II veteran opens up about Normandy Invasion, other battles

SAN JOSE, Calif. — While King George VI visited victorious Allied troops in Normandy 10 days after they drove the Nazis off French beaches, Wilton Johnson of Menlo Park, California, marched north on the peninsula toward his next mission past tall hedgerows on war-torn roads with the faint rat tat tat of gunfire in the distance. As part of a machine gun platoon for the 82nd Airborne Division, Johnson and his men — just hours after landing in France during the historic Normandy Invasion — attacked a roadblock set up near the German-occupied town of Sainte-Mère-Église. They took the town and John...

San Jose rail yard gunman was ‘highly disgruntled,’ had 32 illegal high-capacity magazines

SAN JOSE, Calif. — The Valley Transporation Authority maintenance worker who fatally shot nine co-workers and then himself at a light rail yard Wednesday morning was a “highly disgruntled” employee who came to the facility armed with 32 illegal high-capacity magazines, the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday. The gunman in the San Francisco Bay Area’s deadliest mass shooting, identified as 57-year-old Samuel James Cassidy of San Jose, opened fire upon co-workers in two buildings at about 6:34 a.m. Wednesday, and took his own life as law enforcement officers closed in, authorities...

Here’s what we know so far about the San Jose shooting

SAN JOSE, Calif. — The day after the Bay Area’s deadliest mass shooting rocked the region, authorities, community members and families of the victims remain shaken, searching for answers. The shooting, which happened early Wednesday morning at a Valley Transportation Authority light rail yard, left a total of 10 people dead, including the shooter, making it the worst shooting in Bay Area history. In 1993, eight people and a gunman died in a skyscraper at 101 California Street in San Francisco. As of Thursday morning, authorities had released the identities of all of the victims, revealed what ...

San Jose mass shooting: Rail yard killer evaded California’s tough gun laws

SAN JOSE, Calif. — The smoke had barely cleared after Wednesday’s deadly rampage by a disgruntled maintenance worker at a San Jose light rail yard when it became the focus of the nation’s fevered debate over gun laws. The San Francisco Bay Area’s deadliest mass shooting prompted President Joe Biden to urge Congress to “help end this epidemic of gun violence in America.” Gov. Gavin Newsom visited the scene and recalled another mass shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in 2019. Advocates for stricter gun laws argued that this latest in a series of mass shootings nationally is proof of the need...

San Jose rail yard gunman was ‘highly disgruntled,’ had 32 illegal high-capacity magazines

SAN JOSE, Calif. — The Valley Transportation Authority maintenance worker who fatally shot nine co-workers and then himself at a light rail yard Wednesday morning was a “highly disgruntled” employee who came to the facility armed with 32 illegal high-capacity magazines, the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday. The gunman in the San Francisco Bay Area’s deadliest mass shooting, identified as Samuel James Cassidy, 57, of San Jose, opened fire upon co-workers in two buildings at about 6:34 a.m. Wednesday, and took his own life as law enforcement officers closed in, authorities said....

How to view the supermoon eclipse early Wednesday morning

SAN JOSE, Calif. — The full moon will experience a total eclipse for West Coast viewers on Wednesday morning, an effect made more eye-catching by its “supermoon” status. Totality will be reached between 4 a.m. and 4:30 a.m., depending on where you are, as the moon descends toward the western horizon. It will last about 15 minutes. During that time, when the moon is completely within the Earth’s shadow, it will appear a rusty red. Because it is at perigee — its closest point to the Earth — this month’s full moon will appear particularly large, especially when it is near the horizon. The eclipse...

What do California, Texas, New York and Florida have in common? Stunningly low infection rates

Perhaps no states represent the red-blue divide better than deeply Democratic California and New York and Republican-run Texas and Florida. And their approaches to fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, from mask rules to shutdowns to online schools, have been quite different, with the Golden and Empire states more aggressive with public health mandates while the Sunshine and Lone Star states have been out front on reopening. But there is one thing they now share: COVID-19 case rates have been falling in all four of the country’s largest states, particularly over the last month, according to data fro...

Witness in George Floyd trial gets vacation, and new friendship, from California man

SAN JOSE, Calif. — As Seal Beach tourist Charles McMillian strolled down Main Street this month – wearing his distinctive white-framed glasses – a couple stopped to greet him. “Oh, they just wanted to thank me for my testimony,” McMillian explained with a shrug as he took a seat outside Old Town Cafe. A few months ago, the 61-year-old man was just another face in the crowd and, like many, struggling to get by. Then, on March 31, millions around the globe saw his riveting eyewitness account of George Floyd’s horrific death. As McMillian puts it now, “When I cried, the whole world cried.” That n...

Hosing down the driveway? Why California has no statewide water wasting rules as it heads into a new drought

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Anyone who lived through California’s last big drought from 2012 to 2016 remembers the rules. You couldn’t water your yard so much that the water ran off into the street or sidewalk. Or hose down a driveway. Hotels had to put up signs telling customers they could choose not to have sheets and towels washed every day. Ornamental fountains were prohibited unless they recycled water. Watering landscaping within 48 hours of rain was forbidden. Cities couldn’t water grass on street medians. And if you washed a car with a hose, it had to have a nozzle. Now California is entering a...

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