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Angels to take Shohei Ohtani to arbitration hearing next month

Sometime next month a panel of arbitrators will be hearing a case unlike any they’ve heard before. The Angels on Friday reached agreements with five of their six arbitration-eligible players, the notable exception being Shohei Ohtani. Although the two sides could still agree to a 2021 salary somewhere between the $3.3 million Ohtani requested and the $2.5 million the Angels offered, the case will be determined by a three-person panel of arbitrators. “Both sides agree he deserves a raise, and just how much is the question,” Angels general manager Perry Minasian said of Ohtani, who made a pro-rotated $1 million in 2020. “We weren’t able to come to an agreement, but at the end of the day, that’s why this process is in place. Each side will present its case and whatever happens, happens.” Abou

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Morgan Hill: Man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder

MORGAN HILL – A 59-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a stabbing at a home in Morgan Hill, police said. The stabbing was reported on the 16000 block of Sundance Drive about 12:30 p.m. Thursday, the Morgan Hill Police Department said in a news release. Officers arrived to find a man standing near the front of the home and detained him without incident. Inside the home, police found an unresponsive woman with multiple stab wounds. She was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries. An initial investigation determined the man had stabbed the woman during a disturbance, police said. The man, identified as John Reed, was arrested and booked into Santa Clara County jail on charges of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon. He is being held without bail at the M...

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CIF’s Central Coast Section gives OK for high schools to start practices Saturday — with restrictions

One part of California has approved the start of high school sports practices as soon as Saturday, Jan. 16, but teams must adhere to strict social distancing rules. The executive committee for the Central Coast Section, the governing body for high school athletics in five northern California counties — San Mateo, Santa Clara, Monterey, San Benito, Santa Cruz — and a few private schools in San Francisco, approved plans this week for sports teams to return to practice amid the coronavirus pandemic. A handful of sports are scheduled to return to competition Jan. 25, though no competition can be held until local stay-at-home orders are lifted, and the section left it up to leagues to move the seasons of all sports as they see fit. The CCS prioritized practice and physical activity for young at

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An intelligence report by Capitol Police warned ‘Congress itself’ could be targeted, days before the deadly siege on the US Capitol, according to The Washington Post

Summary List PlacementIn a report produced days before the deadly siege on the US Capitol, Capitol Police intelligence warned "Congress itself" could be the target of an attack by pro-Trump protesters. "Supporters of the current president see January 6, 2021, as the last opportunity to overturn the results of the presidential election," a portion of the report, obtained by The Washington Post, says. "This sense of desperation and disappointment may lead to more of an incentive to become violent." "Unlike previous post-election protests, the targets of the pro-Trump supporters are not necessarily the counter-protesters as they were previously, but rather Congress itself is the target on the 6th," the report says. A Capitol Police spokesperson did not immediately respond to Insider's req...

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Bill Maher Delivers Final Insult to Kellyanne Conway on ‘Real Time’

HBOOn the evening of Jan. 7, a full day after an army of Trump fanatics—at the president’s orders—stormed the U.S. Capitol on a mission to overthrow the government, menacing congresspeople and killing a police officer in the process, Kellyanne Conway issued a rambling statement on Twitter. In it, one of Trump’s most loyal and semi-trusted advisers condemned the events as “outrageous and inexcusable,” followed by the comical lie that her former boss had “denounced the violence, acknowledged the certified election results and committed to a ‘peaceful transfer of power’ to the Biden-Harris Administration.” The wildly false claim was met with a near-universal raised eyebrow, including by Kellyanne’s own teenage daughter, who said to her mother (via TikTok), “How do you feel about your army be...

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Blackhawks adjust, but not enough, in second consecutive loss to Lightning

Philipp Kurashev’s impressive NHL debut was a bright spot in the Blackhawks’ loss. | AP PhotosThe Hawks played a far more competitive game Friday than Wednesday but still lost 5-2 to the defending champions. The Blackhawks adjusted after Wednesday’s loss but suffered the same fate against the Lightning again Friday. The Hawks kept the rematch more even and competitive but still lost 5-2 as coach Jeremy Colliton’s gameplan changes — something he’ll have many opportunities to do in this season formatted in two-game sets — weren’t enough to overcome the talent deficit. “We played really well and didn’t have a ton to show for it, other than that we were in a battle,” Colliton said. The Hawks held a film meeting during Thursday’s practice day and formulated a plan to be more aggressive and tigh

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California Highway Patrol issues statewide tactical alert ahead of Inauguration Day

The California Highway Patrol ordered a statewide tactical alert Friday to increase available officers in anticipation of possible civil unrest leading up to the presidential inauguration, authorities said. The alert allows CHP to increase overall awareness and the number of officers available to help protect state highways, state buildings, and the state Capitol in Sacramento. “For many months, the CHP has worked closely with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies to ensure the outcome of the election will be respected and that any protests which may occur are free from violence,” said CHP Commissioner Amanda Ray in a statement. “As such, the CHP is prepared to respond to any potential threats which may arise statewide.” The CHP previously ordered statewide tactical alerts on...

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Tacko Fall Banked In A Long Two And Boston’s Bench Went Ballistic

Getty Image It’s been a rough week for the Boston Celtics. Like many of their colleagues around the NBA, the Celtics have found themselves in the throes of the pandemic, with three games this week postponed due to either positive tests or contact tracing related to the league’s health and safety protocols. So it was no small blessing that they were able to get back out on the court on Friday night for their game against the Orlando Magic. Even without several key players, such as Jayson Tatum, Kemba Walker, and Robert Williams, they were able to get the blowout victory, 124-97. And because it was a blowout, we got a chance to see everybody’s favorite player get some run and knock down a few shots, as Tacko Fall banked in a long two-pointer with under a minute remaining to send his...

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With Lou Williams and Patrick Beverley out, Reggie Jackson gets a start for Clippers

The Clippers took the court on Friday in Sacramento without two of their veteran guards: Starring Sixth Man Lou Williams was sidelined with a sore hip, Coach Tyronn Lue said, and starting point guard Patrick Beverley was away for personal reasons, per the team. Reggie Jackson – going from zero minutes to starter’s minutes – stood in for Beverley. Entering Friday, Jackson hadn’t played at all in two games. And he hadn’t played more than eight minutes in the two before that. A starter in 348 of his 571 career NBA games, the 30-year-old hadn’t started this season. But in delivering the news that the Clippers were going to employ a rotation that didn’t feature him, Lue asked Jackson to stay ready. And Jackson, Lue said, vowed he would be when the time came – all of two games later. “It was a h

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Norway adjusts advice after vaccine deaths but isn’t alarmed

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Norwegian officials have adjusted their advice on who gets the COVID-19 vaccine in light of a small number of deaths in older people, leaving it up to each doctor to consider who should be vaccinated. The Norwegian Medicines Agency on Thursday reported a total of 29 people had suffered side effects, 13 of them fatal. All the deaths occurred among patients in nursing homes and all were over the age of 80. The agency listed fever and nausea as side effects which “may have led to the deaths of some frail patients,” Sigurd Hortemo of the Norwegian Medicines Agency said in the body’s first report of the side effects. More than 30,000 people have received the first shot of the Pfizer or Moderna coronavirus vaccine in the Scandinavian country since the end of December,

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Pelosi taps retired military commander, who oversaw the US response to Hurricane Katrina, to oversee probe into security failures during Capitol siege

Summary List PlacementHouse Speaker Nancy Pelosi has tapped retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré to lead "an immediate review" of the security of the US Capitol Complex after armed pro-Trump insurrections ransacked it last week.  "To protect our Democracy, we must now subject the security of the U.S. Capitol Complex to rigorous scrutiny," Pelosi said in a statement. "To that end, I have asked Lt. General Russel Honoré (Ret.), a respected leader with experience dealing with crises, to lead an immediate review of the Capitol's security infrastructure, interagency processes and procedures, and command and control." In 2005, Honoré led the task force that was in charge of the US military response to Hurricane Katrina.  Honoré had called the response at the Capitol during the attack a "s--- show."...

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LAUSD board president launches reelection bid

Los Angeles Unified school board member Kelly Gonez, who made history last month by becoming the youngest woman to serve as its board president, is already looking ahead to a second term in office. Although the 32-year-old’s current term won’t be up until December 2022 and the primary election for board District 6 is still about a year-and-a-half away, she launched her reelection campaign this week, saying she wants to give herself plenty of time to talk to students, parents, educators and other stakeholders to ensure her campaign is “shaped by the voices of the community.” It’s a stark contrast to four years ago when Gonez, then a political newcomer, threw her hat into the ring about five months before the primary election. This time, not only is Gonez starting her campaign much earlier;

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Sundance Film Fest comes to SF drive-in with lots of Bay Area movies

In a historic first, the Sundance Film Festival is coming to a Bay Area drive-in theater. And while most screenings are already sold out, know that additional tickets are expected to be released on Monday. The prestigious independent film festival that usually draws throngs of celebrities, moviemakers, journalists and faux furs to Park City, Utah, has been forced to go virtual this year because of COVID-19. Instead, the festival is presenting the films at drive-ins across the country, including Fort Mason Flix, the recently reopened drive-in at San Francisco’s Fort Mason complex. The screenings will benefit San Francisco’s beloved independent movie house, the Roxie Theater. As always, the festival features Bay Area-fueled films, including Oakland filmmaker Peter Nicks’ third documentary in

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‘WandaVision’: All of the Marvel Easter Eggs and and Sitcom References So Far

Every Marvel Cinematic Universe title is full of references to other characters and organizations, but “WandaVision,” which premiered on Disney+ on January 15, also offers plenty of Easter eggs for fans of classic television sitcoms. The show, which marks the superhero franchise’s first original installment on Disney’s streaming service, stars Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany as their MCU characters Wanda (aka Scarlet Witch) and Vision. Despite Vision’s apparent death in 2018’s “Avengers: Infinity War,” the duo appear to be living an idealized life in a suburb — until they realize that things aren’t necessarily as they seem. Check out all the show’s references to the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as well as its myriad throwbacks to classic TV sitcoms below. [Editor’s Note: The foll

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