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Self-driving car engineer Anthony Levandowski files motion to force Uber into arbitration

Anthony Levandowski, the star self-driving car engineer who was at the center of a trade secrets lawsuit, has filed a motion to compel Uber into arbitration in the hopes that his former employee will have to shoulder the cost of at least part of the $179 million judgment against him. The motion to compel arbitration filed this week is part of Levandowski’s bankruptcy proceedings. It’s the latest chapter in a long and winding legal saga that has entangled Uber and Waymo, the former Google self-driving project that is now a…

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‘This is a miracle’: California couple found alive after getting lost on Valentine’s Day hike

Rescuers searched with drones and dogs but had given up hope after Carol Kiparsky and Ian Irwin went missing near Inverness Two academics who got lost during a Valentines Day hike in the woods of northern California were found on Saturday by rescuers who spent almost a week searching and had given up hopes of finding them alive. Carol Kiparsky, 77, and Ian Irwin, 72, were found in a densely forested area near Tomales Bay, a narrow inlet about 30 miles north of San Francisco, and were airlifted to a…

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Virgin Galactic relocates SpaceShipTwo VSS Unity to its spaceport for preparations ahead of commercial flights

Virgin Galactic is one crucial step closer to actually flying paying customers to space: The space tourism company just relocated its SpaceShipTwo vehicle, the VSS Unity, from its Mojave, California manufacturing facility to Spaceport America in New Mexico, where it will begin flights with a goal of at least sending company founder Richard Branson to space during the year of his 70th birthday. VSS Unity made the trip attached to the carrier aircraft that will bring it up to its launch altitude, where it’ll detach from the plane (named ‘VMS…

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Wear your helmet, concludes new study showing electronic scooter injuries have nearly tripled in the last four years

Taking a ride on an electronic scooter soon? Wear your helmet! According to a recent study published in JAMA Surgery, not wearing headgear or taking other precautions while riding is increasingly sending young people to the hospital — leading to more than 40,000 broken bones, head wounds and other injuries. Unfortunately, less than 5% of riders in the study were found to be wearing their helmet, leading to nearly one-third of patients having a head injury. That’s more than double the rate of head injuries experienced by bicyclists. The rise…

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Homeless Oakland Moms Cut Deal to Buy House They Squatted In

A group of homeless mothers evicted and arrested after squatting in an empty Oakland residence have reached an agreement to buy the home in a radical conclusion to a struggle that shone a renewed spotlight on the Bay Areas dire housing shortage. The women, known collectively as Moms 4 Housing, occupied a house in West Oakland from November until Alameda County Sheriffs deputies removed them in a said Dominique Walker, one of the mothers who was living in the home. The house, owned by the Southern California real estate company…

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Discount student tickets available for TC Sessions: Mobility 2020

“Revolutionary” may be an over-used adjective, but how else to describe the rapid evolution in mobility technology? Join us in San Jose, Calif., on May 14 for TC Sessions: Mobility 2020. Our second annual day-long conference cuts through the hype and explores the current and future state of the technology and its social, regulatory and economic impact. If you’re a student with a passion for mobility and transportation tech, listen up. We can’t talk about the future if we’re not willing to invest in the next generation of mobility visionaries.…

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California’s wildfire risk keeps getting worse. Now a decade of blackouts lie ahead

The states 2019 fire season was relatively mild, but included nine public safety power shutoffs. Is it making the system safer? In 2019, millions of Californians experienced a wildfire safety blackout, some for nearly a week at a time, as the troubled utility company Pacific Gas & Electric and other investor-owned utilities grappled with replacing one devastating disaster with another, comparatively manageable one. 2019 was not an anomaly, but the beginning of a new way of life for many California residents. While de-energization for fire safety has been state policy…

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Golden Globes: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler follow Ricky Gervais as hosts

Poehler poses as NBC publicist to make announcement after British comedian caused controversy with monologue Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will host the Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2020/jan/11/golden-globes-tina-fey-amy-poehler-ricky-gervais-hosts

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Airbnb to ban party houses in wake of Halloween shooting in California

Airbnbs CEO said the company must do better after five people were killed at a party in San Francisco Airbnbs chief executive has said the company will ban party houses following a November 2, 2019 The four-bedroom home had been rented on Airbnb by a woman who told the owner her dozen family members had asthma and needed to escape smoke from a wildfire, a person with knowledge of the transaction told the Associated Press. A fire burning in Sonoma County about 97km (60 miles) north of Orinda earlier in…

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California Residents Will Get Cell Phone Alerts Seconds Before Earthquakes

A new earthquake warning system unveiled Thursday will send an alert to all cell phones in California up to 20 seconds before the ground starts to shake. The statewide early warning system, the first of its kind in the country, is designed to provide residents with the precious seconds needed to find cover. The alerts will be made through the states wireless emergency system, which is also used to send out Amber Alerts. An app known as MyShake has also been made available for those in California without cell phone…

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Governor says California could take over PG&E after wildfires linked to utility

Maria fire near Los Angeles remains tough to tackle as red flag warning extended to 6pm Saturday California could take public ownership of Pacific Gas & Electric, the states largest utility which has been blamed over a series of deadly fires, Governor Gavin Newsom said. PG&E filed for bankruptcy protection in January, in the wake of billions of dollars of claims related to wildfires. The company has recently cut off the power to thousands of households in a largely unsuccessful attempt to prevent fires that have again wracked the northern…

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Rare Tornado in California

I live in California and people always say that we cannot have tornadoes here. My children and I were at church and my children said mom there was a tornado outside, so I picked up my phone and started videoing this enormous tornado of dirt going through the field. My children were concerned the tornado was going to hit their friend’s house. It continued for a long time. More Read more: https://viralviralvideos.com/2019/10/04/rare-tornado-in-california/

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Ronald Lee Haskell Sentenced to Death for Executing Ex-Wifes Family

A California man sentenced to death in a Texas court on Friday. Ronald Lee Haskell, 39, was was seeking revenge against anyone who helped his ex-wife, Melannie Lyon, after their bitter divorce when he drove from California to Texas to carry out the execution. [Haskell] is a manipulator, he is a liar, he wont change, and quite frankly, he doesnt want to change, Harris County Assistant District Attorney Samantha Knecht put her head down and cried in thecourtrooms front rowas his sentence was read. Stay previously told jurors she played…

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California: July earthquake caused fault to move for first time on record

Ruptures in Ridgecrest sequence ended a few miles from the Garlock fault, which is slowly creeping, says study The for the first time on record, researchers said on Thursday. Ruptures in the study released in the journal Science. Its surprising, Zachary Ross, assistant professor of geophysics at Caltech and lead author of the paper, said. In California, weve been monitoring earthquakes for a long time. We think we have a pretty good sense of what typical behavior is over long timescales and then when something happens thats anomalous, that obviously…

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How e-cigarettes went from celebrity accessory to product non grata

Several states have enacted a ban on sales of vaping products amid more than 800 reports of lung injuries nationwide Up until a month ago, it sometimes seemed like everybody vaped, from everybody is trying to quit. Amid reports of at least New York, Michigan and everyone to refrain from vaping and the governor launching a a federal flavored e-cigarette ban. Theyve been touted as safer than cigarettes, even to the extreme of being safe, period, said John Maa, a past president of the San Francisco Marin Medical Society. But…

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