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Waymo Will Bring Autonomous Taxis to Los Angeles—Its Biggest Challenge Yet

Paid autonomous vehicle service is coming to Los Angeles, thanks to a decision by California regulators today to allow Alphabet subsidiary Waymo to operate in the city. Under the new ruling, Waymo is also permitted to launch service in a large section of the San Francisco Peninsula.The decision by the California Public Utilities Commission will likely prove controversial. It comes over the protest of local governments and agencies, including the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, the San Francisco County…

Waymo robotaxis approved for Los Angeles and more San Francisco areas

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved a proposal from Alphabet’s Waymo to expand its fared, completely driverless robotaxi services to Los Angeles and some cities near San Francisco, effective on Friday.Waymo, which already operates in San Francisco and Phoenix, applied on January 19 to expand its driverless services, saying it would work with policymakers, first responders, and community organizations. Last month, the CPUC suspended the application “for further staff review.”“Waymo may begin fared,…

Waymo approved to expand robotaxi service in Los Angeles, SF peninsula

Passengers ride in an electric Waymo full self-driving technology in Santa MonicaAllen J. Schaben | Los Angeles Times | Getty ImagesAlphabet's Waymo robotaxi unit won approval from the California Public Utilities Commission to expand service to parts of Los Angeles and the Bay Area, according to a notice posted to the regulator's website on Friday."Waymo may begin fared driverless passenger service operations in the specified areas of Los Angeles and the San Francisco Peninsula, effective today," the release said.In…

Karol G Private Jet Makes Emergency Landing in Los Angeles Over Smoke

Shortly after taking off from a nearby airport in Burbank with 16 people on board, the plane's cockpit started to fill with smoke Shortly after departing from Burbank Airport, Karol G‘s private jet made an emergency landing in Los Angeles. With 16 passengers on board, the plane’s pilot reported that there was smoke filling the cockpit and rerouted to Van Nuys Airport, according to ABC 7. Once safely grounded, Karol G and the other passengers on her jet embraced one another after exiting onto

The true story of J Lo’s ‘first edition Iliad’ in ‘The Boy Next Door’

It’s one of our oldest written works: “The Iliad” by Homer was part of a 3,000-year-old oral tradtition, first written down around the 10th century, in Greek. So the idea of a “first edition” of the Iliad showing up in English at an American yard sale is just plain silly.It’s the kind of thing that could only happen in the movies. In the Jennifer Lopez thriller “The Boy Next Door,” to be exact. In the film J-Lo is a high school classics teacher, Claire, who dallies with her sexy 19-year old neighbor Noah (Ryan…

SAG Awards winners list – Los Angeles Times

Hollywood’s biggest stars will descend upon L.A.’s Shrine Auditorium on Saturday for the 30th Screen Actors Guild Awards. The ceremony — the first since SAG-AFTRA reached a deal with the major studios to end their historic strike and ratified a new contract— will be streamed live on Netflix for the first time. The new platform and new format could provide a boon for the awards show, which had seen ratings decline on TNT and TBS.Coming into the night, Christopher Nolan’s “Oppenheimer” and Greta Gerwig’s “Barbie” led the…

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Campaign Holds Comedy Fundraiser Los Angeles – The Hollywood Reporter

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. continued campaign fundraising in Los Angeles Wednesday night with a stand-up comedy event hosted by the independent presidential candidate’s wife and actress Cheryl Hines. The A Night of Laughter With RFK Jr. & Friends evening at the Million Dollar Theater included performances by Jeremy Piven, Bobby Lee, Rob Schneider, Tre Stewart, Mike Binder, Erica Rhodes, Dustin Ybarra and radio host and podcaster Adam Carolla.   The benefit event, with an after party for $1000…

Una temporada de incendios sin precedentes arrasa uno de los puntos calientes de biodiversidad de la Tierra

Con ecosistemas que van del altiplano andino a las vastas llanuras y la selva amazónica, Colombia—enclavada en la confluencia de Centroamérica y Sudamérica—alberga casi el 10 por ciento de la biodiversidad del planeta. Entre sus especies emblemáticas figuran docenas del género Espeletia: plantas de aspecto juguetón, comúnmente llamadas frailejones. Sus rosetas de suculentas hojas peludas coronan unos troncos gruesos y esponjosos que atrapan la niebla que llega sobre los únicos y delicados humedales de gran altitud de los…

Los Angeles Just Proved How Spongy a City Can Be

Earlier this month, the future fell on Los Angeles. A long band of moisture in the sky, known as an atmospheric river, dumped 9 inches of rain on the city over three days—over half of what the city typically gets in a year. It’s the kind of extreme rainfall that’ll get ever more extreme as the planet warms.The city’s water managers, though, were ready and waiting. Like other urban areas around the world, in recent years LA has been transforming into a “sponge city,” replacing impermeable surfaces, like concrete, with…

How Chinese migrants in Los Angeles Chinatown gained self-reliance

Chinese men holding down a pig in a fenced area in or new Los Angeles Chinatown, circa 1881-1910. Credit: Lisa See Collection, Huntington Digital Library In the late 1800s and early 1900s, anti-Chinese sentiment in the United States was high, as working-class laborers in the country viewed Chinese workers as a threat. Prior research has found that