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Iranian nuclear scientist gunned down, news agency reports

He was one of Iran’s preeminent nuclear scientists, the country’s answer to Robert Oppenheimer, the American physicist who led the U.S. effort to build a nuclear bomb during World War II. As an officer in Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard and a physics professor in Tehran, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh-Mahabadi was involved for decades in the upper echelons […]

China fulfills goal to end poverty. Poor people aren’t all glad

Standing near a mountaintop, overlooking two empty villages of mud and straw homes below, Communist Party secretary Cai Hongmin beamed: “We plucked out the people’s roots of poverty all at once.” The villagers had been moved in 2018 to new homes an hour’s drive away, he said, where they enjoyed running water, electricity, closer schools […]

Cher helps rescue elephant Kaavan from captivity in Pakistan

She is the 74-year-old, ever-glamorous “Goddess of Pop.” He spent 27 years in chains, once killed a zookeeper and has been called the loneliest elephant in the world. The unlikely pair are due to meet next week in Cambodia, where they will plunge into a jungle once controlled by the Khmer Rouge as the 35-year-old […]

Biden gives Thanksgiving address to reassure Americans

As President Trump continued to downplay an out-of-control virus that is taking more than 2,000 American lives a day, President-elect Joe Biden sought to step into the leadership void Wednesday by delivering a solemn appeal for Americans to put politics aside and unite to beat the pandemic. Biden’s Thanksgiving eve address signaled a new phase […]

Can California small businesses survive another COVID surge?

For 27 years, along an industrial strip by the 405 Freeway, Go Kart World has offered family fun with six racetracks and an arcade. But as news of the coronavirus spread in February, customers fled. And in March, health officials shut down the business. “I was freaking out,” said Cynde Harris, co-owner of the Carson […]

Biden picks Alejandro Mayorkas for Homeland Security secretary

President-elect Joe Biden on Monday named Alejandro Mayorkas as his Homeland Security secretary, a move that could make the Cuban American and former federal prosecutor in California the first Latino and first immigrant to serve in the Cabinet post. Mayorkas, who was born in Havana, grew up in Los Angeles and attended UC Berkeley and […]

Who is Fresno woman who gave $1 million to help Armenia?

Persimmons were drying in the kitchen and a bowl of cracked walnuts sat on the table on this November day. Clara Margossian, 102, wore her favorite scarf tied around her head, knotted beneath her chin. The one she saves for company. In the house she had built on old fig orchard land 40 years ago, […]

Mexico crosses grim coronavirus milestone: 100,000 dead

. It was time for a break, Marisela Pérez decided, a chance to ditch concerns about masks and social distancing and the pervasive fear of infection. She and her husband gathered up the couple’s two children, aged 10 and 6, and drove last weekend to Acapulco. “My kids are stuck at home all day, doing […]

Trump’s leaving office. Don’t expect him to leave social media

When President Trump exits the Oval Office on Jan. 20, don’t expect him to disappear from your Twitter feed. Trump is likely to become even less restrained on social media, putting intense pressure on Twitter and Facebook to manage his most explosive and rule-breaking claims. Under fire from Republicans for allegedly censoring conservative views and […]

What a Biden win means for Israel’s vehemently pro-Trump prime minister

Sixteen days after the U.S. election, and 12 days after Joe Biden was projected as the winner, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Twitter account still bore a banner picturing him beaming alongside President Trump. Few world leaders have aligned themselves quite so tightly with Trump as Netanyahu, Israel’s longest serving prime minister. But Netanyahu is […]