How California’s ‘Demonized’ Winds Shape Wildfire Season

By Jill Cowan Image Firefighters work to extinguish the Saddleridge Fire burning in the hills between Sylmar and Santa Clarita.CreditEtienne Laurent/EPA, via Shutterstock Good morning. (Here’s the sign-up, if you don’t already get California Today delivered to your inbox.) Among meteorological phenomena, California’s autumn winds have distinctly bad reputations. The past couple of weeks haven’t […]

The Technology 202: Airbnb now part of Congress’s debate over Silicon Valley’s legal shield

Ctrl + N Airbnb co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky. (Eric Risberg/AP) Lawmakers seeking to overhaul Silicon Valley’s prized legal shield are getting more ammunition. Fair-housing advocates are accusing Airbnb and other short-term rental platforms of abusing the legal provision that grants tech companies broad immunity for content people post on its platforms. They want Congress […]

Syria, Economics Nobel, Houston Astros: Your Monday Briefing

(Want to get this briefing by email? Here’s the sign-up.) Good morning. We’re covering the latest developments in Syria, Tuesday’s Democratic presidential debate and a fatal shooting by a police officer in Texas. Image Government troops entered the strategic town of Tel Tamer in northeastern Syria today.CreditDelil Souleiman/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images A turning point […]

The Amelia Earhart Mystery Stays Down in the Deep

For two weeks in August, a multimillion-dollar search from air, land and sea sought to solve the 80-year mystery of Amelia Earhart’s disappearance. Robert Ballard, the ocean explorer famous for locating the wreck of the Titanic, led a team that discovered two hats in the depths. It found debris from an old shipwreck. It even […]

President Trump has made 13,435 false or misleading claims over 993 days

October 14 at 3:00 AM As President Trump approaches his 1,000th day in office Wednesday, he has significantly stepped up his pace of spouting exaggerated numbers, unwarranted boasts and outright falsehoods. As of Oct. 9, his 993rd day in office, he had made 13,435 false or misleading claims, according to the Fact Checker’s database that […]

He Tried E-Cigarettes to Quit Smoking. Doctors Say Vaping Led to His Death.

OMAHA — In the spring, Kathleen Fimple buried her husband, John, and by the fall, she had reluctantly settled into her new life as a widow. She accepted what the doctors told her: that he had died at 68 from respiratory failure and pulmonary disease after years of smoking cigarettes, coupled with a bout of […]

Trump’s retreat in Syria turns into a mess

Turkey’s incursions at various points along its border with Syria began on Wednesday and, by the weekend, had already plunged the region into chaos. Turkish artillery pounded Syrian Kurdish positions, while footage emerged appearing to show Turkish-affiliated militiamen carrying out grisly roadside executions of Kurdish fighters allied to the United States. Tens of thousands of […]