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Major media players start commission for sexual misconduct

The biggest figures and institutions in entertainment have established a commission to be chaired by Anita Hill that intends to combat sexual misconduct and inequality in the industry in the wake of the huge wave of revelations spurred by allegations against Harvey Weinstein. Read More

Residents flee as flames approach wealthy California enclave

Updated on  December 16, 2017 at 1:50 pm
Residents piled into cars and fled today, turning downtown Santa Barbara into “a ghost town” as surging winds drove one of the biggest fires in California’s history toward the city and the nearby wealthy enclave of Montecito. Read More

In society and in law, definition of consent is a gray area

Updated on  December 16, 2017 at 11:16 am
For two months now, as accusations of sexual misconduct have piled up against Harvey Weinstein, the disgraced mogul has responded over and over again: “Any allegations of nonconsensual sex are unequivocally denied.” Read More

Highlights from the GOP’s tax overhaul plan

Updated on  December 15, 2017 at 6:01 pm
Highlights of the legislation that would overhaul the nation’s tax code, which goes to the House and Senate next week. Read More

Somber mood as mourners honor San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee

Government workers, local celebrities and residents who didn’t know him personally streamed past the body of the late Mayor Ed Lee to say goodbye to San Francisco’s leader of seven years. Read More

Grand jury: Penn State showed ‘shocking apathy’ to drinking

A grand jury’s report in the wake of a fraternity pledge’s drinking death said Friday that Penn State officials displayed “a shocking apathy” to dangers from excessive drinking and that its inaction allowed criminal acts to occur. Read More

Denver shuts down 26 legal pot businesses, makes arrests

Denver authorities shut down 26 legal marijuana businesses today and arrested 12 people suspected of illegal distribution of pot after a yearlong criminal investigation. Read More

FCC votes along party lines to end ‘net neutrality’

Updated on  December 14, 2017 at 10:48 am
Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, a Democrat who was appointed by President Barack Obama, lambasted the “preordained outcome” of the vote that she says hurts people, small and large businesses, and marginalized populations. Read More

Firefighters wary despite gains against California fire

Southern California firefighters contained part of the fifth-largest fire in the state’s history but warned coastal communities today that they’re still at risk if unpredictable winds whip up again and fan the flames. Read More

Kentucky lawmaker facing assault allegations commits suicide

Updated on  December 13, 2017 at 7:57 pm
Dan Johnson, a Republican state lawmaker in Kentucky who defiantly denied allegations that he sexually assaulted a teenage girl in the basement of his home, died in an apparent suicide tonight, the county coroner said. He was 57. Read More