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California Today: California Today: A Special Fires Edition

Supported byU.S.California Today: A Special Fires EditionGood morning.(Want to get California Today by email? Here’s the sign-up.)PhotoFirefighters in Ventura, Calif., on Tuesday.Credit Jae C. Hong/Associated PressThe year-end fires sweeping Southern California this week have raised a worrisome question: Where is the rain?The rainy season typically starts in October and lasts through April, with the heaviest rain coming from December through March. Precipitation has been at or above-normal in Northern California, but there has been little rain in the south.Since Oct. 1 just 2.3 inches have fallen in Los Angeles, and 1.15 inches in San Diego, which is way below the normal rainfall for that period, according to the California Department of Water Resources.That lack of precipitation is one reason fires have exploded across Southern California this week, officials said. Thousands of people were evacuated across Los Angeles County and in the path of another fire in Ventura.Continue reading the main storyIt is too soon to ring any drought alarm bells. Still, the memory of the long, punishing drought that ended last year — the worst in this state’s modern history — remains fresh. And a report earlier this week by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory said that atmospheric conditions caused by global warming, including the creation of a resilient, water-blocking atmospheric ridge, means even less rain in the future.Continue reading the main storyContinue reading the main story“I still have a drought hangover so I wake up worried about drought,” said Felicia Marcus, the head of the state Water Resources Control Board.Southern California is dealing with the same collection of forces that accounted for the intensity of the wine country fires: an unusually wet winter led to extensive brush growth and a record-hot October baked the growth into kindling. The final ingredient was the heavy Santa Ana winds whipping across Southern California.“It was sort of a trifecta for Napa and Sonoma,” Ms. […]

F.C.C. Announces Plan to Repeal Net Neutrality

The clear winners from the move would be the giant companies that provide internet access to phones and computers, which have fought for years against broadband regulations. A repeal of the rules would allow the companies to exert more control over the online experiences of American consumers.Big online companies like Amazon say that the telecom companies would be able to show favoritism to certain web services, by charging for accessing some sites but not others, or by slowing the connection speed to some sites. Small online companies say the proposal would hurt innovation. Only the largest companies, they say, would be able to afford the expense of making sure their sites received preferred treatment.And consumers, the online companies say, may see their costs go up to get quality access to popular websites like Netflix.VideoWhat is Net Neutrality?The F.C.C. is set to repeal rules that require internet providers to give consumers equal access to all content online. Here’s how it works.By AARON BYRD and NATALIA V. OSIPOVA on Publish Date November 21, 2017.Photo by Michael Bocchieri/Getty Images.Watch in Times Video »embed The action “represents the end of net neutrality as we know it and defies the will of millions of Americans,” said Michael Beckerman, chief executive of the Internet Association, a lobbying group that represent Google, Facebook, Amazon and other tech firms.But Mr […]

Mediator: A Long-Delayed Reckoning of the Cost of Silence on Abuse

With those settlements, Mr. O’Reilly was not only able to hold onto his top-rated, prime-time television show, an engine for his book and speaking empire, but he was also able, in February, to land a new $100 million contract from Fox News, the network that made him a star.Two months later, Fox News and its parent, 21st Century Fox, forced Mr. O’Reilly out.What changed? […]

Why Amazon’s headquarters are like the Plotnick Diamond

Cities competing in this cattle call should be careful what they wish for. […]

Microsoft C.E.O. Says Tech’s Progress on Gender Equality Is ‘Not Sufficient’

Mr. Nadella, who joined Microsoft in 1992, touched on a range of topics during the talk in Manhattan, discussing privacy, gaming, immigration and the effect of artificial intelligence on jobs.Mr. Nadella said that immigrants — and not just those with highly valued skills — help improve competition. […]

Leaving a Condemned Mexico City Building

Times journalists around the world bring you a new 360 video every day.Recent Episodes in The Daily 360 The Daily 360 1:34 Prison Through Art, Rap and VR The Daily 360 1:59 Leaving a Condemned Mexico City Building The Daily 360 2:02 Where It’s Made: Visit a Lego Factory The Daily 360 1:12 Keeping Indian Folk Painting Alive The Daily 360 2:09 Spelunking in Search of Antibiotics The Daily 360 1:22 Trying to Save the Corals of the Great Barrier Reef The Daily 360 1:11 Citizens Mobilize After Mexico Quake The Daily 360 1:30 36 Hours in Madrid The Daily 360 1:48 A Hotel Revival in Los Angeles The Daily 360 2:40 A Family’s Return to Mosul The Daily 360 1:27 Witness a Changing Amazon The Daily 360 2:18 Catering to Commuters at a Tijuana Border Crossing Show more videos from The Daily 360 […]

Where It’s Made: Visit a Lego Factory

Times journalists around the world bring you a new 360 video every day.Recent Episodes in The Daily 360 The Daily 360 2:02 Where It’s Made: Visit a Lego Factory The Daily 360 1:12 Keeping Indian Folk Painting Alive The Daily 360 2:09 Spelunking in Search of Antibiotics The Daily 360 1:22 Trying to Save the Corals of the Great Barrier Reef The Daily 360 1:11 Citizens Mobilize After Mexico Quake The Daily 360 1:30 36 Hours in Madrid The Daily 360 1:48 A Hotel Revival in Los Angeles The Daily 360 2:40 A Family’s Return to Mosul The Daily 360 1:27 Witness a Changing Amazon The Daily 360 2:18 Catering to Commuters at a Tijuana Border Crossing The Daily 360 2:09 How a Cake Triggered a Supreme Court Case The Daily 360 1:20 Diversifying Fashion Week Show more videos from The Daily 360 […]