Nearly 30,000 North Bay residents were without power or expected to lose it Wednesday morning in the latest round of PG&E’s precautionary power shutoffs. About 150,000 customers in 18 Northern California counties — including Napa, Solano and Sonoma in the Bay Area — will be affected by the ongoing power shutoffs, which are expected to be completed in phases by late morning, PG&E spokeswoman Katie Allen said. In the Bay Area, 19,265 customers will be affected in Sonoma County, 10,434 in Napa County and 81 in Solano County, according to PG&E. A second round of shutoffs is scheduled for 4 p.m. With high winds in the forecast, the power shutoffs are intended to prevent downed power lines and other electrical equipment damage from sparking fires in dry vegetation. A red flag warning went into effect at 4 a.m. Wednesday and is expected to remain in place until 7 a.m. Thursday. Wind gusts as high as 71 mph have been reported atop Mount Saint Helena and 35-45 mph … [Read more...] about PG&E power outages to hit nearly 30,000 customers in Bay Area
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A U.S. Navy fighter jet shot down a Syrian air force plane near the town of Tabqa in southern Syria on Sunday, the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq and Syria announced. The Soviet-made Su-22 attack jet had just bombed rebel fighters from the pro-U.S. Syrian Democratic Forces group occupying the town of Ja’din, south of Tabqa, when the American F/A-18E—presumably flying from the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush in the Red Sea—intercepted it. The Su-22 “was immediately shot down,” the coalition stated. The F/A-18 pilot acted “in accordance with rules of engagement and in collective self-defense of coalition partnered forces.” It’s unclear whether the Syrian pilot survived. The shoot-down represented U.S. military’s first victory in air-to-air combat since the 1999 Kosovo conflict. The Syrian regime claimed the Su-22 was attacking ISIS when the American jet interfered. “Our aircraft was downed at lunch time today near the [Syrian] … [Read more...] about U.S. Shoots Down First Assad Fighter Jet Over Syria
Sure, but what does it mean? Photo: Li Xueren/Xinhua News Agency/Getty Images I think my colleague Ed Kilgore is right to describe President Trump’s announcement about trade with China as more of a climbdown than a breakthrough. Trump had threatened to raise tariffs on Chinese imports if they didn’t make concessions before the end of the year; now, by setting a 90-day negotiating window, he’s delaying that threat to the end of February. But Trump’s record of trade climbdowns has been uneven to date. In spring of 2018, he appeared to climb down from his threat to impose major steel and aluminum tariffs, by temporarily exempting so many U.S. trading partners as to render the tariffs unimportant. But this reprieve actually proved temporary, and now the metal tariffs are real, broad, and important. Other threatened measures, such as global tariffs on auto imports, have remained mere threats — so far. All of which is to say, the trade war with … [Read more...] about Will Congress Take Away Trump’s Keys on Trade?
LOS ANGELES (AP) — To LeBron James, triple-doubles are not a goal. They are only a side effect of the consistent, brilliant all-around play he has been dishing out for 17 NBA seasons, with no slowdown in sight. LeBron James of the Lakers eludes Danilo Gallinari and Chris Paul of the Thunder during a game at Staples Center on Nov. 19, 2019. (Getty Images) Triple-doubles also don’t mean much to LeBron without wins attached to them, so James was pleased when his latest statistical superlative occurred during yet another successful night for the surging Los Angeles Lakers. James became the first player in NBA history to record a triple-double against every team in the league, and Anthony Davis scored 34 points during the Lakers’ fifth straight victory, 112-107 over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night. James finished with 25 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists to post a triple-double against his 30th opponent for the NBA-leading Lakers, who have won 12 of 13 after a … [Read more...] about Lakers Down Thunder For Fifth Straight Win As LeBron Sets Triple-Double Record
If somehow Trump resigns or is removed from office, things could get crazy fast for Republicans. Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images At this stage of the Ukraine scandal and impeachment proceedings, there’s no reason to think Donald Trump is in any imminent danger of losing his job. Yes, impeachment by the House is (in my judgment, anyway), more probable than not. But since it would take the defection of 20 Republican senators (and maybe more if any Democrats break ranks) to uphold a conviction, both the prevailing atmosphere of partisan polarization and the proximity of incredibly high-stakes elections make the sort of GOP disarray needed to split the party that badly extremely unlikely, to put it mildly. And the sounds of dissension and distress now emanating from such perpetually squeaky wheels as Mitt Romney and Ben Sasse should not be confused with any widespread revolt. Still, anything’s possible when it comes to the kind of presidential … [Read more...] about What Will Republicans Do If Trump Goes Down?