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How you can get a flu shot in Southern California

A man gets a flu shot in pre-COVID times. <span class="copyright">(Justin Sullivan / Getty Images)</span>
A man gets a flu shot in pre-COVID times. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images)

It’s roughly Month 7 of the pandemic and Week 4 of wildfire season. Unfortunately, we have one more concern to add to your plate: It’s time to get a flu shot.

Thousands of people die every year from the flu. The CDC estimates that in the 2019-20 flu season, there were as many as 740,000 flu-related hospitalizations and 24,000 to 62,000 flu-related deaths in the United States.

If people maintain their social distancing protocols through fall, we may experience a less deadly flu season than normal. You’re a lot less likely to catch the flu sitting in your house. But as coronavirus rates start to come down in some parts of the country, there’s a fear that eased restrictions or even just a perception of reduced risk will lead to a “twindemic” — a rough flu

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Power outages hamper evacuation warnings and distance learning in wildfire-torn California

Danielle Mays lives in a wood cabin at the end of a 10-mile dirt road near Feather Falls, California. On Tuesday afternoon, Mays, a music teacher, saw smoke from the approaching North Complex West Zone fire, and knew something was wrong.

But Mays had no power, and thus no reliable cell phone service, so she hadn’t received any emergency alert to warn her of the dangerous fire. In fact, she had no Wi-Fi or even water, because her cabin and 70 acres rely on a well. In an effort to prevent more wildfires from igniting, California’s largest utility provider, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) had intentionally shut off power the previous night to Mays and more than 150,000 other customers across 22 counties in Northern California.

The North Complex West Zone fire has already killed 10 people and burned more than 70,000 acres in Butte County. The fire was caused

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California inks deal for new system after COVID data backlog

LOS ANGELES (AP) — About a month after California disclosed its COVID-19 tracking system had produced inaccurate case numbers, state officials awarded a $15 million contract Tuesday to a software company to design a successor capable of collecting greater amounts of more detailed data on the spread of the virus.

Health and Human Services Secretary Mark Ghaly said in an online briefing that the current system was not designed to handle the work that came with the outbreak in California, which has more cases than any other state.

The replacement, to be developed by OptumInsight Inc., will be “built to really handle that high volume of test results, both negatives and positives,” he said.

Paired with a recently announced expansion in testing, the state intends to collect more data, packed with greater detail. That should allow officials to gather a greater range of demographic information, that in turn will allow

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Etsy’s CEO slams Amazon for trying to twist a California consumer protection bill into a tool to ‘wipe out its competitors’

Lawmakers are looking to hold Amazon accountable for defective products sold on its online marketplace. 

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Lawmakers are looking to hold Amazon accountable for defective products sold on its online marketplace.
  • Etsy CEO Josh Silverman accused Amazon of attempting to stifle competition by lobbying California lawmakers to make a proposed consumer protection bill overly burdensome for smaller players.

  • In a blog post Tuesday, Silverman said Amazon was “taking bold steps to wipe out its competitors by promoting complex, hard-to-comply-with legislation that only they can afford to absorb.”

  • The bill, AB-3262, would hold online marketplaces liable for defective products similarly to physical retailers, but Silverman said the version Amazon lobbied for will ultimately hurt small businesses.

  • A California court ruled earlier this month that Amazon is liable for defective products sold by third-parties on its site due to the “pivotal” role it played in transactions.

  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Amazon came

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The lights went out. Now California might let these gas plants stay open

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An AES power plant, which is fueled with natural gas, has been the subject of controversy for decades in Redondo Beach. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

State officials are poised to decide whether four gas-fired power plants along the Southern California coast should keep running past 2020, in the first major energy decision for Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration after this month’s blackouts.

The aging, inefficient facilities are being required to close under a policy meant to end the environmentally damaging use of ocean water for power plant cooling. But energy regulators have been pushing since last year to delay the retirement deadlines, warning that insufficient power supplies could cause Californians to lose electricity on hot summer evenings — the exact situation millions of people found themselves in during two evenings of brief rotating outages.

Even before the blackouts Aug. 14

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Online coding bootcamp Lambda School just raised $74 million, even as it loses the ability to offer its controversial income share agreements in California

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Austen Allred, CEO and co-founder of Lambda School
  • The online coding bootcamp Lambda School announced a $74 million Series C round of funding, TechCrunch’s Ingrid Lunden first reported Friday. 

  • Lambda School has also received approval to operate from the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE), over a year after being fined and ordered to shut down by that agency.

  • While Lambda School has been approved to operate, it cannot offer income share agreements to new California students.

  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Lambda School, an online coding bootcamp known for a financial model where students don’t have to pay until they find a job, just announced a $74 million Series C round of funding on the heels of approval to continue operating in California — with a catch. 

Lambda School, headquartered in San Francisco, was built on the promise of

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Lyft and Uber receive reprieve in California employment rights row

A sign with the logos of Lyft and Uber on a bus stop are seen in this photo
A sign with the logos of Lyft and Uber on a bus stop are seen in this photo

Uber and Lyft have been granted a reprieve in a row over drivers’ employment rights in California after a court granted an emergency injunction.

The ride-hailing firms had threatened to suspend operations over an earlier ruling that they must classify drivers as employees, not contractors.

But the reprieve allows them to continue operating while the court considers their case for appeal.

The court’s decision came just hours before Lyft was due to halt rides.

The court has ordered Uber and Lyft to both submit their plans for hiring employees by early September, and oral arguments in the case are set for mid-October.

Lyft was due to stop its services in California at 23:59 local time on Thursday (06:59 GMT on Friday).

“This is not something we wanted to do, as we know

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Lyft suspends service in California over employment row

A sign with the logos of Lyft and Uber on a bus stop are seen in this photo
A sign with the logos of Lyft and Uber on a bus stop are seen in this photo

Ride-hailing firm Lyft says it is suspending operations in California after a judge ordered it to treat drivers as employees.

Both Lyft and Uber were told they must classify their drivers as employees and not contractors by Friday.

Lyft has now said its services in California will stop at 23:59 local time on Thursday (06:59 GMT on Friday).

Uber has warned it will have to do the same if a stay is not granted by an appeals court before the deadline.

But Uber has yet to make any formal announcement.

“This is not something we wanted to do, as we know millions of Californians depend on Lyft for daily, essential trips,” Lyft said in a statement posted online.

What happened?

Both firms have always argued their drivers are self-employed contractors.

But a

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California Teen Had to Fight for His Life After Testing Positive for Coronavirus a Second Time

coronavirus in mid-June.” data-reactid=”29″A California teenager, William ‘Ikaika’ Bailey had to fight for his life after contracting the coronavirus in mid-June.

ABC. In June, he began feeling sick. A coronavirus test revealed that he had the virus.” data-reactid=”30″Ikaika, 19, had recently graduated from high school, where he played on the football team and served as the homecoming king, his mom Desiree Cady told ABC. In June, he began feeling sick. A coronavirus test revealed that he had the virus.

“He would shiver and it was warm and then he would get hot when it was cold and then the fever and the cough. It was horrible,” Cady, of Merced, Calif., said.

After the standard 14 days, Ikaika was cleared of the coronavirus, but Cady said her son did

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California Ducked Another Blackout. Its New Crisis: 155 Blazes

(Bloomberg) — Californians just saved themselves from what would’ve been the biggest coordinated blackout of all time. Now on to the next crisis: Dry lightning and extreme heat that together ignited 155 fires within 24 hours and are setting off more.

On Tuesday — just as California was preparing to plunge as many as 6 million people into darkness to save the power system from one of the worst heat waves in generations — blazes torched tens of thousands of acres, forcing people to flee their homes and prompting California Governor Gavin Newsom to declare a state of emergency only days into the peak of the wildfire season.

Add them all to 2020’s global tally of extremes — including fires, excruciating heat and tropical storms. They’re offering a glimpse into the future of a climate-changed world.

“We’ve had so many evacuations and so many fires happening, there’s no way to

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