Australia to kill pigeon that crossed Pacific from Oregon

CANBERRA, Australia — A racing pigeon has survived an extraordinary 13,000-kilometer (8,000-mile) Pacific Ocean crossing from the United States to find a new home in Australia. Now authorities consider the bird a quarantine risk and plan to kill it.

My Turn: Nominees don’t meet qualifications

I oppose the nominations of Ikaika Rodenhurst and Zendo Kern as directors of the Department of Public Works and the Planning Department, respectively. Neither of these nominees meets the qualifications of the County Charter. I do not know Mr. Rodenhurst, but I do know Mr. Kern from serving on the Council together.

Obituaries: January 14, 2021

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WHO team arrives in Wuhan to search for pandemic origins

WUHAN, China — A global team of researchers arrived Thursday in the Chinese city where the coronavirus pandemic was first detected to conduct a politically sensitive investigation into its origins amid uncertainty about whether Beijing might try to prevent embarrassing discoveries.