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Desks are spaced out in a classroom at Aikahi Elementary School in Kailua, Hawaii on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. While Hawaii has one of the lowest rates of cases per capita in the country and many of its schools have open-air campuses, the challenges of returning kids full time to classrooms may still be insurmountable. (AP Photo/Jennifer Sinco Kelleher)

The Latest: Hawaii schools to open year with remote learning

Aug. 7, 2020 10:21 PM EDT

HONOLULU — Hawaii officials say the state’s public school students will begin the academic year with remote learning only, after a spike of coronavirus cases. Gov. David Ige said Friday that all public students will spend the first four weeks of the school year learning online from home. Officials...

FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2020, file photo, California Health and Human Services Agency Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly speaks at a news conference in Sacramento, Calif., as Gov. Gavin Newsom listens. A technical glitch that has plagued the data system the state relies on to make decisions about reopening businesses and schools has been fixed but it could take up to 48 hours to get the numbers updated, California's top health official said Friday, Aug. 7. Dr. Ghaly said that up to 300,000 records might have been backlogged, but not all of them are coronavirus cases and some may be duplicates. (AP Photo/Randall Benton, File)

Official: California fixed glitch that backlogged COVID data

Aug. 7, 2020 8:30 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A technical glitch that has plagued the data system the state relies on to make decisions about reopening businesses and schools has been fixed, but it could take up to 48 hours to get the numbers updated, California’s top health official said Friday. “Our data system...

FILE - In this March 3, 2020 file photo, a woman runs on a path by a polling place during primary elections in San Diego. .On Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, the California Legislature sent a bill to Gov. Gavin Newsom's desk that would let counties offer fewer in-person polling places if they keep them open at least four days. County election officials say they are having trouble securing enough polling places because of the pandemic. Senate bill 423 would let counties consolidate some polling places. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

California sets in-person voting rules amid coronavirus

Aug. 6, 2020 9:07 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Worried about the unpredictable coronavirus wreaking havoc on the November election, California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday signed a law to let counties offer fewer in-person polling places in exchange for opening the sites earlier. The change follows another law Newsom signed...

California man held in 1996 rape-killing at retirement home

Aug. 6, 2020 8:35 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man was arrested Thursday on suspicion of raping and killing a woman at a Southern California retirement home 24 years ago, authorities said. DNA linked David Adolph Bernal, 46, of El Monte to the death of Mary Lindgren, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said in a statement....

A masked fruit vendor prepares her streetside cart while waiting for customers near downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. California lawmakers are considering requiring employers to notify workers and public health officials about positive COVID-19 cases in the workplace. Violators could be charged with a misdemeanor and assessed a fine of up to $10,000. Supporters say the bill is necessary to protect workers. But business groups say the bill is so vague it will be impossible to comply with. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

California virus-fighting efforts hampered by data delays

Aug. 6, 2020 1:19 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California has stopped removing or adding to a list of counties facing more restrictions on businesses and schools as it tries to resolve a technical problem with the state’s coronavirus testing database, health officials said Wednesday. The state has recorded a...

FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2016, file photo, a row of general population inmates walk in a line at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, Calif. California state prison officials say in a July 27, 2020, court filing that as many as 17,600 inmates are eligible for release due to the coronavirus, 70% more than previously estimated and a total that victims and police say includes dangerous criminals who should stay locked up. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

California ups early inmate release estimate amid objections

Aug. 5, 2020 11:19 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — State prison officials say as many as 17,600 California inmates may be released early due to the coronavirus, 70% more than previously estimated and a total that victims and police say includes dangerous criminals who should stay locked up. The releases also are causing...

People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus hold portable fans to cool themselves in the heat in Tokyo, Wednesday, Aug, 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

The Latest: Japan region declares coronavirus emergency

Aug. 5, 2020 11:10 PM EDT

TOKYO — The governor of Japan’s Aichi Prefecture has announced a regional “state of emergency” seeking to curb the coronavirus. Gov. Hideaki Ohmura on Thursday asked businesses to close altogether or close early and urged people to stay home at night. The measures continue through Aug....

FILE - In this July 22, 2020, file photo, a man takes a coronavirus test at a mobile site at the Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science, in Los Angeles. California has stopped updating a list of counties facing more restrictions on businesses and schools after a problem in the state's coronavirus testing database has led to an undercount. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

California's growing virus data collection headache

Aug. 5, 2020 8:37 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California has stopped removing or adding to a list of counties facing more restrictions on businesses and schools as it tries to determine the impact from an unresolved technical problem with the state's coronavirus testing database, health officials said Wednesday. The state has...

California agency whistle blower claims she's being ousted

Aug. 5, 2020 6:38 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A high-ranking official at the California agency that regulates utility companies claims she's being forced out of her job for seeking to recover $200 million in fees that the agency did not collect over nearly 20 years. Alice Stebbins, the executive director of the California Public...

FILE - In this May 28, 2020, file photo, lawmakers wear face masks during a budget committee hearing in the Senate in Sacramento, Calif. California lawmakers are considering requiring employers to notify workers and public health officials about positive COVID-19 cases in the workplace. Violators could be charged with a misdemeanor and assessed a fine of up to $10,000. Supporters say the bill is necessary to protect workers. But business groups say the bill is so vague it will be impossible to comply with. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

California considers worker notification for virus exposure

Aug. 5, 2020 5:54 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — With the coronavirus spreading faster than public health officials can track it, California could become one of the first states to mandate that businesses notify workers and state officials any time an employee has been exposed to the disease. A bill moving through the state's...