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A pedestrian in a mask during the coronavirus outbreak walks by a mural of the late actor James Dean on Hollywood Boulevard, Saturday, April 4, 2020, in Hollywood section of Los Angeles. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

California COVID-19 testing backlog cut by two-thirds

Apr. 4, 2020 11:03 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California has cut its COVID-19 testing backlog by more than two-thirds, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Saturday, but has still managed to test less than one half of 1% of the state's nearly 40 million residents. “I own that. I have a responsibility as your governor to do...

FILE - In this March 30, 2020, file photo, Gov. Gavin Newsom updates the state's response to the coronavirus, at the Governor's Office of Emergency Services in Rancho Cordova, Calif. Fearing an out-of-control coronavirus outbreak would overwhelm California's health care system,  Newsom declared a statewide emergency on March 4. Within a week dozens of nursing schools pleaded with the state regulators to immediately allow thousands of their students to more quickly complete their education and get to work.  (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, Pool, File)

Amid virus, California moved slowly on nursing student rules

Apr. 4, 2020 2:39 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Fearing an out-of-control coronavirus outbreak would overwhelm California's health care system, Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a statewide emergency on March 4. Within a week dozens of nursing schools pleaded with the state regulators to immediately allow thousands of their students...

A homeless person sits on the street in San Francisco, Thursday, April 2, 2020. Since the beginning of an international pandemic, officials in California have said one population is particularly vulnerable to contracting the coronavirus and spreading it to others: the homeless. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

California homeless advocate: 'We're moving way too slowly'

Apr. 3, 2020 10:08 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Since the beginning of an international pandemic, experts have known one population is particularly vulnerable to contracting and spreading the coronavirus: the homeless. California Gov. Gavin Newsom and other elected officials have vowed repeatedly to get them indoors. On Friday,...

FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2019, file photo, California state Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins, of San Diego, speaks on the floor of the Senate in Sacramento, Calif. On Friday, April 3, 2020, Atkins said the California Legislature will not reconvene on April 13 as they had previously planned because of the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

California Legislature postpones return because of virus

Apr. 3, 2020 8:22 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers won't return on April 13 as they had planned, extending the Legislature's first unscheduled break in 158 years and leaving Gov. Gavin Newsom in charge of spending billions of dollars to combat the COVID-19 outbreak with little direct oversight. Lawmakers...

Los Angeles Fire Department officials deliver testing kits to a waiting motorists at a COVID-19 drive-up testing site in Elysian Park, Thursday, April 2, 2020. Officials say hand-washing and keeping a safe social distance are priorities in battling the COVID-19 virus. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Testing issues cloud scope of California's virus outbreak

Apr. 3, 2020 12:32 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California is ramping up testing for coronavirus even as a backlog of 59,000 pending tests is growing, delaying some people from getting results for up to 12 days and leaving an incomplete picture of how widespread the outbreak is in the state. Testing rolled out slowly in California but...

FILE - In this March 20, 2020, file photo, customers wear protective masks while shopping for groceries in the Sherman Oaks section of Los Angeles. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has recommended that the city's 4 million people wear masks when going outside amid the spreading coronavirus. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

California delays sales tax payments for small businesses

Apr. 2, 2020 9:05 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California's governor on Thursday said small businesses can keep up to $50,000 in sales tax receipts for the next year as the COVID-19 outbreak has forced people to stay home and many shops to close. The move means businesses with $5 million in sales or less will get up to a year to give...

FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2018, file photo, Illegally possessed firearms seized by authorities are displayed during a news conference in Los Angeles. State authorities cleared 8.6% fewer cases last year into people who are no longer are allowed to own firearms, down from a record high in 2018, through a unique California program according to a California Department of Justice report released Wednesday, April 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Unique California gun program clears fewer cases in 2019

Apr. 2, 2020 7:57 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — State authorities cleared 8.6% fewer cases last year regarding people who no longer are allowed to own firearms, down from a record high in 2018, through a unique California program. Records show officials last year also finally closed the program's pre-July 2013 backlog of nearly...

Coyote attacks 5-year-old child in San Francisco-area park

Apr. 2, 2020 1:14 PM EDT

DUBLIN, Calif. (AP) — A 5-year-old girl was hospitalized after a coyote attacked her in a San Francisco Bay Area park, officials said. The girl was walking with her family when a pack of five or six coyotes approached and one of them bit her. The girl’s family quickly intervened and the animals...

A man wears a bandana as he rides with his Chiuhuaha dog on Sunset Blvd., in Los Angeles Tuesday, March 31, 2020. Gov. Gavin Newsom says California's extraordinary efforts to keep people home have bought the time needed to prepare for an expected peak surge of coronavirus cases in coming weeks. A spike of new cases has not come as quickly as expected. However, Newson was reluctant to say Tuesday whether ultimately that means the impact won't be nearly as dire as first predicted. He said people can't let down their guards and need to continue to stay home. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Los Angeles mayor urges everyone to wear masks

Apr. 1, 2020 11:57 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The mayor of Los Angeles on Wednesday told everyone in the nation’s second-largest city to start wearing masks to combat the coronavirus, but California’s governor isn’t ready to take that idea statewide. Gov. Gavin Newsom said Wednesday he’s focused instead...

California Supreme Court won't hear immigration case

Apr. 1, 2020 11:27 PM EDT

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — The California Supreme Court on Wedesday has refused to hear a challenge to a state law that limits police collaboration with federal immigration agents. The court denied a request by the city of Huntington Beach to review an appellate court opinion in January that found...