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FILE - This May 11, 2017, file photo shows Andre Shavers, who runs a marijuana delivery business, on a street in Oakland, Calif. California faced off in court Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, against some of its own cities that want to overturn a government rule allowing home marijuana deliveries statewide, even into communities that banned commercial pot sales. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

California, cities battle over marijuana home-delivery rule

Aug. 6, 2020 5:32 PM EDT

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — California faced off in court Thursday against some of its own cities that want to overturn a government rule allowing home marijuana deliveries statewide, even into communities that banned commercial pot sales. In a potential setback for at least some of the cities, the judge...

Nevada search and rescue member dies in California fall

Aug. 4, 2020 9:51 PM EDT

BISHOP, Calif. (AP) — A member of a Nevada search and rescure team fell to his death while climbing a mountain in California's Sierra Nevada, authorities said Tuesday. Paul Sheykhzadeh, 52, of Reno was hiking Mount Humphreys on Sunday when he fell off of large boulders along the western slope of the nearly...

FILE - California Gov. Gavin Newsom gestures during an update June 26, 2020, in Rancho Cordova, Calif., on the coronavirus pandemic. Newsom said Monday, July 27, 2020, the state will spend $52 million to tackle the outbreak in eight Central Valley counties. He said the money will go toward helping improving isolation, quarantine, and testing policies and to helping health care workers. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, Pool, File)

California's Central Valley now a coronavirus hot spot

Jul. 27, 2020 9:21 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — As coronavirus cases spike in California's Central Valley, the state will send “strike teams" to help staff hospitals in the vast agricultural region and spend $52 million to speed up testing and help infected people quarantine so they don't infect others, Gov. Gavin Newsom...

Flames erupt on a hillside along Mineral Spring Road west of Coalinga, Calif., at the Mineral Fire on Thursday, July 16, 2020. Firefighters aided by helicopters and air tankers battled a 26 square mile (66.7 square kilometers) wildfire in a rural area of Central California that is 20% contained, a fire command statement said. (Craig Kohlruss/The Fresno Bee via AP)

Firefighters battle rural wildfires in central California

Jul. 16, 2020 8:16 PM EDT

COALINGA, Calif. (AP) — More than 900 firefighters aided by helicopters and air tankers battled a wildfire in a rural area of central California on Thursday. The fire in the Diablo Range west of the Fresno County city of Coalinga grew to nearly 26 square miles (67 square kilometers) and was 20% contained,...

California police say 2 people killed in 7-vehicle accident

Jul. 12, 2020 8:33 PM EDT

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Two people died in a highway accident involving seven vehicles, the California Highway Patrol said. A semitrailer truck struck a car around 4:30 p.m. Saturday, triggering the larger accident, The Fresno Bee reports. Traffic on northbound Interstate Highway 5 in Merced County stopped...

FILE - In this April 1, 2020, file photo, cots are set up at a possible COVID-19 treatment site in San Mateo, Calif. With coronavirus cases rising fast, California is planning to keep open several makeshift hospitals that have seen few patients but cost a bundle, in one case more than $4 million to prepare and staff a facility that only treated two people over nearly two months. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, Pool, File)

California 'surge' hospitals are costly, but how much?

Jul. 8, 2020 4:26 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif (AP) — With coronavirus cases rising fast, California is planning to keep open several makeshift hospitals that have seen few patients but cost a bundle — in one case more than $4 million to prepare and staff a facility that only treated two people over nearly two months. That...

California crews scramble to douse blazes from fireworks

Jul. 5, 2020 9:04 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Firefighters scrambled to douse grass and structure fires sparked by illegal Fourth of July fireworks across California. The city of San Francisco saw at least 100 fires between 3 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. Saturday, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. The fire department tweeted about...

A waiter takes an order at Slater's 50/50 Wednesday, July 1, 2020, in Santa Clarita, Calif. California Gov. Gavin Newsom has ordered a three-week closure of bars, indoor dining and indoor operations of several other types of businesses in various counties, including Los Angeles, as the state deals with increasing coronavirus cases and hospitalizations. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Bars, restaurants pay price for California virus surge

Jul. 1, 2020 9:37 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California took a big step back in reopening its economy on Wednesday as Gov. Gavin Newsom shut down bars, wineries, museums, movie theaters and inside restaurant dining across most of the state for three weeks amid troubling increases in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations....

Gov. Gavin Newsom removes his face mask before giving an update on the state's initiative to provide housing for homeless Californians to help stem the coronavirus, during a visit to a Motel 6 participating in the program in Pittsburg, Calif., Tuesday, June 30, 2020. Newsom announced that more than 15,000 rooms have been acquired and more than 14,000 people have been given places to stay statewide under the Project Room key program started in April. The governor also said he plans to announce on Wednesday plans to

Newsom to 'tighten things up' as coronavirus cases rise

Jun. 30, 2020 11:06 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — With coronavirus cases surging, California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Tuesday that he plans to “tighten things up" when it comes to the state's stay-at-home order ahead of a busy Fourth of July weekend. California has confirmed close to 223,000 infections, a nearly 50% increase...

Workers collect and stack the coffins of people that have been recently cremated amid the new coronavirus pandemic, at the La Recoleta cemetery in Santiago, Chile, Sunday, June 28, 2020. The coffins are collected, destroyed, and processed by a company specialized in organic waste. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

The Latest: Charges possible after Philippines parade, dance

Jun. 28, 2020 10:33 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine officials say authorities in a central village may face criminal or administrative complaints for allowing a street parade and dance amid a strict coronavirus lockdown. Mayor Edgar Labella of Cebu city said officials of Basak village have been ordered to explain why the...