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California courts holding jury trials after pandemic delays

Jun. 26, 2020 6:22 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California courts have started to hold jury trials and summon residents for jury service after a three-month delay due to the coronavirus pandemic, officials said Friday. Most counties across the state have either resumed jury trials or plan to start up again in the coming weeks...

Central California town without water for days due to algae

Jun. 23, 2020 8:19 PM EDT

DOS PALOS, Calif. (AP) — Residents of a town in central California won't have water for several days after the town's water treatment plant became clogged with algae, officials said. The water outage in Dos Palos started Monday, when the city declared a water emergency and urged the town's 5,000 residents...

Video released in lawsuit shows officers threatening suspect

Jun. 2, 2020 6:23 PM EDT

MERCED, Calif. (AP) — A video released by the attorney for a man who is suing several Merced police officers and accusing them of excessive force shows authorities pushing him to the ground and threatening to break his arm and send him to the hospital. Police arrested William Colbert on March 12, 2018,...

Miguel Colio cleans tables at the Goldfield Trading Post restaurant in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday May 20, 2020. Sacramento is expecting to receive state approval for customers to dine in this week. Goldfield is expected to reopen Friday. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Most California counties get state OK for faster reopening

May. 21, 2020 1:03 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — As California moves through its methodical four-step process for reopening, some counties are pushing the boundaries by bypassing the state’s orders or refusing to enforce rules against businesses that reopen without state permission. Tulare County, in the middle of the...

Yvonne Wright shops for shoes at Brown's Shoe Fit Co. Wednesday, May 20, 2020, in Visalia, Calif. Tulare County's board of supervisors voted 3-2 Tuesday to move further into the state's four-stage reopening plan than is allowed. That means nearly all businesses and churches could reopen, though county officials said businesses should adhere to state guidelines on social distancing and other health measures. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Most California counties now approved for faster reopening

May. 21, 2020 12:26 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — As California moves through its methodical four-step process for reopening, some counties are pushing the boundaries by bypassing the state's orders or refusing to enforce rules against businesses that reopen without state permission. Tulare County, in the middle of the state's...

University of California at Berkeley graduate Tyler Lyson stands in front of Sather Gate on the closed Cal campus in Berkeley, Calif., on Monday, May 11, 2020. For the Class of 2020, the future looks grim. The pandemic has shattered the economy and the high hopes of graduates who, until recently, seemed all but assured of success. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Fear of the future: Class of 2020 enters a world in crisis

May. 17, 2020 11:07 PM EDT

Tyler Lyson watched his parents’ financial collapse in the Great Recession, a decade ago. He vowed he’d find the security they never had: He would get a college degree. The 27-year-old won a full scholarship to the University of California-Berkeley and, on Monday, will become the first in his family...

FILE - In this Tuesday, May 12, 2020 file photo, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., speaks about the

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

May. 15, 2020 4:42 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ CLAIM: Nancy Pelosi is trying to pass a law called HR6666 which would allow...

Nearly $1M dumped on side of road during CHP chase

May. 5, 2020 12:05 AM EDT

LOS BANOS, Calif. (AP) — Nearly $1 million in cash was dumped on a Central California road during a police chase that ended with the arrests of two New York men who apparently planned to buy marijuana with the money, the California Highway Patrol said. Frank Capraro, 23, and Desmond McDay, 25, both of...