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FILE - In this undated file photo, released by the Merced County Sheriff's Office, is inmate Fabian Cruz Roman, from Los Banos, Calif. Two of six inmates who escaped from a jail in central California over the weekend were arrested near the border with Mexico hours after another escapee was nabbed west of Fresno, authorities said Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. Fabian Cruz Roman, 22, and Andres Nunez Rodriguez, 21, were captured Tuesday, Jan, 12, south of San Diego, a spokesman with Merced County Sheriff's Office said. (Merced County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)

3 of 6 jail inmates who escaped jail back in custody

Jan. 13, 2021 7:21 PM EST

MERCED, Calif. (AP) — Two inmates — including one facing a murder charge — who escaped with four others from a jail in central California over the weekend were arrested near the border with Mexico hours after another escapee was nabbed west of Fresno, authorities said Wednesday. Fabian Cruz...

This undated booking photo released by the Merced County Sheriff's Office shows escapee inmate Edgar Eduardo Ventura, from Portland, Ore. Authorities in central California are searching for six inmates, including Ventura, who used a

Officials capture 1 of 6 inmates who escaped California jail

Jan. 12, 2021 8:29 PM EST

MERCED, Calif. (AP) — One of six inmates who used a homemade rope to escape from a jail in central California was arrested Tuesday, authorities said. Some of those still on the loose have been charged with murder or attempted murder. Edgar Eduardo Ventura, 22, of Portland, Oregon, was captured in the...

This undated booking photo released by the Merced County Sheriff's Office shows escapee inmate Jorge Barron, from Atwater, Calif. Authorities in central California are searching for six inmates, including Barron, who used a

6 inmates use 'homemade rope' to escape from California jail

Jan. 10, 2021 8:05 PM EST

MERCED, Calif. (AP) — Authorities in central California were searching Sunday for six inmates who used a “homemade rope” to escape from a county jail, sheriff's officials said. All six escapees should be considered armed and dangerous, the Merced County Sheriff’s Office said in a news...

FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2013, file photo, a truck enters the Foster Farms processing plant, in Livingston, Calif. A court says the chicken processing plant in central California that saw a deadly coronavirus outbreak must provide its workers with masks and follow a raft of other anti-COVID-19 health orders. A judge in Merced County on Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020, granted a temporary restraining order sought by a union against Foster Farms. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

Court orders virus safety rules for Foster Farms plant

Dec. 23, 2020 7:54 PM EST

LIVINGSTON, Calif. (AP) — A chicken processing plant in central California that saw a deadly coronavirus outbreak must provide its workers with masks and follow a raft of other anti-COVID-19 health orders, a court ruled Wednesday. A judge in Merced County granted a temporary restraining order sought by the...

Waymo opening new autonomous vehicle testing site in Ohio

Dec. 1, 2020 11:24 AM EST

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Waymo plans to open a new testing site in Ohio for its driverless autonomous vehicles that will focus on dense, urban areas, the company said Tuesday. The new site being built at the Transportation Research Center near Columbus will allow the company to work on motion control testing,...