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9 state inmates charged with unemployment fraud in San Diego

Jan. 14, 2021 5:22 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Nine state prison inmates have been charged in San Diego County with scamming California’s unemployment benefits system, which is battling fraud in its massive coronavirus relief program. The inmates received more than $160,000 between June and September 2020, District Attorney...

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...

California man pleads guilty to assaulting flight attendants

Jan. 13, 2021 4:18 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A California man has pleaded guilty to assaulting two flight attendants while he was a passenger on a 2019 flight to New Mexico. Federal prosecutors said 43-year-old Alton James Johnson of Yuba City entered his plea Tuesday. Johnson will remain in custody pending sentencing and...

Ken Towns receives a first dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine from UC Davis Health on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, Pool)

California lifts stay-home order for Sacramento region

Jan. 12, 2021 11:56 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lifted a stay-at-home order in the 13-county Sacramento region on Tuesday as hospital conditions improved, a rare turn of good news as the state pushes through what Gov. Gavin Newsom called “its most intense surge” of the coronavirus. The order imposed...

Woman convicted of killing 3 children in fire free on parole

Jan. 12, 2021 10:00 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Southern California woman who spent 29 years behind bars after being convicted of killing her three children by setting their home on fire was released from state prison on parole Tuesday. JoAnn Parks, 54, was granted clemency last year by Gov. Gavin Newsom, nearly a decade after an...

Man sentenced to life for deadly spike attacks on homeless

Jan. 12, 2021 8:51 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Southern California man who killed four people, mainly homeless men who were burned, beaten or impaled with railroad spikes, was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison. Jon David Guerrero, 43, was sentenced in San Diego Superior Court to life without possibility of parole with an addtional...

CORRECTS SPELLING OF FIRST NAME TO LINDSEY INSTEAD OF LUNDSEY - FILE - In this Jan. 11, 2021, file photo, Grace Mathre, server at Longfellow Grill, checks on University of St. Thomas students Lindsey Schulz and Maren Daggett in Minneapolis. As the U.S. finds itself in the most lethal phase of the coronavirus outbreak yet, governors and local officials in hard-hit parts of the country are showing little willingness to impose any new restrictions on businesses to stop the spread. (Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP, File)

As pandemic worsens, most US states resist restrictions

Jan. 12, 2021 7:15 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — As the U.S. goes through the most lethal phase of the coronavirus outbreak yet, governors and local officials in hard-hit parts of the country are showing little willingness to impose any new restrictions on businesses to stop the spread. And unlike in 2020, when the debate over lockdowns...

A woman wearing a face mask to protect against coronavirus walks at a train station in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

The Latest: New Zealand visitors must show negative test

Jan. 11, 2021 11:57 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand will soon require that travelers from most countries show negative coronavirus tests before they leave for New Zealand. COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says New Zealand is in a fortunate position to have stamped out community spread of the virus, but takes...

People wait in cars for a vaccination against the coronavirus at a new

Virus deaths surging in California, now top 30,000

Jan. 11, 2021 10:51 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The coronavirus death toll in California reached 30,000 on Monday, another staggering milestone as the nation's most populous state endures the worst surge of the nearly yearlong pandemic. Newly confirmed infections are rising at a dizzying rate of more than a quarter-million a...

Gorillas test positive for coronavirus at San Diego park

Jan. 11, 2021 8:57 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Several gorillas at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park have tested positive for the coronavirus in what is believed to be the first known cases among such primates in the United States and possibly the world. The park’s executive director, Lisa Peterson, told The Associated Press on...