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FILE - In this March 30, 2020, file photo, homeless mother Martha Escudero, with her daughters, Mezcli, 8, left, and Victoria, 10, stands on the balcony outside a formerly publicly owned vacant home that her family has moved to in El Sereno neighborhood of Los Angeles. A new group of homeless people who had taken over several empty, state-owned houses in Los Angeles was forcefully removed by California Highway Patrol officers hours later amid protests by dozens of community activists. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

Officers remove people occupying state-owned homes in LA

Nov. 26, 2020 6:51 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A group of homeless people who had taken over several empty, state-owned houses in Los Angeles was forcefully removed by California Highway Patrol officers hours later amid protests by dozens of community activists. Members of Reclaim and Rebuild Our Community said in a video message to...

FILE - In this May 24, 2010, file photo, an SUV with a personalized license plate is seen in Beverly Hills, Calif. A federal judge said Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020, that California can’t ban vanity license plates it considers “offensive to good taste and decency,” because that violates freedom of speech. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

Judge: California can't ban offensive license plates

Nov. 24, 2020 10:35 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California can't enforce a ban vanity license plates it considers “offensive to good taste and decency” because that violates freedom of speech, a federal judge ruled Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar ruled in a case filed in March against Department of Motor...

Up to 160 votes not counted due to error at Oakland site

Nov. 14, 2020 3:05 PM EST

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Poll workers at a voting site in Oakland incorrectly told up to 200 people that their paper ballot was only a receipt and that it could be taken home, leading to the votes not being counted, a coalition of voting rights advocates alleged in a complaint to Alameda County's registrar...

Oakland agrees to settle last lawsuit from Ghost Ship fire

Nov. 11, 2020 1:32 AM EST

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The City Council on Tuesday agreed to pay $399,000 to settle the last lawsuit over a 2016 fire at an illegally converted warehouse dubbed the Ghost Ship that killed 36 people. The city doesn't acknowledge any wrongdoing in the settlement of a lawsuit by a dozen former residents, the...

People celebrate the victory of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris in Oakland, Calif., on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020.   Biden defeated President Donald Trump to become the 46th president of the United States on Saturday, positioning himself to lead a nation gripped by the historic pandemic and a confluence of economic and social turmoil. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Biden, Harris win launches parties, protests in California

Nov. 7, 2020 11:21 PM EST

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — News of President-elect Joe Biden's victory on Saturday set off celebrations and protests as jubilant supporters and frustrated opponents of the former vice president took to the streets in California's major cities. Supporters of President Donald Trump rallied outside the state...

Members of the Oakland Police Department investigate the scene of an officer involved shooting on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020, in Oakland, Calif. Police say at least two police officers were injured and a person was shot by police during a robbery at a marijuana business. (Aric Crabb/Bay Area News Group via AP)

Oakland police fatally shoot man at scene of pot robbery

Nov. 5, 2020 7:43 PM EST

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A 20-year-old man shot by Oakland police during a confrontation with officers responding to reports of a group of people trying to rob a marijuana grow business died at the scene, authorities said. The man was an Oakland resident. His name was not released pending notification of...

Members of the Oakland Police Department investigate the scene of an officer involved shooting on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020, in Oakland, Calif. Police say at least two police officers were injured and a person was shot by police during a robbery at a marijuana business. (Aric Crabb/Bay Area News Group via AP)

4 people shot, 2 officers injured in crime spree in Oakland

Nov. 4, 2020 7:43 PM EST

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — At least two police officers were injured and a person was shot by police during a robbery at a marijuana business in Oakland amid a late-night crime spree that included robberies of several businesses by armed people traveling in a caravan and the shooting of three men who were...

The Latest: California affirmative action measure trailing

Nov. 4, 2020 4:04 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the California election (all times local): 1:10 a.m. A ballot measure to reinstate affirmative action in California government is failing. The “no” votes had more than 55% of more than 11 million votes counted so far. Public polling had indicated that...

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Democrat Joe Biden wins California’s 55 electoral votes

Nov. 4, 2020 1:20 AM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Joe Biden won California and its 55 electoral votes Tuesday, tightening the Democrats’ grip on the nation’s most populous state. Biden had more than 68% of the vote, with more than 10 million ballots counted so far. California has voted for the Democratic...

Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr poses for a selfie with voting worker Jujuana Williams of Oakland on Saturday, Oct. 31, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Janie McCauley)

Warriors coach Kerr votes, then works Chase Center drop spot

Oct. 31, 2020 8:37 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr cast his vote, then spent some of his own time Saturday morning greeting others who visited the ballot drop-off location at Chase Center. Kerr handed out blue, Warriors-themed “I Voted” stickers to match the one on his gray...