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FILE — In this Oct. 20, 2020, file photo, California Republican Party spokesman Hector Barajas demonstrates how to use one of the party's unofficial ballot drop boxes, in Sacramento, Calif. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced Friday, Nov. 20, that he dropped a lawsuit against the state Republican Party that was seeking the names and contact information of every person who used one of the state Republican party's unofficial ballot drop boxes. (AP Photo/Adam Beam, File)

California attorney general drops lawsuit against state GOP

Nov. 20, 2020 9:11 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's attorney general has dropped a lawsuit seeking the names and contact information of every person who used one of the state Republican Party's unofficial ballot drop boxes. The party used the boxes to collect ballots in some counties with closely contested U.S. House...

California officials announce takedown of Aryan Brotherhood

Nov. 20, 2020 4:17 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California authorities said Friday they have dismantled the senior leadership of the white supremacist Aryan Brotherhood as part of a statewide takedown of the notorious prison gang and its associates in the Fresnecks street gang in Fresno County. The investigation — dubbed...

FILE - In this April 8, 2020, file photo, health care workers carry personal belongings of a patient who is evacuated to a waiting ambulance the Magnolia Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Riverside, Calif. A federal judge on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020, blocked a Trump Administration rule that opponents said would have harmed the bargaining rights of more than 500,000 home health care workers in California and several hundred thousand additional workers across the nation. (Will Lester/The Orange County Register via AP, File)

US judge blocks Trump Administration rule inhibiting unions

Nov. 17, 2020 5:01 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday blocked a Trump Administration rule that opponents said would have harmed the bargaining rights of more than 500,000 home healthcare workers in California and several hundred thousand additional workers across the nation. San Francisco-based U.S....

FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2018, file photo, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla speaks in San Francisco. Election Day is over but California already is consumed with its next high-profile political contest the competition to fill Kamala Harris' soon-to-be-vacant U.S. Senate seat. Padilla is one of a group of people being considered as one of the candidates for the Senate pick. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

California Senate sweepstakes: Who gets Kamala Harris' job?

Nov. 12, 2020 4:58 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Election Day is over, but California already is consumed with its next high-profile political contest — the competition to fill Kamala Harris’ soon-to-be-vacant U.S. Senate seat. In this race, only one vote matters, because there is only one vote. The selection falls to...

FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2020, file photo travelers request an Uber ride at Los Angeles International Airport's LAX-it pick up terminal. A California ballot measure that would exempt Uber, Lyft and other app-based delivery drivers from being classified as company employees eligible for benefits and job protections led Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, in early vote counts. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

Uber, Lyft spend big, win in California vote about drivers

Nov. 4, 2020 7:22 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Uber, Lyft and other app-based ride-hailing and delivery services spent $200 million in a winning bet to circumvent California lawmakers and the courts to preserve their business model by keeping drivers from becoming employees eligible for benefits and job protections. The titans of the...

FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2020, file photo travelers request an Uber ride at Los Angeles International Airport's LAX-it pick up terminal. A California ballot measure that would exempt Uber, Lyft and other app-based delivery drivers from being classified as company employees eligible for benefits and job protections led Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, in early vote counts. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

Uber, Lyft prevail to keep California workers independent

Nov. 4, 2020 2:59 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Uber, Lyft and other app-based ride-hailing and delivery services prevailed at the ballot box in their expensive gamble to keep drivers classified as independent contractors. The titans of the so-called gig economy bankrolled the most expensive ballot measure in California history to...

FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2020 file photo, Los Angeles County Democratic Party Chair Mark J. Gonzalez, center, flanked by Los Angeles City Councilmember David Ryu, right, and others, holds a banner with key vote center locations and social distancing instructions at a news conference outside Staples Center in Los Angeles. Most vote centers in California will open on Saturday. There will be fewer of them available this year because of the coronavirus. While most people will vote by mail, some will still show up to vote in person. State officials are urging people to vote early to avoid lines. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

Fewer in-person polling places in California on Election Day

Oct. 27, 2020 3:32 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Californians are voting in record numbers, with more than a third of the state's 22.3 million ballots already returned to county election offices one week before Election Day. Yet at the Oak Park Community Center in Sacramento on Sunday, it was so slow that poll worker Tom...

FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2016, file photo, a ride share car displays Lyft and Uber stickers on its front windshield in downtown Los Angeles. A California appeals court has upheld an order requiring Uber and Lyft to treat their California drivers as employees instead of independent contractors, less than two weeks before voters will be asked to exempt the ride-hailing giants from the state's gig economy law. The decision on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, won't have any immediate impact because it doesn't take effect for at least 30 days, well after the Nov. 3 vote on Proposition 22. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

California court says Uber, Lyft drivers are employees

Oct. 22, 2020 10:13 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California appeals court on Thursday upheld an order requiring Uber and Lyft to treat their California drivers as employees instead of independent contractors, less than two weeks before voters will be asked to exempt the ride-hailing giants from the state's gig economy law. The...

FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2018, file photo, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, right, and Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer appear at a news conference in Los Angeles. California-based federal judges have joined in blocking President Donald Trump's executive order excluding people in the U.S. illegally from being counted when congressional districts are redrawn after this year's census. Becerra said a complete and accurate census count

California court joins in barring Trump census order on maps

Oct. 22, 2020 2:50 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California-based federal judges on Thursday joined in blocking President Donald Trump's executive order excluding people in the U.S. illegally from being counted when congressional districts are redrawn after this year’s census. But the matter is already before the U.S....

FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2020 file photo California Republican Party spokesman Hector Barajas demonstrates how to use one of the party's unofficial ballot drop boxes, in Sacramento, Calif. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has asked a judge to make the party disclose the location of each box and turn over the names, addresses and dates of birth for everyone who has used them. Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. Sacramento Superior Court Judge David Brown rejected Becerra's request to expedite the case. The ruling means the case can still go forward, but it's unlikely it will be resolved before Election Day. (AP Photo/Adam Beam, File)

Judge denies AG request to expedite lawsuit against GOP

Oct. 21, 2020 6:20 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California judge has denied Attorney General Xavier Becerra's request to expedite his lawsuit against the state Republican Party. California Republicans have been collecting ballots from voters in unofficial ballot drop boxes placed in some counties with closely contested U.S....