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LA authorities announce arrests in smash-and-grab robberies

Dec. 02, 2021 22:24 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities in Los Angeles on Thursday announced more than a dozen arrests in recent smash-and-grab thefts at stores where nearly $340,000 worth of merchandise was stolen, part of a rash of organized retail crime in California. Fourteen people were...

California confirms 2nd case of COVID omicron variant

Dec. 02, 2021 21:26 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California on Thursday reported its second confirmed case of the omicron COVID variant in as many days. A fully vaccinated Los Angeles County resident is self-isolating after apparently contracting the infection during a trip last month to South...

Prosecute shoplifters under existing laws, governor says

Dec. 01, 2021 21:03 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom said Wednesday in no uncertain terms that he thinks shoplifters should be prosecuted under existing California laws, as he called out local officials whom he said have been reluctant to do so. He was responding to a recent run...

Newsom: Omicron variant won't spark California shutdown

Dec. 01, 2021 19:17 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Confirmation of the first U.S. case of the omicron variant in California was not surprising and shouldn't force another shutdown heading into the holidays, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Wednesday. State health officials said they are increasing...

California water districts to get 0% of requested supplies

Dec. 01, 2021 18:49 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Water agencies in drought-stricken California that serve 27 million residents and 750,000 acres of farmland won’t get any of the water they've requested from the state heading into 2022 other than what's needed for critical health and safety, state officials...

US reports 1st case of omicron variant in returning traveler

Dec. 01, 2021 17:00 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The U.S. recorded its first confirmed case of the omicron variant Wednesday — in a vaccinated traveler who returned to California after a trip to South Africa — as scientists around the world race to establish whether the new, mutant version of the coronavirus is...

Oil demand, climate change clash in California pipeline plan

Dec. 01, 2021 15:43 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A proposal to replace an oil pipeline that was shut down in 2015 after causing California's worst coastal spill in 25 years is inching though a government review, even as the state moves toward banning gas-powered vehicles and oil drilling. ...

Current lawmaker rare appointee among 12 California judges

Nov. 29, 2021 22:52 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom took the rare step of appointing a sitting California state lawmaker to one of 12 judgeships Monday, triggering a special election for the Los Angeles County seat. Assemblyman Ed Chau, a Democrat from Monterey Park, will fill...

Matthew McConaughey won't run for Texas governor in 2022

Nov. 28, 2021 21:42 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Actor Matthew McConaughey isn't running for Texas governor after months of publicly flirting with the idea of becoming the latest celebrity candidate. The Academy Award winner said in a video posted Sunday night that political leadership was not a...

Businesses luring employees along with customers this season

Nov. 27, 2021 10:18 AM EST

FOLSOM, Calif. (AP) — The Hampton Inn in Folsom, California, has 147 rooms, but General Manager Enid Baldock could only rent 117 of them recently because she did not have enough workers to clean them. “I was turning people away with 30 rooms (available)....