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A helicopter drops water as firefighters walk with drip torches to set a backfire against the Blue Ridge Fire on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, in Chino Hills, Calif. Facing extreme wildfire conditions this week that included hurricane-level winds, the main utility in Northern California cut power to nearly 1 million people while its counterpart in Southern California pulled the plug on just 30 customers to prevent power lines and other electrical equipment from sparking a blaze. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

AP Explains: Power shutoffs to prevent California wildfires

Oct. 28, 2020 3:22 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California's largest utilities have staged power shutoffs this year to prevent their equipment from sparking wildfires during the worst fire season on record. Here's a look at the temporary blackouts: WHAT ARE THE SHUTOFFS? A public safety power shutoff, or PSPS, involves a utility...

A helicopter drops water as firefighters walk with drip torches to set a backfire against the Blue Ridge Fire on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, in Chino Hills, Calif. Facing extreme wildfire conditions this week that included hurricane-level winds, the main utility in Northern California cut power to nearly 1 million people while its counterpart in Southern California pulled the plug on just 30 customers to prevent power lines and other electrical equipment from sparking a blaze. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Calmer California winds help firefighters beat back 2 blazes

Oct. 28, 2020 2:37 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Calmer weather on Wednesday helped firefighters beat back two wildfires that drove nearly 100,000 Southern Californians from their homes amid fierce winds and extremely dry conditions. Authorities lifted some evacuation orders Tuesday as winds began subsiding and containment was...

Border Patrol agent Justin Castrejon looks toward where the border wall makes its way over a mountain Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, near Tecate, Calif. President Donald Trump’s reshaping of U.S. immigration policy may be most felt in his undoing of asylum. Castrejon says migrants pay $8,000 to $10,000 to be guided through the mountains and picked up by a driver once they reach a road. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Migrants quickly expelled by Trump try repeatedly to cross

Oct. 28, 2020 2:24 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Edgar Alexis Lopez looks well-rested in photos he took before crossing the border illegally in mountains east of San Diego, flashing a wide grin in clean jeans. Six hours later, the 24-year-old Mexican construction worker was out of water, exhausted after climbing over the border wall and...

Border Patrol agent Justin Castrejon looks toward where the border wall makes its way over a mountain Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, near Tecate, Calif. President Donald Trump’s reshaping of U.S. immigration policy may be most felt in his undoing of asylum. Castrejon says migrants pay $8,000 to $10,000 to be guided through the mountains and picked up by a driver once they reach a road. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Migrants quickly expelled by Trump try repeatedly to cross

Oct. 28, 2020 2:22 PM EDT

TECATE, Calif. (AP) — Edgar Alexis Lopez looks well-rested in photos he took before crossing the border illegally in mountains east of San Diego, flashing a wide grin in clean jeans. Six hours later, the 24-year-old Mexican construction worker was out of water, exhausted after climbing over the border...

Police agree to pay $7M to family of man killed by officer

Oct. 28, 2020 2:05 PM EDT

PITTSBURG, Calif. (AP) — A San Francisco Bay Area city has agreed to pay $7.3 million to settle a lawsuit by the family of a man who died after an officer placed him in a controversial neck hold that has since been banned in California in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The...

FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2019 file photo, UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson passes during the second half of an NCAA college football game against California in Pasadena, Calif. He is returning for this third season as quarterback (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

UCLA more experienced, but will it show progress for Kelly?

Oct. 28, 2020 1:59 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a season with many unknowns, there is one definite when it comes to UCLA's football program this season — Chip Kelly needs to show the Bruins are turning the corner. Kelly is going into the third season of a five-year, $23.3 million contract, but patience has already worn thin...

Detroit Lions players point at the football held by Atlanta Falcons' Todd Gurley during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Atlanta. Gurley saw a tantalizing path to the end zone and couldn't help himself.  He tried to fall down, but it was too late. Gurley landed on the goal line for a touchdown that, as it turned out, led to another stunning loss for the Atlanta Falcons. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Can Falcons find yet another unique way to lose a game?

Oct. 28, 2020 1:29 PM EDT

There is losing, and there is LOSING. The Atlanta Falcons have mastered the capitalized version. Blown leads, botched onside kicks and, last Sunday, scoring when they shouldn't have. It's all added up to a 1-6 record, a coach and general manager fired, and ridicule across America for what is actually one of the...

FILE - In this Nov. 23, 2019, file photo, Southern California quarterback Kedon Slovis throws against UCLA during the first half of an NCAA college football game, in Los Angeles. Slovis was selected as The Associated Press Pac 12 Conference team Newcomer of the Year and will start his sophomore year in November. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Loaded No. 21 USC grateful to be in Pac-12 title chase

Oct. 28, 2020 1:12 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California and the Pac-12 appeared to be on the way to spending 2020 without football until the Trojans got involved. The USC players wrote a letter to California Gov. Gavin Newsom last month, pleading to be allowed to play safely amid the coronavirus pandemic. Nine days and a...

Tampa Bay Rays' Randy Arozarena celebrates a home run during the first inning in Game 6 of the baseball World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Arozarena's breakout postseason not quite enough for Rays

Oct. 28, 2020 5:51 AM EDT

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Randy Arozarena did pretty much everything during a breakout performance for the Tampa Bay Rays. Except win it all. Arozarena extended his big league record with his 10th postseason homer Tuesday night, but Tampa Bay lost 3-1 to the champion Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 6 of the...

Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts and third baseman Justin Turner pose for a group picture after the Dodgers defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 in Game 6 to win the baseball World Series, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Fitting finale: Dodgers win title, Turner tests positive

Oct. 28, 2020 5:09 AM EDT

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — No large dogpile, no champagne and a mask on nearly every face — the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrated their first World Series title since 1988 in a manner no one could have imagined prior to the coronavirus pandemic. They started the party without Justin Turner, too, after...