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Troubled background check system delays elder care hiring

Apr. 10, 2021 11:34 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Intensive care nurse Meynard Villa was on the verge of losing his family’s $150,000 investment in his new senior care home because he couldn't hire workers while grappling with a glitchy state system designed to automate criminal background checks. ...

High court halts Calif. virus rules limiting home worship

Apr. 10, 2021 04:27 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is telling California that it can’t enforce coronavirus-related restrictions that have limited home-based religious worship including Bible studies and prayer meetings. The order from the court late Friday is the latest in a recent...

FBI profiler donates files 25 years after Unabomber arrest

Apr. 10, 2021 03:22 AM EDT

CALIFORNIA, Pa. (AP) — When FBI agents arrested Ted Kaczynski at his remote Montana cabin 25 years ago today, they knew a lot about the famous recluse whose 17-year string of bombings killed three people and injured 24. Much of what they knew,...

Chasing Ledecky: Leah Smith keeps coming after US star

Apr. 10, 2021 02:52 AM EDT

MISSION VIEJO, Calif. (AP) — If Katie Ledecky wasn’t setting world records and piling up Olympic medals, Leah Smith would be the top middle-to-long distance swimmer in the U.S. She’s been doggedly pursuing Ledecky’s relentlessly high standards for the last five years. ...

Martin Jones makes 32 saves to lead Sharks past Kings 5-2

Apr. 10, 2021 01:34 AM EDT

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Martin Jones made 32 saves to stymie Los Angeles again, Patrick Marleau scored his 566th career goal and the San Jose Sharks beat the Kings 5-2 on Friday night. Kevin Labanc, Rudolfs Balcers and Dylan Gambrell also scored, and Brent Burns had...

Leonard scores 31 as Clippers extend winning streak to 4

Apr. 10, 2021 01:21 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kawhi Leonard scored 31 points, Reggie Jackson added 26 and the Los Angeles Clippers used a dominating second quarter Friday night to defeat the Houston Rockets 126-109 and extend their winning streak to four games. The short handed Clippers, who were...

Jonas Johansson gets 1st shutout, Avalanche edge Ducks 2-0

Apr. 10, 2021 01:17 AM EDT

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Jonas Johansson made 28 saves in his first career shutout, and Valeri Nichushkin scored in the Colorado Avalanche's 2-0 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night. Mikko Rantanen added an empty-net goal in the final minute as the West...

Fresno officer with former ties to extremist group fired

Apr. 10, 2021 00:56 AM EDT

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A Fresno police officer who is a former member of the extremist Proud Boys group has been fired, it was announced Friday. Officer Rick Fitzgerald had been on paid leave since an internal police investigation was launched last month after some...

California man convicted of racial assault on Black man

Apr. 09, 2021 23:32 PM EDT

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California man was convicted Friday of attacking a Black man with a knife in a racially-motivated crime last July, federal authorities said. Ole Hougen, 44, of Santa Cruz, was found guilty of trying to injure someone with a dangerous...

Reports say LAPD was ill-prepared for protest violence

Apr. 09, 2021 23:02 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two reviews of the violence that surrounded last summer's police brutality protests say the LAPD wasn't prepared to react when peaceful demonstrations were marred by clashes, vandalism and looting. The reports released Friday found that poor planning...