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California appears to pass peak of omicron variant wave

Jan. 25, 2022 21:45 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California showed signs it turned the corner on the omicron wave of the coronavirus pandemic, with infection rates falling and hospitalizations well short of the overwhelming deluge officials feared a few weeks ago. Over 15,000 people are hospitalized with...

Assembly OKs tougher penalties for coordinated shoplifting

Jan. 25, 2022 18:05 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Assembly has approved a Republican-authored bill that would create tougher penalties for coordinated shoplifting. The proposal comes in response to reports last year of gangs of shoplifters running rampant through high-end department stores in...

California likely to extend paid sick leave amid pandemic

Jan. 25, 2022 17:11 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California workers would get up to two weeks of paid time off if they get sick from the coronavirus while businesses would get up to $6 billion in tax cuts and other assistance under a proposal endorsed Tuesday by Gov. Gavin Newsom and the state's top legislative...

Bill axes 'belief' exemption to school COVID-19 vaccination

Jan. 24, 2022 15:55 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California legislation proposed Monday would eliminate a personal belief exemption in school-based COVID-19 vaccination requirements. Sen. Richard Pan introduced the Keep Schools Open and Safe Act during a news conference at a Los Angeles school. ...

As Biden struggles, Harris touts California wildfire aid

Jan. 21, 2022 23:45 PM EST

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — After a difficult first year in office, Vice President Kamala Harris enjoyed a homecoming of sorts Friday, taking a helicopter tour in Southern California mountains to highlight new funding for federal wildfire programs. She was joined by Gov. Gavin...

Preteens can get vaxxed without parent under California bill

Jan. 21, 2022 17:21 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California would allow children age 12 and up to be vaccinated without their parents’ consent under a proposal introduced Friday by a state senator who said youngsters “deserve the right to protect themselves” against infectious disease. Currently in...

California jobless rate dips half-percentage point to 6.5%

Jan. 21, 2022 15:05 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's unemployment rate dipped a half-percentage point in December as the most populous state added 50,700 nonfarm jobs, accounting for more than a quarter of the nation’s 199,000 new jobs for the month, according to new data released Friday. The...

Los Angeles weighs phasing out oil and gas drilling

Jan. 21, 2022 13:57 PM EST

The University Park neighborhood of Los Angeles has a lot in common with urban areas across the U.S.: A dense population with lots of businesses and housing. A cluster of car dealerships. A row of restaurants. Schools and a community center. But nestled in the predominantly Latino...

Governor vows state help in cracking down on LA rail theft

Jan. 20, 2022 21:43 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom is promising statewide coordination as law enforcement and prosecutors go after thieves who have been raiding cargo containers aboard trains near downtown Los Angeles for months, leaving the tracks blanketed with discarded boxes. The...

California water districts will get more supply than planned

Jan. 20, 2022 16:25 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Last month's wet winter storms led California officials on Thursday to announce they'll release more water than initially planned from state storage to local agencies that provide water for 27 million people and vast swaths of farmland. The Department of...