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Sprawling Los Angeles archdiocese announces reopening plans

May. 27, 2020 1:59 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The sprawling Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles announced Wednesday measured steps toward reopening churches and resuming celebration of daily Mass early next month. Archbishop José H. Gomez said in a letter to 288 parishes that they must submit reopening plans under...

USC hires Jeremy Kipp as men's and women's swim coach

May. 19, 2020 3:07 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jeremy Kipp is the new head coach of Southern California’s men’s and women’s swimming teams, replacing Dave Salo, who is retiring after 14 years. Kipp spent the last two years in a similar job at Northwestern, where his teams were among the best in program history....

LA Catholic schools to finish year with remote learning

May. 11, 2020 2:14 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The 73,000 students in 265 Catholic elementary and high schools throughout the three-county Archdiocese of Los Angeles will continue distance learning through the end of the academic year. The decision announced Monday follows discussions with public health officials in Los Angeles,...

Brush fire burns on south Santa Barbara County coast

May. 8, 2020 6:40 AM EDT

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Winds spread a brush fire over more than 150 acres (61 hectares) along the south Santa Barbara County coast Thursday amid a spell of hot and dry weather. The fire erupted on a ridge near Hollister Ranch shortly after 2 a.m. as “significant” offshore winds swept...

Release: Ex-university worker sent death threats to colleges

Apr. 22, 2020 5:35 PM EDT

VALDOSTA, Ga. (AP) — A former employee at a Georgia university was arrested and accused of sending death threats to several workers at other universities in California, Indiana and Texas, authorities said. Shawn Charles Merdinger, 50, was arrested Sunday and charged with a criminal complaint for sending...

In this March 31, 2020 photo, a Samaritan's Purse crew erects privacy tents at a 68 bed emergency field hospital specially equipped with a respiratory unit in New York's Central Park, in New York. International charity groups which usually provide support to war-torn or impoverished countries are now sending humanitarian aid to some of the wealthiest places in the United States to help manage the coronavirus pandemic.  (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Groups used to serving desperately poor nations now help US

Apr. 10, 2020 11:56 AM EDT

In Santa Barbara, forklifts chug through the warehouse of Direct Relief, hustling pallets of much-needed medical supplies into waiting FedEx trucks. Normally those gloves, masks and medicines would go to desperately poor clinics in Haiti or Sudan, but now they’re racing off to Stanford Hospital in Palo...