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FILE - In this Thursday, July 2, 2020, file photo, cars drive under a sign greeting visitors near the entrance to Walt Disney World, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.   The Walt Disney Co. is announcing plans to lay off 4,000 more workers in its theme parks division in California and Florida due to the COVID-19 pandemic's effect on the industry. The company has been limiting attendance at its parks and changing protocols to allow for social distancing. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

Disney to lay off 4,000 more employees amid pandemic

Nov. 27, 2020 4:54 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Walt Disney Co. announced plans to lay off 4,000 more employees largely due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The announcement by the company was made in a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing earlier this week, saying 32,000 employees at the parks, experiences and...

FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2020, file photo, student nurse Ryan Eachus collects forms as cars line up for COVID-19 testing at a testing site set up the OC Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, Calif. Orange County will provide up to half a million mail-in test kits to residents before the end of the year in the hopes that more testing can help beat back the coronavirus. Orange County will offer the free test kits initially to residents of its two largest cities, Anaheim and Santa Ana. Health officials hope to make the kits available to all of the county's 3 million residents by next month in what could be a massive boost in testing. unemployment rate stubbornly high. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

California county hopes mail-in test kits help curb virus

Nov. 24, 2020 5:04 PM EST

A Southern California county will provide up to half a million mail-in test kits to residents before the end of the year in the hopes that more testing can help beat back the coronavirus. Orange County on Monday began offering the free test kits to residents of its two largest cities, Anaheim and Santa Ana, which...

Disney workers lose jobs, free college education vanishes

Oct. 24, 2020 3:01 AM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Madeline “Madi” Portes keeps a bucket list full of things like visiting Paris and taking violin lessons. But No. 1 was always to get her college degree, and she never forgot that as the years went by. Portes, of Clermont, failed several times to finish her schooling,...

FILE - In this file March 18, 2020, file phootom one of the normally bustling entrances to the Disneyland resort is vacant due to the coronavirus closure in Anaheim, Calif. State health officials announced strict new rules for reopening theme parks on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, attractions spanning from Disneyland to Universal Studios are now bracing for an even longer shutdown, and so are the surrounding communities lined with hotels, restaurants and shops devoted to visitors who no longer walk their streets. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)

California theme park closures hit jobs, shops, budget

Oct. 22, 2020 1:00 AM EDT

California's amusement parks have been pining to reopen for months, hoping to bring back thousands of workers sent home in March when the coronavirus pandemic forced them to close their gates. Now that state health officials announced strict new rules for reopening the parks, attractions spanning from Disneyland...

FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2020, file photo, empty seats are shown at Levi's Stadium during the first half of an NFL football game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Arizona Cardinals in Santa Clara, Calif. California health officials announced Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, that they will allow a limited number of fans to attend professional sporting events in counties with lower rates of transmission of the coronavirus. That includes Santa Clara County, home to the San Francisco 49ers professional football team, but health officials there said they won't allow fans at such events anytime soon. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

California will allow fans at pro sports but not Disneyland

Oct. 20, 2020 8:05 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will let fans back in outdoor stadiums for pro sporting events in counties with low coronavirus infection rates but isn’t ready to allow Disneyland and other major theme parks to reopen, the state's top health official said Tuesday. San Francisco and neighboring...

FILE - In this Oct. 7, 2020, file photo, California Gov. Gavin talks about the importance of wearing a face mask during a news conference at Sierra Orchards walnut farm in Winters, Calif. California won't allow any distribution of new coronavirus vaccines in the nation’s most populous state until it is reviewed by the state’s own panel of experts, Gov. Newsom said, Monday, Oct. 19, 2020.  (Renée C. Byer/The Sacramento Bee via AP, Pool, File)

California's feared surge of virus cases hasn't happened

Oct. 19, 2020 9:05 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Near the end of September, with coronavirus cases falling and more schools and businesses reopening, Gov. Gavin Newsom's administration urged restraint, citing a statistical model that predicted a startling 89% increase in virus hospitalizations in the next month. That hasn't...

FILE - In this July 2, 2020, file photo, people wear masks while walking on the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk during the coronavirus outbreak in Santa Cruz, Calif. California is easing its coronavirus restrictions to allow multi-family gatherings outdoors as infection rates and the number of deaths have leveled off at levels not seen since the early stages of the pandemic. Up to three families can gather so long as they follow other safety precautions designed to stem the spread of the virus, under the new guidelines from the California Department of Public Health. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

California rules now allow for 3 households to socialize

Oct. 12, 2020 6:26 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is easing its coronavirus restrictions to allow up to three households to socialize outdoors, an expansion of rules aimed at people tempted to have even larger gatherings around Halloween, Thanksgiving and end-of-year holidays, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday. Three...