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Medical staff prepare to take a COVID-19 tests at a drive through community based assessment centre in Christchurch, New Zealand, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. Health authorities in New Zealand are scrambling to trace the source of a new outbreak of the coronavirus as the nation's largest city, Auckland, goes back into lockdown. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

The Latest: First case-free day for New Zealand in 5 weeks

Sep. 17, 2020 11:15 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand has reported no new confirmed cases of the coronavirus for the first time in more than five weeks as hopes rise that an outbreak discovered in Auckland last month has been stamped out. Friday’s report also marked the fourth consecutive day without any cases of...

In this screenshot made during a video conference call, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signs a bill into law that requires employers to notify workers if they have been potentially exposed to the coronavirus, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Sacramento, Calif. Newsom also signed a law making coronavirus infections eligible for workers compensation benefits. Newsom signed both bills while on a Zoom call with supporters to ensure physical distancing during the pandemic. (Adam Beam/Zoom via AP)

California governor signs laws to protect workers from virus

Sep. 17, 2020 7:43 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California companies must warn their workers of any potential exposure to the coronavirus and must pay their employees workers compensation benefits if they get sick with the disease under two laws that Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Thursday. Newsom, a Democrat, signed the laws over...

Kansas Supreme Court weighs guidelines for injured workers

Sep. 17, 2020 4:24 PM EDT

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court waded into the fray Thursday over obscure medical guidelines that will determine how much money workers injured on the job can collect. Justices heard legal arguments on Zoom over which edition of the American Medical Association guide should be used for...

Officer's widower charged with fraud in benefits collection

Aug. 13, 2020 10:56 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The widower of a Philadelphia police officer who died while on duty has been charged with fraud after authorities say he collected hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of workers compensation death benefits after he had remarried. The Philadelphia district attorney's office announced...

FILE - In this May 28, 2020, file photo, Sen. Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, left, chair of the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee, wears a face mask while standing behind a plexiglass barrier during a budget committee hearing in the Senate in Sacramento, Calif. California lawmakers are preparing to return to work after an extended summer recess because of the coronavirus. Lawmakers will have about five weeks to pass bills when they return to work on Monday, July 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

Little time, big agenda when California lawmakers return

Jul. 26, 2020 11:19 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers are returning to work Monday for a furious five-week sprint that will include contentious debates about police brutality, unemployment benefits, hospital mergers and a moratorium on evictions during the coronavirus pandemic. The state Legislature has shut down...

FILE - In this April 15, 2020, file photo, a farmworker, considered an essential worker under the current COVID-19 guidelines, covers his face as he works at a flower farm in Santa Paula, Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday, July 24, 2020, pledged to do more to protect Latinos and essential workers from economic and health harms caused by the coronavirus pandemic, but he said he will do so by working with the Legislature, not acting on his own. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Correction: Virus Outbreak-Essential Workers story

Jul. 25, 2020 8:57 PM EDT
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In a story July 24, 2020, about California essential workers, The Associated Press erroneously referred to Christian Arana as a she. Arana is a man.