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FILE - In this July 18, 2020 file photo, young patrons eat a meal on a closed-off street near sparsely sat tables in Burbank, Calif. California's unemployment rate has fallen to 11.4% in August. The Employment Development Department says the state added 101,900 jobs in August. Most of those were government jobs, including temporary positions for the U.S. Census. California lost more than 2.6 million jobs in March and April because of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

The Latest: Jobless rate edges down to 11.4% in California

Sep. 18, 2020 5:18 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California’s unemployment rate fell to 11.4% in August amid its slow recovery from the pandemic’s damage to the economy. The Employment Development Department says the state added 101,900 jobs during the month. Most were government jobs, including temporary positions for...

Schools may be impacted if county sees virus restrictions

Sep. 18, 2020 3:26 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — California schools that haven't resumed in-person instruction will not be allowed to do so if the counties where they are located are moved to a more restrictive tier due to rising coronavirus cases, state officials said. The state's Department of Public Health said late Thursday K-12...

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2020 file photo, a hand crew clears vegetation from around a barn as the Bear Fire burns through the Berry Creek area of Butte County, Calif. Two years before a deadly fire leveled Berry Creek, the community was selected to receive an $836,000 state grant for pruning vegetation and clearing fuel from potential fire spots. But the forest management project was never completed because of red tape, said local officials, who now wonder if having cleared potential fuel could have changed the fortunes of Berry Creek, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020 (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

Berry Creek fire-prevention project stymied by red tape

Sep. 18, 2020 3:01 PM EDT

BERRY CREEK, Calif. (AP) — Two years before a deadly fire leveled Berry Creek and killed at least 11 people, the community was selected to receive an $836,000 state grant for pruning vegetation and clearing fuel from potential fire spots. But the forest management project was never completed because of red...

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...

FILE - In this Aug. 31, 2020, file still image from California State Assembly video, Assemblywoman Buffy Wicks, a Democrat from Oakland, addresses lawmakers while holding her one-month-old daughter Elly in her arms during the final hours of the California legislative session in Sacramento, Calif. On Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a law letting more people take time off from work to bond with a new child or care for a sick family member without fear of losing their job. Wicks cast the deciding vote for that bill in August with her infant daughter by her side. (California State Assembly via AP, File)

California paid leave law among nation's broadest

Sep. 17, 2020 7:51 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A new law in California lets more people than almost anywhere else in the country take up to three months off from work to care for a family member thanks in part to a nursing mother who brought her baby to work with her on the final day of the state legislative session to vote...

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...

FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2020, file photo, lightning forks over the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge as a storm passes over Oakland, Calif. Numerous lightning strikes sparked brush fires throughout the region. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

Lightning storm, easterly wind: How the wildfires got so bad

Sep. 17, 2020 3:04 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — It began as a stunning light show on a mid-August weekend — lightning bolts crackling in the skies over Northern and Central California, touching down in grasslands and vineyards. The National Weather Service warned that the dry lightning striking a parched landscape “could...

Victims of deadly California wildfire found in cars, roadway

Sep. 16, 2020 10:53 PM EDT

OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A 72-year-old man found dead in a vehicle and two other people discovered on a roadway were among the latest victims of the deadliest wildfire in California this year. Fifteen people were killed last week in the North Complex fire burning about 125 miles (200 kilometers) northeast...

FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2019, file photo, the Pac-12 logo is displayed on the field at Sun Devil Stadium during an NCAA college football game between Arizona State and Kent State in Tempe, Ariz. As the wealthiest conferences  like the Pac-12 lay out plans they hope will protect athletes from contracting and spreading COVID-19, most of the schools in the second-tier of Division I football have given up on trying to play in the fall. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso, File)

Pac-12 football plans remain in holding pattern

Sep. 16, 2020 8:28 PM EDT

The Pac-12 took a significant step toward joining the Big Ten in playing football in the fall, getting clearance to hold full-fledged practices from the states of California and Oregon. Early Wednesday, the Big Ten grabbed headlines by changing course and agreeing to set an an eight-game football schedule that...

FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2020, file photo, a woman wears a mask as she walks on campus at San Diego State University in San Diego. California officials say the state won't consider removing college students' virus cases from a county's data because they are part of a community and can contribute to the spread of the illness. The issue arose as San Diego County has seen more than 700 cases among college students and others that have helped drive up infections. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

California says college virus cases part of community spread

Sep. 16, 2020 7:01 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — California officials said Wednesday the state would not consider removing college students' virus cases from a county's data because they are part of the broader community and can contribute to the spread of the illness. “You can't isolate as if it's on an island, a campus community...