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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...

Actor Danny Masterson, left, stands with his attorney, Thomas Mesereau as he is arraigned on rape charges at Los Angeles Superior Court, in Los Angeles, Calif. on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. (Lucy Nicholson/Pool Photo via AP)

Actor Masterson's lawyer denies and denounces rape charges

Sep. 18, 2020 4:33 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “That ’70s Show” actor Danny Masterson, charged with raping three women, made his first appearance Friday in a Los Angeles courtroom, where his attorney declared his innocence and denounced the charges against him as “politicized.” Masterson, 44, who...

FILE - In this July 18, 2020 file photo a closed sign hangs in the window of a barber shop 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)

California jobless rate falls with help of temporary jobs

Sep. 18, 2020 4:28 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A raft of temporary government jobs for the U.S. Census boosted California's economy in August as the state added 101,900 jobs as the unemployment rate fell below the high-water mark of the Great Recession for the first time since March. But experts warned that other indicators...

FILE - Icons for the smartphone apps TikTok and WeChat are seen on a smartphone screen in Beijing, in a Friday, Aug. 7, 2020 file photo.  The Commerce Department said President Trump’s proposed ban of the apps WeChat and TikTok will go into effect Sunday, Sept. 20,  to “safeguard the national security of the United States.” The government said its order, previously announced by Trump in August, will “combat China’s malicious collection of American citizens’ personal data.”  (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)

US bans WeChat, TikTok from app stores, threatens shutdowns

Sep. 18, 2020 4:10 PM EDT

The U.S. Commerce Department said Friday it will ban Chinese-owned TikTok and WeChat from U.S. app stores on Sunday and will bar the apps from accessing essential internet services in the U.S. — a move that could effectively wreck the operation of both Chinese services for U.S. users. TikTok won't face the...

FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2019, file photo U.S. Navy Capt. Brett Crozier, then commanding officer of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), addresses the crew during an all-hands call on the ship's flight deck while conducting routine operations in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. Crozier, the dismissed captain of the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier, knew he was jeopardizing his military career when he broke protocol and sent a now-famous email warning of possible sailor deaths due to a coronavirus breakout on board, but he did so in an urgent effort to help avoid a

Captain says he knowingly risked career with virus warning

Sep. 18, 2020 3:57 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The dismissed captain of a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier knew he was jeopardizing his military career when he broke protocol and sent a now-famous email warning of possible sailor deaths due to a coronavirus breakout on board, But Brett Crozier says in a witness statement obtained by the...

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...

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Pelosi to church: 'Follow science' on COVID-19 restrictions

Sep. 18, 2020 3:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pushed back Friday against the Catholic archbishop of San Francisco's criticism of COVID-related restrictions, saying he should “follow science” rather than advocate for fuller in-person gatherings for Mass and worship. Asked about Archbishop...

A firefighter puts out a hot spot along Highway 38 northwest of Forrest Falls, Calif., as the El Dorado Fire continues to burn Thursday afternoon, Sept. 10, 2020. The fire started by a device at a gender reveal party on Saturday. (Will Lester/The Orange County Register/SCNG via AP)

Firefighter dies battling wildfire sparked by gender reveal

Sep. 18, 2020 3:18 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A firefighter died battling a wildfire in California that officials said was sparked by a device used to reveal a baby's gender. The death happened Thursday in the San Bernardino National Forest as crews battled the El Dorado Fire, the U.S. Forest Service said in a statement. The fire...

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...

Coyote bites woman on Marin County beach near San Francisco

Sep. 18, 2020 2:26 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A woman was hospitalized this week after a coyote bit her leg on a beach north of San Francisco that is part of a recreational area where there has been an increase in interactions between humans and wildlife, authorities said. The woman told park rangers the coyote was acting...