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Dozens of people gather by the Golden Gate Bridge Welcome Center in San Francisco Saturday, June 6, 2020, to begin marching across the famous span in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Diverse crowds march across California for George Floyd

Jun. 6, 2020 4:02 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Thousands of demonstrators filled the streets in San Francisco, Sacramento, Simi Valley, San Diego and other locations across California on Saturday, continuing more than a week of protest marches expressing outrage over the death of George Floyd. Roderick Sweeney, 49, who is black,...

Protesters march Thursday, June 4, 2020, in San Diego. Protests continue to be held in U.S. cities, sparked by the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

California lawmakers picking up themes from protesters

Jun. 5, 2020 11:12 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Peaceful protests continued Friday throughout California while lawmakers and even police echoed calls for social justice and an end to police abuses. Crowds ranging from several hundred to thousands thronged the streets of downtown Los Angeles, San Diego, Sacramento, San Francisco...

The Rev. Al Sharpton speaks at a memorial service for George Floyd at North Central University Thursday, June 4, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

The Latest: Sharpton: DC rally being planned for Aug. 28

Jun. 5, 2020 10:12 PM EDT

TOP OF THE HOUR: — Sharpton planning DC rally for Aug. 28 anniversary of MLK's “I Have A Dream” speech — Minneapolis-St. Paul curfew over as troopers, National Guard to be sent home — Seattle mayor bans police use of a type of tear gas for 30 days. — Phoenix woman says...

FILE - In this April 1, 2020, file photo, a reminder for people to wash their hands is displayed on a sign outside Theodore Judah Elementary School in Sacramento, Calif. California will allow schools, day camps, bars, gyms, campgrounds and professional sports to begin reopening with modifications starting Friday, June 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

California to let gyms, bars, day camps reopen next week

Jun. 5, 2020 8:59 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will allow day camps, bars, gyms, campgrounds and professional sports to begin reopening with precautions in a week. The nation's most populated state released guidance Friday for counties on reopening a broad range of businesses that have been closed since mid-March...

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that he has ordered the state police training program to stop teaching a neck hold that blocks the flow of blood to the brain, during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, June 5, 2020. Speaking from the Unity Center at the California Museum, Newsom said he ordered the state Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training to stop teaching officers how to use the

California governor ends police training in 'sleeper hold'

Jun. 5, 2020 8:53 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday ordered the state's police training program to stop teaching officers how to use a neck hold that blocks the flow of blood to the brain and endorsed legislation that would ban the practice statewide. It marked his first action on police use...

FILE - This June 3, 2020 file photo shows a sign alerting customers to a closed Walgreens store in Vallejo, Calif. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced Friday, June 5, 2020 his office will review the Vallejo police department to reform its use-of-force policies and improve its anti-bias and community policing after officers there shot and killed a 22-year-old man suspected of stealing amid a night of protests. Becerra said the review of the department was not tied to a specific incident but what the Department of Justice called

California official to review Vallejo police after shootings

Jun. 5, 2020 6:37 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced Friday that his office will review the Vallejo Police Department and recommend reforms to use-of-force policies and measures involving bias and community policing. The announcement came days after officers shot and killed a...

California governor orders immediate end of training for police on “carotid hold” that stops blood flow to brain

Jun. 5, 2020 3:49 PM EDT
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California governor orders immediate end of training for police on “carotid hold” that stops blood flow to brain.

California again extends major contract for protective masks

Jun. 5, 2020 3:25 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is giving a Chinese manufacturer it contracted with for hundreds of millions of protective masks one more week to get federal certification after the company twice missed the deadline. California signed a nearly $1 billion contract in April with BYD, a Chinese company...

Protesters march Thursday, June 4, 2020, in San Diego. Protests continue to be held in U.S. cities, sparked by the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

California curfews lifting amid peaceful protests

Jun. 5, 2020 1:21 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California cities and counties cautiously lifted curfews after days of sporadic mayhem were replaced by peaceful protests and pledges by lawmakers to fight inequality. Marches and rallies Thursday in Los Angeles, San Francisco and elsewhere were marked by “Black Lives...

FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2020, file photo, people walk past a Pacific Gas and Electric sign at a PG&E location in San Francisco. California's chief utility regulators and a Pacific Gas & Electric executive testified Thursday, June 4, 2020, that the utility is behind on installing devices meant to ease the severity of power shut-offs during potential wildfires and hasn't yet hired and trained emergency response specialists in each county. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

PG&E behind on promises to ease effect of power shut-offs

Jun. 5, 2020 12:47 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's chief utility regulators and a Pacific Gas & Electric executive testified Thursday that the utility is behind on installing devices meant to ease the severity of power shut-offs during potential wildfires and hasn't yet hired and trained emergency response...