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The Hollywood Pantages Theatre marquee indicates that the theater is a voting location, in Los Angeles on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. California mailed ballots to all active registered voters this year, and more than 8.7 million have already been returned. That's nearly 60% of all votes cast in the 2016 presidential election in California. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Amid pandemic, in-person voting underway in California

Oct. 31, 2020 3:16 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In-person voting started for most California counties this weekend as local election officials — many for the first time — opened polling places days early in hopes of avoiding crushing crowds on Election Day. More than 22 million people are registered to vote in...

President Donald Trump walks to the podium to speak at a campaign rally at Keith House, Washington's Headquarters, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, in Newtown, Pa. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump baselessly cites fraud in virus toll

Oct. 31, 2020 1:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The actual crisis of the coronavirus pandemic and a manufactured crisis over voting fraud featured heavily in President Donald Trump’s misstatements during the 2020 campaign’s final week. Democrat Joe Biden went astray on trade as he assailed the president’s record on...

FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2018, file photo, President Donald Trump talks with then California Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom, left, during a visit to a neighborhood impacted by the wildfires in Paradise, Calif. Nearly two years ago President Trump ordered the U.S. Forest Service and the Department of Interior to make federal lands less susceptible to catastrophic wildfires. But the agencies fell short of his goals in 2019, treating a combined 4.3 million acres — just over half of the 8.45 million acres the president sought. It was only slightly better than their average annual performance over nearly two decades, according to government data. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Federal agencies fall short of Trump forest protection goals

Oct. 31, 2020 11:38 AM EDT

Nearly two years ago, President Donald Trump stood amid the smoky ruins of Paradise, California, where he blamed the deadliest wildfire in the state's history on poor forest management. "You've got to take care of the floors, you know? The floors of the forest, very important," the president said. He ordered the...

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2013, file photo Sharon Hilliard speaks during an Assembly Insurance Committee hearing at the state Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. Employment Development Department Director Hilliard announced Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, that she will retire at the end of the year. Hilliard, who has worked in state government for nearly 40 years, has led the department through the coronavirus pandemic, which saw an unprecedented number of people file for unemployment benefits. The agency has struggled to weed out fraud while keeping up with demand, leading to a backlog of more than 1 million cases. (AP Photo/Genevieve Ross, File)

California unemployment chief to retire amid claims backlog

Oct. 30, 2020 9:09 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The director of California's unemployment benefits department said Friday she will retire at the end of the year following an explosion of more than 15 million claims that overwhelmed the agency and resulted in months of frustrating delays for people who lost their jobs because of...

California Gov. says his kids "phasing back" into classrooms

Oct. 30, 2020 7:01 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday his children are among those resuming in-person classes after months of distance learning due to the coronavirus pandemic. Newsom, whose four children attend private school, said he believes children learn best in the classroom and his...

California county sues church holding indoor services

Oct. 30, 2020 6:31 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California county has filed a lawsuit against a San Jose church to stop it from holding weekly indoor services for hundreds of people, claiming $350,000 in fines have not stopped church officials from violating coronavirus shutdown orders. Santa Clara County said Friday it filed for...

FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2020, file photo, with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background, people wear face masks while strolling at Crissy Field East Beach in San Francisco. San Francisco will temporarily halt the reopening of additional activities and businesses planned for next week week because of an increase in coronavirus case rates and hospitalizations, the city's mayor and health director said Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

San Francisco halts reopenings as virus cases rise

Oct. 30, 2020 5:11 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco will temporarily halt the reopening of additional activities and businesses planned for next week because of an increase in coronavirus case rates and hospitalizations, the city's mayor and health director said Friday. That includes expanding capacity for indoor dining at...

In a photo provided by Word Aflame Ministries, people are outdoors during a service at Word Aflame Tabernacle in La Habra Heights, Calif. The Pentecostal church says the city violated its constitutional rights by harassing it over the way it has held outdoor gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Word Aflame Ministries via AP)

Church: California city violated its rights during pandemic

Oct. 29, 2020 9:24 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When other church leaders protested coronavirus shutdown orders, saying they were following the word of the Lord, pastor Joe Garcia said he followed the word of the law. He held services online for months during coronavirus restrictions and later his Pentecostal flock socially distanced...

A helicopter drops water as firefighters walk with drip torches to set a backfire against the Blue Ridge Fire on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, in Chino Hills, Calif. Facing extreme wildfire conditions this week that included hurricane-level winds, the main utility in Northern California cut power to nearly 1 million people while its counterpart in Southern California pulled the plug on just 30 customers to prevent power lines and other electrical equipment from sparking a blaze. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Evacuation orders lifted for many Californians who fled fire

Oct. 29, 2020 12:20 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Thousands of Californians were allowed to return to their homes Wednesday as calmer winds helped firefighters beat back two wind-driven wildfires that had spurred widespread evacuations. Roughly 100,000 people were ordered to evacuate Monday after the wildfires broke out in brushy hills...

A homeless person's tent stands just outside Grand Park with Los Angeles City Hall in the background, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, in Los Angeles. Los Angeles is again considering a proposal to greatly restrict where homeless people may camp in public places around Los Angeles - rules that opponents say would criminalize homelessness. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Los Angeles considers new limits on where homeless can camp

Oct. 28, 2020 10:22 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles is again considering a proposal to greatly restrict where homeless people may camp in public places around the city — rules that opponents say would criminalize homelessness. The City Council on Wednesday spent four hours debating changes to the city’s code...