Latest California News

An airplane, background, carrying U.S. citizens being evacuated from Wuhan, China, makes a refueling stop at the north terminal at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport in Anchorage, Alaska Tuesday evening, Jan. 28, 2020. (Bill Roth/Anchorage Daily News via AP)

Americans pass health test after being evacuated from China

Jan. 29, 2020 6:53 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A plane evacuating more than 200 Americans from a Chinese city at the center of a virus outbreak continued Wednesday on to Southern California after everyone aboard passed a health screening test in Anchorage, where the aircraft had stopped to refuel. All 201 passengers had already...

Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid goes up for a shot against Golden State Warriors' Omari Spellman during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

'He was special': The NBA tributes continue for Kobe Bryant

Jan. 29, 2020 3:40 AM EST

MIAMI (AP) — In Philadelphia, Joel Embiid paid tribute to Kobe Bryant by wearing one of his jersey numbers. Brooklyn’s Spencer Dinwiddie and Orlando’s Terrence Ross are showing their respect by no longer doing so. Boston’s Kemba Walker is considering such a change. And coaches around...

In this image taken Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, and provided by the National Transportation Safety Board, NTSB investigators Adam Huray, right, and Carol Hogan examine wreckage as part of the NTSB’s investigation of a helicopter crash near Calabasas, Calif. The Sunday, Jan. 26 crash killed former NBA basketball player Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven others (James Anderson/National Transportation Safety Board via AP)

Crash-warning device might not have saved Bryant helicopter

Jan. 29, 2020 1:48 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The helicopter carrying Kobe Bryant didn’t have a recommended warning system to alert the pilot he was too close to land but it’s not clear it would have averted the crash that killed nine as the aircraft plummeted toward a fog-shrouded hillside, federal regulators and...

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar speaks at a news conference about the federal government's response to a virus outbreak originating in China, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, in Washington. Standing alongside Azar are National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci, from left, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield and National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Disease Director Nancy Messonnier. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

US beefs up screening of travelers for new virus from China

Jan. 28, 2020 11:47 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials offered a reality check Tuesday about the scary new virus from China: They're expanding screenings of international travelers and taking other precautions but for now, they insist the risk to Americans is very low. “At this point Americans should not worry for...

Associate coach Nate Johnson, left, embraces his wife Jonai during a ceremony held for John Altobelli, the late head coach of Orange Coast College baseball, who died in a helicopter crash alongside former NBA basketball player Kobe Bryant in Costa Mesa, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. His wife Keri and youngest daughter Alyssa were also victims of the crash. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)

Baseball coach killed with Bryant honored at team's opener

Jan. 28, 2020 11:13 PM EST

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — John Altobelli’s team knew there was only one way to honor its late coach — by playing on his favorite day. Altobelli’s Orange Coast College baseball team opened its season as scheduled on Tuesday against Chula Vista Southwestern. The game occurred two days...

This undated photo provided by Group 3 Aviation shows helicopter pilot Ara Zobayan, who was at the controls of the helicopter that crashed in Southern California, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, killing all nine aboard including former Lakers star Kobe Bryant. Location is not provided. (Group 3 Aviation via AP)

Kobe Bryant helicopter lacked recommended safety device

Jan. 28, 2020 10:37 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The helicopter carrying Kobe Bryant didn’t have a recommended warning system to alert the pilot he was too close to land but it’s not clear it would have averted the crash that killed nine because the pilot may have lost control as the aircraft plunged into a fog-shrouded...

In this Jan. 20, 2020 photo, former New York City Mayor, and Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg walks with supporters along the route of the Little Rock

Bloomberg creates a parallel presidential race. Can he win?

Jan. 28, 2020 9:40 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — When the leading Democratic presidential candidates marked Martin Luther King Jr. Day by linking arms and marching through South Carolina's capital, Michael Bloomberg was nowhere near the early primary state. The former New York mayor was instead in Arkansas, tossing out candy at...

Officials: 2 prisoners kill third California prison inmate

Jan. 28, 2020 9:02 PM EST

SUSANVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Two inmates killed a third inmate at a state prison in northeast California, officials said Tuesday. Prison employees said they saw Jose R. Castillo and Victor M. Zapien attack Richard Prieto in an exercise yard at High Desert State Prison in Susanville Monday afternoon. ...

This cover image released by Flatiron Books shows

'American Dirt' Latino backlash part of long publishing war

Jan. 28, 2020 9:01 PM EST

During a trip to Mexico to visit family, writer Myriam Gurba took “American Dirt,” a novel about immigration and cartel violence that was being touted as one of the biggest U.S. releases of 2020. The writer was of mostly white descent, and Gurba felt the book didn't ring true. “I was reading...

File - In this March 19, 2015, file photo, Mohammed Nuru, director of San Francisco Public Works, is interviewed at the Tenderloin Pit Stop mobile bathrooms in San Francisco. A top San Francisco official in charge of cleaning up the city's notoriously filthy streets and a champion of adding more portable toilets has been arrested, jail records show. Nuru was taken into custody Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, along with Nick Bovis, the owner of Lefty O'Doul's, a longtime sports bar popular with tourists and locals that closed two years ago. Records say only that the men were arrested for felony safekeeping, which typically indicates federal charges. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

San Francisco official charged with corruption in FBI probe

Jan. 28, 2020 9:00 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A top San Francisco public official and go-to bureaucrat to mayors over two decades was charged with public corruption Tuesday, upending City Hall as elected leaders scrambled to reassure the public that bribery and kickbacks would not be tolerated. The complaint unsealed against San...