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President Donald Trump prepares to sign four executive orders during a news conference at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. Seizing the power of his podium and his pen, Trump on Saturday moved to bypass the nation's elected lawmakers as he claimed the authority to defer payroll taxes and extend an expired unemployment benefit after negotiations with Congress on a new coronavirus rescue package collapsed.(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

States strain to carry out Trump order on unemployment aid

Aug. 10, 2020 10:50 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Virginia (AP) — Governors and state labor department officials were scrambling Monday to determine whether they could implement President Donald Trump’s executive order to partially extend unemployment assistance payments to millions of Americans struggling to find work in the...

FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2020, file photo, California Department of Public Health Director and State Health Officer Dr. Sonia Angell speaks to members of the press at a news conference in Sacramento, Calif.. Angell announced she was departing from her role as director and state public health officer for the California Department of Public Health in a letter to staff that was released Sunday, August 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Randall Benton, File)

Governor gives few details on top California official's exit

Aug. 10, 2020 8:23 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A day after announcing that California's public health director suddenly resigned, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday dodged questions about her departure even as he stressed the importance of transparency and accountability. “Decisions were made, and we're moving forward," he...

Guard at California's San Quentin prison dies of coronavirus

Aug. 10, 2020 6:56 PM EDT

SAN QUENTIN, Calif. (AP) — A veteran guard at San Quentin State Prison has died as a result of the coronavirus, marking the first COVID-19 death of an employee at the California lockup where a large outbreak has infected staff and inmates, corrections officials said. Sgt. Gilbert Polanco, an Army veteran...

FILE - In this May 30, 2020, file photo, a police officer prepares to fire rubber bullets during a protest over the death of George Floyd in Los Angeles. California lawmakers are pushing to enact nearly a dozen policing reform laws driven by nationwide outrage and protests after  Floyd's death in May.  (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu, File)

California eyes 11 police reforms after George Floyd's death

Aug. 10, 2020 3:57 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers are pushing to enact nearly a dozen policing reform laws driven by nationwide outrage and protests after George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis in May. Lawmakers have until Aug. 31 to approve and send legislation to Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom. The bills...

St. Francis Xavier School students and their families walk together in Newark, on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, after discussing the Catholic school's permanent closure announced the previous week by the Archdiocese of Newark. Nationwide, more than 140 Catholic schools will not reopen in the fall. (AP Photo/Jessie Wardarski)

Amid pandemic, future of many Catholic schools is in doubt

Aug. 9, 2020 1:08 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — As the new academic year arrives, school systems across the United States are struggling to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. Roman Catholic educators have an extra challenge — trying to forestall a relentless wave of closures of their schools that has no end in sight. Already this...

Desks are spaced out in a classroom at Aikahi Elementary School in Kailua, Hawaii on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. While Hawaii has one of the lowest rates of cases per capita in the country and many of its schools have open-air campuses, the challenges of returning kids full time to classrooms may still be insurmountable. (AP Photo/Jennifer Sinco Kelleher)

The Latest: Hawaii schools to open year with remote learning

Aug. 7, 2020 10:21 PM EDT

HONOLULU — Hawaii officials say the state’s public school students will begin the academic year with remote learning only, after a spike of coronavirus cases. Gov. David Ige said Friday that all public students will spend the first four weeks of the school year learning online from home. Officials...

FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2020, file photo, California Health and Human Services Agency Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly speaks at a news conference in Sacramento, Calif., as Gov. Gavin Newsom listens. A technical glitch that has plagued the data system the state relies on to make decisions about reopening businesses and schools has been fixed but it could take up to 48 hours to get the numbers updated, California's top health official said Friday, Aug. 7. Dr. Ghaly said that up to 300,000 records might have been backlogged, but not all of them are coronavirus cases and some may be duplicates. (AP Photo/Randall Benton, File)

Official: California fixed glitch that backlogged COVID data

Aug. 7, 2020 8:30 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A technical glitch that has plagued the data system the state relies on to make decisions about reopening businesses and schools has been fixed, but it could take up to 48 hours to get the numbers updated, California’s top health official said Friday. “Our data system...

FILE - In this March 3, 2020 file photo, a woman runs on a path by a polling place during primary elections in San Diego. .On Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, the California Legislature sent a bill to Gov. Gavin Newsom's desk that would let counties offer fewer in-person polling places if they keep them open at least four days. County election officials say they are having trouble securing enough polling places because of the pandemic. Senate bill 423 would let counties consolidate some polling places. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

California sets in-person voting rules amid coronavirus

Aug. 6, 2020 9:07 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Worried about the unpredictable coronavirus wreaking havoc on the November election, California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday signed a law to let counties offer fewer in-person polling places in exchange for opening the sites earlier. The change follows another law Newsom signed...

FILE - This May 11, 2017, file photo shows Andre Shavers, who runs a marijuana delivery business, on a street in Oakland, Calif. California faced off in court Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, against some of its own cities that want to overturn a government rule allowing home marijuana deliveries statewide, even into communities that banned commercial pot sales. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

California, cities battle over marijuana home-delivery rule

Aug. 6, 2020 5:32 PM EDT

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — California faced off in court Thursday against some of its own cities that want to overturn a government rule allowing home marijuana deliveries statewide, even into communities that banned commercial pot sales. In a potential setback for at least some of the cities, the judge...

FILE - In this April 18, 2020, file photo, partitions are installed between beds as work is performed to turn Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, Calif., into a 400-bed emergency field hospital to help deal with the coronavirus outbreak. When California was anticipating a spring surge in coronavirus cases it turned an old NBA arena and practice facility into a field hospital prepared to take hundreds of patients. They were told to expect 30 to 60 patients within the first few days, but only nine arrived over the next 10 weeks. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

State spent millions on arena hospital that saw 9 patients

Aug. 6, 2020 1:20 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Doctors arrived at an arena-turned-medical center in Sacramento in mid-April and were told to prepare for 30 to 60 coronavirus patients to arrive within days. They spent the weekend working feverishly to get ready. State officials envisioned the cavernous Sleep Train Arena and an...