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California goes from worst to first in virus infections

Apr. 22, 2021 20:55 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Just a few months ago, California was the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. Hospitals in Los Angeles were drowning in patients, and ambulances were idling outside with people struggling to breathe, waiting for beds to open. The death...

California Senate OKs supervised sites for drug users

Apr. 22, 2021 18:40 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Instead of putting opioid-users in jail, a proposal moving through the California Legislature would give them a place to inject drugs while trained staff watch them to make sure they don't die from accidental overdoses. The state Senate passed...

California public schools see 'sharp decline' in enrollment

Apr. 22, 2021 15:30 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California public schools have experienced a sharp decline in enrollment this year as the pandemic forced millions into online school, according to data made public Thursday. The drop came as the state's school districts dawdled in bringing...

California OKs 1st Filipino American as attorney general

Apr. 22, 2021 14:46 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers on Thursday approved the state's first Filipino American to hold the top law enforcement job in the nation’s most populous state, saying the progressive Democrat is taking office during a critical debate over racial justice and the changing...

California governor declares drought emergency in 2 counties

Apr. 21, 2021 20:45 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Standing in the dry, cracked bottom of Lake Mendocino, Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a drought emergency Wednesday in two Northern California counties where grape growers and wineries are major users, an order that came in response to arid conditions affecting much of...

California AG nominee promises action on police misconduct

Apr. 21, 2021 19:48 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's nominee for state attorney general on Wednesday promised to hold police accountable for misconduct, as lawmakers offered veiled criticism of his predecessor who is now in the Biden administration. Assemblyman Rob Bonta said his...

Dems push $25B for electric school buses, a Biden priority

Apr. 21, 2021 14:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday unveiled legislation that would invest $25 billion to convert the nation’s fleet of gasoline- and diesel-powered school buses to electric vehicles, building on a component of President Joe Biden’s $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan to...

Jury's swift verdict for Chauvin in Floyd death: Guilty

Apr. 21, 2021 10:43 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — After three weeks of testimony, the trial of the former police officer charged with killing George Floyd ended swiftly: barely over a day of jury deliberations, then just minutes for the verdicts to be read — guilty, guilty and guilty — and Derek Chauvin was...

Bill to reveal names of recall signers won't move ahead

Apr. 20, 2021 23:41 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A proposal to let California politicians targeted by recall efforts see who signed petitions to oust them will not move forward this year. State Sen. Josh Newman, a Democrat, said Tuesday he's pulling the bill due to pressure from supporters of...

Chauvin guilty of murder and manslaughter in Floyd's death

Apr. 20, 2021 22:06 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Minneapolis Officer Derek Chauvin was convicted Tuesday of murder and manslaughter for pinning George Floyd to the pavement with his knee on the Black man’s neck in a case that triggered worldwide protests, violence and a furious reexamination of racism and...