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FILE - In this April 14, 2010, file photo, former West Texas A&M University assistant football coach and former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf leaves the courtroom in Amarillo, Texas, after he was sentenced to 10 years of probation after pleading guilty to eight felony drug charges in Texas. Leaf was arrested Friday, May 22, 2020, on a domestic battery charge in Palm Desert, Calif., which is about 110 miles southeast of Los Angeles, according to booking information provided by the Riverside County Sheriff's Department on Saturday.  (Michael Norris/Amarillo Globe-News via AP, FIle)

Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf arrested in California

May. 23, 2020 5:14 PM EDT

PALM DESERT, Calif. (AP) — Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf was arrested in Southern California on Friday. Leaf, 44, was arrested on a domestic battery charge in Palm Desert, which is about 110 miles (177 kilometers) southeast of Los Angeles, according to booking information provided by the Riverside...

Lou Uridel, owner of Metroflex Gym, left, shows a cleaning product to an Oceanside police officer Thursday, May 14, 2020, in Oceanside, Calif. The Southern California gym was open Thursday despite its owner's arrest last weekend for violating orders that prohibit such businesses from operating under orders to stem the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

After arrest, gym owner defies California again to reopen

May. 14, 2020 7:59 PM EDT

OCEANSIDE, Calif. (AP) — About a dozen weightlifters wearing face coverings did sets Thursday in front of mirrors at a Southern California gym that was reopened by the owner despite his arrest last weekend for violating local coronavirus health orders that closed gyms. Lou Uridel — wearing a red,...

Gov. Gavin Newsom discusses California's response to the coronavirus during a news conference at the CalFire/Cameron Park Fire Station in Cameron Park, Calif., Wednesday, May 13, 2020. Newsom warned against Californians traveling unnecessarily across counties as some begin to reopen their economies at a faster pace than others. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, Pool)

Newsom: As California reopens, best to stay close to home

May. 13, 2020 8:54 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom warned Wednesday it will “defeat the point” of letting some counties reopen more quickly than the state if they start attracting visitors from other areas with more restrictive measures still in place. “This is the big challenge:...

Republican Melendez wins California state Senate race

May. 13, 2020 1:02 AM EDT

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Republican Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez won a special election Tuesday to fill a Southern California state Senate seat. Melendez got about 56% of 170,000 votes counted and defeated Democrat Elizabeth Romero, a member of the Riverside County Board of Education and administrator...

Focus on nursing home workers amid continued virus outbreaks

May. 9, 2020 5:34 PM EDT

For nearly two months, many nursing homes nationwide have been on virtual lockdown. Families of residents are not allowed inside, vendors have to drop deliveries outside and the only people coming in and out are health care workers and assistants. Despite all that, the outbreaks continue — possibly...

California father suspected of throwing daughter from cliff

May. 7, 2020 8:44 PM EDT

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California father suspected in a stabbing later grabbed his 1-year-old daughter after a car crash and flung her off a cliff before he was captured, authorities said Thursday. Adam Slater, 49, of Palm Desert was taken to a hospital and will be booked on suspicion of...

Inmate stabbed to death in California prison

May. 2, 2020 12:56 AM EDT

DELANO, Calif. (AP) — A convicted murderer has been stabbed to death at a California state prison, authorities said Friday. Two inmates armed with a homemade weapon attacked Robert Hargrave Thursday afternoon in a recreational yard at Kern Valley State Prison in Delano, according to a statement from the...

Pilot dies in Southern California plane crash

Apr. 30, 2020 9:52 PM EDT

HEMET, Calif. (AP) — An airplane crashed Thursday in a mountainous Southern California area, killing the pilot, authorities said. The twin-engine Piper PA23 went down in southwest Riverside County shortly before 12:30 p.m southeast of Hemet, said Ian Gregor of the Federal Aviation Administration. The pilot...

UC Riverside Botanic Gardens struck by thefts amid shutdown

Apr. 29, 2020 2:43 PM EDT

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — The University of California, Riverside, Botanic Gardens have been struck by plant thefts during the lengthening coronavirus shutdown. About 30 large potted plants and additional smaller ones have been taken, gardens director Jodie Holt told The Press-Enterprise. About a third of...

Complaint filed with state over evacuated nursing facility

Apr. 28, 2020 4:26 PM EDT

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Riverside County officials have filed a complaint over conditions at a skilled nursing facility that was evacuated after staff failed to show up for work during the coronavirus outbreak. Dr. Cameron Kaiser, the county's public health officer, has asked state health officials for an...