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A nurse walks COVID-19 tests back to the tent at the free COVID-19 testing site on Monday, Nov. 23, 2020 in Glenwood Springs, Colo. (Chelsea Self/Glenwood Springs Post Independent via AP)

The Latest: Los Angeles on brink of another stay-home order

Nov. 23, 2020 7:27 PM EST

LOS ANGELES — The largest county in the United States is on the brink of a stay-home order after a coronavirus surge surpassed a level set by Los Angeles County public health officials to trigger such an action. A swell of new cases Monday put the county over an average of 4,500 cases per day. Public...

Esmeralda Elizalde checks in for her flight to Mexico at the Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, Monday, Nov. 23, 2020. About 1 million Americans a day packed airports and planes over the weekend even as coronavirus deaths surged across the U.S. and public health experts begged people to stay home and avoid big Thanksgiving gatherings. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Coronavirus surge has LA on the brink of a stay-home order

Nov. 23, 2020 6:55 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The nation's largest county was on the brink of a stay-home order after a surge of coronavirus cases Monday surpassed a level set by Los Angeles public health officials to trigger such an action. A swell of new cases put the county over a five-day average of 4,500 cases per day, but...

FILE - In this July 16, 2019 file photo, General Motors Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra speaks during the opening of their contract talks with the United Auto Workers in Detroit.   General Motors says it will no longer support the Trump administration in legal efforts to end California's right to set its own clean-air standards.  Barra said in a  letter Monday, Nov. 23, 2020 to environmental groups that GM will pull out of the lawsuit, and it urges other automakers to do so.  (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

GM flips to California's side in pollution fight with Trump

Nov. 23, 2020 5:54 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors is switching sides in the legal fight against California's right to set its own clean-air standards, abandoning the Trump administration as the president's term nears its close. CEO Mary Barra said in a letter Monday to environmental groups that GM will no longer support the...

Motorists wait in line to take a coronavirus test in a parking lot at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

California imposes nighttime COVID-19 curfew but some resist

Nov. 20, 2020 1:01 AM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is imposing a nighttime curfew as its coronavirus figures soar but it will lean heavily on voluntary compliance and sheriffs of some counties say they won’t enforce it. What officials are calling a limited stay-at-home order requires people who are not on...

In this March 2, 2020, photo provided by Naomi Worcester, a crew of workers unload gear as they arrive on Kure Atoll in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, one of the most remote places on Earth. Cut off from the rest of the planet since February, four environmental field workers are back, re-emerging into a changed society by the coronavirus outbreak. (Naomi Worcester/Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources via AP)

The Latest: Hawaii imposes new COVID-19 travel restrictions

Nov. 19, 2020 11:18 PM EST

HONOLULU — Anyone flying to Hawaii will be required to have a negative COVID-19 test result prior to their departure for the state, with the new rule going into effect two days before Thanksgiving, Gov. David Ige announced Thursday. Until now, passengers flying to the islands using a pre-travel testing...

Motorists wait in long lines to take a coronavirus test in a parking lot at Dodger Stadium, Wednesday, Nov 18, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

California imposes curfew to curb skyrocketing COVID cases

Nov. 19, 2020 9:42 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is imposing an overnight curfew for nearly all residents as the most populous state tries to head off a surge of coronavirus cases that threatens to overwhelm its health care system, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Thursday. What officials are calling a limited stay-at-home...

An Oct. 16, 2020 handout photo provided by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation shows Bounchan Keola. Keola, a former inmate firefighter who was injured fighting the Zogg fire in October and turned over to ICE weeks later. Keola appeared via, video, in a news conference on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020 urging Gov. Gavin Newsom to halt the practice of turning over released inmates to federal immigration officials. (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation via AP)

California inmate fought wildfires, now faces deportation

Nov. 19, 2020 7:57 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Among the thousands of firefighters who battled record-setting wildfires in California this year was Bounchan Keola, a 39-year-old immigrant from Laos serving a 28-year prison sentence for a gang-related shooting when he was 16. One of roughly 1,800 inmates fighting fires, Keola...

California governor announces overnight curfew for nearly the entire state as coronavirus cases rise at record pace

Nov. 19, 2020 5:34 PM EST
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California governor announces overnight curfew for nearly the entire state as coronavirus cases rise at record pace.
FILE - In this Oct. 30, 2020, file photo, California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks at a COVID-19 testing facility in Valencia, Calif. Newsom on Monday, Nov. 16, 2020, apologized for what he called

California's Newsom still on hot seat for dinner party

Nov. 18, 2020 9:21 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom said this week he made a “bad mistake" by attending a friend's birthday dinner during a spike in coronavirus cases and promised to “own it" and move forward. But there was more to the story than he revealed. Photos obtained by Fox 11 in...

Patrick Marks, left, helps customer Jesus Chavez at Beck's Shoes in the Sutter County committee of Yuba City, Calif., Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Monday that due to the rise of COVID-19 cases, Sutter was among the counties that has been moved to the state's most restrictive set of rules, which prohibit indoor dining and requiring people to wear face masks in public. The new rules began on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Some resist California's new coronavirus restrictions

Nov. 17, 2020 8:39 PM EST

YUBA CITY, Calif. (AP) — Rick Patrick wears a mask and thinks those who don’t are “asinine.” He rarely leaves his home. He disapproves of what he calls the “stupidity” of people gathering in crowds. But Patrick, 64, won’t stop eating breakfast at his favorite...