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Disneyland character and parade performers in California vote to join labor union

May. 19, 2024 00:54 AM EDT

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Disneyland performers who help bring Mickey Mouse, Cinderella and other beloved characters to life at the Southern California resort chose to unionize following a three-day vote culminating on Saturday. The Actors’ Equity Association labor union said in a...

Today in History: May 19, Anne Boleyn, wife of Henry VIII, beheaded

May. 19, 2024 00:02 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Sunday, May 19, the 140th day of 2024. There are 226 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 19, 1536, Anne Boleyn, the second wife of England’s King Henry VIII, was beheaded after being convicted of...

Landslide forces closure of iconic Southern California chapel designed by Frank Lloyd Wright's son

May. 18, 2024 00:08 AM EDT

RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif. (AP) — A decades-old landslide that’s rapidly accelerating has forced the dismantling of Wayfarers Chapel, an iconic Southern California church that was designed by one of famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright's sons and built among soaring redwoods and sweeping Pacific...

Teachers criticize Newsom's budget proposal, say it would 'wreak havoc on funding for our schools'

May. 17, 2024 18:25 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's largest teachers union on Friday turned up the pressure on Gov. Gavin Newsom, announcing a public campaign aimed at blocking part of his plan to balance the budget because they say it “would wreak havoc on funding for our schools.” Newsom...

California's scenic Highway 1 to Big Sur opens to around-the-clock travel as slide repair advances

May. 17, 2024 13:02 PM EDT

BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) — A section of California's scenic Highway 1 leading to the famous Big Sur coast reopened to around-the-clock traffic Friday after stabilization of a storm-triggered rockslide that dropped a chunk of one lane into the ocean and hampered tourism. The gap has yet...

AP Decision Notes: What to expect in the California 20th District special election

May. 17, 2024 07:18 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Voters in California’s 20th Congressional District can be forgiven if they open their ballots for Tuesday's election with a sense of déjà vu. Since Republican former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy announced in December he would step down from his Central Valley...

The latest hot spot for illegal border crossings is San Diego. But routes change quickly

May. 17, 2024 00:20 AM EDT

JACUMBA HOT SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) — On many nights, hundreds of migrants squeeze through poles in a border wall or climb over on metal ladders. They gather in a buffer zone between two walls with views of the night lights of Tijuana, Mexico, waiting hours for Border Patrol agents while volunteers...

California's water tunnel to cost $20 billion. State officials say the benefits are worth it

May. 16, 2024 20:23 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom's administration said Thursday it will now cost more than $20 billion to build a giant tunnel aimed at catching more water when it rains and storing it to better prepare for longer droughts caused by climate change. State...

Psychedelic therapy and workers' rights bills fail to advance in California's tough budget year

May. 16, 2024 19:54 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — As California faces a multibillion-dollar budget deficit, lawmakers must make tough decisions about which of the more than 1,000 measures still alive in the Legislature this year will not make the cut. On Thursday, they stopped hundreds of bills from...

McDonald's plans $5 US meal deal next month to counter customer frustration over high prices

May. 16, 2024 16:37 PM EDT

McDonald’s plans to introduce a $5 meal deal in the U.S. next month to counter slowing sales and customers’ frustration with high prices. The deal would let customers get a four-piece McNugget, small fries, a small drink and either a McDouble burger or a McChicken sandwich for $5...