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Northern California city at epicenter of coronavirus mystery

Feb. 28, 2020 9:43 AM EST

VACAVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Residents of a Northern California community are at the epicenter of what officials are calling a turning point in the spread of the highly contagious coronavirus, as investigators try to retrace the steps of a hospitalized woman they believe to be the first in the U.S. to be...

In this Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, photo, Jason Meek, whose Northern California wine country home was destroyed in 2017, walks through the remains of his home in Santa Rosa, Calif. A $13.5 billion settlement between victims, including Meek, of California's catastrophic wildfires and Pacific Gas & Electric was supposed to bring some peace and hope to people still reeling from the devastation. Instead, it has sparked confusion, resentment, suspicion and despair as the victims, government agencies, and lawyers grapple for their piece of the settlement fund. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

California wildfire victims fear coming last in PG&E payout

Feb. 26, 2020 4:47 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A $13.5 billion settlement between victims of California's catastrophic wildfires and the utility blamed for causing them was supposed to bring some peace and hope to people still reeling from the devastation. Instead, the deal has sparked confusion, resentment, suspicion and despair...

Child care provider Pat Alexander helps children, Isaiah, left, and Hector, right, identify various types of dinosaurs at her child care center in Elk Grove, Calif., on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. Gov. Gavin Newsom is proposing to consolidate the state's array of child care programs and to spend up to $10 million a year to create a new Department of Early Childhood Development. The plan has gotten some criticism from some child care providers who question the wisdom of spending millions to create a new bureaucracy. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

California governor seeks overhaul of child care programs

Feb. 26, 2020 3:05 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to consolidate the state's confusing array of child care programs that are run by multiple state agencies to make getting the services easier for for low-income parents of young kids. But the first-term Democratic governor's proposal — which would...

FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2020 file photo, Mimi Haleyi, right, arrives to testify in Harvey Weinstein's trial on charges of rape and sexual assault in New York.  Haleyi, one of the women Harvey Weinstein was convicted of sexually assaulting,  said Tuesday, Feb. 25, that the verdict made her feel grateful to be “heard and believed.” Weinstein faces a possible sentence of five to 29 years after a Manhattan jury convicted him of sexually assaulting Haleyi and raping an aspiring actress in 2013. He was acquitted of first-degree rape and two counts of predatory sexual assault.  (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Next for Weinstein: Sentencing, appeal and another rape case

Feb. 25, 2020 9:02 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A day after a jury branded Harvey Weinstein a convicted rapist, the former film producer remained at a New York City hospital on Tuesday, his new life as an inmate interrupted by concerns about high blood pressure and heart palpitations. Lawyers for the 67-year-old Weinstein said he was...

Pacific Gas & Electric CEO Bill Johnson gestures while testifying at the California Public Utilities Commission in San Francisco, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

PG&E CEO blames past management for problems, promises fixes

Feb. 25, 2020 8:00 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — PG&E Corp. CEO Bill Johnson blamed negligence by the company's past management for a cascade of catastrophes that killed nearly 140 people as he tried to persuade California regulators Tuesday that he is steering the utility to make safety its top priority. Johnson, who was...

Nebraska may allow endorsement deals for college athletes

Feb. 25, 2020 3:57 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska appears poised to allow college athletes to sign endorsement deals with sneaker companies, car dealerships and other sponsors after a measure cleared a major hurdle Tuesday in the state Legislature. The measure seems likely to pass after advancing through the first of three...

FILE - In this March 18, 1980 file photo, Roy Lewis Norris, a Redondo Beach electrician, stands in court as he listens to charges read against him in the death of five teen-aged girls in a Torrance, Calif., courtroom. Norris pleaded guilty to five counts of murder in the rape-torture of the five, as well as two counts of rape and one count of robbery in a plea bargain to avoid the death penalty. At left is his attorney Ray Legg. California officials say one of the so-called

`Tool Box Killer' who preyed on teenagers dies in California

Feb. 25, 2020 1:55 PM EST

VACAVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Roy Lewis Norris one of the “Tool Box Killers” who preyed on teenage girls in Southern California more than 40 years ago has died, state corrections officials said Tuesday. Norris and Lawrence Sigmond Bittaker kidnapped, raped, tortured and murdered five girls in...

Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, chairman of the Assembly housing committee, center, discusses a package of bills to limit development fees that can add tens of thousands of dollars to the price of a new home, during a news conference, in Sacramento, Calif., Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. Democratic Assembly members unveiled a package of eight bills to limit development fees. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

California lawmakers: eye limits on housing project fees

Feb. 24, 2020 8:49 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In their latest bid to combat California’s affordable housing crisis, state lawmakers on Monday announced a package of bills to limit development fees that can add tens of thousands of dollars to the price of a new home. However, local governments depend heavily on the...

California bill would seal 2 million criminal records

Feb. 24, 2020 4:37 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will consider legislation that would wipe the low-level criminal records of about 2 million people going back decades, part of a lawmaker's second attempt to remove barriers to finding work or housing. The measure is part of a provision that was removed from a bill...

A group of officials including member of the Orange County Board of Supervisors Michele Park Steele, from third left, Rep. Harley Rouda, Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris and Costa Mesa Mayor Katrina Foley, hold a news conference in Costa Mesa, Calif., Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. A court temporarily blocked the U.S. government from sending up to 50 people infected with a new virus from China to the Southern California city for quarantine after local officials argued that the plan lacked details about how the community would be protected from the outbreak. (Mindy Schauer/The Orange County Register via AP)

Judge halts plan to move virus patients to California city

Feb. 23, 2020 10:10 PM EST

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — A court temporarily blocked the U.S. government from sending up to 50 people infected with a new virus from China to a Southern California city for quarantine after local officials argued that the plan lacked details about how the community would be protected from the outbreak. A...