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California to release 8,000 more prisoners over virus fears

Jul 11, 2020 - 4:41 PM

The inmates could be eligible for early release by the end of August – joining 10,000 prisoners already freed in similar initiatives since the start of the virus crisis, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation says

SAN QUENTIN STATE PRISON. An aerial view San Quentin State Prison on July 08, 2020 in San Quentin, California. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

Mike Magpayo becomes first Filipino NCAA Division 1 head coach

Jul 03, 2020 - 9:48 PM

Fil-Am Mike Magpayo replaces David Patrick as head coach of the University of California Riverside

NEW ROLE. Mike Magpayo says he is 'absolutely thrilled' to take over as head coach for the University of California Riverside. Photo from

California says film, TV production can resume June 12

Jun 06, 2020 - 5:58 PM

The reopening will be subject to approval by local health officers

CLOSURE. Shattuck Cinemas, a local movie theater in downtown Berkeley, California, was temporarily closed due to the coronavirus. Photo from Shutterstock

Badly hit California economy aims to reverse virus 'free fall'

May 30, 2020 - 9:30 AM

California, the world's 5th largest economy, is heavily dependent on tourism, hospitality, and entertainment – industries that ground to a halt because of the coronavirus

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 19: A pedestrian walks past a shuttered movie theater, with the message 'Stay Safe and Healthy' displayed on the marquee, on March 19, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. California Governor Gavin Newsom issued a statewide stay at home order for Californias 40 million residents except for necessary activities in the hopes of slowing the spread of COVID-19. Mario Tama/Getty Images/AFP MARIO TAMA / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

California to reopen filming, but virus hub Los Angeles 'weeks behind'

May 21, 2020 - 2:02 PM

Film and television productions in California have been shuttered since mid-March due to the pandemic.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on May 5, 2020 an empty Hollywood Boulevard, where tourists once flocked amid film premieres in front of its famed theaters, is seen at dusk on in Hollywood, California. - California will unveil plans to reopen its world-famous entertainment industry next week but coronavirus hotspot Los Angeles faces further delays, the state's governor said on March 20, 2020. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP)

California inmates try to infect themselves with virus in failed freedom bid – sheriff

May 12, 2020 - 11:13 AM

Inmates at a facility in Castaic are filmed sharing a disposable cup and sniffing a used face mask while crowded together

CLEAN. An inmate deep cleaning in a cell pod to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at the San Diego County Jail on April 24, 2020 in San Diego, California. Photo by Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images/AFP

California to release 3,500 non-violent prison inmates to prevent virus spread

Apr 01, 2020 - 11:32 AM

Inmates are also being offered additional free phone calls to their loved ones to compensate the loss of their visitation rights

FATHER. Archbishop Jose H. Gomez visits inmates at Men's Central Jail after holding Christmas Mass in a jail chapel on December 25, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images/AFP

California governor orders entire state to stay at home

Mar 20, 2020 - 12:53 PM

'There is a recognition of our interdependence that requires of this moment that we direct a statewide order for people to stay at home,' says California Governor Gavin Newsom

STAY HOME. A pedestrian walks past a shuttered movie theater, with the message 'Stay Safe and Healthy' displayed on the marquee, on March 19, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images/AFP

Coronavirus-hit Grand Princess cruise ship to dock in Oakland

Mar 08, 2020 - 3:51 PM

The vessel will begin disembarking guests in need of 'acute medical treatment and hospitalization' from Monday, March 9, says the Princess Cruises tour company

GRAND PRINCESS. This file handout photo shows the Grand Princess cruise ship during a cruise to Hawaii in February 2020. File photo by Carolyn Wright/AFP

'It's pandemonium': virus panic-buying hits Los Angeles

Mar 07, 2020 - 12:59 PM

Two days after California declared a statewide emergency, wholesale stores are unable to keep up with soaring demand for a range of staple items, as citizens prepare for the worst

Customers wait in line to buy water and other supplies, on fears that the coronavirus, COVID-19, will spread and force people to stay indoors, at a Costco in Burbank, California on March 6, 2020. - US lawmakers passed an emergency USD 8.3 billion spending bill to combat the coronavirus on Thursday as the number of cases surged in the country's northwest and deaths reached 12. Since then the toll has risen to 12 and the virus has spread to at least 15 states -- the latest being Maryland adjacent to the nation's capital Washington. (Photo by Robyn BECK / AFP)

California to apologize for World War II internment of Japanese

Feb 19, 2020 - 2:08 PM

More than 120,000 Japanese-Americans were sent to 10 concentration camps throughout western states and Arkansas during World War II after President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an executive order

A sign explains the history of the WW II - era Manzanar internment camp, in Manzanar, California, approximately 230 miles (370 km) northeast of Los Angeles, August 2, 2015. Manzanar, which is now a National Historic Site, tells the story of the over 110, 000 persons of Japanese ancestry, the majority of which were American citizens, who were forcibly detained at ten such camps in remote and desolate parts of the US between 1942 and 1945. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK (Photo by ROBYN BECK / AFP)

Delta jet dumps fuel on California school playground

Jan 15, 2020 - 9:53 AM

In a statement, the Los Angeles Unified School District says students and staff were on the playground of the elementary school when the incident happened

Uber, Postmates sue California over gig-economy labor law

Dec 31, 2019 - 6:03 PM

(UPDATED) The companies claim that the new law treating gig-economy freelancers as employees is unconstitutional

UBER. In this file photo taken on May 8, 2018 the Uber logo is seen at the second annual Uber Elevate Summit at the Skirball Center in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Robyn Beck/AFP

Facebook says ready for new California privacy law

Dec 13, 2019 - 12:20 PM

The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) will give internet users the right to see what data big tech companies collect about them and with whom it is shared

FACEBOOK. An illustration picture taken on March 22, 2018 in Paris shows a close-up of the Facebook logo in an eye. Photo by Christophe Simon/AFP

PG&E agrees to $13.5 billion payout for deadly California fires

Dec 07, 2019 - 2:30 PM

Faulty Pacific Gas & Electric powerlines are blamed for sparking Camp Fire, the deadliest in the state's history

PG&E. The Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) logo is displayed on a hard hat at a work site on July 30, 2014 in San Francisco, California. File photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

Vaping linked to rare lung disease – study

Dec 05, 2019 - 8:40 AM

'This is the first known case of a metal-induced toxicity in the lung that has followed from vaping and it has resulted in long-term, probably permanent, scarring of the patient's lungs,' says a researcher

4 killed in California backyard shooting – police

Nov 18, 2019 - 3:07 PM

(UPDATED) All 4 of the dead and the 6 treated for 'non life-threatening' gunshot wounds were men aged between 25 and 35

Teenage gunman in California school shooting dies

Nov 16, 2019 - 9:45 AM

(UPDATED) On his 16th birthday, Nathaniel Berhow kills two of his classmates before turning the gun on himself

SANTA CLARITA, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 14: FBI personnel walk at Saugus High School after a shooting at the school left two students dead and three wounded on November 14, 2019 in Santa Clarita, California. A suspect in the shooting is being treated at a local hospital for a gunshot wound to the head. Mario Tama/Getty Images/AFP MARIO TAMA / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP AFP

2 killed in California school shooting; teen in custody

Nov 15, 2019 - 1:26 AM

(UPDATED) The gunman is in custody in 'grave' condition as officers stormed Saugus High School in Santa Clarita – the latest in a relentless cycle of classroom shootings that have left around 300 youngsters dead over two decades

ANOTHER SHOOTING. FBI personnel walk at Saugus High School after a shooting at the school left two students dead and three wounded on November 14, 2019 in Santa Clarita, California. Mario Tama/Getty Images/AFP

Airbnb to verify all listings as deadly shooting prompts safety move

Nov 07, 2019 - 12:32 PM

'By December 15, 2020, every home and every host on Airbnb will be reviewed with the objective of 100 percent verification,' CEO Brian Chesky says in an email to employees

AIRBNB. File photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Airbnb/AFP

California says Facebook impeding privacy probe

Nov 07, 2019 - 11:39 AM

Facebook has failed to provide subpoenaed documents, says California's attorney general

FACEBOOK. A Facebook employee walks by a sign displaying the "like" sign at Facebook's corporate headquarters campus in Menlo Park, California. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Trump threatens to withhold emergency aid from fire-hit California

Nov 04, 2019 - 2:59 PM

Taking a line of attack he first used last year when fires killed 86 people in northern California, Trump blames Governor Gavin Newsom, saying he had done 'a terrible job of forest management'

CALIFORNIA FIRES. An avocado farm burns in the Maria Fire, which exploded to 8,000 acres on its first night, on November 1, 2019 near Somis, California. Photo by David McNew/Getty Images/AFP

Teams make progress against latest major California blaze

Nov 03, 2019 - 11:42 AM

Progress comes despite the forced grounding overnight of firefighting helicopters after at least two hobby drones are seen operating in the area, posing a risk of collision, officials say

FIREFIGHTING. Firefighters refill their water tank on their way to control hotspots of the Maria Fire, in Santa Paula, Ventura County, California on November 02, 2019. Photo by Apu Gomes/AFP

California fires: new blazes as dangerous winds fan the flames

Oct 31, 2019 - 11:31 AM

Fire crews race to protect the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library surrounded by dense brush as helicopters and aircraft dropped water and fire retardant on the flames fed by powerful wind gusts

A firefighter (L) speaks to an inmate firefighter as they prepare to put out flames on the road leading to the Reagan Library during the Easy Fire in Simi Valley, California on October 30, 2019. Firefighters in California battled a new fast-moving blaze on Wednesday that threatened the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, as rare "extreme" red flag warnings were issued for much of the Los Angeles region. The so-called Easy Fire in the Simi Valley northwest of Los Angeles erupted around 6:00 am, forcing the evacuation of the library and nearby homes as it spread to more than 900 acres (365 hectares), officials said.  Mark RALSTON / AFP

More evacuations as wildfire breaks out in Los Angeles

Oct 29, 2019 - 10:56 AM

The so-called Getty Fire ignites overnight near a major freeway and quickly spreads south and west towards neighborhoods, scorching some 240 hectares and sending people fleeing in the dark

Firefighters battle the Getty Fire in houses on fire in Brentwood, California on October 28, 2019. A wildfire broke out early Monday near the renowned Getty Center in Los Angeles, forcing widespread evacuations as the flames destroyed several homes in hillside communities. The so-called Getty Fire broke out overnight near a major freeway and quickly spread south and west, scorching 500 acres (202 hectares) and sending people fleeing in the dark.  Apu Gomes / AFP

Millions face power cuts as California fires spread

Oct 27, 2019 - 2:17 PM

The Kincade Fire, which is only 10 percent contained, has grown to 25,955 acres

FIREFIGHTERS. Members of an inmate firefighting crew are silhouetted against a hillside with a track of PG&E lines during firefighting operations to battle the Kincade Fire in Healdsburg, California on October 26, 2019. Photo by Philip Pacheco/AFP

Tens of thousands evacuated as wildfires rage in California

Oct 25, 2019 - 12:00 PM

(UPDATED) Around 40,000 people are told to flee the Tick Fire, which is raging across 4,000 acres just north of Los Angeles

A building is engulfed in flames at a vineyard during the Kincade fire near Geyserville, California on October 24, 2019. fast-moving wildfire roared through California wine country early Thursday, as authorities warned of the imminent danger of more fires across much of the Golden State. The Kincade fire in Sonoma County kicked up Wednesday night, quickly growing from a blaze of a few hundred acres into an uncontained 10,000-acre (4,000-hectare) inferno, California fire and law enforcement officials said. Josh Edelson / AFP

California unveils early warning earthquake app

Oct 18, 2019 - 10:36 AM

The app uses ground motion sensors located across California to detect the start of earthquakes before humans can feel them

MYSHAKE. A person checks the "MyShake" app on their smartphone, which hopes to alert residents within seconds of a possible impending earthquake. Photo by Chris Delmas/AFP

Southern California wildfires burning unchecked

Oct 12, 2019 - 10:35 PM

A red flag warning of critical fire danger – strong winds and very low humidity – has been extended into the weekend

California bans private prisons and immigrant detention centers

Oct 12, 2019 - 12:34 PM

The bill also calls for prisons and immigrant detention centers to be phased out by 2028

MIGRANT DETENTION CENTERS. In this file photo taken on July 1, 2019 two women stand close to a Border Patrol Station as 15 members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus gathered to tour Border Patrol facilities and migrant detention centers in Clint, Texas. Photo by Luke Montavon/AFP

LeBron backs bill to let college athletes earn endorsement money

Sep 12, 2019 - 9:33 AM

The NCAA calls the bill allowing student athletes to get paid as 'unconstitutional' and 'harmful'

Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images/AFP

Gig economy challenged as California lawmakers approve landmark bill

Sep 11, 2019 - 6:07 PM

Under Assembly Bill 5, workers in California must be designated as employees if their work or performance is controlled by the company, and part of that company's regular business

RALLY FOR RIDESHARE DRIVERS. Ride-share drivers and supporters with the Independent Drivers Guild protest outside New York City Hall as they rally for wage enforcement and a drivers' bill of rights, on September 10, 2019 in New York City. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

8 dead, 26 missing as dive boat sinks in flames off California

Sep 02, 2019 - 11:40 PM

(UPDATED) Fire crews in helicopters, small boats and a Coast Guard cutter battle the fierce pre-dawn fire on the 75-foot Conception, which had been on a diving excursion around Santa Cruz Island

FIRE. In this photo released by the Ventura County Fire Department on September 2, 2019, firefighters attempt to extinguish a fire on a boat off the coast of Santa Cruz Island, California. AFP PHOTO / Ventura County Fire Department/ HO

Gunman who shot 3 at U.S. festival killed himself – coroner

Aug 03, 2019 - 12:40 PM

It is contrary to police accounts that officers gunned him down within a minute of shooting a victim

SHOOTING. This screen grab taken from a handout video footage shows people running away from gunshots during the Gilroy garlic festival, 80 miles south of San Francisco, California on July 28, 2019. Photo by Christopher Robinson Morales / AFP

3 killed in U.S. festival shooting, suspected gunman dead

Jul 29, 2019 - 10:51 AM

(6th UPDATE) Police in Gilroy say it is 'still an active crime scene' at the site of the city's garlic festival, one of the largest food festivals in the country. A search for a possible second suspect is ongoing.

GILROY SHOOTING. This screen grab taken from a handout video footage shows people running away from gunshots during the Gilroy garlic festival, 80 miles south of San Francisco, California on July 28, 2019. Handout photo by Christopher Robinson Morales/AFP

Rattled nerves, minor damage from second major Southern California earthquake

Jul 07, 2019 - 8:41 AM

The earthquake was the largest in California since 1992

EARTHQUAKE. Black smoke rises from an electrical fire in a mobile home park in Ridgecrest, California July 6, 2019 following a magnitude 7.1 earthquake on July 5, 2019. Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP

Magnitude 7.1 earthquake hits Southern California – USGS

Jul 06, 2019 - 12:09 PM

(3rd UPDATE) A stronger quake rocks Southern California a day after it's hit by a magnitude 6.4 earthquake

Vehicles drive over a crack on Highway 178 south of Trona, after a 6.4-magnitude earthquake hit in Ridgecrest, California, on July 4, 2019. Southern California was rocked by a 6.4-magnitude earthquake Thursday morning, the US Geological Survey said, with authorities warning that the temblor, the largest in two decades, might not be the day's last. FREDERIC J. BROWN / AFP

Southern California rocked by strongest quake in 2 decades

Jul 05, 2019 - 10:47 AM

The magnitude 6.4 shallow quake, followed by dozens of aftershocks, struck in the Mojave Desert from the small city of Ridgecrest

Vehicles drive over a crack on Highway 178 south of Trona, after a 6.4-magnitude earthquake hit in Ridgecrest, California, on July 4, 2019. Southern California was rocked by a 6.4-magnitude earthquake Thursday morning, the US Geological Survey said, with authorities warning that the temblor, the largest in two decades, might not be the day's last. FREDERIC J. BROWN / AFP

World's tiniest surviving baby born in California

May 30, 2019 - 3:18 PM

The girl, nicknamed Saybie by hospital staff, is born 23 weeks and 3 days into her mother's pregnancy at Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women and Newborns in San Diego

BABY SAYBIE. In this picture received by AFP from Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns on May 29, 2019, shows baby Saybie, the world's smallest surviving newborn, when she was born in December 2018 in San Diego, California. Handout photo by Sharp HealthCare/AFP

Tesla sued over California 'Autopilot' death

May 02, 2019 - 8:04 PM

The lawsuit, filed on April 26 in California Superior Court, asserts the March 2018 death of Walter Huang resulted from Tesla's 'Autopilot' technology

U.S. Army veteran arrested for plotting L.A. mass attack

Apr 30, 2019 - 12:59 PM

Mark Steven Domingo, 26, faces federal terror-related charges for plotting mass casualties via a home-made bomb at a white nationalist rally in Long Beach this past weekend, officials say

MARK STEVEN DOMINGO. Photographers capture images of suspect Mark Steven Domingo, arrested in connection with an alleged terror plot targeting Southern California sites on April 29, 2019 in Los Angeles, California where Federal and local law enforcement officials announced the results of a major counterterrorism investigation. Photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP

U.S. reels from deadly synagogue attack on final day of Passover

Apr 28, 2019 - 4:20 PM

A woman dies and 3 others are injured after a 19-year-old gunman stormed into the Chabad of Poway synagogue in California and opened fire

A woman and a young girl place notes on a light post near flowers across the street from the Chabad of Poway Synagogue after a shooting on April 27, 2019 in Poway, California. - A gunman opened fire at a synagogue in California, killing one person and injuring three others including the rabbi as worshippers marked the final day of Passover, officials said Saturday, April 27, 2019. The shooting in the town of Poway came exactly six months after a white supremacist shot dead 11 people at Pittsburgh's Tree of Life synagogue -- the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in the history of the United States. (Photo by SANDY HUFFAKER / AFP)

Dozens quarantined in California after measles exposure

Apr 26, 2019 - 2:34 PM

The Department of Public Health says hundreds of students and staff at the University of California Los Angeles and California State University had been exposed to a measles carrier earlier this month

What to expect at the 2019 Game Developers Conference

Mar 18, 2019 - 5:52 PM

With rumors of announcements for new consoles and services, gamers may want to tune into the conference this year

GDC. A general view of the Game Developers Conference is seen in San Francisco, California on March 03, 2015. File photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Children not spared by California's homelessness crisis

Mar 16, 2019 - 7:06 PM

The numbers are sobering in a state that is home to the world's fifth-largest economy but has the highest poverty rate in the US when cost-of-living is factored in

Telfair Elementary School Principal Jose Razo hands out "Thank You" notes for his students to write after a morning at Operation School Bell on February 8, 2019 in Pacoima, California, some thirty minutes drive north of downtown Los Angeles, where the children received new items such as backpacks, shoes and clothing. For Jose Razo, principal at Telfair Elementary School in Los Angeles county, his students should spend their time worrying about homework, their grades or playdates. But the harsh reality for more than a quarter of the 720 children at the school is otherwise."Food, somewhere to sleep, something to put on their back: those are the challenges our students are facing," says Razo. "Someone seven or eight years old should not have to worry about that."  Frederic J. BROWN / AFP

Pope Francis names 2nd Filipino bishop in U.S.

Mar 05, 2019 - 9:22 PM

Monsignor Alejandro Aclan of Pasay City is appointed auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles

HOLY FATHER. Pope Francis names Monsignor Alejandro Aclan as the newest auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. File photo from AFP

Investigation into burglary continues as Pacquiao stays in another house

Jan 21, 2019 - 8:38 PM

Manny Pacquiao's triumphant return gets spoiled after his home at North Plymouth, Los Angeles, is burglarized

Burglars enter Manny Pacquiao's home in Los Angeles

Jan 21, 2019 - 2:42 PM

Robbers break into the champion's home while he was defending his WBA welterweight title Las Vegas

ROBBED. Manny Pacquiao wins over Adrien Broner in Las Vegas but his home in Los Angeles gets robbed. Photo by Wendell Alinea/MP Promotions

Top US court upholds California foie gras ban

Jan 08, 2019 - 10:28 AM

The law, passed in 2004 by California in the name of animal rights, carries a fine of $1,000

STILL A NO. The highest US court rejected an appeal filed by foie gras producers against a law prohibiting the sale of products obtained from force-feeding geese or duck to enlarge their liver. File photo from Shutterstock

3 dead, 4 injured in California shooting – police

Jan 05, 2019 - 5:40 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The shooting takes place at Gable House Bowl, a gaming complex, in the coastal city of Torrance