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Nation Jan 01Once a model, California now struggles to tame COVID-19
The number of confirmed U.S. coronavirus cases has surpassed 20 million, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. That’s nearly twice as many as the No. 2 country, India, and nearly one quarter of the more than 83 million cases…
Health Dec 29Lockdowns extended in large swath of California amid surge
The state's top health official said Tuesday that Southern California and the agricultural San Joaquin Valley still have what is considered no ICU capacity and that the state's coronavirus restrictions would continue longer there.
Health Dec 18COVID-19 models plot dire scenarios for California hospitals
Hospitals were on the brink of being overrun with nearly 15,000 coronavirus patients when Gov. Gavin Newsom made the announcement Tuesday.
Health Nov 13West Coast governors urge COVID quarantine after travel
The advisories issued Friday stopped short of stricter rules imposed by other governors and instead said people should avoid non-essential out-of-state travel and quarantine for 14 days after arriving from another state or country.
Health Nov 12California hits unwelcome milestone with 1 million COVID-19 cases
After spiking in the summer, the rate of confirmed COVID-19 cases in California declined markedly into the fall but now is surging again, like much of the nation.
Politics Nov 04Uber, Lyft spend big, win in California vote about drivers
Uber, Lyft and other app-based ride-hailing and delivery services spent $200 million in California to keep drivers from becoming employees eligible for benefits and job protections.
Nation Sep 11At least 10 people confirmed dead, 16 remain missing amid North California wildfires
More than 2,000 homes and other buildings had burned in the fire, which began several weeks ago as a lightning-sparked collection of blazes northeast of San Francisco. The final toll is expected to be much higher.
Nation Sep 10California fire that killed 3 threatens thousands of homes
Several other people have been critically burned and hundreds, if not thousands, of homes and other buildings are believed to have been damaged or destroyed by the fire in the foothills of the northern Sierra Nevada, authorities said.
Nation Sep 09Firefighters overtaken by flames in California mountains
More than a dozen California firefighters trying to protect a fire station in rugged mountains were overrun by flames Tuesday, and several were hurt.
Nation Jul 22Sierra Club calls out founder John Muir for racist views
The Oakland, California-based environmental group said Wednesday that Muir was part of the group's history perpetuating white supremacy.