Covid-19 Live Updates: Deaths in California Surpass 50,000

Here’s what you need to know: A Covid-19 victim being placed in a hearse in El Cajon, Calif., in January.Credit…Mario Tama/Getty Images California surpassed 50,000 known coronavirus deaths on Wednesday, the first state to reach that chilling milestone. The news comes as a bleak reminder that the recent progress the state has made against the […]

Tiger Woods injured in car crash in California

The golfer had to be removed from the vehicle with the ‘jaws of life’ after the single-vehicle accident. Tiger Woods is hospitalised following a single-vehicle accident Tuesday morning. According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office, Woods was the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, which rolled over at and crashed off a road […]

Garbage Truck Driver Is Charged in California Fire That Killed 2

A garbage truck driver accused of dumping a burning load of trash that led to the deadly Sandalwood fire in 2019 that killed two people and destroyed more than 1,000 acres of vegetation has been charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter, the authorities in California said on Tuesday. The driver, Antonio Ornelas-Velazquez, 38, of […]

Supreme Court Partly Backs Religious Challenge to California Virus Restrictions

Judge Kim McLane Wardlaw, writing for the panel, said the church had not met its burden for obtaining an injunction. “Notably, in response to the state’s mountain of scientific evidence, South Bay has not pointed to anything in the record to support the notion that the lesser restriction that it seeks — 100 percent occupancy […]

California Black Freedom Fund: $100m to fight systemic racism

The 25 US funders will provide resources to Black-led organisations to address a ‘history of underinvestment’. More than two dozen United States philanthropic organisations and corporations on Thursday launched the California Black Freedom Fund, a $100m, five-year initiative that they say will provide resources to Black-led organisations in the state that are seeking to eradicate […]

California lobster fishermen ride high-price wave from China

Santa Barbara, California, the United States — On a recent winter’s evening in Santa Barbara Harbor, seafood distributors Gabriel Sosa and Tony Escalante lifted large containers crawling with California spiny lobsters off of the boats of local fishermen and onto a wharf to be weighed before placing them into large, water-filled containers in the back […]

A California College Tries to Shield an Entire City From Coronavirus

“We’ve taken some 850 people off the street who were walking around, asymptomatic,” Dr. Pollock said. “Every infection caught prevents, like, three more infections. And for every one of those three, three more get prevented, and so on. That has to make a difference, right?” Outside the test center, Mr. Duey, a web developer, said […]

What Is Happening With the Virus in California? For Now, Many Mixed Signals

[See how full hospital intensive care units are near you.] Gov. Gavin Newsom is expected to make an announcement about lifting some restrictions in the state on Monday. The Associated Press reported that Mr. Newsom’s administration has refused to disclose key data that would help explain the difference in approaches between the Bay Area and […]

Sneakers, California sun and my mother’s other daughter

It is late on a Tuesday that is almost a Wednesday. The kids are finally asleep in their beds, while I fidget in mine. The whole house is quiet except for the clicking from the refrigerator that was purchased in 1984 by the first owners of our house. It will die soon. Frozen foods do […]

‘Grim’ Virus Discoveries in Colorado and California Alarm Scientists

“I would expect a similar trajectory” in the United States, said Trevor Bedford, an evolutionary biologist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. The variant probably accounts for fewer than 1 percent of cases now, he estimated, but might constitute the majority of cases by March. The variant has 23 mutations, compared with […]

California governor names Alex Padilla to replace Kamala Harris

Padilla, California’s secretary of state, will be the first Latino to represent the state in the US Senate. California Governor Gavin Newsom has selected his longtime political ally Alex Padilla to replace Senator Kamala Harris in the United States Senate after she becomes vice president next month. The 47-year-old Padilla is California’s secretary of state […]

US California hospitals discuss rationing care as virus surges

On the West Coast of the United States, California’s overwhelmed hospitals are setting up makeshift extra beds for coronavirus patients, and a handful of facilities in hard-hit Los Angeles County are drawing up emergency plans in case they have to limit how many people receive life-saving care. The number of people hospitalised across California with […]

California under new lockdown measures as COVID-19 cases surge

California compelled much of the state to shut down and for residents to stay at home on Monday, when some of the harshest coronavirus restrictions in the United States came into effect one day after the state set a record with more than 30,000 new COVID-19 cases. In the most populated state of the United […]

Stay-at-home order for millions in California: COVID-19 live news

Some 33 million people ordered to stay home in the US state as COVID crisis spirals out of control faster than projected. Millions of people across California prepare for strict restrictions within hours as the US state records more than 30,000 cases in a day. South Korean President Moon Jae-in orders the government to deploy […]

Biden picks California lawyer Xavier Becerra as health secretary

United States President-elect Joe Biden has selected California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to be his health secretary, according to media reports, a choice that if confirmed would make the former congressman the first Latino to run the department as the coronavirus pandemic reaches new levels across the US. Separately, Biden picked an infectious disease expert, […]

Fire crews battle to tame Southern California wildfire

The fire forced the evacuation of some 25,000 people and is still burning, as two firefighters were hospitalised. Firefighters battled to tame a wildfire on hillsides southeast of Los Angeles on Friday, after it broke out in a wooded canyon, apparently triggered by a faulty domestic generator. The fire, which forced the evacuation of 25,000 […]

US sets records for virus cases, California readies new lockdown

California’s governor says he will impose some of the nation’s strictest stay-at-home orders in the coming days when intensive care units are expected to reach capacity, as the United States continues to set records for new infections and deaths. More than 200,000 new cases and 2,900 new deaths were confirmed on Thursday according to a […]

Another monolith erected, this time in southern California

The tall, silver structure drew hikers to the area after photos were posted on social media. A monolith has been spotted in Southern California that appears to be similar to one discovered in the Utah desert and another that was found in Romania. It is unclear who placed the monolith on a hiking trail in […]

Top US court sides with church against California COVID-19 curbs

The decision followed a similar action by the justices that backed Christian and Jewish houses of worship in New York. The US Supreme Court on Thursday delivered a blow to California Governor Gavin Newsom’s pandemic-related ban on indoor religious services, siding with a church that defied the policy and challenged it as unconstitutional religious discrimination. […]

Blackout Friday: California outages may expand amid wind storm

With strong winds to come, Edison is considering expanding the blackout to more than 100,000 homes and businesses. Thousands of Southern California residents remain in the dark Friday after Edison International switched off the power on Thanksgiving Day to reduce the risk of wildfire. Almost 9,000 customers north and east of Los Angeles were without power as […]