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California lifts virus stay-at-home orders, curfew statewide

Gov. Gavin Newsom lifted stay-at-home orders across the state Monday in response to improving coronavirus conditions, a surprising move hailed by beleaguered businesses. But some local health officials worried could undo the recent sharp drop in cases and hospitalizations.

Aircraft help fight California wildfire as smoke clears

Thick smoke that held down winds and temperatures in the zone of the largest single wildfire in California history cleared Monday from scenic forestlands, allowing firefighting aircraft to rejoin the battle to contain the massive Dixie Fire.

Groups Seek Liability Reforms to Fight Wildfire

On April 27, a diverse coalition representing tribes, ranchers and conservationists announced strong support of Senate Bill (SB) 332, state legislation that would enable more cultural and prescribed burns. Tribes like the Karuk want to use prescribed fire to protect homes and restore watersheds, much like their ancestors did, and farmers, ranchers and conservationists use fire to manage noxious weeds, restore wildlife habitat and protect biodiversity. In many cases the legal and policy barriers for all of these groups are the same.

California Driver Appears to Be First Charged With Felony for Fatal...

Prosecutors charged a man in California with two counts of vehicular manslaughter after he was using Tesla's autopilot system when he ran a red light in 2019 resulting in the death of two people.

21 Kilos of Carfentanil, An Elephant Tranquilizer 10,000 Times More Potent...

An alarmingly large load of drugs generally used as a tranquilizing agent for elephants and other large animals was seized from a home in Perris, and a couple now faces multiple drug charges in the case.

CBU architecture student recognized by Metropolis magazine

An architecture student from California Baptist University was named one of the top graduating architecture students in North America by Metropolis magazine.

Governors scramble to speed vaccine effort after slow start

New York’s governor threatened to fine hospitals if they don't use their allotment of COVID-19 vaccine fast enough. His South Carolina counterpart warned health care workers they have until Jan. 15 to get a shot or move to the back of the line. California’s governor wants to use dentists to vaccinate people.

Police: 2 arson suspects detained in Los Angeles wildfire

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A smoky wildfire churning through a Los Angeles canyon community gained strength Sunday as about a thousand residents remained under evacuation orders while others were warned they should get ready to leave, authorities said.

Faulconer calls for ‘war footing’ to fight California fires

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Republican candidate for governor Kevin Faulconer says he'd declare a state of emergency over California wildfires on his first day in office as he works to put the state on “war footing" to prevent worsening blazes.

Crime Briefs – September 13, 2019

Authorities searched an Indio neighborhood on Wednesday, September 11 for a man wanted on felony warrants who took off running when an officer spotted him.