California appears to be in for a dry, warm winter

Credit: CC0 Public Domain December typically marks the onset of winter, but you’d never know it by looking at California. Mountain ranges lay blackened by wildfire as record heat scorched the Golden State through fall. Daytime temperatures in Los Angeles have hovered around 80 degrees through Thanksgiving. Southern California has experienced scant rain since February—with…Continue Reading

California politicians flambéed over meals at luxurious French Laundry

The French Laundry has been awarded three stars by Michelin, showered with the loftiest food and wine awards, and deemed “the best restaurant in the world, period” by Anthony Bourdain. But Thomas Keller’s storied eatery now has a new claim to fame: it’s the place where California politicians go to break their own coronavirus guidelines.San…Continue Reading

California Urges Hospitals to Test All Workers for Virus

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California has strongly recommended that hospitals test all their workers for the coronavirus each week as the state sees a surge of new cases and a record number of hospitalizations. California reported 7,415 coronavirus hospitalizations on Sunday,…Continue Reading

Another California county issues stricter stay-at-home orders

Dennis Romero7h ago / 1:45 AM UTCPublic health officials in Santa Clara County, California, home to Silicon Valley, followed San Francisco and Los Angeles on Saturday in announcing stricter stay-at-home rules as the number of coronavirus patients continues to rise nationwide.County health officials also reported a record 760 new Covid-19 cases and 239 hospitalizations.The new restriction set to…Continue Reading

Judge: California can’t ban offensive license plates

California can’t enforce a ban vanity license plates it considers “offensive to good taste and decency” because that violates freedom of speech, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar ruled in a case filed in March against Department of Motor Vehicles Director Steve Gordon on behalf of five Californians who were denied permission…Continue Reading

California fire department honors boy, 4, who saved 2-year-old brother from drowning in backyard pool

A California fire department has honored a 4-year-old boy who saved his younger brother from drowning in a pool.The pint-sized hero Mason Ochoa acted quickly when he saw his 2-year-old brother Nicholas fall into the backyard pool in Placentia two weeks ago, CBS 2 Los Angeles reports. Mason rushed outside, grabbed his brother’s arm and…Continue Reading

California coronavirus cases outpaced by Texas, but state warns not to let guard down

California is no longer the state with the highest number of coronavirus cases, as Texas officially surpassed the overall case count despite having 10 million fewer residents, data compiled by The Times show.The Lone Star State’s leapfrog illustrates both the magnitude to which COVID-19 cases are surging there, and the extent to which California —…Continue Reading

California men’s basketball team cleared to resume practice

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — The California men’s basketball team returned to the practice floor Sunday, five days after an announcement that workouts were suspended because a player tested positive for the coronavirus.Cal was cleared to resume practice following an investigation and contact tracing — and no others received positive COVID-19 results, the school said. The…Continue Reading

100,000 told to evacuate amid California wildfires that injured two firefighters

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California Edison said its equipment may have sparked a fast-moving wildfire that forced evacuation orders for some 100,000 people and seriously injured two firefighters on Monday as powerful winds across the state prompted power to be cut to hundreds of thousands to prevent just such a possibility. A smoky fire…Continue Reading