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Coronavirus sweeps across New York, California fears it could be next

NEW YORK/ LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – New York state suffered another quick and brutal rise in the number of COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, staggering hospitals at the U.S. epicenter of the coronavirus epidemic, as California said it could be facing the next major wave of the disease. In New York City, the densely packed home […]

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Coronavirus live updates: Illinois, California, Florida and New York increase restrictions

People sunbathe on Bondi Beach ahead of its closure in Sydney on Saturday. (Peter Parks/Afp Via Getty Images) AUCKLAND, New Zealand — Australian authorities ordered people off Sydney’s famous Bondi Beach Saturday, after thousands took to the sand in defiance of calls for social distancing and a ban on large gatherings. While the beach remains […]

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Most California coronavirus patients are aged 18-64, new data shows

California officials on Tuesday released age breakdowns of the coronavirus cases so far as the spread of the disease continued. The data showed 91 cases of people 18-64 and 60 cases of people 65 and over. There were only two cases of people younger than 18. There is growing alarm about the toll coronavirus is […]

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Indian Wells tennis tournament canceled over coronavirus concerns

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Indian Wells tennis tournament, the most prestigious event outside the Grand Slams and tour finals, was canceled on Sunday, over concerns about the spread of a coronavirus in Southern California. “There is too great a risk, at this time, to the public health of the Riverside County area in holding […]

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California vaping bill targets flavors not covered by Trump’s ban

Days after concerns over youth vaping led the Trump administration to announce a partial ban on many e-cigarette pods, California lawmakers on Monday introduced a much stronger measure to outlaw store sales of all flavored tobacco products. The proposal would go far beyond the federal government’s plan, announced Thursday, for a temporary ban on many […]

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Newsletter: Essential California Week in Review: A year in homelessness

Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It is Saturday, Dec. 21. Get our Essential California newsletter Thank you to those of you who have already written in to tell us about how this year’s California headlines have affected your lives. If you haven’t already, we’d love tohear about your experiences for a […]

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U.S. vaping-related deaths rise to 54, hospitalizations to 2,506

FILE PHOTO: A man uses a Juul vaporizer in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S., September 26, 2019. Picture taken September 26, 2019. REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage (Reuters) – U.S. health officials said on Thursday two more deaths occurred since last week from a mysterious respiratory illness tied to vaping, taking the total toll to 54. The Centers for Disease […]

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California storms: Out-of-towner expected sunny Thanksgiving on beach. Now they are looking for rain coats

The stormy Thanksgiving holiday in California took some out-of-town travelers by surprise. They expected sunshine but got rain. “I couldn’t believe it. I didn’t pack a single coat in my suitcase. I thought I would be wearing flip-flops,” said Vy Powell, who traveled from Virginia to Orange County to visit her aging parents for the […]

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California boat fire: Conception was exempt from stricter safety rules

The Conception dive boat, on which 34 people died in a Labor Day fire, had been exempted by the U.S. Coast Guard from stricter safety rules designed to make it easier for passengers to escape, documents and interviews by The Times show. The Conception was one of about 325 small passenger vessels built before 1996 […]

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Powerful winter storm is on the menu for Thanksgiving week in Southern California

After a dry, tranquil day Tuesday, a cold, soggy guest will muscle its way into Southern California’s holiday plans late that night. A deep upper-level trough of low pressure is forecast to develop over the West Coast and bring cold, wet conditions to the region from Wednesday through at least Friday, according to the National […]

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