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Infection growth slows in California, but deaths surge

California overall is not experiencing the same alarming surge in COVID-19 infections as it did in late June and early July, but record-breaking death tolls reported this week underscore the continued seriousness of the coronavirus pandemic.

California set a new record Wednesday when it reported its highest COVID-19 death toll in a single day with 197 dead. On Thursday, the state reported another 194 deaths, the second highest single-day coronavirus death toll thus far.

Deaths have dramatically increased from the flat-line levels in May and June: As of Thursday, an average of 112 people died from the virus in California every day over the last two weeks. Two weeks ago, about 84 people died every day on average over a two-week period.

Some of those deaths, however, may have occurred several days or weeks ago because of the verification process used by local health officials.

In the last week, California

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10 Top Tourist Attractions in California (with Map & Photos)

With so many man-made attractions, natural playgrounds and dramatic landscapes that are all world-famous, it is no wonder that California attracts millions of visitors from all over the globe. Only in this state can one experience the likes of stunning coastal drives, a forest of the world’s tallest trees, a lake that offers year-round fun, magical theme parks and shows starring killer whales. To learn more about what to see and do in the Golden State, check out the following top tourist attractions in California.

10. Redwood National Park

Redwood National Parkflickr/Byron Hetrick

The Redwood National Park is much more than tall trees. In this vast parkland of woodlands, rivers and miles of spectacular coastline, visitors can enjoy a wide range of fun outdoor activities. There are several interesting exhibits, guided walks and nature programs on offer at the various visitor centers. Activities include horse riding and mountain biking along well-maintained

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GOP senators consider $600 extension; US orders 100 million vaccine doses from Pfizer; California cases top NY

The U.S. government has placed an initial order for 100 million doses of a vaccine candidate being developed by Pfizer and a German firm, BioNTech, for $1.95 billion, the companies announced Wednesday.

The U.S. can acquire up to 500 million additional doses, the statement said.

Meanwhile, federal unemployment benefits are taking a hit at a time when more states are abruptly pausing their reopening plans. The $600 weekly jobless benefits bonus, approved in March, is about to expire and likely won’t be extended or replaced before next month.

The U.S. has been averaging more than 60,000 new cases daily for multiple weeks, and hospitalizations have climbed to totals not seen in three months. A USA TODAY analysis of Johns Hopkins data through late Tuesday shows 10 states set seven-day records for new cases while five states had a record number of deaths over the period.

📈 Today’s stats: The U.S.

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GOP senators consider $600 extension; Pfizer hopes for October vaccine OK; California cases top NY

The U.S. government has placed an initial order for 100 million doses of a vaccine candidate being developed by Pfizer and a German firm, BioNTech, for $1.95 billion, the companies announced Wednesday.

The U.S. can acquire up to 500 million additional doses, the statement said.

Meanwhile, federal unemployment benefits are taking a hit at a time when more states are abruptly pausing their reopening plans. The $600 weekly jobless benefits bonus, approved in March, is about to expire and likely won’t be extended or replaced before next month.

The U.S. has been averaging more than 60,000 new cases daily for multiple weeks, and hospitalizations have climbed to totals not seen in three months. A USA TODAY analysis of Johns Hopkins data through late Tuesday shows 10 states set seven-day records for new cases while five states had a record number of deaths over the period.

📈 Today’s stats: The U.S.

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Competition has begun to capture market for legalized sports gambling in California

People make bets in the sports book at the South Point hotel and casino in Las Vegas. Legalized sports gambling in California is at least two years away, but companies are already preparing for a massive response from the public. <span class="copyright">(John Locher / Associated Press)</span>
People make bets in the sports book at the South Point hotel and casino in Las Vegas. Legalized sports gambling in California is at least two years away, but companies are already preparing for a massive response from the public. (John Locher / Associated Press)

Legalized sports gambling in California is still at least two years away. But to those in the gambling community, the Golden State already looks like a potential golden goose.

Such is the power of California’s potential betting market, which PlayCA.com, a site that analyzes legalized gambling in the state, estimated could annually generate more than $30 billion in wagers.

The day the state legalizes the business, considered a virtual inevitability by most in the industry, will be like the start of a modern-day gold rush. Big-brand sports books and small-time oddsmakers alike will pour in, mining for millions of untapped customers.

“The numbers that we’re

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Coronavirus has made it unsafe to take the California bar. So put new lawyers to work without it

California law students, in healthier times, take a practice exam for the state bar UC Berkeley. <span class="copyright">(Sam Deaner / Associated Press)</span>
California law students, in healthier times, take a practice exam for the state bar UC Berkeley. (Sam Deaner / Associated Press)

The state Supreme Court, the State Bar of California and about 9,000 recent law school graduates find themselves in a jam. It is almost the traditional time for the July bar exam, the annual hazing ritual that determines whether students have wasted three years of their lives or, instead, will be licensed and begin their legal careers.

But we’re in the midst of a pandemic. There’s no way those thousands of prospective attorneys are going to be jammed into convention centers and hotel ballrooms around the state for two days of test-taking in close quarters, with face masks or without. The exam has been scrapped, so what now? Every option would heap additional headaches on the legal and testing industries and additional hardships on law graduates.

Delayed exams mean

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California closing all bars, indoor restaurants statewide

The novel coronavirus pandemic has now killed more than 570,000 people worldwide.

Over 12.9 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding or downplaying the scope of their nations’ outbreaks.

The United States has become the worst-affected country, with more than 3.3 million diagnosed cases and at least 135,425 deaths.

California closing all bars, indoor restaurants statewide Arizona’s ICUs 90% full Hong Kong Disneyland to temporarily close

Here is how the news is developing today. All times Eastern. Check back for updates.

Hard-hit Houston has hit a 25.2% positivity rate, according to city health director Dr. David Persse.

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How University of California campuses are opening this fall

University of California campuses will offer mostly online instruction this fall, but each school has the power to set its own rules and at least two of them are already revising early plans to account for new coronavirus outbreaks.

Some schools plan to offer 30% of instruction in person, while others intend to limit on-site coursework to laboratory and studio classes. Some are prioritizing incoming freshmen for campus housing while others plan to reserve rooms for students with special circumstances, including financial need.

As the pandemic’s trajectory continues to change, university administrators warn campuses may revert to reduced operations even after the fall semester begins.

At least two schools — UC Berkeley and UC Merced — are already reevaluating their plans in light of recent COVID-19 developments. At Cal, that’s because frat parties triggered an outbreak that more than doubled the total number of infections tied to Berkeley’s campus, officials

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How California will fight wildfires amid coronavirus

As Californians continue to battle the coronavirus, they may run headlong into another deadly force.

The state again faces a potentially explosive fire season — but this year, it must balance extinguishing blazes with containing a pandemic.

California’s wildfires are growing more extreme, burning bigger and faster. Six of the 10 worst fires in California’s history have occurred in the past three years, and 2018’s fire season was the deadliest and most destructive on record.

“The hots are getting hotter; the dries are getting dryer; the wets are getting wetter,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said in Thursday’s coronavirus briefing, which he delivered at Cal Fire’s air operations hangar at McClellan Airport. “Our approach to dealing with wildfires has to change and adapt with a climate that is changing very, very dramatically.”

Experts say California is once again heading toward a severe fire season. Winter, with little rain or snow, was followed

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2 people were caught on camera vandalizing a Black Lives Matter mural in California, calling it ‘a leftist lie’

Police in Martinez, California, are on the lookout for a woman and a man who vandalized a Black Lives Matter mural on Saturday.
Police in Martinez, California, are on the lookout for a woman and a man who vandalized a Black Lives Matter mural on Saturday.

Screenshot via Kerry Leidich/YouTube

  • A man and woman were filmed on Saturday vandalizing a freshly painted Black Lives Matter mural in Martinez, California.

  • The pair also said they are “sick of this narrative” of racism and police brutality, adding, “It’s a leftist lie.”

  • Justin Gomez, who spearheaded the effort to create the mural, said he decided to do so after fliers promoting white supremacy began making the rounds in the Bay Area city.

  • “I wasn’t surprised that it was vandalized, but I was surprised by how brazen they were,” he said of the vandals.

  • Police are investigating the case with Chief Manjit Sappal saying that “the damage to the mural was divisive and hurtful.”

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Police in Northern California are looking for

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