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Voter Websites In California And Florida Could Be Vulnerable To Hacks, Report Finds

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Back in July, two cybersecurity firms sent the Department of Homeland Security a troubling report that described a possible vulnerability in the online voter registration systems in dozens of counties in California and Florida.

The report, obtained by NPR, warned that flaws that might have allowed hackers to change a handful of voter registration files four years ago are still likely to exist in some places, and could be used again.

A spokesperson for DHS’ Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, or CISA, called the report “questionable” and “unverified,” and said the department “takes vulnerability reporting and remediation seriously.”

The report comes, however, as Director of National Intelligence John Radcliffe announced Wednesday that Russian and Iranian hackers had used some voter registration information in a bid to send misinformation to voters and sow discord ahead of the election. It is unclear if the voter registration websites the report identified as vulnerable

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California parks, playgrounds can reopen under COVID-19 rule

California playgrounds can now reopen statewide under all coronavirus risk tiers, according to new guidance released by the state.

The California Department of Public Health on Monday issued guidance explaining how outdoor playgrounds and other recreational facilities must be used during the COVID-19 emergency. The guidance does not cover indoor playgrounds or family entertainment centers, which must remain closed.

The new rules require that everyone 2 years of age and older wear a face covering, and that children remain under adult supervision to ensure that masks stay on.

The guidance also requires that playgrounds post a maximum capacity, and that different households maintain a distance of six feet from each other.

Eating and drinking is restricted, in order to ensure mask use, and visits should be limited to 30 minutes when others are present, under the new guidance.

The guidance comes nearly two weeks after a group of nearly two

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Opinion: California Tourism Industry Supports Safe, Responsible Travel Amid COVID

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Tourists from throughout the country are drawn to California’s spectacular coastline like this woman viewing the surf in La Jolla. Photo by Chris Stone

By Gene Zanger | Special for CalMatters

To those who’ve heard it, the history of the Zanger family business represents the quintessential American success story: Italian immigrant family prospers through decades of hard work, innovation and luck.

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Generations of my family worked for years to build Casa de Fruta from a seasonal cherry stand to a multi-dimensional road-trip traveler’s paradise. My grandmother Clara provided the innovation: “Build a restroom and travelers will stop.” She was right. The luck? Turns out that little cherry stand on Pacheco Pass was between Monterey and Yosemite and in the middle of the two major north-south corridors between San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Like all California businesses

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California Travel Guide | Travel + Leisure

Travel to California and walk through its towering redwood forests, lounge on one of its world-class beaches, and sample its award-winning wines. Visit its bustling cities and take in the breathtaking views, experiences and culinary delights the golden state has to offer. Truly, California travel offers something for everyone.

Things Not to Miss in California


• Wine tasting in Napa Valley

• Going on rides at Disneyland, i.e. ‘the happiest place on earth.’

• Camping in Yosemite, a breathtakingly beautiful national park located in the central eastern portion of the state

• Visiting San Francisco’s tourist attractions, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and its large and bustling Chinatown

• Taking pictures in front of Los Angles renowned Hollywood sign

• Surfing in Santa Barbara

• Skiing in Lake Tahoe

When to Go to California

Most of the state enjoys mild temperatures

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All-time record heat across Southern California fuels fires, threatens power supply

A blazing sun silhouettes power lines in North Long Beach ahead of the Labor Day weekend's historic heat wave. <span class="copyright">(Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)</span>
A blazing sun silhouettes power lines in North Long Beach ahead of the Labor Day weekend’s historic heat wave. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

An epic Southern California heat wave crested Sunday with numerous all-time high temperature records set, including a 121-degree reading in Woodland Hills that marked a historic milestone for Los Angeles County.

The broiling temperatures put extreme pressure on the power grid, with malfunctions leaving thousands without power and officials warning that rolling blackouts could affect millions of customers.

It also fueled a series of fast-moving brush fires across the region, including one in Angeles National Forest near Duarte that broke out Sunday afternoon and forced Labor Day weekend visitors to flee.

In San Bernardino County, the El Dorado fire near Yucaipa had burned more than 3,000 acres and forced evacuations in some communities. To the south in San Diego County, the Valley fire in the

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All-time record heat across South California fuels fires, threatens power supply

A blazing sun silhouettes power lines in North Long Beach ahead of this Labor Day weekend's historic heatwave. <span class="copyright">(Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times)</span>
A blazing sun silhouettes power lines in North Long Beach ahead of this Labor Day weekend’s historic heatwave. (Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times)

An epic Southern California heat wave crested Sunday with numerous all-time high temperature records set, including a 121-degree reading in Woodland Hills that marked a historic milestone for Los Angeles County.

The broiling temperatures put extreme pressure on the power grid, with malfunctions leaving thousands without power and officials warning that rolling blackouts that could affect millions of customers.

It also fueled a series of fast-moving brush fires across the region, including one in Angeles National Forest near Duarte that broke out Sunday afternoon and forced Labor Day weekend visitors to flee.

Another big fire near Yucaipa had burned more than 3,000 acres and forced evacuations in some communities. To the south in San Diego County, the Valley fire in the rural back country had burned 5,300 acres

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Southern California endures more record-breaking heat and officials warn of possible rolling blackouts

A blazing sun silhouettes power lines in North Long Beach ahead of this Labor Day weekend's historic heatwave. <span class="copyright">(Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times)</span>
A blazing sun silhouettes power lines in North Long Beach ahead of this Labor Day weekend’s historic heatwave. (Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times)

As California endured another day of record-breaking heat Sunday, officials warned that it in order to conserve energy it might be necessary to impose rolling blackouts across the region that could affect millions of customers.

Blackouts could take place during peak evening hours, 5 to 9 p.m., according to the California Independent System Operator, which runs the power grid for much of the state.

That could force utilities to cut off power to 2.5 million to 3 million customers statewide, Eric Schmitt, vice president of operations for California ISO, said Sunday at a news briefing.

The ISO was urging consumers to conserve energy, particularly during the peak demand time of 3 to 6 p.m.

“I think it’s fair to say that without really significant conservation and help from

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California fires: Gilroy man displaced by SCU Lightning Complex fire has truck broken into at hotel

GILROY, Calif. (KGO) — In an era of COVID-19, hotels have seen a massive decline in business. But with fire evacuations orders, hotels become a convenient place to stay safe.

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Across the South Bay, the SCU Lightning Complex Fire has forced residents to evacuate their homes and find a safe place to stay like a shelter or hotel.

This is the harsh reality once again for Gilroy resident Lewis Britton.

“A month ago, we were part of the Crews Fire,” Britton said. “It came within a half of a mile from our place. We basically already had everything packed up. We got a notification at about 1 o’clock in the morning saying that we needed to evacuate.”

Britton took his belongings and went down the road to a local Best Western in Gilroy to wait out the evacuation orders.

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What’s open this weekend and Labor Day at beaches and parks in Southern California

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Two giraffes roam the L.A. Zoo in October 2019. (Tad Motoyama / L.A. Zoo)

With Labor Day nearing and Gov. Gavin Newsom easing pandemic restrictions in some counties, Californians face a dizzying mix of openings and closures in coming days.

Still coping with fires in many areas and coronavirus just about everywhere, local and state authorities are limiting access to many indoor and outdoor recreation options. Still, most parks, beaches and trails are open, and enterprises including the L.A. Zoo, SeaWorld San Diego and Mammoth Mountain have found ways to at least partially reopen or extend their summer seasons.

Before you make plans, choose a strategy for avoiding crowds, which may be heavy from Friday, Sept. 4, through Monday, Sept. 7.

Here’s a snapshot of what’s up:

• On Friday, Newsom unveiled a new set of rules for reopening the state. Because

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What’s open for Labor Day at beaches, parks, zoos and trails in Southern California

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Two giraffes roam the L.A. Zoo in October 2019. (Tad Motoyama / L.A. Zoo)

With Labor Day nearing, wildfires burning and pandemic restrictions still in effect, local and state authorities are limiting access to many indoor and outdoor recreation options.

Still, most parks, beaches and trails are open, and enterprises including the L.A. Zoo, SeaWorld San Diego and Mammoth Mountain are finding ways to at least partially reopen or extend their summer seasons.

Before you choose one, also choose a strategy for avoiding crowds, which may be heavy from Friday, Sept. 4, through Monday, Sept. 7.

Here’s a snapshot of what’s up:

• The grounds of SeaWorld San Diego reopen Friday, Aug. 28, with reduced capacity, an altered identity and Friday-through-Sunday hours. Billing itself as SeaWorld San Diego Zoo Days: Bayside BBQ & Brews, the marine-themed park at Mission Bay is opening

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