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

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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

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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

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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.

BAY AREA FIRE UPDATES: Latest on evacuation orders, road closures here

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

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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

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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

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Cottagecore is all over the internet. Here’s where to experience it in California

 <span class="copyright">(Ross May / Los Angeles Times; Getty Images)</span>
(Ross May / Los Angeles Times; Getty Images)

A picnic lunch surrounded by rolling hills. Bouquets of wildflowers and baby barn animals. Not a laptop or cellphone in sight.

If this imagery is soothing to you, you’re not alone. Welcome to cottagecore, a sunny corner of the internet where you can immerse yourself in an idealized, rose-tinted version of country living. Think Taylor Swift posing among the brambles in her

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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,

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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 … Read More

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

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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

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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

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California nursing homes got insider access to Newsom’s health care regulators. Here’s how

On April 9, California nursing homes were already in a state of crisis. Employees were staying home, fearing for their safety without proper protection. Facilities reported deaths daily.

At 12:30 p.m. that day, the chief advocate for California’s nursing home industry dispatched an email to officials at the California Department of Public Health. The email listed seven urgent concerns facing nursing homes, including child care and housing for workers.

The

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Can you travel in California? Official signals conflict

Californians, are you now free to move about the state?

It seems you are, if you judge by the flurry of hotel, casino and park openings in California, Las Vegas and the rest of the West in recent days, including a big burst of reopenings Friday with Disneyland to follow on July 17.

At popular destinations like Santa Barbara, Napa Valley and Los Angeles, tourism boosters are eagerly inviting the

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California lawmakers shelve effort this year to legalize sports betting

People make bets in the sports book at the South Point hotel and casino in Las Vegas in 2018. <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 in 2018. (John Locher / Associated Press)

Two years after the U.S. Supreme Court opened the door for states to allow sports betting, political squabbles between rival gambling interests have left California stalemated on the issue, with the latest effort fizzling this week in the state Legislature.

While betting on sports has been

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