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COVID-19 cases overwhelming ICUs and morgues in California

Friday was the worst day yet for COVID-19 fatalities in California, as well as in Los Angeles County. The coronavirus surge this winter has deepened beyond the point of overloading hospitals and is now also threatening to overwhelm coroners.

California hospitals look at rationing care as virus surges

California's overwhelmed hospitals are setting up extra makeshift beds for coronavirus patients, and some hard-hit Los Angeles County hospitals may have to start rationing life-saving care as more patients flow in.

Southern California goes into virus lockdown

Los Angeles - Southern California went into a strict lockdown Monday, with more than 20 million people under stay-at-home orders triggered after hospitals faced being overwhelmed by record Covid-19 cases.

GM pulls out of Trump lawsuit to ban California emissions rules

In a letter to 11 environmental groups on Monday, General Motors Chairman and CEO Mary Barra announced that the company is pulling out of the Trump administration's lawsuit to end California's right to set its own clean-air standards.

California becomes second state to hit one million virus cases

California has become the second state in the U.S. to top a million Covid cases, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The state reached the grim milestone just days after Texas reported a million cases.

California hit with power shutoffs as winds and fire risks rise

Thousands of Californians are in the dark Monday because of PG&E's Public Safety Power Shutoffs. It's likely to stay that way until late Tuesday when the wind event, dubbed the "strongest winds of the season" is over.

Colorado wildfires grow as California prepares for extreme winds

The so-called East Troublesome Fire burning in Grand County, Colorado, has exploded from 19,000 acres to more than 125,000 on Thursday, becoming the second-largest fire in the state's history, and forcing thousands of families to evacuate.

White House rejects California's request for disaster-relief aid

Sacramento - The Trump administration rejected California's request for disaster-relief funds to help it recover from some of the worst wildfires in the state's history.

Unofficial ballot drop boxes found in three California counties

The California Secretary of State has received reports in recent days about possible unauthorized ballot drop boxes in Fresno, Los Angeles and Orange counties, agency spokesman Sam Mahood said Sunday evening.

California wildfires have burned close to 4 million acres

California is poised to hit a fearsome milestone: 4 million acres (1.6 million hectares) burned this year by wildfires that have killed 31 people and incinerated hundreds of homes in what is already the worst fire season on record.

Fire damage to US wine region laid bare as latest death confirmed

Calistoga - The scale of wildfire devastation to Napa's world-famous wine region was laid bare Wednesday as firefighters reported minor progress battling the flames and a separate California blaze claimed its latest victim.

California wine country faces long battle as fire explodes

Calistoga - Two California wildfires that ravaged Napa's famous wine region and killed three people exploded in size Tuesday as firefighters faced a weeks-long battle to contain the blazes.

Tens of thousands flee wildfires roaring through California wine regions

Santa Rosa - Tens of thousands of Californians fled their homes in the Napa and Sonoma wine regions in the face of wildfires, emergency officials said, as a new blaze in the north of the state killed three people.

California wildfires explode overnight, forcing thousands to flee

About 4,500 residents of a senior living community were among thousands of Californians Monday driven from their homes in Sonoma County by new wildfires that exploded in size overnight.

California braces for hot, windy weekend and elevated fire danger

Los Angeles - A heat wave is set to descend upon Southern California starting this weekend, potentially bringing triple-digit temperatures and elevated fire danger to the region. PG&E, the state's largest utility, has already warned of possible power shutoffs.

Big Sur fire doubles in size overnight, trapping 14 firefighters

With strong northerly winds fanning flames, a wildfire burning in the rugged mountains of California's Big Sur coastline exploded overnight. It doubled in size, triggering new evacuations and trapping firefighters on Tuesday,

Californians airlifted from fires as dangerous winds arrive

Tollhouse - Dangerous dry winds whipped up California's record-breaking wildfires and ignited new blazes Tuesday, as hundreds were evacuated by helicopter and tens of thousands were plunged into darkness by power outages across the western United States.

Californians airlifted from fires as dangerous winds arrive

Tollhouse - Dangerous dry winds whipped up California's record-breaking wildfires Tuesday as hundreds were evacuated from blazes by helicopter and tens of thousands more were plunged into darkness by power outages.

California fires burn record 2 million acres

North Fork - Wildfires in California have torched a record more than two million acres, the state fire department said Monday, as an uncontrolled blaze forced many residents to flee their homes.

California fire triggered by 'gender reveal firework'

Los Angeles - A firework at a gender reveal party triggered a wildfire in southern California that has destroyed 7,000 acres (2,800 hectares) and forced many residents to flee their homes, the fire department said Sunday.

Helicopters rescue over 200 trapped in California wildfire

Los Angeles - More than 200 people were airlifted to safety after being trapped by a fast-moving wildfire near a popular recreation area in northern California, officials said Sunday.

Heatwave and wildfires create hellish conditions in California

More than 200 people were airlifted to safety early Sunday after a fast-moving wildfire trapped them in a popular camping area in California’s Sierra National Forest amid record-breaking, triple-digit temperatures that are baking the state.

Western states bake in 'life-threatening' heat wave this weekend

Fifty million people in Nevada, California, Oregon and Arizona are under excessive, life-threatening heat watches or warnings through the Labor Day weekend as temperatures of up to 125 degrees Fahrenheit (49 Celsius) are expected.

Fire crews make progress battling historic California blazes

Los Angeles - Thousands of firefighters made small progress on Monday as they battled to contain historic wildfires in California, with potentially dangerous lighting storms proving milder than expected and temperatures easing.

California fires force thousands to flee as more blazes feared

Los Angeles - Some of California's largest-ever fires are raging across the state, forcing tens of thousands from their homes as forecasters warned of further blazes sparked by lightning.

More evacuations as massive fires rapidly expand in California

Los Angeles - A series of massive fires in northern and central California forced more evacuations as they quickly spread Thursday, darkening the skies and dangerously affecting air quality.

Thousands flee as fast-moving wildfires spread in California

Los Angeles - Thousands of people fled their homes in northern California on Wednesday as hundreds of fast-moving wildfires spread across the region, burning houses and leading to the death of a helicopter pilot.

California burning: Hundreds of wildfires force thousands to flee

Sacramento - Crews were battling wildfires in the San Francisco Bay Area and thousands of people were under orders to evacuate Wednesday as hundreds of wildfires blazed across the state amid a blistering heat wave now in its second week.

Heatwave, wildfires, power loss — California declares emergency

Governor Gavin Newsom declared a statewide emergency Tuesday to deploy resources to "combat fires burning across the state which have been exacerbated by the effects of the historic West Coast heat wave and sustained high winds."

'May you rot in prison': US 'Golden State Killer' victims speak out

Los Angeles - Dozens of women and men who were terrorized by California's 'Golden State Killer' during a sadistic decade-long crime spree finally got their day in court Tuesday as they spoke emotionally of their trauma.The victims of Joseph DeAngelo Jr.
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