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  • Freight train carrying iron ore derails in Mojave Desert

    Associated Press|Updated Mar 28, 2023

    BAKER, Calif. - A long freight train carrying iron ore derailed in a remote area of the Mojave Desert on Monday but there were no injuries, authorities said. Fifty-five rail cars loaded with iron ore and two locomotives derailed around 8:30 a.m. in the Mojave National Preserve, Union Pacific spokesperson Daryl Bjoraas said in emails to The Associated Press. "The crew was not in the cab at the time of the derailment and there was uncontrolled train movement. The crew was not...

  • Federal judge blocks Biden federal worker vaccine mandate

    Associated Press|Updated Jan 21, 2022

    Finding Biden overstepped his authority, a federal judge noted the government has provided no examples of a previous president invoking his power conferred by the Constitution to impose medical procedures on civilian federal employees. WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. judge in Texas issued a nationwide injunction on Friday barring the federal government from enforcing President Joe Biden’s requirement that federal workers without qualifying medical or religious exemptions be vaccinated for COVID-19. Judge Jeffrey Brown, who was app...

  • UPDATE: Marines from Camp Pendleton among those confirmed killed In Kabul bombing

    City News Service and Associated Press|Updated Aug 28, 2021

    SAN DIEGO - Nine Marines and one sailor based at Camp Pendleton were among the 13 U.S. service members killed in a suicide bombing at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, the U.S. Department of Defense confirmed today. The nine marines assigned to Camp Pendleton were: Staff Sgt. Darin T. Hoover, Cpl. Hunter Lopez, Cpl. Daegan W. Page, Cpl. Humberto A. Sanchez, Lance Cpl. Jared M. Schmitz, Lance Cpl. David L. Espinoza, Lance Cpl. Rylee J. McCollum, Lance Cpl. Dylan R. M...

  • 1965 plane wreck may have been found in California lake

    The Associated Press, Special to Village News|Updated Jun 16, 2021

    A small plane that crashed into a Northern California lake with four people aboard after a midair collision 56 years ago may have been found by underwater surveying technology. The discovery was made in drought-shrunken Folsom Lake when technicians Tyler Atkinson and Jeff Riley of Seafloor Systems were recently testing sonar technology, CBS Sacramento reported Saturday. “I saw something that was not normal,” Atkinson told the station. Imagery resembled the Piper Comanche 250 that crashed on New Year’s Day in 1965 after collid...

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    Popular Big Sur trail to reopen after 13-year closure

    The Associated Press, Special to Village News|Updated Jun 16, 2021

    A popular trail in Big Sur flanked by redwood trees that leads down through a gorge to a 60-foot waterfall is set to open to the public this week after a 13-year restoration needed when a wildfire destroyed access to it, officials announced June 14. After a $2 million renovation that fixed bridges, retaining walls, railings, steps and signage, the Pfeiffer Falls Trail will open Friday for the public to enjoy, said officials with the California State Parks and Save the...

  • Reports: Facebook to end rule exemptions for politicians

    Associated Press|Updated Jun 10, 2021

    STORY UPDATE: Facebook announced Friday, June 4, that despite their former decision, President Trump's account will remain suspended for two years through Jan. 7, 2023. Facebook plans to end a contentious policy championed by CEO Mark Zuckerberg that exempted politicians from certain moderation rules on its site, according to several news reports. The company's rationale for that policy held that the speech of political leaders is inherently newsworthy and in the public...

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    Endangered condor egg hatches in Northern California's wild

    The Associated Press|Updated May 12, 2021

    A California condor egg has hatched in Northern California's wild, the newest member of Pinnacles National Park's recovery program for the endangered species. The egg hatched April 12 after two months of round-the-clock incubation by both parents who protected their fragile egg from the elements and potential predators, park rangers said in a social media post. Their nest has a video camera installed to help with monitoring and videos shared by the National Park Service this...

  • UPDATE: Suspect arrested in Wisconsin tavern shooting

    Associated Press|Updated Apr 18, 2021

    KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — Authorities say they have apprehended a person in connection with a shooting at a busy tavern in southeastern Wisconsin early Sunday that left three men dead and three men injured. Kenosha County Sheriff's Department spokesman Sgt. David Wright said the suspect is facing a charge of first-degree intentional homicide, with additional criminal charges likely after further investigation. Authorities said earlier they weren't sure if there was more than one s...

  • California plans to lift most pandemic restrictions June 15

    Associated Press|Updated Apr 6, 2021

    Apr 06, 2021 11:14AM SAN FRANCISCO - California plans to lift most coronavirus restrictions on businesses and workplaces June 15, with officials saying enough people should be vaccinated by then to allow for life to almost get back to a pre-pandemic normal. The mask mandate in the nation's most populated state will remain in effect, Health and Human Services Secretary Mark Ghaly said Tuesday, and he cautioned that California will reopen more widely in mid-June only if vaccine...

  • California counties don't want Blue Shield's vaccine program

    Associated Press|Updated Mar 7, 2021

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Counties across California are increasingly asking to opt out of the state's centralized vaccination program run by Blue Shield, further complicating Gov. Gavin Newsom’s plan to smooth out what has been a confusing and disjointed rollout of coronavirus vaccines. None of the state's 58 counties have signed contracts with the insurance giant even as the state moved ahead with plans to bring 10 counties in the inland sections of central and Southern California under Blue Shield oversight beginning this wee...

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    Rodgers gives $1 million to help businesses in his hometown

    The Associated Press|Updated Mar 3, 2021

    Green Bay Packers quarterback and reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers has donated $1 million to help 80 locally owned businesses in or around his hometown of Chico, California. The businesses that Rodgers is assisting are all either in Chico or in Butte County, where Chico is located. Restaurants and retail businesses with 20 or fewer full-time equivalent employees could apply for help through this fund. All 80 of those businesses will receive grants through the Aaron Rodgers...

  • California urges stop to 300k vaccines after some fall ill in San Diego

    Associated Press|Updated Jan 20, 2021

    California's state epidemiologist is urging a halt to more than 300,000 coronavirus vaccinations using a Moderna vaccine version because some people received medical treatment for possible severe allergic reactions. Dr. Erica S. Pan on Sunday recommended providers stop using lot 41L20A of the Moderna vaccine pending completion of an investigation by state officials, Moderna, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the federal Food and Drug Administration. “Out of an extreme abundance of caution and also recognizing the e...

  • California governor offers plan to reopen in-person schools

    Associated Press|Updated Dec 30, 2020

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom released a plan Wednesday for schools to resume in-person teaching next spring, starting with the youngest students and those who have struggled most with distance learning while assisting with $2 billion in state aid for coronavirus testing, personal protective equipment and increased classroom ventilation. “Safety is key. Just reopening a school for in-person instruction on its own is not going to address the issue of safety,” Newsom said, promising sanctions for schoo...

  • First known California case of UK coronavirus variant detected in San Diego County

    Will Fritz and Associated Press|Updated Dec 30, 2020

    The first known case of a new and apparently more contagious variant of the coronavirus in California was found in a San Diego County patient, a county supervisor confirmed Wednesday. San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher said at the county's coronavirus briefing Wednesday afternoon that the variant had been detected in a 30-year-old man who developed COVID-19 symptoms on Dec. 27 and tested positive for the coronavirus on Tuesday. Fletcher said a Scripps Research lab...

  • The Latest: McConnell acknowledges Biden is president-elect

    The Associated Press, Special to Valley News|Updated Dec 17, 2020

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell acknowledged for the first time that Joe Biden has been elected president. The Kentucky Republican broke his silence on the Democrat’s November win after weeks in which he and other Republican leaders refused to contradict President Donald Trump’s declarations that he was the victor in an election marred by fraud. McConnell made his remarks on the Senate floor Tuesday, Dec. 15, a day after the Electoral College formally affirmed Biden’s victory. On Monday, several other top Senate Repub...

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    Epic scale of California wildfires continues to grow

    The Associated Press|Updated Oct 8, 2020

    The staggering scale of California's wildfires reached another milestone Monday, Oct. 5: A single fire surpassed 1 million acres. The new mark for the August Complex in the Coast Range between San Francisco and the Oregon border came a day after the total area of land burned by California wildfires this year passed 4 million acres, more than double the previous record. Gov. Gavin Newsom said the amount of land scorched by the August Complex is larger than all of the recorded...

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    California to pause unemployment claims for 2 weeks

    The Associated Press|Updated Oct 2, 2020

    California will not accept new unemployment claims until Monday, Oct. 5, as the state works to prevent fraud and reduce a backlog as more than 2 million people are out of work statewide during the coronavirus pandemic, officials said Saturday, Sept. 19. Nearly 600,000 Californians are part of a backlog where their unemployment claims have not been processed by the state's Employment Development Department for more than 21 days, the state said in a news release. There are also...

  • Thousands march in Washington to pray and show Trump support

    The Associated Press|Updated Oct 2, 2020

    Thousands of people packed the National Mall in downtown Washington Saturday, Sept. 26, to pray and show their support for President Donald Trump. The march, which stretched from the Lincoln Memorial to the U.S. Capitol, was held just hours before Trump was set to announce he was nominating a conservative judge for the Supreme Court. Few in the crowd wore masks. Some sported red caps with the words "Let's Make America Godly Again," a play on Trump's signature MAGA caps. Vice...

  • Federal judge rules that Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf's pandemic restrictions are unconstitutional

    The Associated Press, Special to Valley News|Updated Sep 21, 2020

    Federal judge rules that Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s pandemic restrictions are unconstitutional....

  • California governor signs bill changing sex offender law

    The Associated Press, Special to Valley News|Updated Sep 21, 2020

    California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a law Friday, Sept. 11, that would give judges a say on whether to list someone as a sex offender for having oral or anal sex with a minor. The bill would expand the discretion currently granted judges in statutory rape cases and was promoted as bringing fairness under the law to LGBTQ defendants. The current law, in place for decades, permits judges to decide whether a man should be placed on California’s sex offender registry if he had voluntary intercourse with someone 14 to 17 years o...

  • California fitness centers sue state over health closures

    The Associated Press|Updated Sep 21, 2020

    California fitness centers have filed a lawsuit alleging Gov. Gavin Newsom’s measures aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus unfairly target the industry and are demanding they be allowed to reopen. The California Fitness Alliance, which represents nearly 300 businesses, filed the suit in Los Angeles County Superior Court, Scott Street, a lawyer for the group, said Tuesday, Sept. 15. The suit accuses state and Los Angeles County officials of requiring gyms to close without providing evidence that they contribute to vi...

  • More MLB games postponed in response to racial injustice

    Associated Press|Updated Aug 27, 2020

    In a typically awkward way, Major League Baseball has been pulled into America's discussion about racial injustice. Some teams are playing. Some aren't. Some have played with individual players sitting out. But across the sport, one theme became clear: Baseball shouldn't avoid potentially difficult conversations and decisions regarding social issues. Though the process may be imperfect, there was agreement that coaches, players and teams should speak their mind. "This is at...

  • Walmart joins Microsoft in bid for video app TikTok

    Associated Press|Updated Aug 27, 2020

    Walmart is the latest company to want a piece of TikTok, the popular Chinese-owned video app that has come under fire from the Trump administration. The world's largest retailer made a joint bid with tech giant Microsoft to buy TikTok's U.S. business, according to a person close to the deal who isn't authorized to discuss the terms publicly. It may seem like an unlikely combination, but Microsoft and Walmart are already business partners. Microsoft provides cloud computing...

  • Aerial images show stark destruction from Laura

    Associated Press|Updated Aug 27, 2020

    From the air, the destruction of Hurricane Laura is especially stark. Photographs from The Associated Press show entire neighborhoods surrounded by green-brown floodwater. A glassy high-rise stands with most of its windows missing. An airport hangar is shredded into ribbons of metal. After days of gathering strength in the Gulf of Mexico, Laura grew into one of the most powerful storms ever to strike the U.S., a Category 4 monster with 150 mph winds that surpassed even...

  • 17-year-old charged in Kenosha shootings that killed 2

    Associated Press|Updated Aug 27, 2020

    KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) - Prosecutors have charged a 17-year-old from Illinois in the fatal shooting of two protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and the wounding of a third. Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley filed the charges against Kyle Rittenhouse Thursday afternoon. The charges include one count of first-degree intentional homicide; one count of first-degree reckless homicide; one count of attempted first-degree intentional homicide; two counts of first-degree...

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