California Fires Prompt Evacuation of Thousands

About 60,000 people were affected by evacuation orders near Irvine, Calif., the authorities said, as the state prepared for strong winds that risked new fires.

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At Disney World, ‘Worst Fears’ About Virus Have Not Come True

Attendance has been low since the July reopening, but health officials and worker unions also say safety protocols have kept the coronavirus at bay.

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States Scramble to Avert Conflicts at Polling Places

Election experts say President Trump’s messaging, the pandemic and other factors are creating a tension around casting ballots not seen since the Jim Crow era.

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California Driver Charged After Striking Two Protesters, Police Say

The woman was charged with attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon on Saturday, the authorities said.

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Split 5 to 4, Supreme Court Rules for California Jail Over Virus Measures

In dissent, Justice Sonia Sotomayor said officials overseeing the jail had failed to safeguard the health of the people housed there.

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A Half-Century Later, Police Identify a Homicide Suspect and His Victim

Using DNA evidence, the district attorney’s office in Orange County, Calif., said it had identified a 1968 homicide victim as Anita Louise Piteau and the suspect as Johnny Chrisco.

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Man Expected to Plead Guilty in Golden State Killer Case and Avoid Death Penalty

Joseph James DeAngelo Jr. is expected to accept a life sentence without the possibility of parole for a series of murders and rapes in the 1970s and ’80s as part of a plea agreement, one victim and close relatives of two other victims said.

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