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Kamala Harris: her home town watches as one of its daughters makes history
As an Oakland native was sworn in as the first female US vice-president, the California city celebrated with pride

Gabrielle Canon in Oakland

20, Jan, 2021 @8:41 PM

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Powerful winds spark new blazes in California's year-round fire 'season'
Warm winter weather and strong gusts have led to an early start for 2021’s fires, following a record-breaking year of blazes in 2020

Julia Carrie Wong

19, Jan, 2021 @9:46 PM

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California is first state to pass 3m Covid cases
Figure arrived with stunning speed as southern and central California grapple with brutal outbreaks

Guardian staff and agencies

19, Jan, 2021 @6:45 PM

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California households owe $1bn in water bills as affordability crisis worsens
One in every eight households owes water debt, survey shows, with Black and Latino neighborhoods more likely to be in arrears

Nina Lakhani

19, Jan, 2021 @5:30 PM

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Wildfires having devastating effect on air quality in western US, study finds
Blazes, intensified by the climate crisis, are reversing decades of gains in cutting air pollution, scientists report

Erin McCormick in Berkeley

19, Jan, 2021 @3:05 PM

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Los Angeles lifts air-quality limits for cremations as Covid doubles death rate
Environmental regulators alter rules as 2,700 bodies are stored at hospitals and coroner’s office

Julia Carrie Wong

18, Jan, 2021 @8:59 PM

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Trump administration proposes 11th-hour plan to strip California desert protections
Plan would open up desert areas to mining projects, eliminating up to 2.2m acres of conservation lands

Troy Farah

18, Jan, 2021 @10:15 AM

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Kamala’s Way review: Harris as symbol of hope – and hard politics
A new biography suggests Joe Biden has picked a VP who will not shrink from tackling the toxic legacy of Trump

Charles Kaiser

17, Jan, 2021 @6:00 AM

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One in three Los Angeles residents have been infected with Covid, scientists say
County has seen 898% increase in cases since surge began in November, with 1,125% increase in deaths, official says

Vivian Ho

15, Jan, 2021 @9:35 PM

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US officials warn ‘full resurgence’ of Covid in major population centers
White House coronavirus taskforce reports advocate for ‘aggressive action’ amid 23m confirmed cases in US

Victoria Bekiempis in New York

14, Jan, 2021 @7:38 PM

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California bids to speed its painfully slow vaccine rollout – here's what you need to know
The state’s vaccination plan has been decidedly sluggish – but now every Californian aged 65 and older is eligible for the vaccine

Vivian Ho in San Francisco

14, Jan, 2021 @1:23 AM

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California’s Disneyland to become a mass Covid vaccine distribution site
Orange county theme park will have the capacity to vaccinate thousands daily as the first of five “super point-of-dispensing” sites

Guardian staff and agency

12, Jan, 2021 @8:38 PM

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