California

State in the western United States

California is a state in the Pacific Region of the United States of America. With 39.5 million residents across a total area of about 163,696 square miles (423,970 km2), California is the most populous U.S. state and the third-largest by area, and is also the world's thirty-fourth most populous subnational entity. California is also the most populated subnational entity in North America, and has its state capital in Sacramento. The Greater Los Angeles area and the San Francisco Bay Area are the nation's second- and fifth-most populous urban regions, with 18.7 million and 9.7 million residents respectively. Los Angeles is California's most populous city, and the country's second-most populous, after New York City. California also has the nation's most populous county, Los Angeles County, and its largest county by area, San Bernardino County. The City and County of San Francisco is both the country's second most densely populated major city after New York City and the fifth most densely populated county, behind only four of the five New York City boroughs.

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Here are some of the key local and statewide races and measures to watch in California.
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California Governor Gavin Newsom voted early on Thursday in Sacramento. The Democratic governor said he is "very enthusiastic about the total number of ballots..
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A heat wave helped fuel a ferocious spate of fires, costing people their homes and so much more.
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The Blue Ridge Fire has burned more than 14,000 acres.
 
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Uber can continue to send messages in its app to drivers about a California ballot measure that would..
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Thursday: Ah! It’s property tax reform. Also: Fire updates; and more on Justin Turner.
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From Philadelphia to Sonoma County, Calif., election officials said they were working marathon hours to fight a flood of falsehoods.
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All eyes on battleground states as Trump and Biden eye final stretch, Remnants of Zeta to wallop eastern US and more things to start your Thursday.
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California Gov. Gavin Newsom says no, again, to reopening theme parks. India tops 8M cases. CVS to add more rapid testing sites. Latest COVID news.
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Plus: Alameda County allows middle and high schools to reopen, and firefighters make progress on containing Orange County blazes.
 
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California, Colorado and New Hampshire are among more than 20 states where it's legal to take a ballot selfie.
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President Donald Trump continued to rail against so called "fake polls" Wednesday, insisting he'll "end up winning" the election despite nationwide and..
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A crew with the Orange County Fire Authority saved a little owl from the Silverado Fire, an official said.
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Hurriane Zeta re-strengthened Wednesday morning on its way to making landfall in Louisiana. And on the West Coast, uncontained wildfires are forcing evacuations..
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Here's the latest for Wednesday October 28th: Huge protests in Philadelphia over police shooting; Trump and Biden campaign in swing states; Massive numbers of..
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Hawaii to welcome Japanese visitors beginning Nov. 6. Wisconsin reports worst day of deaths, cases. CDC survey on mask usage. Latest COVID news.
 
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Also: Trade groups and a high desert town are suing to block protections granted to the western Joshua tree. And the San Francisco Ballet goes virtual!
 
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Californians are voting in record numbers, with more than a third of the state's 22.3 million ballots already returned to county election offices one week before..
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California Governor Gavin Newsom addressed the unique challenges of reopening dozen of theme parks in the state and cited an "increased risk" of people gathering..
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Crews tried to beat back two out-of-control wildfires in Southern California on Tuesday that have kept tens of thousands of people out of their homes even as..
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Here's a GOP campaign HQ in California, doubling as a Trump merchandise store, AND allegedly collecting ballots -- a state violation -- according to this..
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Crews tried to beat back two out-of-control wildfires in Southern California today that have kept tens of thousands of people out of their homes even as another..
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Now that PayPal has permitted the buying and selling of bitcoin and other forms of crypto on its site, it would appear the company fancies itself the ultimate..
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Wildfires burning in the state continue to keep tens of thousands of people out of their homes.
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Winds had already dropped enough that 14 water-dropping helicopters could go to work again
 
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Crews tried to beat back two wildfires in Southern California early Tuesday that have kept tens of thousands of people out of their homes even as another round..
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Tuesday: A quick refresher on statewide ballot propositions. Also: An update on fires in Orange County.
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Two firefighters are critically injured during wind-driven wildfires in Orange County, California. Jonathan Vigliotti is on the front lines as thousands of..
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Two firefighters critically hurt battling one of them as forecasts call for renewed high winds.
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Plus: Restaurants sue state over liquor licenses paid during shutdowns, and Californians will reconsider affirmative action at the ballot box
 
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California braced for a new round of fires as Santa Ana winds roar. Firefighters turned out in force to battle a blaze in the Silverado Canyon area.
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The Silverado Fire broke out just before sunrise in Orange County, south of Los Angeles.
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A Verily drive-through test clinic in California. | Photo by Santiago Mejia / The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images

Two California counties are..
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Around 60,000 people have been ordered to leave Santiago Canyon as powerful Santa Ana winds trigger a Red Flag Warning in the region.
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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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California braced for a new round of fires as Santa Ana winds roar. Firefighters turned out in force to battle a blaze in the Silverado Canyon area.
 
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Fierce winds are raising concerns about wildfires in California. Meanwhile in the Caribbean, Tropical Storm Zeta continues to strengthen. CBS News meteorologist..
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Monday: The secretary of state talks about voting in person. Also: Fires and wind cause dangerous conditions in Northern California.
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Affirmative action in public education and hiring is illegal in California, but Prop 16 supporters hope that changes after Election Day.
 
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Dangerous winds are expected to blow through parts of California, setting up extreme fire conditions in the Golden State.
 
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The former vice president talks with Norah O’Donnell about the pandemic, taxes, the Supreme Court, and the “stark” differences between himself and..
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The former vice president talks with Norah O'Donnell about the pandemic, taxes, the Supreme Court, and the "stark" differences between himself and President..
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Powerful winds are expected to hit parts of California, and could lead to hundreds of thousands without power. Meanwhile, Colorado continues to battle ferocious..
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Justin Thomas makes two late birdies to maintain his one-shot lead going in to the final round at the Zozo Championship in California.
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Meanwhile, record shattering cold brings heavy snow and wind chills below zero to Colorado.
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Food delivery platform DoorDash has partnered with a restaurant for the first time to build a new..
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Kanye West and Joe Rogan finally had their recorded sit-down, touching on lots of different topics ... including the fact Ye's willing to make a pitstop on his..
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(CNN)He may be known as a robot assassin. But in real life, he's only human. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the 73-year-old actor and former Republican governor of..
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Elon Musk has said he's moving shop -- as in Tesla shop -- to the Lonestar State, but he said something Friday night that made us wonder if the plan's still a..
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In 1939, Alfred Hitchcock came to Hollywood. The English master of suspense would ply his trade in sunny California, and..
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Plus: A Griffith Park 'gondola' idea is met with opposition, some stores at Disney California will reopen, and Weird Al celebrates a birthday.
 
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The city of Compton, California will give monthly cash payments to hundreds of its low-income residents starting at the end of this year. (Oct. 23)
 
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A judge in California has rejected a request from the Department of Justice to reverse a previous decision..
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Instacart users in some states can use their SNAP benefits to pay for groceries at Aldi stores | Instacart

Grocery delivery platform Instacart is..
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The decision is a major milestone in the transportation companies' labor battle with the state.
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A group that also includes Lyft and DoorDash has spent nearly $200 million to support a California proposition that could save them from a new labor law.
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Before this puppy lovin' pipsqueak became one of the newest additions to a long-running comedy sketch show, she was just another runt ruffin' it in Alameda..
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Uber and Lyft were ordered by California’s court of appeals to classify their drivers as employees. In a..
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US regulators on Thursday approved the first drug to treat Covid-19: remdesivir, an antiviral medicine given to hospitalised patients through an IV.The drug,..
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Plus: State revenue is up, severe weather expected back in the Bay, social media execs are under fire and a little something to cheer you up.
 
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A California appeals court has ordered state corrections officials to cut the population of one of the world's most famous prisons to less than half of its..
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Uber drivers in California are suing the ride-sharing company, claiming the “constant barrage” of messages..
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"Our No. 1 goal is to be allowed to reopen responsibly," Erin Guerrero, executive director of the California Attractions and Parks Association, said.
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Thursday: Proposition 22 is just the latest part of a bitter fight between the state and ride-sharing companies. Also: A guide to meditation.
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The diabolical ironclad beetle, a desert bug native to California, can withstand nearly 40,000 times its body weight. Researchers now know why.
 
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An Alaska Airlines plane takes off from Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California on May 12, 2020. | Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty..
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