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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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Court rules Uber, Lyft must make drivers employees [Video]

Court rules Uber, Lyft must make drivers employees

A California appeals court on Thursday unanimously ruled against ride-hailing companies Uber Technologies and Lyft, saying they must reclassify their drivers in the state as employees. Fred Katayama..

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Miley Cyrus freaked out by alien encounter [Video]

Miley Cyrus freaked out by alien encounter

Miley Cyrus claims she was once chased through California by an alien riding a UFO snowplough.

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Where your early ballot goes once cast [Video]

Where your early ballot goes once cast

As millions of Americans vote early in this year’s presidential election, workers at voting centers like one in Orange County in Santa Ana, California, are busy opening and processing ballots..

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California to review any COVID-19 vaccine [Video]

California to review any COVID-19 vaccine

An independent panel of experts has been formed in California to review any federally approved Covid-19 vaccine. The move follows concerns that the White House could rush the process. Flora..

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The world's top Longboarders 'hang ten' for charity [Video]

The world's top Longboarders 'hang ten' for charity

Twelve of the world's top Longboarders took to Kelly Slater's wavepool in the California desert on Sunday (October 18) for the Cuervo Surf Ranch Classic one-off charity event.

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Quintal and Errico 'hang ten' at WSL Longboard charity event [Video]

Quintal and Errico 'hang ten' at WSL Longboard charity event

VIDEO SHOWS: HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE CUERVO SURF RANCH CLASSIC AT SURF RANCH WAVEPOOL SHOWS: LEMOORE, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (OCTOBER 18, 2020) (WORLD SURF LEAGUE - SEE RESTRICTIONS) 1. VARIOUS OF

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Trump Administration Turns Down California's Wildfire Relief Request [Video]

Trump Administration Turns Down California's Wildfire Relief Request

According to CNN, after being devastated by six primary wildfires, including one that has become the single largest in California's history.

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Feds Bring Hammer Down On Biotech Firm Vaxart [Video]

Feds Bring Hammer Down On Biotech Firm Vaxart

California biotech company Vaxart is under federal investigation and is being sued by a number of investors. According to CNN, Vaxart was served with a grand jury subpoena in July from the US District..

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Cruise allowed to drive empty in San Francisco [Video]

Cruise allowed to drive empty in San Francisco

The race for driverless autonomous vehicles is heating up and on Thursday Cruise became the first to receive a permit to test cars without anyone in them on the streets of San Francisco from..

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Armie Hammer wants estranged wife to return to the U.S. with kids [Video]

Armie Hammer wants estranged wife to return to the U.S. with kids

Armie Hammer has reportedly asked a California judge to order his estranged wife to return from the Cayman Islands with their kids, claiming he hasn't seen them for months.

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren Pens Letter to Bob Iger, Bob Chapek Over "Disney’s "Business Decisions" | THR News [Video]

Sen. Elizabeth Warren Pens Letter to Bob Iger, Bob Chapek Over "Disney’s "Business Decisions" | THR News

Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Monday penned a letter to Walt Disney Co. CEO Bob Chapek and chairman Bob Iger concerning the recent theme park layoffs the company made, which officials largely blamed on..

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Amid record early votes, a battle over ballots [Video]

Amid record early votes, a battle over ballots

[NFA] Fears of contracting the novel coronavirus have pushed Americans to cast over ten million early votes in the 2020 election, and Republicans and Democrats are locked in a battle over those..

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Bear burned by California fires get fishy treatment [Video]

Bear burned by California fires get fishy treatment

A 350-pound black bear, newly healed from crippling burns it suffered last month, was released back into the wild by veterinarians who used tilapia to treat its wounds. This report produced by Freddie..

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McDonald's To California Workers: Yes, We Ripped Off 34,000 Of You [Video]

McDonald's To California Workers: Yes, We Ripped Off 34,000 Of You

Business Insider reports roughly 34,000 current and former McDonald's fast-food workers in California are due a check for as much as just under $4000. McDonald's has agreed to settle with workers for a..

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Israel and UAE quick to pursue economic ties [Video]

Israel and UAE quick to pursue economic ties

Israel and UAE quick to pursue economic ties - and the end of the office as we know it. Plus, the wildfires put California's wine industry under considerate strain. All in this week's Business Planet..

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Elon Musk Says He's Not Leaving California Despite Tesla Announcement

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 go. We got the Tesla/SpaceX honcho in WeHo..
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In California: Bay Area gets red flag warning — 100 mph winds could fuel fires

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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Compton to start guaranteed income pilot program

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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Instacart and ALDI partnering to accept food stamps for grocery deliveries

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California court says Uber, Lyft drivers are employees, not contractors

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Guess Who This Cutie With A Canine Turned Into!

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 County, California. This doggone cutie is..
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Uber and Lyft lose appeal, ordered again to classify drivers as employees

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Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images Uber and Lyft were ordered by California’s court of appeals to classify their drivers as employees. In a 74-page opinion, the court affirmed the injunction..
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Covid 19 coronavirus: FDA approves first drug: antiviral remdesivir

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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, which California-based Gilead Sciences is..
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Calif. prison must cut inmate population in half

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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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Woman rescued from burning car by police officer in California

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California sheriff's department to pair therapists with deputies on mental health calls

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California city to give 800 residents free cash in the country's largest guaranteed income program

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California ballot drop box set ablaze in possible arson, damaging up to 100 ballots

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The next generation of power plants will be virtual 

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