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Broiling temperatures in L.A. County, Inland Empire expected to last through Monday

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Searing temperatures in inland areas of Southern California are expected to last through Monday, extending the suffering for vulnerable and unhoused people across the region who have nowhere to escape the heat.

“It’s been a miserable week,” said Paul Read, co-founder of the homeless services provider Passion, which does outreach in the San Fernando Valley. “People don’t want to go out in the heat. They’re getting dehydrated.”

Temperatures have hit triple digits in the Antelope Valley cities of Lancaster and Palmdale, as well as in parts of Riverside County, where the Apple fire has burned more than 4,100 acres. The broiling weather is expected to continue through Sunday, easing slightly on Monday and cooling later in the week, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Lisa Phillips.

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Some Stanislaus County parks closed due to large crowds

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Two parks in Waterford are closed Wednesday after officials said too many people were going there and not taking COVID-19 precautions.

River Park and Trail Head will be closed through August.

The city manager said people have been vandalizing the facilities and littering.

The city is putting up “no parking” signs along the property to make it more difficult for people to come into the park.

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In CA: USC’s huge parting gift; an expensive oil and gas bankruptcy; home sales soar

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Under pressure to resign, USC President C.L. Max Nikias left with a generous separation package, tax records show. And why a bankruptcy by the state’s biggest oil and gas producer could cost taxpayers big. Plus: Home sales see a resurgence.

USC President C.L. Max Nikias, who stepped down in the wake of a sex abuse scandal, walked away with a compensation package worth nearly $7.7 million, a USA TODAY review of just-released tax documents show.

University officials declined to talk to USA TODAY, but a statement from the USC Board of Trustees said the board voted to honor Nikias’ contract and agreed “to certain other provisions to accelerate his departure.”

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California governor urges mask-wearing as virus cases rise

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Californians should wear masks and skip Fourth of July family gatherings, Gov. Gavin Newsom pleaded as the state’s coronavirus tally surged. But the governor stopped short of threatening a crackdown on those who violate state public health orders.

Newsom on Thursday urged people to turn to their “better angels” and use common sense but said, “It’s more education. I’m not coming out with a fist.”

His request came a day after over 4,000 more cases of COVID-19 were reported in California.

While some areas of the state have shown relatively few cases, some of the most densely populated are struggling with rapid rises in infections and hospitalizations. The rates of hospitalizations and positivity — the proportion of those tested who were found to have the virus — have soared over the past two weeks.

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Governor orders bars in 7 California counties to close

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom on Sunday ordered bars that have opened in seven California counties, including Los Angeles, to immediately close and urged bars in eight other counties to do the same, saying the coronavirus was rapidly spreading in those parts of the state and that bar settings create a higher risk of transmission.

Los Angeles is the most populous county affected by the mandatory bar closure order. The other counties are: Fresno, San Joaquin, Kings, Kern, Imperial and Tulare.

State officials asked eight other counties — Contra Costa, Santa Clara, Sacramento, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, Santa Barbara and Stanislaus — to issue local health orders closing bars.

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Wildfire danger: Red-flag warning from Delta to Sierra foothills

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A red-flag warning, indicating elevated wildfire conditions, has been issued by the National Weather Service for a swath of Northern California including the Carquinez Strait.

The warning is in effect from 11 p.m. Sunday to 8 p.m. Monday.

It extends from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to the northern San Joaquin Valley and the southern Sacramento Valley, comprising parts of the counties of Solano, Yolo, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Sutter.

Dry north to northwesterly winds of 15 to 20 mph are forecast, with gusts up to 30 mph. Humidity during the day is expected to be 10 to 13 percent.

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Turlock widow sues Safeway for husband’s wrongful death after coronavirus outbreak

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The widow of a Safeway employee from Turlock who died from COVID-19 is suing the supermarket company for wrongful death and negligence.

In a lawsuit, Norma Zuniga alleges her husband caught the virus while working in dangerous conditions at Safeway’s Tracy Distribution Center, where at least 51 workers tested positive for COVID-19.

Zuniga is seeking punitive and general damages of an unspecified amount from Safeway and its parent company, Albertsons Companies, according the complaint filed on May 13 in the Alameda County Superior Court. The complaint claims Safeway threatened to discipline Pedro Zuniga and his coworkers when they raised concerns about issues including the lack of personal protective equipment and how closely they worked despite social distancing guidelines.

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Bankrupt, JC Penney Closing Stores In Tracy, Turlock And 152 Other Locations In U.S.

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(CNN) — JCPenney is permanently closing 154 stores across 20 states this summer as part of its bankruptcy plan.

The company, one of the most high-profile retailers to file for bankruptcy protection after being hit hard by the coronavirus, said it expects store closing sales to last around three months, and it will announce additional closures in the coming weeks.

JCPenney filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on May 15. The pandemic’s hit on sales was the final blow to a 118-year-old company struggling to overcome a mountain of debt.

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Stanislaus County records 30th COVID-19 death

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Two more Stanislaus County residents have died from COVID-19, bringing the total to 30 deaths, according to the Stanislaus County Health Services Agency.

The number of positive cases grew to 767, with 136 presumed active as of Tuesday. On Friday, the number of positive cases was at 699 with 104 presumed active.

Within the last 24 hours there have been 17 new cases and one death.

Of the 30 deaths, 18 have been among former and current residents at Turlock Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. The same company that owns the Turlock facility — Covenant Care — also owns the Vintage Faire Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Modesto, which recently reported a small cluster of cases. The company said on their website that six residents have tested positive for COVID-19 and that one of those residents has died from the virus. All other residents and staff at the Modesto facility have been tested and none of those results came back positive.

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2020 MLB Mock Draft: Tigers hold steady at No. 1; high school outfielder jumps into top five

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Pick: C Tyler Soderstrom, Turlock High School (California) ($4,197,100 slot value)

Because they have two extra picks (Nos. 67 and 68) for losing Madison Bumgarner and Will Smith to free agency, the Giants have a huge bonus pool, and are in position to pay any top talent who slides here. They’ve also been connected to Soderstrom, a talented hitter who might wind up at third base, in recent weeks. San Francisco might be able to cut a below-slot deal with Soderstrom, then use the savings to grab two premium talents with their extra picks. Our R.J. Anderson ranked Soderstrom as the No. 21 prospect in the draft class.

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