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A California radio station is battling coronavirus misinformation among indigenous farmworkers

After a day picking cranberries at a California farm, Josefino Cervantes Alvarado sat down for dinner to a unique mix of voices and music filling the room.



a person posing for the camera: Francisco Didier Ulloa and a colleague host a show on Radio Indígena in Spanish and Mixteco, a indigenous Mexican language.


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Francisco Didier Ulloa and a colleague host a show on Radio Indígena in Spanish and Mixteco, a indigenous Mexican language.

“Greetings to everybody tuning in to Radio Indígena 94.1 FM,” said a voice coming from the radio’s speakers in Spanish. Moments later, he heard another voice speaking in Mixteco — one of several indigenous languages from southern Mexico.

“I used to feel ashamed of speaking Mixteco,” Cervantes Alvarado, 40, whose first language is Mixteco, said in Spanish. “Whenever I listen to (the radio), I feel proud of who I am and don’t want my children to forget that.”

When the Covid-19 pandemic first hit the United States, the hosts of Radio Indígena were among the first people who could explain Covid-19

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ICE says double-murder suspect was protected by California sanctuary city

Local officials called for a rethink of sanctuary policies Wednesday after confirming that the man arrested for a stabbing rampage at a California church over the weekend was an illegal immigrant with a lengthy criminal record and multiple deportation requests from ICE, all of which were refused.

Fernando De Jesus Lopez-Garcia had been deported three times before and had nearly 15 years of run-ins with police. His rap sheet included disturbing the peace, lying to police, resisting arrest, assault with a deadly weapon and felony domestic violence.

He was released three times over the past two years in defiance of detainer requests, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

On Sunday, he was arrested after police found five people stabbed at a Baptist church that also runs a homeless shelter. He faces two counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder.

“Here we have catastrophic proof of the abject

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$140 million in fraudulent unemployment claims made on behalf of thousands of California prison inmates, prosecutor says

At least 35,000 unemployment claims have been fraudulently made on behalf of prison inmates between March and August, costing the state $140 million in paid out benefits, California officials said Tuesday. The claims, which the Sacramento County district attorney called “one of the biggest fraud of taxpayer dollars in California history,” even included one in the name of convicted murderer Scott Peterson

In some cases, prosecutors were tipped off by listening in on recorded phone calls from prison as inmates bragged about how they were gaming the system to collect unemployment benefits.

Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert and other prosecutors said the problem was compounded by dysfunction at the California Employment Development Department, which they said does not check unemployment claims against a list of prison inmates, as many other states do.

“Quite frankly, the inmates are mocking us,” Schubert said.

The list includes Peterson, who was

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California official: just say ‘no’ to family Thanksgiving

California’s health secretary urged people to say “no” to family and friends who want to gather for Thanksgiving, joining other officials in issuing dire warnings about the spread of the coronavirus

Dr. Mark Ghaly said it’s not too late to cancel or change plans to limit celebrations of the holiday.

“It’s as important to say no even when it comes to the closest people in our family,” said Ghaly, who has barred his mother from his family’s dinner table this year. “Game time decisions happen

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Unemployment Scam Using Inmates’ Names Costs California Hundreds of Millions

Part of the problem, the task force wrote, was that, unlike at least 35 other states, California lacks the technology to crosscheck its state prison rolls and jail rosters against its lists of unemployment insurance claimants.

About two weeks ago, however, the group received a crosscheck from the U.S. Department of Labor between federal unemployment insurance claims data and a list of California prison inmates that federal officials had subpoenaed from the state.

The 35,000-plus payments sent out in the name of state prisoners alone, they discovered, totaled more than $140 million between March and August, with nearly a half-million dollars disbursed in the names of 133 death row inmates. Among the largest: a claim for $19,676 disbursed in the name of a death row inmate and another for $48,600 in the name of another felon.

The crosscheck did not include the state’s 58 county jails, state hospitals where sexually

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California Hits Record; Toronto Locks Down Again: Virus Update

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New Jersey and Illinois said they expect to receive Covid-19 vaccine doses, as Pfizer became the first company to apply for emergency use authorization in the U.S. for the vaccine developed with BioNTech SE.

California reported a record number of new infections. The share of U.S. hospitals anticipating a critical staff shortage within seven days rose to a record.

Toronto, Canada’s biggest city, will go back into lockdown, as Brazil surpassed 6 million total infections.

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More than 100 displaced after fire ravages California town

A week before Thanksgiving, more than 100 residents have been displaced by a wind-whipped wildfire that ravaged a remote mountain community in California and killed one person

LOS ANGELES — A week before Thanksgiving, more than 100 residents were displaced Thursday by a wind-whipped wildfire that ravaged a remote mountain community in California and killed one person, authorities said.

The inferno struck with sudden ferocity midday Tuesday during strong winds high in the eastern Sierra Nevada, destroying more than 80 structures, including homes, in the unincorporated town of Walker near the Nevada state line, according to the Mono County Sheriff’s Office.

By early Wednesday, rain and snow were falling, reducing the fire to smoldering remnants after it scorched over 32 square miles (84 square kilometers).

By then, grave damage had been done to Walker, a community

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California imposes overnight curfew to rein in coronavirus

Drivers wait in long lines at a COVID-19 testing site in a parking lot at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday in Los Angeles.


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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California is imposing an overnight curfew on most residents as the most populous state tries to head off a surge in coronavirus cases that it fears could tax its health care system, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Thursday.

What officials are calling a limited stay-at-home order requires people not working essential jobs to stay home from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. starting Saturday. The order will last until Dec. 21 but could be extended if infection rates and disease trends don’t improve.

The curfew covers 94% of the state’s nearly 40 million residents. It’s in place in 41 of the state’s 58 counties that have the most significant increases in virus cases and face the most severe restrictions under California’s

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California coronavirus mask rules got more strict. What you need to know

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Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday issued more strict face covering rules in California, requiring residents wear masks anytime they leave their homes.

Masks or another face covering must be worn in public at all times unless: 

  • You’re alone in your car or only with those within your household; 
  • You’re working alone in a private office or room;
  • You’re outdoors and staying 6 feet away from others not in your household;
  • You are eating or drinking, as long as you are distanced from others; or
  • You are undergoing a service that involves your nose or face, such as a dental procedure.

A previous state mandate required people to wear masks only in high-risk settings such as taking public buses, visiting a health care establishment or entering a business.

Those exempt from the new rules include children younger than 2 years old; people

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DNA cracked 1995 cold case murder of nurse, California police say

Police in northern California say that DNA evidence cracked open a cold case murder from 1995 and led them to a suspect who was imprisoned in Texas.

James Watkins, 42, was charged last week by the Redding Police Department for his alleged role in the 1995 murder of Christine Munro, the Redding Police Department wrote in a Facebook post.

“In simple terms, Watkins’ DNA was under Christine Munro’s fingernails at the time of her murder,” RPD wrote.

Image: Christine Munro (Redding Police Dept.)
Image: Christine Munro (Redding Police Dept.)

Police said that Munro’s death in 1995 “devastated our community.”

The 37-year-old nurse and mother of four was found stabbed on the Sacramento River Trail on June 24, 1995.

“At that time, RPD investigators spent hundreds of hours collecting evidence and interviewing dozens upon dozens of witnesses and potential suspects,” RPD wrote.

But the case went cold.

RPD said detective Rusty Bishop began to crack open the

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