CALIFORNIA – The year has almost come to a close, so we are taking a look back at some of the top stories across California over the past year.
As we pause to reflect on 2020, we remember the lives lost and honor the frontline heroes of the deadly coronavirus pandemic. We look back on stay-at-home orders, required face masks and panic shopping. We also remember the lives lost and honor the heroes of the devastating wildfires that impacted our state. We take another look at the historic election, as well as the peaceful police protests and destructive riots. We also recall stories that brought smiles to our faces and filled us with pride, including the Los Angeles Dodgers winning the MLB World Series and the Los Angeles Lakers winning the NBA Championship.
From breaking news to heartwarming features, take a look back at some of our top stories from California Patch sites. They are listed in no particular order.
Joe Biden won the White House Monday when California's 55 electors pushed him across the 270 electoral college vote threshold.
The president addressed the nation to announce European travel ban after the World Health Organization declared a pandemic and stocks sunk.
Californians may only leave their home to get food and essential supplies and services, effective immediately and until further notice.
The Golden State's health secretary said he was "worried" as California became the second U.S. state to surpass 1 million coronavirus cases.
Pfizer's two-dose coronavirus vaccines arrived in California on Sunday, and health care workers will get the first doses Monday morning.
Currently, 114 sailors from the San Diego-based USS Theodore Roosevelt have tested positive for COVID-19, officials said.
Plus, the August fire is now considered the largest in California history in this "record-breaking" year.
Plagued by outreach challenges amid the pandemic, the U.S. Census Bureau will end all counting efforts for the 2020 census on Sept. 30.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected the Trump administration's bid to void California's "sanctuary" law, protecting immigrants.
UCR Professor Doug Yanega has studied Asian giant hornets and is watching developments in Washington State and Canada.
Basketball legend Kobe Bryant was killed along with one of his daughters and seven others in a helicopter crash Sunday morning.
The disgraced movie mogul is accused of attacking two women over the course of two days in 2013, according to Los Angeles prosecutors.
Prince Harry and his wife, Hollywood native Meghan Markle, reportedly made the move to Los Angeles while the getting was good.
Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli have agreed to go to prison in a plea deal for their role in the wide-ranging conspiracy.
Recently made the world's second-richest man, Elon Musk appears to be over California and has moved to tax-friendly Texas.
The justices in a separate ruling upheld Peterson's 2004 murder conviction.
Former Rep. Duncan Hunter was ordered to surrender to authorities on May 29.
The Lakers brought the trophy back to Los Angeles for the first time in a decade, tying the league record for most championships.
The Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 to end the city's 32-year World Series drought.
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