California has shut down businesses, including bars and gyms, after a spike in new cases of Covid-19. The new measures will hamper a recovery for the state's economy, which is the largest in the United States. It comes as lawmakers in Washington discuss a new stimulus plan and the federal budget deficit hit a record high in June. The gap between the government's income and expenditure for this fiscal year is likely to exceed $3 trillion.
Ventura County Sheriff's Office releases CCTV footage of "Glee" star Naya Rivera arriving at a California lake dock with her son on Wednesday before disappearing. The US actress is believed to have accidentally drowned in Lake Piru after a search involving divers, patrol boats and helicopters found no trace of her.
A wildfire in Northern California has spread to 10,000 acres fueled by strong winds and dry conditions. The fast-moving brush fire comes as PG&E Corp. began shutting off power to 179,000 customers in 17 California counties including Sonoma County on Wednesday, as part of a second major intentional blackout this month meant to head off potential wildfires.
Power is shut off in the San Francisco Bay Area as blackouts set to affect millions of Californians begin in the face of hot, windy weather that raises the risk of wildfires. Pacific Gas & Electric, which announced the deliberate outage, is working to prevent a repeat of a catastrophe last November in which faulty power lines it owned were determined to have sparked California's deadliest wildfire in modern history.