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The federal transportation agency agrees to restore nearly $1 billion in funding for high-speed rail, but the project is still in a deep funding hole.

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All told, 30 Californians will win $50,000 apiece as part of the state’s “Vax for the Win” program. The drawings will culminate Tuesday with the selection of 10 grand-prize winners, each of whom will take home $1.5 million.

Cases of RSV, a respiratory virus, fell amid pandemic shutdowns last year. Now it’s reemerging in the South, and children may be more vulnerable.

The state is now reporting an average of fewer than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases per day. The last time case counts were this low was March 31, 2020 — when the pandemic was just beginning to roar to life and testing was limited.

When the nation’s second-largest school district fully reopens in the fall, students and staff will wear masks, regardless of vaccine status, and all will be be tested for the coronavirus at least once every two weeks.

The COVID-19 vaccine could be approved for children in the age group by fall, if the trial in Northern California goes well, a Kaiser official said.

The Contra Costa cannabis company says the promotion is an effort to help the state reach immunity against COVID-19.

With California set to reopen its economy fully on Tuesday, wearing a mask will become optional in many public settings. Here are the rules.

The Delta variant, also known as B.1.617.2, was identified in India but has since been found in 60 countries. It’s thought to be more transmissible.

The California workplace safety board suggested it will move to allow fully vaccinated employees to stop wearing masks while on the job, even around those who are not vaccinated.

The long-promised change will take effect Tuesday, the same date as the state’s full economic reopening, and bring the state into alignment with the CDC’s COVID-19 guidelines.

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Fullerton religious leaders believe it’s crucial to start a countywide safe parking program as the coronavirus pandemic economy continues to force many onto the streets.

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