The Latest: Toyota halts production in European plants

By The Associated Press The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — Trump extends stay-at-home guidelines for another 30 days. — New York state surpasses 1,000 coronavirus deaths —.Two cruise ships begin passage through Panama Canal ___ TOKYO — Toyota Motor Corp. said Monday its auto plants in Europe will halt production, at least until April 20, because of the new coronavirus outbreak. Its European plants are in France, Great Britain, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Turkey and Portugal. All its plants in China resumed normal production Monday, spokeswoman Kayo Doi said. Japan’s top automaker also stopped production in Russia, through Friday. It earlier halted assembly lines in North America and has partially shut down production in Japan, South America and parts of Asia. ___ BEIJING — China’s National Health Commission on Monday reported 31 new COVID-19 cases, among them just one domestic infection while the others were individuals recently arrived from abroad. As outbreaks…

‘American Idol’ Top 20: Did Bay Area singer shine in Hawaii?

Hangin’ loose in Hawaii.  OK, we’re getting serious now. “American Idol” on Sunday night ventured across the Pacific to hang out at Disney’s Aulani Hotel on Oahu, and, more importantly, establish its Top 20. That means the field of remaining contestants will be chopped exactly in half. So who’s going to make it and who’s leaving paradise? Remember, “aloha” means both hello and good-bye. We, of course, are mostly interested — for the time being — in our Bay Area reps. After an excruciatingly intense Hollywood Week, San Jose’s Demi Rae, Danville’s Grace Leer and San Francisco’s Francisco Martin were all still standing. Unfortunately, the “Idol” Hawaii episodes are broken into two parts, with the other half airing next Sunday. And so, of the Bay Area trio, only Francisco was featured tonight. A shy 19-year-old student at College of San Mateo, Francisco, in some ways, is lucky to be here. Yes, he was touted by from his first audition as a potential Top 10 talent, but his nervous jitters have plagued him on this journey so far. During the duet phase in Hollywood, he screwed…

With COVID-19 emergency powers, California courts modify speedy trial rules, endorse remote hearings

Criminal defendants may be facing longer waits in custody or for key hearings after the state courts’ oversight body invoked coronavirus-inspired emergency powers over the weekend to extend what qualifies as a “speedy trial” during the COVID-19 crisis. The unanimous vote of Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye and the Judicial Council was aimed at providing relief to state courts struggling to meet Constitutional arraignment and trial deadlines. Widespread court closures and reductions to help stem the spread of COVID-19 are clogging up court movement for new felony arrestees, and felony defendants who exercised their Sixth Amendment right to a speedy trial. On a conference call Saturday, the council voted to temporarily grant state courts the right to the following: Extend the deadline in which a detained felony defendant has to appear in court from 48 hours to as long as seven days Extend from 10 days to 30 days the deadline to hold a preliminary hearing for defendants who invoke their rights to a speedy trial Extend the time period for holding a criminal trial, after a defendant is held to answer or indicted, to “more than…

Grocery Stores Taking Steps To Keep Employees Safe During Pandemic

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Grocery stores in the Southland remain open and are taking steps to keep employees safe during the coronavirus pandemic. Many locations are now providing them with masks, gloves and protective plexiglass at the checkout stands. Some stores are even putting floor decals to help people maintain social distancing when they’re getting their groceries. “We definitely value our associates and we want to make sure they are well taken care of because they are the face of the company,” said John Votava of Ralphs. “They are the ones our customers come back to see over and over.” At least four grocery store workers in Southern California tested positive for coronavirus this past week, including a Costco in the Marina del Rey area, Sprouts in Tustin, Gelsons in Pacific Palisades and Vallarta Supermarket in Canoga Park. Officials say other employees were notified of the diagnoses and the stores have since been disinfected. Shoppers were glad to know that stores are taking the virus seriously. “I think it’s very smart because they’re very at risk. It can easily be transmitted,” one customer said. “They’re…

Coronavirus: LA Convention Center Undergoing Preparations For Possible Use

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The Los Angeles Conference Center is being prepped as a possible field hospital to make room at hospitals taking in coronavirus patients. “We’re starting with medical supplies and cots so we can relieve the pressure on nearby hospitals and we’re going to provide more details in the days ahead,” L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti said. The medical station at the convention center is being set up by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, but it’s not the only help L.A. is getting during this pandemic. Naval hospital ship USNS Mercy has already pulled into the Port of L.A. with 1,000 beds for non-coronavirus patients to free up rooms at local hospitals. Even then, some are worried that’s not enough. “I’m proud to announce that the first three patients are already on the Mercy,” Garcetti said. Area hospitals now have tents set up in parking lots and garages to provide care for patients they’re expecting. Healthcare workers are also worried about being low on supplies they’ll need during this time. Garcetti said he’s appointed the Port of L.A.’s executive director to…

Woman’s Body Found in a Vehicle in Garden Grove

Share this article:The body of a woman was found Sunday in the driver’s side of a vehicle in Garden Grove, a police lieutenant said. Police discovered the body about 9:15 a.m. in the 12300 block of Magnolia Boulevard, said Garden Grove police Lt. Rich Burillo. There was no indication of foul play but the cause of death will have to be determined by an autopsy performed by the Orange County coroner’s office, Burillo said. The woman’s name was withheld pending notification of next of kin. Anyone with information on the woman’s death was asked to call the GGPD at 714-741-5800. Woman’s Body Found in a Vehicle in Garden Grove was last modified: March 29th, 2020 by Contributing Editor

Sheriff’s Detectives Search for Suspect in Attempted Sexual Assault in Poway

Share this article:A man attempted to sexually assault a woman Sunday at a Poway Park but was stopped when a good Samaritan intervened, according to the San Diego Sheriff’s Department. The attempted assault happened about 10:30 a.m. in the park at 12988 Bowron Road, near the Poway Boys and Girls Club, said SD sheriff’s Lt. Michael Knobbe. The woman being attacked screamed for help and a nearby person intervened. The victim then called 911 for help, Knobbe said. The suspect is described as white, between the ages of 35 and 40, Knobbe said. He stood about 5 feet 11 inches to 6 feet tall and weighed between 230 and 240 pounds. He is balding and has short white hair. He was wearing a cream- or gray-colored T-shirt and gray or black sweatpants or shorts. Anyone with information on this suspect was asked to call the San Diego sheriff’s department at 858 565-5555 or 911. Tipsters can also call Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477. Sheriff’s Detectives Search for Suspect in Attempted Sexual Assault in Poway was last modified: March 29th, 2020 by Contributing Editor

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