California opens highway rest stops to food trucks, helping truckers get warm meals

As coronavirus restriction protests take place across U.S., Trump defends demonstrators

President Trump on Saturday defended the mounting series of protests against coronavirus restrictions, saying some governors had overreached in their efforts to fight the pandemic — efforts that were based on the advice of leading health officials in his own administration.

“I really believe that they’re being unreasonable,” Trump said, citing the Democratic governors of Michigan and Virginia. “There are a lot of protests out there. And I just think that some of the governors have gotten carried away.”

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A Trump cutout with a US flag around its neck is seen next to protesters rallying in downtown San Diego against California's stay at home order to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, which causes COVID-19, on April 18, 2020. (Ariana Drehsler/AFP/Getty Images)

1 dead, 1 injured in small plane crash near Auburn airport

A small plane crashed shortly after taking off from a Northern California airport on Saturday, killing the pilot and injuring a passenger, authorities said.

The single-engine aircraft was engulfed in fire after crashing into a field near Auburn Municipal Airport shortly before 11 a.m., Placer County Sheriff’s Lt. Andrew Scott said.

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Debris from a plane crash is seen in a field near Auburn Municipal Airport on April 18, 2020. (Placer County Sheriff's Lt. Andrew Scott)

Some sex assault victims in NorCal collect their own evidence amid pandemic

Fears of getting infected with the coronavirus have prompted authorities in Northern California to allow some sexual assault victims to collect evidence with a nurse directing them in the hourslong process through a video call.

The temporary measure put in place in Monterey County after shelter-in-place orders were issued last month to stop the spread of the virus raises issues of evidence contamination and other problems that would be challenged in court, defense attorneys said.

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A sexual assault evidence collection kit is seen in a file photo released by the Utah Department of Public Safety.

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