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Rapper Wiz Khalifa made it clear he will not wear face masks during the coronavirus pandemic.

"Y'all can have them masks fam," Wiz tweeted on Tuesday, just days after Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a statewide order requiring all residents to wear face masks in public and indoor public spaces.

A source close to the "Black and Yellow" hitmaker says Wiz is "suspicious" of the California government forcing people to wear face masks. The 32-year-old rapper believes wearing masks should be an individual choice.

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99% of those infected with COVID-19 will recover from the disease and less than 1% of people infected with the coronavirus have died.

The COVID-19 death toll is the same if not slightly higher than the influenza virus.

The penalty for ignoring Gov. Newsom's order is a $1,000 fine and possible jail time.

Calif. counties that refuse to comply with the governor's COVID-19 rules will lose up to $1 billion in government funding, according to The Sacramento Bee.

The funding is contingent on counties following the state's stay-at-home order.


 

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Demonstrations and clashes with police continued for a third day in California after an 18-year-old man was gunned down by LA County sheriff's deputies while working as a security guard at an auto body shop.

"He ran because he was scared," one of the protesters' signs read as the crowd chanted, "Why'd you kill that kid?" during a protest on Sunday.

As protesters blocked traffic, a sheriff's helicopter circled overhead. "We don't want to see your children hurt," a voice announced from the helicopter.

He urged the protesters to leave the area so the women and children weren't exposed to pepper spray or tear gas.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department confirmed a sheriff's deputy fired six shots at Andres Guardado during a foot pursuit at the rear of a car business at 420 West Redondo Beach Blvd on Thursday, June 18.

The incident happened shortly before 6 p.m., when two Compton Station deputies who were on patrol spotted Guardado talking to someone in a car that was blocking the driveway to the body shop.

Guardado reportedly looked at them, produced a handgun and fled southbound between two businesses.

The police stopped him at the rear of the car business and one of them fired six rounds at him, killing him.

A .40 caliber semiautomatic pistol with no markings or serial number was recovered near his body. The gun had been altered with an illegal, extended 15-round magazine with 13 live rounds in it, police say.

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Guardado's sister, Jennifer Guardado, 22, (pictured above), said her brother ran when he saw armed police because he was scared.

"He was going to have a great career and a family," she said Friday, according to The LA Times. "He'll never get to experience that. They took that away from him. I never got to say goodbye."

She said her brother was a hard-working teenager who held down two jobs and loved going to the gym. He was working at the auto body shop to get back into school.

But police say Guardado was not wearing a security uniform, nor was he wearing a gun belt or holster. He did not have handcuffs or a security badge.

The age requirement to work as a security guard in California is 21.

Guardado's family want an independent investigation into Guardado's murder.

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What face mask law? Bare-faced actress Christina Milian was spotted making a quick Starbucks run with her children Violet (right) and Isaiah.

Face masks or face coverings such as a bandana are now mandatory in Los Angeles, California - even though the items offer no real protection against a microscopic virus.

Everyone in L.A. must wear a mask, including celebrities and other VIPs. But many celebrities were spotted out and about without a mask or other face covering over the weekend.

It’s easy to tell a celebrity's political affiliation during the coronavirus pandemic. Most Democrats wear face masks while Republicans refuse to fall for the left's fear mongering.
 

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Tyra Banks was spotted without a face mask while on a grocery run with boyfriend Louis Bélanger-Martin and son York in Santa Monica. Tyra dressed comfortably in leopard print pants
 

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Singer Usher played with his labradoodle puppy while out running a few errands. Usher snuggled and kissed his pup for a cute moment.
 

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NBA star Draymond Green was spotted taking a walk without a face mask in Los Angeles during the COVID-19 pandemic.
 

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NBA baller Joakim Noah went for a morning swim in Malibu on Saturday. Joakim showcased his fit body while changing into his tee and sweatpants. Joakim is staying in top shape for the restart of the NBA season.
 

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TV hunk Mario Lopez routinely goes out without a face mask. He's tired of people asking him why he doesn't wear one. The star returned to his car after finishing up another private Jujutsu gym session.
 

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Who's going to tell Arnold Schwarzenegger that he has to wear a face mask? The former governor and son Patrick finished up their morning bike ride at the Brentwood Country Mart.
 

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Machine Gun Kelly took his mixed race daughter for some takeout food and stopped to check out some classic cars in a parking lot in Los Angeles.

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Most celebrities in California are abiding by the stay-at-home and mandatory face mask rules. Socialite Blac Chyna was seen chatting with a few friends outside a local marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles. Chyna and her friends didn't seem too worried about social distancing or wearing any type of protective face masks.
 

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Chyna recently came under fire this week as she charged fans $950 for a FaceTime call and $250 for a follow back on Instagram. Her lawyer justified the business decision, saying, "Despite many false media reports to the contrary, Chyna receives no child support from either Rob Kardashian or Tyga for her two beautiful children, Dream Kardashian and King Cairo Stevenson.”
 

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Meghan Markle's mother Doria Ragland was seen without a face mask while enjoying her "lonely time" while walking her two dogs in Los Angeles. Even though her daughter and grandson Archie moved closer to her, she hasn't seen them because of the coronavirus pandemic
 

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NBA star Blake Griffin showed off his six pack while grabbing a juice in Brentwood, CA. Griffin got out of his SUV and put on his hoodie before entering the juicery. But he wasn't wearing a mask.
 

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TV personality Mario Lopez is all smiles after finishing up another private Jujutsu gym session. With a "Saved By the Bell" reboot trailer just released yesterday, Mario appears to be still on cloud nine.

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California Governor Gavin Newsom revealed a grant to give $500 cash to 150,000 illegal immigrants living in the state.

Newsom is offering $500 apiece to immigrants living illegally in California who were left out of the $2.2 trillion stimulus package.

Many Americans began receiving $1,200 stimulus checks from the IRS on Wednesday, April 15. But illegal immigrants who do not have Social Security numbers were left out of the stimulus.

Newsom announced a $125 million grant for California's illegals who are impacted financially by the coronavirus.

"We feel a deep sense of gratitude for people that are in fear of deportations that are still addressing essential needs of tens of millions of Californians," said Newsom, who is a Democrat.

He noted that 10% of the state's workforce are illegal immigrants who paid more than $2.5 billion in state and local tax last year.

Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove slammed Newsom for spending money "irresponsibly" on illegals instead of on food banks, and Americans who are in need.

"Instead of meeting these urgent needs, Governor Newsom has chosen to irresponsibly pursue a left-wing path and unilaterally secured $125 million for undocumented immigrants," said Grove.

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Kanye West was spotted grabbing lunch at a McDonald’s near his home in Calabasas. Kanye is among many celebrities who broke quarantine to go bike riding, walk their dogs, or run errands while the state of California is under a lockdown order. Calif. Governor Gavin Newsom ordered all residents - celebrities included - to stay at home to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
 

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Model and TV personality Tyra Banks looks cozy in a beanie and sweats as she and boyfriend Louis Bélanger-Martin break quarantine to make a trip to a local bakery to grab a few pastries for breakfast.
 

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Ben Affleck and new girlfriend Ana de Armas locked arms while out walking their dogs.
 

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Jordyn Woods, 22, broke quarantine to go grocery shopping with her lookalike sister, Jodie, 14. The siblings went shopping at an organic grocery store.
 

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Pop Singer Harry Styles was unrecognizable as he kept a low profile to go on a solo hike in the Hollywood Hills.
 

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Actress A.J. Johnson (left) was spotted out for a walk with a friend in Toluca Lake, CA. Johnson is best known for her roles in the films Baby Boy and House Party.

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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is advising the city's 4 million residents to prepare to wear face coverings while in public.

Garcetti donned a black face mask at a press conference on Wednesday, where he declared residents will have to "get used to" the "new look."

"This will be the new look," said Garcetti as he awkwardly tied on a mask. "I know this looks surreal. We're going to have to get used to, you know, seeing each other like this."

But California public health officials said face masks are not mandatory. Governor Gavin Newsom previously urged people not to wear face masks because the masks may inadvertently cause infections if people put the masks on wrong or touch their faces.

The death toll in the state stands at 215 with over 9,800 infected. Most have recovered from the virus.

The U.S. death toll reached 5,000 as the confirmed cases surpassed 216,000. Still, the death toll is a mere 0.00015% of the U.S. population and many of the confirmed cases have recovered.

The government's overzealous response to the coronavirus outbreak has left millions without jobs and a broken economy.

A record 10 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits in the last 3 weeks.

The CDC offers the following tips to avoid spreading the flu or Covid-19 virus:

1. Do not touch your face with unwashed hands
2. Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds
3. Avoid close contact with sick people
4. Sneeze and cough into a tissue or your elbow
5. Stay home if you are sick
5. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
6. When in doubt consult with a healthcare professional
 

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California's Prop 47 is being blamed for a sharp rise in shoplifting and home burglaries. A shocking video shows a team of females on a shoplifter spree at a Walgreens in San Francisco, a Democrat stronghold city.

The video shows two females wearing black hoodies and face masks, emptying store shelves and throwing makeup into black garbage bags as Walgreens employees look on helplessly.

The shoplifters flee when an employee calls 911 to report the robbery in progress. But critics of the law say calling 911 is a waste of time.

Even if cops caught them in the act, they can't arrest them if the stolen items are worth less than $950. That means criminals can each steal over $300,000 worth of goods annually in California.

Even the homeless are taking advantage of the lax law enforcement in California. They steal beer and anything else that it isn't locked up behind glass.

A single mom told Fox News that Prop 47 is a godsend for low-income women with children.

"If my babies need diapers or formula, who is going to get that for me? No one. I have to do it. They aren't out here arresting people for (shoplifting) and everyone knows it."

Twitter users expressed their anger and frustration at Democrats and liberal lawmakers who give thieves a license to steal without consequences.
 

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A radical new California law will allow college student athletes the right to profit from their names and likeness while they are still in school.

California Governor Gavin Newsom signed the Fair Pay for Play Act into law at a Los Angeles barbershop associated with LeBron James's HBO show The Shop: Uninterrupted.

James, 34, celebrated the Fair Pay for Play Act on Twitter.com on Monday. "You the man Governor Gav! Appreciate you as so many many more as well!" he tweeted.

The new law, which takes effect on January 1, 2023, makes it illegal for California colleges to deny student athletes the opportunities to earn hard cash for the use of their names, images and likenesses in video games, advertising, apparel and sports gear.

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The new act will benefit student athletes like LaMelo Ball, left, and Liangelo Ball, center, brothers of former Lakers star Lonzo Ball, right.

Student athletes will be allowed to earn money for sponsoring youth camps, just like professional athletes. They can also sign lucrative endorsement contracts with shoe companies, apparel companies, car dealerships, etc.

The law does not require colleges and universities to pay student athletes, but it collides head on with the NCAA's rules.

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California is the only state that allows college student athletes the right to be paid for their own names and likeness.

According to Sports Illustrated, California colleges, the Pac-12 Conference, the Mountain West Conference and the NCAA will all challenge the legality of the new law.

A lot is riding on the line for California schools.

Once the Act goes into effect, California colleges will no longer be permitted to participate in national championships organized or sponsored by the NCAA. And California schools might be kicked out of the NCAA altogether.

But supporters of the law, including James, believe the pros of the new law outweighs the cons.

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Democrats in one California city are experimenting with a privately funded solution to wipe out poverty - by giving away free cash.

125 residents in Stockton, California don't have to worry about where there next meal is coming from. They receive $500 in "universal basic income" each month. No strings attached.

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Susie Garza is one lucky recipient of free cash. On the 15th of every month she receives $500 on a debit card from a nonprofit organization that is experimenting with universal basic income to determine if it makes a difference in the lives of people earning below the poverty level.

Garza, who may or may not be a legal U.S. citizen, is unemployed. Her husband doesn't work either, so the extra money she receives each month comes in handy.

According to the Associated Press, Garza can use the cash however she wants. She says she uses $150 to pay her cellphone bill. Another $100 goes to her vet for her pet dog.

She also lavishes birthday gifts and junk food on her grandsons. She used to be a drug addict but that's in her past. She says she's been off drugs for 18 years now.

"I like it because I feel more independent, like I'm in charge. I really have something that's my own," she tells the AP.

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The experiment is monitored by a group of researchers whose goal for the program is not finances but happiness.

Jovan Bravo, a 31-year-old Stockton native and construction worker, is married and has three children, ages 13, 8 and 4.

He says the extra $500 he receives each month gives him the freedom to spend more time with his wife and kids.

He said before the free money windfall he had to work multiple jobs and he didn't have enough time for his children.

Now he only works one Saturday a month. He uses the other Saturdays to play with his kids in the park.

"It's made a huge difference," he told the AP. "Just being able to spend more time with the wife and kids, it brings us closer together."

Republicans criticize the program because they say it encourages people not to work for a living.

Democratic candidates hope to expand the free cash program nationwide, if one of them is elected president in November 2020.

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U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, a leading candidate for the nomination, has a proposal to give up to $500 a month to working families.

Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang, a tech entrepreneur who is a long shot for the nomination, wants to give $1,000 to every American.

Harris' plan to give $500 a month to working families earning up to $100,000 annually would cost about $275 billion per year, according to the Tax Policy Center.

Yang's proposal to give $1,000 to every adult in America would cost $2.8 trillion per year.

Both candidates say they will pay for their free money programs by reversing President Trump's tax cuts and increasing taxes on corporations.

Garza, who is the only breadwinner in her family, says she doesn't know what she will do when the privately funded program ends in July 2020.

She says she asked the program director how she was lucky enough to get into the program.

"She goes, 'Because you're blessed,'" Garza said. "And I just left it at that."

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According to the Los Angeles Times, health department officials say 27 people younger than 65 have died of the flu in California since October. Only 3 people died from the flu at the same time last year.

Doctors say a statewide shortage of flu medicine and packed emergency rooms led to a general sense of panic among all residents, including singer Kelly Rowland, pictured above right, who wore a surgical mask to her doctor's office on Thursday.

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The data shows, for example, nearly 80 percent of black boys in the fourth grade failed to meet state reading standards.

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