CALIFORNIA – It was another busy news week across California. Missed the headlines on Patch?

Whether you’re looking for breaking or bizarre news, or sweet or silly features, we’ve rounded up some of the most share-worthy stories from the past week.

Take a look at some of this week’s top news stories from across the state.

Public ‘Duped’ About Plastics Recycling, CA Launches Investigation

Big oil companies “have promoted the myth” that we can recycle our way out of plastics pollution, according to the attorney general.

Here’s How Many CA Lives Were Saved By COVID Vaccines: Study

The advent of coronavirus vaccines ushered in a new era for the pandemic. Here’s how many lives the jab actually saved.

Los Angeles Visit Ends With Kamala Harris Testing Positive For COVID

The Vice President left Los Angeles Monday and is now isolating at her residence in Washinton DC while she recovers.

CA Kohl’s Stores To Be Acquired By Competitor: Report

All Kohl’s stores could be acquired by the brand’s archrival, per a New York Post report. Here’s what that means for California shoppers.

CA Infant Snatched By Stranger: Police, FBI Take Quick Action

Police now say 3-month-old Brandon Cuellar has been found.

Elon Musk To Buy Twitter In $ 44B Deal, Social Media Company Says

Twitter announced Monday it has entered into a definitive agreement to be bought by billionaire Elon Musk in a deal worth about $ 44 billion.

Severe SoCal Water Restrictions Ordered, Water Shortage Declared

Urgent actions to conserve water in Southern California were announced Tuesday. Orders will impact millions of customers across the region.

Deutsche Bank Whistleblower Found Dead At Los Angeles High School

Valentin Broeksmit, 45, disappeared a year ago and was last seen driving at Griffith Park. He was found dead Monday morning in Los Angeles.

Pit Bulls Attack Family, Mom Stabs Dog To Death In LA County: Reports

A mother stabbed a pit bull to death after two dogs reportedly attacked several members of a family at a Pico Rivera home Sunday night.

Video Shows Burglar Loom Over Sleeping Southland Residents

San Bernardino police say they arrested a “brazen” burglar who broke into homes and stood over residents, watching them as they slept.

These CA High Schools Are Among 2022’s Best: US News

The annual ranking released by US News and World Report evaluates schools based on graduation rates, academic performance and more.

Disneyland Drops Shuttle Mask Requirement

Disneyland no longer requires customers to wear face masks on its shuttles, though the state still strongly recommends them.

Food Poisoning Investigation Expands Following Coachella Music Fest

Riverside County officials have alerted local health jurisdictions throughout Southern California and the state.

5 Bears Found Hibernating Under CA Family’s Home

A family heard snoring beneath their home for a while before they discovered a mother bear and her cubs had taken up residency there.

9 Tiny Ducklings Rescued From Storm Drain

Firefighters removed the grate and saved the ducklings.

Great Temecula Toast Relay Record Attempt Draws Crowd To Old Town

Would-be participants camped out in front of City Hall to try and break the Guinness toast relay record in Temecula. Did they do it?

San Mateo-Based Sempervirens Fund Sets Tree Guinness World Record

The organization, which aims to protect and preserve habitats, solicited responses through the #HugATree challenge.

Santee Food Bank Manager Named District 4 Person Of The Year

Marty Smothermon, who has volunteered at the Santee Food Bank for 20 years, was honored as Person of the Year for District 4.

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$ 44B Deal; Plastics Pollution; Coachella Food Poisoning: CA Stories originally appeared on the Carlsbad Patch

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