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California Gov. Gavin Newsom has ordered beaches in Orange County to close until further notice. Newsom made the announcement Thursday, days after tens of thousands of people in Orange County packed beaches during a sunny weekend. (April 30)

AP Domestic

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — After state officials signaled an intention to close all California beaches, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday chose instead to shutter only Orange County’s coastline, a clumsy rollout that left local officials livid and had Republicans claiming politics was at play.

Newsom has engendered strong bipartisan support for most of his actions during the virus outbreak. But more recently, some of the more rural and GOP-leaning areas of the state have begun chafing against what they see as an…