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Red Cross Starts COVID-19 Antibody Testing in Merced Area

The American Red Cross began testing all blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies in the Merced area Monday. The antibody test is authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and may indicate if the donor’s immune system has produ...

Prisons Killing Spree Includes Merced County Murderer

Four California inmates were killed at three state prisons, including two at a facility north of Bakersfield a day apart, corrections department officials said Monday. “They're all unrelated,” said department spokeswoman Terry Thornton. Officials say two...