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California | Wed, Jan 2, 2013

The 2012 elections, though they weren’t seminal, revealed much about the nature of the body politic and the direction of American politics.

Most of us acknowledge that some of our most cherished beliefs are based on faith, not facts. Even so, it takes a lot to dislodge those beliefs. When we are confronted by contrary evidence, we may dig in even more deeply. Consider a cautionary tale, exotic to be sure, but helping to explain why evidence-challenged thinking persists in a lot of areas, including politics and business.

The vote Tuesday night in the House of Representatives brought to a close the latest Washington master class in dereliction of duty. After a few days of arguing about who won or lost, we can move on to the next manufactured crisis.

The San Diego Stock Exchange Index closed higher Wednesday at 126.14, up 2.03 percent from Monday. Advancing issues beat decliners 67 to 14, and 58 issues were unchanged.
Cymer Inc. (Nasdaq: CYMI) was the top dollar gainer, up $2.90 to $93.33.
Imprimis Pharmaceuticals Inc. (OTC: IMMY) was the top dollar loser, down 20 cents to $1.75.
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Authorities have issued California's first-ever Silver Alert for an 82-year-old Sacramento-area man reported missing Monday afternoon.

A snowy December that kept Sierra ski resorts busy also had California's water managers hopeful Wednesday at the start of a monthly snow-measuring ritual that determines everything from types of crops planted to municipal water allocations.

Sheriff's officials have located the wreckage of a helicopter that went missing in Central California, and they say the female pilot is dead.

Police arrested a naked man wielding a large Samurai sword after a three-hour New Year's Day standoff in San Jose.

The California Highway Patrol says four people died in a head-on collision on a remote Northern California highway on New Year's Eve.

A man has been swept to sea and drowned while trying to save his dog hit by a rogue wave on a Northern California beach.

An elderly woman sitting in her den at midnight on New Year's Eve was struck in the foot by a bullet fragment.

The deal in Washington to avoid the “fiscal cliff” will bring a reprieve to California's slowly rebounding economy, but uncertainty remains in part because Congress delayed action on federal spending cuts.

Wed, Jan 2, 2013