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California | Wed, Jan 9, 2013

Taro Aso, 72, sure is a busy man. While most Japanese of his vintage are happily ensconced in retirement, Aso has three new jobs: deputy prime minister, finance minister and minister for financial services.

Gov. Jerry Brown is preparing a spending plan as California faces its most optimistic financial outlook in years, yet the Democratic governor's intention to stick with a frugal fiscal agenda could put him on a collision course with Democratic lawmakers who seek to restore state services lost during the recession.

Opponents have failed to convince a San Diego County fairground to stop hosting gun shows in the wake of the Connecticut school shootings.

The Oakland Museum of California is offering a $12,000 reward for the safe recovery of a rare Gold Rush-era quartz and gold box that was stolen.

WASHINGTON — Unemployment rates fell below 7 percent in a majority of U.S. cities in November, suggesting steady job gains are benefiting most parts of the country.

Journalists and academics have a lot to say about what U.S. judges do and why they do it. Many veteran court-watchers believe that the Supreme Court now is, and has long been, almost equally divided between “conservatives” and “liberals.”

WASHINGTON — The U.S. job market proved resilient in December despite fears that a budget impasse in Washington would send the economy over the fiscal cliff and trigger growth-killing tax hikes and spending cuts.

Investigators say an assault rifle-clutching gunman opened fire on Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies during a car chase that ended with a crash and the arrest of two men.

Attorneys are set to sum up their arguments in the Southern California trial of a boy who was 10 when he admitted killing his sleeping neo-Nazi father.

Authorities say the pilot of a crop-dusting helicopter suffered moderate injuries when his helicopter crashed in a field outside of Fresno Tuesday afternoon.

A Mojave Desert school district has unanimously approved the new operator of the nation's first school to be converted to a charter by parent demand.

The parents of a 15-year-old student who leapt to his death at Crescenta Valley High School north of Los Angeles are suing the school district alleging they turned a blind eye to bullying that brought on their son's death.

Officials at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure say they're cracking down on Anaheim businesses that buy multi-day park passes and then sell them to visitors for individual days.

A California judge has dismissed vandalism and trespassing charges against three people in the takeover of a vacant bank building by Occupy Santa Cruz.

Officials from Southern California colleges and schools are being trained in how to survive an attack by a campus gunman.

A 32-year-old man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole in the slaying of a Maine couple in Northern California.

Investigators say a police officer on foot patrol outside a Los Angeles school has arrested an armed gang member running past the campus.

San Anselmo has approved a new downtown park to be built on land donated by filmmaker George Lucas that will feature statues of Indiana Jones and Yoda, two of his most popular characters.

More aquifers in the Southern California desert contain high levels of arsenic, boron, fluoride and other elements compared with the rest of the state.

Apple is trying to decide whether it makes sense to offer a cheaper iPhone as it tries to boost sales in less-affluent countries and reclaim some of the market share lost to cheaper phones running Google's Android software, according to a published report.

A federal judge has approved a $1 million settlement of a class-action lawsuit filed by demonstrators who were pepper-sprayed during a protest at the University of California, Davis in 2011.

The San Diego Stock Exchange Index closed higher Wednesday at 127.93, up 1.15 percent from Tuesday. Advancing issues beat decliners 54 to 23, and 62 issues were unchanged.
WD-40 Co. (Nasdaq: WDFC) was the top dollar gainer, up $4.74 to $52.51.
ViaSat Inc. (Nasdaq: VSAT) was the top dollar loser, down 62 cents to $38.98.
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Wed, Jan 9, 2013