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California | Wed, Nov 14, 2012

Judge George "Woody" Clarke, a DNA expert and trial lawyer who helped prosecute O.J. Simpson, died Tuesday. He was 61.

An unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile blasted from a silo at the West Coast's Vandenberg Air Force Base early Wednesday and successfully reached a target area 4,200 miles away in the Pacific Ocean, the Air Force said.

Fed up with years of diminishing services, voters around the state approved dozens of local tax measures Tuesday, even as they authorized Gov. Jerry Brown's statewide sales tax hike.

California is debuting its new, landmark cap-and-trade program with an auction of greenhouse gas pollution permits, despite an eleventh-hour lawsuit filed by the state's largest business group.

Gov. Jerry Brown is set to make his first appearance at a University of California board meeting where he's expected to urge UC officials to control costs and avoid raising tuition.

Work crews were cleaning up into the night in a Daly City neighborhood after a water main broke and spewed about 45,000 gallons of water into the neighborhood.

Three men believed to be responsible for a September heist of about $1.3 million in precious gems and gold from a mining museum in the Sierra Nevada foothills have been arrested, the California Highway Patrol said Tuesday.

Prosecutors say a former San Francisco school cafeteria worker will likely spend the rest of his life in prison after being convicted of sexually assaulting three women in San Francisco's Mission district.

The FBI says a suspected Orange County bank robber told authorities he wanted to be arrested because he was homeless and needed shelter and medication.

Investigators don't suspect foul-play in the death of a woman whose body was found in a gutted Los Angeles apartment.

A San Diego jury will decide whether to recommend life in prison or death for a gang member convicted of killing three people during local robberies.

Former House speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday she will run to keep her job as the Democratic leader in the House after a pair of elections that kept the party in the minority there even as Democrats gained seats in the Senate and a second term for President Barack Obama.

The owner of a Southern California guard dog rental business has been arrested after dead and malnourished animals were found on his property.

Drivers in the San Francisco Bay Area have become the first motorists in the nation to fill up their gas tanks with an algae-based biofuel.

Sirius Financial Services, Inc. (Pink Sheets: JZZI,, through its wholly owned subsidiary SAMVRIDDHI, announced today that it has implemented banking facilities in 293 villages to date, with a total of 233,110 customer accounts now opened. Sirius has achieved this level of success in just the last 6 months. "These tallies represent our agility and expertise in gaining a large customer base quickly, fulfilling our commercial bank partners ambitions, and most of all, carrying out the mandate issued by the government of India," said Cherian Arattuculam, CEO of Sirius Financial Services. The government of India's intention is to ensure that the benefits of India's economic growth reach its citizens at all levels. The campaign is a big step towards socio-economic equality by bringing the suburban and rural segments of India's population into the formal banking fold for the first time and Sirius is playing a major role in its success. "What is most important to note," added Cherian, "is that that the majority of these villagers are entitled to receive financial assistance, and/or subsidies from the government in the form of real money. However, they are not able to receive this money unless they possess the type of bank account that Sirius offers. Consequently, the Indian government in its efforts to build out a far-reaching national banking system, has also mandated that any funds disbursed to these villagers, must be received through an established bank account. This proves to be the most valuable incentive for Sirius in achieving it and the government's goals while helping the villagers. Everybody wins."

California began auctioning permits Wednesday for greenhouse gas emissions, launching one of the world's most ambitious efforts to cut heat-trapping gases from industrial sources.

California's nonpartisan budget analyst says the state now faces a much smaller deficit of $1.9 billion through the end of the next fiscal year and could even see surpluses after that.

The board overseeing California's efforts to establish an insurance marketplace to provide affordable health care was considering adopting its operational blueprint Wednesday, a decision that would set off a sprint toward the open enrollment that will begin in less than a year.

The California State University board of trustees has approved a $380,000 salary for the system's new chancellor that includes a 10 percent pay cut at his request.

The San Diego Stock Exchange Index closed lower Wednesday at 116.42, down 1.15 percent from Tuesday. Declining issues beat advancers 61 to 20, and 59 issues were unchanged.
Royale Energy Inc. (Nasdaq: ROYL) was the top dollar gainer, up 60 cents to $3.40.
Pricesmart Inc. (Nasdaq: PSMT) was the top dollar loser, down $2.26 to $72.44.
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Wed, Nov 14, 2012