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California | Tue, Dec 4, 2012

The filibuster makes hypocrites of everyone in Washington. In 2005, Harry Reid was the leader of the minority party in the Senate. He said that it would be an “abuse of power” to reduce the minority’s power with a simple majority vote. Now he leads a Democratic majority, and he is preparing to do exactly that.

Nothing ruins a chief executive officer’s year faster than hearing the name Carson Block.

PIERRE, S.D. — South Dakota's sobriety program for drunken drivers has reduced repeat cases of driving under the influence by 12 percent and domestic violence rates by 9 percent, an independent study concluded.

A South Carolina Internet company has settled a lawsuit with one of its former employees over the value of Twitter followers.

Jackie Lacey, the first African-American and the first woman to become Los Angeles' district attorney, stood on a stage surrounded by four of the top prosecutors who preceded her in the job -- all of them white men. As she was sworn in Monday, she spoke of her accomplishment as a dream come true.

A Michigan nurseryman, and his team of tree climbers and horticulturists, have cloned the world's biggest redwoods and giant sequoias, bringing some of them back from stumps cut more than 100 years ago.

The state's clean energy strategy will saddle ratepayers with soaring utility bills unless officials act soon to organize state energy agencies, a government review panel said.

Spoiler alert: The “fiscal cliff” will be resolved. At the 11th hour, saner heads will prevail, a deal will be struck, and the U.S. Congress will steer the economy away from its date with destruction. Congressional compromise will ensure that the scheduled tax increases and spending cuts are pared back and phased in only gradually.

A home where four people were found fatally shot on the front lawn was an overcrowded, unlicensed boarding house where residents lived in filth, city officials and police said.

Voters have approved a tax measure to fund the return of a streetcar line to downtown Los Angeles after half a century.

Democratic assemblyman and candidate for Los Angeles city attorney Mike Feuer will spend a few days in the hospital after a truck hit his car as he was driving to the swearing-in ceremony for new District Attorney Jackie Lacey, but he's expected to make a full recovery.

City officials in the Southern California suburb of Chino Hills say they are trying to shut down a home that serves as a hotel where Chinese mothers pay thousands to give birth so their children will be U.S. citizens.

Less than a week after a federal judge ruled Santa Monica has a right to ban religious displays on public land, a Christian group says it will stage its traditional Christmas Nativity scene on private land.

Officers from several agencies are looking for a Northern California man and a Nevada woman who haven't been seen since they left a Sacramento suburb to drive through the Sierra to Gardnerville, Nev. last Thursday.

An electrical contractor and tree-trimming company have agreed to pay $370 million to settle lawsuits over wildfires that swept San Diego County in 2007.

San Francisco municipal rail service is back to normal.

Bail has been set at $2 million each for an Oceanside couple charged with turning a Mexican girl into a sex slave.

The California Supreme Court has denied an inmate's bid to overturn his murder conviction despite discredited forensic evidence used at trial.

California's political watchdog agency has fined the mayor of Sacramento for failing to report donations he solicited for charity organizations.

A root-clogged pipeline has forced 6,600 gallons of sewage onto the sand and into the ocean waters of a popular Santa Barbara beach.

Before kids in an Orange County class gather to make Christmas ornaments, they will take a hike to look for and study scat. Yes, animal droppings.

The San Diego Stock Exchange Index closed lower Tuesday at 121.45, down 0.31 percent from Monday. Declining issues beat advancers 45 to 29 and 65 issues were unchanged.
HomeFed Corporation (OTC: HOFD) was the top dollar gainer, up 90 cents to $25.90.
Volcano Corp. (Nasdaq: VOLC) was the top dollar loser, down $1.67 to $25.06.
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Tue, Dec 4, 2012