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California | Tue, Jan 15, 2013

Even by the wacky standards of Chinese accounting scandals, last week’s events at China’s second-biggest maker of construction equipment, Zoomlion Heavy Industry Science & Technology Co., were awfully strange.

San Jose State University and a Silicon Valley company on Tuesday announced a partnership to offer affordable online classes for credit, an initiative backed by Gov. Jerry Brown to help California colleges reduce costs and expand student access.

Authorities have identified a body pulled from Corte Madera Creek as that of a Novato man who allegedly jumped into the water while fleeing police.

Oakland police are attributing much of the city's violent crime in recent months to a fight between rival gangs that stems from the slaying of a girl last summer.

A father and son have been sentenced to prison following convictions in a sweeping federal racketeering case in which prosecutors accused them as racist gang members who conspired to attack black people to force them out of a Southern California bedroom community.

The son of the former Los Angeles fire chief has been sentenced to a year in federal prison and fined $6,000 for heading a marijuana-smuggling ring where he bribed security officers to get pot-filled suitcases on flights from LA to Boston.

A youth ice skating coach who has worked at rinks throughout Southern California has been charged with molesting one of his skaters, and authorities say they're looking for more possible victims.

A San Francisco restaurant chain has agreed to spend $320,000 to settle a complaint alleging it collected a surcharge from customers for the city's health care law but did not use most of the money for its intended purpose, officials said.

A 50-year-old man dubbed the “Scanner Bandit” has been convicted of robbing an Orange County bank, 20 years after his conviction for robbing four banks in Los Angeles County.

Authorities in the Central Valley community of Newman say three high school students were arrested and two others hospitalized after marijuana-laced brownies and cookies were passed around at a high school.

Sacramento police say a stolen car suspect has died in a crash after he tried to evade officers.

The search for a jury is set to begin in the trial of six former officials of the scandal-ridden Los Angeles suburb of Bell accused of massive corruption that brought national attention and nearly bankrupted the city.

Two of the nation's top zoos are creating a home where endangered antelope can roam and help repopulate their species on 1,000 acres near the Mississippi River on New Orleans' west bank.

Blue Cross of California is being sued over a new program that bars AIDS patients from using local pharmacies to get their medications.

Authorities in San Diego County say a burglary suspect doused himself with gasoline and threw a burning towel from a stolen pickup truck during a chase before he was arrested.

A cold snap that's had California farmers struggling to protect the $1.5 billion citrus crop has slowly started to ease, though freeze warnings remained in effect Tuesday morning throughout the state.

Lawsuits filed by survivors of the deadly San Bruno gas pipeline explosion likely won't go to trial.

Los Angeles voters may have to decide among three measures in the next election to regulate medical marijuana dispensaries.

The teen-produced L.A. Youth newspaper aimed at Los Angeles County students ends 25-year run because of funding losses.

Parker Center, the iconic building that housed Los Angeles police operations for nearly 60 years, is closing its doors.

Southern California home prices rose in December as investors made cash offers to compete for slim pickings, and sales grew in pricier coastal regions, according to reports released Tuesday.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg unveiled a new search feature that's designed to entice people to spend more time on its website and will put the social networking company more squarely in competition with Google and other rivals such as Yelp and LinkedIn.

The San Diego Stock Exchange Index closed higher Tuesday at 128.60, up 0.23 percent from Monday. Advancing issues beat decliners 41 to 34, and 64 issues were unchanged. Pricesmart Inc. (Nasdaq: PSMT) was the top dollar gainer, up $1.41 to $78.82. Cymer Inc. (Nasdaq: CYMI) was the top dollar loser, down $1.57 to $89.34.
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Tue, Jan 15, 2013