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Gov. Jerry Brown's budget for the coming fiscal year includes several proposals to help comply with a federal court order requiring the state to reduce prison overcrowding by mid-April to improve medical and mental health care for inmates. It also assists counties that are increasingly handling felons who previously would have been housed in state prisons. SENT: 600 words.


SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown said he would meet Thursday with his recently formed drought task force to determine if an emergency declaration is necessary as California faces a serious water shortage. He said he would "do everything that is humanly possible" to make sure the state's water reserves are used efficiently but noted that even a formal drought declaration has its limits. By Juliet Williams. SENT: 430 words.


VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The death toll in the Navy helicopter crash off the coast of Virginia included a sailor from Northern California, while a pilot from Southern California was left missing, Naval officials said. The search was called off Thursday afternoon for the pilot, the only person missing among the five crew members, after the Coast Guard and Navy searched a 500-square mile area by air and sea for 30 hours after Wednesday's crash, said Capt. John Little, Coast Guard section commander. SENT: 270 words, photos, video.





SAN FRANCISCO — The parents of a teenage girl who was run over and killed by two emergency vehicles after an Asiana Airlines crash have filed a claim against the city of San Francisco, saying rescuers were reckless and poorly trained. In legal forms filed this week in San Francisco, attorneys for the parents of 16-year-old Ye Meng Yuan say firefighters who first saw the girl after the July 6 crash should have examined her and moved her somewhere safe. Firefighters told investigators they assumed the girl was dead and hurried on toward the damaged aircraft. SENT: 400 words, photos.


— FRESNO MARIJUANA RAID — Authorities have seized an estimated $2 million in marijuana and cash from a home in Northern California.



SAN DIEGO — Fourteen people accused by federal prosecutors of involvement in a street gang's sprawling prostitution ring that spanned dozens of cities and states entered not guilty pleas Thursday. Authorities say members of a San Diego-based gang lured women and girls with promises of luxurious lifestyles. They say the dozens of victims, spread across 46 cities in 23 states, were instead branded with tattoos, passed from gang member to gang member and forced to sell themselves. SENT: 470 words.


— FUNERAL HOME BODY SEIZED — Authorities have seized nine bodies from a Bakersfield funeral home after allegations of improper storage.

— POLICE-HOMELESS DEATH — After a half-day of deliberations, jurors in the case of two Southern California police officers accused of killing a homeless man will have a long weekend before resuming Monday.

— LA COUNTY SHERIFF— Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, who has announced he's retiring at the end of the month, plans to spend some of his free time as a reserve deputy.

— LA AIRPORT OFFICER SENTENCED — A former Los Angeles airport policeman who sexually assaulted a woman waiting to board a flight has been sentenced to four years in state prison.

— CAR SURFING DEATH — The driver of a speeding car where two women "surfed" on top — leading to death for one and serious injury for the other — has been sentenced to 14 years in state prison.



SAN FRANCISCO — Personal computer sales sank even further during the holiday shopping season, capping the steepest annual decline in PC shipments since desktop and laptop machines began to appear on people's wish lists decades ago. The fourth-quarter numbers released Thursday by the research firms Gartner Inc. and International Data Corp. serve as the latest testament to the growing popularity of smartphones and tablet computers. The mobile devices are typically less expensive than PCs and more convenient to use than clunky desktops, making them appealing alternatives to go online for work, entertainment, information and communications. By Technology Writer Michael Liedtke. SENT: 500 words.


LAS VEGAS — California-based Netflix says video streaming of its programming in ultra-high definition will work for buyers of new UHD sets from Sony, LG, Samsung, Vizio and others upon purchase. That's because Ultra HD models from those makers will include the Netflix app and chips that decode signals in the so-called High Efficiency Video Coding standard, or HEVC. By Ryan Nakashima. SENT: 330 words.



PASADENA, Calif. — Television's Independent Film Channel is no more. Viewers of "Portlandia" or other quirky comedies had probably figured that out by now. But the network's general manager, Jennifer Caserta, said Thursday that the corporate paperwork has been signed to change the network's name to IFC. It's another example of how networks evolve over time with their names and images sometimes catching up to them, like when The Learning Channel became TLC as its programming changed dramatically. The initials IFC now officially stand for nothing. By David Bauder. SENT: 400 words.


PASADENA, Calif. — MSNBC's Tamron Hall says her anchoring a crime series for Investigation Discovery is partly motivated by the feeling that she failed her sister, who was murdered in 2004 in what remains an unsolved crime. Hall's ID series, "Deadline Crime," begins its second season this spring. Hall hasn't talked about her own family's story as part of the series, but she opened up about her regrets Thursday at a news conference. By David Bauder. SENT: 450 words, photo.

— PEOPLE-JOHN OLIVER — British-born John Oliver says his adopted America is a comedy feast. As Oliver puts it, American politics is a "circus of crazy" that is unmatched in the world.

— TV-BOARDWALK EMPIRE — HBO says its drama "Boardwalk Empire" will end after a fifth season this fall.

— TV-TYLER PERRY — Producer Tyler Perry will soon have a fourth series on Oprah Winfrey's OWN network.



SAN DIEGO — The Chargers stunned the Denver Broncos five weeks ago, making Peyton Manning look average and claiming a road victory that was part of a late-season surge that helped sweep San Diego into the playoffs. They'll have to do it again Sunday in a divisional-round game against the top-seeded Broncos in Denver to keep their January joyride going. By Bernie Wilson. SENT: 830 words, photos.


SANTA CLARA — Nobody could blame Perrish Cox for confusing his uniform, defensive schemes or even what state he's in these days. It's been a constant switcheroo. In a whirlwind two months, the third-year cornerback has gone from San Francisco, to playing for Seattle and back to the 49ers — participating in all but one defensive snap in a 23-20 wild-card playoff win at Green Bay last week. By Sports Writer Janie McCauley. SENT: 730 words.


STANFORD — By David Shaw's standards, Stanford had another successful season. The Cardinal won the Pac-12 for the second consecutive year, went to a BCS bowl for the fourth straight season and will likely send several players into the NFL again. While Stanford lost to Michigan State in the Rose Bowl, Shaw believes the best days are still ahead for his program — especially with a four-team playoff for the national title starting next season. By Sports Writer Antonio Gonzalez. SENT: 771 words, photos.


— JET AWARD — Ty Montgomery of Stanford has been named winner of the Jet Award as the top return specialist in college football.

See also:

—CALIFORNIA NEWS DIGEST, which moves weekdays at 1 p.m.

—CALIFORNIA NEWS DIGEST, ADD, which moves weekdays at 4 p.m.

—NEVADA NEWS DIGEST, which moves daily at 1:30 p.m.

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