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SACRAMENTO — Hundreds of bills that failed to pass the Legislature last year face an end-of-the-month deadline to gain initial support, including measures affecting gun owners, the oil industry and farm laborers. It's the first significant bill deadline of 2014, the second half of the Legislature's two-year session. The bills are dead if they don't pass the house where they originated by Jan. 31, and dozens of the holdover bills already have died in committees. By Don Thompson. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.


PALO ALTO, Calif. — An increasing number of electric-vehicle driving employees at Silicon Valley companies are finding it hard to charge their cars at work, creating incidents of "charge rage" among drivers competing for charging access. Installation of electric vehicle charging ports at some companies has not kept pace with demand, creating thorny etiquette issues in the workplace. Peter Graf, chief sustainability officer for German software company SAP, says the company's 16 charging stations are now not near enough for the 61 employees who drive electric vehicles. Graf says cars are getting unplugged while charging, creating animosity between employees. The company is drafting guidelines for EV-driving employees. ChargePoint, which operates a large EV-charging network, says companies should provide one charging port for every two electric vehicles. SENT: 400 words.


PORTLAND, Ore. — Mia Prickett's ancestor was a leader of the Cascade Indians along the Columbia River and was one of the chiefs who signed an 1855 treaty that helped establish the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde in Oregon. But the Grand Ronde now wants to disenroll Prickett and 79 relatives, and possibly hundreds of other tribal members, because they no longer satisfy new enrollment requirements. Prickett's family is fighting the effort, part of what some experts have dubbed the "disenrollment epidemic" — a rising number of dramatic clashes over tribal belonging that are sweeping through more than a dozen states, from California to Michigan. By Gosia Wozniacka. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.


MANCHESTER, N.H. — Dan Innis' husband persuaded him to run for the U.S. House. It didn't matter that Innis, a former business school dean, faced an aggressive Democratic incumbent, GOP colleagues who oppose his right to marry, and history — no Republican ever has been openly gay when first elected to Congress. In San Diego, former Republican city councilman Carl DeMaio is challenging first-term Democratic Rep. Scott Peters. During his unsuccessful 2012 Republican mayoral campaign, DeMaio and his male partner of six years were booed as they walked hand in hand in San Diego's gay pride parade. By Steve Peoples. SENT: 900 words, photos.


WASHINGTON — The opening of Postal Service retail centers in dozens of Staples stores around the country is being met with threats of protests and boycotts by the agency's unions. The new outlets are staffed by Staples employees, not postal workers, and labor officials say that move replaces well-paying union jobs with low-wage, nonunion workers. The dispute comes as the financially struggling Postal Service continues to form partnerships with private companies, and looks to cut costs and boost revenues. The deal with Staples began as a pilot program in November at 84 stores in California, Georgia, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania. By Sam Hananel. SENT: 900 words, photos.


— CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES — Crews continue to build containment lines around a wildfire near Los Angeles that destroyed several homes.

— LAX CRIME — Police at Los Angeles International Airport reported a 17 percent increase in the number of arrests last year, as the total number of crimes jumped along with the volume of passengers who used LAX.

— FOOTBALL FAN SHOOTING — Police say two men were injured in a shooting at house party in Fresno after a San Francisco 49ers fan was taunted by fans of the Seattle Seahawks.

— BURN BAN — Air district officials have issued a ban on fireplace use in seven California counties.

— SUSPICIOUS DEVICE-FREEWAY — A suspicious device found on a bus forced authorities to close a Los Angeles freeway connector road and a nearby street as the bomb squad investigated.



BEVERLY HILLS — For the past six years, every feature film chosen by the Producers Guild of America for its top honor has gone on to win the best-picture prize at the Academy Awards. Sunday night, Steve McQueen's historical epic "12 Years a Slave" and Alfonso Cuaron's space odyssey "Gravity" tied for the guild's highest honor. While an Oscar tie is unlikely, the rare PGA split keeps the Academy Awards race wide open in one of the tightest three-way battles in years. It may have been shut out by the producers, but David O. Russell's con caper "American Hustle" still remains very much in the running following a week of big showings at the Golden Globes, Oscar nominations and Screen Actors Guild Awards. SENT: 300 words, photos.


— TV-PBS-KEN BURNS — PBS documentary maker Ken Burns is examining the roots of country music and how it has changed through the present day for a multi-episode series on public broadcasting.



RENTON, Wash. — Pete Carroll is going back to where it starting for him as a head coach. His first chance to be a head coach in the NFL came with the New York Jets. Now Carroll goes back to New York with the Seattle Seahawks and a chance at a title after beating San Francisco in the NFC title game. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 700 words. Developing from 3 p.m. availability.


AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — The Pistons have won three of four heading into Monday's matchup the Clippers, who are atop the Pacific Division despite a recent injury to point guard Chris Paul. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.


OAKLAND, Calif. — The NBA-leading Indiana Pacers begin a five-game West Coast trip at the Golden State Warriors, who are opening a five-game home stand. By Antonio Gonzalez. Starts 7:30 p.m. PST. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.


SAN JOSE, Calif. — The San Jose Sharks return home from a three-game road trip to face the Calgary Flames. By Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m. PST


BOSTON — The Los Angeles Kings visit the Boston Bruins in a matchup of two of the NHL's strong teams. Both are coming off shootout losses. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 3 p.m.

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