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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Covered California, held up as a jewel in the nation's troubled health care overhaul, is stashing nearly $200 million to fight off projected budget deficits as it weans itself off federal handouts and faces a future, by its own account, laced with uncertainty. Agency officials brimmed with confidence after the insurance exchange tallied 625,000 individual or family health care enrollments through mid-January, the most of any state. But they also acknowledge the agency's survival in future years is not assured, with the trajectory of sign-ups that are the key to its success difficult to predict. A December letter from the exchange's executive director, Peter V. Lee, to the California Finance Department states bluntly that the agency's greatest vulnerabilities include the "long-term sustainability of the organization" after federal grants that have been its sole source of support, more than $1 billion so far, dry up this year. By Michael R. Blood. SENT: 900 words.


—BC-CA--Health Overhaul-California-Salaries, a table showing the top salaries paid to Covered California executives.


SAN DIEGO — Interstate 8 has long been a political divide in San Diego and maybe never more than in the campaign to replace Mayor Bob Filner, who resigned amid a torrent of sexual harassment allegations. Republican Kevin Faulconer, a city councilman, easily topped a field of 11 candidates in a first round of voting by dominating in newer, wealthier neighborhoods north of the freeway. Democrat David Alvarez, also a councilman, finished second by cleaning up south of the freeway in more densely populated, predominantly Latino areas. To overcome the 18-point gap between him and Faulconer in the first round, he must have a strong showing south of Interstate 8 among voters who made Filner the city's first Democratic leader in 20 years in 2012. By Elliot Spagat. SENT: 900 words, photos.


— BC-CA_San Diego Mayor-BioBoxes.


SAN FRANCISCO — The first significant storm to hit Northern California in 14 months produced impressive amounts of rain and snow over the weekend, National Weather Service forecasters said while cautioning that it would take weeks of similar drenchings to end the state's immediate drought worries. In the Lake Tahoe area, ski resorts gratefully embraced the more than three feet of new snow they got over two days and estimates showed the mighty lake itself received 13.5 billion gallons of water. SENT: 340 words, photos.


POMONA, Calif. — A wrong-way driver on a Southern California freeway caused a pre-dawn crash Sunday that left six people dead, say authorities who are looking into whether alcohol was a factor. The unidentified female driver who was traveling eastbound was in critical condition at a Los Angeles County hospital. SENT: 160 words, photos.


LOS ANGELES — During the recession, Los Angeles County lost tens of thousands of residents to the eastern counties of the Inland Empire despite the area's staggering unemployment rate, new Census Bureau estimates reveals. The migration marked the nation's biggest net county-to-county movement from 2007 to 2011, the Los Angeles Times reported. SENT: 421 words.


SAN FRANCISCO — While rain was a welcome sight in Northern California over the weekend, California transportation officials were disturbed to see water somewhere they don't want it — inside a new, $6.4 billion section of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. Part of the steel structure that is supposed to be watertight is leaking, a problem that independent engineers said could cause corrosion and significantly shorten the span's life span, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. UPCOMING: 350 words by 2:30 p.m.


PRISON GUARD'S DREADLOCKS — A former California prison guard who alleges he was harassed for wearing a beard and dreadlocks in accordance with his Rastafari religion is suing the state.

HAND BLOWN OFF — Shasta County's sheriff says bomb technicians found 40 pounds of explosives at the home of a Redding man whose hand was severed during an explosion and the unstable nature of the materials forced his neighbors to evacuate.




GLENDALE, Ariz. — Dan Haren doesn't have to worry about being the best on his new team's pitching staff, or even the second- or third-best. Haren fits in nicely as the No. 4 starter in the formidable Los Angeles Dodgers rotation. By Bob Baum. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.


PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Jimmy Walker has a six-shot lead in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am as he goes for his third win of the PGA Tour season. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. Upcoming: 750 words, photos by about 8 p.m. EST.

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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