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SAN FRANCISCO — A robust storm that snarled traffic and dumped rain and snow across the northwest U.S. is providing a respite from California's entrenched drought and is raising hopes that a wet winter weather pattern finally may be returning. After California endured a record dry year, the first significant rains of 2014 fell this past week, and the region braced this weekend for what forecasters called a Pineapple Express— a powerful, moisture-packed warm system rolling in from the South Pacific. State water experts say it will take months of such storms to bring California out of a drought emergency. SENT: 550 words, photos.


SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — When Christopher Dorner disappeared into the snowy San Bernardino Mountains a year ago, swarms of law enforcement officers joined the hunt for the ex-cop who had vowed to kill as many police as possible to avenge his firing. Few would come as close as three brothers from the San Bernardino Sheriff's Department. Sgt. Ryan Collins discovered Dorner's smoking truck. SWAT team Det. Matt Collins searched vacant cabins where Dorner holed up in the ski resort town of Big Bear Lake. It was their little brother, Alex, who finally encountered Dorner and it nearly cost him his life. By Tami Abdollah. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.


ST. PAUL, Minn. — The 14 states running their own health insurance marketplaces had all their startup costs footed by the federal government, but under the new health care law, they're supposed to pay for themselves starting next year. In several states, it's not clear whether it will work out that way. Projected enrollments are lower than expected, meaning the insurance surcharges designed to sustain the exchanges might not generate enough revenue in the years ahead without significant changes in the financing model. By Patrick Condon. SENT: 900 words, photos.


SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Brown administration has ordered a state agency to beef up its customer service after computer problems delayed the distribution of unemployment checks. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 350 words by 2 p.m.


SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California's health insurance exchange has pulled its online doctor directory after errors were discovered. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 3 p.m.


—SMALL CALIFORNIA QUAKE — Scientists say a small earthquake has rattled Los Angeles. The U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude-3.0 quake hit at 10:13 a.m. Saturday and was centered 2 miles east of Hollywood

—FATAL HOUSE FIRE — Los Angeles firefighters say a 98-year-old woman has died after being pulled from a house fire.



SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Leonardo DiCaprio says he and "The Wolf of Wall Street" co-star Jonah Hill are "going to come up with something unique" as they re-team to tell the story of 1996 Olympics security guard Richard Jewell. Hill will star as Jewell in the planned film, which was presented to the two actors as they searched for another joint project following the Oscar-nominated depiction of stockbroker excess. By Entertainment Writer Ryan Pearson. SENT: 400 words, photos, video.



OAKLAND, Calif. — With a shortened swing and newfound swagger following his most rigorous offseason of training yet that helped him pack on 15 pounds of muscle, Yoenis Cespedes wants to forget all the frustrations of last year. While the slugging left fielder has turned his attention to making better contact, he still plans to regularly clear the fences for the Oakland Athletics — the reigning Home Run Derby champion hopes that means hitting more the 26 longballs he had last season. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 700 words by 1:30 p.m.


GLENDALE, Ariz. — With a roster deep in talent and expectations high, pitchers and catchers report for the Los Angeles Dodgers. By Bob Baum. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 1 p.m.

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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