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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gov. Jerry Brown is sailing into the final year of his third term as governor with the political winds at his back. He has been hailed as California's fiscal savior after closing a $27 billion deficit and passing budgets that forecasters now project could include multibillion-dollar surpluses in the years to come. He also has collected more than $13 million for a potential re-election campaign, far eclipsing the fundraising of any of the three potential Republican candidates he could face. But the governor's rosy rhetoric about California's ascendency also might not match the mood of all Californians, many of whom believe the state remains stuck in recession and that it is divided between the 'haves' and the 'have nots,' according to a recent poll. And two of his biggest projects, a $68 billion high-speed rail plan and a $24 billion proposal to build twin water tunnels in the Northern California delta, face serious political and legal challenges. By Juliet Williams. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.


SAN FRANCISCO — Saul Zaentz, a music producer whose second career as a filmmaker brought him best-picture Academy Awards for "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," ''Amadeus" and "The English Patient," has died. He was 92. Zaentz died Friday at his San Francisco apartment after suffering from Alzheimer's disease, Paul Zaentz, the producer's nephew and longtime business partner told the Associated Press. Zaentz was never a prolific movie producer, but he took on classy productions, specializing in complex literary adaptations that Hollywood studios generally find too intricate to put on film. Since moving into film at age 50 with 1972's low-budget country-music drama "Payday," Zaentz made just 10 movies, giving him a remarkable three-for-10 batting average on best-picture wins at the Oscars. By Jason Dearen. SENT: 999 words, photos.


SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A new California law banning the use of dogs in bear hunting appears to have had a dramatic effect, with fewer bears killed by hunters in 2013 than in any other year over the past two decades. State data show that hunters killed 1,002 bears in California in 2013, a 48-percent decline from the number killed in 2012. California has about 33,000 bears, which are both a symbol of the state's rugged past and a nuisance and danger to people in more rural areas. SENT: 360 words.


LOS ANGELES — A hospital has agreed to a $200,000 settlement with the city of Los Angeles for dropping off a patient on Skid Row without making arrangements with a shelter or family members, the city attorney said, vowing a crackdown against any reemergence of "patient dumping," a practice that plagued Southern California nearly 10 years ago. SENT: 400 words.


LOS ANGELES — Three California centers for the developmentally disabled are at risk of losing Medicaid funding after some patients were found in unsafe situations, state health officials said. The California Department of Public Health announced it would take steps to decertify the Porterville, Lanterman and Fairview Developmental Centers. SENT: 300 words.


— BART STRIKE-CONTRACT — One of the Bay Area Rapid Transit agency's largest unions has voted to approve a tentative four-year labor deal after months of difficult negotiations.

— PLANE IN OCEAN — The U.S. Coast Guard says a single-engine airplane went down off the Southern California coast near Catalina Island, but both people aboard survived and were rescued by a passing boat.

— ADOPTED CHILD KILLED — A judge has ruled that a Chico doctor and his nurse wife should stand trial for murder and felony child endangerment in connection with the death of their 2-year-old adopted son.

— THWARTED CANDY THIEVES — For a pair of thwarted Southern California thieves, taking candy from a well-alarmed warehouse proved a lot harder than taking it from a baby.

— ABANDONED TODDLER — A skateboarder found an abandoned 2-year-old in a stroller in San Diego County but the child has been returned safely to his family.



LOS ANGELES — There is no more beautiful sound than the voices of siblings swirled together in high harmony, and when Phil and Don Everly combined their voices with songs about yearning, angst and loss, it changed the world. Phil Everly, the youngest of the Everly Brothers who took the high notes, died Friday from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was 74. He left a towering legacy that still inspires half a century after The Everly Brothers' first hit. By Chris Talbott and Robert Jablon. SENT: 1,060 words, photos.


— OBIT-PHIL EVERLY-DON EVERLY STATEMENT — The infighting and hard feelings between the Everly Brothers were well-known, but surviving brother Don felt he had a special moment with his brother Phil before Phil's passing Friday — even if the two weren't together at the time. By Chris Talbott. With AP photos.

— OBIT-PHIL EVERLY-REMEMBRANCE — Art Garfunkel answered the door to his Manhattan apartment holding a framed black-and-white picture of two smiling men. It was a test. By David Bauder. With AP photos.


LOS ANGELES — Ke$ha has checked into rehab to treat an eating disorder. The "Tik Tok" singer said in a statement provided by her spokesman Friday that she'll be unavailable for the next 30 days while she seeks treatment for an undisclosed eating disorder. SENT: 130 words, photos.



GREEN BAY, Wis. — Josh Boyd isn't into making a fashion statement, and he doesn't think he needs to go sleeveless to show off his toughness. All the Packers defensive lineman wants is to stay warm in the subzero weather when Green Bay hosts the San Francisco 49ers in an NFC wild-card showdown that could be one of the coldest playoff games in NFL history. So many intriguing story lines between these two NFC powers, and yet the arctic cold may trump them all. By Genaro Armas. SENT: 750 words, photos.


SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Aldon Smith appreciates these playoffs a little more. A quarter of the season spent away from football's daily routine, and the teammates and coaches he considers family to tend to a serious personal matter will do that for a player. Following a five-game absence from the 49ers to undergo treatment for substance abuse earlier this season, Smith is encouraged by the big strides he has made to better himself off the football field. Now, he wants to return to the dominant defender he was before, and will look to chase down Aaron Rodgers in the NFC wild-card playoffs Sunday at Green Bay. By Janie McCauley UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 3 p.m.


CINCINNATI — Linebacker Vontaze Burfict was taken aback by the intensity in his first NFL playoff game. The Bengals and the Chargers have numerous young players who will experience it for the first time on Sunday. By Joe Kay. SENT: 700 words, photos.


NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — The Bowl Championship Series was never a destination for college football. More of a step in the evolution of the postseason. It had far more critics than supporters and was far from perfect. After No. 1 Florida State plays No. 2 Auburn in the Rose Bowl on Monday the BCS goes away for good. By Ralph D Russo. Upcoming 700 words, photos by 3 p.m.

See also:

—CALIFORNIA NEWS DIGEST, which moves weekdays at 3 a.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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