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Posted on January 22, 2013 at 4:30 PM

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LOS ANGELES — Prosecutors will review internal priest personnel files kept by the Los Angeles Roman Catholic archdiocese that show retired Cardinal Roger Mahony and other top church officials worked to shield molester priests from investigation and arrest. The records became public when they were filed in a lawsuit against the archdiocese. By Gillian Flaccus.

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LONG BEACH, Calif. — California State University officials say they need nearly $250 million above Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed budget. Assistant Vice Chancellor Robert Turnage tells the board of trustees that $371 million in additional funds is needed for items ranging from raises to maintenance and equipment. Brown, who has agreed to raise the 23-campus system's budget by $125 million, says $250 million is more dream than reality. By Christina Hoag.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Republican state lawmakers reacted with an 'I told you so' after golf champion Phil Mickelson suggested he would leave California because his tax burden is too great after voters approved higher income taxes on the wealthy. Mickelson said higher state and federal taxes will take 60 percent of his income. Democratic state lawmakers counter that the wealthy — especially multimillionaires — can afford to pay more. By Juliet Williams and Don Thompson.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — State Senate leader Darrell Steinberg is meeting this week with administration and congressional officials in Washington to promote California's approach to dealing with mental illness as a model for the nation. California's Mental Health Services Act, approved by voters eight years ago, raises $1 billion a year for early intervention and treatment through a special tax on millionaires. Steinberg is urging the federal government to devote $10 billion to help states establish additional mental health programs, perhaps by making treatment a priority under Medicaid and the federal Affordable Care Act. By Don Thompson.



SAN JOSE, Calif. — A senior community overrun by deer has decided to sterilize the critters. The deer population has doubled in two years to a herd of 170 at The Villages in the San Jose foothills. The deer are no longer intimidated by people and they are sometimes aggressive, including making attacks on dogs, according to the development's general manager. Additionally, the deer destroy about $150,000 worth of landscaping each year.


LIHUE, Hawaii — Two California men who drowned off Kauai were best friends who shared a love of music, were attracted to the water and often took trips together, according to loved ones remembering Brian Baker and Adam Griffiths. The men from the San Francisco area were exploring the rocky coast of Kauai island on Friday with several friends when a rogue wave knocked down Baker, 47, and dragged him out to sea. Griffiths, 46, jumped in to save his friend but also drowned.


FRESNO, Calif. — A father suing Fresno County claims social workers didn't protect his 10-year-old son who was killed by his mother's boyfriend. Trial begins Tuesday in Joseph Hudson's civil suit claiming Child Protective Services workers knew boyfriend Lebaron Vaughn was violent before Seth Ireland's beating death four years ago. Hudson, who was trying to get custody when the boy was killed, says social workers investigated reports of abuse but allowed the boy to remain In the home.


OAKLAND, Calif. — Police say two suspected gang members are in custody in connection with the shooting of an undercover officer. Chief Howard Jordan said during a news conference on Tuesday that police are also searching for at least two others possibly linked to Monday's shooting. Jordan said the veteran plainclothes officer is recuperating after he suffered a gunshot wound to his arm while on a stakeout operation in East Oakland.


— HOMEOWNER SHOOTS SUSPECT — Police say a homeowner in Sacramento shot and killed a man in self-defense after the man refused to leave his yard and became increasingly violent.



LOS ANGELES — Fire roared through a 90-year-old residential hotel in Los Angeles' harbor area early Tuesday, injuring 14 people, three of them critically. People hung out of windows of the Palos Verdes Inn in San Pedro after the fire broke out at about 3:30 a.m., and one woman jumped from a second-story window and may have broken bones, Fire Department spokesman Erik Scott said.

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LOS ANGELES — Call it space grave robbery for a cause: Imagine scavenging defunct communication satellites for their valuable parts and recycling them to build brand new ones for cheap. It's the latest pet project from the Pentagon's research wing known for its quirky and sometimes out-there ideas. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is spending $180 million to test technologies that could make this possible. By Science Writer Alicia Chang.

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LOS ANGELES — For 3,000 golden retrievers, it will be the study of a lifetime. The largest and longest animal observation study in history is expected to help scientists and veterinarians find ways to prevent canine cancer, widely considered the No. 1 cause of death in older dogs. By Sue Manning.

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— NECROPHILIA NURSE — A nurse was arrested for committing a sex act with a corpse at a hospital, police said Tuesday.

— SCHOOL-PHONE FEARS — Some parents have pulled their children from a San Diego County school because of concerns about radiation from cellphone antennas.

— NUCLEAR PLANT PROBLEMS-SCHOOLS — The San Diego school board is being asked to oppose restarting the San Onofre nuclear power plant.



FRESNO, Calif. — A family-owned turkey plant that recently filed for bankruptcy would remain in the hands of the Zacky family under the terms of a $31.6 million sale. The proposed sale of the Fresno-based Zacky Farms was announced by the company Monday. Zacky Farms, one of nation's largest turkey producers, has about 1,000 employees who will keep their jobs. A U.S. District Bankruptcy Court judge must still approve the sale.


— GROCERY-FALSE ADVERTISING — A San Diego judge has fined the owners of Fresh & Easy stores for charging more for items than the posted or advertised prices.

— HOT TOPIC-CFO — Hot Topic's chief financial officer, Jim McGinty, has resigned.



PARK CITY, Utah — Mariel Hemingway says she has left the bad kind of crazy behind, and all that's left is good crazy. Hemingway came to the Sundance Film Festival for the documentary "Running From Crazy," which chronicles the family history of mental illness that led to the suicides of seven relatives, including sister Margaux and grandfather Ernest Hemingway. By Movie Writer David Germain.

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PARK CITY, Utah — There's a lot of leather and sex in James Franco's life right now. The 34-year-old actor-director is part of three movies at the Sundance Film Festival that deal with sex, pornography, bondage and discipline. By Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen.

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PARK CITY, Utah — Just because a film isn't finished doesn't mean it can't get buzz at Sundance. Director Richard Robbins showed about 10 minutes of his new movie, "Girl Rising," at the independent film festival, even though he still has a few weeks of postproduction work to do on the project. By Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen.

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SUNDANCE-NOTEBOOK — Seen and heard at Sundance.


LOS ANGELES — Steve Harvey is hosting next month's NAACP Image Awards. The organization said Tuesday that presenters will include "Django Unchained" nominees Samuel L. Jackson and Jamie Foxx.

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— BRITAIN-PEOPLE-ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER — Arnold Schwarzenegger has called for American leaders to think beyond gun laws in seeking ways to stop shooting tragedies. AP Photos.



SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A day after the Maloof family announced a sale agreement that would send the Sacramento Kings to Seattle next season, Mayor Kevin Johnson will unveil his latest — and perhaps last — plan to keep the team in California's capital city. The former NBA All-Star is hoping to convince league owners to block the move and allow the franchise to be sold to a Sacramento group that, along with the city, will help finance a new arena. By Antonio Gonzalez.

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OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Matt Birk dragged his bulky knees and aching body back to play another season for one reason: to get to the Super Bowl. At long last, Birk, Ed Reed and several other veterans on the Baltimore Ravens get the chance to play in football's biggest game. By David Ginsburg.


SAN DIEGO — Phil Mickelson says he should have kept his opinions on taxes to himself. Mickelson had suggested "drastic changes" were in store for him — perhaps moving from his native California — because of changes in federal and state taxes that he says tap into more than 60 percent of his income. He said it "absolutely" was a factor in deciding against becoming part of the San Diego Padres' new ownership group. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson.

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There's a snowboarder working on a trick so difficult that if the feat is pulled off in a competition, it just could be game over for everyone else. And no, it's not Shaun White. This is Elena Hight, a 23-year-old two-time Olympian who doesn't have White's name recognition — who does, really? — but she can alter an event just like him, especially once she dials in her game-changing trick that includes two backflips followed by a 180-degree rotation. She plans to debut it this weekend at Winter X Games in Aspen, Colo. That is, if she can work up the nerve. By Pat Graham.


— NOTRE DAME-TE'O-HOAX PHOTO — The woman whose photo was used as the "face" of the Twitter account of Manti Te'o's supposed girlfriend says the man allegedly behind the hoax confessed and apologized to her. AP Photo.

— LA MARATHON-KASTOR — Three-time Olympian Deena Kastor plans to run in her hometown Los Angeles Marathon on March 17

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