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Posted on February 8, 2013 at 3:00 PM

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BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. — All that was left were footprints leading away from Christopher Dorner's burned-out pickup truck, and an enormous, snow-covered mountain packed with skiers and dotted with cabins that police need to search to find the former Los Angeles police officer suspected of killing three people in a rampage against those he believed had wronged him. More than 100 officers in Snowcats and armored personnel carriers, and using bloodhounds, are going door to door to find him in the frigid temperatures, aware that they could be walking into a trap set by well-trained former Navy reservist who knows their tactics as well as they do. By Tami Abdollah and Greg Risling.

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SAN FRANCISCO — California has proposed allowing furniture and baby product manufacturers to stop using chemical flame retardants, a change proposed after decades of complaints about the spread of chemicals known as PBDEs and TDCPP into the environment. California is the only U.S. state with a mandatory flammability standard for residential furniture, a standard often achieved by the use of chemically treated foams. But the rule has become the de facto standard for the rest of the nation. By Jason Dearen.


SAN FRANCISCO — Federal authorities have arrested a 28-year-old man they say intended to detonate a car bomb in front of a Northern California bank. The U.S. Department of Justice announced that the arrest of Matthew Aaron Llaneza followed a multi-month sting operation in which an undercover FBI agent helped Llaneza build an explosive that the agent secretly rendered inoperable. The FBI alleges that Llaneza hoped to spark a civil war by making the bomb blast appear to be the work of anti-government "militias." By Paul Elias.



SAN JOSE, Calif. — Hundreds of business and political leaders are gathered in San Jose to consider the advantages of merging the nine-county San Francisco Bay area and Silicon Valley into a single region, sharing everything from city dumps to water treatment plants as communities sprawl across borders. Leaders attending the State of the Valley conference noted that residents, businesses and local governments in the Bay Area, home to the world's 13th-largest economy, face the same challenges, from gridlock and earthquakes to steep housing prices and climate change. By Martha Mendoza.


— GIRL FOUND DEAD — Police say they have arrested a 32-year-old man in the death of a teenage girl whose naked body was found in a Fairfield park a week ago.

— GOOGLE-AIRPORT TRAFFIC — San Jose airport officials are urging the city lawmakers to approve a deal that would allow Google to build an aviation hub so the company can land and service its corporate jets at Mineta San Jose International Airport.

— BAY DEATH-NO RESCUE — The brother of a suicidal man who drowned off an Alameda beach while police and firefighters watched is waiting to find out if a judge will allow his lawsuit against the city to proceed.



LOS ANGELES — Two reputed gang members were charged with hate crimes for allegedly beating up black youths and trying to force an African-American family out of a neighborhood through a campaign of harassment, federal prosecutors announced Friday.

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LOS ANGELES — NASA is set to launch a new Earth-observing satellite designed to carry on the tradition of documenting changes to the planet's glaciers, forests and coastlines. Mission managers gave the OK earlier this week to proceed with Monday's launch. The Landsat satellite was scheduled to be lifted into orbit from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California aboard an Atlas V rocket.

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— SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA STORM — Heavy snow is falling in the Southern California mountains and a possible lightning strike has blacked out thousands of people near Los Angeles as a cold storm system pushes in from the Gulf of Alaska.

— TET PARADE-GAYS — An Orange County Judge has refused to grant an injunction for a gay Vietnamese-American coalition that would allow it to take part in this weekend's annual Tet Parade in Westminster's Little Saigon.



SAN FRANCISCO — Hewlett-Packard Co., the world's largest personal computer maker, is vowing to crack down on its Chinese suppliers in an effort to reduce the use of low-paid student interns and other temporary workers. The guidelines unveiled Friday are the latest attempt by a major U.S. technology company to weed out labor abuses at Chinese factories that manufacture the gadgets for an Internet-connected world.


UNDATED — Apple Inc. has recently come under attack for its practice of stockpiling cash. At the end of last year, the company was sitting on $137 billion —and the heap keeps growing. Corporations normally don't hoard cash the way Apple does. They keep enough around for immediate needs, and either invest the rest in their operations or dole it out to shareholders in the form of dividends or stock buybacks. If they need more cash for, say, an acquisition, they borrow it.



BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Last year, Whitney Houston died hours before Clive Davis' annual pre-Grammy gala went on. This year, the music executive says she'll be remembered. "In saying I'm proud of her legacy, I'm going to make sure that she's felt somehow during that night, yes," the 80-year-old said in an interview Thursday. By Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu.

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LOS ANGELES — Don't bother calling Diplo if you want to make something that sounds like a Diplo record. He's not interested. The drive to do something different and new has taken Diplo from the fringes of dance music to the top of pop and landed him right in the middle of things as Sunday's Grammy Awards approach. By Music Writer Chris Talbott.

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NEW YORK — If he's feeling well enough, jazz bassist Charlie Haden would like to convey a message when he is recognized with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award this weekend about the need for music that leads people "to think about the deeper things." The triumph of beauty over suffering hits home for Haden, who lost his singing voice to polio as a teenager and says the onset of post-polio syndrome has been even more devastating. By Charles J. Gans.

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LOS ANGELES — Fergie was been absent but the Black Eyed Peas were joined by another female diva onstage: Alicia Keys. Keys sang "Where Is the Love" with the pop-rap group at will.i.am's charity event Thursday night at The Avalon Hollywood in Los Angeles. British singer Estelle also sang Fergie's portion of "The Time (Dirty Bit)." By Mesfin Fekadu.

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Music teachers are now eligible for a Grammy honor of their own. Recording Academy president Neil Portnow says the group has established a music educator award that will be presented for the first time next year. By Sandy Cohen.

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SAN FRANCISCO — Matt Cain, Tim Lincecum and the rest of the San Francisco Giants gather at AT&T Park for this weekend's FanFest to kick off the start of spring training next week for the reigning World Series champions. By Janie McCauley.


SAN JOSE, Calif. — For more than a century, some of the best men's tennis players in the world have come to the Bay Area each year. The tournament that began in 1889 in Monterey will end next week at the SAP Open in San Jose, leaving the tennis-rich Bay Area without a men's tournament. By Josh Dubow.

See also:

—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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