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Posted on March 1, 2013 at 2:30 PM

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WASHINGTON — Citing the principle of equality that drove the nation's founding, President Barack Obama spoke out Friday against California's ban on gay marriage and said the Supreme Court should strike it down. A day after his administration filed a friend-of-the-court brief unequivocally calling on the justices to strike down California's Proposition 8 ballot measure, Obama said he felt there was no way for his administration to avoid the case. By Julie Pace and Mark Sherman.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California's Republicans, their party deep in debt, dropping in popularity and shunned at the ballot box, gather in the state capital to ponder their future. The highlight of the state GOP's spring convention, which runs through the weekend, will be electing a new chairman who delegates hope will lead them back to relevance. By Juliet Williams.

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LOS ANGELES — Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday reversed a parole board and denied release of a former Charles Manson follower who has served more than 40 years in prison. The board had recently approved the release of 70-year-old Bruce Davis but left the final decision to Brown. By Special Correspondent Linda Deutsch.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Atherton, Menlo Park and Palo Alto lost a bid to block the California high-speed rail line along the Caltrain corridor south of San Francisco after a judge dismissed a five-year-old lawsuit. The ruling in Sacramento County Superior Court means the $68 billion rail system can use the Pacheco Pass to connect the San Joaquin Valley with the Bay Area.


SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Most Californians are downright gloomy about the state's economy and very few voters think the job market will improve this year, according to a Field Poll released Friday. The survey found that 72 percent of California voters think the state is still experiencing bad times. While the percentage of people who say times are tough has dropped from 88 percent last year, it's the sixth consecutive year where pessimism runs high.



RED BLUFF, Calif. — Police are investigating the death of a missing 14-year-old Northern California girl as a homicide after her body was found in a field near a local high school. No suspects have been identified, and police have declined to say how investigators think she was killed or whether there was any evidence of sexual assault.


FRESNO, Calif. — An FBI task force has located seven children unharmed after they went missing for several days from their home in Fresno. Police say the children were taken by their father. Investigators are trying to determine if a crime was committed.


SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Great white sharks off the coast of California are set to enjoy greater protection, as state officials consider whether to add the predator to California's list of endangered species.


— GRANDMOTHER KILLED — A paroled sex offender in Stockton has been charged with the rape, robbery and murder of his 76-year-old grandmother.

— KIDNAPPING-POLICE SHOOTING — Sonoma County Sheriff's officials say a deputy shot and killed a kidnapping suspect after he led them on a chase with his victim in the car.

— JANITOR-LEWD ACTS — A Visalia elementary school custodian is facing charges that he molested three female children at the school.



TUSTIN, Calif. — A suicide note was found on a computer belonging to a 20-year-old man accused of killing three people during a deadly rampage last month in Orange County, officials said. By Gillian Flaccus.


LOS ANGELES — Rose Gilbert wanted to be a schoolteacher since she was in the first grade and was inspired by the teacher who taught her to read and write. Gilbert carried out that childhood dream with a rare commitment — she retired last week at the age of 94 after a 63-year teaching career in the Los Angeles Unified School District. "I'm going to be 95. I looked in the mirror and said, 'I better do it now before I get too old,'" she joked. "I didn't want to leave, but I didn't want to be carried out on a stretcher." By Christina Hoag.

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RIVERSIDE, Calif. — A 311-acre wildfire in the Santa Ana River bottom was 40 percent contained Friday after damaging a house and cutting power to about 2,000 nearby residents. Authorities remained watchful for an increase in Santa Ana winds as firefighters tackled hotspots in heavy vegetation.

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LOS ANGELES — City officials are trying to force convicted sex offenders out of some neighborhoods by building parks near their homes. The city plans to spend millions of dollars to build three pocket parks in the Harbor Gateway and Wilmington areas, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday.


— POLICE DISPATCHER-CHILD PORN — A former Los Angeles police 911 operator has been sentenced to six years in prison for receiving child pornography.—

— STORE EXPLOSION — Two people have been injured in an explosion at a Southern California sporting goods store.

— WHITE SUPREMACIST KILLED — A Southern California judge has pushed back a sentencing hearing for a boy who was 10 when he killed his neo-Nazi father.

— SNOWY PLOVER BEACH RESTRICTIONS — It's time for California central coast beachgoers to move over for the plovers.



CULVER CITY, Calif. — Californians may be paying the highest gasoline taxes in the nation when a 3 ½-cents-per-gallon increase kicks in this summer. The state Board of Equalization on Thursday voted to hike the excise tax to 39.5 cents per gallon. The board is required each year to adjust that tax to maintain a certain level of revenue based in part on gas prices and consumption — and consumption's been falling. The excise tax is levied on gasoline suppliers but it's often passed on to consumers.


CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A commercial vessel carrying a ton of supplies for the International Space Station ran into thruster trouble shortly after liftoff Friday, and flight controllers scrambled to fix the problem. Elon Musk, founder of Hawthorne, Calif.-based SpaceX, said three of the four sets of thrusters on the company's unmanned Dragon capsule did not immediately kick in, delaying the release of the solar panels. By Aerospace Writer Marcia Dunn.

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SAN FRANCISCO — A disgruntled shareholder pressing Apple to create a new class of preferred stock has dropped a lawsuit that became a moot point after the iPhone and iPad maker changed the agenda at its annual meeting earlier this week. By Michael Liedtke.

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BEAVERTON, Ore. — A grieving Oregon mother who battled Facebook for full access to her deceased son's account has been pushing for years for something that would prevent others from losing photos, messages and other memories — as she did. The Oregon Legislature responded and took up the cause recently with a proposal that would have made it easier for loved ones to access the "digital assets" of the deceased, only to be turned back by pressure from the tech industry, which argued that both a 1986 federal law and voluntary terms of service agreements prohibit companies from sharing a person's information — even if such a request were included in a last will and testament. By Lauren Gambine. AP Photos.





NEW YORK — Bonnie Franklin, the pert, redheaded actress whom millions came to identify with for her role as divorced mom Ann Romano on the long-running sitcom "One Day at a Time," has died. She died Friday at her home in Los Angeles due to complications from pancreatic cancer, family members said. She was 69. Her family had announced she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in September. By Television Writer Frazier Moore.

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LOS ANGELES — A judge refused Friday to delay Lindsay Lohan's trial on reckless driving and other charges and admonished her attorney, saying the lawyer needs help on the case. Superior Court Judge James R. Dabney advised New York lawyer Mark Heller that his pleadings weren't appropriate under California law. By Entertainment Writer Anthony McCartney.

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LOS ANGELES — ABC Family's "Switched at Birth" takes a bold step with a silent episode that lets hearing viewers consider the world from a deaf viewpoint. By Television Writer Lynn Elber.

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CHICAGO — Michelle Obama says it was "absolutely not surprising" to her that her satellite appearance at the Academy Awards ceremony provoked a national conversation about whether it was appropriate, after some conservative critics accused her of selfishly crashing the event in an attempt to upstage it. She attributed the chatter to a culture shift that has spawned legions of bloggers, tweeters and others who talk about anything and everything all the time. By Darlene Superville.

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LOS ANGELES — The countdown is under way for the end of the TV series "90210." The CW network announced Thursday that the show will wrap in May after five seasons. That means it will have half the run of its inspiration, "Beverly Hills, 90210," which aired on Fox from 1990 to 2000.

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The NBA has received an official offer from 24 Hour Fitness founder Mark Mastrov and billionaire Ron Burkle to buy the Sacramento Kings and keep the team from moving to Seattle. NBA spokesman Tim Frank confirmed the league received the bid Friday. By Sports Writer Antonio Gonzalez.


GLENDALE, Ariz. — Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford could miss his team's April 1 opener against San Francisco after leaving spring training to have his elbow examined in Los Angeles. Recovering from elbow ligament-replacement surgery on Aug. 23, Crawford felt nerve irritation in his left arm. The Dodgers said Friday he was examined a day earlier by Dr. Neal ElAttrache, who prescribed anti-inflammatory medication and told Crawford to rest.

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MORAGA, Calif. — The NCAA has placed Saint Mary's on four years' probation for "failure to monitor its men's basketball program," reducing scholarships after it says the perennial mid-major power committed several recruiting violations. By Antonio Gonzalez.

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