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Associated Press

Posted on March 6, 2013 at 7:30 AM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 6 at 7:30 AM

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LOS ANGELES — Two City Hall veterans pulled away from their rivals in the contest to replace outgoing Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, after a low-key campaign ignored by many residents in the financially troubled city. The tight contest between city Councilman Eric Garcetti and Controller Wendy Greuel, both Democrats, pointed to the likelihood of a May 21 runoff, since it appeared neither would be able to clear the majority vote needed to win outright. By Michael R. Blood.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The company whose employee refused to administer CPR to a dying woman says the employee wrongly interpreted its policy. But the elderly woman's family says she would not have wanted life-prolonging aid. Lorraine Bayless' death last week at Glendale Gardens, a Bakersfield independent living facility, prompted outrage after a 7-minute recording of the 911 call was released. By Tracie Cone.

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LOS ANGELES — Air travelers reacted with shrugs but largely agreed with a new policy announced by the Transportation Security Administration that airline passengers will be able to carry small knives and previously forbidden sports equipment on planes. "It's common sense," said Pat O'Brien, who stood at Los Angeles International Airport after arriving from Durango, Colo. "You can make anything into a knife so I don't have a problem with it at all. You can sharpen a credit card to make a sharp implement."

By Raquel Maria Dillon.

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DORAL, Fla. — Cheering Venezuelans in the U.S. waved their country's flag and voiced hope that change would come to their homeland after the death Tuesday of long-ruling populist President Hugo Chavez. "He's gone!" dozens in a largely anti-Chavez community chanted after word spread swiftly of the death of the 58-year-old leftist. Many in Florida and California said they were rejoicing after nearly a decade and a half of socialist rule, heavily concentrated in Chavez's hands. By Christine Armario.

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LODI, Calif. — A California school district on Tuesday agreed to pay $4.75 million to settle a lawsuit filed by a special-needs girl who was molested by a school bus driver. The settlement was announced Tuesday in San Joaquin County Superior Court, where a jury was determining how much the Lodi Unified School District must pay in damages to the victim, who was 8 years old when she was molested in 2010.


— COCKFIGHTING BUST — Santa Rosa police have discovered what they believe is an illegal cockfighting operation involving about 150 roosters.

— POLICE-HOME BURGLARY — Richmond police are searching for burglars who broke into an officer's home, poisoned two of his dogs and stole several guns.



LONG BEACH, Calif. — Most of California's state Senate took part Tuesday in a rare and possibly unprecedented educational field trip. More than two dozen of the state's 40 senators headed south from Sacramento to visit classrooms at Cabrillo High School and Long Beach City College on Tuesday.


LOS ANGELES — Beverly Hills students who took the PSAT in October won't be in the running for National Merit scholarships because their scores got to the College Board late. Chief Academic Officer Jennifer Tedford said the district mailed them by UPS a week early, but because of Thanksgiving and a weekend, the scores arrived late.


— CALIFORNIA SHOOTING RAMPAGE — Police say they have found no connection between an Orange County man who killed three people and himself in a shooting rampage and a construction worker who was the third victim.

— TRAIN DEATHS — Authorities say two people walking on tracks were hit and killed by trains in separate incidents in Southern California.

— LA FOOT PURSUIT — Los Angeles police rounded up three men who led them on a freeway chase that turned into a foot pursuit in mountainous terrain.a



SAN FRANCISCO — Roku is plugging headphones and several other new features into its latest set-top box for streaming Internet video to TVs, a move that amplifies its effort to upstage Apple's better-selling player. The Roku 3 box going on sale Wednesday also includes a more powerful search engine to find movies, TV shows and music more quickly and new menu for perusing the more than 750 online services available through the device. The new model will be sold for $100, initially only at Roku's website and Amazon.com. Next month, it will expand into other retail outlets, including Costco and Best Buy stores. By Michael Liedtke.

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Desperately trying to fight their way into the playoffs during an injury-marred season, the Los Angeles Lakers watched as Kobe Bryant grimaced, grabbed his right elbow and headed to the locker room. They got no sympathy from the Oklahoma City Thunder. Russell Westbrook had 37 points and 10 rebounds, Kevin Durant scored 26, and Oklahoma City held off a second-half charge to beat the improving Lakers 122-105


OAKLAND, Calif. — There's no place like home for the Golden State Warriors to finish off what they started. Despite the recent road struggles, the Warriors are in prime position to make the playoffs for only the second time in 19 years. Golden State has the sixth-best record in the Western Conference entering Wednesday's matchup against the Sacramento Kings and plays 15 of its final 21 games at Oracle Arena, where an ever-loyal fan base has always made things tough on the visitors. By Antonio Gonzalez.

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BUFFALO, N.Y. — Linebacker Shawne Merriman is calling it "Lights Out" on his career. The three-time Pro Bowl selection and 2005 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year for the San Diego Chargers said on his website Tuesday night that he intends to file retirement papers. By John Wawrow.

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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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