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Posted on March 19, 2013 at 4:00 PM

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California has spent billions of dollars and endured years of federal lawsuits to improve conditions in its state prisons, but the problems it has been trying to correct are now trickling down to local governments as county jails deal with thousands of additional inmates. Law firms advocating for inmates' rights have sued or threatened lawsuits against a handful of California counties because of Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to send lower-level offenders to local jails instead of state prisons as a way to comply with a federal court order. The lawsuits allege that the subpar conditions that led to the legal actions against the state's prison system — overcrowding, poor medical and dental care, inadequate mental health treatment — are repeating themselves at the county level. By Don Thompson.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Republican lawmakers propose a package of bills intended to counter what they see as a growing threat to public safety from sending some inmates to county jails instead of state prisons. The 13 bills seek to counter the effects of prison realignment in 2011 by improving supervision of parolees and increase penalties for sex offenders and those who illegally possess or sell firearms. The measures also would send more convicts back to prison to ease the burden on local jails while protecting counties from lawsuits. By Don Thompson.

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SAN FRANCISCO — University of California faculty reject a state lawmaker's plan to allow public college students to earn degree credit for online courses offered by outside institutions. By Terence Chea.



SAN FRANCISCO — James Barrett, a California vintner whose chardonnay beat the French in a 1976 Paris tasting that propelled the state's wines onto the international stage, has died. He was 86.

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— FIVE BODIES IN HOME — A hearing for the suspect in the slaying of five people inside a San Francisco home has been continued until May 30.

— PEOPLE-MICHELLE SHOCKED — Alternative folk and rock singer Michelle Shocked has had several shows canceled after making an anti-gay slur at a concert in San Francisco.

— 911 SUICIDE REPORT — Police say a 74-year-old Northern California man called 911 to report his own death moments before he shot and killed himself outside a hospital.

— OFFICERS-EXCESSIVE FORCE — Federal prosecutors say they plan to retry a Fresno police sergeant and three former officers on brutality and obstruction-of-justice charges stemming from a 2005 domestic dispute call.



LOS ANGELES — Jurors in the murder trial of a notorious Rockefeller impostor on Tuesday were shown photos of a skull and bones dug up from a yard and heard a witness describe the strange defendant she knew in college. By Special Correspondent Linda Deutsch.


LOS ANGELES — The organization that campaigned successfully for a law requiring actors to cover up with condoms when they make porn films is now demanding that Los Angeles County officials begin enforcing that measure. The AIDS Healthcare Foundation says it has found proof that at least one adult filmmaker pulled a permit to film under the new law but then ignored the condom requirement. The foundation says it has notified the county of the violation and is pressing to begin enforcing the measure voters adopted last year. By John Rogers.


SAN DIEGO — A civil rights group is ending a 12-year-old discrimination lawsuit over San Diego's leasing of city property to the Boy Scouts of America.


LOS ANGELES — When twin NASA spacecraft crashed into the moon last year, scientists were not sure they would get pictures of the impact sites. On Tuesday, NASA released before-and-after images of the lunar north pole where Ebb and Flow came to rest. By Science Writer Alicia Chang.

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LOS ANGELES — A fluffy duckling might seem appealing next to a basket of Easter eggs, but shelter officials and animal welfare experts want gift-happy parents to picture something else: Poop. The average domestic duck relieves itself once every 15 minutes, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. That's why very few people have ducks for pets — except at Easter. By Sue Manning.

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— NUCLEAR PLANT PROBLEMS — It's going to take a little longer to find out if the shuttered San Onofre nuclear power plant in California will be allowed to restart.

— COMMUNITY COLLEGE PRIZE — Walla Walla Community College in Washington state and Santa Barbara City College in California were awarded the prestigious Aspen Prize on Tuesday for success attracting, retaining and graduating students into jobs and four-year universities. By Donna Gordon Blankinship.

— SCHOOL SWASTIKA GRAFFITI — Authorities in Ventura County have arrested a 23-year-old man in connection with threatening graffiti, including swastikas, which led officials to shut down an elementary school.

— USS RONALD REAGAN — The aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan is headed back to San Diego after a 14-month upgrade at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.

— LAMBORGHINI CRASH — San Diego police are searching for a couple who crashed a $250,000 Lamborghini only hours after it was purchased.



LOS ANGELES — Henry Bromell, an executive producer for the TV series "Homeland," has died, a representative said Tuesday. Last year, Bromell shared in Emmy and Golden Globe best-drama awards for Showtime's "Homeland." In 1992, he won a Humanitas Prize for the TV drama "I'll Fly Away." The 66-year-old Bromell was "an immensely talented and prolific" writer and producer, Showtime said in a statement. His other TV credits included "Northern Exposure," ''Chicago Hope," ''Rubicon" and "Brotherhood."


LOS ANGELES — Locked in a tower lingering over a fantastical floating city, past electrical barricades and steel doors, is a curious young woman in a long blue dress that's just a few shades darker than her intoxicating mint-blue eyes. Her name is Elizabeth, and with an enterprising blend of art and technology, the creators of "Bio Shock Infinite" have aspirations that she'll be the most humanlike character to ever appear in a video game. By Entertainment Writer Derrik J. Lang.

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SAN FRANCISCO — Tony Pena's Dominican Republic team looks to close out an unbeaten run through the World Baseball Classic by beating Puerto Rico for the second time in four days when they play for the WBC championship Tuesday night. Starts at 5 p.m. By Janie McCauley.

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WACO, Texas — When Baylor guard Gary Franklin first saw the NIT bracket, the California native got excited. He initially thought the Bears' matchup against Long Beach State meant a chance to go play only about a half-hour from home. Instead, the 49ers are headed to Texas to play Wednesday night. By Stephen Hawkins.


ANAHEIM, Calif. — At 21-3-4 with 12 straight home wins, the Anaheim Ducks haven't been on a roll like this since they won their only Stanley Cup six years ago. While league-leading Chicago gets the NHL's attention, the Ducks are soaring right behind them heading into the clubs' showdown Wednesday night in Anaheim. By Greg Beacham.

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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