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Posted on March 26, 2014 at 2:30 PM

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SAN FRANCISCO —The FBI arrested a California state senator during a series of raids that also led to the arrest of the leader of a fraternal organization in San Francisco's Chinatown who recently served time in prison on gun charges. The agency searched the offices of both Democratic Sen. Leland Yee, 65, and Ghee Kung Tong, the organization linked to Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow. By Paul Elias. SENT: 620 words. SENT: 876 words. UPCOMING: 900 words by 3 p.m., photos, video.


— FBI RAID-YEE — Before his arrest Wednesday on federal corruption charges, Sen. Leland Yee was best known publicly for his attempts to strengthen California's open records, government transparency and whistleblower protection laws. He was regarded somewhat warily by his colleagues in the Legislature, where he was known for his sometimes chilly relationship with Democratic leaders when he refused to follow their lead. By Juliet Williams, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words by 1:30 p.m.


LOS ANGELES — The Transportation Security Administration recommended Wednesday that armed law enforcement officers be posted at security checkpoints and ticket counters during peak hours in the aftermath of last year's fatal shooting at Los Angeles International Airport. The 25-page report to Congress obtained by The Associated Press makes 14 recommendations that do not carry a price tag and are somewhat dependent on local authorities who provide airport security. By Tami Abdollah. SENT: 790 words, photo.


STANFORD, Calif. — Cyber security experts are questioning whether President Barack Obama can make good on his assurance that U.S. intelligence agencies aren't spying on "ordinary folks." That promise is especially dubious, experts say, in instances where Americans are communicating with U.S. citizens living abroad and other people overseas. U.S. surveillance rules say the NSA and CIA must have a "reasonable, articulated suspicion" about the people they target, and are required to sift through the data they collect and eliminate any that might have been intercepted from an innocent American, on U.S. soil or abroad. But there are a number of significant ambiguities that allow Americans' data to be swept up, saved and analyzed. By Martha Mendoza. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.



LOS ANGELES — Public Policy Institute of California poll gauges voter views of Gov. Jerry Brown and the Republicans who want to unseat him. Already the longest serving governor in state history, Brown is seeking an unprecedented fourth term. By Political Writer Michael R. Blood. UPCOMING: 300 words to be released at 9 p.m. Material embargoed by source.


LOS ANGELES — A Public Policy Institute of California survey gauges voter sentiments on a wide range of issues, including the drought, marijuana legalization and Jerry Brown's pet project, the bullet train. By Political Writer Michael R. Blood. UPCOMING: 500 words to be released at 9 p.m. Material embargoed by source.


SACRAMENTO — A Republican state assemblyman has won a state Senate seat representing portions of three Southern California counties. Mike Morrell had 62.2 percent of the vote in Tuesday's special election for the 23rd District, outdistancing four challengers, according to the secretary of state's data Wednesday. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 1:30 p.m.



SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The severe drought in California is prompting state and federal wildlife officials to mount an unusual rescue operation involving millions of 6-month-old salmon that are at risk of dying in depleted rivers and streams. The first phase of what is unexpected to be a 10-week effort got underway when about 450,000 hatchlings were loaded on tanker trucks at a government hatchery in Northern California and released 160 miles south into the Sacramento River. SENT: 350 words.


SAN FRANCISCO — Northern California saw the front end of what forecasters were predicting would be the longest stretch of wet weather yet this year. Rain, heavy at times, fell in the San Francisco Bay Area and was expected to continue on and off through the weekend. A winter storm warning was in effect for elevations above 5,000 feet in the Sierra, which was forecast to get 8 to 16 inches of fresh snow by Thursday. SENT: 300 words.


FRESNO, Calif. — NASA is using high technology on a lumbering twin-engine plane to measure the snowpack and water content from the air over California's and Colorado's mountains. Snow surveys normally are done on the ground near mountain peaks, but NASA says it has the technology to measure snowpack from a de Havilland Otter within four inches of what it is and water content within five per cent of what it is. By Scott Smith. SENT: 530 words, video.


— YOSEMITE DROWNING — Authorities say a Southern California teen drowned at Yosemite National Park while helping his family members who were struggling to swim in the Merced River. SENT: 130 words.

— MARINE KILLED — Authorities say a motorcyclist struck and killed by an alleged drunken driver in the San Francisco Bay Area was a U.S. Marine who had just returned from Afghanistan. SENT: 130 words.



LOS ANGELES — A substance-abuse counselor who drove 2 miles through a Los Angeles suburb with a dying man on her windshield faces a maximum prison term of 45 years to life at her sentencing scheduled for Wednesday. SENT: 213 words. UPCOMING: Developing from sentencing hearing, time uncertain.


LOS ANGELES — Peering into the far reaches of the solar system, astronomers have spied a pink frozen world 7½ billion miles from the sun. It's the second such object to be discovered in a region of space beyond Pluto long considered a celestial wasteland. In a separate discovery, a team found a pair of rings around an asteroid-like interloper in the outer system named Chariklo. It's the first time rings have been discovered outside of the four gas giants. By Science Writer Alicia Chang. SENT: 683 words.


WASHINGTON — After months of criticism over its recently launched painkiller Zohydro, the maker of the powerful narcotic is highlighting an unusual oversight board that it's assembled to try and prevent abuse of the drug. San Diego-based Zogenix's president and director, Stephen Farr, told The Associated Press that the outside group of seven medical, addiction and law enforcement specialists will be able to spot early signs of misuse using data from sources that include prescribing statistics, addiction center reports and law enforcement records. By Health Writer Matthew Perrone. SENT: 790 words.


— WOUNDED POLICE DOG — Anaheim authorities say a police dog shot by a suspect who also fired on officers will be retired after recovering from his wounds. SENT: 126 words.

— PHONE SCAM — Fontana police are warning of phone scammers pretending to be officers who are calling residents and requesting immediate payment to clear up outstanding warrants. SENT: 106 words.

— TEENAGER KILLED-REWARD — A $3,000 reward has been offered for information about the killing of a 14-year-old boy who was gunned down in the alley of a San Diego apartment complex two years ago. SENT: 130 words.



SAN FRANCISCO — Levi Strauss & Co. will eliminate about 800 jobs, almost 20 percent of its non-retail and non-manufacturing employees, over the next 12 to 18 months. The privately held company said that its restructuring plan will help it become more competitive, lower costs and improve its financial health. SENT: 250 words.


— DISH-DIRECTV-MOVER — Shares of satellite TV companies Dish and DirecTV surged in midday trading Wednesday after a report said that Dish Chairman Charlie Ergen had contacted DirecTV CEO Mike White about merging. SENT: 200 words.



LOS ANGELES — Emma Watson was no believer. She just couldn't see "Black Swan" director Darren Aronofsky telling the biblical story of Noah. "Darren does these very dark, very intense, very gritty, very real films," she explains. "And then Noah is kind of — you see, this guy with the long beard and there's the animals." By Entertainment Writer Mike Cidoni Lennox. SENT: 520 words, photos, audio, video.


LOS ANGELES — "Fast & Furious" star Paul Walker and friend Roger Rodas were going up to 94 mph in a 45 mph zone in a Porsche with two 9-year-old tires when they lost control, hit a light pole and died immediately when the car burst into flames, according to a new investigation of the November accident. By Justin Pritchard. SENT: 500 words, photos.


LOS ANGELES — "The Young and the Restless" took a break from love, deception and backstabbing to celebrate the soap's 41st anniversary on Tuesday. By Beth Harris. SENT: 400 words, photos.



The opening weekend of the NCAA tournament was a wild ride filled with upsets, buzzer beaters and stellar performances. Next up is the regional round and, hopefully, plenty more March Madness. By Basketball Writer John Marshall. UPCOMING 800 words by 3 p.m.


ANAHEIM, Calif. — Top-seeded Arizona prepares to play San Diego State in the NCAA West Regional semifinals. By Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 4 p.m.


MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The UCLA Bruins love to score lots of points with guard Kyle Anderson leading the way. Florida enjoys shutting opponents down as much as possible, and the Gators also have never lost to UCLA in the NCAA tournament. It's a streak the top seed overall will try to extend when these teams meet again, this time in the South Regional semifinal. By Teresa M. Walker. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 3 p.m.


MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Dayton's back in the Sweet 16 for the first time in 30 years. Stanford knocked off heavily-favored Kansas to reach the NCAA tournament's second weekend. Now the two double-digit seeds will meet on Thursday in Memphis, with the winner getting a shot at playing for a spot in the Final Four. By David Brandt. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 3 p.m.


STANFORD, Calif. — After traveling halfway across the country the opening weekend of the NCAA tournament, Stanford gets to stay at home for the regional starting Sunday against Penn State. By Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 600 words by 2 p.m.

Spring Training:

— BBN--PADRES-HEADLEY — San Diego Padres third baseman Chase Headley leaves spring training with a healthy calf and no new contract. By Mike Cranston. SENT: 129 words.

— BBA--ANGELS-BLANTON — The Los Angeles Angels have granted right-handed pitcher Joe Blanton his unconditional release, but will still have to pay him $8.5 million. SENT: 126 words, photos.




See also:

—CALIFORNIA NEWS DIGEST, ADD, which moves weekdays at 4 p.m.

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