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SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown said Thursday that problems remain in California's prison system, even as he argues that conditions have improved so much that the state should take over control from the federal courts. During a speech in Washington, D.C., Brown called the system a mess, "although far less of a mess than it ever was before" because of changes the state has made to comply with federal court orders enforced most recently by the U.S. Supreme Court. By Don Thompson. SENT: 400 words.
WHITE SUPREMACIST KILLING
SANTA ANA, Calif. — The blond boy was 10 when he put a gun to the head of his sleeping neo-Nazi father and pulled the trigger. It was over in an instant for Jeff Hall, but sorting out the fate of his troubled son has been a 2½-year journey that approaches its final stage Friday in a hearing to determine where he'll spend his teens and, possibly, his early adult years. A Riverside County judge must decide not how to punish a child for second-degree murder, but how to rehabilitate someone who grew up in an abusive home, attacked two teachers at his schools and was indoctrinated in the beliefs of white supremacy. By Gillian Flaccus. SENT: 800 words, photos. May be led after hearing, set for 8 a.m.
CALIFORNIA CAMPAIGN-SECRET DONATION
SACRAMENTO — In a case seeking to unmask the murky multimillion-dollar trail of money pouring into state and national political campaigns, California's political watchdog agency on Thursday announced the largest fine in its history for campaign reporting violations and ordered two political action committees to pay the state $15 million for failing to properly report the source of funds spent in the 2012 election. By Juliet Williams. SENT: 930 words. AP Photos SC104, SC103, SC105.
ZERO EMISSION VEHICLES-PLEDGE
SAN FRANCISCO — Eight states, including California and New York, pledged Thursday to work together to dramatically multiply the number of zero-emission cars on the nation's roads by speeding the construction of charging stations and other infrastructure. The goal is to put 3.3 million battery-powered cars, plug-in hybrids and other clean-burning vehicles on the roads in those states by 2025. That's more than 15 times as many zero-emission vehicles projected to be in use in the entire U.S. by 2015. By Jason Dearen. SENT: 800 words. AP Photos LA105, GFX0353, LA101, LA104, SC101, LA103.
DEPUTIES SHOOT 13-YEAR-OLD
SANTA ROSA — Residents of a Northern California community expressed skepticism Thursday about a sheriff's deputy's decision to shoot a popular 13-year-old boy who was carrying a pellet gun that looked like an assault rifle. A preliminary autopsy report released Thursday says Andy Lopez was shot seven times, with two fatal wounds hitting him in his right hip and the right side of his chest. By Terence Chea And Sudhin Thanawala. SENT:670 words. AP Photos CASRP105, CASRP601, CASRP501, CASRP503, FX101, CASRP502, CASRP504, CASRP104, CASRP103, CASRP102.
SAN FRANCISCO — Bay Area Rapid Transit trains will be required to slow down, stop or change course as they approach track maintenance workers following the deaths of two inspectors who were struck during a labor strike last weekend, the agency said Thursday. BART Assistant General Manager Paul Oversier told the transit district's board of directors that the new rule will replace the previous practice of making workers solely responsible for their own safety as they walk or perform simpler tasks on the tracks of the commuter rail line. By Lisa Leff. SENT: 640 words. AP Photos CABM106, CABM108, CABM104, CAER117, CABM101.
SACRAMENTO — Gun owner groups said Thursday they are considering recall campaigns against five Democratic lawmakers in California, including Assembly Speaker John Perez, for supporting a variety of firearms bills this year. The effort could be patterned on recall elections in September that unseated two Colorado legislators, including the state Senate president. By Don Thompson. SENT: 520 words. AP Photos SC107, SC108.
— INMATE ASSAULT-SENTENCE — An inmate at a federal prison in California has been sentenced to 15 additional years for his role in attacking another prisoner. Federal prosecutors in Sacramento said Thursday that 32-year-old Erwin Shane Stamper helped beat a fellow inmate unconscious in 2011 at the Herlong Federal Correctional Institution. The medium-security prison is 50 miles northwest of Reno.
— LIMO FIRE FAMILY LAWSUIT — Family members of the victims of a fatal Bay Area limousine fire have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against six different companies.
— BART BIKE BAN LIFTED — Bicyclists are finally being allowed to bring their bikes on Bay Area commuter trains. Bay Area Rapid Transit spokeswoman Luna Salaver says that on Dec. 1, bikes will be allowed, with a few safety restrictions.
— NUCLEAR RESEARCH DIRECTOR RESIGNS — The director of a preeminent nuclear and national security research facility in Northern California has announced that he is stepping down.
— BIOLOGISTS EMBEZZLEMENT — A Northern California biologist has been charged in federal court with conspiring to embezzle funds from an Indian tribe.
—MISSING DIVER-BODY FOUND — The body of an abalone diver who had disappeared off the Northern California coast on Monday has been recovered after a two-day search.
— BABY' BODY-RECYCLING PLANT — Authorities say a worker sorting trash at a Victorville recycling center found a dead baby girl on the conveyor belt. The child's body, wrapped in a blanket, was discovered Thursday morning.
— ROSE QUEEN — The Tournament of Roses has crowned a 17-year-old student as queen of next year's Rose Parade in Pasadena.
— OFFICER SHOT — A San Diego policeman has been shot and wounded during a chase but he's expected to recover and the suspected gunman has been arrested.
— HIGHWAY-TRUCK COLLISION — Nine people have been injured when a big-rig truck smashed through a center divider on Interstate 5 in Orange County and struck several vehicles.
— — SCHOOL GUN ACCIDENT — Chino police say procedures and safeguards weren't followed for a rifle that fired when a child pulled the trigger at an elementary school. Three children were slighting injured by bullet fragments when a child fired the gun, which was mounted on a police motorcycle.
— FREENEY-FRAUD — A Los Angeles man who stole more than $2.5 million from Indianapolis Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney has been sentenced to five years in federal prison.
— GIFTS OF SAND — For one California beach city, every grain of sand counts. The Ventura County Star reports (http://bit.ly/1a3v1US) that Port Hueneme is starved for sand because Congress has not allocated enough money to help repair the city's badly eroded beaches. On Wednesday, a 4-pound bag of sand arrived at City Hall from Stockholm, Sweden, sent by a family who recently visited Port Hueneme.
LOS ANGELES — Dwight King had his first career three-goal game, Mike Richards scored the tiebreaking goal on a short-handed breakaway early in the third period, and the Los Angeles Kings blew a four-goal lead before earning a 7-4 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday night. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 590 words. AP Photos LAS101-1024132004, LAS102-1024131957, LAS103-1024132004, LAS105-1024131957, LAS104-1024131943, LAS106-1024132050, LAS107-1024132037.
BOSTON — David Krejci thought there were a few seconds left before overtime. He was surprised when he saw how close it was. Krejci tipped in a shot with eight-tenths of a second left in the third period to lift the Boston Bruins to a 2-1 win over San Jose on Thursday night, sending the Sharks to their first regulation loss of the season. By Ken Powtak. AP Photos MAMS109, MAMS110, MAMS111, MAMS104, MAMS106, MAMS105, MAMS103, MAMS102, MAMS101. SENT: 835 words.
OAKLAND — The taxing preseason, which included two games in China, is finally over. Whether the Golden State Warriors are ready to live up to lofty expectations remains unclear. Damian Lillard scored 21 points, LaMarcus Aldridge added 10 points and 15 rebounds, and the Portland Trail Blazers rallied to beat the Warriors 90-74 Thursday night in the preseason finale for both teams. By Antonio Gonzalez. SENT: 750 words. AP Photos CAMS101-1024131941, CAMS102-1024131942, CAMS105-1024132008, CAMS103-1024131946, CAMS104-1024131958, CAMS109-1024132107, CAMS108-1024132101, CAMS110-1024132115.
MONTREAL — If this was the last time Saku Koivu laces up his skates in Montreal, it was exactly the way he imagined it. The former Canadiens captain, who played 13 years with the club before signing with Anaheim in 2009, received a standing ovation from the Bell Centre crowd after Montreal's 4-1 victory over the Ducks on Thursday night. SENT: 700 words. AP Photos: RYR107-1024132212, RYR106-1024132000, RYR105-1024132057, RYR102-1024132018, RYR101-1024132018, GMH101-1024132018.
ALAMEDA — Oakland Raiders defensive tackle Pat Sims knows how difficult it is to sack Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. For five years the former Cincinnati Bengal tried, mostly in vain, to get Roethlisberger down. In eight games against the 6-foot-5 quarterback, Sims had 1 1-2 sacks and watched as Big Ben led Pittsburgh to a trio of playoff berths. By Michael Wagaman. SENT: 572 words.
SAN FRANCISCO — No doubt Arizona's women's basketball players are minding their manners. That is just part of the program for the Wildcats. On and off the court, sixth-year coach Niya Butts wants her players to be at their best in all settings and situations. By Sports Writer Janie McCauley. SENT: 381 words.
STANFORD — Stanford receiver Devon Cajuste and kicker Jordan Williamson will sit out the eighth-ranked Cardinal's game at Oregon State on Saturday night because of injuries. Coach David Shaw said after practice Thursday night that Cajuste is still recovering from a bruised right knee suffered in last weekend's win over UCLA. Williamson will miss his second straight game with a leg injury. SENT: 149 words.
SAN FRANCISCO — The Arizona women's basketball team has lost senior forward Alli Gloyd for the season after she tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee during a scrimmage in the middle of last week. Coach Niya Butts made the announcement during Thursday's Pac-12 media day. SENT: 130 words.
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