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OAKLAND, Calif. — Barring a new court order to a hospital, a 13-year-old girl declared brain dead after surgery could be disconnected from a breathing machine at 5 p.m. Monday. Jahi McMath's family members, who believe she is still alive, were pinning their hopes on a New York facility to care for her after two California care homes withdrew offers to accept her. SENT: 579 words and photos. UPCOMING: Story will be updated throughout the day as court ventilator order ends at 5 p.m.


SAN DIEGO — Schools in California's public university systems are stamping out smoking in hopes that it will help improve the health of students, faculty and employees. Both the University of California and California State systems have taken measures to ensure smoking will no longer be allowed on campuses. Some schools already enforce no-tobacco policies, while others plan to do so beginning next year, joining more than 1,100 colleges and universities around the nation that have gone smoke-free. SENT: 330 words.



— BURN PERMITS SUSPENDED — Citing dry conditions and a sharp increase in vegetation fires, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection suspends burn permits within 31 million acres of state property and private land in all or portions of Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties.

— STOLEN AMBULANCE FOUND — Daly City police are searching for whoever stole an ambulance while paramedics were helping a patient.

— SAN FRANCISCO FATAL SHOOTING — Authorities have identified a 36-year-old man who was fatally shot outside a nightclub



LOS ANGELES — The people who plan to become the first gay couple married on a Rose Parade float are nonplused by a San Diego woman's campaign to boycott the parade, saying they can't wait until New Year's morning to don their finest clothes, climb aboard a gigantic, moving "wedding cake" and exchange vows in front of what, as one member of the couple put it, "80 million of our closest friends" watching in person and on TV around the world. "We know we're not going to dissuade the haters, but gay marriage is now the law in California," says Ged Kenslea of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, which is sponsoring the float in Wednesday's 125th Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena. Karen Grube, whose "Boycott the 2014 Rose Parade" Facebook page has gained about 3,800 likes since it was launched 10 days ago, says the wedding float is "a slap in the face" to residents of states where gay marriage is still illegal. What's more, she says, it's ruining the parade for her and others with conservative Christian values. UPCOMING: 350 words by 3:30 p.m.


— POLICE IMPERSONATION ARRESTS — Authorities say they arrested six teens accused of posing as Southern California police officers and ordering people out of their cars by using megaphones and high-powered flashlights to obscure their real identity.

— QUAKE-CONSTRUCTION — The cities of Los Angeles and Santa Monica have approved more than a dozen construction projects over the past decade on or around two faults without seismic studies to find out whether the buildings could be destroyed in an earthquake.

— OVERSEAS CUSTODY DISPUTE — Two Los Angeles-area fathers have been reunited with their sons, whose mother allegedly failed to return them after a trip to Europe.



NEWARK, N.J. — A California company that makes electric motorcycles featured in Time magazine's list of top inventions for 2013 is suing one of its co-founders, a New Jersey man who was terminated from the company last month. By David Porter. SENT: 370 words.


— WELLS FARGO-FANNIE MAE — Wells Fargo says it has made a $591 million deal with Fannie Mae to settle obligations related to loans that went bad after the housing bubble burst. SENT: 115 words.



SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The San Francisco 49ers have long acknowledged the road back to the Super Bowl would be a daunting one. Now, they have to literally hit the road — a different path than they had the past two seasons as NFC West champions with a first-round bye and home-field advantage. The No. 5 seed Niners (12-4) head for the bitter cold of Green Bay this weekend to play the Packers, who have lost the past three meetings in what has become quite a rivalry. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 3:30 p.m.


SAN DIEGO — The NFL acknowledged that referees erred in not penalizing the San Diego Chargers for an illegal formation on a missed 41-yard field goal attempt by Ryan Succop of the Kansas City Chiefs with four seconds left in regulation on Sunday. Succop was wide right on the kick, and the Chargers went on to win 27-24 in overtime to claim the AFC's final playoff spot. The Pittsburgh Steelers would have been in the postseason had Kansas City won the game. By Sports Writer Bernie Wilson. SENT: 470 words, photos.


SAN DIEGO — In a microcosm of their season, the San Diego Chargers came on strong late — and got some huge breaks — to beat Kansas City's second string in overtime to end a three-yeare playoff drought. Up next is a wild-card game at Cincinnati, which was the last team to beat the Chargers. By Bernie Wilson. UPCOMING: 600 words by 4 p.m.


ALAMEDA, Calif. — The Oakland Raiders head the offseason with uncertainty about coach Dennis Allen's status after a second straight 4-12 campaign left them out of the playoffs for the 11th straight season. By Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 3 p.m.


SACRAMENTO, Calif. — First-year Sacramento Kings coach Michael Malone gathered his players following a two-day Christmas break last week and asked them one question: What type of team do they want to be this season? The rebuilding Kings (9-20) are the second-worst team in the Western Conference entering Tuesday's game at Houston. And while progress has been hard to measure, Malone believes there are small signs of improvement on the court. By Antonio Gonzalez. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 3 p.m.


LOS ANGELES — Michigan State's Mark Dantonio and Stanford's David Shaw have created formidable football programs at two schools better known as stepping stones than destinations for coaches. When the Spartans and Cardinal clash in the Rose Bowl, Dantonio and Shaw will demonstrate the power of persistence in building a winner. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.


SAN DIEGO — No. 16 Arizona State, which has scored 53 or more points six times, and Texas Tech, which averages 88 plays a game, meet in the Holiday Bowl Monday night. By Bernie Wilson. UPCOMING: 750 words and photos. Game starts 7:15 p.m. PST.


— OBIT-DIERKING — Connie Dierking, a former University of Cincinnati star and longtime NBA player who was part of the trade that brought Wilt Chamberlain to Philadelphia, has died. He was 77. By Dan Sewell. SENT: 300 words, photo.

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