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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Neel Kashkari, the former U.S. Treasury staffer who headed the federal bank bailout, says he is a Republican with a liberal bent. A son of Indian immigrants, the 40-year-old Ohio native is fleshing out his policy positions as he weighs a bid for the governorship next year against Gov. Jerry Brown, who enjoys high approval ratings after helping steady the state's finances. But Kashkari says California's efforts to date have not done enough to help everyone, including millions who live in poverty. In an interview with The Associated Press, Kashkari outlined his positions on a host of issues facing the state. He also displayed his knowledge gaps. By Juliet Williams. UPCOMING: 700 words by 3 p.m. PST, photos.


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RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. — A man charged with killing a Transportation Security Administration officer and wounding three others during a rampage at Los Angeles International Airport made his first court appearance Wednesday with bruises on his face and a bandage on his neck. It was the first time Paul Ciancia has been seen in public since the Nov. 1 attack. The 23-year-old spoke in whispers and showed no emotion during the 10-minute hearing in the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga, about 45 miles east of Los Angeles. He's being housed at the facility in federal custody. By Linda Deutsch. SENT: 325 words, photos.


OAKLAND, Calif. At least nine people were taken to the hospital mostly from fumes after a San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit train's emergency brakes malfunctioned, stranding hundreds of passengers in a tunnel, officials said. SENT: 450 words.


SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Californians voted overwhelming twice for President Barack Obama, but they are split on his most important domestic policy achievement — the Affordable Care Act. A Public Policy Institute of California survey finds that just 44 percent of Californians favor the health overhaul, while the same percentage has an unfavorable opinion. In better news for the new law, two-thirds of uninsured residents say they plan to get insurance now that it is more available to them, a feeling that is far more prevalent among younger people. At the same time, Obama's job approval rating has taken a hit, with 51 percent of Californians approving, down 10 points from last summer. UPCOMING: 300 words by 3 p.m. PST. HOLD FOR RELEASE until 9 p.m. PST Wednesday.



SANTA ROSA, Calif. — Officials in a San Francisco Bay Area county where a sheriff's deputy shot and killed a 13-year-old boy have endorsed work on a memorial park for the slain teen and voted to add lapel cameras to deputies' uniforms. SENT: 300 words.


RICHMOND, Calif. — The trial has begun for a man accused as the ringleader in the 2009 gang rape of a gay woman in the San Francisco Bay Area city of Richmond. Humberto Salvador is facing 15 felony counts with a hate crime enhancement. UPCOMING: 350 words by 3 p.m.


GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Gov. John Kitzhaber and representatives of the Obama administration have signed a breakthrough agreement for sharing scarce water in the Upper Klamath Basin, where irrigation was shut off to ranchers last summer after the Klamath Tribes exercised newly awarded water rights to protect fish. By Jeff Barnard. SENT: 440 words.


HELENA, Mont. — A wintry storm pushing through the Rockies and Midwest is bringing bitterly cold temperatures and treacherous driving conditions blamed in at least six deaths as it threatens crops as far south as California. By Matt Volz. SENT: 700 words, photos. Will be updated as storm moves through.


RICHMOND, Calif. — Two California cities have voted to ban electronic cigarettes while a motion will be introduced Wednesday in Los Angeles to limit the smokeless devices where cigarette smoking is already prohibited. Both the cities of Richmond and Carlsbad voted to prohibit the battery-powered devices that allow users to inhale nicotine vapor instead of tobacco fumes. SENT: 250 words.


WASHINGTON — A Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday found that the U.S. economy held steady during the 16-day partial government shutdown, growing moderately in most regions from October through late November. The Fed said seven of its 12 banking districts described growth as moderate. Four — Philadelphia, Chicago, Kansas City and San Francisco — said growth was modest. Boston said its regional economy continued to expand. By Martin Crutsinger. SENT: 550 words.


IDAHO-MISSING PLANE — More search and rescue personnel have joined a team scouring the central Idaho mountains for five people aboard a plane piloted by a Silicon Valley software executive that disappeared two days ago.



NEW YORK — Universal Pictures has shut down production on "Fast & Furious 7" indefinitely following the death of its star, Paul Walker. The studio announced Wednesday that the film will shut down "for a period of time so we can assess all options available to move forward with the franchise." The seventh installment of the street racing series had begun shooting in September. While much of "Fast & Furious 7" has been filmed, it's far from complete. Walker was killed by both the impact and subsequent fire when the high-powered Porsche driven by his friend crashed, according to autopsy results released Wednesday. By Jake Coyle and Justin Pritchard. SENT: 475 words, photo.


BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Several pieces by the popular street artist Banksy are up for auction in Beverly Hills, including "Flower Girl," a massive stencil on a brick wall of a gas station. The owner of the gas station, Eytan Rosenberg, carefully disassembled the wall, framed it in sturdy aluminum and brought it to Julien's Auctions. Though Banksy studiously conceals his real identity, the auction house specializes in celebrity collectibles. And though the artist is known for public art with an anti-capitalist bent, the piece could go for $300,000. The painting which appeared on Rosenberg's property in 2008, was "a gift from God," he said as he showed it off to friends and potential bidders at a secret warehouse this week. By Raquel Maria Dillon. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos, video by 2 p.m.


WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court seemed likely Wednesday to reinstate the trespassing conviction of a man who was caught protesting military activities in a place he had been ordered to avoid: the zone designated for demonstrators outside the main gate at a California Air Force base. Protester John Dennis Apel tried to persuade the court that his case raised important First Amendment issues. But the justices focused instead on the federal law under which Apel was convicted, which gives commanding officers authority to prevent people from entering military installations. By Mark Sherman. SENT: 450 words, photos.


LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Police Department is struggling to recruit enough qualified candidates as fewer people are applying to join the nation's third-largest police force. The department is down more than 100 officers since the decline began several months ago and has to hire about 350 officers a year to account for attrition, according to the Los Angeles Times. Officials worry the force could be understaffed for years if the current trend continues. SENT: 350 words.


BUFFALO, N.Y. — Santa Ana, Calif., is among 20 communities chosen as the first partners in a national initiative aimed at raising the ranks of college graduates. The Indianapolis-based Lumina Foundation on Wednesday promised as much as $200,000 to the recipients over three years, along with technical and planning help and input from a network of "thought leaders." By Carolyn Thompson. SENT: 475 words.


LOS ANGELES — Wags and barks speak volumes when it comes to understanding what a dog is saying, but there are also clues in a dog's eyes, ears, nose or the tilt of its head. Are humans getting the right messages? Dr. Gary Weitzman, president of the San Diego Humane Society and former CEO of the Washington Animal Rescue League, has worked with tens of thousands of stray dogs over the last quarter century and says there is no question that pets and people communicate, but some are getting more out of it than others. By Sue Manning. SENT: 750 words, photos.


MIAMI — Charles Gitnick is only 11 years old, but his art appears far more mature. The sixth-grader from Los Angeles places toy guns that look like real weapons on a canvas and paints over them, purposely camouflaging them in an abstract design. He says it's a way to express his fear of gun violence. His work will be on display at an exhibit, "3D Gun Art," which coincides with Art Basel Miami Beach, one the world's most prestigious contemporary art fairs. The event is the U.S. extension of the fair held each June in Basel, Switzerland. It runs through Sunday. By Suzette Laboy. SENT: 550 words.


COCAINE CONSPIRACY — The former owner of a live music venue in Portland, Maine, has pleaded guilty to his role in smuggling nearly 170 pounds of cocaine from California to Vermont.

KABBALAH LAWSUIT — Former supporters of the Kabbalah Centre have sued the Los Angeles-based spiritual organization, claiming more than $1 million in contributions was used fraudulently.

GUARD DIES-STUDENT FIGHT — Southern California school officials say a high school security guard suffered a heart attack and died after he helped break up a fight between two students.



LOS ANGELES — A reality television producer has told a jury that he believes Ryan O'Neal stole an Andy Warhol portrait of Farrah Fawcett from the late actress' home. Craig Nevius testified Wednesday he made the conclusion, in part, based on conversations he had with Fawcett. Nevius collaborated with Fawcett on the reality series "Chasing Farrah" and a documentary on her battle with cancer. He provided the University of Texas at Austin with photos and video footage that are being used as evidence in the university's fight against O'Neal over ownership of the artwork. By Anthony McCartney. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 350 words, photos by 2 p.m.


NEW YORK — Lorde's "Royals" could be crowned with Grammy gold. The breakthrough singer will perform at the Grammy Awards nominations special on Friday in Los Angeles. "This will be the greatest number of people to see her in one place at one time," show producer Ken Ehrlich said in an interview Tuesday. By Mesfin Fekadu. SENT: 225 words, photos.


NETFLIX-HOUSE OF CARDS — The second season of Netflix's political thriller, "House of Cards," will debut on Valentine's Day next year. All 13 episodes will be available immediately Feb. 14.



SANTA CLARA, Calif. — A little-known offensive lineman with less than one game of NFL experience could find himself starting for San Francisco in its biggest game of the year yet. Forced into his first regular action at right guard early in Sunday's 23-13 victory against St. Louis when left tackle Joe Staley went down and Alex Boone shifted, Looney impressed his teammates with how quickly he settled into his position. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 700 words by 4 p.m.

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