Wednesday, December 25, 2013
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Friday will be the end of the grace period to get health insurance starting Jan. 1 for consumers who were frustrated in their attempts to sign up by Monday's deadline. A spokesman for the agency running California's health exchange, says insurers need time to review policy applications so coverage can start in the new year.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Five years after a man dressed as Santa Claus massacred nine members of her family on Christmas Eve in suburban Los Angeles, the surviving daughter of the Ortega clan has become a reluctant matriarch for the remaining relatives. Leticia Yuzefpolsky (yoo-sef-POLL'-skee) and the other survivors still have holiday dinner together and take a Christmas Day trip to church, though now it's followed by a trip to the cemetery.
BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) — Officials now say all of the 100 or so residents forced to evacuate during a wildfire in Central California's Big Sur region have now been allowed back into their homes. A U.S. Forest Service spokesman confirms that the evacuations and road closures were lifted Monday night, though Pfeiffer Road and Sycamore Road will be open only to residents.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Two of the founders of S3 Partners have been convicted in a $21 million real estate investment fraud scheme. Officials announced yesterday that a federal jury had convicted 44-year-old Melvin Shields and 59-year-old Michael Sims of defrauding individual investors in the Northern District of California and elsewhere between 2006 and 2009 in connection with various real estate development projects.