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WASHINGTON — The National Transportation Safety Board is holding a hearing Wednesday to try to learn why so many things went wrong when an Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 crash-landed at San Francisco International Airport in July, leaving three people dead and more than 150 injured. An Asiana chief pilot is slated to testify on what the airline teaches about automated systems and visual approach procedures. That's a focus for the safety board, which has questioned whether the three men in the cockpit were overly reliant on electronic systems. By Stephen Braun and Martha Mendoza. SENT: 315 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated with developments from hearing scheduled to start at 5:30 a.m.


SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California is failing to provide adequate psychiatric treatment to mentally ill inmates on death row, a federal judge ruled Tuesday, though he is letting the state decide how to fix the problem. U.S. District Judge Lawrence Karlton ordered state officials to work with a court-appointed monitor to find solutions. Options include creating a specialized inpatient psychiatric facility at San Quentin State Prison, which houses condemned inmates. By Don Thompson. SENT: 350 words.


LOS ANGELES — Andy was a 20-pound cat who would sit next to the vacuum cleaner every day until owner Mike Kelley would turn the machine on and stroke his front, back and neck with the hose. The cat also liked a scoop of yogurt every morning and meeting Kelley at the door every night. A few weeks ago, Andy wasn't at the door. Just days later, Kelley had to have the cat put down because of liver disease. But he did it with the help of Dr. Mary Gardner, co-founder of Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice, the country's first organized network of veterinarians who provide hospice and end of life care in the pet's home. By Sue Manning. UPCOMING: 600 words by 11 a.m., photos.



SANTA ROSA — Dozens of angry protesters flooded the City Council chambers of a Northern California town Tuesday to protest the return to duty of a sheriff's deputy who shot and killed a 13-year-old boy in October. According to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, about 75 demonstrators poured into a Santa Rosa council meeting to decry Sonoma County Sheriff's Deputy Erick Gelhaus's return to work after fatally shooting Andy Lopez on Oct. 22. The teen was carrying a BB gun that looked like an assault rifle, and Gelhaus thought it was a real weapon. SENT: 348 words.


SAN FRANCISCO — With another dry winter looming, California lawmakers called on Gov. Jerry Brown and President Barack Obama to declare a drought emergency and federal disaster in the state. In a letter sent Monday, Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Democratic Rep. Jim Costa urged the governor to take immediate action. A separate letter signed by dozens of other California lawmakers called for the same declaration. SENT: 223 words.


LAS VEGAS — A fugitive who surrendered to police after an hours-long standoff at a Las Vegas apartment had been sought in the shooting death of an ex-girlfriend three weeks earlier in Northern California, police said. By Ken Ritter. SENT: 360 words.


— SAN JOSE-POLICE RAISE — San Jose has given its police officers an 11 percent raise in the hopes of stopping them from leaving the city for more lucrative jobs.

—WANDERING WOLF— Oregon's wandering wolf, OR-7, took a day-trip into Northern California over the weekend, but came right back to the southern Cascades territory he has favored of late.

—GAS FIRE-CALIFORNIA — Officials say a gas main leak that led to an underground fire in Oakland and forced the evacuation of several homes has been capped.



LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles will pay nearly $6 million to settle a lawsuit by 10 police officers who claimed they were punished for failing to meet traffic ticket quotas. the City Council approved the settlement Tuesday. The officers claim they were denied overtime and given bad performance reviews for failing to meet quotas. SENT: 330 words.


SANTA ANA, Calif. — A trauma surgeon has testified that a homeless man whose death has put two police officers on trial arrived at the hospital comatose with organs failing and never regained consciousness. Dr. Michael Lekawa, chief of trauma surgery at UC Irvine Medical Center in Orange, gave the testimony Tuesday at the trial of two Fullerton police officers accused in the death of Kelly Thomas. Lekawa, who treated Thomas and watched surveillance video with synced audio of his beating by police, said the cause of death was the lack of oxygen to Thomas's brain he experienced in the struggle with police as officers held him down and kept him from breathing. SENT: 300 words.


WILMINGTON, Del. — A judge gave preliminary approval Tuesday to failed electric-vehicle maker Fisker Automotive's description of its proposed bankruptcy plan, despite expressing concerns that the bankruptcy case was moving too rapidly. Judge Kevin Gross granted interim approval of the disclosure statement describing the Anaheim-based Fisker's bankruptcy plan and the process for soliciting votes from creditors after attorneys for the official creditors committee assured him that they agree with the current case schedule. By Randall Chase.


— PAUL WALKER-CRASH — A second man charged with stealing a piece of the car in which "Fast & Furious" actor Paul Walker died has surrendered.

— LA SOCIAL WORKERS-STRIKE — Los Angeles County social workers say they're suspending a six-day strike and returning to the bargaining table.

— BURNED BODY — Los Angeles police say a man whose burned body was found inside a van may have been trying to steal gasoline at a service station.

— MISSING PATIENT INFO — Kaiser Permanente has warned 49,000 patients that a computer flash drive containing some of their private details has gone missing from the Anaheim Medical Center.

— BUS STOP CRASH — A driver who plowed into a Riverside bus stop, killing a woman and a 7-year-old girl, has pleaded not guilty to vehicular manslaughter.

— GANG CRACKDOWN — Nine people have been arrested in a crackdown on a street gang that federal authorities call one of the most violent in the Los Angeles area.

— ENDANGERED PLANT — An endangered California pine shrub is not out of the woods yet. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Tuesday that the Indian Knob mountainbalm, which grows in San Luis Obispo County, will not be removed from the endangered species list.



BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Drew Barrymore isn't exactly feeling the pregnancy glow. "I feel so lucky to make healthy kids that I will never complain about anything because I just know how lucky I am," the 38-year-old actress said at a recent event for her beauty brand, Flower. "But I definitely don't feel superhot. I feel more like an Oompa Loompa." Barrymore and her husband, Will Kopelman, are expecting their second child. Their daughter, Olive, is 14 months old. Her top pregnancy style tips include "a really tight bra and a really loose blouse," great lipstick and a supportive partner. By Nicole Evatt. SENT: 375 words, photos.



ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Manti Te'o says his rough rookie season has nothing to do with the flak he's faced over getting fooled by a hoax involving a fake girlfriend while at Notre Dame. The San Diego Chargers rookie linebacker said in his first conference call of the season Tuesday that he has yet to play a complete game in the NFL but that's because of his adjustment to the pros and not because he's distracted in any way by the catcalls from opposing teams or their fans. Te'o said he does a good job blocking out the chatter from the stands. SENT: 550 words, photos.


SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Ryan Seymour was standing on the visitor's side of Candlestick Park on Sunday. Two days later, he found himself sharing a locker room with the opponent. The San Francisco 49ers announced Tuesday they signed Seymour from the rival Seattle Seahawks practice squad to a three-year contract as insurance at the left guard position. By Rick Eymer. SENT: 590 words, photos.


LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Dodgers manager Don Mattingly has a pretty good problem: finding playing time for four star outfielders. With Matt Kemp on the mend, Mattingly will have to juggle starts for the two-time All-Star, Yasiel Puig, Carl Crawford and Andre Ethier. By Howie Rumberg. By Howie Rumberg. SENT: 310 words, photos.

See also:

—CALIFORNIA NEWS DIGEST, which moves weekdays at 1 p.m.

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

—NEVADA NEWS DIGEST, which moves daily at 1:30 p.m.

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