BC-CA--California News Digest, CA

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TOP STORIES:

TONSILLECTOMY-BRAIN DEAD GIRL

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A judge on Friday ordered a California hospital to keep a girl declared brain dead on life support following what was supposed to be a routine tonsillectomy. The ruling by Superior Court Judge Evelio Grillo came as both sides in the case agreed to get together and chose a neurologist to further examine 13-year-old Jahi McMath and determine her condition. The judge scheduled a hearing Monday to appoint a physician. By Terry Collins. SENT: 850 words. With AP Photos, videos.

SOLDIER'S REMAINS RETURNED

LOS ANGELES —Sixty-three years ago, Army Sgt. 1st Class Joseph E. Gantt went off to war, leaving behind a wife who never gave up on his return. On Friday, 94-year-old Clara Gantt stood up from her wheelchair and wept in the cold before the flag-draped casket. Sgt. Gantt was finally home. SENT: 500 words. With AP Photos.

BIG SUR FIRE

BIG SUR, Calif. A late-fall wildfire in central California's Big Sur region is now fully contained, officials said. Mark Nunez, the incident commander in charge of battling the blaze, announced Friday night that firefighters had achieved 100 percent containment of the blaze after working nonstop for nearly four days. By Haven Daly. SENT: 400 words. With AP Photos, video.

TRANSGENDER LAW-LAWSUIT

SAN DIEGO — Supporters of a referendum to overturn a California law allowing transgender students to choose restrooms and sports teams corresponding with their expressed genders sued the secretary of state and two counties, saying they unfairly refused to count signatures for the proposed ballot initiative. By Julie Watson. SENT: 350 words.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA:

FATAL SHOOTING-UNARMED SUSPECT

LOS ANGELES — A father who saw his son killed by Los Angeles police on live television filed a $20 million claim against the city Friday. Bill Beaird, 80, wept as he described watching the Dec. 13 shooting, the Los Angeles Times reported (http://lat.ms/18YBW2U ). SENT: 340 words.

TUBERCULOSIS-HIGH SCHOOL

INDIO, Calif. More than 1,500 staff and students at a Southern California high school were tested for tuberculosis after one student was diagnosed with the bacterial infection last month, health officials said Friday. SENT: 400 words.

Also:

— ONLINE ROMANCE-DEATH PLAN — A Michigan man has been sentenced to five years in prison for traveling to San Diego with plans to kill two people he believed scammed him in an online romance.

— CALIFORNIA BUS CRASHES — A 91-year-old man has died after a Southern California bus crash — the second death from a series of crashes that injured dozens.

— POLICE-GAG GIFT — A Southern California police chief has apologized for a holiday party gag prize that included mug shots of intoxicated people. SENT: 100 words.

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA:

OWL vs. OWL

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — An experiment to see if killing invasive barred owls will help the threatened northern spotted owl reverse its decline toward extinction is underway in the forests of Northern California. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Friday that specially trained biologists have shot 26 barred owls in a study area on the Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation northeast of Arcata, Calif.: SENT: 400 words.

MEGA MILLIONS JACKPOT-CALIFORNIA

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — While the identity of the person who purchased one of two Mega Millions lottery winning tickets is a mystery, lottery officials said Friday that big prize winners often delay coming forward until they get legal and financial advice. SENT: 280 words.

Also:

— HOMELESS KILLING — A San Francisco drug dealer has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the 2007 killing of a homeless woman whom she burned alive.

ENTERTAINMENT:

PEOPLE-TOM CRUISE

LOS ANGELES — The publisher of two tabloid magazines said it never intended to imply that Tom Cruise had cut all ties to his daughter after his divorce and announced Friday that it had reached a settlement with the actor over two stories it published. Bauer Publishing and Cruise's lawyer wrote in a joint statement that the terms of the settlement were confidential. SENT: 250 words.

OBIT-NED VIZZINI

NEW YORK — Ned Vizzini, a popular young adult author and television writer who wrote candidly and humorously about his struggles with depression, has committed suicide. He was 32. Ned Vizzini's autobiographical novel "It's Kind of a Funny Story" was adapted into a feature film of the same name. A resident of Los Angeles in recent years, he was a prolific author of fiction and nonfiction and spoke around the country about mental health and the healing effects of writing. SENT: 490 words.

SPORTS:

BC-BKN--TIMBERWOLVES-LAKERS

LOS ANGELES — Xavier Henry, the fourth player to start at point guard this season for the injury-ravaged Lakers, scored 21 points and Los Angeles began another long stretch without Kobe Bryant by beating the Minnesota Timberwolves 104-91 on Friday night. By Joe Resnick. SENT 590 words. With AP Photos.

BC-BKN--KINGS-HEAT

MIAMI — Even when the Sacramento Kings did things right, they stood little chance against the Miami Heat. Case in point: LeBron James vs. Ben McLemore. James was driving to the rim in the first quarter and McLemore decided to try to take the charge, which was quite admirable and predictably futile. James' knee was at roughly the same height as McLemore's chin as he dunked the ball, the most spectacular of the 51 often-easy baskets the Heat got while rolling past the Kings 122-103 on Friday night. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 770 words. With AP Photos.

BC-HKN--DUCKS-DEVILS

NEWARK, N.J. — Kyle Palmieri thrilled his personal rooting section with an overtime winner that sent the Anaheim Ducks to their seventh straight win. By Mike Farrell. SENT: 700 words. With AP Photos.

BC-FBN-RAIDERS-CHARGERS

SAN DIEGO — The Oakland Raiders have been eliminated from the playoff race for the 11th straight year. The San Diego Chargers could be joining their hated rivals, perhaps before kickoff of their game Sunday at Qualcomm Stadium. By Bernie Wilson. SENT: 780 words. With AP Photos.

See also:

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

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