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OAKLAND — The family of a 13-year-old California girl declared brain dead after tonsil surgery is encountering difficulty in obtaining two surgeries that she needs to undergo before she can be safely transferred to a long-term care facility. A lawyer for Children's Hospital Oakland said Tuesday that it is unwilling to allow an outside doctor to fit Jahi McMath with the breathing and feeding tubes that the family has requested. By Lisa Leff And Terry Collins. SENT: 765 words, photos video.




PASADENA, Calif. — It's among the biggest and most festive New Year's gatherings in the nation, with throngs that at times resemble Times Square, but these revelers are counting down not to midnight but dawn. Wednesday morning brings the flowered floats, exotic equestrians and brass bands of the 125th Rose Parade. And by Tuesday night the sidewalks and storefronts of an already closed-down Colorado Boulevard were full of partiers and potential parade-viewers, many of whom would sleep — or at least try to sleep — on the sidewalk to stake out the best spots along the 5 ½ mile route. SENT: 350 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated after parade that starts at 8 a.m.


FONTANA, Calif. — A 16-year-old boy entered the Southern California home where his mother lives with her husband and two younger children. After being unable to reach her all day, he was worried something was wrong. He was all too right. In a house where blood covered several rooms, he found all four family members dead from gunshot wounds, police said. Fontana police concluded it was most likely a murder suicide. Ramon Miranda, 38, apparently shot and killed 34-year-old Silvia Miranda and their children, 12-year-old Ramon Jr. and 10-year-old Rayna, before turning the gun on himself, according to police and the San Bernardino County coroner's office. By Tami Abdollah. SENT: 400 words, photos.


NEW YORK — "Duck Dynasty" star Willie Robertson chose not to quack back. In one of his first chances to comment on the dust-up surrounding his outspoken father and co-star Phil Robertson, the younger Robertson had only kind words for the A&E network and New Year's wishes for the nation in an appearance Tuesday night on Fox News's "All-American New Year" special. SENT: 280 words, photo.


WEST SACRAMENTO — A California company is voluntarily recalling all flavors of its cashew cheese because it might be contaminated by salmonella. The Cultured Kitchen of West Sacramento said the affected cheese includes all those with expiration dates until April 19, 2014. SENT: 148 words.


— SF FATAL ACCIDENT — A young girl died and two other people were injured in San Francisco after they were hit by a car while crossing the street on New Year's Eve.

— NAKED MAN-POLICE CHASE — A naked man in Northern California led police on a bizarre chase Monday as he jumped from one rooftop to another and over before being arrested.

— OBIT-JOSEPH RUSKIN — Film, television and stage actor Joseph Ruskin has died of natural causes at the age of 89.

— SUSHI CHEF STRANGLED — Prosecutors say a Southern California sushi chef accused in the strangling death of a sushi chef has likely fled to Nicaragua.

— BOWLING ALLEY FIRE — More than 100 firefighters have contained a suspicious fire that gutted a vacant Southern California bowling alley and sent pillars of smoke and flame into the sky.

— REFINERY LEAK — Authorities say a leak at a Los Angeles oil refinery sent nearly a dozen workers to the hospital after they were exposed to toxic sulfur dioxide gas.

— LA POTHOLE — Authorities have reopened a Los Angeles freeway interchange, some 7 ½ hours after a pothole filled with metal rods flattened the tires on dozens of cars.

— RIVERSIDE POLICE SHOOTING — Riverside police have shot and killed a man they say pulled a gun on them at a park.



Netflix is testing new price plans for streaming video as it tries to lure more viewers. Among the plans being tested are a $6.99-a-month plan that allows only one video stream to be watched at once, and a $9.99-a-month plan that allows three streams at one time, whether on a TV, tablet or computer. A Netflix spokesman says not everyone will see the test prices and they may never roll out to all customers. SENT: 400 words, photos.



PASADENA, Calif. — If music was a football game, Lisa Fischer has already been a quarterback and scored game-winning touchdowns. Fischer's discography includes a number of hits, including the chart-topping, Grammy-winning 1991 "How Can I Ease the Pain." She knows what it's like to be winner. And yet the singer admitted to a bit of anxiety over performing the national anthem at Wednesday's Rose Bowl game. By Mike Cidoni Lennox. SENT: 35 words, photos.



PASADENA, Calif. — The game considered to be the first Rose Bowl was staged in 1902 to help pay for the Tournament of Roses Parade. An unexpectedly huge crowd of about 8,000 sat on temporary stands in a park and watched Stanford lose 49-0 to Michigan. No. 5 Stanford has returned to Pasadena 112 years later, facing No. 4 Michigan State on Wednesday in the 100th edition of college football's quintessential bowl game. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 720 words, photos. UPCOMING: Game starts at 2 p.m. Wednesday.


ANAHEIM, Calif. — Before top-ranked Florida State made its way to Southern California for the BCS championship game against No. 2 Auburn, Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher had some business to take care of on campus. Fisher signed a new contract Tuesday that runs through the 2018 season. The deal seems to signal an end to any plans Texas might have had to hire Fisher to replace Mack Brown. By Ralph D. Russo. SENT: 600 words, photos.




EL PASO, Texas — Brett Hundley shredded Virginia Tech's fourth-ranked defense in the Sun Bowl. The UCLA quarterback had 86- and 7-yard touchdown runs and finished with 161 yards on 10 carries in the No. 17 Bruins' 42-12 victory over the Hokies. By John Erfort. SENT: 685 words, photos.


SANTA CLARA — Cornerback Carlos Rogers remains optimistic of playing for the San Francisco 49ers in Sunday's NFC wild-card playoff game at Green Bay despite an injured right hamstring. While Rogers didn't offer specifics about the results of an MRI exam done Monday, he said while leaving the practice facility Tuesday night that it is too soon to determine his status for the weekend. By Sports Writer Janie McCauley. SENT: 500 words, photo.

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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