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LOS ANGELES — A lawsuit in Los Angeles seeks to dramatically reform California's public school system by abolishing tenure for teachers and allowing school districts to use performance standards to decide who stays on the job. The 20-day trial will begin Monday. The lawsuit filed on behalf of students in a low-income area says the current laws keep bad teachers in place and boot young, enthusiastic instructors. By Julie Watson. SENT: 924 words. Will be updated after trial begins at 10 a.m. PDT Monday.


SUNOL, Calif. — California's worsening drought is forcing many ranchers to sell their cattle and other livestock because their pastures are too dry to feed them and it's getting too expensive to buy supplemental feed. California only got a fraction of its normal rainfall last year, leaving reservoirs and groundwater levels at record lows and prompting many cities to cut water usage. Drought in California comes as ranchers in Texas and other plains states are just starting to recover from years of dry weather and cutbacks that saw the U.S. herd shrink to its smallest size since the 1950s. Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to issue an emergency drought declaration. Livestock markets are seeing a sharp increase in ranchers auctioning off their herds because they can't afford to feed them. By Jason Dearen. SENT: 735 words, photos, video.



SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California's Legislature is generally regarded as a fairly progressive institution, with a large gay and lesbian caucus and lawmakers representing an array of racial and ethnic groups. But one group has been dropping steadily for nearly a decade — women. The number of women in the 120-member Legislature has fallen from a peak of 37 in 2006 to 32 this year, and groups that promote women running for public office are concerned the trend will continue. They also worry about how the drop-off will affect policy decisions in future years. By Don Thompson, photos. SENT: 1029 words.



SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The state of California is preparing to invest up to $40 million in stem-cell genomics, a new scientific field that backers say could revolutionize medicine and lead to personalized medical treatments. SENT: 400 words.


— CRASH KILLS THREE — The California Highway Patrol says three women were killed in a head-on collision with a suspected drunk driver in Fresno County.

— LESBIAN GANG RAPE — A Richmond gang member has been sentenced to 31 years in prison for joining the gang rape of a lesbian in 2008.

— COUPLE ARRESTED-SEX ABUSE — A Mendocino County couple has been arrested on suspicion of sexually abusing at least two of their five children over a 13-year period.



SANTA ANA, Calif. — Police detectives are having trouble unraveling a nightclub brawl that left a 23-year-old woman dead because they can't identify many of the victim's friends and others won't talk to them. The problem could stem from an abiding distrust of the government and police that still haunts many Vietnamese-Americans who came to the U.S. as refugees during the Vietnam War. SENT: 385 words, photos.


POMONA, Calif. — An enormous steam locomotive that has been entertaining train enthusiasts at a California museum for years began a trek of more than 1,200 miles on Sunday with the ultimate goal of putting the engine back on the nation's rails. SENT: 268 words, photos.


— DORM FALL — A student at the University of California, San Diego fell three stories from a dormitory window and survived.

— MISSING HIKER FOUND — An 85-year-old retired Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy who went missing after a weekend hike was found with only hypothermia.



LOS ANGELES —Macklemore believes Kendrick Lamar deserves the best rap album Grammy, but if he and his producer take home the award, he feels it is justified. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, like Lamar, are nominated for seven trophies Sunday, and the performers will compete in five of the same categories. The rap duo is up for best new artist, along with Lamar, and their gay acceptance hit, "Same Love," is nominated for song of the year. By Mesfin Fekadu. SENT: 761 words, photos, video.



JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos have arrived in New Jersey, ready to begin a week of practices leading up to their Super Bowl showdown with the Seattle Seahawks next Sunday. Manning, looking to become the first starting quarterback to win titles with two teams, and his teammates are scheduled to meet with the media aboard the Cornucopia Majesty Ship docked outside the team's hotel in Jersey City. By Dennis Waszak Jr. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos developing from availability scheduled for 5 p.m. EDT.


HONOLULU — Players selected for the Pro Bowl have dropped hints they'll use some trickery to get an edge on Sunday when they face off under a new format with Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders each leading a team. By Oskar Garcia. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game begins at 7:30 p.m. EST.


ASPEN, Colo. — Danny Davis, Greg Bretz and the I-Pod, Iouri Podladtchikov, are among those who might challenge Shaun White at the Olympics. On Sunday night at the X Games, they won't have White to worry about as they compete in the superpipe finals. By National Writer Eddie Pells. Ends at 11 p.m. EST. 600 words.


The U.S. Ski Team will officially reveal their roster for the Sochi Games on Sunday. No surprises are expected: Teenager Mikaela Shiffrin should be on the list and, of course, Lindsey Vonn will not as she recovers from knee surgery. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 500 words, developing from a 2 p.m. ET announcement.

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ASPEN, Colo. — Snowboarder Kelly Clark tuned up for Sochi in fine fashion, winning her fourth straight title at Winter X Games. She will clearly be the favorite next month, especially if she can finally dial in her newest trick, a Cab 1080. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5:30 p.m. ET.

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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