Here is the latest Northern California news from The Associated Press

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The family of an Oakland girl declared brain dead after a tonsillectomy will begin discussions today on whether to appeal a judge's decision regarding her life support. The uncle of 13-year-old Jahi McMath said yesterday the family just wanted to celebrate Christmas with her. A judge ruled Tuesday the family has until Dec. 30 to appeal his decision allowing Children's Hospital Oakland to remove life support.

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Lake Tahoe ski resorts are making up for what Mother Nature has failed to provide. The Reno Gazette-Journal reports that on Christmas Day, the Lake Tahoe Basin's snowpack was only 37 percent of average for the date. But there is some good news. Dry conditions were matched with cold temperatures, allowing those resorts investing in snow-making capability to open substantial terrain for the busy holiday period.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — New figures that factor in long-term financing costs have more than doubled the estimated $25 billion price tag of a plan to restore the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. State officials have pegged the entire project's cost at $25 billion. But the Mercury News reports that when interest payments on bonds to finance the project are factored in, the estimated cost goes up to between $51 billion and $67 billion.

GLEN ELLEN, Calif. (AP) — An oak tree in Sonoma County that provided shade and inspiration to writer and adventurer Jack London is getting a reprieve from its scheduled removal. UC Berkeley researchers say the Glen Ellen tree has a fungal disease but is healthy enough to remain standing for another two to 10 years.