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Crowds gather in Bethlehem for Christmas


BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — Large crowds have begun to gather in the biblical town of Bethlehem for Christmas Eve celebrations. Hundreds of tourists packed the town's Manger Square to enjoy the cool, sunny weather ahead of celebrations on Tuesday evening. The nearby Church of the Nativity sits on the spot where tradition says Jesus was born. The number of visitors remains below the levels of the late 1990s, when Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts were at their height. Following the outbreak of a Palestinian uprising in 2000, the numbers plunged. But thanks to a period of relative calm, they have been steadily climbing in recent years — and are expected to get an extra push this year thanks to the resumption of peace talks. Palestinian Tourism Minister Rula Maayah says the Palestinians "deserve to have peace."


 

Chico man arrested following high speed chase


A 26 year-old Chico man is in police custody after he led police on a high speed chase from Chico to Hamilton City on Highway 32. Early Sunday Chico Police saw a Honda station wagon that had been reported stolen. Instead of pulling over, Harry Ackerson sped away and led Chico Police and several other agencies on the chase on westbound Highway 32. The Honda's engine eventually over-heated and Akerson hit a fence. He fled the scene but was eventually caught after a short foot chase. A passenger in the car was not found.  Akerson was arrested and charged with evading police and investigation into car theft.

Covered California health exchange struggles with heavy volume


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's health insurance exchange will institute a "grace period" for those who attempted to get coverage yesterday but were unable to sign up. California's health insurance exchange had been being inundated with consumers who were attempting to sign up for coverage and beat the deadline to have a policy in place by the first of the year. Covered California, which operates the state's marketplace, did not extend yesterday's deadline, as the Obama administration did for the 36 states using the federal health insurance exchange. But as high volume overwhelmed its website and call centers, the agency offered breathing room for people who were attempting to enroll. Executive Director Peter Lee told reporters that Covered California will institute a "grace period" for those who attempted to get coverage yesterday but were unable to sign up. He did not commit to a date when that grace period would end but said the agency's goal was to have a policy in place for everyone who tried to get one by the deadline. He also said the number of Californians signing up for an individual health insurance policy through the exchange had topped 400,000.

Second opinion planned for Oakland teen declared brain dead


OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The family of a Northern California girl on life support after being declared brain dead was expected to appear with hospital officials in court Monday to announce the name of the independent physician they have chosen to provide a second opinion on the girl's condition. Jahi McMath's family obtained an order Friday from Superior Court Judge Evelio Grillo to keep doctors at Children's Hospital Oakland from removing Jahi from a ventilator. Grillo ordered the family to meet with doctors Monday to select a neurologist to evaluate the teen.

In its court memorandum, the hospital said it has no duty to maintain life support because Jahi's condition is irreversible. The family says the girl bled profusely after a routine tonsillectomy. She then went into cardiac arrest before being declared brain dead Dec. 12.

California health exchange braces for deadline


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's health insurance exchange is scrambling to help consumers as the deadline hits to enroll for coverage starting Jan. 1. Covered California, the agency overseeing the state's marketplace, says enrollments under the federal health law began ramping up dramatically as Monday's deadline approached.

They have surged to more than 20,000 in just one day, leading agency executive director Peter Lee to say December was "turning out to be an enormous month." Overall, the exchange has reported more than 109,000 enrollments through the end of November, the most recent date for which the exchange has released official figures. Customers who enroll in a health plan have until Jan. 6 to pay their premiums.

California bus crashes leave 1 dead, dozens hurt


FALLBROOK, Calif. (AP) — Authorities have identified a 64-year-old woman who was killed when a bus crashed on a Southern California freeway that was headed to a casino. The San Diego County medical examiner said Friday that Tayde Murguia of Los Angeles was killed when a bus overturned on Interstate 15 near Fallbrook. The vehicle was heading from Los Angeles to the Valley View Casino & Hotel. Nineteen others were injured, six of them seriously.

Two other buses crashed in Southern California on Thursday, injuring dozens of others. The causes of the crashes in Riverside and San Diego counties remain under investigation. Authorities say in each instance it was either raining or the roadways were slick from downpours.


 

Butte County shooting suspect caught in Siskiyou County


A Butte County shooting suspect on the run since November is arrested in Siskiyou County. 29-year-old Jonathan Scott was arrested Thursday  for allegedly shooting a man in the face. It happened in the Feather Falls area on property with a large illegal marijuana garden. Scott will be transfered to Butte County.

CA store owner who sold winning ticket to receive $1M


SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The owner of an eclectic, unassuming strip mall gift shop in Silicon Valley has earned $1 million for selling one of two winning tickets in the near-record $636 million Mega Millions drawing. Jenny's Gifts and Kids Wear owner Thuy Nguyen says people are now calling his shop, "lucky Buddha." Like Nguyen, most of his customers are immigrants from Vietnam or other Asian countries. The former hairstylist who emigrated from Vietnam in the early 1990s said he expects a boost in business — not that he needs it — after selling a winning ticket for the second-largest lottery prize in U.S. history. On Wednesday, the parking lot outside his store was crowded with more than a dozen television news vans. The person who bought the winning ticket from Nguyen had not yet come forward.

Former firefighter pleads not guilty in deadly Shasta Co. blaze


REDDING, Calif. (AP) — A former firefighter has pleaded not guilty to murder and arson in connection with a wildfire that killed one person and destroyed dozens of homes in rural Northern California. Zane Wallace Peterson of Happy Valley, Calif., entered the plea during his arraignment in Shasta County Superior Court on Wednesday. Prosecutors say the 29-year-old started two fires that turned into the massive Clover Fire in Shasta County in September. The blaze charred nearly 13 square miles, and destroyed 68 homes and 128 other structures. It also claimed the life of 56-year-old Brian Henry, whose body was found in a mobile home ravaged by fire. Peterson is also accused of starting six other fires since September and faces hundreds of other arson-related charges. He is being held on $3 million bail and is due back in court Jan. 2.

CA health exchange fixing mailed eligibility notices


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The agency that runs California's health insurance exchange is scrambling to correct a technical problem that left blank spaces in eligibility notices mailed to nearly 114,000 households, leading to consumer confusion just days ahead of the application deadline. A Covered California spokeswoman said Wednesday that the botched notices were mailed between Nov. 22 and Dec. 7. They went to people who had signed up under the state's rollout of the federal Affordable Care Act and were deemed eligible for coverage. In some cases, the notices said the applicant was eligible for coverage but not eligible for something else that was unspecified, with only a blank space at the end of the sentence. The forms also omitted tax credit amounts and whether the person was eligible for Medicaid.

Senate poised for budget passage


WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is expected today to pass a bipartisan budget that restores half the automatic spending cuts next year to the Pentagon and some domestic agencies. An additional $18 billion for 2015 would provide enough relief to essentially freeze spending at those levels for the year. But the bill also cuts inflation increases in pensions for military retirees under 62 years old, which many Republicans oppose. The House already has passed the measure, so it would go to President Barack Obama.

2 winners in Mega Millions


ATLANTA (AP) — There are at least two new multi-multi-millionaires today. Two winning tickets were sold in the $636 million Mega Millions drawing: one at a tiny newsstand in Atlanta, and the other more than 2,000 miles away in California. Mega Millions Executive Director Paula Otto says the lucky Georgia ticket in Tuesday's drawing was sold at a Gateway Newsstand in the affluent Buckhead area. Owner Young Soolee grinned as she arrived Wednesday morning at the shop, off the beaten path to the public and frequented by workers from the Alliance Center office building. The California ticket was sold at Jennifer's Gift Shop in San Jose.

Former firefighter charged with arson in Clover Fire


A former North State firefighter is charged with arson and murder for allegedly starting the devastating Clover Fire. Cal Fire arrested 28-year-old Zane Peterson of Happy Valley on Tuesday. Peterson faces more than 200 counts of arson. The Shasta Country District Attorney tacked on murder for the death of 56-year-old Brian Henry, who was the lone fatality in the massive weeklong September blaze that torched more than 8-thousand acres and 68 homes.

Budget bill moves toward final passage in Senate


WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan budget bill that would ease some but not all of painful budget cuts that would otherwise slam the Pentagon and domestic agencies has passed a pivotal test in the Senate. The Senate advanced the measure over a filibuster threshold on a 67-33 vote that ensures the measure will pass the Democratic-led chamber no later than Wednesday and head to the White House to be signed into law. Top Senate Republicans opposed the bill, which won sweeping GOP support in the House. The measure would ease for two years some of the harshest cuts to agency budgets required under automatic spending curbs commonly known as sequestration. It would replace $45 billion in scheduled cuts for the 2014 budget year already underway, easing about half of the scheduled cuts.


 

Gov Brown: CA could be a model for economic growth


MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) - California's Gov. Jerry Brown says the state could be a model for a national economic growth after cutting public programs, raising taxes on the wealthy and continuing to invest in infrastructure. Brown said just a few years ago people were calling California a failed state, but the fact is, from a $27 billion deficit the state now has a very significant surplus that can continue for many years to come. Brown spoke to about 100 technology business leaders yesterday at a Silicon Valley Summit focusing on innovation. Brown was elected for his third term as governor in 2010; since then, the state budget deficit dropped, while credit ratings improved.

Supreme Court won't hear appeal over Mich. sore loser law


WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court won't hear an appeal over Michigan's sore loser law that kept Gary Johnson from appearing as a Libertarian presidential candidate on the state ballot after running in the Republican primary. The high court Monday refused to hear an appeal from Johnson and the Libertarian Party of Michigan.

Johnson in the 2012 presidential election ran as a GOP presidential candidate in the primary, and then tried to run as the Libertarian presidential nominee. State law says candidates who run in a primary must run as the party's candidate in the general election or as an unaffiliated candidate. Johnson said the law should not apply to presidential elections, but the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the Michigan law. Justices decided not to review that decision.


 

Armed robbery at Chico Tower Mart


Local law enforcement is asking for your help in locating an alleged armed robber. The Butte County Sheriff's office says a man in a white hockey mask walked into the Tower Mart on West East avenue Saturday night, pointed a gun at the clerk and demanded cash. The suspect got away with an undisclosed amount of money. He's described as a white adult, approximately 5'8 with a medium to stocky build. Anybody with information is asked to contact the Butte County Sheriff's office.

28-year sentence in $100M Navy charity scam


CLEVELAND (AP) — A judge in Cleveland has handed down a 28-year sentence to a man convicted of masterminding a $100 million, cross-country Navy veterans charity fraud. Judge Steven Gall also ordered the defendant who identifies himself as 67-year-old Bobby Thompson to pay a $6 million fine. Authorities say the man is Harvard-trained attorney John Donald Cody. The prosecution had asked for a 41-year sentence and $6.3 million fine.

The defense has asked for a new trial, and his attorney has questioned the defendant's mental state. Thompson was convicted last month of racketeering, theft, money laundering and identity theft.


 

US retail sales rise 0.7 pct., most in 5 months


WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumers ramped up spending in November on cars, appliances and furniture and made more purchases online, signaling growing confidence in the economy during the holiday shopping season.

The Commerce Department says retail sales rose 0.7 percent, the biggest gain in five months. October's figure was also revised higher to 0.6 percent. Two straight months of healthy sales suggests steady hiring is encouraging Americans to spend more this holiday season, particularly on big-ticket items. Auto sales jumped 1.8 percent and furniture purchases rose 1.2 percent. Excluding the volatile categories of autos, gas and building materials, sales rose a solid 0.5 percent in November. Americans also are shifting more spending to online and catalog retailers. Online and catalog sales rose 2.2 percent last month, the most in nearly 18 months.


 

US unemployment aid applications surge to 368,000


WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits rose 68,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 368,000, the largest increase in more than a year. The surge could be a troubling sign if it lasts. But it likely reflects the difficulty adjusting for delays after the Thanksgiving holiday. The Labor Department says the less volatile four-week average rose 6,000 to 328,750. That is close to pre-recession levels and generally a positive sign for job gains. Applications for unemployment aid are a proxy for layoffs. A steady decline over the past year suggests that fewer Americans have lost their jobs. Economists will track the next few weeks closely to see if that trend is reversing, or if the surge is a temporary blip caused by seasonal adjustments.


 

CA lawmakers call for drought declaration


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — With another dry winter looming, California lawmakers are calling 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.

The lawmakers cited the California Department of Water Resources' announcement of low water deliveries for Central Valley agriculture due to low rainfall projections. While a drought has not been declared, a dry 2014 would be the third straight year with subpar rainfall. Most of the state's water comes from the Sierra snowpack, so in dry years water managers dramatically cut deliveries due to environmental concerns. The governor did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Judge: CA death row lacks care for mentally ill


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that California is providing inadequate treatment to mentally ill inmates on death row, though he's leaving it up to the state to decide how to fix the problem. U.S. District Judge Lawrence Karlton ordered state officials Tuesday to work with a court-appointed overseer to find solutions. Options include creating a specialized inpatient psychiatric treatment facility at San Quentin State Prison or another prison.

Jeffrey Callison, a spokesman for the state corrections department, said officials are reviewing the order. Michael Bien, an attorney who represents the welfare of mentally ill inmates, called the judge's ruling "a very significant victory." The ruling comes as part of an ongoing 23-year lawsuit that has led to sweeping changes in the state prison system, including a sharp reduction in overcrowding.

Pope Francis is Time's Person of the Year


NEW YORK (AP) — Pope Francis has been selected by Time magazine as the Person of the Year. In only his first year, the pope was selected by the magazine's editors as the person who had the greatest impact on the world, for good or bad, during 2013. Time Managing Editor Nancy Gibbs said Pope Francis had changed the tone, the perception and focus of one of the world's largest institutions in an extraordinary way. Leaker Edward Snowden finished second as Time announced its choice on the "Today" show Wednesday.

Sebelius asks for investigation of flawed healthcare website


WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's top health official is asking for an investigation into the administration's botched rollout of HealthCare.gov. The website was supposed to have been the online portal to insurance coverage under the new health care law, but technical problems turned it into a frustrating bottleneck for millions of consumers. It's working better now after two months of repairs. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a blog post early Wednesday that she is asking the department's inspector general to investigate the contracting process, management and performance and payment issues that may have contributed to the flawed launch. The announcement comes as Sebelius heads to Capitol Hill for another round of grilling before the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Deficit hawk pans newly-minted budget deal on Hill


WASHINGTON (AP) — A leading congressional deficit hawk says a bipartisan budget agreement hammered out on Capitol Hill is mostly a patch-work approach that fails to address wasteful spending that is contributing to a ballooning federal debt. Republican Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma says the accord announced by GOP Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Democratic Sen. Patty Murray of Washington state likely was the best that could be achieved, but says he can't support it. The political accommodation would restore some $63 billion in automatic spending cuts. Coburn tells MSNBC in an interview Wednesday that it doesn't go far enough toward genuine deficit reduction and doesn't attack duplication in federal programs. He says, for instance, there are 47 separate federal job-training programs, costing about $31 billion a year, which duplicate each other.

US job openings reach 5-year high, a hopeful sign


WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers advertised the most job openings in more than five years in October, and the number of people quitting also reached a five-year high. The figures are an encouraging sign for the unemployed.

The Labor Department says job openings rose 1 percent to a seasonally adjusted 3.93 million. That is the highest figure since March 2008, three months after the Great Recession began. And the number of workers who quit rose 2.5 percent to 2.39 million, the most since October 2008. A rising number of workers quitting can signal a healthy job market, because it means most of these people likely either have a new job or are confident they can find one. Total hiring, though, slipped 2.6 percent to 4.5 million after reaching a five-year high in September.


 

Covered California has backlog of 25,000 requests


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's health insurance exchange has a backlog of 25,000 paper applications that must be processed by Dec. 23 for the applicants to get health insurance starting in the new year. Roy Kennedy, a spokesman for Covered California, said Monday some of the applications were from insurance agents who were unable to access the online portal in the first few days after the exchange opened on Oct. 1. He says the agency has added staff to help. Still, the California Association of Health Underwriters says those workers are only entering basic information, and insurance agents are being asked to check the site several times a day for clients whose applications need to be entered. Insurance companies also must bill the customers and receive payment by Jan. 1.

California deputy in teen shooting to resume duty


SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California sheriff's deputy who shot and killed a 13-year-old boy is returning to duty. The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports Deputy Erick Gelhaus will be on a desk assignment while the Sonoma County district attorney reviews an investigative report and determines whether he committed criminal wrongdoing. Gelhaus has been off patrol since shooting Andy Lopez seven times on Oct. 22 after mistaking a BB gun the boy was carrying for an assault rifle. Assistant Sheriff Lorenzo Duenas said Friday that Gelhaus underwent mental health screening and was cleared to come back to duty this week. The shooting has led to numerous protests, and Duenas says Gelhaus has received threats. Lopez's family has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit seeking damages.

Ex-San Diego mayor to be sentenced for harassment


SAN DIEGO (AP) — Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner will be sentenced Monday on felony and misdemeanor charges. He pleaded guilty in October to charges related to placing a woman in a headlock, kissing another woman and grabbing the buttocks of a third. In a plea agreement, prosecutors say they will recommend that he get three months of home confinement and three years of probation. The 71-year-old Democrat left office Aug. 30, amid widespread allegations that he sexually harassed women.

Obama mourns death of icon Nelson Mandela


WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the world has lost an influential, courageous and 'profoundly good' man with the death of anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela. Obama says Mandela "no longer belongs to us. He belongs to the ages." Mandela died Thursday at the age of 95. Speaking from the White House, Obama said he was one of the countless millions around the world who was influenced by Mandela. Obama met with Mandela's family earlier this year when he visited South Africa. But he did not meet with the ailing leader, who was hospitalized throughout the U.S. president's visit.

UN chief calls Mandela 'a giant for justice'


UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says Nelson Mandela was "a giant for justice" whose "selfless struggle for human dignity, equality and freedom" inspired many people around the world. "No one did more in our time to advance the values and aspirations of the United Nations," he told reporters soon after Mandela's death was announced Thursday. "Nelson Mandela showed what is possible for our world, and within each one of us, if we believe a dream and work together for justice and humanity," Ban said. "Let us continue each day to be inspired by Nelson Mandela's lifelong example to keep working for a better and more just world." The U.N. Security Council interrupted a meeting on the tribunals for former Yugoslavia and Rwanda and stood for a minute in silent tribute to Mandela.

California couple conceives rare identical triplets


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Doctors at a Northern California hospital say a couple has given birth to a rare set of naturally conceived identical triplets. The Sacramento Bee reports Abby, Brin and Laurel Hepner were born Nov. 22 at Sutter Memorial Hospital to Hannah and Tom Hepner, of Quincy. The triplets were produced when a single, fertilized egg split into three. Dr. William Gilbert, director of Sutter Women's Services, says the odds of producing identical triplets without fertility drugs range from 1-in-1-million to 1-in-100-million. He said the rarity makes it difficult to more accurately calculate the frequency of such births. Abby weighed 3 pounds, 2 ounces; Brin 3 pounds, 11 ounces; and Laurel 4 pounds. The triplets are still in the hospital until they can maintain body temperature and eat properly.

Poll: Californians divided over Obama's health reforms as president's job approval declines


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Californians twice voted overwhelmingly for President Barack Obama, but they are split on his most important domestic policy achievement — health care reform. A Public Policy Institute of California survey released Wednesday finds that just 44 percent of Californians favor Obama's Affordable Care Act, while the same percentage has an unfavorable opinion. In better news for the new law, two-thirds of uninsured residents say they plan to get insurance by next year now that it is more available to them. Nearly a quarter said they would opt to remain without health insurance. At the same time, Obama's job approval rating has taken a hit, with 51 percent of Californians approving. That matches a record low from two years ago and is down 10 points from last summer.

The survey was conducted the month after the Affordable Care Act's online marketplaces went live on Oct. 1, a disastrous rollout for the federal exchange that serves 36 states. The Public Policy Institute survey interviewed 1,700 adults by telephone from Nov. 12-19 and has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.6 percentage points.

White House pushes for jobless aid extension


WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is stepping up efforts to extend jobless benefits to long-term unemployed Americans, arguing that more than a million people will lose the assistance if it isn't renewed by the end of the month, slowing economic growth.

 

In a report released Thursday, the White House Council of Economic Advisers and the Labor Department concluded that if Congress allows benefits, to expire 3.6 million people will lose access to the benefits by the end of 2014.

 

Democrats are pressing for legislation continuing a program in place since 2008 that gives federally paid benefits to jobless people after their 26 weeks of state benefits run out. Republicans in the GOP-controlled House oppose it.

 

"Despite ten consecutive quarters of GDP growth and 7.8 million private sector jobs added since early 2010, the unemployment rate is unacceptably high at 7.3 percent, and far too many families are still struggling to regain the foothold they had prior to the crisis," the report states.

 

The report notes that Congress has renewed the benefits when unemployment has been lower than the current 7.3 percent. New jobless numbers for November will be released Friday.

 

The Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday that the Democratic legislation would cost $25 billion but stimulate the economy by 0.2 percent next year and create 200,000 jobs. Other estimates say the benefits would stimulate the economy by place the economic growth

 

The report says that since 2008, nearly 24 million workers have received the unemployment insurance benefits.

More than 11 million Americans remain unemployed; of those, more than 4 million have been unemployed for more than 26 weeks.

 

The White House report coincides with a hearing in Congress Thursday organized by Democrats in which unemployed people will testify about the financial cliff they face if benefits are cut off.

 

The report challenges studies cited by Republicans that the benefits have actually depressed job creation since 2008 because it forces companies to increase wages to keep and attract workers.

 

The White House report, however, argues that for workers to use jobless benefits as leverage for higher wages, they would have to threaten to resign their jobs. Workers who quit are not eligible for the unemployment insurance.


 

Survey: US companies add 215K jobs, most in year


WASHINGTON (AP) — A private survey shows U.S. businesses last month added the most jobs in a year, powered by big gains in manufacturing and construction. Payroll processor ADP says companies and small businesses added 215,000 jobs in November. And ADP says private employers added 184,000 jobs in October, much stronger than its initial estimate of 130,000. The ADP numbers cover only private businesses and often diverge from the government's more comprehensive report. Last month, the Labor Department said private businesses added 212,000 jobs in October. The Labor Department will report on November job growth Friday.


 

Northern California city votes to ban electronic cigarettes


RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California city has voted to ban electronic cigarettes in enclosed public spaces, including fenced parks. The Contra Costa Times reports the Richmond City Council voted Tuesday to adopt a new ordinance that would prohibit e-cigarettes. Violations can be met with fines of up to $1,000, City leaders and health advocates believe the smokeless devices may be dangerous to smokers and those around them. E-cigarettes allow users to inhale nicotine vapor instead of tobacco fumes. They are not yet regulated by the federal Food and Drug Administration agency. E-cigarette sales surged from about 50,000 in 2008 to 3.5 million in 2012, and the number of children who reported trying the product has increased, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report.


 

Chico City Council told to come up with debt reduction plan


Chico's City Council is put on notice about a deficit reduction plan. Administrative Services Director Chris Constantin told the Council Tuesday night that auditors are concerned about the city's multi-million dollar deficits. The E-R reports he suggested bringing a reduction proposal to the council later this month. Otherwise auditors could ask the city to repay debts immediately. The city is more than 15-million-dollars in the red.

More California voters disapprove of Obama's job performance


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A new Field Poll finds that California voters increasingly disapprove of President Barack Obama's job performance while fewer than half support his handling of health care. The poll released today shows that 51 percent of registered voters approve of the job Obama is doing, the lowest mark in two years. Meanwhile, just 43 percent approve of his handling of health care, while half disapprove

Chico Police: Holiday weekends a drain on resources


Chico Police say the cost for a busy Halloween weekend came to more than 60-thousand-dollars. The department says even though officers modified shifts to cut down on overtime costs, it still cost the department just over 42-thousand-dollars in regular wages and 20-thousand-dollars in overtime. Already dealing with budget cuts and a decrease in manpower, police say special events like Halloween coverage continue to be a signifigant drain on police resources due to necessary staffing levels for just a small segment of the community.

High court ends a Christian university's lawsuit over ACA


WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has turned away a Christian university's attempt to overturn a key part of the Obama administration's health care law. The justices did not comment Monday in leaving in place a federal appeals court ruling dismissing Liberty University's lawsuit. Liberty made several arguments in challenging the portion of the health care law that requires most employers to provide health insurance to their workers or pay a fine. The 4th U.S. Circuit of Appeals in Richmond, Va., rejected those claims. The Supreme Court separately is considering whether for-profit corporations can mount religious objections to the law's requirement to include birth control among preventive health benefits.

More people shopping, but spending less


NEW YORK (AP) — The National Retail Federation says people have been spending less on holiday shopping than they did last year. The trade group says a record 141 million people likely shopped in stores and online from Thanksgiving Day to Sunday. Last year, 137 million people shopped during the four day stretch. But spending is expected to fall for the first time ever since the group began tracking in 2006. It says over the four days this year, spending fell an estimated 2.9 percent.

Chico PD look for carjacker


Chico Police are looking for a carjacking suspect. Police say the victim heard his car start Saturday evening on the 500 block of Humboldt Road. The victim was able to catch up to the suspect and tried to stop him through the driver side door. A struggle ensued but the victim wasn't able to stop the suspect. Police eventually found the vehicle abandoned. The suspect his a Hispanic man, 20 to 30 years old and was wearing a brown hooded sweatshirt. Anybody with information is asked to call Chico Police.

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