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Jalen Hurts had one of Philadelphia’s four rushing touchdowns and the Eagles soared into the Super Bowl, forcing both of San Francisco’s quarterbacks out of the game with injuries and beating the wounded 49ers 31-7 in the NFC championship game. The Eagles won the Super Bowl five years ago with a different coach and quarterback. They'll try to do it again behind the formidable duo of Hurts and Nick Sirianni. Philadelphia will play either the Cincinnati Bengals or former Eagles coach Andy Reid’s Kansas City Chiefs. Miles Sanders ran for two touchdowns and linebacker Haason Reddick made the hit that forced 49ers rookie quarterback Brock Purdy out of the game with an elbow injury.

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Three women killed in a weekend shooting at a short-term rental home in an upscale Los Angeles neighborhood have been identified, while police continued to search for suspects. Four other people were wounded, two critically, when gunfire erupted around 2:30 a.m. Saturday at the property in the Beverly Crest area. The Los Angeles County coroner’s office on Sunday identified those killed as: Iyana Hutton, 33, of Chicago; Nenah Davis, 29, of Bolingbrook, Illinois; and Destiny Sims, 26, of Buckeye, Arizona. Investigators are trying to determine if there was a party at the rental home or what type of gathering was occurring at the time off the shooting.

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Patrick Mahomes scrambled for a first down on his badly sprained right ankle and then was shoved late out of bounds by Joseph Ossai, giving Harrison Butker a chance to kick a 45-yard field goal with 3 seconds left that gave the Kansas City Chiefs a 23-20 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC title game. The Chiefs finally beat the Bengals after three straight losses, including a three-point overtime defeat in last year’s conference championship game. They advanced to play the Philadelphia Eagles in their third Super Bowl in four years.

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Police video of the deadly beating of Tyre Nichols by officers in Memphis, Tennessee, is hard to watch. The images are a glaring reminder of repeated failures of efforts to prevent police brutality. Nearly 32 years ago, the savage beating of Rodney King by police in Los Angeles sparked calls for reform. Such brutal scenes have repeated themselves, with police killing roughly three people per day since 2020. The Memphis officers were fired and face murder charges, and their so-called Scorpion unit has been disbanded by the police chief. But advocates say nothing less than a cultural change in law enforcement will provide the safety and liberty Black people demand.

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Competing priorities, outsized demands and the federal government's retreat from a threatened deadline all combined to thwart a voluntary deal last summer on how to drastically cut water use from the parched Colorado River. That's according to emails obtained by The Associated Press that largely cover communication among water officials in Arizona and California. The documents depict a desire to reach a consensus but persistent disagreement over how much each state could or should give. As a mid-August deadline approached and ultimately passed without a deal, one manager warned: “We're all headed to a very dark place.” The states have since regrouped and are trying to reach a grand bargain by Tuesday. The alternative is having the federal government dictate cuts.

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Actor Annie Wersching, best known for playing FBI agent Renee Walker in the series “24” and providing the voice for Tess in the video game “The Last of Us,” has died. She was 45. She passed away Sunday morning in Los Angeles following a battle with cancer, her publicist told The Associated Press. The type of cancer was not specified. Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Wersching appeared on dozens of television shows over the course of her two-decade career. She had recurring roles on “Bosch,” “The Vampire Diaries,” Marvel’s “Runaways,” “The Rookie” and, most recently, the second season of “Star Trek: Picard."

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A Southern California mountain lion studied by the National Park Service was killed after a likely vehicle strike earlier this month on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu. Officials say the radio-collared cougar known as P-81 was found dead along the route near Point Mugu on Jan. 22. A necropsy will confirm the 4-year-old male died as a result of being hit by a car. The park service says at least 34 mountain lions have been killed by vehicles since 2002 within its study area, which includes the Santa Monica Mountains, Simi Hills and Verdugo mountains.

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Increasingly it feels like America is at war with itself. From a triple homicide in New Orleans just days into the new year to the shooting of a Virginia teacher by a 6-year-old to a series of mass shootings in California. Simply keeping track of the shootings has become difficult, with locations and details and explanations running together into a blur of bloodshed and heartbreak. But if it might make you think America has gone numb to gun violence, Zeneta Everhart would like a word. Everhart’s then-19-year-old son survived after being shot in the neck in May when a gunman stormed into into a Buffalo supermarket.  "I don’t think that the country is becoming numb to it, but I think that the country is frustrated,” she said. “I think that people are tired.”

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“Avatar: The Way of Water” claimed the No. 1 spot on the domestic box office charts for the seventh weekend in a row with an additional $15.7 million according to studio estimates on Sunday. Second place went to Universal and DreamWorks’ family-oriented offering “Puss In Boots: The Last Wish,” which made $10.6 million in its sixth weekend. Third place was claimed by “A Man Called Otto" The meme-able horror “M3GAN,” a Universal release, came in fourth place with $6.4 million and while fifth place went to the Indian blockbuster “Pathaan." Following Tuesday's Oscar nominations, Several studios also re-released their best picture nominees in theaters.

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A Northern California district attorney has confirmed that a farmworker charged with killing seven people was enraged by a $100 work-related repair bill. San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe says Chunli Zhao told investigators his supervisor demanded that he pay for damage to his forklift after it collided with a bulldozer on a mushroom farm. Zhao says the co-worker operating the bulldozer was to blame for the crash. Authorities say the 66-year-old man shot and killed four people and wounded a fifth Monday at California Terra Garden in Half Moon Bay, south of San Francisco. He then allegedly went to a former worksite and killed three former co-workers.

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The 67 minutes of body camera and surveillance footage released in the death of a Memphis man at the hands of police give a glimpse of a harrowing night that oscillates between brutality and nonchalance. After capturing horrific images of Tyre Nichols being punched, kicked, shocked, pepper-sprayed and dragged by officers, he is left bloodied in the street, unattended to, as officers chit-chat, complain, laugh and even exchange a fist-bump and back pat. The video's release has spurred protests around the country. Nichols, who was Black, is to be laid to rest at a funeral on Wednesday. Five officers, also Black, have been arrested and charged with murder.

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Police in northwestern Arizona say a bystander was struck by gunfire during a shootout between a suspect and officers at a recreational vehicle resort. Bullhead City police say in a statement that a man in a trailer at the Silver View RV Resort shot at officers Friday night, and they returned fire. It adds that one of the rounds from the suspect ripped through another trailer “and struck an innocent bystander.” The victim was hospitalized and was expected to survive. Police on Saturday identified the suspect as 41-year-old Kyle Schafer but did not say what charges he may face. No officers were hurt. The shooting will be investigated by an outside police agency.

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Authorities say police in Northern California shot and wounded a 17-year-old male wielding a knife Friday. Tracy Police Department officials say in a statement they received a call Friday afternoon about one male with a knife chasing another male. Police say the officer dispatched to the site ordered the suspect to drop the knife, but he did not and continued to advance on the officer. The officer said he feared for his safety and fired his gun. The teen is in serious but stable condition and is expected to survive. Tracy is a city in San Joaquin County about 60 miles (100 kilometers) east of San Francisco.

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Authorities say three people were killed and four others wounded in a shooting at a multi-million dollar short-term rental home in Los Angeles early Saturday. The shooting happened just after 2:30 a.m. in the upscale Beverly Crest neighborhood. Los Angeles police say the three who were killed were in a vehicle. Police Sgt. Bruce Borihahn says investigators don't have any information on suspects in the shootings. Two people who were shot were taken to the hospital in private vehicles and two were transported by ambulance. Borihahn says two victims are in stable condition and two are listed as critical. This is at least the sixth mass shooting in California this month.

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If Vegas oddsmakers are correct — and there’s a reason those casinos are huge and luxurious — then football fans are in for a treat this weekend. The NFL’s conference championship weekend is here: The Philadelphia Eagles will host the San Francisco 49ers for the NFC title while the Kansas City Chiefs host the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC. Both games are Sunday. The gambling odds are tight for both games, though both home teams have a slight edge. The Eagles are a 2 1/2-point favorite while the Chiefs are favored by 1 1/2 points, according to odds from FanDuel Sportsbook. The winners will meet in the Super Bowl on Feb. 12 in Glendale, Arizona.

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The U.S. population center is on track this decade to take a southern swerve for the first time in history. Last year, the South outgrew other U.S. regions by well over 1 million people. If the trend continues through this decade, by 2030 the mean center of the U.S. population will head due south from a rural county in the Missouri Ozarks. It will be the first time in U.S. history without a westward extension. Since the population center was first calculated in 1790, it has moved continuously westward. Experts say the southern allure has to do with housing affordability, lower taxes and remote work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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As mass shootings are again drawing public attention, states across the U.S. seem to be deepening their political divide on gun policies. A series of recent mass shootings in California come after a third straight year in which U.S. states recorded more than 600 mass shootings involving at least four deaths or injuries. Democratic-led states that already have restrictive gun laws have responded to home-state tragedies by enacting or proposing even more limits on guns. Many states with Republican-led legislatures appear unlikely to adopt any new gun policies after last year's local mass shootings. They're pinning the problem on violent individuals, not their weapons.

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As mass shootings are again drawing public attention, states across the U.S. seem to be deepening their political divide on gun policies. A series of recent mass shootings in California come after a third straight year in which U.S. states recorded more than 600 mass shootings involving at least four deaths or injuries. Democratic-led states that already have restrictive gun laws have responded to home-state tragedies by enacting or proposing even more limits on guns. Many states with Republican-led legislatures appear unlikely to adopt any new gun policies after last year’s local mass shootings. They're pinning the problem on violent individuals, not their weapons.

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Three weeks into the new era of the House Republican majority, the risks of Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s leadership style are clearly taking hold. In the interest of opening up the legislative process, McCarthy is allowing freewheeling debate. And this past week saw dozens of amendments during a robust debate on an oil and gas drilling bill. He's trying to allow the hard-right and pragmatic Republicans equal seats at the table. But the dilemma for McCarthy is that the GOP agenda will be subjected to prolonged debates and delays, and there's the chance that nothing gets done at all.

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A mobile app for migrants to seek asylum in the United States has been overwhelmed since it was introduced this month in one of several major changes to the government’s response to unprecedented migration flows. New appointments are made available daily. But migrants are increasingly frustrated by a variety of error messages. Many can’t log in. Others are hopeful when they get a date, only to be deflated when the screen freezes at final confirmation. The daily ritual resembles a race for concert tickets when online sales begin for a major act.

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Ronna McDaniel has become the longest serving leader of the Republican National Committee since the Civil War. But now, she must confront a modern-day civil war within the GOP. Republicans gathered this week at a luxury Southern California hotel are deeply frustrated about the party’s struggles in three consecutive national elections, yet there is no consensus among the fighting factions on how to move forward. On one side: a growing number of elected officials eager to move beyond former President Donald Trump. On the other: the vocal “Make America Great Again” wing, which has no cohesive agenda but is quick to attack the status quo.

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Tyre Nichols was brutally attacked by police in Memphis after they pulled him over Jan. 7. Video of the deadly beating was released to the public on Friday. Family and friends remember Nichols as a generous, lovable man who worked hard to be a good father to his 4-year-old son. He was passionate about photography. He was an avid skateboarder and hailed from Sacramento, California. He got stuck in Memphis during the coronavirus pandemic, but didn't mind because he was with his mother. They were close, and she says she's still in shock he won't walk through her door anymore.

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The driver of a car that plunged 250 feet off a treacherous cliff in northern California, injuring his two young children and his wife, has been released from the hospital and jailed on suspicion of attempted murder and child abuse. The San Mateo County District Attorney's Office announced Friday that Dharmesh Patel is being held without bail. The Pasadena man was behind the wheel of a Tesla sedan that went over the cliff at Devils Slide on Jan. 2. Rescuers initially hailed the family’s survival as a miracle, but the California Highway Patrol later arrested Patel, saying investigators had cause to believe the plunge was an intentional act.

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Newly released video shows the husband of former U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi struggling for control of a hammer with his assailant during an attack in the couple’s San Francisco home last year. The footage was released Friday after a coalition of news agencies, including The Associated Press, sought access to evidence prosecutors played in court during a preliminary hearing last month. The San Francisco District Attorney’s Office had refused to make it available to journalists. The evidence includes portions of Paul Pelosi’s 911 call, as well as images from Capitol police surveillance cameras, a body camera worn by one of the responding police officers and a recording from the suspect's police interview. David DePape has pleaded not guilty in separate state and federal cases.

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Officials in Nevada say a key stretch of the main freeway between Los Angeles and Salt Lake City will be closed all weekend as part of a project to reshape a busy interchange serving the Las Vegas Strip. Interstate 15 will be shut down late Friday to early Monday to allow for demolition of a big overpass at Tropicana Avenue. The Nevada Department of Transportation says motorists will face detours between Flamingo and Russell roads. The department calls the 18-month project “Dropicana.” Designers say that when it's finished in mid-2025, the overpass will be higher and wider for traffic, and safer for pedestrians walking between some of the city’s biggest casino-hotels and venues including Allegiant Stadium and T-Mobile Arena.

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Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant wants to add caste to the city's anti-discrimination policy in Seattle workplaces, saying discrimination takes place based on the South Asian practice of assigning people their social status at birth. The Seattle Times reports Sawant said this week that South Asian American and other immigrant working people face caste discrimination in workplaces including in the tech and hospitality sectors. Sawant is the city’s only Indian American council member, and a socialist who recently announced she will leave the council when her term expires later this year. Seattle's anti-discrimination policy currently includes gender, age, race and sexual orientation.

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A Trader Joe’s store in Louisville, Kentucky, has voted to unionize. The National Labor Relations Board says workers at the store voted 48-36 in favor of the union on Thursday evening. The store will now join two other unionized Trader Joe's stores that have already begun bargaining for a contract with the grocer. Trader Joe’s stores in Massachusetts and Minnesota were the first to unionize last summer. Workers say they're seeking higher pay, better benefits and safer working conditions. Trader Joe's didn't respond to a request for comment Friday.

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Groups representing social workers and women say they have succeeded in forcing a small Ohio city to significantly narrow its abortion ban and dropped their lawsuit. The National Association of Social Workers and the Abortion Fund of Ohio said their move Jan. 12 followed the city of Lebanon removing provisions that made aiding and abetting an abortion a crime. The city opted to revise the law rather than defend it in court. But the leader of the Texas group that pushed the ban said the revisions were of little consequence to the fact that abortion remains illegal in Lebanon from conception.

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The archives of the late Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunne have been acquired by the New York Public Library. The material spans letters and wedding pictures to manuscripts and screenplay drafts. The library announced the acquisition Friday. Didion and Dunne were married from 1964 until his death in 2003. They were among the world’s most prominent literary couples and the letters in their archives include correspondence with Jacqueline Kennedy, Tennessee Williams, Nora Ephron and former Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, a childhood friend of Didion’s who spoke at her memorial last year. Didion and Dunne each published numerous books, and collaborated on several screenplays.

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A 45-year-old man was taken into custody after a fire erupted and ravaged a two-story building in Los Angeles while police were trying to investigate him for battery. The fire broke out Thursday in the Westlake district building, which had small businesses on the ground floor and about eight residential units on the second floor. Police Capt. Aaron Ponce says the victim of the alleged battery is the sister of the suspect, who had broken into her apartment. Ponce says officers saw him armed with a knife, and during a standoff he threw burning clothing and trash at police. The man was eventually taken into custody. More than 100 firefighters knocked down the flames.

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Two months after undergoing surgery for serious burns, Jay Leno is now contending with a number of broken bones after being knocked off a motorcycle. The comedian and former “Tonight Show” host told a Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist Thursday that he broke his collarbone and two ribs and cracked his kneecaps on Jan. 17. The November garage fire and January wreck both stemmed from his passion for working on vintage vehicles. Last week, it was a vintage motorcycle. He insisted he was OK and would even be working this weekend, adding that the intense coverage of the November fire made him reluctant to say anything.

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A comet is streaking back our way after 50,000 years. NASA says the dirty snowball last visited during Neanderthal times. It will come within 26 million miles of Earth on Wednesday before speeding away again. And it might not return for millions of years. Discovered less than a year ago, this harmless green comet already is visible in the northern night sky with binoculars and small telescopes. It's expected to brighten in the Northern Hemisphere as it draws closer and rises higher over the horizon. Skygazers in the Southern Hemisphere will have to wait until next month.

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The federal government will allow Medicaid dollars to treat some people in prisons, jails or juvenile detention centers for the first time ever. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced Thursday that it will allow California inmates to access limited services, including substance use treatment and mental health diagnoses, 90 days before being released. Since Medicaid was established, federal law has prohibited Medicaid money from being used for people who are in custody, with inmates having access to their health care coverage suspended.

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Nick Sirianni is getting his flowers figuratively instead of thrown at his face. The chest-bumping, sideline-prancing, expletive-tossing head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles has won over a tough city that questioned his credentials and mocked his introductory news conference when he was hired two years ago. Sirianni has the Eagles in the NFC championship game and now he’s becoming more popular than Rocky Balboa in the city of cheesesteaks and Liberty Bell.  The Eagles will host the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday with a chance to reach the Super Bowl for the fourth time in franchise history and second time in six seasons. Sirianni is leading the way with his swagger and an offensive system labeled “unstoppable” by CBS analyst Tony Romo, the former Dallas Cowboys quarterback.

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Former Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren’s name is on the U.S. Navy’s newest fuel ship. Justice Elena Kagan smashed a champagne bottle against its hull in a shipyard ceremony in San Diego last weekend. Two other justices soon will join Warren, who in 1954 wrote the Brown v. Board of Education decision that outlawed segregation in public schools. Their ships are in a group being named for civil rights leaders. The Navy has awarded contracts for the construction of the Thurgood Marshall and the Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Warren is not the first justice with a naval vessel bearing his name, though the earlier ones are lesser-known. Warren died in 1974.

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The shooting that left four dead at a California mushroom farm on Monday was at least the second time an employee tried to kill a coworker on the property. Court documents and a case summary from the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office show California Terra Garden manager Martin Medina was charged with attempted murder after he threatened to kill the other manager and then fired a gun into the man’s trailer. The bullet went through the trailer and into a neighboring one. Charging documents obtained by The Associated Press show the second trailer was home to Yetao Bing, who was killed in Monday's shooting.

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President Joe Biden says the nation's prayers are with two California cities where 18 people were killed in separate mass shootings over the last week. Biden says the people of both communities will forever be affected by the shootings and the nation has to “be there” for them. He led a moment of silence in their honor during a Lunar New Year reception Thursday at the White House. On Sunday, a gunman killed 11 people at a ballroom dance hall in Monterey Park. Seven other people were killed on Monday in Half Moon Bay when another gunman opened fire at two mushroom farms.

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Powerful Santa Ana winds across Southern California were clocked as high as 112 mph, toppling trees, prompting the closure of San Diego's iconic Balboa Park after a woman was briefly pinned by a eucalyptus, and blowing over big rigs on several highways. The National Weather Service says top gusts Thursday hit 112 mph in the San Gabriel Mountains north of Los Angeles and more than 90 mph near Julian in the San Diego County mountains and near Banning Pass in Riverside County. In eastern San Diego County, the California Highway Patrol has directed high-profile vehicles off Interstate 8. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports a woman was injured when a towering eucalyptus tree fell in San Diego’s Balboa Park.

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Those killed when a gunman opened fire at a Los Angeles-area dance hall are being remembered by friends and family for the zest for life that brought them out that night to celebrate the Lunar New Year. Eleven people were killed when a gunman opened fire on Saturday night at the Star Ballroom Dance Studio, a dance hall in Monterey Park that is popular with older Asian Americans. Among those killed were 70-year-old Diana Tom. In a statement her family says she was a “hard-working mother, wife and grandmother who loved to dance."

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In less than 48 hours, two gunmen went on shooting rampages at both ends of California that left 18 dead and 10 wounded. The unrelated massacres at a dance hall in a Los Angeles suburb on Saturday night and a pair of mushroom farms south of San Francisco on Monday have dealt a blow to the state, which has some of the nation’s toughest firearm laws and lowest rates of gun deaths. As communities mourned the dead, Democratic politicians repeated calls for tougher gun controls on the national level. Here are some things to know about the shootings.

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The Oakland Athletics have spent many years trying to get a new stadium. Time is running out on their efforts. They have watched Bay Area neighbors such as the the Giants, Warriors, 49ers and Raiders successfully move into state-of-the-art venues. The A's have been negotiating for a stadium in Oakland or Las Vegas. Oakland officials want to keep the A's, but they have been careful about spending public money. Las Vegas officials aren't likely to provide public funding. The A's also could explore other cities.

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SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) _ Heritage Commerce Corp. (HTBK) on Thursday reported fourth-quarter net income of $20.8 million.

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Restaurants are beginning the new year with a recurring problem: labor shortages. Chipotle is looking to hire 15,000 people in North America ahead of the busy spring season, while Taco Bell has more than 25,000 listings for crew members posted on its website. The National Restaurant Association says U.S. restaurants have added jobs for 24 consecutive months. But restaurant employment is still 3.6% lower than before the pandemic, or the equivalent of 450,000 jobs. In a November survey, 62% of restaurant operators said they didn't have enough staff to meet customer demand.

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Conservative attorney John Eastman — a lead architect of some of former President Donald Trump’s efforts to remain in power after the 2020 election — is facing disciplinary charges in California that could lead to his disbarment. The State Bar of California’s chief trial counsel says the 11 charges stem from allegations that Eastman assisted Trump with a strategy — not supported by facts — to overturn the legitimate results of the election. In a statement from his lawyer, Eastman — the former dean of Chapman University law school in Southern California — disputed the charges. The State Bar office intends to seek Eastman’s disbarment.

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A man who sold fentanyl-laced pills that killed a 15-year-old San Diego County boy has been sentenced to 13 years in federal prison. Authorities say 21-year-old Kaylar Beltranlap was sentenced Tuesday for distributing fentanyl. Prosecutors say that in 2021, he made an online drug transaction to sell Clark Salveron counterfeit oxycodone pills laced with fentanyl. The Coronado teen was found dead the next day in his bedroom from acute fentanyl intoxication. He pleaded guilty last July.

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Colorado lawmakers unanimously voted to push forward a bill that would create a $2 million pilot program to use cameras and artificial intelligence technology to help identify fires before they burn out of control. The bill was approved by a Senate committee Thursday, and comes a year after the most destructive wildfire in the state’s history scorched nearly 1,100 homes. The goal is for cameras and an AI algorithm to detect the plume of smoke and alert first responders who can stomp out the blaze before it grows. The proposed pilot program to help quench increasingly drastic wildfires in Colorado will move to the state Senate Appropriations Committee next.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) _ OP Bancorp (OPBK) on Thursday reported net income of $8 million in its fourth quarter.