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Netanyahu to cap California tour with museum visit 


(AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's three-day tour of California has included a Hollywood premiere and a swing through Silicon Valley. It concludes Thursday with a stop somewhat closer to home.

Netanyahu and Gov. Brown sign pro-business pact 


(AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a swing through the Silicon Valley to meet with high-tech leaders and sign a pro-business agreement with Gov. Jerry Brown.

Redwood park closes road to deter burl poachers 


(AP) — Authorities say unemployment and drug addiction have spurred an increase in the destructive practice of cutting off the knobby growths at the base of ancient redwood trees to make decorative pieces like lacey-grained coffee tables and wall clocks.

Facebook to delete posts for illegal gun sales 


(AP) — Under pressure from gun control advocates, Facebook agreed Wednesday to delete posts from users selling illegal guns or offering weapons for sale without background checks.

US agency demands recall data from General Motors 


(AP) — U.S. safety regulators are demanding that General Motors turn over documents detailing what the company knew when about a dangerous ignition problem that has been linked to 13 car-crash deaths.

Sierra snowpack one-third normal; outlook mixed

(AP) — Weather watchers in the Sierra Nevada say they need a "Miracle March" to recover from an abysmal winter that has produced only one-third of the normal snowpack by this time of year.

Dish, Disney deal envisions Internet-delivered TV 


(AP) — Dish Network and Disney have reached a landmark deal that envisions the day when Dish will offer a Netflix-like TV service to people who'd rather stream TV over the Internet than put a satellite receiver on their roof.

Reports: Facebook may buy solar drone company

(AP) — Facebook is in talks to buy Titan Aerospace to step up its efforts to provide Internet access to remote parts of the world, according to reports in the technology blog Techcrunch and financial news outlet CNBC.

NY judge rules for Chevron in Ecuador case

(AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday blocked U.S. courts from being used to collect a $9 billion Ecuadorean judgment against Chevron for rainforest damage, saying lawyers poisoned an honorable quest with their illegal and wrongful conduct.

Former NAACP president moves to venture capital 


(AP) — Just months after stepping down as head of the nation's largest civil rights organization, former NAACP President Benjamin Jealous is changing his career from an East Coast political activist to a West Coast venture capitalist, a switch he hopes will help further his goal of growing opportunities for blacks and Latinos in the booming tech economy.