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BC-CA--California News Digest,1st Add, CA

March 26, 2014

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ATTORNEYS GENERAL-BORDER CRIMES

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Attorneys general from five U.S. states have formally invited their Mexican counterparts to participate for the first time in the annual gathering of the top law enforcement officials in the western United States, part of an intensifying effort to combat cross-border gangs. California Attorney General Kamala Harris tells The Associated Press that the Mexican officials were asked to attend the Conference of Western Attorneys General meeting July 20-23 in Park City, Utah. By Don Thompson. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 350 words by 4:30 p.m.

ARROYO TOAD

LOS ANGELES — Federal wildlife officials on Wednesday proposed to downgrade the status of the arroyo toad from endangered to threatened, saying the amphibian is no longer in danger. Environmental groups said the move was premature. The small, stocky toad lives in streams and rivers from Monterey to Baja California. It was listed as endangered in 1993 after suffering habitat loss and threats from other frogs. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 350 words by 4:30 p.m.

FACEBOOK-BIG BETS

NEW YORK — Facebook’s latest multibillion dollar acquisition of virtual reality headset maker Oculus is prompting some people to wonder if CEO Mark Zuckerberg is already living in an alternate reality. Longtime technology analyst Roger Kay wonders whether Zuckerberg “is nuts” for agreeing to pay $2 billion for Oculus less than five weeks after inking a deal to buy WhatsApp for $19 billion. Oculus, which got its start on the crowdfunding site Kickstarter, doesn’t have a consumer product on the market, just the promise of bulky virtual reality goggles that have generated huge buzz in the video gaming community. By Barbara Ortutay and Michael Liedtke. SENT: 819 words, photo.

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