California Drought: Plans to make State Water Project flow backward shelved for this year

The plan, which was developed by the Santa Clara Valley Water District, based in San Jose, would have moved about 35,000 acre-feet of water -- enough for 175,000 people a year and about 10 percent of Santa Clara County's total need this year -- from underground aquifers near the town of Wasco in Kern County to San Luis Reservoir, west of Los Banos.  
A wrongful death claim filed Monday against Contra Costa County centers on missed opportunities to seek urgent medical help for a clearly impaired teen in foster care who was found dead in his bed Dec. 19 after displaying signs of severe drugging.  
 
Closely watched California legislation that would extend free or low-cost health care coverage to immigrants who are in the country illegally is on hold until month's end, when it will either be moved to the full Senate for a vote or shelved.  
 
A 24-year-old man was found dead from head trauma in a home in San Francisco's Visitacion Valley neighborhood on Friday and police are considering the case a homicide, a police spokeswoman said Monday.  
 
The CEO of SurveyMonkey and the husband of Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg died suddenly Friday night while reportedly traveling abroad with Sandberg.  
 
(Patrick Tehan/Bay Area News Group)
'An Ember in the Ashes' poised to set YA market afire

After a launch party April 28 at Kepler's Books, Sabaa Tahir of Mountain View will embark on a seven-city national book tour; and Paramount has already snapped up the movie rights in a seven-figure deal and foreign rights have been sold in 24 countries.