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    Neel Kashkari: I spent a week living as a homeless person

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California's Republican candidate for governor said he spent a week living as a homeless person in search of a job to test Gov. 
    Scores of utility workers struggled Wednesday to plug leaking valves in Westwood after Tuesday's ruptured water main spilled more than 20 million gallons onto Sunset Boulevard and portions of UCLA grounds.  
     
    According to a statement released in response to a federal indictment filed against the company Tuesday in San Francisco, PG&E claims it never obstructed an investigation into the deadly 2010 San Bruno gas pipeline blast and that it has taken accountability for what happened.  
     
    Bank of America, once again, is picking up the bill for the damages caused -- the latest buffeting since the bank's disastrous acquisition of the Calabasas high-risk lender six years ago. A New York judge ordered Bank of America to pay nearly $1.3 billion in penalties in a civil fraud case involving a mortgage program that Countrywide had nicknamed "the hustle."  
     
    Fire crews strengthened old containment lines on Wednesday, as they tried to keep a blaze in Yosemite National Park away from a grove of treasured giant sequoia trees.  
     
    This barren, desert prison is where O.J. Simpson lives

    Some here call it the 'O.J. House,' the only gated community in a vast stretch of desert rich in gold and silver, pioneer trails and proud, isolated towns north of Reno. 
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    Aperitif hour

    Move over, Fernet. Refreshing, house-made seasonal aperitifs are finding their way into low-alcohol cocktail programs from San Mateo to Berkeley and San Francisco. With the launch of Sonoma Aperitifs in Penngrove and the rerelease of a classic 1997 book about these fortified libations, we'd say the trend is about to overflow from its tiny cordial glass.