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Human Rights, Political Control Hit PRC Soft Power

According to a yearly survey published by the consultancy Portland and the University of Southern California, China now ranks 27th in the world for soft power, falling two places since last year. China has made soft power a key policy objective, devoting between $10bn and $12bn a year to improving i...

20-year-old gets life terms for torturing, killing 2 kids

SALINAS, Calif. (AP) — A 20-year-old man has been sentenced to life terms for torturing and starving two children whose bodies were found in a Northern California storage unit. KSBW-TV in Salinas reports that Gonzalo Curiel was sentenced Wednesday for the 2015 killings of a 7-year-old boy and...

The Latest: Legal fight brewing over California beach access

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on access to a gated beach in Northern California (all times local): 12:55 p.m. A neighborhood group has rejected a plan by California regulators that sought to open up access to a gated beach south of San Jose that’s popular with surfers. The Opal C...

Intel acquires small chipmaker to bolster efforts beyond CPUs

REUTERS: Intel Corp said on Thursday that it plans to acquire eASIC, a small chipmaker that will help further Intel's efforts to diversify away from CPU chips. Intel did not disclose terms of the deal for eASIC, which is based in Intel's hometown of Santa Clara, California. An Intel spokeswoman ....

California regulators weigh public access to gated beach

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — The California Coastal Commission was set to decide Thursday whether access to a secluded beach can be restricted by a 9-foot iron fence, a locking gate with a annual key fee and a gate attendant. The commission will vote on whether the resident-run program that has ...

The Latest: Elderly man beaten bloody thanks key witness

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the beating of a 92-year-old man in Southern California (all times local): 7 p.m. A 92-year-old man beaten repeatedly in the face with a brick in Los Angeles says he’s thankful that a passer-by took video of the aftermath of the attack and tried her best...