5 California Things to Know for Thursday

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Your daily look at late-breaking California news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:

1. POWERBALL

Winning ticket for $425 million jackpot sold at a convenience store in Milpitas.

2. POSITIVE TRAIN CONTROL

Southern California’s Metrolink commuter train network has begun use of crash-avoidance technology more than five years after deadly head-on crash.

3. COVERED CALIFORNIA

More than 800,000 Californians have signed up for insurance through mid-February on the state’s health care exchange.

4. CALIFORNIA DROUGHT

Gov. Jerry Brown, top Democratic lawmakers propose $687 million plan to elp to drought-stricken communities, including $15 million for those with dangerously low drinking water supplies.

5. WHATSAPP

Facebook is placing a $19 billion bet on reaching its next billion mobile users with the acquisition of messaging service that lets people send texts, photos and videos on their smartphones.

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