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5 California Things to Know for Wednesday

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

1. DETAILS OF ROBIN WILLIAMS' DEATH EMERGE

Although police have now revealed how Robin Williams committed suicide, the Oscar-winning actor's fans, friends and even family continue to struggle to understand why someone who spread so much joy throughout the world decided to stop living.

2. BALLMER'S A BALLER AS NEW OWNER OF LA CLIPPERS

Steve Ballmer finally has an NBA outlet for his rah-rah displays of emotion as the new owner of the Los Angeles Clippers. The former Microsoft CEO's record $2 billion purchase of the team has been confirmed by a Los Angeles judge.

3. WATER VOTE PLANNED WITH DEADLINE LOOMING

Pressed by a deadline and California's severe drought, state lawmakers are scheduled to vote today on a measure that would swap out an existing water bond on the November ballot and authorize billions in borrowing to pay for new reservoirs, groundwater cleanup and habitat restoration.

4. AUTHORITIES: MAN STABS FAMILY SAID IT WAS HIS DESTINY

Authorities say a man stabbed to death his elderly father, then killed his two young sons, his mother and finally the family dog, then calmly called police to the home in Santa Barbara County and told detectives the killings were his destiny.

5. JUDGE TO CALIFORNIA: TEACH KIDS ENGLISH

A Los Angeles judge has ordered the state of California to educate all children who don't speak English, saying it needs to take action after reports showed a quarter of school districts failed to meet that state and federal requirement.

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