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POSTED November 18, 2012 5:53 p.m.

CISCO SYSTEMS TO BUY MERAKI FOR $1.2 BILLION: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Cisco Systems Inc., the world's largest maker of computer networking gear, said Sunday it is buying Meraki for $1.2 billion to expand its ability to let customers compute in the cloud.

Cloud computing refers to the increasingly popular practice of storing software applications in remote data centers that are accessed over the Internet instead of installing programs on individual machines.

Meraki Inc. is based in San Francisco and also has offices in New York, London and Mexico. The privately held company was founded in 2006 by members of MIT's Laboratory for Computer Science. Meraki technology offers customers Wi-Fi, switching, security and mobile device management centrally managed from the cloud.

Meraki will form Cisco's new Cloud Networking group, led by Meraki CEO Sanjit Biswas. The company said on its website it had originally planned to remain independent and go public, but joining Cisco will help it achieve its goal of hitting $1 billion in revenue a year.

SOLEDAD PRISON NURSES BEING INVESTIGATED: MONTEREY . (AP) — State and federal officials are conducting parallel investigations into allegations of wrongdoing by some nurses at a Soledad prison.

Investigators are looking into possible payroll fraud, as well as accusations that go as far back as 2009, some nurses diverted pharmaceutical narcotics that were intended for inmates, and falsified medical records to cover up for the missing drugs at Soledad's Correctional Training Facility, the newspaper said in its Sunday edition and on its website Saturday.

Under a court order, health care at the prison is being overseen by the federal receiver's office.

The state Auditor's Office; the Department of Consumer Affairs, which oversees registered and vocational nursing boards; and the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, whose internal investigations unit is working in conjunction with the receiver's office, were conducting the investigations, said Joyce Hahoe, a spokeswoman for federal receiver's office.

SUSPECT ARRESTED IN SHOOTOUT HELD ON OTHER CRIMES: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The man arrested by San Jose police Friday after a high-speed chase and shootout with officers is also suspected in the killing of a man during a carjacking attempt and of four armed robberies, police said.

Jonathan Wilbanks was being held on suspicion of homicide, the attempted murder of a police officer and armed robbery, police spokesman Sgt. Jason Dwyer said Sunday.

Wilbanks, 26, was one of two men in a car that a San Jose police officer had spotted a little after 9 p.m. Friday that fit the description of the getaway car used in the robberies and in the fatal shooting of a 22-year-old man during the carjacking attempt, Dwyer said.

When the officer stopped several car lengths behind the suspects in intersection, both suspects jumped out of their car, approached the officer's car and started shooting as the officer ducked for cover inside his squad car, Dwyer said.

3 PEOPLE DEAD IN I-5 CRASH NEAR COALINGA: COALINGA (AP) — Police say three people are dead and a fourth person is hospitalized after a crash on Interstate 5 near Coalinga.

The California Highway Patrol said  the crash took place around 7:40 a.m. Saturday when a sports utility vehicle heading northbound crossed over to the other side of the freeway and hit another SUV heading in the opposite direction.

The CHP says the three people who died were pronounced dead at the scene. The injured person was airlifted to a Fresno hospital.

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