Two people are dead in a head-on crash near Oroville. Highway 70 was closed most of Wednesday afternoon because of the crash. The CHP says the victim's pickup drifted in front of a semi truck which didn't have time to stop. The man and woman inside the pickup died. The driver of the semi was taken to Oroville Hospital with undisclosed injuries. Investigators say they don'y know what caused the man drift in front of the rig.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell 10,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 340,000, a sign that employers are laying off very fewer workers. The Labor Department's first-time application figures were largely free of the distortions that had elevated the data earlier in the month. The 16-day partial government shutdown and backlogs in California due to computer upgrades still inflated the four-week average. The average rose 8,000 to 356,250, the highest since April. Still, those distortions are no longer affecting the weekly data, a government spokesman said. The shutdown ended Oct. 16. Applications are now close to the pre-recession levels that were reached in August, before California's computer problems distorted the data.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Is peewee football too early to wonder about concussions? Maybe not: A major report says far too little is known about the risks in youth sports, especially for athletes who suit up before high school. And it's not just a question for football. The Institute of Medicine found no one knows how often the youngest athletes suffer concussions or which sports have the highest rates. Nor is it clear if better headgear ever will help. The Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council are calling for a national system to track sports-related concussions and start answering those questions. Despite a decade of increasing awareness of the seriousness of concussions, the panel found young athletes still face a "culture of resistance" to reporting the injury.
A man gets prison time a year after throwing a nearly fatal punch. 21-year-old Andres Rodriguez of Citrus Heights was sentenced in Butte County Court this week to four years for punching 22-year-old Tyler Burton last year. The two were involved in a conflict near West Eighth and Cherry Streets when Rodriguez punched Burton who fell down and hit his head causing brain damage. The E-R reports Rodriguez was also ordered to pay more than one-million-dollars in restitution for medical bills.
LOS ALTOS, Calif. (AP) — The Silicon Valley home where Apple co-founder Steve Jobs grew up and built some of his first computers is now on the city's list of historic properties. The Palo Alto Daily News reports that the historical commission in the city of Los Altos voted unanimously for the historic designation Monday night. Any proposed renovations to the ranch-style home now require additional review. The home is owned by Patricia Jobs, Steve Jobs' sister. The commission didn't need her permission for the designation although she could appeal its decision to the city council. Zachary Dahl, a senior planner with the city, said Patricia Jobs requested corrections to the city's evaluation of the property, but then didn't respond when it was sent to her for review.
NEW YORK (AP) — Team USA will now wear the Made in the USA label. Every article of clothing made by Ralph Lauren for the U.S. Olympic athletes in Sochi has been made by domestic craftsman and manufacturers. Ralph Lauren Corp. used more than 40 vendors, from ranchers in the rural West to yarn spinners in Pennsylvania to sewers in New York's Garment District for the closing ceremony outfits unveiled Tuesday. The ensemble includes a navy peacoat with a red stripe, a classic ski sweater with a reindeer motif and a hand-sewn American flag, and a tasseled chunky-knit hat. During the 2012 games in London, it was a flashpoint in the media and among Washington politicians that much of the U.S. apparel was made overseas, especially China.
WINDSOR, Calif. (AP) — More than 1,000 people turned out for a service to remember a 13-year-old boy who was shot and killed by a sheriff's deputy in Northern California. The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports hundreds of mourners wore white Sunday at the request of the mother of Andy Lopez, who was killed last week. Only about 150 people could fit into the viewing service at a Windsor mortuary, and a long line of people waited to pay their respects.
Authorities say Lopez was carrying a pellet gun that looked like an AK-47 assault rifle when a Sonoma County sheriff's deputy shot him. The shooting has generated numerous protests and marches in Santa Rosa, with many residents questioning the deputy's decision to fire on the youth. Santa Rosa is about 50 miles northwest of San Francisco in California's wine country.
Already faced with budget cuts and less manpower, Chico Police say Halloween is going to cost more than in years past. Police say the department could spend up to 75-thousand-dollars in overtime for three days of staffing. The E-R reports one sergeant says there is no cost-recovery mechanism either. Halloween is on a Thursday this year, which means police will have to patrol for three days, and they are expecting an influx of out-of-towners. Along with increased patrols, the jail will be fully staffed in anticipation additional arrests.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown says problems remain in California's prison system even as he argues that conditions have improved so much that the state should take over control from the federal courts. During a speech Thursday in Washington, D.C., Brown called the system a mess, "although far less of a mess than it ever was before." He said he knows improvements are still needed "because the federal courts have a gun at my head ..."
That was a reference to a federal judicial panel threatening him with contempt if his administration did not meet the court's demand to reduce the prison system by an additional 9,600 inmates by the end of the year. The judges have since extended the deadline. The long-running legal case focuses on improving inmate medical care.
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Family members of the victims of a fatal Bay Area limousine fire have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against six different companies. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the lawsuit claims the companies were responsible for the vehicle malfunction that caused the May 4 fire that trapped nine women, killing five of them, as they drove over the San Mateo Bridge. Investigators say a failure of the air suspension system caused the fire.
Limo Stop Inc., Ford Motor Co., Bay Area Limousine Repair Inc., Accubuilt Inc., Accubuilt Acquisition Holdings Inc., and DaBryan Coach Builders Inc. are named in the suit. Each is responsible for manufacturing or modifying the limousine. No criminal charges were filed. The Chronicle says company representatives could not immediately be reached for comment.
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — An autopsy report shows the 13-year-old boy who was killed by a Northern California sheriff's deputy while holding a pellet gun was shot seven times. The preliminary report from the Sonoma County coroner's office says the two fatal wounds hit Andy Lopez in his right hip and the right side of his chest. Investigators believe the deputies who encountered the boy Tuesday afternoon fired eight rounds. The timeline released by Santa Rosa police says those shots were fired within 10 seconds of the deputies' first report of a suspicious person. The deputies say the teen was carrying what looked like an assault rifle and had his back toward them at first. They ordered him to drop the weapon, but instead he turned toward them. Only after the shooting did they realize that he was carrying a pellet gun that looked like an AK-47.
A packed house at Chico's City Council meeting Tuesday as city leaders heard from business owners and concerned citizens about homelessness and public safety. Most said the city needs to find a way to restore funding to its police force. Business owners and interests say crime has increased as the City of Chico has had to scale back budgets and public safety due to the city's ongoing financial problems. The only action the council took was directing the city-attorney to revise the failed sit-lie ordinance, which many councilors said they might reconsider with changes. It's slated to be reviewed on November 5th.
DETROIT (AP) — Nissan Motor Co. is recalling nearly 152,000 Nissan and Infiniti SUVs to fix faulty brake control software that could increase the risk of a crash. The recall covers some Nissan Pathfinders from the 2013 and 2014 model years, as well as the 2013 Infiniti JX35 and its successor model, the 2014 QX60. Nissan says that during light braking on rough roads, the antilock brake software could cause longer-than-expected stopping distances. Nissan will notify owners within 60 days, and dealers will reprogram the antilock brakes free of charge. Owners can contact Nissan at (800) 647-7261.
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Northern California sheriff's officials and family members say deputies shot and killed a 13-year-old boy who was carrying a replica assault weapon. Two Sonoma County deputies saw the boy walking with the replica weapon around 3 p.m. Tuesday in Santa Rosa. Lt. Dennis O'Leary says they repeatedly ordered him to drop what appeared to be a rifle before firing several rounds. The boy fell to the ground. Deputies handcuffed him and began administering first aid, but he was pronounced dead at the scene. O'Leary says deputies also found a plastic handgun in his waistband. The boy's father, Rodrigo Lopez, told the Press Democrat of Santa Rosa the victim was his 13-year-old son, Andy. The deputies have not been identified.
ROME (AP) — Israel's prime minister says the world should not accept what he called a "partial deal" to curb Iran's nuclear program — just as it would not have allowed the Syrian government to keep any of its chemical weapons stockpile. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (neh-ten-YAH'-hoo) told U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday that negotiators must require Tehran to end all enrichment on uranium, get rid of any fissile material and close water plants and underground bunkers Netanyahu said are only necessary to build a nuclear bomb. Netanyahu's comments came at the start of what's expected to be a long day of talks with Kerry in Rome. Kerry maintained that Iran must convince the world that its nuclear program is peaceful, as Tehran insists it is.
WASHINGTON (AP) — An experimental hepatitis C drug from Johnson & Johnson appears to be slightly more effective at eliminating the virus than currently available treatments, though federal safety reviewers say it also causes rash and sunburn in some patients. The Food and Drug Administration posted its review of simeprevir online ahead of a public meeting Thursday where experts will vote on whether to recommend the drug's approval. More than 3 million people in the United States have Hepatitis C, a blood-borne disease linked to 15,000 deaths a year. The drugs currently used to treat the virus cure about 65 to 75 percent of people after a year of treatment. FDA said simeprevir cured 80 percent of patients who had not previously been treated for the disease.
DENVER (AP) — Two Colorado cantaloupe farmers are expected to plead guilty under a deal with federal prosecutors in the 2011 listeria outbreak that killed 33 people. Eric and Ryan Jensen have a change-of-plea hearing scheduled in federal court in Denver on Tuesday. They were charged last month with introducing adulterated food into interstate commerce. At the time, the Food and Drug Administration said the rare move was meant to send a message to food producers. Criminal charges are rare in food-borne illnesses, but the FDA under President Barack Obama has been more aggressive in pursuing farmers and food processors for alleged lapses. The brothers filed documents last week notifying the court that they would plead guilty to unspecified charges under their agreements.
A Thermalito man was shot during a fight over a woman. The shooting happened early Sunday afternoon on Sweem Street. Butte County Sheriff Sgt. Mike Lydon told the E-R that the shooting was a result of both men getting into a physical fight over a woman both men had been dating. One man had a concealed weapon and as the two men fought the gun was discharged striking the victim in the leg. The man was taken to the hospital. His condition was serious but not life-threatening. Nobody was arrested. but the case will be forwarded to the District Attorney.
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added just 148,000 jobs in September, suggesting the job market was weakening before a 16-day partial government shutdown. Still, the September gain was enough to lower the unemployment rate, which comes from a separate survey. The Labor Department says the rate fell to 7.2 percent, from 7.3 percent in August and a five-year low. The economy has added an average of 143,000 jobs a month from July through September, down from 182,000 from April through June. Revisions to the previous two months were mixed. Employers added 193,000 jobs in August, better than the initial estimate of 169,000. But they added just 89,000 in July, the fewest in more than a year and below the previously reported 104,000. The report was delayed 2 ½ -week because of the shutdown.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will take up a Florida case over how judges should determine if a death row inmate is mentally disabled, and thus ineligible for execution. The justices said Monday they will review a Florida Supreme Court ruling that upheld the death sentence for a man who scored just above the state's cutoff for mental disability as measured by IQ tests. Freddie Lee Hall was sentenced to death for killing Karol Hurst, a 21-year-old, pregnant woman who was abducted leaving a grocery store in 1978. Florida law prohibits anyone with an IQ of 70 or higher from being classified as mentally disabled. Hall's scores on three IQ tests ranged from 71 to 80. In 2002, the Supreme Court banned the execution of mentally disabled inmates.
The French government has summoned U.S. Ambassador Charles Rivkin to explain a French newspaper report that the National Security Agency swept up 70.3 million French phone records in a 30-day period. Rivkin says he assured the French diplomatic talks over the issue will continue. The French government, which issued the request Monday, called the practice "totally unacceptable" and wanted to know why the U.S. spied on one of its closest allies. Spying among allied countries is common, but the scope of the NSA surveillance, as revealed by leaker Edward Snowden, was larger than expected. Le Monde reported that some conversations were automatically recorded, and that the surveillance operation also swept up text messages based on key words. Similar programs have been revealed in Britain, Brazil, Mexico and Germany.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is acknowledging his health care law's rollout "hasn't worked as smoothly as it's supposed to work." Obama is encouraging Americans who want to sign up for insurance under new government exchanges to keep trying. He spoke from the White House's Rose Garden. The remarks came at Obama's first health care event since widespread problems with sign-ups online became apparent. He blamed problems in part to an overwhelming response. He says the program doesn't depend on website and there are other ways to sign up.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Applications for unemployment benefits dropped 15,000 to a seasonally adjusted 358,000 last week, though the figure was distorted for the second straight week by California's efforts to clear backlogged claims. The Labor Department says the less volatile four-week average rose 11,750 to 336,500. California is working through a large backlog caused by computer upgrades. Michigan has also been clearing a backlog that occurred after similar computer changes. Applications also rose by 15,000 two weeks ago because of the partial government shutdown, as furloughed private-sector workers sought benefits. The spokesman wouldn't say what the impact was last week. About 70,000 furloughed federal employees sought benefits in the week ended Oct. 5, but they aren't included in the overall totals. The government opened for business on Thursday after a 16-day shutdown.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress might reach a last-minute deal to avert a federal default and fully reopen the government. But elected officials are likely to return to the same sort of grinding brinkmanship next year. House-Senate talks are barely touching the underlying causes of debt-and-spending stalemates that pushed the country close to economic crises in 2011, again last December and again this month. At best, Congress and the White House will agree to fund the government and raise the limit on federal borrowing for a few months. They also will set up another bipartisan effort to address the major causes of the federal debt. Those include restricted revenue growth and entitlement benefits that rise automatically. But advocates see no change in the political dynamics that stymied past bids for big compromises.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A law enforcement official says a baggage handler at Los Angeles International Airport got dry ice from an airplane and allegedly made the two dry ice bombs that exploded this week. Twenty-eight-year-old Dicarlo Bennett has been booked for investigation of a destructive device near an aircraft and is being held on $1 million bail.
Police are looking for three suspects in a stabbing in an alley. It happened Tuesday night along Fairway Alley around 10:30 PM. Police say the female victim reports being confronted by three Hispanic men for an unknown reason. She says she didn't know the suspects and didn't do anything to provoke them. She was physically assaulted and stabbed in her arm. Anybody with information is asked to call Chico Police
Chico Police are looking for witnesses to a stabbing in downtown. It happened Tuesday night at Chico's City Plaza park. Police say a transient reported being stabbed in the lower back after an altercation with the suspect. The victim was able to make to a local business to call for help. His wound isn't life-threatening. Anybody with information is asked to call Chico police.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has rejected California's appeal of a lower-court order that could force the state to release thousands of California prison inmates before they complete their sentences. The justices did not comment on their order Tuesday, which leaves in place the earlier ruling by a panel of three federal judges requiring California to reduce its prison population by an additional 9,600 inmates to improve conditions. California Gov. Jerry Brown has argued that the state cannot meet that goal without releasing dangerous felons and jeopardizing public safety. In 2011, the justices ruled that the judges had the authority to order California to reduce inmate overcrowding as the key condition for improving prison medical care. The decision comes as state officials are in settlement talks with attorneys representing inmates.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Construction is slated to restart Tuesday at the new $1.2 billion San Francisco 49ers showcase stadium, after police and fire investigators determined a worker's death was an accident and not a crime.
Officials at the scene say a delivery truck driver was crushed early Monday by a bundle of rebar being unloaded from his truck. The construction company building the stadium, Turner/Devcon, says an ambulance rushed the severely injured worker to a local hospital, where he died. A workplace safety investigation is underway. It's the second death at the site since construction began. In June, an elevator mechanic was killed at the stadium when he was struck by a counterweight while working in a shaft.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A major San Francisco Bay Area transit system will continue to run train service after unions and management agreed to extend labor talks past a midnight deadline. Bay Area Rapid Transit unions had said they would go on strike Tuesday if they didn't reach a contract deal by midnight Monday after extending stalled negotiations from over the weekend. The possibility of a strike loomed as the unions gave management a 24-hour reprieve from what would've been the second strike in more than three months. BART workers walked off the job for nearly five days in July. That strike resulted in traffic jams and long lines for buses. BART is the nation's fifth-largest rail system. It serves about 400,000 riders each weekday.
Investigators have released the name of a man shot to death in Palermo. The Butte County Sheriff's Office says the body of 43-year-old Lewis Newton of Oroville was found around 5:30pm Friday at home on Gene Lane. Few details are being released about the homicide. Anybody with information is asked to contact the Butte County Sheriff's Office.
CHICAGO (AP) — A new poll shows about half of working people 50 and older plan to retire at a later date than they previously expected. The survey released Monday by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research shows older Americans are embracing a revised vision of retirement. They're not just working longer but continuing to work even after retiring from their primary career. More than 80 percent of those workers say it's at least somewhat likely they will do some work for pay even after retirement. Workers 50 and older plan to retire at about 66, nearly three years later than their expectation when they were 40. Finances, health and the need for employer benefits are most likely to play a role in retirement timing.
NEW YORK (AP) — Microsoft is updating its Windows software for cellphones to accommodate larger devices and make it easier for motorists to reduce distractions while driving. Devices with this update will start appearing in the coming weeks, and older phones will be eligible for a free upgrade, too. Something that may appeal to motorists: a new Driving Mode will automatically silence incoming calls and texts so that you can focus on the road. You also can configure the feature to automatically send out a reply to say that you're driving. What the Driving Mode won't do, however, is block outgoing calls or texts. And there will be ways to override it. The new update also will allow for better resolution to accommodate larger phones.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Flights are back to normal at Los Angeles International Airport after a plastic bottle containing dry ice exploded in an employee bathroom. The Sunday evening explosion caused a commotion in LAX's terminal 2 and delays of up to four flights after airport police halted security screening. No injuries were reported. FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller says the bathroom was in an area of the terminal that was not accessible to the public. Investigators are trying to determine how the bottle wound up in the bathroom.
Few details are available about a homicide in Palermo. The Butte County Sheriff's office says it was called to a home on Gene Lane Friday evening. They found the body of 43-year-old Lewis Newton of Oroville. Investigators say he was shot to death. While the sheriff's office says it was called to the home about the deceased male, it isn't releasing information on a suspect or a motive. Anybody with information is asked to call the Butte County Sheriff's office.
BEIRUT (AP) — A Syrian official says awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to the global chemical watchdog underscores "the credibility" of the Damascus government and its intentions to destroy its toxic arsenal. Fayez Sayegh, a lawmaker and member of President Bashar Assad's ruling Baath party, says the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons should work to rid the entire Middle East — including Israel — of weapons of mass destruction. Sayegh told The Associated Press shortly after the Nobel announcement was made in Oslo on Friday that he hopes the OPCW "wins more Nobel prizes for peace" in the future. He says Syria is "giving an example to countries that have chemical and nuclear weapons." The U.N. has mandated the OPCW to rid Syria of its stockpile of chemical weapons by mid-2014.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican senators who'll meet with President Barack Obama at the White House today say they'll present their own options for ending the partial government shutdown and the debt limit standoff. Obama met yesterday with House Republicans, after which the White House said "no specific determination was made." The debt standoff is likely to be the prime topic when the 188-nation International Monetary Fund and the World Bank meet in Washington this weekend. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke will represent the United States at the discussions.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits jumped by 66,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 374,000. But the spike was largely because California processed a huge backlog of claims and the partial government shutdown prompted some contractors to cut jobs. The sharp rise comes after the average fell to a 6 ½-year low last week. The Labor Department says the less volatile four-week average rose 20,000 to 325,000. A government spokesman said about half the weekly increase occurred in California, where official processed applications that were delayed several weeks ago by a computer upgrade. One-quarter of the increase reflected applications from employees at government contractors. Federal workers temporarily laid off by the shutdown may also file for benefits. But those figures won't be published until next week.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Democratic lawmakers on key policy committees say they want to limit California's practice of keeping hundreds of inmates in solitary confinement for years, sometimes decades, as a way of controlling violent prison gangs. They held the first in a planned series of hearings Wednesday in response to an inmate hunger strike this summer that at one point involved more than 30,000 of the 133,000 inmates in state prisons. The inmates were protesting conditions for gang leaders held in isolation at Pelican Bay and three other prisons. Democratic Assemblyman Tom Ammiano of San Francisco says their treatment reminds him of animals in a zoo. Prison officials say they already have changed the rules to limit use of the isolation units and let gang members earn their way out through good behavior.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A landmark restaurant that's been a San Francisco fixture for 150 years has now become a casualty of the federal government shutdown, putting more than 170 people out of work. Cliff House, a private establishment, is perched atop the cliffs overlooking Ocean Beach and Seal Rocks. It has drawn tourists and locals alike since it opened in 1863 with its spectacular views and menu items like spinach ricotta pine nut ravioli and baked Alaskan halibut filet. But as a concessionaire of the Golden Gate National Recreational Area, which is operated by the National Park Service, it's been forced to shutter its doors during the shutdown. Last week, the restaurant closed for four days but defiantly reopened on Monday. On Tuesday afternoon, however, federal authorities ordered it to close again.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A new report recommends several changes to California's ballot initiative process as a way to better engage voters and increase trust in state government. The report released Tuesday by the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California comes amid increasing criticism that California's 102-year-old initiative process has been hijacked by wealthy individuals and well-funded special interest groups pushing their own narrow agendas. The report recommends giving the Legislature a chance to shape citizen ballot initiatives and disclosing the backers of initiative campaigns. It also recommends allowing voters a do-over several years after an initiative passes and they have been allowed to experience its impacts. The Public Policy Institute found that nearly three-quarters of Californians support letting voters make laws and change public policies at the ballot box. But a similar margin also recognizes that the initiative system has flaws that could be corrected.
REDDING, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a man has died three days after a chase with police where he ran a truck into a wall and stole a patrol car. The Shasta County coroner says 33-year-old Steven Motley died Tuesday at Mercy San Juan Hospital in Sacramento after the chase with Redding police. The coroner says Motley was returned to Redding and an autopsy will be performed Thursday. Deputies tell the Redding Record-Searchlight Motley fled from an officer Saturday in a pickup that had been reported stolen. Deputies say Motley ran into a wall with the truck then fled on foot, and the officer ran after him. They say he then stole the officer's cruiser. Police found him in a backyard and subdued him, but discovered he wasn't breathing and tried to save him.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Unmarried and same-sex couples will be ensured the same access to insurance coverage for fertility treatments as heterosexual couples under a bill Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law. The governor's office announced Tuesday that he had signed AB460 by Democratic Assemblyman Tom Ammiano of San Francisco. The bill clarifies the non-discrimination provision of an existing state law that requires health plans to offer coverage for fertility treatments, except for in vitro fertilization. Despite that law, Ammiano says many same-sex couple have been denied the coverage. In praising Brown's signature on his bill, Ammiano said fertility treatments are "for everybody's benefit." The California Association of Health Plans, which represents insurers, says its initial concerns with the bill were addressed and it took no position on the final version.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats can expect rejection from Republicans when Democrats propose a stand-alone measure to increase the government's borrowing cap. They could make that move today, with a test vote coming later this week. Republicans want the measure to contain budget cuts to make a dent in deficits. But it's not clear if the GOP will try to filibuster the Democrats' plan. The Senate move comes as the partial government shutdown enters its eighth day with no end in sight.
Two people were able to escape a Red Bluff house fire, but one occupant wasn't. Cal Fire says Sunday's blaze on Volcano Way claimed the life of a man in his 60's. Investigators say the man was trapped when crews arrived, and by the time they were able to gain entry he'd passed away. Damage is estimated 150-thousand dollars. The cause of the mobile home fire is under investigation.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Lawmakers and Gov. Jerry Brown hope to bring California's underground economy into the open in an effort to boost tax collections. The Democratic governor on Monday announced signing legislation that is intended to reduce the amount of tax revenue eluding the state each year. An analysis of AB576 says about $9 billion in potential tax revenue goes uncollected each year, due in large part to income that is under-reported or not reported at all. Evading tax payments reduces the amount of money available to fund government services, leaves workers without basic job protections and creates unfair competition for legitimate businesses. The bill by Democratic Assemblyman V. Manuel Perez of Coachella creates a pilot program until 2019 for several state agencies to join forces to combat criminal tax evasion.
BALI, Indonesia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is defending the capture by American forces of a terrorism suspect in Libya. He says complaints from the Libyan government that the operation was a kidnapping are unfounded. Speaking on the sidelines of an Asia-Pacific economic conference in Indonesia on Monday, Kerry said the weekend seizure in Tripoli of the suspected al-Qaida operative complied with U.S. law. He said the suspect was a "legal and appropriate target" for the U.S. military and will face justice in a court of law. Kerry added it was important not to "sympathize" with wanted terrorists. The suspect is accused of involvement in the 1998 bombings of the U.S. Embassies in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi, Kenya, which killed more than 220 people.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The No. 2 House Democrat says a key factor extending the government shutdown is fear among moderate Republicans about a tea party challenge. Maryland's Rep. Steny Hoyer says he believes 140 to 160 of the 232 House Republicans "think what's being done right now is irrational." Hoyer tells MSNBC Monday these lawmakers are "looking over their shoulders" at potential tea party challenges. Hoyer said GOP friends have told him privately that they don't understand the uncompromising position taken by the more conservative members of their caucus, lawmakers who have fallen into line with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and others. Hoyer said the partial government shutdown now in effect is different from past closures "because this is a tactic. This is not a result of the inability to get an agreement."
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The sisters of a woman fatally shot by police in Washington after she tried to ram her car through a White House barrier say she wasn't delusional and suggest she have been fleeing danger when she was killed. Valarie Carey said in an interview on NBC's "Today" show on Monday that perhaps her sister, Miriam Carey, was afraid and fleeing with a 13-month-old child in her car when she was killed on Thursday. Another sister, Amy Carey-Jones, suggests police overreacted or were negligent. The sisters also disputed officials' account that Miriam Carey was under the delusion that President Barack Obama was communicating with her. Amy Carey-Jones said it's "not the Miriam we knew." Police in Washington say they're reviewing the use of deadly force.
CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average U.S. price of a gallon of gasoline has dropped 14 cents over the past two weeks. The Lundberg Survey of fuel prices released Sunday says the price of a gallon of regular is $3.38. Midgrade costs an average of $3.58 a gallon, and premium is $3.71. Diesel was down 4 cents at $3.92 gallon. Of the cities surveyed in the Lower 48 states, St. Louis has the nation's lowest average price for gas at $3.01. San Francisco has the highest at $3.88. In California, the lowest average price was $3.74 in Sacramento. The average statewide for a gallon of regular was $3.83, a drop of 14 cents.
A former Chico State University student on Death Row has had his murder conviction overturned. Steven Crittenden was sentenced to death in 1989 for the murder of Dr. William Chiappella and Katherine Chiappella. The E-R reports a judge in Sacramento overturned the conviction because the one black juror in the case was dismissed for racial reasons, but the judge in the original trial said race wasn't a factor when the defense brought it up. Local District Attorney Mike Ramsey told the newspaper that overturning the verdict shows federal courts reluctance to enforce the death penalty.
Cal Fire reports the Summit Fire in Palermo is fully contained:
Butte County – The Summit Fire that was reported on Friday, October 4th at 5:35 p.m. has been fully contained. While the fire is contained, there are still areas within the perimeter of the containment lines that continue to burn. Fire crews and equipment will be working in these areas throughout the weekend and everyone traveling the roadways is urged to use caution in the affected areas.
All evacuations and road closures have been lifted.
The fire burned a total of 305 acres, destroyed three residential structures and damaged two others. Multiple outbuildings and vehicles were also destroyed.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The doctor who went to prison for killing Michael Jackson with a drug overdose says he cried when he heard a jury rejected a claim that the promoter of the singer's comeback concerts was negligent in hiring him. Katherine Jackson had sought to hold AEG Live LLC responsible for her son's death, arguing that it hired Dr. Conrad Murray to be the singer's physician without considering whether he was fit for the job. Murray told NBC's "Today" show on Thursday from prison that he cried when he heard the jury's verdict. He said he was "relieved" even though he always believed the wrongful-death lawsuit was "frivolous." Murray is appealing his 2011 involuntary manslaughter conviction. He's due to be released from prison later this month. He says he's looking forward to reuniting with his family and restarting his life.
DANDRIDGE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Highway Patrol says it could take a couple of days before troopers release the names of the eight people who died in a fiery bus crash. THP Sgt. Bill Miller said Thursday morning that positive identification of the victims would be difficult because some were burned. He said a forensic team expected to use dental records to identify some victims. A North Carolina church bus blew a tire while traveling home on Interstate 40 on Wednesday, veered across a highway median and crashed into a sport utility vehicle and tractor-trailer. Fourteen people were injured in the crash. Miller said they were still trying to figure out who was driving bus and therefore couldn't answer questions about the driver's history. He said the agency's investigation would include looking at who was driving the bus and the vehicle's service records.
YUBA CITY, Calif. (AP) — The Northern California district attorney named as a suspect in an arson at his former lover's house will retire. Dee Dee Baca, the supervising legal secretary in the office of Sutter County District Attorney Carl Adams, said on Tuesday he will step down on Nov. 15. She said Adams did not give a reason for retiring before completing his eighth term. Adams has been under intense pressure since August, when he was named in a search warrant affidavit as a suspect in the arson at the home of his former lover, a former paid escort. The woman, Sarah Garibay, has told The Associated Press she does not believe Adams was involved. Adams is the former president of the California District Attorneys Association. Garibay says the two no longer see each other.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill outlawing so-called revenge porn. Senate Bill 255 was signed Tuesday and takes immediate effect. It's aimed at people who post nude pictures of their exes online after bitter breakups — an increasing problem in the age of social networks. The law makes it a misdemeanor to post identifiable nude pictures of someone else online without permission with the intent to cause emotional distress or humiliation. The penalty is up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. The American Civil Liberties Union had opposed the bill, arguing it might restrict free speech rights. But its author, Sen. Anthony Cannella, argued that lives were being destroyed and the bill would provide a much-needed tool for law enforcement.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The enrollment section of California's new online health insurance marketplace will be offline through early Wednesday to "optimize performance" after thousands of state residents overloaded the site on the first day of the new federal health care law. Californians also flooded call centers with questions as the Affordable Care Act took effect — marking a dramatic change in the way Americans buy health insurance. Dozens of workers at a call center in the Sacramento suburb of Rancho Cordova began fielding calls after a countdown to the 8 a.m. opening of the health exchange. The agency that runs the exchange, Covered California, said it received 1 million hits on the website during the first 90 minutes after the exchange opened, and about 800,000 per hour after that.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A White House official says President Barack Obama has invited congressional leaders to the White House Wednesday for a meeting on the government shutdown. The official says Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker John Boehner, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi have been invited to the meeting. The official says Obama will urge the House to pass a spending bill to allow the government to reopen. The government shut down when Congress failed to pass a spending bill ahead of a midnight deadline. The official insisted on anonymity because the person was not authorized to publicly discuss the meeting before it was announced.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The director of the National Security Agency says the agency collects data from social networks and other private databases to hunt terror suspects but is not using the information to build dossiers, or personal files, on Americans. NSA Director Gen. Keith Alexander testified during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday that not all social network searches are authorized by a secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance court, but the agency's actions are proper and audited internally. Alexander called a recent New York Times report on the searches "inaccurate and wrong." The Times report did not specifically cite dossiers, but said the NSA was exploiting huge collections of personal data to create sophisticated graphs of some Americans' social connections. The Times said the private data includes bank, flight, GPS location and voting records.
Chico Police are investigating a stabbing at City Plaza. The victim told police he was walking past the suspect Monday evening when he touched the suspects shoulder and asked how he was doing. The suspect allegedly asked the victim why he was touching him, pulled out a knife, and stabbed the man in his stomach. The suspect is white, in his late 20's, 5'10, 130 pounds and was wearing a hat. Anybody with information is asked to call Chico Police.
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices climbed 12.4 percent in August from a year ago, fueled by more buyers bidding on a limited supply of houses. Real estate provider CoreLogic says prices also increased 0.9 percent in August from July. But the gain was half the 1.8 percent increase in July from June. The group said higher mortgage rates and the end of the summer buying season likely slowed the gains. Prices rose in every state compared with the previous year, and in 99 of the 100 largest cities. Akron, Ohio was the only area to report a decline. Mortgage rates have risen about a full percentage point since May. Some analysts worry that higher rates could slow home sales.
CHICAGO (AP) — The online insurance marketplaces at the heart of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul are showing signs of trouble handling the volume of consumers on the first day of a six-month open enrollment period. Federal officials are aware of the website problems Tuesday and are working to address it as quickly as possible. U.S. Health and Human Services spokeswoman Joanne Peters says officials "have built a dynamic system and are prepared to make adjustments as needed and improve the consumer experience." The site for Maryland, which is running its own exchange, displays a message saying "We open at 12:00 noon on October 1st." Callers to the federal call center where consumers can get help by telephone have reported long wait times.
WASHINGTON (AP) — One conservative House Republican is predicting that the partial shutdown of the government that began today will drag on, if President Barack Obama and Senate Democrats don't negotiate over delaying a key part of the new health care law. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee tells Fox News that "people are going to realize they can live with a lot less government." But a top Senate Democrat, Dick Durbin of Illinois, tells CNN he hopes the standoff can be resolved by the end of the day. Federal workers considered nonessential have about four hours to get their offices in order today, and then they'll have to go home.
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