Brown allows freedom to CA woman who killed pimp
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has decided to allow freedom to a woman who received a life sentence when she was a teen for killing her former pimp.
Brown's spokesman Evan Westrup said the governor decided late Friday not to take action on a state parole board's decision to grant parole to Sara Kruzan, thereby allowing the decision to go into effect.
Kruzan was 17 when she was sentenced to die in prison for the 1994 shooting death of her former pimp in a Riverside motel room. She contended that he had groomed her since she was 11 to work for him as a child prostitute.
Her case became a high-profile example used by a state lawmaker whose bill, which proposed softening harsh life sentences for juveniles, became law in January.
IMMIGRATION OFFICER SHOT
Suspect in Northern Calif. standoff surrenders
ROSEVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Some residents of a suburban Sacramento city are still waiting to return to their homes after a Friday night shootout between law enforcement agents and a wanted parolee.
Roseville police spokesman Lt. Cal Walstad said that one Roseville police officer with a jaw wound and a federal immigration agent shot in the leg remain hospitalized Saturday. Four other Roseville officers injured by shrapnel were treated and released.
The suspect, 32-year-old Samuel Nathan Duran, was taken to the Placer County jail Saturday after being treated for scrapes and cuts after surrendering just after midnight.
Officers encountered Duran on a special patrol. He was riding a bike and armed with a handgun, but took refuge in a nearby home.
Authorities say he is being held on a parole violation, and will be charged with attempted murder.
MOJAVE DESERT SHOOTOUT
Mojave Desert gunman's life crumbled to bloody end
RIDGECREST, Calif. (AP) — Life had been unraveling for the man who led police on a wild chase across the Mojave Desert with hostages in his trunk.
Officers fatally shot Sergio Munoz (moon-YOHS') Friday after he killed one woman and wounded a man, then called police to say he would "wreak havoc" on the small city of Ridgecrest.
Munoz's 15-year-old daughter says in a Facebook post that her dad was a good person whose life was hijacked by drugs.
Police have said that Munoz recently lost his job, and his estranged wife says she was distancing herself and their kids from him because he was making bad choices.
It wasn't clear when Munoz took the hostages, both of whom were expected to survive gunshot wounds.
TWITTER IPO-TEST RUN
NYSE holds 'successful' dry run for Twitter IPO
The New York Stock Exchange says its test run of Twitter's initial public offering was a success, as the exchange takes pains to avoid the technical problems that marred Facebook's debut.
Twitter will be the biggest technology IPO since Facebook went public in May 2012. While Nasdaq won Facebook's listing, one of the biggest IPOs in years, the debut was hit with trading delays and order failures. The Securities and Exchange Commission later fined Nasdaq $10 million, the largest sum ever levied against an exchange.
Twitter, which is expected to go public sometime before Thanksgiving, has chosen to list on the New York Stock Exchange. It plans to sell 70 million shares between $17 and $20 each for a possible take of $1.6 billion. Shares will trade under the ticker "TWTR."
Honolulu flight nixed after engine emits smoke
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HONOLULU (AP) — A United Airlines flight from Honolulu to San Francisco was abruptly canceled after passengers reported seeing smoke from an engine.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that Flight 724 had just started going down the runway Friday afternoon in Honolulu when passengers reported hearing a loud bang and seeing the smoke.
The aircraft returned to the terminal and all 325 passengers exited the plane. No injuries were reported.
United Airlines staff helped passengers make alternate arrangements to get to San Francisco.
SEX PREDATOR RELEASE
Possible release of serial rapist alarms officials
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Residents and government officials from northern Los Angeles County are outraged that a serial rapist linked to attacks on dozens of women could be released into their community.
A state contractor disclosed at a court hearing that Christopher Hubbart might be moved into a single-family home in an unincorporated area near Palmdale after his release.
A judge ruled earlier this year that he should be freed under tight supervision.
Palmdale spokesman John Mlynar told the Los Angeles Times Saturday that city officials are angered that Hubbart could be housed in the area.
County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich calls the court's decision "reckless."
Hubbart has spent nearly two decades in a state mental hospital. Prosecutors say he admitted to sexually assaulting more than three dozen women between 1971 and 1982.
WOMAN DEAD-HOSPITAL STAIRS
Attorney: Hospital requested searches for patient
(Information in the following story is from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com)
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The attorney for the family of a woman found dead in a San Francisco hospital stairwell says officials there made four request for sheriff's deputies to search the medical center for the missing patient.
Attorney Haig Harris told the San Francisco Chronicle on Friday that deputies "did not conduct a thorough search."
57-year-old Lynne Spalding was admitted to San Francisco General Hospital on Sept. 19 for a bladder infection and disappeared two days later. On Oct. 8 her body was found in the stairwell.
San Francisco Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Susan Fahey would not comment on whether deputies had searched for the missing woman.
Harris said he had been briefed on Thursday by the hospital's chief of medicine. Hospital officials confirmed the conversation but would not say what was discussed.
Trial delayed for ex-Cal officers in beating death
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SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — The trial for two former Southern California police officers charged with beating to death a mentally ill homeless man has been delayed until December.
Former Fullerton officer Manuel Ramos is charged with second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter in the death of 37-year-old schizophrenic Kelly Thomas, who died five days after a 2011 confrontation with police.
Another former officer, Jay Cicinelli, is charged with involuntary manslaughter and assault.
The Orange County Register reported Saturday that opening statements were set for Dec. 2 in Orange County Superior Court.
Ramos could be sentenced to 15 years to life in prison if convicted of murder; Cicinelli faces up to four years in custody if convicted.
A third officer has been charged separately.
Calif mayor faulted for immigrant remarks resigns
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EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) — The mayor of a San Diego suburb says he will step down after being criticized for his remarks about Iraqi immigrants.
Mark Lewis says in a letter he will resign from the El Cajon position he has held since 1998 after a business group and other officials said his comments in a magazine article were prejudicial.
U-T San Diego reported Saturday that Lewis apologized to anyone who was offended.
The mayor says he did not intend to be insensitive.
U-T San Diego says Lewis did not indicate when his resignation would be effective.
Lewis was chastised for nearly two hours at a meeting Tuesday by residents for his remarks suggesting that members of the city's Chaldean, or Iraqi Christian, community were improperly taking advantage of school free-lunch programs.
Judge: Rich landowner may keep public off CA beach
HALF MOON BAY, Calif. (AP) — A judge says an oceanfront property owner may continue to block public access to a Northern California beach.
The San Mateo County Superior Court judge ruled this week that billionaire Vinod Khosla may block the only road to Martins Beach south of Half Moon Bay.
According to the ruling, beachgoers will still technically have access to the 200-acre beach if they can get there from the water.
The decision is the latest blow in a years-long battle between beach lovers and Khosla, who bought the property for $37.5 million in 2008.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that a lawyer who filed a lawsuit on behalf of the group Friends of Martins Beach plans to appeal the ruling, arguing that it violates beach access rights under the California Constitution.
Vietnamese-American festival nixed after dispute
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GARDEN GROVE, Calif. (AP) — A popular Vietnamese-American festival in Southern California was abruptly canceled after a financial dispute between organizers and the city of Garden Grove.
The dispute centered on the price organizers would pay for police and other services for the three-day Tet Festival.
The city wanted to boost the bill to $145,000, nearly a five-fold jump from last year.
Councilwoman Dina Nguyen told the Los Angeles Times Thursday that the city has absorbed nearly $1.2 million in festival costs over the last 11 years.
Organizers say that figure is inflated.
The festival is an annual favorite in the Vietnamese-American community in Orange County, known as Little Saigon, attracting as many as 100,000 visitors each year.
Organizers are trying to find another location for the January event.
Marcia Wallace dies, voice of 'Simpsons' Krabappel
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Marcia Wallace, the voice of Edna Krabappel on "The Simpsons," has died.
"Simpsons" executive producer Al Jean said in a statement Saturday that her death is a terrible loss. He says Wallace's "irreplaceable character," the fourth-grade teacher who has to deal with Bart Simpson's constant antics, would be retired from the show.
The longtime TV actress' credits ranged from playing a wise-cracking receptionist on "The Bob Newhart Show" to appearances on Candice Bergen's "Murphy Brown."