Here is the latest California news from The Associated Press

LANCASTER, Calif. (AP) β€” Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies are searching for a pair of men they believe forced their way into two Lancaster homes about an hour apart. Authorities report the men were wearing ski masks when they kicked in the door of a home shortly before midnight Saturday. The Los Angeles Times reports the men yelled "sheriff's department when they entered one home.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) β€” The 85-year-old U.S. veteran detained for weeks by North Korea says he was well-fed and kept comfortable in a hotel room, not a jail cell. Merrill Newman spoke with the Santa Cruz Sentinel yesterday in Santa Cruz. Newman told the newspaper "that's not my English" when asked about the video North Korean state media released showing Newman reading an apology.

COLTON, Calif. (AP) β€”A San Diego man has spent a record 105 hours ringing a Salvation Army kettle bell. Salvation Army Maj. Marcelino "Butch" Soriano's reward is an estimated $2,700 for charity. Soriano agreed with two other bell-ringers to stop ringing at 6 p.m. yesterday so they could share breaking the 80-hour record. Soriano tells UT San Diego he was a little tired.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) β€”An 11-judge appeals court panel will hear oral arguments today on the constitutionality of California's mandatory collection of DNA samples from people arrested in the state. Voters passed the law in 2004 to go in effect in 2009. The American Civil Liberties filed a lawsuit in 2009 alleging the law is an unconstitutional invasion of privacy.