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Calif. girl's family spending holiday at hospital

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The uncle of a 13-year-old Northern California girl declared brain dead after suffering complications following a tonsillectomy says the family is trying to give the girl as normal of a Christmas as possible.

Omari Sealey says the family will wait until Thursday to discuss whether to appeal a judge's decision allowing Children's Hospital Oakland to remove his niece Jahi McMath from life support.

Alameda County Superior Court Judge Evelio Grillo issued the ruling Tuesday but gave the family until 5 p.m. on Dec. 30 to file an appeal. Jahi's family has said they believe the girl is still alive.

Sealey says the family plans to spend Christmas Day at the hospital. They've set up a Christmas tree in Jahi's room with presents for her and her siblings.


4 arrested in shooting of California teacher

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Police have arrested four teenage boys in the shooting of a Central California high school teacher who fought back during an attempted robbery at the school.

Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer announced the arrests on Tuesday. According to the Fresno Bee, he identified the suspects as 17 and 16-year-old Norteno gang members.

Police have said the teens were armed with a handgun and a sawed-off shotgun when they confronted Edison High School teacher Steven Guerrero in a classroom around 7 p.m. Thursday.

Guerrero allowed the group to take a computer but then fought back after one of the teens allegedly struck him with a free weight. He was shot in the stomach and leg, but survived.

Dyer said the shooter was a student at Edison and has confessed.


Sheriff: Man kills wife, self at SF Bay Area home

SAN LORENZO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a man shot and killed his wife at a San Francisco Bay Area home before turning the gun on himself.

The couple's children were apparently inside the San Lorenzo home when the shootings occurred around 1:45 a.m. Wednesday.

Alameda County Sheriff's officials have not identified the victims, but say they were found in the garage. The woman had multiple gunshot wounds. The man had a single gunshot wound.

The woman's sister, Veronica Rodriguez, told KGO-TV she was told the couple was having marital problems.


California home where 94-year-old died burglarized

(Information in the following story is from: The Record,

STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — Police in Stockton say thieves ransacked and burglarized a home while a 94-year-old woman lay dead inside.

Officers were dispatched to the home around 6:20 a.m. Tuesday to check on a report of a broken door. Police spokesman Joe Silva tells The Record of Stockton they found the woman inside. She had been dead for some time. She apparently died of natural causes, though an autopsy is planned to determine the exact cause of death.

Silva says the home, meanwhile, appeared to have been ransacked multiple times after her death.

Police are asking for the public's help in identifying a suspect or suspects.


UC experiments with online classes across campuses

(Information in the following story is from: Los Angeles Times,

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Students enrolled at the University of California system would soon be able to take online courses offered by other campuses.

Some UC schools already offer certain online courses, but they're mostly targeted at their own students during the summer.

The Los Angeles Times reports the new "cross campus enrollment" will allow students from one school to log onto the Internet and attend class offered by another campus.

The $10 million experiment will start off small, with only four campuses participating in the winter quarter. It's funded from a pool of money for online education and technology approved by the state Legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown.

The governor has criticized the UC system for being slow to adopt online education.