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POLICE SHOOTING-HIGHWAY CLOSURE

Officer-involved shooting shuts down I-5

STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — An officer-involved shooting has shut down southbound Interstate 5 in Stockton.

The highway remained closed as of 6:30 a.m. Thursday. KCRA-TV reports that an officer shot and killed a homicide suspect earlier on the highway after the suspect brandished a knife.

A call to Stockton police for additional details was not immediately returned.

FIELD POLL-GOVERNOR'S RACE

Poll: Governor's approval rating reaches new high

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown's approval rating has reached a new high as he considers seeking re-election next year.

A Field Poll released Thursday finds that nearly six of 10 registered voters approve of his performance, up seven points since a similar survey in July.

Brown, a Democrat, has not said if he will seek a fourth term. But the poll finds him favored over three potential Republican rivals. He was the choice of 52 percent of those surveyed.

Former lieutenant governor Abel Maldonado was backed by 11 percent, state Assemblyman Tim Donnelly by 9 percent and former U.S. treasury official Neel Kashkari by 3 percent. Kashkari is just considering a challenge.

Field surveyed 836 registered voters by telephone from Nov. 15-Dec. 3. The poll has a sampling error margin of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

CALIFORNIA HIGH-SPEED RAIL

Feds deny early approval of CA rail segment

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Federal regulators have rejected California's request to exempt a route in the Central Valley for what would be the nation's first bullet train from a lengthy planning review.

The three-member Surface Transportation Board's decision Wednesday could force a delay in designing and building a five-mile stretch of the route in Fresno. However, a spokeswoman for the California High-Speed Rail Authority said no delays were anticipated.

The federal board approved the Merced-Fresno portion of the rail line earlier this year and state officials awarded a contract for its first 29-mile construction segment.

A Sacramento County judge last week rejected a request from the rail authority to sell $8 billion in voter-approved bonds.

The $68 billion project would run trains from Los Angeles to San Francisco by about 2028.

STAREDOWN SLAYING

Calif man convicted for killing teen in 2010

HAYWARD, Calif. (AP) — A suspected gang member has been convicted of killing a 17-year-old boy in Hayward three years ago over a stare down between the two.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports 23-year-old Robert Joseph Yim was found guilty Wednesday of second-degree murder and three counts of attempted murder. He is expected to be sentenced to at least 60 years to life in prison.

Authorities say Yim shot and killed Samuel Nava in May 2010. Yim was with his girlfriend and 1-year-old daughter at a park when a stare down ensued between him and Nava, who was sitting in a parked car with his friends.

Prosecutors say Yim grabbed a gun from a car and opened fire on the other vehicle, killing Nava.

Yim still face a separate murder charge for the 2007 slaying of a teen.