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As expected, Butte County has declared a local drought emergency. The procolmation was made Tuesday due to reports of wells drying up. The procolmation will allow the county to access more resources to assist residents with dried up wells. A drinking water station is located at the South Feather Water and Power at Oro Quincy Highway and Kelly Ridge Road in Oroville, with facilities also available in Chico at the old county corporation yard on Locust Street. The  water is not intended for drinking but is for the use of bathing and for washing dishes & clothes.        
 

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An Orland woman accused of a double homicide faced arraignment Monday. 19-year-old Dusti Byers is accused of the fatal shooting of her father Daniel Byers and her 16 year-old sister Jennifer Byers before reportedly turning the gun on herself earlier this month at their residence on Mill Street.

 

Byers was taken to Enloe Medical Center for treatment of her wounds before being booked into the Glenn County JailShe was released last week and booked into the Glenn County Jail. Byers did not enter a plea for the two counts of murder. She is due back in court for further arraignment on August 7th.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee are firing tough questions at Secretary of State John Kerry over the Iranian nuclear deal, asking him pointedly why the American people should trust that the Obama administration has negotiated a good deal.

 

Kerry is vehemently defending the agreement. He claims that if Congress rejects it, Iran will go back to enriching uranium and there is no way that the Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei would return to the negotiating table given his ongoing mistrust of the West.

 

Moreover, Kerry says his effort to conduct diplomacy across the world will be hampered. Other countries, he says, will wonder if they are negotiating with the Obama administration or some 535 members of Congress acting as secretaries of state.

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PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — A New York prison employee has pleaded guilty to helping two killers escape last month.

 

Joyce Mitchell, a tailor shop instructor at Clinton Correctional Facility, was jailed shortly after Richard Matt and David Sweat escaped on June 6. Matt was shot and killed three weeks later. Sweat was captured and sent to another prison.

 

Mitchell admitted providing hacksaw blades, chisels, a punch tool and a screwdriver to Matt. Authorities say she agreed to be their getaway driver but backed out at the last moment.

 

Mitchell was in court Tuesday morning and pleaded guilty to first-degree promoting prison contraband and fourth-degree criminal facilitation.

 

The 51-year-old faces a sentence ranging from 2 1/3 years to 7 years in prison.

 

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Multiple arrests have been madefollowing an investigation into a Tehama County shooting.

 

19-year-old Tyler Smith was allegedly shot by 44-year-old William Foster on Luce Griswold Road in Cottonwood around 4 pm Friday after an alleged marijuana deal went sour. Tyler Smith reportedly drove himself to the Bowman Fire Station to find medical attention leaving two of his friends behind.

 

One of those friends, identified as 18-year-old Mike Chaudhry, was allegedly kidnapped by Foster and his three companions before they fled the scene. Chaudhry was reportedly forced to pay a ransom for his release, and was later released unharmed. The other friend an unidentified juvenile was found at the Luce Griswold location unharmed.  

The four suspects were found and arrested.    

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A wrong way driver crashed into an SUV on I-5 over the weekend, killing two people. A Ford SUV was travelling northbound in the fast lane on I-5 in Tehama County when it was hit head on by a BMW sedan driving the wrong way around 12:53am on Sunday morning.

 

CalFire and CHP Officers arrived on the scene to find the two vehicles blocking both northbound lanes and the BMW fully engulfed in flames. The 74-year-old female driver of the SUV was trapped in her car and had to be freed by firefighters before being pronounced dead at the scene, as was the driver of the BMW.

 

Four other passangers inside the SUV, including two young girls aged 10 and 7 years old, had to be taken to Mercy Medical Center in Redding and St Elizabeth Hospital in Red Bluff with moderate to major injuries.

 

Traffic along I-5 was shut down for over two hours. The Red Bluff branch of the CHP is still investigating the crash. 

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A teen girl shot during an incident at the Red Bluff Diversion Dam on Sunday night is still in critical, althought stable, condition.

 

Police were called out to Sale Lane around midnight on reports of a disturbance at the dam's entrance and found a 15-year-old suffering from two gunshot wounds to her back. She was taken to a hospital in the area for treatment.

 

Authorities searched the place that they found her, and found evidence that the disturbance had involved several individuals. They also found a small caliber rifle in some bushes near where the girl was shot. No other information has been released yet, but reportedly, arrests are anticipated. 

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A person of interest in the murder of a 16-year-old Chico girl was arraigned in Butte County Superior Court on Thursday. Alfredo Ruvalcaba appeared in court on charges that he molested the then 13-year-old Melissa Esquivel-Flores in 2013 before fleeing to Mexico to escape prosecution.
 
Ruvalcaba was discovered lying injured in a ditch on July 5th, just a few blocks from the shop where authorities discoved Esquivel-Flores's body on July 4th. Ruvalcaba did not enter a plea at his arraignment, and court proceedings have been continued to late August. 
 

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BRUSSELS (AP) — A senior European Union official says a way has been found to get Greece more than $7.6 billion in short-term cash.

 

Valdis Dombrovskis, the EU Commission's vice president for the euro, said Friday the 28-country bloc has approved 7.16 billion euros of bridge financing for Greece and that the money will come from funds in the European Financial Stabilisation Mechanism.

 

In a tweet, Dombrovskis said the money should reach Greece by Monday.

 

Greece has a 4.2 billion-euro payment due to the European Central Bank on Monday.

 

Without the so-called bridge financing it would not have been able to make the payment.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A gunman shot and killed four Marines at a Chattanooga reserve center Thursday. One of the four Marines killed has been identified as an Atlanta-area man in his early 20s. A family friend says Skip Wells "died doing what he wanted to do and had chosen to do." 

 

Another of the victims has been identified as Sgt. Thomas Sullivan of Springfield, Massachusetts, according to that city's mayor. Investigators are trying to determine what prompted a Kuwaiti-born gunman to attack two military sites before being killed by police.

 

The Army's top officer says security at military recruiting and reserve centers will be reviewed, but it's too early to say whether the facilities should have security guards or other increased protection.

 

Gen. Ray Odierno, chief of staff of the Army, told reporters Friday that arming troops in those offices could cause more problems than it might solve.

 

Odierno said there are legal issues involved in allowing troops at the centers to carry guns. He says those forces will always be a bit vulnerable because the centers need to be open and accessible to the public.

A notice went out Thursday to Army locations reminding them of protection measures.

 

 

 

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First there's a measure to legalize pot. Then another one next year. And the Legislature has a measure to forbid any monopolies, like ones for marijuana. If you're confused, think how the Ohio voter feels. 

 

The group Responsible Ohio thinks it has enough signatures for its Marijuana Legalization measure for later this year. But meanwhile, the Legislature is pushing a Constitutional Amendment that would forbid any monopoly or cartel such as selling a federally controlled substance like marijuana--a measure clearly aimed at the ResponsibleOhio group.

 

If both measures win, the Legisative amendment prevails. Clear enough, right? But next year, Ohioans to End Prohibition have their own pot legalization bill on the ballot. Some think THAT measure has the best chance of passage, but others think voters will be so confused they'll just vote no on everything. 

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is defending his high-stakes nuclear accord with Iran as a sign of American leadership that will make the world safer.

 

And he says that critics of the plan should consider the alternatives.

 

Without the deal, he says, the world risks "even more war in the Middle East," increases the chances of an arms race, and leaves open the possibility of that Iran comes closer to having a nuclear weapon.

 

Obama spoke during an East Room news conference Wednesday, warning that the deal shouldn't be allowed to "slip away" because the opportunity "may not come again in our lifetime."

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PARIS (AP) — French legislators have approved the bailout deal meant to prevent Greece's economy from collapsing.

 

Speaking before the vote Wednesday in France's National Assembly, French prime minister Manuel Valls said the bailout is "vital to give Greece the breathing room it needs to imagine a future that's not only about paying back its debt."

 

Valls said the eurozone is considering measures to help Greece, including lengthening the payback period on its debt or lowering the interest rate.

 

Meanwhile, the German government is arguing that one possible way to help Greece meet its financial obligations in coming days, before a full bailout program is established, is for the country to issue IOUs for domestic needs.

 

Greece needs short-term financing among other things to repay a loan to the European Central Bank due next week and to clear arrears with the International Monetary Fund.

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CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Jurors have begun deliberating in the trial of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes.

 

The panel of nine women and three men started deliberating Wednesday over whether Holmes was legally insane when he killed 12 people during a crowded midnight movie premiere three years ago.

 

Holmes' attorneys say he was in the grips of a psychotic breakdown and couldn't tell right from wrong.

 

Prosecutors say Holmes was legally sane when he methodically planned and carried out the attack, which also left 70 people injured.

 

Attorneys made their final appeals to jurors Tuesday. The panel must pore over 11 weeks of testimony from more than 250 witnesses.

 

If jurors find Holmes was legally insane, he'll be committed to a state mental hospital indefinitely. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

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Trinity County Authorities have identified the gunman who shot two people Monday afternoon, killing one and seriously injuring another as 29-year-old Scotty Dimartino. Police are still searching for him, and he's described as 5'11", 160 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. He has a tribal design tattoo on his shoulder blades.

 

Dimartino is considered armed and dangerous and anyone with information on his whereabouts should call 911.

 

One of his victims, 62-year-old Steven Line Jr was pronounced dead at the scene of the shooting on Monday, and the other man was airlifted to a local hospital. No other information has yet been released. 

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Some of President Barack Obama's fellow Democrats in Congress are skeptical -- while Republicans are openly hostile to the landmark nuclear deal with Iran. 
 
The highest-ranking Jewish Democrat in the House, Steve Israel of New York, says he'll "review every word, sentence and paragraph" of the deal to make sure his concerns are satisfied.
 
House Speaker John Boehner is issuing a warning to the White House, saying that if Republicans don't think the newly announced nuclear deal with Iran is a good one, they will block it.
 
The Ohio Republican tells reporters on Capitol Hill that if the agreement is as bad as he thinks it is right now, then Republicans will do everything they can to stop its implementation. President Barack Obama says he'll veto any attempt by Congress to undo the deal.
 
Obama called Boehner Monday night to let him know that an agreement had been reached.
 
After receiving a copy of the agreement, lawmakers will have 60 days to study it before voting it up or down or taking no action. Obama says he will use his veto to overturn a rejection by Congress.
 
Hillary Rodham Clinton is praising the nuclear deal with Iran as an "important step" -- saying the agreement would end up "putting the lid on Iran's nuclear program." She was on Capitol Hill for a series of closed-door meetings with congressional Democrats. House Democrats who met with her described her as a strong backer of the agreement, which aims to curb Iran's nuclear program for more than a decade, in exchange for billions of dollars in international sanctions relief.
 
Republican presidential contender Chris Christie says he hopes Congress will reject the Iran nuclear deal. The New Jersey governor says the deal will lead to a nuclear Iran and Middle East. He says it threatens Israel and the United States. 
 
Earlier, Republican presidential rival Marco Rubio also turned thumbs down on the agreement, saying the U.S. gave "concession after concession to a regime that has American blood on its hands." He says Iran "has consistently violated every agreement it ever signed."

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says a historic nuclear agreement with Iran is an opportunity for the longtime foes to move in a "new direction." And Obama warns Congress that it would be irresponsible to block the accord. The president says the agreement, hammered out through nearly two years of negotiations, would cut off all of Iran's pathways to a bomb and give the international community unprecedented access to the country's nuclear facilities. He says the deal is not built on trust -- but instead is "built on verification."

 

Iran's foreign minister is calling the nuclear deal reached between his country and world powers a "win-win solution" that builds a "new chapter of hope." The accord will keep Iran from producing enough material for a nuclear weapon for at least 10 years and impose new provisions for inspections of Iranian facilities, including military sites. Diplomats say Iran agreed to the continuation of a U.N. arms embargo on the country for up to five more years, though it could end earlier if the International Atomic Energy Agency clears Iran of any current work on nuclear weapons.

 

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is dismissing claims that the Islamic Republic has sought to make atomic weapons under its nuclear program. Speaking live in a nationwide televised address, Rouhani says, "Iran has never sought to manufacture a nuclear weapon and will never seek to manufacture a nuclear weapon."

 

 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu calls the deal with Iran a mistake of "historic proportions," and he's promising to lobby the U.S. Congress to oppose the deal.

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As a manhunt that spanned both Shasta and Siskiyou counties comes to an end, another manhunt has begun in Trinity County. 

 

It began with a shooting that left one dead and another injured. Reports indicate a shooting occurred on Monday around 5pm on Van Duzen Road in the Mad River Area. Reports indicate that the suspect stole a car to get away after the shooting. That car was later located in the area of Forest Glen.

 

Law enforcement authorities now seach for a man described as having a dark complexion, wearing a black shirt, is 29-30 years old is approximately 5'8" and 160-175 pounds with dark short curly hair. The suspect reportedly goes by the name of Scotty. Authorities are considering him armed and dangerous. 

 

The injured victim has been flown to a local hospital and their status is currently unknown. 

 

If you have any information on this case, please contact the Trinity County Sheriff's Office at 530-623-2611.

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53-year-old Alfredo Ruvalcaba of Artois was reportedly found in a ditch near the area of County Road 28 and County Road C south of Orland suffering from an unknown medical condition. 
 
The area is close to where the victim, 16-year-old Melissa Esquivel-Flores of Chico was found dead from a gun shot wound to the head on July 4th. Glenn County Sheriff's detectives have also recovered a shotgun that is believed to be the weapon involved in the shooting.
 
Ruvalcaba was arrested and will be booked into the Glenn County Jail once he is medically cleared.  
 

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen says she expects to start raising interest rates later this year but stresses that a number of headwinds are still holding back the U.S. economy.

 

She says the economic outlook remains murky, with lingering weakness in the labor market and new potential threats overseas.

 

Yellen sees reasons for encouragement, but she also outlined a host of concerns, from low wage growth to a low labor participation rate. She says inflation is still well below the Fed's 2 percent target.

 

Yellen says even when the Fed does start raising rates, the increases will be gradual.

 

Her comments in a speech in Cleveland today were her first on the economy since the Fed's June meeting.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the government's personnel office has resigned in the wake of a massive data breach on her watch.

 

A White House official says President Barack Obama accepted the resignation of Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta on Friday morning. She'll stay on the job through the end of the day.

The official says deputy director Beth Cobert will become acting director starting Saturday.

 

Archuleta's resignation comes the day after her agency disclosed that hackers stole the personal information of more than 21 million people. Previous government estimates of how many were affected by the breach were far smaller.

 

Members of Congress in both parties had demanded Archuleta's resignation.

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CAIRO (AP) — Actor Omar Sharif -- best known for "Lawrence of Arabia" and "Dr. Zhivago" -- has died at the age of 83. He was the biggest box-office star in his native Egypt -- but unknown everywhere else -- when he was cast opposite Peter O'Toole in "Lawrence of Arabia." 

 

"Lawrence of Arabia" earned Sharif a supporting-actor Oscar nomination and international stardom.

 

Later, he would appear with Barbara Streisand in "Funny Girl" -- but the film was banned in his native Egypt because he was cast as a Jew.

 

Sharif's longtime agent, Steve Kenis, told The Associated Press that Sharif died of a heart attack in a Cairo hospital. Sharif had been suffering from Alzheimers.

 

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ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos says the Greek government's economic reform proposals will be submitted "in the next few hours."

 

Athens must submit the proposals by midnight Thursday Brussels time, so they can be reviewed by the country's creditors ahead of a summit of European leaders on Sunday.

 

European creditors have described this as Greece's last chance to produce a credible and realistic list of reforms in order to receive bailout cash and prevent the country from crashing out of the euro.

 

Athens on Wednesday requested a third bailout, and promised to "immediately" implement reforms including to taxes and pensions.

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VIENNA (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is signaling diplomats won't conclude an Iran nuclear agreement by early Friday morning, complicating American efforts to quickly implement any deal.

 

Under U.S. law, the seven nations negotiating in Vienna have to complete the accord before the end of Thursday in Washington to avoid invoking a 60-day congressional review period during which the Obama administration cannot waive sanctions on Iran.

 

If they meet the target, the review would only be 30 days.

 

The extended time period is significant as Iran is demanding prompt easing of economic penalties for nuclear concessions. And the longer world powers cannot make good on their promises, the longer they'll have to wait for the Iranians.

 

Kerry said: "We will not rush and we will not be rushed."

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The father of a missing baby has been released from jail. Matthew Graham, a person of interest in the July 2nd disappearance of his daughter 6-month-old Ember Graham, was booked into the Shasta County Jail on July 3rd on an unrelated probaton violation, but was released from jail Wednesday.
 
According to the Shasta County Sherff's Office, Graham will be required to wear a GPS ankle monitor and check in with his probation officer everyday. 
 
Investigators seized Matthew's truck from his home on Noosha Lane Wednesday. The sheriff's office suspened their search for Ember on Tuesday due to a lack of evidence of an abduction.  

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Charges of vandalism land three Chico teens in Butte County jail. The three were reportedly drunk and damaging the Safeway on West Sacramento Avenue early Tuesday morning.

 

The 14 and 15-year-olds were booked into Butte County Juvenile Hall. 18-year-old Cristian Cisneros was booked into the County Jail on charges of felony vandalism, resisting arrest, assault with a deadly weapon and drunk in public.

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REDDING, Calif. (AP) — Authorities in Northern California are suspending the search for a missing baby, saying they've found no evidence to support the father's story that the 6-month-old was abducted from her crib.
 
The Shasta County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday it has surveillance video that shows Ember Graham unfastened in a safety seat inside her father's pickup truck.
 
The office says the video shows 24-year-old Matthew Graham arriving with his daughter at a convenience store, then going inside with her and pumping fuel Wednesday night, when he says Ember disappeared.
 
Sheriff's officials say Graham told them he took the baby to the store and then drove back home.
 
Authorities say the video shows Graham driving the opposite direction from his home when he leaves. The video shows his pickup truck heading toward his home about an hour later.

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The suspect accused of killing his ex-wife and former father in-law faced a judge Tuesday. 32-year-old John Noonkester appeared in a Tehama County court for his arraignment and could face the death penalty if he is convicted of two counts of murder and one count of premeditated murder.

 

Investigators say that Noonkester allegedly used a rifle to shoot his ex-wife Kimberlee Thomas and her father Keith Thomas in front of the Little Country Store in the gated community of Lake California on July 2nd. Noonkester and his wife divorced in March and they were reportedly in the middle of a child custody dispute.

 

Noonkester did not enter a plea. He is expected back in court July 14th.

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NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Stock Exchange says a technical problem that has suspended trading since late morning is an internal technical issue and not the result of a security breach.

 

The exchange made the statement in a tweet on its official Twitter account. The trading halt is ongoing.

NYSE-listed stocks are still trading on other exchanges. The Nasdaq and other exchanges are unaffected by the outage.

 

Before trading was halted, U.S. indexes were lower as investors worried about China's ability to stem a stock market slide.

 

The Dow Jones industrial average was down more than 200 points.

 

European markets were broadly higher as talks continue on Greece's debt woes.

 

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California water regulators are discussing how to meet Gov. Jerry Brown's order for water rates that maximize conservation during a historic drought.

 

The State Water Resources Control Board is hosting a Wednesday workshop to discuss how to encourage Californians to save by hitting them in the wallet.

 

Two-thirds of water districts use some form of tiered water pricing. They were thrown in question earlier this year after a court of appeals struck down one city's bills because a voter-approved law requires rates tied to the cost of service.

 

The water board also ordered communities to slash water use as much as 36 percent to preserve supplies during the drought. That mandatory conservation is expected to leave water departments with a $1 billion hole in revenue they'll pass on to customers.

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Veterans will get the chance to sound off tonight on veterans' health issues at a forum in Chico. The Town Hall meeting begins at 6 tonight at the Chico Elks Lodge on Manzanita in Chico.

 

On hand will be the Director of the VA Northern California Health Care System and the Director of the Veterans Benefit Administration from the Oakland Regional Office. The hope is to give Veterans a chance to voice their concerns as well as what things they feel are being done right. 

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ZIONSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Subway says a raid at the home of its spokesman Jared Fogle is likely linked to an investigation into an employee at the foundation he founded to combat childhood obesity.

 

In a brief emailed statement Tuesday, the restaurant chain expresses shock and concern at the raid on Fogle's Indiana home.

 

Subway says the company believes the raid "is related to a prior investigation of a former Jared Foundation employee."

 

In May, federal prosecutors in Indianapolis charged 43-year-old Russell Taylor with seven counts of production of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography. Taylor is the former head of the Jared Foundation.

 

A Subway representative, Cindy Carrasquilla, didn't respond when asked for more details.

Fogle became a Subway spokesman after losing 245 pounds by regularly eating Subway sandwiches.

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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — It's an unprecedented step by the Afghan government and the Taliban, after more than a decade of hostility.

 

Afghan and Pakistani officials say representatives of the Afghan government are meeting in Pakistan with a Taliban delegation.

 

One Afghan official says the meeting took place today in the Pakistani capital. But a Pakistani official said two days of talks will begin tomorrow.

 

The officials both confirm that Afghanistan's deputy foreign minister is among those who went to Pakistan for the meeting.

 

The talks mark the first official meeting between the two sides since the Taliban was ousted from power in 2001 by a U.S.-led coalition invasion. Taliban and government representatives have met informally in the past. New Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has made it a public priority to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table.

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — An Air Force spokeswoman says the pilot of a crashed F-16 fighter jet ejected to safety.

 

Maj. Morshe Araujo, a spokeswoman at Air Force headquarters at the Pentagon, says the F-16 originated from Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina. Araujo says the pilot of the jet, which collided with a Cessna, ejected safely.

 

Lt. Jenny Hyden at Shaw Air Force Base says the pilot was taken to the base for observation, though she did not disclose his condition.

 

The Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement that collision happened around 11 a.m. Tuesday about 11 miles north of Charleston.

 

It was not immediately known how many people were on board the smaller plane or if any of them survived.

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The man accused of killing nine people attending Bible study at a historic black church in Charleston has been indicted on three new charges of attempted murder.

 

Prosecutor Scarlett Wilson said Tuesday that 21-year-old Dylann Storm Roof had been indicted on the state charges, stemming from people who survived the June 17 attack at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church.

 

Roof was arrested last month and charged with nine counts of murder, one for each person killed. He also faces a weapons charge.

 

Roof's defense attorney did not immediately return a message Tuesday seeking comment.

 

A state judge already has been appointed. Federal authorities have not said whether they will pursue hate crime charges against Roof.

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The 19-year-old suspected in the shooting deaths of her father and sister before turning the gun on herself is now listed in stable condition.

 

Dusty Byers was found injured with a single gun shot wound on the east side of a property on the 700 hundred block of Mill Street in Orland early Sunday morning. Orland Police found 55-year-old Danny Byers and 16-year-old Jennifer Byers deceased from gun shot wounds in a trailer on the property as well.

 

Byers was taken to Enloe Medical Center where she underwent surgery. Authorities say that it appears she shot her father and sister, before shooting herself in the head.

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The suspicious death of a teenager in Glenn County is being investigated as a homicide.
 
The body of 16-year-old Melissa Esquivel-Flores of Chico was found by her father Sunday afternoon near their home on County Road D near Orland with a gunshot wound to the head. According to investigators she was reported missing earlier last week.
 
A person of interest has reportedly been identified, but authorities are not releasing the name of this person at this time. 
 

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VIENNA (AP) — There are new questions about the ability of world powers to cut off all of Iran's possible pathways to a nuclear weapon through diplomacy.

 

This, after talks involving Iran and several world powers missed their second deadline in a week today.

The European Union's foreign policy chief says talks will continue, despite hitting some "tense" moments. She says negotiators knew that the process would be "difficult" and "challenging."

 

The State Department is declaring the current interim nuclear agreement with Iran to be extended until Friday.

As the latest target date arrived for a deal that would impose a decade of restrictions on Iran's nuclear program, Secretary of State John Kerry met in Vienna with Iran's foreign minister and other top diplomats. All had spoken of deep divisions remaining. There's no indication that they've resolved disputes ranging from inspection rules on suspicious Iranian sites to limits on Iran's research and development of advanced nuclear technology.

 

As he left the talks for an economic summit at home, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said fewer than 10 major differences needed to be ironed out, including access to Iranian sites for international monitors.

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BRUSSELS (AP) — The eurozone's top official says Greece would make a proposal to tap Europe's bailout fund, the European Stability Mechanism, as soon as Wednesday.

 

Following the conclusion of the meeting of the eurozone's 19 finance ministers, Jeroen Dijsselbloem confirmed that the new Greek finance minister, Euclid Tsakalotos, did not deliver any fresh written proposals for a bailout deal that would help the country avoid falling out of the euro.

 

Dijsselbloem said he "broadly agreed" that Greece needs more than a short-term financial fix.

"The ministers also broadly agreed that if there is to be another ESM program with support it would have to be a medium term program for reasons of credibility," he said.

 

The eurozone, he added, would first have to assess the financial situation in Greece before deciding to start talks on a possible new aid program.

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Senate has given final approval to a bill to remove the Confederate flag from the grounds of the Capitol.

 

The 36-3 vote Tuesday now sends the bill to the House, where it faces a less certain future. Republicans met behind closed doors Monday and struggled to reach a consensus on what to do next.

 

The Senate bill would remove the Confederate flag flying in front of the Statehouse and the flagpole as soon as the governor signs it.

 

Republican Gov. Nikki Haley urged lawmakers to remove the flag after the killing of nine black people in a historic African-American church in Charleston last month by a gunman police say was motivated by racial hatred.

 

The suspect was photographed several times with the Confederate flag.

 

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ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A top Greek official says the government is "moving immediately" to reach a deal with its creditors "as soon as possible" in order to stave off economic collapse. A government spokesman says Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has sought support from all political party leaders and that the government is "fully aware of how crucial the situation is."

 

 

Tsipras met with rival party leaders a day after Greeks soundly rejected a proposal by creditors for more austerity measures in exchange for rescue money.

 

The credit ratings agency Fitch says Greece's 'no' vote in yesterday's austerity referendum "dramatically increases" the risk of the country leaving the eurozone. Fitch said a deal between Greece and its creditors remains possible but that there's little time. The agency said the resignation of the country's finance minister signals the Greek government's desire to again start talking with its creditors.

 
On the streets of Athens, Greeks are proud of the defiance they showed in yesterday's landslide "no" vote against creditors' demands — but they acknowledge there's still plenty to worry about. A coffee-shop owner says Greeks were "in a dead-end situation" before the vote -- but now, he says, "we believe there may be something better." A shoe store worker says she doesn't "know what will happen next" -- but she adds, "at least we are fighting."

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The managing director of the International Monetary Fund says the fund is "ready to assist Greece if requested to do so." The statement from Christine Lagarde is the first reaction from the IMF to yesterday's vote in Greece that decisively rejected further austerity measures in return for bailout loans. Greece has already failed to repay $1.7 billion that was due to the IMF last Tuesday.

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REDDING, Calif. (AP) — The search for a missing 6-month old Northern California girl is entering its fifth day.

 

About 60 people searched for Ember Graham in rough terrain in Shasta County yesterday, reportedly including about a dozen of her relatives.

 

Sheriff Tom Bosenko tells the Record Searchlight newspaper that Ember's father, Matthew Graham, is being held on an unrelated probation violation and is a person of interest in the girl's disappearance after giving inconsistent statements to Shasta County Sheriff's investigators.

 

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A suspect and an officer are injured after an officer-involved shooting in Oroville. Oroville Policemen Shane Carpenter, John Nichelson and Chris Nicodemus attempted to pull over a Honda that had a head light out around 3:30 am Saturday. Officers learned that the driver, 37-year-old Jeremy Hunter was on probation.

 

According to Police, when Hunter stepped out of the car, he allegedly pulled a handgun from the waistband. An officer reportedly fired at Hunter striking him several times in the upper torso. During the shooting one of the officers was reportedly shot in the hand.

 

Hunter was taken to the hospital and is listed in serious condition. Officer Carpenter was treated for a non-life threatening injury. The Butte County Officer-Involved Shooting Protocol Team is investigating the shooting.

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Two people were killed and one was injured in Orland after an alleged murder and attempted suicide. Orland police responded to a report of an active shooter on the 700 hundred block of Mill Street in Orland around 3 am Sunday.

 

They found 55-year-old Danny Byers and 16-year-old Jennifer Byers in a trailer deceased from gun shot wounds, and 19-year-old Dusty Byers was found injured outside with a single gun shot wound to the head.

 

Byers was taken to Enloe Medical Center where she underwent surgery and was last listed in critical condition. Authorities say that it appears that Byers shot her father and sister before shooting herself.

 

A small-caliber revolver was found on the scene and is being examined at a forensic lab. Authorities have attributed the shooting to a family dispute that occured beforehand. 

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The long standoff in Chico Wednesday came to a peaceful end when the last suspect was taken into custody shortly before 12:30. Chico Police and Units from the SWAT Team were at the home on 13th and Chestnut Streets since the early morning. They'd been seeking the suspects in a robbery that took place about 2 AM.

 

The incident occurred at the corner of 20th and Fair Streets and during the investigation authorities learned one of the men believed to be involved possibly lived on the 13 hundred block of Chestnut Street. Authorities had the area cordoned off throughout the morning.

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At least two people are reported barricaded inside a home in Chico this morning. Chico PD and Butte County Sheriff's deputies are reportedly at a home in the area of 13th and Chestnut Streets.

 

Authorities believe one of the people in the home may have been involved in an early morning armed robbery on Fair and 20th streets during which shots were fired, so they are taking every precaution with this standoff.

 

Reports indicate a SWAT team and a hostage negotiation team have been called to the scene, and the police already have another person who may have been involved in this morning's robbery in custody. Chico Police are advising the public to stay out of the area. Stay with KPAY news for the developing story.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the Greek financial crisis is of "substantial concern" but should not prompt "overreactions."

 

Obama says he doesn't believe the crisis will deal a "major shock" to the American financial system, but adds that it's painful for the Greeks and could affect European economic growth.

 

He says that, in turn, could have some ripple effects in the United States, such as reduced trade.

 

Greece and its European creditors were assessing a last-minute proposal Tuesday by Athens for a new 2-year rescue deal submitted hours before the country's international bailout program expires and it loses access to billions of euros. Greece owes international lenders about $1.9 billion by the end of Tuesday but doesn't have the money to pay.

 

Obama commented Tuesday at a White House news conference.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The governor has signed a contentious bill to impose one of the strictest school vaccination laws in the country.

 

Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown says in a statement Tuesday that science clearly shows vaccines dramatically protect children against infectious diseases.

 

The bill strikes California's personal belief exemption for immunizations, requiring nearly all public schoolchildren to be vaccinated. While medical exemptions would still be granted to children with serious health issues, other unvaccinated children would need to be homeschooled.

 

SB 277 was introduced after an outbreak of measles at Disneyland in December infected over 100 people in the U.S. and Mexico.

 

California joins Mississippi and West Virginia as the only states with such strict requirements.

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LIVINGSTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has launched a 2016 campaign for president.

The Republican governor formally announced his plans in a Tuesday morning event in the gymnasium of his old high school.

 

He says both political parties "have failed our country" in an announcement speech calling for more compromise in politics.

 

Christie was once thought to be a leading White House contender, but his star has faded over the last year. He's been hurt by a traffic scandal involving senior aides and a lagging state economy.

 

He joins a GOP field that already includes more than a dozen candidates.

 

Christie heads to New Hampshire later in the day, where he's planning to campaign through the end of the week.

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Oroville police are on the lookout for three home invasion robbery suspects. The three suspects allegedly entered into a home on Service Street just after 3:30 pm Monday and demanded guns from the homeowner after injuring the caretaker.
 
The homeowner handed over the weapons and the suspects fled the area in a silver sedan. The caretaker was treated by medics for minor injuries.
 
No descriptions of the robbers have been released yet, and anyone with information is asked to contact the Oroville Police Department. 
 

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Two armed robbery suspects were arrested Monday in Siskiyou County. 25-year-old Anthony Parsons of Idaho and an unidentified female juvenile companion allegedly entered the Lake Shastina Mini Mart on Big Springs Road near Weed last Friday.

 

The pair reportedly tied up the employee and took cash from the register. A sheriff's deputy spotted the pair in a Dodge pickup on Monday morning, near the scene of the crime, and the two were arrested.

 

Parsons was taken to the Siskiyou County Jail and the female teen was taken to a youth correction center.

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With the 4th of July just around the corner, authorities are reminding people to pay attention to restrictions on fireworks.

 

For instance, they say only Gridley and Oroville in Butte County allow for the sale and use of quote "safe and sane" fireworks within their city limits. Even if you buy fireworks in one of those cities and try to use them in other parts of Butte County, that is still illegal.

 

With the extremely dry conditions, any infractions will be vigorously prosecuted. Penalties range from fines of a thousand dollars or more and 6 months in jail. The District Attorney warns that any violations will be prosecuted as felonies.

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A backyard fire early Saturday morning lands an Oroville man in jail. 
 
29 year old Orrin Colbourn was arrested and booked into Butte County Jail. He was arrested after Butte Country Sheriff's deputies were called out to a house on the 26 hundred block of D Street on reports of someone breaking a window and threating to burn down the residence after 1:30 Saturday morning.
 
When deputies arrived they found a large fire in the backyard. They were able to put out the flames and found evidence that led them to arrest Colbourn.
 
The case is still under investigation. 
 

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers have been tasked with tackling long-term funding shortfalls in the state's transportation and health care programs. But talk of tax increases is already causing some political hand-wringing.

 

Gov. Jerry Brown has called two special legislative sessions and wants lawmakers to work out a financing plan for repairing highways as well as funding Medi-Cal, the state medical insurance program for the poor.

 

Medi-Cal has ballooned and now covers one in three Californians. There are common complaints about patients not having access to doctors and dentists.

 

Lawmakers don't agree on how to fix either program.

 

Republicans are pushing their own transportation plans to avoid raising taxes. They say the Democratic governor is backing off a pledge not to raise taxes without going to the ballot.

 

Brown says he's open to raising taxes and fees without voter approval.

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ATHENS (AP) — Greek conservative opposition leader Antonis Samaras is challenging Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to a TV debate on the referendum.

 

The conservative leader told his lawmakers that he was seeking a live debate with all the parliamentary party leaders ahead of Sunday's vote.

 

Samaras, who lost elections to Tsipras in January, echoed warnings made by a European leaders that a "No" vote would lead to the country's exit from the euro.

 

He said "it would be an unprecedented catastrophe ... If you want to stay in the euro, keep banks open, back Europe, vote Yes, otherwise cast a No ballot."

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court remains deeply divided over capital punishment.

 

By a 5-to-4 vote, in a case from Oklahoma, the court today upheld the use of a controversial drug in lethal injections. But in a dissent, two justices said for the first time that they think it's "highly likely" that the death penalty itself is unconstitutional.

 

The justices voted that the sedative midazolam can be used in executions without violating the Eighth Amendment prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment.

 

The drug was used in executions in Arizona, Ohio and Oklahoma in 2014 that took longer than usual and raised concerns that it did not perform its intended task of putting inmates into a coma-like sleep.

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The Supreme Court has declared that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States. Gay and lesbian couples already can marry in 36 states and the District of Columbia. The court's ruling on Friday means the remaining 14 states, in the South and Midwest, will have to stop enforcing their bans on same-sex marriage.

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Authorities believe they have the man suspected in three Butte County bank robberies. A Chico Police officer saw a man matching the discription of the bank robbery suspect at a local motel after 8 am Wednesday. The officer confronted the man, indentified as 46-year-old Joe Fedrico Nunez Martinez, a wanted parolee from Salinas, and took him into custody.
 
Officers from both the Chico and Paradise police departments have taken over the investigation as detectives have developed evidence linking Martinez to the two bank robberies in Chico (one at the US Bank on East 2nd St and at the Rabobank on West East Ave) and one at the Rabobank on Pearson Rd in Paradise.    
 

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Another big victory in the Supreme Court for President Barack Obama's health care law. In a 6-3 ruling today, the justices upheld the nationwide tax subsidies that help make insurance affordable for millions of Americans. Nationally, 10.2 million people have signed up for health insurance under the Obama health overhaul. That includes the 8.7 million people who are receiving an average subsidy of $272 a month to help pay their insurance premiums.

 
Obama says the Affordable Care Act is "here to stay." He spoke in the Rose Garden shortly after the Supreme Court upheld the nationwide tax subsidies under the health overhaul, which preserves health insurance for millions of Americans. Obama says there's still work to be done to make health care in the U.S. better, but he says the health care law "is working."

 

House Speaker John Boehner on the other hand is refusing to concede defeat. The Ohio Republican says congressional opponents of the law will continue their efforts to repeal it.

 

Republican presidential candidates are also reacting to the Supreme Court's decision. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee calls the ruling judicial tyranny. He says the court can't "legislate from the bench" and "ignore the Constitution." Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry says it's not up to the Supreme Court to knock down the law -- he says the nation needs leaders who would reject what he calls a "heavy-handed, one-size-fits-all policy." Perry says the law "does nothing to help health outcomes for Americans."

 
 

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Tehama County authorities have the first solid piece of evidence in a 25 year old cold case murder. A recent DNA match helped identify the remains of 45 year old Rosemma Mendenhall, whose decomposed remains were found in a culvert in the county in October of 1990.

 

She was reportedly stabbed to death around June of 1990 on Hall Road near Loleta Avenue in Corning while hitchhiking. Authorities say the first break in the case came two years ago when a convicted serial killer out of Oregon was released from prison.

 

Officials in Oregon urged law enforcement to review any unsolved homicides of females in the early 1990's and the findings in the Mendenhall case were submited to state authorities.  Two years later a DNA match was extablished. 

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Butte County Sherriffs are looking into the death of a 40 to 50-year-old woman found unconcious in the Thermalito 

Afterbay Tuesday afternoon. After recieving a call about a possible suicide in the area around 4:50pm, deputies arrived at the scene after a search helicopter spotted the woman underwater, got her out and sent her to Oroville Medical Center, where she died overnight.

 

The position of her body while she was underwater is reportedly unusual, being face down instead of face up or on her side. An open investigation is underway and being handled by the CHP Oroville office. Nothing is being ruled out at the moment. 

 

 

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Police believe they may have caught the man they suspect of robbing three banks in Butte County over the past week. An officer spotted a man matching the description of the robber outside the Motel 6 on Cohasset in Chico, called for back up and arrested him around 8 am Wednesday morning.
 
He is currently being detained at the police station for questioning while his room at the motel is searched. This string of bank robberies began last Wednesday at the US Bank in downtown Chico, then the Pearson Road Rabobank in Paradise on Monday and the most recent robbery took place at the East Avenue Rabobank location in Chico on Tuesday morning. 
 

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MALONE, N.Y. (AP) — The search for two escaped murderers has spread into a northern New York village a few miles from where hundreds of officers have been scouring heavily wooded terrain since last weekend.

 

About 140 corrections officers have been transported in school buses Wednesday morning to Malone, about 8 miles north of the hamlets of Owls Head and Mountain View where authorities shifted the focus of the search for David Sweat and Richard Matt.

 

The officers are going door-to-door along the village outskirts as the search extends into a 19th day.

 

Sweat and Matt used power tools to cut their way out of Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, 30 miles southeast of Malone.

 

The search was concentrated last weekend to neighboring Franklin County to a rugged area 20 miles west of the prison.

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BOSTON (AP) — Several victims of the Boston Marathon attack have chastised bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for coming to the United States as an immigrant, enjoying the benefits of living here and then attacking U.S. citizens.

 

An older sister of a slain Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer addressed Tsarnaev on Wednesday during his sentencing hearing. He is due to be formally sentenced to death by a judge.

 

Jennifer Rogers called Tsarnaev a "leech abusing the privilege of American freedom." She says Tsarnaev "spit in the face of the American dream."

 

Rogers' brother, Sean Collier, was fatally shot by the Tsarnaev brothers as authorities closed in on them three days after the bombings.

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A horse-drawn caisson carrying the body of slain state Sen. Clementa Pinckney has arrived at the South Carolina Statehouse so that people can pay their respects to him.

 

The caisson passed directly by the Confederate flag on a pole on the Statehouse grounds.

 

Pinckney, who was also a pastor at the African Methodist Episcopal Church, was one of nine people killed in an attack at the church a week ago.

 

A large, black drape was placed today over the big window of the second-floor Statehouse lobby, blocking the view of the Confederate flag.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has ordered Confederate flags taken down from the grounds of the state Capitol.

 

It's the latest move to banish the divisive banner from state capitals, store shelves and monuments.

The Republican governor issued the order this morning, one week after police say a white man killed nine black church members in Charleston, South Carolina in a racially motived attack. Since the mass shooting, there has been a groundswell of calls to remove the flag.

 

For the past two decades, Alabama has displayed four Confederate flags around a large monument to Confederate soldiers outside the Alabama Capitol. Today, they had all come down.

 

Bentley spokeswoman Jennifer Ardis tells The Associated Press that Bentley did not want the presence of the Confederate symbols to be "a distraction." She said there was no law prohibiting the removal of the flags by executive order.

 

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Paradise police are looking for a bank robbery suspect. A man entered the Rabobank on Pearson Road wearing a hat and sun glasses, but took them off before allegedly handing the teller a note demanding money around 3:30 pm Monday. He then reportedly fled northbound from the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash.

 

The suspect is described as a bald Hispanic male with tattoos on his neck and a teardrop tattoo under his eye. He's about 5 feet 8 inches tall around 180 pounds in his late 20s to early 30s. Police say there is nothing to indicate he had a weapon. 

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hip-hop music mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs has been released on bail from an LA County jail after he was charged with assault at UCLA, where his son plays football.

 

UCLA police say Combs was arrested after an assault at the athletic facilities with a weight-room kettlebell. They did not identify a victim.

 

Combs' son Justin Combs is on the Bruins football team, which was conducting workouts on campus.

 

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NEW YORK (AP) — EBay is banning the sale of Confederate flags and similarly themed merchandise on its site because it has become a symbol of "divisiveness and racism."

 

The e-commerce company is the latest to prohibit the sale Confederate merchandise following Wal-Mart Inc. and Sears Holding Corp. The shooting deaths of nine black church members last week in South Carolina has reignited debate on what the flag symbolizes. Gov. Nikki Haley said this week that the Confederate flag should be removed from the Statehouse grounds.

 

EBay Inc. says it will begin notifying sellers of its decision and begin removing items that contain the Confederate flag on Tuesday. A search for "Confederate flag" brought up 1,400 listings, including pins, watches, ties, hats and sunglasses with an image of the flag on it.

 

Wal-Mart has also said it's removing Confederate flag items from its shelves.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Police are looking for witnesses to a shooting that left a teen dead in Sacramento County at a house party that was initially broken up by officers and later reassembled. The Sacramento Bee reports Rancho Cordova police dispersed over 100 party goers at the house last night and returned a few hours later when neighbors heard gunshots. The gunfire killed 17-year-old Joseph Burrola of Rio Linda. Two other young men are wounded.. Police are looking for suspects.

 

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Federal Reserve chief Ben Bernanke says he's "appalled" by the plans to drop Alexander Hamilton from his featured spot on the ten-dollar bill, so that a woman can appear there. Bernanke, who is now a blogger, wrote today that Andrew Jackson should instead be dumped from the 20. He says Hamilton was the best "economic policymaker in U.S. history" -- while Jackson was "a man of many unattractive qualities and a poor president."

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DANNEMORA, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say they have discovered items in a cabin in northern New York that may be linked two convicted murderers who escaped from a maximum-security prison more than two weeks ago. They say the items have been sent to laboratories for DNA and other testing to see if they are linked to David Sweat or Richard Matt. The cabin is near Owls Head, a hamlet about 20 miles west of the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora. Law enforcement teams started pouring into the area last night after being contacted by the cabin's owner.

 

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A man dies after jumping out of a moving vehicle in Chico. 40-year-old Daron Ferguson died after jumping out of an S
UV early Sunday morning.  
 
39-year-old Astra Doss was driving northbound on Dayton Road near Willow Landing Road, when the incident occured.  According to the CHP, the victim sustained blunt force trauma to his head and was pronounced dead at the scene after he jumped from the Chevy Tahoe about 2 AM.
 
The incident is currently under investigation. 

 

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration argues in a new report that failure to act on climate change could cause an estimated 57,000 deaths in the United States from poor air quality by 2100. It says an estimated 12,000 people in 49 U.S. cities could die from extreme temperatures in 2100. The report released today is intended to show the costs of inaction on climate change, as well as the benefits from taking action now.

 

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