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Close to a govt shutdown


WASHINGTON (AP) — The next move is up to the Senate -- but it's not expected to make a partial government shutdown tonight any less likely. About 800,000 federal workers will be forced off the job without pay if no compromise can be reached by midnight on the legislation that would keep government agencies funded. A rejection by the Senate would send the measure back to the House, where conservative Republicans are determined to delay by a year some key parts of President Barack Obama's health care law.

'Cloudy' sequel tops weekend box office


LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2" slurped up the box office. The animated Sony sequel featuring the voices of Bill Hader and Anna Faris opened in first place and earned $35 million in its opening weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. The original "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" nabbed $30.3 million during its opening weekend in 2009. Last week's top film, "Prisoners," slid to second place. The Warner Bros. thriller starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal made $11.2 million in its second weekend, bringing its total domestic haul to $38.9 million. Universal's Formula One tale "Rush," directed by Ron Howard, drove into the third position with $10.3 million. Fox's "Baggage Claim" opened in fourth place with $9.3 million, while Relativity's "Don Jon" debuted in fifth place with $9 million.


 

NASA preparing to launch 3-D printer into space


MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. (AP) — NASA is preparing to launch a 3-D printer into space next year, a toaster-sized game changer that greatly reduces the need for astronauts to load up with every tool, spare part or supply they might ever need. The printers would serve as a flying factory of infinite designs, creating objects by extruding layer upon layer of plastic from long strands coiled around large spools. In NASA labs, engineers are 3-D printing small satellites that could shoot out of the Space Station and transmit data to Earth, as well as replacement parts and rocket pieces that can survive extreme temperatures. The spools of plastic could eventually replace racks of extra instruments and hardware, although the upcoming mission in 2014 is just a demonstration printing job.

Judge hears claims BP lied to feds about oil spill


NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A trial over BP's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has resumed with a federal judge hearing claims that the company misled federal officials and withheld information about the amount of crude spewing from its blown-out well. During opening statements Monday for the trial's second phase, plaintiffs' attorney Brian Barr said BP failed to prepare for a blowout and compounded the problem by lying about how much oil was flowing from the well.

BP attorney Mike Brock said second-guessing the company's efforts to cap the well is "Monday morning quarterbacking at its worst." U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier is scheduled to hear four weeks of testimony for the second phase, which also is designed to help the judge determine how much oil spilled into the Gulf.


 

Napolitano's resume precedes her as UC president


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano officially takes over as the University of California's president on Monday, but she already has survived her first leadership challenge. A "no-confidence" vote sought this month by student activists who think her work in Washington makes her unsuitable to run the nation's largest public higher education system failed. Detractors argued that Napolitano was a poor choice, given her previous job, to oversee college campuses prone to protests and attended by students from families living in the U.S. illegally. Her annual salary of $571,000 is three times more than she made working for the federal government, but, at her insistence and in recognition of the financial difficulties the university has experienced, $21,000 less than the immediate past president, Mark Yudof.

Dodgers: Slain fan was son of team security guard


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers say the 24-year-old man who was fatally stabbed during a postgame confrontation in San Francisco was the son of one of the team's security guards. Spokesman Jared Kaufer said Thursday that Jonathan Denver's father worked security at Dodger Stadium. San Francisco police say Denver was walking with his father, brother and two other people not far from the San Francisco Giants' ballpark Wednesday night when their group exchanged words with some Giants fans who were leaving a nightclub. The exchange turned physical and Denver, who was wearing Dodgers gear, was stabbed to death. Denver attended the game with his relatives but left in the eighth inning of what turned out to be a 6-4 Giants victory. His attackers did not attend the game. Police Chief Greg Suhr says two people are in custody and one of them is facing face homicide charges.

Calif. becomes laboratory for Affordable Care Act


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A national health policy nonprofit has made California the focal point of a long-term research project to examine whether the Affordable Care Act lives up to expectations for the uninsured. The Kaiser Family Foundation announced the beginning of its two-year effort on Thursday, releasing the initial results of interviews with 2,000 randomly selected Californians who had lacked health insurance for at least two months.

The study will follow the respondents as they examine their options under the federal health care law. The act reaches its most notable public milestone next Tuesday when the exchanges that act as marketplaces for insurance shopping open for business. California is home to 15 percent of the nation's uninsured residents, or roughly 7 million people who were without health insurance at some point in 2012.

Calif. law will require OT for domestic workers


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill that will temporarily require overtime pay for domestic workers in California. Under the new law, domestic workers must be paid time-and-a-half if they work more than nine hours in a shift or more than 45 hours in a week. Part-time baby-sitters are exempt. The overtime requirement will take effect in January and end in January 2017 unless renewed by the Legislature. Democratic Assemblyman Tom Ammiano of San Francisco initially sought to require meal and rest breaks for housekeepers, nannies and workers who care for the disabled and elderly, but those provisions were eliminated. Brown signed AB241 Thursday. He vetoed a broader bill last year, citing concerns about the proposal's increased costs.

2nd Calif. county votes for secession


ALTURAS, Calif. (AP) — A second far Northern California county has voted to secede from the state. The Record Searchlight of Redding reports that Modoc County supervisors voted 4-0 in favor of secession on Friday. The vote comes just weeks after neighboring Siskiyou County also voted for secession. The goal is to form a separate state called Jefferson that would also include parts of Southern Oregon. The idea for the state goes back to the nineteenth century. Many of the residents of the rural counties along the Oregon-California border having long felt that those in the urban halls of power in both states ignore their needs. Modoc County Board Chairwoman Geri Byrne tells the Record Searchlight she put the secession measure forward after hearing support for the idea from people in her district.

Judges extend deadline in California prison case


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Federal judges agreed Tuesday to extend an end-of-year deadline for reducing California's prison population in hopes of finding a long-term solution to an overcrowding crisis. The ruling also granted at least a temporary victory to Gov. Jerry Brown on the issue, Brown had been fighting against an early release of inmates to comply with the federal court's order, saying it jeopardized public safety. The panel of three federal judges granted the delay until Jan. 27 but said all parties must meet with a separate judge, who will make recommendations to the panel by mid-October. In their order, the three judges say they want to ensure a durable solution to the prison crowding problem. They want the state and attorneys representing inmates to examine Three Strikes inmates and elderly and infirmed prisoners among others.

CSU hit-and-run victim dies


An alleged drunk driver is now facing manslaughter charges following the death of a Chico State University student. Riley Hooper allegedly struck Kristina Chesterman while she was riding her bicycle home from the library. Hooper is charged with leaving the scene and crashing into a parked vehicle at an apartment complex parking lot. Police say Chesterman, who was an organ donor, passed away this week. Her family says her spirit of giving lives on.

19-year-old dead in officer involved shooting


Investigators are looking into a weekend officer involved shooting in Chico. Police say it happened early Sunday morning in the 15-hundred block of East 8th Street. Police responded to a call of someone trying to break into vehicles on Coit Tower Way and saw a stolen car leaving the area. An erratic chase ensued...police say the 19-year-old female driver struck two police cars and accelerated toward several officers who opened fire. The Butte County Officer Involved Shooting Protocol Team is investigating.

Chico State student suffers life-threatening injuries in hit-and-run


A Chico State student is fighting for her life following a hit-and-run. Police say the victim was riding her bike in the Big Chico Creek area near Walnut and Nord when she was hit Sunday night. KRCR reports the victim is being treated for life-threatening injuries. The driver, 19-year-old Riley Hooper, reportedly fled the scene but crashed into a parked car in the parking lot of an apartment complex on Nord Avenue.

Egypt bans Muslim Brotherhood group


CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court has banned the Muslim Brotherhood group and ordered its assets confiscated in a dramatic escalation of a crackdown by the military-backed government against supporters of the ousted Islamist president Mohammed Morsi. Egypt state TV said the court issued its ruling on Monday. The Brotherhood was outlawed for most of its 85 years in existence. But after the 2011 ouster of autocrat Hosni Mubarak, it was allowed to work openly, formed a political party and rose to power in a string of post-Mubarak elections. In March, it registered as a recognized non-governmental organization. The ruling, which can be appealed, opens door for authorities to track down the group's elaborate network of social services, dealing a deadly blow to its pillars of grass-root support.

Obama looks to pressure congress against shutdown


WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama heads today to Kansas City, Mo., where he'll tour an auto plant and press his case that Congress mustn't jeopardize economic progress with threats of a government shutdown. At the same time, the House is scheduled to vote today on a stopgap funding bill that would defund the health care overhaul. Senate Democrats say the bill will go nowhere once it passes the House, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid calls it a "waste of time." Obama and Congress are also locked in a tug of war over raising the nation's borrowing limit.

Boy, 3, among 13 injured in Chicago park shooting


CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police are still searching for gunmen who opened fire on a park on the city's southwest side last night. Thirteen people were injured, including a 3-year-old. Family members say the boy is resting in a hospital after plastic surgery and is "doing better." The boy had been shot in the cheek, but a pastor says the toddler was talking when he arrived at the hospital. Investigators say they believe the shooting was gang-related. Police have been interviewing the victims, but no arrests have been made.

ServPro extends services to Caper Acres


One local company will continue to provide maintenance services to a popular playground. The City of Chico says ServPro extended its services at Caper Acres through November 1st. The company stepped up and offered services after the city cut staff and services because of its ongoing budget debt. The volunteer efforts will keep the playground open six days a week.

Paradise men acquitted in murder case


Two Paradise men accused of murder are found not guilty. The Paradise Post says Christopher Levin and William Breunle were acquitted this week in the killing of Eric Jones. Prosecutors said Jones came home with the two men in 2008 when he was bound, gagged and choked to death. But the hole in the case was the two assailants were masked and couldn't be positively identified. A third man already accepted a plea bargain and is serving ten years in jail.

Security clearance checks under scrutiny after Navy Yard shootings


WASHINGTON (AP) — A defense contractor's deadly shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard is raising questions about the adequacy of the background checks done on contract employees who hold security clearances.

Navy and White House security reviews have begun as a picture emerges of the gunman as an agitated and erratic figure whose behavior and mental state had repeatedly come to authorities' attention but didn't seem to affect his security clearance. Law enforcement officials say they've found no manifesto or other writings that would suggest a political or religious motivation for Aaron Alexis. However, they say he did suffer from serious mental health problems, including paranoia and a sleep disorder. The Navy says Alexis obtained his security clearance when he enlisted in the Navy reserves in 2007, which was good for 10 years and remained valid after he left the service in 2011. During his time of active service, the Navy says Alexis had incidents of insubordination, disorderly conduct and being absent from work without authorization, but nothing that gave commanders any clue he was capable of such violence.

The 34-year-old shot to death 12 people before being killed by police in a shootout that lasted more than 30 minutes.

Walgreen moves health coverage to private exchange


Drugstore chain Walgreen will become the latest big employer to send its workers shopping for their health insurance instead of providing a few choices for them. The Deerfield, Ill., company says it will start giving workers a contribution toward the cost of coverage and then send them to a private health insurance exchange where they will pick from as many as 25 plans. Employers normally pay most of the coverage cost, and Walgreen Co.'s contribution won't change. It says the move offers more choices for workers and will make them better health insurance consumers, which can help control costs. Employers have struggled for years with health care costs that climb faster than inflation. Sears Holdings Corp. is among the companies that have already shifted to this relatively new approach.


 

US builders boost single-family home construction


WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. builders started work in August on the most single-family homes in six months and requested permits to build even more in future months. The figures suggest housing remains are driver of economic growth despite higher mortgage rates. The Commerce Department says builders increased construction of single-family homes 7 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 628,000. That was the most since February. And they sought 627,000 permits for them, a 3 percent increase from July and the most since May 2008. Overall, builders broke ground on 891,000 houses and apartments last month, up from 883,000 the previous month. The gain in single-family homes was offset by a decline in volatile demand for apartments. Permits fell to 918,000 from 954,000 in July, also because of a decline in apartments.


 

California to ask judges to delay inmate releases


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown is planning to ask federal judges to delay their requirement that the state release thousands of inmates by year's end to ease prison overcrowding. If the judges reject his plan, the administration plans to spend $315 million this fiscal year to house the inmates in private prisons and county jails instead of turning them loose. The state has a court-ordered deadline Monday to report on its progress. Its response is based on a law enacted last week in the closing hours of this year's legislative session. Instead of spending hundreds of millions of dollars to lease cells, the state is offering to spend part of the money on treatment programs if the court extends its deadline for reducing the prison population by about 9,600 inmates.

NEW: Analysts: 2012 poverty rate to show slight decline


WASHINGTON (AP) — Helped by a slowly improving economy, the ranks of America's poor are expected to decline slightly when new census figures are released. The Census Bureau on Tuesday is releasing its annual report on U.S. economic well-being for 2012, the third year of the recovery after recession ended in 2009. Analysts predict the poverty rate will decline by up to half a percentage point from its current level of 15 percent, or 46.2 million people. It could be the first decline since 2006. The figures also are expected to show little if any improvement in the number of uninsured. Under the new health care law, the government, starting next year, will offer tax credits for people without access to job-based health insurance to buy coverage through new markets in each state.

Gunman in Navy Yard shooting was in Navy Reserves


Aaron Alexis seems a study in contradictions: a former Navy reservist, a Defense Department contractor, a convert to Buddhism who was taking an online course in aeronautics. But he also had flashes of temper that led to run-ins with police over shootings in Fort Worth, Texas, and Seattle. A profile began to emerge of the man authorities identified as the gunman in Monday's mass shooting at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., that left 13 people dead, including the 34-year-old man. While some neighbors and acquaintances described him as "nice," his father once told detectives in Seattle his son had anger management problems related to post-traumatic stress brought on by the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. He also complained about the Navy and being a victim of discrimination. Police in Seattle say Alexis was arrested there in 2004 for shooting out the tires of another man's vehicle in what he described to detectives as an anger-fueled "blackout."

13 killed, including lone gunman, in Navy Yard shooting rampage; motive remains unclear


WASHINGTON (AP) — The deadly attack at the Washington Navy Yard was carried out by one of the military's own: a defense contract employee and former Navy reservist who used a valid pass to get onto the installation and started firing inside a building, killing 12 people before he was slain in a gun battle with police. The shooting was the deadliest on a military installation in the U.S. since the tragedy at Fort Hood, Texas, in 2009. Law enforcement officials say gunman Aaron Alexis carried three weapons at the Navy Yard: an AR-15 assault rifle, a shotgun and a handgun he took from an officer at the scene. D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier says investigators now believe Alexis was acted alone. Authorities had earlier said they were searching for a possible second suspect. Investigators say his motive is a mystery.

Sheriff: 3rd person killed in Colorado flooding


LYONS, Colo. (AP) — Flash flooding in Colorado has left three people dead, and widespread high waters are keeping search and rescue teams from reaching stranded residents and motorists in Boulder and nearby mountain communities. The flood waters triggered mudslides and have damaged or washed away at least three buildings in the mountains. They've also caused three cars to plunge into rushing water after a road collapsed in suburban Denver. Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle (PEHL'-ee) says two people have died in his county. Colorado Springs spokeswoman Kim Melchor said police conducting flood patrols also found a body in the water on the west side of that city, in El Paso County.


 

More homes destroyed in Clover Fire


REDDING, Calif. (AP) — Fire officials say crews assessing the damage from a Northern California wildfire have determined 68 homes were destroyed. That's up from the earlier tally of 37. One person has been found dead in the fire's perimeter. Deputies on Tuesday discovered the body of a 56-year-old man in a motor home destroyed by the fire. Authorities say crews are making progress against the blaze, which began Monday in the community of Happy Valley.

Forecast: Calif. to outpace nation in job growth


LOS ANGELES (AP) — California will continue to outpace the nation in job growth over the next few years, narrowing an unemployment rate gap in a slow but uneven economic recovery that will leave unskilled workers behind. A UCLA Anderson Forecast released Thursday says the state's unemployment rate will average 8.9 percent this year —compared with 7.6 for the U.S. as a whole — but it will drop by a percentage point in 2014 and another in 2015. The report said the national unemployment rate will remain lower, but California will narrow that gap as it has continued to do for more than a year. Real personal income growth will be 1.9 percent this year — beating the U.S. figure of 1.4 percent — and it will surge to 3.3 percent in 2014 and 2015, which is almost equal to the U.S. figure.

Obama pays tribute to the fallen of Sept. 11, 2001


WASHINGTON (AP) — For President Barack Obama, the prospect of more U.S. military action in the Middle East hangs over his observance today of the anniversary of the September 11th attacks. During a ceremony at the Pentagon, he vowed to "defend our nation" against the threats that endure, even though they may be different than the ones that faced the country 12 years ago today. He said, "Let us have the wisdom to know that while force is sometimes necessary, force alone cannot build the world we seek." Among those gathered at the Pentagon were family members of those killed 12 years ago today. Many wore red, white and blue striped ribbons, and some cried as the president spoke. Obama said, "Our hearts still ache for the futures snatched away, the lives that might have been." The president also paid tribute to the four Americans who were killed one year ago today in an attack on a U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya. He asked the country to pray for those who "serve in dangerous posts." Obama began the day with a somber remembrance at the White House. Along with first lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and wife Jill Biden, Obama stood on the South Lawn to observe a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m., the moment when the first plane hit the World Trade Center.

Crews battling Clover Fire welcome favorable weather


REDDING, Calif. (AP) — Crews battling a wildfire in Northern California that destroyed 30 homes and damaged 30 others are expecting more favorable weather to help. California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Mike Witesman says temperatures should be cooler and humidity higher Wednesday around the Clover Fire in Shasta County. Officials also are expecting winds to die down. The fire grew by more than 250 acres overnight, but containment stayed at 40 percent. It has now burned nearly 11 square miles. Witesman says it's still threatening 300 homes around the community of Happy Valley. Evacuations remain in place, though at least some of them may be lifted as soon as Wednesday. Meanwhile, containment of a fire burning in a San Francisco Bay Area wilderness park increased to 70 percent overnight.

Obama backs UN discussion of Syria arms proposal


WASHINGTON (AP) — A White House official says President Barack Obama has agreed to discussions at the United Nations Security Council on a proposal from Russia to secure Syria's chemical weapons stockpiles. The official says Obama discussed the proposal Tuesday with French President Francois Hollande and British Prime Minister David Cameron. France's foreign minister says France will float a resolution in the U.N. Security Council aimed at forcing Syria to make public its chemical weapons program, place it under international control and dismantle it. Obama has said the proposal marks a potential breakthrough that could halt plans for a U.S. military strike, though he said the details remain unclear. The official requested anonymity because the officials was not authorized to discuss the private conversations by name.


 

8:15 AM UPDATE: Clover Fire grows to more than 11 square miles


REDDING, Calif. (AP) — A wind-whipped wildfire in Northern California's Shasta County damaged 30 structures, many of them homes, grown to more than 11 square miles and is threatening another 350 structures, fire officials said Tuesday. The Clover Fire near the rural community of Happy Valley began around 1 p.m. Monday and quickly spread through grass and oak, state fire spokeswoman Teresa Rea said. Happy Valley is about 150 miles north of Sacramento. The fire was fueled by strong winds and dry conditions. "It was the perfect storm," Rea said. Multiple outbuildings and vehicles also were damaged. Mandatory evacuations are in place for some homes, though Rea did not know how many. Fire crews did, however, make good progress against the blaze overnight, raising containment from 5 percent to 40 percent, she said. More than 1,100 firefighters are battling the blaze. The cause is under investigation. Meanwhile, a fire burning in a San Francisco Bay Area wilderness park appeared to be under control. Crews made considerable progress overnight against the fire in Mount Diablo State Park in Contra Costa County, more than doubling containment and reducing the number of threatened homes. The fire was 45 percent contained as of Tuesday morning, up from 20 percent the previous night, officials said. It has burned a little over 5 square miles.

That number was lowered from the previous day because of better mapping. State fire spokesman Steve Kaufmann said 75 homes are now threatened, down from 100 homes. He said the fire isn't showing much active behavior.


 

Volunteer Redding diver killed in recovery opperation


A Redding volunteer rescue diver is dead and another injured following an equipment recovery attempt on Shasta Lake Sunday. The Sheriff's office says Ken Smith was attempting to recover a remote-operated vehicle that became entangled, when he didn't come up after a long period of time. A safety diver who went in to help Smith was injured after ascending too quickly, but is in fair condition. The equipment was being used to help locate a possible drowning victim.

Report: CA pension payouts doubled after benefit bump


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's biggest public pension system saw retirement payouts for new retirees double between 1999 and 2012 as higher pensions established years ago started taking effect. New CalPERS data analyzed by the Sacramento Bee show state and local police officers and firefighters benefited the most. In the 14 years covered by the data, average first-month pensions to state police and firefighters went from $1,770 to $4,978. California Highway Patrol officers' first-month retirement payments doubled from $3,633 to $7,418. Dan Pellissier, a pension-reform advocate, says benefits given away a decade ago "are finally coming home to roost." Pellissier tried and failed to put a measure before voters last year to roll back pensions. The newspaper says the slow-motion changes show that the impact of rollbacks that took effect this year won't be felt for some time.

Syria positive about giving up chemical weapons


MOSCOW (AP) — Syria's foreign minister says his country welcomes Russia's proposal for it to place its chemical weapons under international control and then dismantle them quickly to avert U.S. strikes. The statement from Walid al-Moallem came a few hours after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Syrian President Bashar Assad could resolve the crisis surrounding the alleged use of chemical weapons by his forces by surrendering control of "every single bit" of his arsenal to the international community by the end of the week. Hours after Kerry's statement, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Moscow would urge Syria to quickly put its chemical weapons under international control, then dismantle them. Lavrov, who held talks with al-Moallem in Moscow earlier in the day, said he expected a quick positive answer from Damascus. Al-Moallem, however, wouldn't give any further details in his brief statement and didn't take any questions.

Chobani says mold in yogurt does not carry disease


NEW YORK (AP) — Yogurt maker Chobani says the mold that triggered a recall of some of its Greek yogurt cups this week is not associated with foodborne illnesses like salmonella or E. coli. The company identified the mold Friday as a common species that usually affects fruits, vegetables and other plants. It has also been linked to previous cases of spoiled yogurt. Cornell University Professor Randy Worobo says the mold "should not pose a health risk to most consumers." Worobo is a professor of food science. A company spokeswoman said 95 percent of the affected products have already been pulled from shelves. The company, based in New Berlin, N.Y., said the affected products came from its Idaho facility and represents less than 5 percent of its total production.


 

Obama says public is skeptical on Syria action


ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — President Barack Obama says he understand the American public's deep skepticism about launching military action against Syria. But he says he is confident he can persuade Americans that the use of chemical weapons in Syria requires a military response. Obama says he needs to convince the nation that his plans would be "limited and proportional" and designed to uphold international norms. Obama says a chemical attack in Syria last month was carried out by President Bashar Assad's military. Seeking congressional authority to act, Obama says the U.S. experience with Iraq and a decade of war has made the public wary, especially within his own Democratic Party. He says, quote, "I trust my constituents want me to offer my best judgment. That's why they elected me. That's why they re-elected me."

Chico kidnapping and rape suspect facing additional charges


The former physicians assistant charged with kidnapping, drugging and raping two young women faces additional charges. The Butte County District Attorney's office says 41-year-old Lonnie Keith of Chico faces new charges of kidnapping and sexual assault after the continuing investigation revealed another victim. Investigators suspect Keith drugged his victims, zip-tied and raped them. The crimes took place in the Chico State south campus area between September and October of 2012. Keith faces several life-terms if convicted.

Chico woman pleads no contest to voluntary manslaughter


A Chico woman pleads no contest to voluntary manslaughter for stabbing a woman last year. 31-year-old Renee Mollison made the plea Wednesday. The E-R reports 53-year-old Diana Luke let Mollison into her apartment last year for a glass of water. That's when Luke's husband heard her screaming and found Mollison standing over Luke with a knife. The defense said it was planning to argue voluntary manslaughter, which can be committed during a sudden quarrel, the heat of passion or in imperfect self-defense. Mollison is looking at 12 years behind bars.
 

Police investitgating identity of body


Police are investigating a body found in area where authorities were looking for a student who vanished on a trip from his girlfriend's Chico apartment to Southern California. The burning body was found Wednesday near Castaic Lake. 19-year-old Bryce Lapisa went missing last week while en route to visit his parents. His SUV was found on its side near the lake.
 

Chico City Council agrees with findings in grand jury report


Chico city officials agree that they were late in addressing lack of funds and moved money around to cover expenses. The E-R reports the City Council agrees with the findings in the latest grand Jury report, which said the city provided outdated and misleading information to the jury. A written response to the Grand Jury says the city has taken corrective action.

Boehner supports action against Syria


WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner says he will support President Barack Obama's call for the U.S. to take action against Syria for alleged chemical weapons use, and says his Republican colleagues should support the president, too. Boehner says only the United States has the capability to stop Syrian President Bashar Assad and warn others around the world that such actions will not be tolerated. He spoke at the White House after he and other congressional leaders met with Obama. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said the public needs to hear more of the intelligence that led U.S. officials to conclude that Syria's government killed hundreds of people using chemical weapons.

Progress continues on containment of Rim Fire


YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — A massive wildfire burning around Yosemite National Park in California is now 75 percent contained. State fire spokesman Daniel Berlant says crews made good progress against the Rim Fire overnight, increasing containment from 70 to 75 percent. The fire — one of the largest in California history — also did not grow significantly, with higher humidity moderating fire behavior.

Chico man robbed and stabbed


Chico Police are investigating a robbery and stabbing. Police say the 23-year-old male victim was stabbed multiple times early Monday morning on the one-thousand-block of West Sacramento Avenue. He reportedly told police he was walking when three suspects robbed and stabbed him. Police say the victim's wounds aren't life-threatening. Anybody with information is asked to call Chico Police.

Man allegedly opens fire on Paradise family


Paradise Police are investigating why a man allegedly opened fire on his brother's family. It happened Monday morning on the 400-block of Horseshoe Hill Drive. Police arrived to find a husband, wife, and 12-year-old daughter suffering from gun shot wounds. 53-year-old Nancy Taylor was dead at the scene, 49-year-old Rodney McClintock was listed in critical condition, and the young girl was in stable condition. Witnesses say McClintock's brother shot the family and left. A search of the area turned up 53-year-old Robert McClintock. He's charged with homicide.

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