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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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CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina state lawmakers are being urged to vote this week to remove the Confederate flag from the grounds of the state capitol. That appeal is coming from a group of political and religious leaders from the Charleston area, including Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley. One activist says the flag should be removed before the body of a state senator who died in last week's church shooting arrives at the Statehouse for public viewing Wednesday.

 

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DANNEMORA, N.Y. (AP) — According to a person close to the investigation, authorities believe a New York prison employee was supposed to be the getaway driver for two escaped killers but didn't show up. The source says that's one reason the search is focused now in dense forest only miles from Clinton Correctional Facility. The person says investigators believe prison instructor Joyce Mitchell befriended the men and was supposed to pick them up Saturday morning but didn't. Officials say Mitchell has been questioned and that she may have helped the men. She hasn't been charged.

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SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors has unanimously passed an ordinance that will raise the age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21.

 

KRON-TV reports the ordinance will go into effect on January 1 in the county but will not apply to incorporated cities.

 

Supervisor Ken Yeager introduced the ordinance during the board's May 19 meeting and said he hopes the county's 15 incorporated cities will pass similar legislation.

 

Businesses will be required to post signs through the county stating the minimum age to buy tobacco is 21 and that anyone who violates the ordinance will be fined.

 

A similar law is being pushed forward by California lawmakers. Last week, the state Senate passed a bill that raises the smoking age from 18 to 21. The bill is now with the Assembly.

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Officials say someone may have started the blaze that completely destroyed a vacant house on Greenville Street just after 5 AM on Tuesday. Fire Crews say the flames started in one of the home's front rooms and spread through the rest of the house. The home was abandoned, but officials say the blaze was deliberately caused. Anyone with information is asked to call the El Medfio Fire Department. 

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A suspected Bidwell Park arsonist has waived his preliminary hearing Tuesday morning. 20-year-old Joey Valderrama is accused of allegedly setting seven separate small fires in Upper Bidwell Park on March 8.
 
District Attorney Mike Ramsey says the fires were fortunately started on a calm day and firefighters were able to extinguish the blazes. The fifth fire, which was the largest of the seven, burned a quarter of an acre. Valderrama was reportedly found near the seventh fire with a partial road flare and shoes matching the shoeprints found near the fires.  
 
Valderrama will return to court June 25th where a jury date will be selected.   
 

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers have approved a bill aimed at raising school vaccination rates after five hours of highly emotional debate.
 
The Assembly Health Committee voted 12-6 in favor of the bill, which came in response to a measles outbreak at Disneyland in December that infected more than 100 people in the U.S. and Mexico.
 
The proposal advances to a house-wide floor vote after previously passing the Senate.
 
SB277 by Democratic Sens. Richard Pan of Sacramento and Ben Allen of Santa Monica aims to increase school immunization rates by eliminating the personal belief exemption. Unvaccinated children would have to be home-schooled.
 
Hundreds of opponents rallied ahead of the hearing and waited hours to testify against it, arguing it would eliminate their right to choose.
 
Gov. Jerry Brown has not taken a position.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says the United States will send up to 450 more troops to Iraq to boost the training of local forces. It's a response to recent setbacks at the hands of the Islamic State and Baghdad's appeals for more help.

 

Under the plan, the number of U.S. training sites in Iraq would increase from four to five, enabling a larger number of Iraqis to join the fight against the Islamic militant group. Most of the fighters would be Sunni tribal volunteers.

 

The White House says President Barack Obama made the decision at the request of Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and based on advice from Pentagon leaders.

 

Obama continues to resist demands for combat troops or for more U.S. soldiers on the ground to call in air strikes.

 

House Speaker John Boehner says sending several hundred military advisers to Iraq "is a step in the right direction." But at a news conference today, he repeatedly criticized Obama for not having "an overarching strategy" for dealing with the Islamic State.

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ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia prosecutor says he has dismissed murder charges against a 23-year-old woman accused of inducing an abortion by taking pills.

 

Dougherty County District Attorney Greg Edwards said in statement Wednesday that Kenlissia Jones of Albany has been released from jail. But she still faces a misdemeanor charge of dangerous drug possession. The prosecutor said "Georgia law presently does not permit prosecution of Ms. Jones for any alleged acts related to the end of her pregnancy."

 

A police report says Jones took four pills to terminate her pregnancy after breaking up with her boyfriend. She was arrested Saturday.

 

Abortion-rights advocates and opponents alike were stunned by the murder charge. Georgia has prohibited the prosecution of women for feticide or for performing illegal abortions in cases involving their own pregnancies.

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DANNEMORA, N.Y. (AP) — State troopers wearing helmets and body armor are searching houses near the northern New York prison where two killers escaped. Teams of corrections officers and police dogs are also taking part. The search for David Sweat and Richard Matt is in its fifth day.

 

Authorities say the pair cut their way out of Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora last weekend. One woman in Dannemora says officers asked to search her home today, but she said no. She says her windows are locked and her house is battened down.

 

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MCKINNEY, Texas (AP) — A Texas community leader says there needs to be a "serious investigation" into how a white police officer treated black teens at a pool party in McKinney. Officer David Casebolt resigned from the police force Tuesday, after a video showed him pushing a black girl in a bikini to the ground and pointing a gun at other black teens. Dominique Alexander, president of the Dallas area-Next Generation Action Network, says the resignation "is a step in the right direction."

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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A new report says sexual exploitation by U.N. peacekeepers remains significantly underreported. The Office of Internal Oversight Services says about a third of alleged sexual abuse involves minors. It says members of a U.N. peacekeeping mission engaged in "transactional sex" with more than 225 Haitian women who said they needed to do so to obtain things like food and medication. The report is scheduled to be released this month.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — There have been lots of "Help Wanted" ads in recent weeks. In fact, the government says employers advertised more open jobs in April than at any other time in the 15 years that it's been keeping track. The continued steady hiring is a sign that businesses see the economic slump from the first few months of this year as a result mainly of temporary factors such as a harsh winter.

 

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PARIS (AP) — After months of waiting, families of the 150 people killed when a German jetliner smashed into the French Alps can finally start burying their loved ones. Lufthansa today is flying coffins with the remains of 44 victims from Marseille, France, to Dusseldorf, Germany. That's where the flight was supposed to land on March 24th. Instead, investigators say, the co-pilot deliberately flew the plane into a mountainside.

 

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The Chico City Council is looking into expanding the city's smoking regulations. The city's Internal Affairs Commitee will meet on Wednesday to discuss adding electronic cigarettes to the city's smoking ban.

 

Kids Leading Everyone Against Nicotine, a group with the support of councilor Ann Schwab, requested that the committee consider an amendment to the city's municipal code that would include e-cigarettes. City law currently prohibits only traditional tobacco products within 20 feet of outdoor cafes, doors and windows of businesses, parks, and other open spaces.

 

According to the City Attorney's Office, goverments can expand the municipal code's definition of smoking to include smoking devices. A stand-alone provision specifically banning the use of e-cigarettes in smoke-free areas is another option.  

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The submerged body that was found by a group of tubers next to an island east of Bedrock Park Saturday afternoon in the Feather River has been identified as a local transient. According to Oroville Police, the body was held under water by several branches. Investigators say the body did not have any signs of trauma. An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death. His name is not being released until his next of kin have been contacted.

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The death of a dog over the weekend due to heatstroke has prompted The City of Chico Animal Services to remind residents to not leave their pets in the car.
 
Even leaving a window open as much as 8 inches doesn't do much to minimize the heat buildup and  study from Stanford University shows that on a 72 degree day, the inside of a car can reach 117 degrees within 60 minutes, and on 100 degree days that figure is even worse. 
 
Dogs in the back of pickup trucks are also susceptibleto heat stress or heat stroke along with burns to the pads of their feet. 
 
In California, it is a misdemeanor to leave an animal unattended in a motor vehicle under conditions that endanger their health or wellbeing. The owner can face both fines and jail time. If you see an animal in distress, please contact your local animal control.
 
Children and the elderly are also particularly suceptible to heatstroke. Please make sure your family members, whether on two legs or four, are staying cool. 
 

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says his health care law is no longer just a theory, but a reality for millions of Americans whose lives have improved. Obama defended the health care overhaul during an address to the Catholic Hospital Association Conference in Washington. The speech comes as the Supreme Court prepares to rule on whether a key benefit of the law is valid. Obama says the law is now part of the fabric of how Americans care for one another. He says in some ways the law has worked out better than anticipated.

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CHICAGO (AP) — As former House Speaker Dennis Hastert prepares to make a court appearance this afternoon, the latest court filings aren't shedding much light on the hush-money case. Prosecutors filed a bail report and a supplemental document today, but they are under seal. An indictment last month said Hastert had agreed to pay someone $3.5 million to keep the person from revealing some sort of past misconduct by Hastert. A judge today will hear Hastert enter a plea, and is expected to set bail.

 

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GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — Cleanup teams say 44 percent of 96.5 miles of California coastline is clear of oil from the Refugio Oil Spill. A California Department of Fish and Wildlife spokeswoman says the mostly sandy beaches only have trace amounts, or less than 1 percent of oil. Cleanup efforts span from northern Santa Barbara County into Ventura County.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Explosions and fires from the illegal manufacture of butane hash oil have sharply increased in California in recent years. The Sacramento Bee reports oil burns are a growing problem for two of Northern California's major burn treatment centers. Hospital officials say injuries from butane hash-oil explosions account for 8 to 10 percent of severe burn cases, a larger percentage than from car wrecks and house fires combined.

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McKINNEY, Texas (AP) — A black man who says he saw an apparently white police officer restraining a black, bikini-clad teenage girl at a suburban Dallas community pool party says it wasn't a racial incident.

 

Benét Embry, who watched the disturbance unfold in McKinney on Friday night, told The Associated Press today that the officer was belligerent and profane, but that police were right to try "to defuse the situation." He characterized it as "a teenage party that got out of hand."

 

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ELMAU, Germany (AP) — As concerns about Greece's debt continue to weigh down financial markets in the U.S. and elsewhere, President Barack Obama says Greece's government will have to make economic reforms that will require some tough political choices. Obama told reporters in Germany today that it's what it will take in order to resolve a standoff over Greece's international bailout, and protect international financial markets.

 

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DANNEMORA, N.Y. (AP) — Investigators want to know whether civilian employees or perhaps private contractors helped two murderers get the power tools they used to break out of a maximum-security prison in northern New York, near the Canadian border. Gov. Andrew Cuomo told morning news shows that investigators are interviewing hundreds of civilian employees, and the contractors who've been doing extensive renovations at the prison. He says somebody had to have heard the inmates as they cut their way out.

 

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BOSTON (AP) — Authorities have released surveillance video showing the fatal shooting of a Boston man suspected of plotting to kill police officers. The video shown today at a news conference comes from a restaurant across the street, and the figures shown are blurry. Police and the FBI say it shows officers shooting Usaama Rahim on June 2 in the city's Roslindale neighborhood after they attempted to question him about "terrorist-related information."

 

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A suspect has been arrested after attempting to burglarize a house. James Mendoza called Chico Police just before 3 am on Sunday, reporting that a man had allegedly forced his way into his residence on Cherry Street in Chico.
 
Mendoza confronted the would-be thief and he fled the residence. Officers searched the area and found a male matching the suspect's description. He was identified as 18-year-old Xavier Roland before being arrested without incident and booked into the Butte County Jail.       

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Two tubers reportedly discovered a body on the north side of an island just east of Bedrock Park in Oroville around 3:30 pm Saturday. Divers from the Butte County Search and Rescue pulled the body out of the river where it had been held under the water by several branches. Authorities say that they had not received any prior calls about swimmers in distress. The cause of death has not been determined and is pending the results of an autopsy.  

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Fire destroys an apartment complex in Redding. Fire Crews arrived just after noon Thursday to find half the complex engulfed in flames. When it was over, the structure was declared a total loss. The fire at the complex on Mishka Court may have begun from a burning cigarette. One person was injured from the blaze.

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BOSTON (AP) — A college friend of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been sentenced to three and a-half years in prison. Azamat Tazhayakov was convicted of conspiracy and obstruction of justice for removing Tsarnaev's backpack from his dorm room at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth while authorities frantically searched for suspects in the bombing. In court today, Tazhayakov tearfully apologized to the people of Boston for impeding the investigation.

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Over a period of 4 weeks multiple coin operated laundromats in Chico have been the targets for burglaries. According to police, the suspect (or suspects) enter the laundromat after the customers leave with their face and hands covered.

 

Then they allegedly use tools to defeat the locking mechanisms on the machines and they remove the coin trays. This not only results in a loss of coins but also significant damage to the machines.

 

Police are asking the public to be extra aware of suspicious activity at laundromats. Anyone with information about the burglaries are asked to call the Chico PD.

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An undocumented lawyer in Chico now has a green card. 38-year-old Sergio Garcia, who successfully fought a legal battle to practice law despite being an "undocumented" immigrant, can now live in the U.S. legally. Garcia who lives in and practices law in Chico received his green card Thursday.

 

Gracia came to this country from Mexico with his parents at the age of 9 and first applied for permanent U.S. residency in 1994. He fought a five year legal battle with the federal government to be able to practice law in this country. The California Supreme court ruled in his favor and bill passed by the state Legislature let Garcia practice law in 2014.

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State Lawmakers took their first step Thursday to regulate the medical marijuana industry. An Assembly bill attempts to set up an Office of Marijuana Regulation within the Governor's Office. The idea is to free up other departments from having to collect fees. It would also allow local governments to license commercial cannabis operations. The measure now awaits Senate action.

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More citations for water wasting are being issued in Yuba City than any other city in California. Reports indicate the city is taking a tough approach which it's hoped will save water in the long run. City officials reportedly were not aware they had such a tough reputation, preferring instead to educate people. In April hundreds of warnings were sent out and 57 citations with fines were issued.

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Multiple grass fires kept fire crews busy in Butte County on Thursday. A series of road side fires around 15 to 20 acres in size were reported on Dunstone Drive near Bangor around 2:30 pm. Structures were initially threatened, but fire crews were able to contain the blazes.

 

Another fire was reported just after 3:30 pm when a pickup reportedly crashed into a telephone poll on Ophir Road near Highway 70 in Oroville. The poll was sheared off, knocking down power lines which sparked nearby vegetation. The fire spread to a yard, but fire crews put out the flames before it reached the home.

 

Yet another fire was reported on Mellows Meadow Lane in Bangor before 4 pm. That fire was kept to one acre.

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BEIJING (AP) — China is responding angrily to accusations that it was behind the hacking of U.S. government computers. The Department of Homeland Security says data from the Office of Personnel Management and the Interior Department were compromised. U.S. officials say identifying information of at least 4 million federal workers was stolen, and the hackers appear to have been based in China. But China's foreign ministry says it's "irresponsible and unscientific" to make such allegations "without deep investigation."

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A Montana woman says the FBI interviewed her about allegations that her brother had a sexual relationship with Dennis Hastert, while the former House speaker was a high school wrestling coach and her brother was a student. Jolene Burdge tells The Associated Press her brother told her before he died in 1995 that the abuse lasted through all of his high school years. A federal indictment alleges that Hastert agreed to pay $3.5 million to someone from Yorkville, Illinois, to keep quiet about "prior misconduct."

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The government says fracking hasn't led to any widespread harm to drinking water in the United States. But according to the draft report from the Environmental Protection Agency, the controversial drilling technique could affect drinking water if safeguards aren't maintained. The agency found some specific cases in which poorly-built drilling wells and improper wastewater management had affected drinking water resources.

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Dogs have been stolen from the Chico Animal Shelter. The dognappers allegedly entered the property late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning by removing a gate from its hinges and forcing a second gate open.
 
The suspects then damaged the fronts of two kennels to remove the dogs. The first dog is described as a tan male American Pit Bull Terrier with darker markings. The second dog is a black and white neutered male American Pit Bull Terrier mix, and has injury to his skull which left a dent on the left side of his head above his ear.
 
Police say that the suspects have not been identified at this time. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Chico Police Department.       
 

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The State Water Control Board has released the conservation rate for April, and it's improved over numbers from earlier this year. Californians have decreased their water usage by 13.5% during the month of April, ahead of the Board adopting a mandatory 25% reduction in May.

 

Reportedly, some of the biggest savers have been North State cities and towns. State Officials say Red Bluff and Oroville reported big decreases in water useage. Red Bluff reportedly reduced its water useage 41%, with Oroville at 40%. The Governor has ordered mandatory cutbacks of 25% for all Californians because of the drought.  

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LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A 4-mile stretch of a Los Angeles-area beach is closed to swimmers and surfers after tar balls washed ashore. It's the latest shutdown of part of the Southern California coastline because of oily goo.

 

The fire department in the city of Long Beach ordered the closure last night over concerns the material could cause skin irritation or other adverse health effects in beachgoers.

 

As for the source of it, nothing has been ruled out, including last month's oil spill that dumped thousands of gallons of crude along the Santa Barbara County coast, about 140 miles to the northwest.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans have dealt a setback to the Obama administration's efforts to ease travel restrictions to Cuba. They voted today to keep in effect the current restrictions on Americans seeking to travel to Cuba. The effort to keep the restrictions in effect was launched by congressman Mario Diaz-Balart, a Cuban-American Republican from the Miami area.

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ADDISON, Texas (AP) — Rick Perry says the country needs a proven leader who can bridge partisanship. His comments in a website video came in advance of his announcement today that he's making a second bid for the presidency. 

 

The former Texas governor was an instant front-runner in the Republican race four years ago -- but tumbled after his embarrassing "oops" moment during one of the debates, as he struggled to remember which federal agencies he wanted to shut down.

 

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Two people have been sentenced for a stabbing death in Chico. 30-year-old Joshua Epstein and 24-year-old Stephanie Vogel were sentenced on Wednesday in Butte County Superior Court for the stabbing death of Randall Sexton.
 
The incident happened on August 31, 2014 around 12:30 am in the parking lot of the 7-11 on Main Street in Chico. The defendants got into an argument with Sexton, which turned into a physical altercation withVogel hitting Sexton with her skateboard and Epstein punching him several times before stabbing him in the chest. Sexton died about an hour later.    
 
Epstein recieved 11 years in state prision and Vogel got 3 years.
 

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Work crews in the park reportedly found more than 20 empty butane canisters and mason jars in the One Mile Recreation Area Tuesday morning. Park Officials believe the canisters were used to make butane honey oil. According to authorities, empty butane canisters and related materials have been found at various apartment complexes and businesses in the Chico area.    
 

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A Sacramento man suspected of killing a child appeared in court on Tuesday. 25-year-old Juan Rivera was in a Sacramento court to be  arraigned for the murder of 6-year-old Jadianna Larsen. Her burned remains were found by fire crews in a rural area near Artois after they were called out for a fire last Thursday. 
 
Investigators believe Rivera used a blunt force instrument to kill Larsen. Rivera's mother was also arraigned Tuesday for reportedly being an accessory after the fact. Rivera is said to be the boyfriend of Larsen's mother, and was caring for the girl the day she disappeared. Rivera claimed Larsen went missing after he allegedly had a seizure.     

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The City of Redding is taking a different approach to setting water usage restrictions for residents - by not setting any.  New rules began on Monday for Chico residents in order to get them down to 32% of their 2013 usage. Redding however isn't setting any restrictions and is trusting residents to regulate themselves. Redding authorities say giving each household an allotment of water would be a nightmare to track, so citizens are on the honor system. The city will be focusing on limiting outdoor watering in order to reach their water conservation target of 36%. Officials say watering rules will be enforced through citizen reports and water utility staff issuing warnings and citations. 

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A Paradise man has entered a guilty plea for the killing and disposal of his landlord. 40-year-old Charles Blalock pled guilty to the second degree murder charge on Monday for the beating death of his landlord last June. The body of 54-year-old Brian Clouser was found a month later in a shallow grave in Concow. 
 
A friend of Blalock reportedly testified that he feared Clouser was spying on his family. Blalock reportedly lured the man into his kitchen to smoke meth and proceeded to beat Clouser to death.
 
Four accomplices also were sentenced--two to jail time and two to prison time. Blalock will be sentenced later this month, and faces up to life in prison.  
 

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Two dozen young school children were hospitalized Monday for ingesting unsafe amounts of chlorine.

 

The students from the Pacheco School in Redding were reportedly in the pool at the Sun Oaks Tennis and Fitness Club when they were exposed to a mixture of chlorine and muriatic acid that created a gas from cleaning supplies. Upon breathing it in some of the students began throwing up.

 

All of the students were taken to local hospitals either by ambulance or by bus. Reportedly, maitenence was being done on the filtration system, leading to a problem with the sanitation system. The management of Sun Oaks says that in the future they will not do maitenence while the business is open.  

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Cal Water is offering a free service to help homeowners conserve water. WaterWise is a service that evaluates a home's water usage, provides tips on how to save water, and free conservation kits.
 
The program also provides free sprinkler heads and rebates for low-flow fixtures and appliances. Water conservation specialists come out to a home, going room by room evaluating fixtures in order to study flows and check for leaks.
 
Officials with Cal Water say that because of the high demand for the free program appointments are currently being scheduled two to three weeks in advance. Customers can sign up at calwater.com/conservation.  

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The  body found by firefighters Thursday, May 28th in Glenn County has been identified as that of 6-year-old Jadianna Larsen. Her burned remains were found in a field on Road D south of County Road 33 and she was reported missing from the Sacramento area the same day.

 

Larsen was reportedly in the care of 25-year-old Juan Rivera of Sacramento, the boyfriend of her mother. Rivera claimed Larsen went missing after he allegedly had a seizure. Sacramento County Investigators consider Rivera a suspect in the death and have arrested him. He was booked into the Sacramento County Jail without bail.   

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Two trains were stopped in north Chico after a report of an armed suspect who was allegedly hiding in a box car. The report  out of Redding prompted authorities to stop the two Union Pacific trains Sunday night.

 

One train stopped near the East Avenue crossing which blocked traffic and another stopped near Wilson Landing Road while authorities checked the cars. The alleged armed subject was not found and by 9:45 pm both trains had been cleared and were moving again.     

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Some parts of the Sierra Nevada range saw high amounts of precipitation this spring. Reportedly, weeks of showers and snow brought 4 inches of precipitation to some communities, more than five times the normal amount for May.
 
State officials and climatologists say the weather will help replenish dwindling reservoirs and stave off summer wildfires, but conservation is still needed as sources say current snowpack levels are at 0%.
 
New water usage restrictions for North Valley households began today. 
 

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A new Chief of Police has been named for the Chico Police Department. City Manager Mark Orme has selected Captain Michael O'Brien for the top job, effective June 5th.
 
Reportedly, City Council Member Randall Stone approves of the choice, and  hopes the newly minted Chief O'Brien will be able to advance the department as a community oriented and publicly accountable organization. Stone announced O'Brien's promotion Thursday morning, saying he's looking forward to working closely with the new chief.
 
O'Brien, a longtime Chico resident, has been with the department for 23 years and previously served as the Operations Division Commander. In a statement released this morning, he says he looks forward to leading the department into the future and will be outlining his vision for that in the coming weeks.  
 
O'Brien will be replacing Chief Kirk Trostle, who announced his retirement in November. 
 

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New rules from Cal Water for saving water will start in June. The rules are:
 
1. Lawn watering will soon be restricted to three days a week. Odd numbered addresses will be allowed to water on Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday. Even numbered addresses will water on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.
 
2. No watering will be allowed from a 8 am to 6 pm with the exception of watering by hand, drip irrigation and micro-sprayers.
 
3. No outdoor watering two days after a measurable amount of rain.
 
4. Water should not run off the landscaping and water should not flow on sidewalks or into the gutter.     
 

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