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POSTED March 13, 2012 7:52 p.m.

Surfer’s body found in ocean off Santa Cruz

SANTA CRUZ (AP) — The body of a 60-year-old California surfer has been found in the ocean at a popular Santa Cruz surf spot.

The body was found in the water at Pleasure Point on Monday evening.

Friend Kim Mosher tells the Santa Cruz Sentinel that the victim, who has been surfing since the 1960s, recently celebrated his 60th birthday. He was a contractor who lived in Ben Lomond..

Sheriff’s Sgt. Mitch Medina says there was some facial trauma. Mosher speculated the man may have struck the bottom.

Death penalty sought in 14-year-old’s rape, murder

CERES (AP) — Stanislaus County prosecutors will seek the death penalty against a man charged with raping and murdering his 14-year-old daughter.

Prosecutor Annette Rees made the announcement on Monday during a pretrial hearing for Mark Edward Mesiti. The 44-year-old Mesiti is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting his daughter, Alycia, from July 2005 through May 2006 and then killing her and burying her remains in the backyard of their Ceres home.

Her body was unearthed four years later in 2009. Mesiti has pleaded not guilty.

Mayor says Fresno in severe financial distress

FRESNO (AP) — The mayor of Fresno says the San Joaquin Valley city is in severe financial distress and more concessions are needed from city workers.

Mayor Ashley Swearengin was joined at a Monday news conference by City Manager Mark Scott, who warned bankruptcy cannot be ruled out.

Leaders of the city’s two public safety unions believe the mayor and city manager are being overly dramatic.

The mayor gave details about city finances, projecting skyrocketing long-term deficit if cost-cutting measures are not taken.

The deficit would be $15 million in 2013 and rise to $66 million by 2017.

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