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POSTED April 5, 2012 9:41 p.m.

'Octomom': I'm back on food stamps for 14 kids

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Octomom" Nadya Suleman says financial troubles as she tries to raise 14 children have put her back on food stamps.

Suleman said Thursday that she's been forced to break her vow to refuse public assistance and has received $2,000 in food stamps for each of the last two months. She was interviewed by Matt Lauer on NBC's "Today" show.

Suleman says she's working as hard as she can to support the children and has business ventures in the works.

Suleman told Lauer she would never let her family be broken up because she couldn't care for the children.

In January, 2009, Suleman gave birth to eight babies who became the world's longest-living octuplets.

College trustees hold emergency meeting

SANTA MONICA . (AP) — The Santa Monica College Board of Trustees has scheduled an emergency session Friday to consider a request to postpone a controversial plan to charge students more for some classes this summer.

Officials in the chancellor's office had expressed concerns about the plan and its legality.

The college last month approved the plan that would offer high-demand core courses at about four times the price.

CHP stops stolen crane after slow-speed chase

SACRAMENTO (AP) — The California Highway Patrol has stopped a stolen construction crane after a slow-speed chase in Sacramento County.

Authorities say the events started about 1 a.m. Thursday when an off-duty CHP officer spotted the stolen Teichert construction company crane driving without headlights on a rural highway southeast of Sacramento.

The officer notified dispatchers, and CHP units found the crane.

Instead of stopping, the driver raised the crane's boom, knocking down power lines and tree branches as he fled down the highway.


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