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POSTED May 22, 2012 9:03 p.m.

WOMAN, 3 CHILDREN HIT BY CAR IN CROSSWALK: THOUSAND OAKS  (AP) — Police say a woman and three children walking in a Thousand Oaks crosswalk were hit by a vehicle and injured, but a baby in a stroller escaped harm.

Thousand Oaks police spokesman Bob Burger says it's unconfirmed whether the woman was the mother of the children involved in the accident at 1:45 p.m. Tuesday.

Burger says the woman and one of the children are in critical condition. Two children are in stable condition. A baby in a stroller was unharmed.

Burger says the driver was being interviewed by police Tuesday afternoon.

Burger says earlier Tuesday, officers were giving citations for text messaging while driving and other violations at a crosswalk 300 feet away.

OFFICIALS: 35 BABIES EXPOSED TO TB IN 2 HOSPITALS: SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Health officials are warning parents that their babies were exposed to tuberculosis while in neonatal-intensive care units at hospitals in Sacramento and Fairfield.

Health officials on Tuesday notified the parents of 20 infants who spent time at Sutter Medical Center in Sacramento from March 14 to March 31.

Warnings were also sent to parents of 15 babies who stayed at North Bay Medical Center in Fairfield from March 31 to April 2 and from April 11 to April 19.

Health officials say the infants were exposed to someone with an active case of TB who visited both hospitals. They say the risk of infection in both cases is low.

Officials say babies who test positive or show symptoms of TB will need to receive antibiotics.

DOWNTOWN LA TRYING SLIDING SCALE FOR PARKING SPOTS: LOS ANGELES (AP) — Street parking just got cheaper in downtown Los Angeles — and more expensive at the same time.

LA has launched a one-year pilot program with more than 13,000 parking spaces on streets and city lots downtown, where prices may drop as low as 50 cents an hour for some spaces, and spike to $6 for others.

The system uses sensors to find the most popular and least used spaces, and prices will change according to demand. The initial prices were set with existing city data, and will be adjusted as it becomes clear who is parking where, and when.

It also allows drivers to use cellphones to find and pay for spaces.

PHILLIPS, SANCHEZ FACE OFF ON 'IDOL' FINALE: LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jessica Sanchez wishes she could've changed one thing during the "American Idol" finale: her final song.

The judges chastised "Change Nothing," the potential future single the 16-year-old vocal powerhouse from San Diego unleashed at the end of the Fox talent competition's final performance round Tuesday.

"Idol" judge Randy Jackson told her he didn't love the ballad, while Jennifer Lopez warned her to pick better songs when she records an album. Sanchez agreed, telling the panel that she wanted something more urban.

Meanwhile, her competitor Phillip Phillips was flawless with his potential single, "Home." The judges compared the acoustic ditty to artists like Fleet Foxes, Paul Simon and Mumford and Sons. Jackson said it was perfect, and Steven Tyler called the 21-year-old pawn shop worker from Leesburg, Ga., "the man."

CALIF. MAN SHIPPED 250 LBS. OF POT TO NJ: SANTA BARBARA (AP) — Authorities say a California man shipped about 250 pounds of high-grade marijuana — valued at $1 million — to a public storage facility in southern New Jersey.

The Burlington County Prosecutor's office announced Tuesday that 55-year-old Thomas Arnold of Santa Barbara was arrested last week after a cargo container with 15 large boxes of marijuana inside arrived at the facility in Delran.

 

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