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POSTED September 12, 2012 10:00 p.m.

FARMERS CRITICIZE HIGH-SPEED RAIL PLAN: SACRAMENTO  (AP) — San Joaquin Valley farmers have told the California High-Speed Rail Authority that they are opposed to the planned transportation line.

Residents have complained that the rail authority has ignored their concerns about the project's potential disruption of farms, businesses and neighborhoods.

The county and others are suing in Sacramento to halt the project.

Farmers told the authority board on Tuesday that high-speed rail threatens agriculture, including the irrigation networks, and they complained they are only getting vague answer to their questions.

Consultant Bart Bohn says the authority must compensate farmers for property used for the railroad right of way and infrastructure, including wells. must be relocated.

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POLICE: TEEN ADMITTED KILLING ADOPTIVE PARENTS: OAKLAND  (AP) — A 15-year-old on trial as an adult for the murder of his adoptive parents told police that he felt sad while he was strangling them.

Moses Kamin's admission came in police interrogation videos played Tuesday during the teen's preliminary hearing.

Kamin is charged with the murders of 54-year-old Robert Kamin and his wife, 50-year-old Susan Poff.

In the video, Kamin said he reacted without thought on Jan. 27 when he strangled his mother after she confronted him about being suspended from school.

He told police he waited until his father returned from work, then attacked him.

After the hearing, a judge will decide whether enough evidence exists for Kamin to be tried for the murders.

POLICE LOOKING FOR SKATEBOARDING GROPER: WATSONVILLE  (AP) — Investigators say a California skateboarder has been groping females while rolling through coastal Watsonville.

Sgt. Saul Gonzalez tells the Santa Cruz Sentinel (bit.ly/U7rzSc) that the 18- or 19-year-old skateboarder has grabbed the backsides of a 13-year-old girl, a 35-year-old woman and a 29-year-old woman in recent weeks.

The latest victim was the 35-year-old woman on Sunday.

The sergeant says the skateboarder approached from behind, grabbed her backside and fled.

The other victims were groped in the same fashion.

7 YEARS FOR MAN WHO STABBED WOMAN IN HEAD: SANTA ANA (AP) — A Southern California man has been sentenced to seven years in prison for sexually attacking two women and stabbing one of them in the head.

Orange County prosecutors say 31-year-old Juan Carlos Quintas was immediately sentenced after pleading guilty on Tuesday to four felony counts.

He was also ordered to register as a sex offender.

Investigators say a 26-year-old woman was walking along a Costa Mesa street in May 2008 when Quintas drove up in a pickup truck and offered her a ride. She got in and Quintas drove to a secluding parking lot, pulled a knife and demanded sex.

She struggled and she was stabbed in the head and stomach.

Less than four months later, Quintas spotted a woman walking in Santa Ana and she was and attacked.

FEDERAL JUDGE UPHOLDS CONSTITUTIONALITY OF PROP 2: LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal court judge in Los Angeles upheld the constitutionality of California's voter initiative that gives more room to egg-laying chickens in cages and other farm animals when he dismissed the case with prejudice on Wednesday.

A Riverside County egg farmer had challenged Proposition 2, saying that it violates the due process clause because it didn't specify cage sizes and was therefore too vague for egg farmers to understand. The farmer also said it violates the commerce clause of the Constitution because it imposes burdens on interstate commerce.

U.S. District Court Judge John F. Walter said language that says caged chickens must be able to stretch their wings is not vague. He said the plaintiff failed to demonstrate burdens on commerce.

The new law takes effect on Jan. 1, 2015.

NO PERJURY CHARGES AFTER PRIEST'S TESTIMONY: SANTA CLARA  (AP) — Prosecutors say they won't be filing perjury charges against a retired priest who testified at the trial of a Northern California man accused of assaulting him.

The decision involving Jerold Lindner was disclosed Wednesday, even though prosecutors say they believe he lied under oath when he denied molesting William Lynch.

Lynch was accused of beating the priest, who Lynch claimed had molested him during a 1975 camping trip. Lynch was acquitted in the case.

Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen says prosecutors will not charge Lindner because his testimony did not influence the outcome of Lynch's trial.

Lindner has never been charged over the sexual assault allegation.

MAN KILLS HIMSELF AT CAMP PENDLETON GOLF COURSE: CAMP PENDLETON  (AP) — A retired sailor has shot and killed himself at a Camp Pendleton golf course.

Military officials say a maintenance worker saw the man early Tuesday sitting with a gun in a sand trap on the 18th hole at the golf course and called authorities. Shortly after law enforcement arrived he shot himself.

TURKISH PEDICAB DRIVERS ORDERED TO LEAVE US: SAN DIEGO (AP) — Federal immigration officials have ordered 24 Turkish students to leave the U.S. after they were found operating pedicabs illegally in downtown San Diego.

The pedicab operators were detained after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents executed arrest warrants at four locations late last month. Fifteen have so far left the country.

The newspaper says the sweep exposed what agents suspect is a criminal ring that recruits young foreigners to supply cheap labor to pedicab owners.

Federal authorities made it unlawful for foreign students to drive pedicabs after an Illinois woman was killed three years ago after she tumbled from a cab and hit her head. Police say the cab driver was a Turkish citizen who was operating in an area restricted to pedestrians.

2 INJURED AS TALL SHIP FIRES LIVE ROUND: DANA POINT  (AP) — Two people suffered minor injuries during a California tall ship festival when a shotgun shell was loaded into a ship’s cannon and fired at another vessel during a mock battle.

Authorities are investigating how a shotgun shell containing pellets was fired Saturday instead of a blank, plain powder charge.

Authorities say the Amazing Grace, a tall ship based in Washington state, fired at the vessel Bill of Rights, hitting two people onboard during a Dana Point festival that celebrates 19th century seafaring.

Both ships were using small cannons that use blank charges that look like common shotgun shells.

 

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