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POSTED September 17, 2012 12:37 a.m.

• CALIF. HIGH SCHOOLER CHOSEN FOR ELECTORAL COLLEGE: SIMI VALLEY (AP) — A 18-year-old Los Angeles County high school senior has been selected as a member of the nation’s Electoral College.

The Ventura County Star reported Saturday that Chris Tumbeiro, who attends a high school located in Simi Valley on the northern outskirts of Los Angeles, is believed to be the first high school student ever chosen.

He was selected by Lee Rogers, a Democratic congressional candidate.

California has 55 electoral votes, one for each congressional district and two senators. The state Democratic Party asks its congressional and senate nominees to select college appointees.

Rogers says he knows of one other 18-year-old Electoral College member from Iowa, but no other high school student.

Rogers says he wanted to choose someone different from the typical appointee of a longtime party activist.

• MAN ARRESTED IN NORTHERN CALIF. BOATING COLLISION: SMARTSVILLE,   on a Northern California lake that killed two people and injured two others.

Yuba County Sheriff’s Lt. Damon Gil says Jeffrey Sandow of Auburn was arrested Sunday morning at the Yuba County Sheriff’s Department. Gil says investigators believe Sandow was under the influence of alcohol while driving one of the two power boats in the collision on Englebright Lake.

Gil tells the Sacramento Bee authorities have yet to identify the two people who died, pending notification of their families. The collision reported Saturday night also left two other people with minor to moderate injuries.

Englebright Lake is a man-made reservoir formed along the Yuba River and is also a popular camping area.

• INMATE DIES IN CENTRAL PRISON STABBING ATTACK: SOLEDAD (AP) — An inmate is dead after being stabbed in an attack that triggered a fight at a state prison in central California.

A spokesman for the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation says two inmates repeatedly stabbed the victim Saturday in a yard at Salinas Valley State Prison in Soledad.

Jonathan Parsley said an unknown number of other inmates in the yard then began to attack each other.

Four inmates suffered injuries from the brawl, two of whom had to be airlifted to a hospital. The extent of their injuries was not immediately known.

The name of the dead inmate is being withheld pending notification of his relatives.

Authorities have limited inmate movement at the maximum-security prison as an investigation into what happened continues.

• THOUSANDS OF VOLUNTEERS CLEAN UP CALIF. BEACHES: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The California Coastal Commission estimates volunteers across the state collected at least 320 tons of debris from the state’s beaches, lakes, rivers and streams this weekend.

More than 57,000 people gave up their Saturday to pick up debris along the coastline and inland waterways as part of an annual clean-up aimed at protecting public safety and marine wildlife.

Organizers tell the San Jose Mercury News that volunteers in 70 percent of the counties collected 105,816 pounds of cans, bottles and other recyclable material.

This year, volunteers were on the lookout for debris from the massive earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan last year.

The commission’s Eben Schwartz says volunteers at a Santa Cruz County beach found a buoy with Japanese writing, and picked up buoys and water bottles with Japanese writing in Mendocino County.

• POLICE ARREST 1, SEEK ANOTHER IN OC KILLING OF 2: WESTMINSTER  (AP) — Police in the Orange County city of Westminster have arrested one suspect and are searching for another in the fatal shooting of two people and wounding of another two in a residential garage this weekend.

City News Service reported Sunday that police are investigating the possibility that the shooting was gang related.

Police Sgt. Cameron Knauerhaze says the incident occurred around 12:30 a.m. Saturday when gunfire erupted in a garage after a dispute outside on the street.

A man died at the scene and a boy died later at a hospital. Two other men sustained non-life threatening injuries.

Knauerhaze says identities and further details are being withheld pending the outcome of the investigation.

• MINOR EARTHQUAKES FELT IN SONOMA COUNTY: SONOMA  (AP) — Seismologists say two minor earthquakes struck Sonoma County on Sunday morning, both centered roughly 25 miles north of Santa Rosa.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the first 3.2 magnitude quake occurred at 11:53 a.m.

That quake was centered 2 miles east of the town of The Geysers.

The second quake struck just a minute later with a magnitude of 3.0, about a mile north of The Geysers.

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