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POSTED January 28, 2013 8:54 p.m.

STUNT DRIVERS CLOSE OAKLAND FREEWAY:  OAKLAND . (AP) — The California Highway Patrol is trying to locate a group of drivers who briefly shut down part of a San Francisco Bay area freeway while they performed stunts in the middle of the road.

Sgt. Rob Barrera said Monday that the CHP is confident that someone will be prosecuted for the brazen sideshow that stopped traffic on Interstate 880 near the Oakland Coliseum on Saturday afternoon. Barrera declined additional comment.

Video clips show at least a half-dozen cars peeling out from the shoulder and doing doughnuts in the road while other vehicles stack up behind the demonstration.

LIBRARY SOLVES ANIMAL CONTROL'S PUPPY POOP PROBLEM: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco's animal control agency is proving that the print editions of newspapers remain just as vital in the digital age.

The agency relies on the papers to line cages and catch its puppy's poop. It is now turning to the city's public library to ensure a consistent newspaper supply.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the agency will pick up newspapers from the library about twice a month.

Agency supervisor Eric Zuercher says the arrangement has solved a big problem, noting puppies are poop machines.

The agency had previously relied on public contributions and donations from the Chronicle.

3 KILLED IN FOSTER CITY CRASH: FOSTER CITY  (AP) — The California Highway Patrol is looking for witnesses to a crash on Highway 92 in Foster City that killed three people, including a 12-year-old, and left one in critical condition.

The CHP says the car was carrying five people when it struck a guardrail on an eastbound off-ramp around 9:45 p.m. Sunday. It flipped over, hit a utility pole and came to rest on its roof.

The 12-year-old, his 16-year-old brother and the 21-year-old driver were killed. Their names have not been released.

The 18-year-old brother of the 12 and 16-year-olds was in critical condition at Stanford Medical Center. Another 18-year-old suffered minor injuries.

The cause of the crash is under investigation, and the CHP is looking for help from any possible witnesses.

PASSENGER DIES WHEN FREIGHT TRAIN HITS CAR: SALINAS, Calif. (AP) — A freight train has slammed into a car along a rural dirt road in California, killing a passenger and injuring the driver and three children.

Five people were inside the Honda Civic when the train struck the car Sunday afternoon in the Royal Oaks area near Salinas.

All five lived in a small trailer near the tracks.

A 45-year-old mother of six riding in the car was killed.

The California Highway Patrol says the driver is hospitalized with moderate injuries.

Three children, ages 2, 7 and 12, had minor injuries.

There's a stop sign where the dirt road crosses the tracks.

3 PEOPLE ARRESTED IN ALLEGED MORTGAGE FRAUD SCHEME: SANTA ROSA  (AP) — Three people are facing charges in what California authorities are saying was a fraud scheme that used the Internet to target struggling homeowners.

In a 57-count complaint alleging theft, forgery and other charges, California Attorney General Kamala Harris on Monday announced the arrests of 58-year-old Ronald Cupp, 69-year-old Randall Heyden and 38-year-old Angelle Wertz.

Authorities say the three lured the struggling homeowners using six websites, including "wekillyourmortgage.com" and collected thousands of dollars in upfront fees.

Harris says through Cupp's mortgage company —North Bay Trust Services — the three created fraudulent documents that only delayed a homeowner's foreclosure, but did not satisfy the preexisting mortgage debt to the original lender.

 

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