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POSTED February 14, 2013 8:13 p.m.

 

SACRAMENTO CO. OFFICIALS FIND UNCOUNTED BALLOTS: SACRAMENTO  (AP) — Sacramento County elections officials say they have found 407 uncounted ballots cast in the Nov. 6 election.

County Registrar Jill LaVine says her "stomach dropped" after the ballots were found in a sealed bag on a warehouse shelf.

She said the ballots were placed in a red bag on Election Day instead of the designated pink ones used to hold ballots because workers at the Natomas Community Center ran out of pink bags.

Red bags typically hold supplies such as provisional envelopes, pens and registration cards.

LaVine said Thursday that an analysis showed the ballots would not have changed the outcome of any of contest in the 92 affected precincts.

The ballots were found Feb. 7 as workers went through red supply bags to prepare for the next election.

4 MEN RESCUED FROM SAN DIEGO SEWER LINE: SAN DIEGO (AP) — Authorities say four suspected illegal immigrants have been rescued in San Diego after being trapped for hours in a sewage line.

KGTV-TV says the men were rescued just before 10 p.m. Wednesday after the men were heard yelling for help. They may have entered the line in Mexico.

Authorities say the men were trembling and covered in sewage. Rescue crews hosed them down and gave them blankets before they were taken into custody. One man was taken to a hospital with possible hypothermia.

OC MUSLIM WOMAN SETTLES HEAD SCARF LAWSUIT: SANTA ANA  (AP) — An Orange County Muslim woman who was forced to remove her head scarf by jailers has settled a civil rights lawsuit.

City News Service says the settlement was announced Wednesday.

Souhair Khatib of Anaheim and her husband pleaded guilty in 2006 to a misdemeanor welfare fraud violation and were given community service.

When Khatib went to ask for an extension to complete the service, a judge ordered her jailed. She claimed jailers in a courthouse holding cell forced her to remove the religious scarf.

She sued in 2007 for religious discrimination.

The ACLU of Southern California says under the settlement, county officials will no longer require Muslim women in custody to remove their headscarves.

The Orange County Sheriff's Department says it's given its officers new training about the scarves.

MAN CONVICTED OF IMPREGNATING 11-YEAR-OLD RELATIVE: SANTA ANA,   (AP) — A Southern California man is facing 78 years to life in prison for molesting a relative for nearly a decade and getting her pregnant when she was 11 years old.

An Orange County jury on Wednesday convicted 58-year-old Mariano Antonio Castro on six felony counts, including lewd acts with a child, aggravated assault of a child and continuous sexual abuse of a child.

He will be sentenced on April 26.

Prosecutors say Castro sexually assaulted the girl at his Santa Ana home from 2000 to 2008, starting when she was 8 years old. She gave birth to a girl when she was 12.

She kept the child and only reported the sex and pregnancy to police last year when she began attending a new church and confided in the pastor.

 

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