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POSTED September 6, 2013 9:35 p.m.

ARRESTS MADE AT SACRAMENTO WAL-MART PROTEST: SACRAMENTO  (AP) — Police made several arrests during a protest against Wal-Mart in Sacramento.

Nine people were taken into custody shortly before 5:30 p.m. Thursday after police repeatedly warned them their assembly was illegal.

The protest was among numerous around the country against the giant retailer alleging it fired employees engaging in labor activities and demanding better working conditions.

Wal-Mart says the protests were publicity stunts orchestrated by a union and didn't represent the majority of its 1.3 million workers nationwide.

BILL WOULD GIVE SOME YOUTH OFFENDERS SECOND CHANCE: SACRAMENTO  (AP) — Criminals who are serving what amounts to a life sentence for offenses they committed as teenagers could get an opportunity for parole under a bill passed by the state Assembly.

The measure by Democratic Sen. Loni Hancock of Berkeley would create a parole review process for cases where the offender was younger than 18 at the time of the offense and was prosecuted as an adult.

SB620 would require those inmates to serve a lengthy minimum sentence before they would be allowed to prove they have been rehabilitated.

The bill cleared the Assembly 51-21 Friday and heads back to the Senate for a final vote.

Republican Assemblywoman Shannon Grove of Bakersfield voted "no," saying the bill does not do enough to consider victims' experiences.

SENATE ADVANCES BILL TO RESTORE US TRANSIT FUNDS: SACRAMENTO  (AP) — The state Senate has taken the first step to retain $1.6 billion this year in federal transportation grants to California transit agencies.

Senators passed a bill responding to an unintended consequence of last year's public pension reform law.

A deal crafted by Democratic leaders responds to a finding by the U.S. Department of Labor that the law violates union members' collective bargaining rights by forcing them to contribute more to their retirement funds.

AB1222 by Democratic Assemblymen Roger Dickinson of Sacramento and Richard Bloom of Santa Monica temporarily exempts public transit workers from contributing more to their retirement funds. That buys time while the state and a local transit agency sue over the federal agency's ruling.

The bill passed on a 32-6 vote Friday, and now heads to the Assembly.

SENATE APPROVES BILL TO AID SAN FRANCISCO ARENA : SACRAMENTO  (AP) — The state Senate has approved a bill that could help the Golden State Warriors with their plan to move the team from Oakland to a possible waterfront arena in San Francisco.

AB1273 by Democratic Assemblyman Phil Ting of San Francisco would help the team open an 18,000-seat arena at Piers 30-32 in San Francisco.

The legislation would authorize the State Lands Commission to decide if the project is consistent with public trust laws for development along the shoreline. It would not change the required reviews under the California Environmental Quality Act.

The measure was approved on a 21-6 vote Friday and now returns to the Assembly.

A second pending bill would help Sacramento build a downtown arena for the NBA's Sacramento Kings and other events.

GIRL IN PALMDALE SHOOTING BRAIN DEAD; 2 CHARGED: LANCASTER  (AP) — Two Southern California brothers were charged with murder Friday after a 7-year-old girl hit in a car-to-car shooting in Palmdale was declared brain dead.

Prosecutors filed charges of premeditated murder and shooting at an occupied car against 22-year-old Jesus Peralta and 19-year-old Carlos Peralta.

They are accused of issuing a gang challenge to a man at a Palmdale gas station on Sept. 4. After a brief confrontation, the man drove away with his girlfriend and her two children. Prosecutors allege the brothers got in their car and pursued them, firing several rounds at the family's car.

Though the family was able to eventually evade the brothers, they discovered that 7-year-old Desiree Ybarra was shot in the head and taken to a hospital. The Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner declared her brain dead late Thursday.

SCHOOL EVACUATED DUE TO EXPLOSIVE DEVICE: BAKERSFIELD  (AP) — Authorities say they evacuated students and staff from a Bakersfield high school after finding an explosive device in a student's locker.

Kern County Sheriff's spokesman Ray Pruitt said deputies found a plastic bottle with some kind of explosive powder in a locker at North High School on Friday morning.

Iinvestigators believe a 15-year-old boy made the device and brought the bottle to school. The boy is cooperating with investigators.

Students reported the device to staff after the boy talked to his peers about it.

MAN TESTIFIES HE RAPED AND KILLED WIDOW, 84: SANTA ANA  (AP) — A Southern California man has testified that he raped and killed an 84-year-old widow before heading to a gas station to buy cigarettes, a Red Bull and cigars.

The Orange County Register reports that 28-year-old Anthony Darnell Wade testified Thursday that he thought Bessie Mae Whyman was dead when he tied her up after breaking into her Anaheim home in January 2010.

Wade told a Santa Ana courtroom that he heard Whyman make some noises as he went through the house to steal things, and that's when he stabbed her, trying to "make her expire."

Prosecutors say Wade tortured Whyman with different knives and a saw before killing her. They are seeking the death penalty for Wade.

EX-LA MAYOR VILLARAIGOSA TAKES JOB WITH HERBALIFE: LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has a new job.

He'll be a senior adviser for Herbalife.

The nutritional products company says Villaraigosa will counsel its board and chairman on strategic business development and global community outreach.

Villaraigosa left the mayor's post in June after eight years in office. He says Herbalife has been a solid member of the Los Angeles business community, a supporter of local charities and a strong presence in the Latino community.

The Los Angeles Times reports (http://lat.ms/1anebqU ) critics including some Latino civil rights groups contend Herbalife misleads people about the prospect of making money by selling its products. Latinos make up at least 60 percent of the company's U.S. distributors.

The company says it provides its salespeople with a valuable business opportunity, and its products help people lose weight and lead healthy lives.

 

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