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POSTED November 20, 2013 9:04 p.m.

COSTCO APOLOGIZES FOR CALIFORNIA BIBLE FLAP : SIMI VALLEY  (AP) — A Costco store in Southern California drew some unwanted attention this week after labeling some of its Bibles as fiction.

The Los Angeles Times reports Wednesday that Discovery Church pastor Caleb Kaltenbach recently came across the Bibles with "Fiction" written on the price tag while shopping for a gift at a Costco store in Simi Valley. He took a photo and posted it on social media with the comment: "Costco has Bibles for sale under the genre of FICTION Hmmmm..."

Costco has since apologized, saying in a statement a distributor mislabeled a small percentage of Bibles before they were sent to the store. The company said it is correcting the mistake for future distribution.

LAWSUIT: STUDENT RECRUITED TO HELP IN DRUG BUST: TEMECULA  (AP) — The mother of a California middle school student has sued the school district, claiming her 14-year-old son was used as bait during an on-campus drug sting.

The Riverside Press Enterprise reports (http://bit.ly/188hl12) Wednesday the suit was filed earlier this month against the Temecula Valley Unified High School District. The paper did not name the student or his parents because they fear for their son's safety.

The lawsuit says the incident took place last December when an assistant principal allegedly arranged to have her son help catch a fellow student suspected of selling marijuana on campus. Despite the mother's objections, the drug sting occurred.

The suit accuses school officials of recklessness and child endangerment.

$3M TRAINING PROGRAM FOR SHOOTER TESTED IN CAPITAL: SACRAMENTO  (AP) — Sacramento police officers and firefighters are using a $3 million video simulation developed by the Army to practice for the possibility of gunmen terrorizing the capital city.

Thirty-six emergency workers huddled over computer screens during a demonstration Wednesday, pretending they were inside a hotel near the Capitol. They could open every virtual door and enter every room, just as if they were searching for a real shooter.

It's the first time emergency responders have tried the training system, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Sacramento Police Officer Michele Gigante likened it to playing "Call of Duty," with all the first-person realism and adrenalin rush.

Officials say emergency workers nationwide will be able to train using the software.

CALIFORNIA ATTORNEY GENERAL TARGETS RECIDIVISM:  LOS ANGELES (AP) — California's attorney general launched a new initiative on Wednesday aimed at reducing one of the nation's highest rates of recidivism among people convicted of crimes.

Flanked by top law enforcement officials from around the state, Kamala Harris said a new division of her department will seek funding for programs that will target those most likely to commit more crimes after being released from jails and prisons.

The division also will have a database to identify risk factors and trends to help law enforcement better address the issue.

Harris said as many as two-thirds of those who are freed in California commit another crime within three years.

LA SCHOOL IPAD PROGRAM COULD COST EXTRA MILLIONS : LOS ANGELES (AP) — A $1 billion plan to provide iPads to every student in the Los Angeles Unified School District may come with millions more in unexpected costs.

District officials were told Tuesday that licenses for an English and math curriculum installed on the devices expires after three years. It could cost an additional $25 to $100 per year to renew a license for each iPad.

That could work out to tens of millions of dollars. Staff initially had said the district would have the licenses permanently.

 

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