• WORLD WAR II INTERNEES FINALLY GET HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION: TUSTIN (AP) — It was decades late, but George and Miko Kaihara, both 90, finally got to attend their high school graduation.
The Southern California couple were juniors at what was then Tustin Union High when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor and Japanese-Americans were sent to internment camps. The Kaiharas were in an internment camp in Arizona, behind barbed wire, when their classmates graduated 72 years ago.
On Thursday, the couple finally got their diplomas.
The Kaiharas, who have been married for nearly 65 years, received a standing ovation during the ceremony at what is now Tustin High School.
“Congratulations, George and Miko,” said Francine Scinto, president of the Tustin Unified School District board. “You are now members of the graduating class of 1943.”
Seventeen family members were on hand, including granddaughter Kayla Kaihara, who graduated May 27 from Sunny Hills High in nearby Fullerton.
“My grandma got to come to my graduation,” Kayla Kaihara said, “and I told her, ‘Now, I get to come to yours.’”
The Kaiharas now need to find a spot in their Fullerton home to hang their new diplomas.
“I want to show it off,” Miko Kaihara said.
• CALIFORNIA JOBLESS RATE INCREASES SLIGHTLY AS NEW JOBS ADDED: SACRAMENTO (AP) — California’s unemployment rate increased slightly in May to 6.4 percent, the first such bump in nearly five years, the state Employment Development Department reported Friday.
The figure increased from 6.3 percent in April even as the agency said strong job growth continued in May.
The state said more than 54,000 nonfarm payroll jobs were created last month, following a revised gain of about 17,000 jobs in April.
It was the 55th consecutive month of increased jobs, according to a federal survey of households. Nearly 2 million jobs have been added in the state since the economic recovery began in 2010.
A year ago, California’s jobless rate was 7.6 percent.
California still has a higher unemployment rate than the nation, which also saw a slight jump to 5.5 percent in May.
• NEGLIGENCE SUIT CLAIMS BOY WAS INJURED AT TRAMPOLINE PARK: LOS ANGELES (AP) — A lawsuit claims a teenager was badly injured when someone fell on him at a Southern California trampoline park.
City News Service says the negligence suit was filed Friday in Los Angeles by the guardian of Joe Ghanem.
It claims the boy suffered a broken tibia, a shattered knee and a damaged ligament when a taller and heavier boy fell on the 13-year-old last year at the Sky Zone Trampoline Park in Covina.
The suit says the teen had five hours of surgery and was bedridden for two months.
• ILLEGAL FIREWORKS RAID NETS 100 POUNDS OF EXPLOSIVE POWDER: GILROY (AP) — A Northern California bomb squad uncovered about 100 pounds of explosive powder during an illegal fireworks raid.
KNTV reports Friday that the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s bomb squad raided a home in Gilroy late Thursday. They also found equipment to make illegal fireworks. The home is located across the street from a neighborhood park.
The raid comes in connection with undercover work of Alameda County detectives. Investigators met a man at a parking lot east of San Francisco earlier in the day to try and purchase fireworks he allegedly made, the station reports. The suspect was in possession of 200 M-1000s, which look like a quarter-stick of dynamite.
He was arrested after investigators searched his Gilroy home and found the powder and equipment. His name and age were not released.
• 16 INJURED AS CARS SMACK INTO LA, OXNARD EATERIES: LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say two cars have crashed into restaurants in Los Angeles and Oxnard, injuring a total of 16 people.
The Los Angeles Fire Department says a car smacked into the glass storefront of a Chipotle restaurant in the Mid-City area shortly before 2 p.m. Friday.
Eight people, including a family of four, were hurt but most injuries were minor.
About 2 1/2 hours later, eight people were hurt when a vehicle plowed into the Toppers Pizza store in Oxnard, about 45 miles west of Los Angeles.
Fire officials say most of those injuries also are minor.