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Woman bound with duct tape found in car’s trunk 

POMONA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities are searching for two male suspects after a woman called 911 to say she was tied up in the trunk of a car stopped on a Southern California freeway onramp.

California Highway Patrol officers who arrived on the scene late Monday in Pomona found the inside of the car empty, but when they opened the trunk, they found the woman bound with duct tape.

The car was stopped along the Dudley Street off-ramp of the eastbound Interstate 10.

Police say they’re looking for two males with shaved heads who are wearing dark clothing.


FRESNO POLICE: OFFICERS SHOOT MAN ARMED WITH POST: FRESNO (AP) — Fresno police say officers shot and killed a man who came at them with a metal fence post while wrapped in bucket.

Police Chief Jerry Dyer says officers found the 36-year-old man in a backyard after heading to a home to arrest him on suspicion of violating a domestic violence restraining order.

Dyer says the man was armed with a four-foot post from a chain link fence and had cut a 5-gallon bucket and wrapped it around his chest.

Officers tried to stop the man using a stun gun before shooting him several times.


23 PERCENT OF CALIFORNIA VOTERS NOW INDEPENDENTS: SACRAMENTO . (AP) — California’s secretary of state says the share of voters who are not affiliated with any political party has hit a new record, with 23 percent of the electorate registered as independents.

Secretary of State Debra Bowen released the figures Tuesday ahead of the Nov. 4 general election.

Bowen says 17.6 million Californians are registered to vote. Of those, 43 percent are registered as Democrats, 28 percent as Republicans and 23 percent as having no party preference, an increase of 2 percentage points since April.

Republican registration has fallen in California by nearly 3 percentage points over the last four years, while Democratic registration has fallen by about 1 percentage point as voters increasingly choose to register as independents.


MINUTEMAN 3 TEST MISSILE LAUNCHES FROM CALIFORNIA: VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE (AP) — The U.S. Air Force has test-launched an unarmed Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missile from California.

The missile lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 7:45 a.m. PDT Tuesday on a 4,200-mile flight over the Pacific to a target on the Kwajalein Atoll.

The Air Force Global Strike Command says the test was a success.

Col. Michael Lutton, 91st Missile Wing commander, said in a statement that the test was a visible demonstration of the nation’s nuclear deterrent.



MAN HELD IN THROAT-SLASHING OUTSIDE CASINO: HIGHLAND, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a man had his throat slashed outside a Southern California casino for no apparent reasons.

The man was standing in a drop-off area at San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino late Sunday when a man approached, pulled a knife and slashed his throat.

San Bernardino County sheriff’s spokeswoman Jodi Miller says security caught the attacker as he tried to run and the victim is recovering at a hospital.


CAL STATE TO HIRE ADVOCATES FOR ASSAULT VICTIMS: LONG BEACH (AP) — The California State University system is planning to appoint independent victim’s advocates at its 23 campuses to work with students who have been sexually assaulted.

Cal State Chancellor Timothy White announced the move Tuesday, days after U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer called on all California colleges to voluntarily create the positions. Boxer and Rep. Susan Davis have introduced legislation that would require all U.S. colleges and universities that receive federal funding to establish an office where sexual assault victims could confidentially seeks information about their rights and legal options.

CSU spokesman Mike Uhlencamp says six Cal State schools already have such offices and that the rest will be in place by June.

A University of California task force has recommended that victim’s advocates be hired at the 10 UC campuses.