CALIFORNIA JOBLESS RATE INCREASES TO 8.9 PERCENT
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's unemployment rate rose for the second consecutive month in August, to 8.9 percent, even as the state added more than 29,000 jobs, the state Employment Development Department said Friday.
The jobless rate is up nearly a half-percent since June, when it was 8.5 percent and is two-tenths of a percentage point higher than in July. When California's unemployment rate rose in July, it was the first increase since spring 2011.
The state has seen 26 consecutive months of job growth since the recession ended, the longest streak of any state, including the 29,100 jobs added in August.
It was not immediately clear why California was experiencing the apparently contradictory trend of a rising unemployment rate coupled with greater job creation.
INVASIVE STINKBUG SPREADS TO SACRAMENTO: SACRAMENTO (AP) — Sacramento city officials say an invasive stinkbug has been seen buzzing around the state capital, and they are worried the pest might spread to nearby farms.
The brown marmorated stinkbug — a native of Asia — have been seen around the city's downtown in an infestation believed to cover a half-square mile.
Entomologists believe it to be the first reproducing population of the stinkbug in California outside of Los Angeles County.
The bugs, which release a pungent aroma when crushed, can cause problems for farmers because they feast on tomatoes, corn, grapes and a variety of other crops.
The insect was first documented in the U.S. in 2001 in Pennsylvania and has spread to 41 states.
HOOTING SHATTERS CALIF. COURTHOUSE WINDOW
PITTSBURG, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a man fired a shotgun outside a San Francisco Bay Area courthouse, shattering a window in a jury assembly room.
No one was injured in the shooting around 7:45 a.m. Friday at the Arnason Justice Center in Pittsburg.
Authorities say the unidentified man fired two shots as he tried to retrieve the weapon from brush near the courthouse. They do not believe he targeted the courthouse, and did not immediately have a motive for the shooting.
Witnesses reported seeing the man flee in an SUV.
LA DEPUTY INVOLVED IN 7TH SHOOTING: LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy back on patrol duty for just a few months after being assigned to a desk job following his sixth shooting has now been involved in a seventh shooting.
Deputy Anthony Forlano and a colleague fatally shot a suspect who fought them last week in East Los Angeles.
Records show that three of Forlano's previous shootings involved suspects who were unarmed. In the latest incident, sheriff's officials say a handgun was found at the scene.
Michael Gennaco, chief attorney for the county's Office of Independent Review, has written a letter to the Board of Supervisors questioning how Forlano was allowed to return to field duty.
A department captain calls Forlano, an 18-year veteran, a "great street cop."
CONVICT FACING 3RD DEATH SENTENCE RETRIAL: FRESNO (AP) — California's longest-serving Death Row inmate is facing a third retrial of his death sentence.
Douglas Ray Stankewitz, 55, has been brought to Fresno County Jail. He was scheduled for a hearing at the downtown courthouse on Friday.
Stankewitz was convicted in the 1978 murder of 22-year-old Theresa Graybeal in Fresno. Authorities say he and four other people forced Graybeal into her car and went to Fresno looking for heroin. They say Stankewitz later shot Graybeal and bragged to his friends, "Did I drop her or did I drop her?"
The California Supreme Court threw out his first death sentence in 1982. A federal appeals court overturned his second death sentence last year.
The court said his attorney failed to tell jurors about Stankewitz's abusive childhood and mental health problems.
3 EMERGE AS TOP CANDIDATES FOR SAN DIEGO MAYOR: SAN DIEGO (AP) — Two Democrats and a Republican emerged as top contenders for San Diego mayor as a filing deadline neared Friday in an election to fill the term of Bob Filner, who resigned amid allegations of sexual harassment.
Ten candidates submitted the required number of signatures to appear on the Nov. 19 ballot as of early Friday afternoon, hours before the deadline. Another 29 took out nominating papers.
Among those submitting signatures were Kevin Faulconer, 46, a two-term Republican city councilman, and Nathan Fletcher, 36, a former Republican state assemblyman who recently became a Democrat. First-term Democratic City Councilman David Alvarez, 33, had not submitted signatures but has been actively campaigning.
The race is officially nonpartisan but party affiliation brings money and organizational muscle. If no one wins a majority, the top two finishers advance to a runoff.