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Shasta woman convicted in revenge beating of boy

REDDING  (AP) — A Shasta County woman has been convicted of abuse charges after prosecutors say she brutally beat her boyfriend's 7-year-old son to get revenge on the child's mother.

Jjurors on Wednesday acquitted 30-year-old Rachel Limon of attempted murder and attempted manslaughter, but found her guilty of torture, mayhem and child abuse.

Prosecutors say Limon nearly killed the boy after repeatedly punching him for a week in December 2009. They say she and the child's mother, Melissa Radford, had ongoing tensions.

She faces a maximum two life terms in prison when she's sentenced on May 29.

The child is in the process of being adopted.

Feds file lawsuits against pot growers, sellers

SANTA BARBARA . (AP) — Federal officials have filed three lawsuits against marijuana shops and growers in Santa Barbara and have sent warning letters to 10 more in the county.

U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte Jr. said in a release Thursday that the latest action means all known marijuana stores in the county are now facing federal law enforcement actions.

The lawsuits allege that the owners knowingly allowed commercial marijuana stores to operate or knowingly allowed large indoor marijuana farms to function.

California law allows the drug to be cultivated and supplied to ill people on a nonprofit basis.

But marijuana is still illegal under federal law and federal officials say pot clinics are lucrative ventures.

One of the defendants in Thursday's lawsuits, Miramar Collective, is accused of generating annual profits of $840,000 in 2009.

Son, 14, arrested in shooting of ICE agent
CARSON  (AP) — A federal agent was shot and killed by his 14-year-old son who fired a single shot through a window from the backyard with his father's gun then called 911, authorities said Thursday.

The victim was identified by U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement as Special Agent Myron Chisem, 42, a Navy veteran who joined the agency in 2007.