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LAST 2 MEN PULLED FROM LEVEECRASH ID'D: STOCKTON  (AP) — Authorities have released the names of two more victims pulled from a Northern California waterway where an SUV crashed and killed five men.

The San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office say the bodies of 29-year-old Efrain Palominos of Sonoma and 33-year-old Mauricio Gonzalez of Stockton were found Wednesday in a waterway west of Stockton.

The three other victims were identified as 28-year-old Rafael Ontiveros of Redwood City; 40-year-old Adrian Pena of Santa Rosa; and Luis Cuevas, whose age and hometown weren't immediately available.

The 2002 Chevrolet SUV went off the roadway, down a levee and into the waterway early Sunday. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

The California Highway Patrol has said no one was inside the SUV when it was pulled from the water.

JUDGE ORDERS GOOGLE TO TURN OVER DATA TO FBI: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge has ordered Google Inc. to comply with FBI warrantless demands for customer data.

U.S. District Court Judge Susan Illston on Tuesday rejected Google's argument that the so-called National Security Letters were unconstitutional and unnecessary. Google could appeal the decision. The company declined comment Friday.

The order obtained Friday omits any mention of Google and the proceedings have been closed to the public. The order references a separate case in New York federal court that the "petitioner" is involved in another lawsuit with the government over similar disclosures.

The FBI bars recipients of the letters from disclosing to anyone, including customers, that they have received the DEMANDS.


LANCASTER, Calif. (AP) — Arraignment has been delayed for a 29-year-old Southern California man accused of second-degree murder in the death of a jogger allegedly mauled by his pit bulls.

Alex Jackson appeared in a Lancaster courtroom Friday but did not enter a plea. His arraignment was postponed to June 14.

Los Angeles County prosecutors have charged Jackson with second-degree murder, owner negligence of an animal causing death and growing marijuana.

Sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore says DNA tests on Johnson's dogs found blood on their muzzles and coats that matched the blood of 63-year-old Pamela Devitt. She died after being bitten 150 to 200 times on May 9.


CHULA VISTA (AP) — A man who stabbed to death his pregnant wife in front of their sons in San Diego County has been sentenced to 15 years to life in prison.

Jesus Garcia, 31,  apologized in the courtroom where he was sentenced Thursday for second-degree murder and child endangerment.

Garcia killed his estranged wife, 28-year-old Maribel Arteaga, in December 2009 at her Chula Vista apartment during an argument over child visitations. Arteaga, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer, was two months pregnant.

She was stabbed in front of the couple's two young sons.

BEAR POACHERS CAUGHT WITH ORGANS TO BE CHARGED: PLACERVILLE  (AP) — Two men arrested in possession of bear claws and gall bladders will be arraigned in El Dorado County Superior Court on felony charges.

Warden Mark Michilizzi said that Peter Vitali and Arthur Blake were arrested April 20 in the Eldorado National Forest.

The two possessed 20 large bear claws and three bear gall bladders.

The investigation suggested the men recently had killed a mother bear and two cubs. All had their livers and gall bladders removed.

At the time bear season was closed.

The bile inside gall bladders is believed by some to have medicinal properties and is sold on the black market.

Under state law it's a felony to sell, purchase or possess for sale any part of a bear.

NEW SEA LANES OFF CALIF. MEANT TO PROTECT WHALES: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Large vessels traveling in and out of ports off the California coast will begin using new shipping lanes developed to protect whales from ship collisions.

The new lanes take effect Saturday on approaches to San Francisco Bay, the Santa Barbara Channel and the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach in an effort to steer ship traffic away from where blue, fin and humpback whales are known to congregate.

Migrating blue, fin and humpback whales are prone to ship strikes since they are often lured to the California shoreline by plentiful krill. All three species are endangered.