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SAN JOSE TEACHER CONVICTED OF MOLESTING 5 KIDS: SAN JOSE,   (AP) — A San Jose school teacher accused of blindfolding children and making them perform oral sex in his classroom has been convicted of molesting five students.

The San Jose Mercury News reports 36-year-old Craig Chandler was found guilty Thursday of child molestation with multiple-victims enhancements ( Chandler taught second grade students at O.B. Whaley Elementary School.

During trial, the defense said Chandler only blindfolded students as part of a classroom exercise on compassion for blind people like Helen Keller.

Chandler is scheduled to be sentenced in September. He faces 75 years to life in prison.

The school's principal was convicted of a misdemeanor for failing to report suspected sexual abuse of a child by Chandler in November.

SENTENCING DELAYED FOR PROFESSOR IN ARSONS : SANTA ANA  (AP) — A judge has delayed sentencing a professor for setting a series of fires at his late son's high school, a school administrator's home and a park after the boy committed suicide.

Judge Gregg L. Prickett on Thursday postponed sentencing University of California, Irvine pharmaceutical sciences professor Rainer Reinscheid to Aug. 20 to review the extensive paperwork in the case.

Reinscheid has pleaded guilty to six counts of arson, three counts of attempted arson and resisting or obstructing an officer.

Reinscheid's friends say he is a brilliant scientist and doting father despondent over the death of his teenage son.

Reinscheid set the fires after his son killed himself. The boy had been disciplined at his school for allegedly stealing.

ELEVANGELIST SCHULLER OUT OF HOSPITAL AFTER FALL: GARDEN GROVE  (AP) — Crystal Cathedral founder and former televangelist the Rev. Robert H. Schuller is out of the hospital after a fall at his Southern California home last month.

Schuller's daughter, Carol Schuller Milner, told The Associated Press on Thursday that her father needed physical therapy and was alert and walking.

The 86-year-old televangelist, who started the popular "Hour of Power" broadcast and built Orange County's glass-paned Crystal Cathedral, fell on July 20 at his home in Orange.

Schuller once attracted millions of viewers worldwide with his sermons broadcast from the Crystal Cathedral, but in later years his ministry suffered from a decline in viewership and donations.

Schuller resigned from the ministry's board in 2012, two years after the famed church filed for bankruptcy.

LA WATER AGENCY CRACKS DOWN ON EXTRA SICK LEAVE: LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has changed its sick day policy after a news report showed it had spent tens of millions of dollars on extra time off.

The DWP announced Wednesday that it will now require employees to have a doctor's note for absences of three days or more.

The agency officially grants 10 sick days a year but a policy twist permitted workers to take virtually unlimited extra days without providing a doctor's note.

The Los Angeles Times ( reported last week that workers had taken more than 100,000 extra sick days since 2010, costing the DWP more than $35.5 million.