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HUNDREDS PROTEST POLICE SHOOTINGS IN STOCKTON: STOCKTON (AP) — Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of downtown Stockton in the wake of a police shooting that left a 32-year-old man dead.

Police — some clad in riot gear — were deployed during Tuesday's demonstration against police brutality. Police say one person was arrested and some patrol cars were vandalized, but officers were able to handle the crowd.

The protest followed the officer-involved shooting Friday of Luther Brown Jr. in Stockton. Police say Brown was driving without license plates and ran after he was pulled over. They say he was shot after taking an officer's baton during a struggle.

A search of Brown's car allegedly turned up marijuana, crack cocaine, prescription pills and a large amount of cash.

Brown's family has questioned why police did not use a stun gun to subdue him.

WARRANT DETAILS CLAIMS AGAINST EX-MODESTO TEACHER: MODESTO  (AP) — A woman who has accused a former Modesto high school teacher who began a high-profile romance with a student of doing the same with her nearly 14 years ago told investigators that the teacher wooed her for several months and performed oral sex on her when she was still a minor.

The Modesto Bee reports that details about the alleged relationship are contained in an arrest warrant authorities sought last week when they charged former Enochs High School teacher James Hooker with a sex crime from the 1998 encounter with the now-31-year-old woman.

The 41-year-old Hooker was arrested Friday at the apartment he then shared with 18-year-old Jordan Powers, an Enochs High student for whom he left his wife, three children and job. Powers says she moved out and broke up with him after learning about the earlier alleged entanglement.

JACK LONDON STATE PARK IS SPARED FROM CLOSURE: GLEN ELLEN  (AP) — The ranch site in Sonoma County that once served as the home of writer and adventurer Jack London will not be shut down as part of this summer's state park closures.

State parks officials said on Tuesday that a natural history association has stepped in to operate Jack London State Historic Park in Glen Ellen. The Valley of the Moon Natural History Association will take over operations next month and has agreed to run the park for at least 36 hours a week for five years.

The San Francisco Chronicle ( reports that London, who called the property Beauty Ranch, lived there from 1905 until his death in 1916.

According to the newspaper, the park is among at least 14 out of the 70 state parks slated for closure that have been saved or are close to being saved.

AFTER SHOOTING . STUDENTS SEEK NEW CLASSROOM: OAKLAND  (AP) — The director of the nursing program at the California Christian college where a gunman went on a deadly rampage says her students don't want to return to the classroom building where the shootings took place.

Ellen Cervellon said Wednesday that nursing students at Oikos University are still traumatized by the April 2 shooting and are looking for a new space off campus to hold classes. Instructors say they are not sure when classes will resume.

Seven people were killed and three others wounded when police say former student One Goh returned to the Oakland campus on April 2 with a gun and began shooting in classrooms.

The 43-year-old Goh has been charged with seven counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder.

PEPPER SPRAY CASE PROMPTS REACTION FROM LAWMAKERS: SACRAMENTO  (AP) — California lawmakers say they will seek more oversight of university police departments after Wednesday's report on the pepper-spraying of student protesters last fall at the University of California, Davis.

Assembly Speaker John Perez, who also is a University of California regent, issued a statement that said UC Davis officials must be held accountable in addressing the report's "very troubling revelations."

Perez's spokesman, John Vigna, says it is too soon to say what form the legislation could take. In an interview, he said Perez likely will focus on addressing problems with police oversight at Davis and other UC campuses.

Democratic Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, whose district includes UC Berkeley, said she would seek reforms of the police departments at all UC campuses but did not specify what recommendations she would target.

UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO WON'T DUMP DRAG SHOW: SAN DIEGO (AP) — The University of San Diego says it will hold a campus drag show Wednesday night despite criticism that it violates the school's Catholic values.

A former president of the alumni association, Charles LiMandri, told said that the cross-dressing fashion show is lewd entertainment. He says some 7,000 people have signed a petition opposing it.

However, an alumni group has formed to support it.

University spokeswoman Pamela Gray Payton says the show is one of several events planned by students to foster understanding of gender non-conformity.

But LiMandri, whose son attends the school, says Catholics don't believe in gender flexibility.

POLICE SAY NO CRIME OCCURRED IN HOUSTON'S DEATH: BEVERLY HILLS,   (AP) — Police have closed their investigation into Whitney Houston's death without finding any evidence to suggest it was anything than an accidental drowning, investigators announced Wednesday.

The Beverly Hills Police Department did not release a detailed report on the case, but Lt. Mark Rosen said the conclusion came after detectives reviewed the complete findings of the coroner's office. Coroner's officials ruled Houston drowned accidentally at the Beverly Hilton on Feb. 11 and that heart disease and cocaine use contributed to her death.

Beverly Hills authorities also released a minute-long 911 call made by a hotel worker who summoned police and paramedics to Houston's suite at the hotel. The call revealed few details, other than that people in the Grammy-winning singer's room repeatedly hung up on hotel personnel after discovering Houston in a bathtub.

POWAY, Calif. (AP) — A San Diego County schoolteacher has lost his battle to display banners referring to God in his classroom.

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to review the case last month without comment.

Westview High School math teacher Bradley Johnson kept large banners in his classroom with slogans such as "In God We Trust," ''One Nation Under God," and "God Bless America."

He took them down in 2007 after the Poway Unified School District said they violated the school's secular education mission.

Johnson challenged the order on First Amendment grounds but lost in federal appeals court.

MAN CHARGED IN SHOOTING SPREE TALKS TO TV STATION: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A man charged with killing seven people at a tiny college has told a San Francisco television station that he's deeply sorry about the shooting.

In an exclusive jailhouse interview with KPIX-TV (, One Goh also said he realizes the families of the victims are what he termed "so angry with me."

During the interview, Goh acknowledged that his lawyer has told him not to discuss the case.

But he didn't appear to make any effort to dispute allegations by authorities that he was the gunman on April 2 at Oikos University in Oakland.