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Suspect in 2 Bay Area killings may be linked to third death
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uOAKLAND (AP) — A man arrested in Nevada for investigation of killing two family members in the San Francisco Bay Area is considered a suspect in a third killing.

A University of California, Berkeley police sergeant says 43-year-old Stefon Jefferson is a suspect in the shooting death of a man at People’s Park Friday afternoon.

Authorities believe Jefferson shot and killed his uncle in Oakland Friday morning before going to San Francisco to kill another relative in the Bayview district.

He became the subject of a manhunt by the time officers spotted him in the South Lake Tahoe area Friday night. Jefferson led them on a high-speed chase across the state line, during which he shot and injured a Douglas County, Nev. sheriff’s sergeant before crashing his car on a highway.

uREPORT: FBI OPENS HATE CRIMES PROBE OF SUSPECT IN CAR ATTACK: SUNNYVALE  (AP) — The San Francisco Chronicle and KRON TV report that the FBI has opened a hate crimes investigation into an Iraq War veteran who police say injured eight people in Sunnyvale after he drove into a crowd of pedestrians because he thought some of the people were Muslim.

Isaiah Joel Peoples, 34, faces eight counts of attempted murder for injuring eight people, including four who remain hospitalized. He is being held without bail.

The most seriously injured is a 13-year-old Sunnyvale girl of South Asian descent who is in a coma with severe brain trauma.

His family says Peoples, a former U.S. Army sharpshooter, experienced post-traumatic stress disorder after serving in Iraq. Peoples’ attorney, Chuck Smith, says the crash was in no way deliberate.

uMAN FOUND WITH MISSING CALIFORNIA GIRL: CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio man is facing charges after authorities said they found him with a 14-year-old California girl who was reported missing after she communicated with him online.

The FBI says 39-year-old Jeremy L. Cruz, of Elyria, has been charged with interstate transport of child pornography.

Cruz was arrested April 18 at a family home in Sheffield Lake, about 26 miles (42 km) west of Cleveland. He was with the girl, who had been reported missing in Santa Maria, California, three days earlier.

Police said the girl had been communicating online with a man they identified through phone records as Cruz. They discovered photos on Cruz’s phone that they believe are child pornography.

The girl has returned home to her family.


uMOTHER, AUNT OF MISSING CALIFORNIA BOY ARRESTED ON MURDER: APPLE VALLEY  (AP) — The mother and aunt of a 6-year-old Southern California boy who has been missing for days have been arrested and booked on suspicion of murder.

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s officials said 29-year-old Jakee Contreras, the mother of Duke Flores, was arrested Saturday after being questioned by detectives. The boy’s aunt and Jakee’s twin sister, Jennifer Contreras, was also arrested for investigation of murder.

A family member requested a welfare check on Thursday night, and when deputies went to the boy’s home the mother told them he hadn’t been seen for two weeks.

Authorities did not release a motive, and said they were still looking for the child.

Family members told KABC-TV the boy has autism and plan to convene a search for him.

uNEARLY 700 FROM LA UNIVERSITIES STILL IN MEASLES QUARANTINE: LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nearly 700 people possibly exposed to measles at two Los Angeles universities are still quarantined three days after health officials ordered the precautions to contain the spread of the highly contagious disease.

A spokesman for California State University, Los Angeles, said Saturday that 106 staff members and 550 students have been told to stay at home and avoid contact with others.

Thirty students and employees from the University of California, Los Angeles, remain quarantined.

Those under quarantine were possibly exposed to a person with measles on each campus earlier this month.

Many people have been cleared after proving their immunity with medical records or tests.

The quarantines mark one of the most sweeping efforts by health officials to contain the nation’s measles outbreak, where cases have reached a 25-year high.

u‘AVENGERS: ENDGAME’ OBLITERATES RECORDS WITH $1.2B OPENING: LOS ANGELES (AP) — The universe belongs to Marvel. “Avengers: Endgame” shattered the record for biggest opening weekend with an estimated $350 million in ticket sales domestically and $1.2 billion globally, reaching a new pinnacle in the blockbuster era that the comic-book studio has come to dominate.

The “Avengers” finale far exceeded even its own gargantuan expectations, according to studio estimates Sunday. The movie had been forecast to open between $260 million and $300 million in U.S. and Canadian theaters, but moviegoers turned out in such droves that “Endgame” blew past the previous record of $257.7 million, set last year by “Avengers: Infinity War” when it narrowly surpassed “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”.

“Endgame” was just as enormous overseas. Worldwide, it obliterated the previous record of $640.5 million, also set by “Infinity War.” 

(“Infinity War” didn’t open in China, the world’s second largest movie market, until two weeks after its debut.) “Endgame” set a new weekend record in China, too, where it made $330.5 million.