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2 arrested in stabbing near San Francisco ballpark

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr says two people have been arrested in the fatal stabbing of a Dodgers fan near San Francisco's AT&T Park after the Giants' 6-4 win over the Dodgers.

Suhr did not provide additional details about the arrests. He told the San Francisco Chronicle earlier that the victim was a Dodgers fan and was wearing Dodgers gear.

The Medical Examiner's office has identified the victim as 24-year-old Jonathan Denver. Cameron Mullins, an investigator with the office, said authorities were still trying to determine the city where Denver lived.

It was not clear whether the victim's gear played a role in the Wednesday night attack. The Giants and Dodgers are longtime division rivals.

Police have released few additional details about the stabbing other than to say it occurred shortly after 11:30 p.m. during a confrontation between two groups of men.


Arrest in Miss Teen USA extortion attempt

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Federal authorities have arrested a 19-year-old man suspected of hacking into a webcam at the California home of the newly crowned Miss Teen USA in an attempt to extort nude photographs.

FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller says Jared James Abrahams of Temecula surrendered to agents at the FBI office in Orange County Thursday.

He's scheduled to be in federal court in Santa Ana at 2 p.m.

Cassidy Wolf, a 19-year-old Temecula resident, won the Miss Teen USA crown last month.

Wolf told the website of NBC's "Today" show that she received an anonymous email in which the sender claimed to have stolen images from the camera on her home computer.

The emailer threatened to go public with images captured from Wolf's webcam unless she would provide nude pictures of herself.


Bynes' lawyer hopes for resolution to NY bong case

NEW YORK (AP) — A lawyer for troubled star Amanda Bynes says he thinks her New York bong-throwing case will be resolved soon.

The actress didn't appear in court Thursday. She remains in a psychiatric hospital in California.

She was charged earlier this year with reckless endangerment and marijuana possession. Police say they saw her heave a bong from her 36th floor Manhattan apartment.

She has pleaded not guilty to drunken driving in California. Her attorney there argued Wednesday that she needed a competency hearing.

New York attorney Gerald Shargel says he's working with prosecutors to resolve the case. That could mean charges would be dropped if she agrees to stay out of trouble.


8 arrested in Central Calif. pot bust

MADERA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities in the Central Valley have arrested eight people and seized more than $1 million in processed marijuana in a drug operation they believe was tied to a Mexican drug trafficking organization.

Madera County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Erica Stuart says authorities found the pot and arrested the suspects after serving a search warrant on Wednesday morning on a home in Madera.

In addition to the 500 pounds of unpackaged processed marijuana, they found 83 live marijuana plants and 30 more pounds of processed marijuana that was packaged.

Stuart says the suspects — all Mexican nationals — told investigators they didn't live at the home, but were dropped off there to work.

They were booked on suspicion of felony narcotic charges. They have also been placed on immigration holds.


Farmers face labor shortages in the fields

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — With the harvest in full swing throughout the West Coast, farmers in California and other states say they can't find enough people to pick high value crops such as grapes, peppers, apples and pears.

In some cases, workers have walked off fields in the middle of harvest, lured by offers of better pay or easier work elsewhere.

The shortage and competition for workers mean labor expenses have climbed, harvests are getting delayed and less fruit and vegetable products are being picked, prompting some growers to say their income is suffering.

But farmworkers have seen their pay jump several dollars over the minimum wage.

Experts say the shortages are due to the recession, more security and drug violence on the border, as well as a plunging fertility rate in Mexico.


Police arrest man suspected of setting LA fires

(Information in the following story is from: Los Angeles Times,

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles police have arrested a suspected arsonist believed to have set a half-dozen fires in the San Fernando Valley, including one that engulfed a business.

The Los Angeles Times reports a man in his 50s was taken into custody shortly after midnight Thursday near the Sherman Oaks Library.

Authorities say the fires began erupting at about 8:40 p.m. Wednesday.

Within an hour six had been set.

The fires were ignited in trash bins, but one spread to a commercial building in a strip mall. That blaze was quickly knocked down but the building was badly damaged.

All of the fires were set along Ventura Boulevard, in a busy business district in the Sherman Oaks area. Preliminary estimates put the damage at $20,000.

No one was hurt.


Breastfeeding mothers stage SD 'nurse-in' protest

(Information in the following story is from: U-T San Diego,

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Calling it a "nurse-in," a group of breastfeeding mothers staged a protest against what they say is discrimination by a San Diego County school district.

U-T San Diego reports a few dozen moms demonstrated Wednesday outside Poway Unified's offices.

The protest was organized by Rachel Rainbolt who says she was discriminated against by a teacher who told her that breastfeeding her 1-year-old son during a one-on-one parent-teacher conference regarding her home-schooled 7-year-old son was inappropriate.

Rainbolt said the day after the conference she got a call from the district saying her older son could no longer attend a monthly group presentation class because of the incident.

She filed a complaint with the state based on California law that allows breastfeeding in public, but the state's Department of Fair Employment sided with the district.


Man from Romania convicted of Texas online fraud

VICTORIA, Texas (AP) — A Romanian man has been convicted in Texas of online fraud in a scam claiming a member of the U.S. military needed to sell items before deploying.

A federal jury in Victoria on Wednesday convicted Doru Gabriel Trifu of 33 counts of wire fraud. Trifu remains in custody and faces up to 20 years in prison per count during sentencing later this year.

Investigators confirmed at least 230 fraudulent transactions since 2011 with payments sent online by potential buyers but no items delivered.

Prosecutors say Trifu was living in Orangevale, Calif., at the time of the fraud totaling more than $567,000. Buyers were told to transfer money to an escrow agent who could accept the funds, complete the deal and deliver items on behalf of a person in the service.