Former bailout boss weighs run for Calif. governor
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Those who have heard of Neel Kashkari know he is the former U.S. Treasury official who was in charge of the bank bailout at the height of the recession.
The 40-year-old Ohio native wants Californians to know him as a possible candidate for governor.
The son of Indian immigrants is considering entering next year's campaign as the third Republican challenger to Gov. Jerry Brown, who has raised $13 million for re-election but has not formally announced he is running.
In an interview Wednesday with The Associated Press, Kashkari called himself a Republican who has a libertarian view of social issues, including support for gay marriage and abortion rights.
He has not committed to a campaign but is focusing on the themes of improving the economy, reducing poverty and improving schools.
RARE IDENTICAL TRIPLETS
Calif. couple conceives rare identical triplets
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Doctors at a Northern California hospital say a couple has given birth to a rare set of naturally conceived identical triplets.
The Sacramento Bee reports Abby, Brin and Laurel Hepner were born Nov. 22 at Sutter Memorial Hospital to Hannah and Tom Hepner, of Quincy.
The triplets were produced when a single, fertilized egg split into three.
Dr. William Gilbert, director of Sutter Women's Services, says the odds of producing identical triplets without fertility drugs range from 1-in-1-million to 1-in-100-million.
He said the rarity makes it difficult to more accurately calculate the frequency of such births.
Abby weighed 3 pounds, 2 ounces; Brin 3 pounds, 11 ounces; and Laurel 4 pounds.
The triplets are still in the hospital until they can maintain body temperature and eat properly.
BART TRAIN DISABLED
9 taken to hospital after California train problem
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say at least nine people were taken to the hospital following a brake problem that stranded hundreds of passengers onboard a San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit train.
Oakland Fire Battalion Chief Melinda Drayton said the nine were among 11 passengers who were treated after Wednesday morning's problem on the train. The extent of their injuries was not clear, but Drayton said many of the passengers complained of respiratory issues caused by brake dust. One passenger was found in a semiconscious state, and another suffered an asthma attack.
BART officials say a brake became engaged on a San Francisco-bound train in the Berkeley Hills between the Orinda and Rockridge stations shortly after 8 a.m.
A technician was able to release the broken brake, and the disabled train was able to go to the Rockridge station in Oakland shortly after 9:30 a.m.
GAME CONSOLE SHOOTING
SF man charged with murder in PlayStation4 killing
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Prosecutors have charged a San Francisco man accused of fatally shooting another man trying to sell PlayStation 4 gaming system with murder.
Defendant Ronnie Collins did not enter a plea during his arraignment in San Francisco Superior Court on Wednesday to charges that also include two counts of attempted robbery with firearm enhancement allegations.
The 21-year-old Collins is accused of shooting and killing 22-year-old Ikenna Uwakah of Daly City during the apparent transaction in San Francisco's Bayview District on Sunday.
Assistant District Attorney Scot Clark referred to Collins during his arraignment as a "Christmas-time predator."
Collins' lawyer, Deputy Public Defender Mark Jacobs, says his client is being unfairly portrayed and called Clark's comments "character assassination."
Collins is being held on $5 million bail and is due back in court on Monday.
Lesbian victim testifies of alleged 2008 gang rape
MARTINEZ, Calif. (AP) - A 33-year-old Northern California woman who was allegedly gang raped partly because she is a lesbian is testifying at the trial of one of four men charged in the brutal attack that unfolded on a Richmond street five years ago.
The Contra Costa Times reports that the victim took the witness stand Tuesday on the first day of 36-year-old Humberto Salvador's trial and said the assault started after Salvador demanded her keys and wallet and split her head open with a flashlight.
The woman is not being named because she was the victim of a sexual assault. She was expected to continue her testimony on Wednesday.
Prosecutor Melissa Smith said in her opening statement that after striking the woman, Salvador ordered her to take off her clothes and taunted her about her sexual orientation.
MAN ARRESTED-BITING ATTACK
CA man arrested for biting parents
DALY CITY, Calif. (AP) - A Bay Area man is facing charges after authorities say he viciously attacked his parents after they refused to allow him to see the family cat.
San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe says when 26-year-old Yevgeniy Bolshakov of Daly City came home from an outing Saturday, he asked his parents about the cat.
When they told him it was recovering from surgery and that he couldn't see the animal, Wagstaffe says, Bolshakov punched his 64-year-old father in the head, biting the older man on the arm and ripping off a piece of flesh, before biting and punching his mother.
Bolshakov pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of assault, mayhem and making criminal threats.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports Bolshakov is in county jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.
Arrest made in Calif. in Mexico slayings from 2000
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Federal authorities in California have arrested a man accused of killing eight government officials in a Mexican city 13 years ago, and he has been handed over to Mexican authorities.
Deputy U.S. Marshal Frank Newsom said Wednesday that Genaro Olaguez was arrested at a relative's home Tuesday in Sacramento and booked into the county jail.
He says the Mexican government asked U.S. authorities to detain Olaguez, who had fled to the U.S. after what officials describe as a massacre. Newsom says Olaguez, who is 53, is suspected of killing a commissioner and seven other city officials in Sinaloa, Mexico, on May 2, 2000.
Jail records list the suspect's last name as Olaguez-Rendon. Newsom and Sacramento County sheriff's Sgt. Lisa Bowman say Olaguez was sent to Mexico on Wednesday.
2 California cities vote to ban e-cigarettes
RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) - Two California cities have voted to ban electronic cigarettes in public places and Los Angeles has moved to limit their sale to keep the devices out of the hands of minors.
The Richmond and Carlsbad city councils on Tuesday voted to prohibit the battery-powered nicotine inhalers from parks, restaurants and other places where cigarettes are banned.
City News Service says the Los Angeles council on Wednesday approved an ordinance that requires e-cigarettes to be sold the same way as tobacco products. If the mayor signs the law, e-cigarettes would join the list of products that can't be sold on the street or from mobile vendors such as food carts
Proponents believe e-cigarettes are healthier than regular cigarettes because they don't create tar or tobacco smoke. But critics say they still contain dangerous chemicals and could be a gateway to regular cigarettes.
More than 40 cities across California have taken steps to regulate sales or use of e-cigarettes.
Carl Icahn ups ante in crusade for Apple buyback
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Activist investor Carl Icahn is seeking the support of Apple shareholders as he tries to pressure the iPhone maker into spending more of its cash to buy back the company's stock.
Icahn is upping the ante with a shareholder proposal that he submitted to Apple last week. The investor disclosed the move in a Wednesday post on his Twitter account and elaborated on his reasoning in an exclusive interview published by Time magazine.
Apple confirmed it has received Icahn's proposal, but didn't reveal anything about its content.
Icahn had previously urged Apple Inc. to spend $150 billion buying back its shares. In his tweet, Icahn said his shareholder proposal isn't asking the Cupertino, Calif., company to spend that much. He didn't specify a new target amount.
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