IMMIGRATION SUIT-DETENTION HEARINGS
ACLU files suit on timeliness of asylum interview
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Immigration advocates are filing suit against the federal government, saying immigration officials are violating their own rules by failing to provide a speedy hearing to some immigrants who face deportation.
The lawsuit was filed Thursday in federal court in San Francisco by two California affiliates of the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Immigrant Justice Center.
The groups say the Administrative Procedure Act requires that people who face removal orders and who have been previously deported should be granted a speedy interview to decide if they have a reasonable fear that they would be persecuted in their home country.
The plaintiffs allege that some immigrants have spent months in detention awaiting interviews and later, asylum hearings.
The Department of Homeland Security didn't immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services didn't provide comment.
CALIFORNIA BUS CRASH
911 calls capture chaos after truck-on-bus crash
ORLAND, Calif. (AP) - Frantic calls to police from the scene of last week's deadly crash between a tractor-trailer and tour bus carrying students included one from a dazed student who struggled to put into words what just had happened.
The call was included on 911 recordings release Thursday by the California Highway Patrol as it investigates the cause of the crash that left 10 people dead.
In the call from the student on the bus, shrieks can be heard as the person tries to recount how a Fed-Ex truck barreled across the median of Interstate 5 and hit the bus head on about 100 miles north of Sacramento.
The student manages to escaped the fiery wreck, and the dispatcher says everyone should get as far away from the vehicle as possible.
The bus was carrying 44 Southern California high school students to Humboldt State University on April 10.
Five students died, as did three adult chaperones and the drivers of the truck and chartered bus.
LEGISLATIVE BROTHERS-CAMPAIGN FINES
Campaign agency considers fines for 2 GOP brothers
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California's political watchdog agency is considering whether to fine two brothers for transferring money between their campaigns while both were running for state Assembly in 2008.
The California Fair Political Practices Commission took the case under review Thursday after hearing arguments.
It now has a month to decide whether to accept an administrative law judge's recommendation that Sen. Tom Berryhill of Twain Harte and his brother, former Assemblyman Bill Berryhill of Ceres, be fined for transferring $40,000 between their legislative campaigns.
The brothers, both Republicans, deny violating campaign finance rules.
The administrative law judge recommended a fine of up to $35,000 for Tom Berryhill and his campaign committee and up to $10,000 for Bill Berryhill and his committee.
Commissioners can accept, reject or modify the recommendation.
Salmon released in California river restoration
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Tens of thousands of spring-run Chinook salmon are being released into the San Joaquin River, marking a major milestone in the federal plan to restore native fish populations to the state's second-longest river.
The Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released 54,000 hatchery-produced salmon into the river from a site near Fresno on Thursday. Though environmentalists are celebrating the release, federal water managers say the state's drought means not all of the fish will return to spawn.
The San Joaquin River carried the continent's southernmost Chinook salmon run until the Friant Dam was built in 1942 above Fresno to capture its water for crops.
The restoration effort is the result of a 2006 legal settlement that ended a decades-long legal tussle between farmers, environmentalists and the federal government.
BABY LEFT IN CAR
Baby dies after being forgotten in hot car
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - An infant has been pronounced dead after accidentally being left in a hot car alone for hours.
San Jose Police Sgt. Heather Randol says the department received a report of an unresponsive child in a vehicle just before 7:15 p.m. Wednesday.
Investigators determined that the infant's father was supposed to drop the infant off at a babysitter's house before going to work. Instead, Randol says, the father parked the car on the street and went to work while the child was still strapped in its car seat.
Randol says no arrests have been made pending a review of the case by the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office.
The temperature reached 79 degrees Fahrenheit in San Jose on Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.
Prosecutors seek death penalty in sleepover death
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Alameda County prosecutors say they will seek the death penalty for a man accused of fatally shooting an 8-year-old Oakland girl during a sleepover.
Deputy District Attorney John Brouhard told a judge on Thursday that prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty against Darnell Williams of Oakland in the shooting death of Alaysha Carradine in July.
The 23-year-old Williams has been charged with murder and three counts of attempted murder for allegedly shooting the girl after she answered the front door at her friend's apartment during a sleepover in Oakland.
Another suspect, 27-year-old Joe Carroll, also of Oakland, faces similar charges.
Williams also faces two special circumstances that make him eligible for the death penalty -committing multiple murders and lying in wait.
He is due back in court on June 11.
BANK ROBBER-'I HAVE ISSUES'
Man robs bank in 'I Have Issues' shirt
HAYWARD, Calif. (AP) - Authorities in the San Francisco Bay Area are looking for a man who robbed a bank wearing a t-shirt that read "I Have Issues."
Hayward Police Department Sgt. Eric Melendez said Thursday that the suspect, described as a white or Hispanic male in his 20s, held up the US Bank branch on Hesperian Boulevard just before 4 p.m. Tuesday.
Melendez says the man presented a note to the bank teller that said he was armed and intended to rob the bank.
No actual firearm was observed during the crime, but the teller gave him the cash from her drawer and the suspect immediately left.
The man is described as about 5'8" and 185 pounds.
In a photo released by Hayward Police Department, the suspect is wearing a dark-colored t-shirt with the words "I Have Issues" on the front.
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