EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) - A jury has convicted an Iraqi immigrant of bludgeoning his wife to death in their suburban San Diego home, a case that was initially considered a hate crime. Kassim Alhimidi shook his head as the verdict was read today. He was charged with murdering his 32-year-old wife, Shaima Alawadi, in El Cajon (kuh-HOHN'), home to one of the largest enclaves of Iraqi immigrants in the U.S.
ORLAND, Calif. (AP) - Accident investigators with the California Highway Patrol are reconstructing how fast a bus carrying high school students was going before its fiery collision with a FedEx truck that left 10 people dead. The exercise was occurring today along a section of Interstate 5 about 100 miles north of Sacramento. The bus was heading up California's main north-south interstate last week with 44 Southern California students aboard. Their destination was Humboldt State University.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Police say several people suffered minor injuries when a fan threw a firework onto a walkway at the San Francisco Giants ballpark during a Dodgers-Giants game. A loud bang was heard around 9:30 p.m. yesterday, with smoke visible above right-center field. Witnesses reported seeing a man in a Giants hat in the outfield bleachers throw a large firecracker into a group of people near a concession stand. At least five people reported injuries, including dizziness and temporary loss of hearing.
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 today. Though environmentalists are celebrating the release, federal water managers say the state's drought means not all of the fish will return to spawn.
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