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State jobless rate increases; Gov't jobs face biggest cuts

SACRAMENTO, CA -- California is still losing jobs with unemployment on the rise, while the national jobless rate dropped in December.

The state's jobless rate increased from 12.4 percent in November to 12.5 percent in December. The national unemployment rate decreased last month to 9.4 percent.

The Employment Development Development (EDD) released figures Friday which show job losses in four primary industries: government, mining and logging, construction and trade, and transportation and utilities.

State and local governments posted the largest decline in jobs last month, cutting 15,4000 jobs in December, according to EDD.

December 2010 jobless rate by county:

El Dorado County: 12.7 percent

Placer County: 11.2 percent

Sacramento County: 12.6 percent

San Joaquin County: 18 percent

Stanislaus County: 17.6 percent

Sutter County: 21.5 percent

Yolo County: 14.3 percent

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Woodland police arrest man suspected of inappropriately touching child

WOODLAND, CA - Woodland Police Department arrested a man for inappropriately touching a child around 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

Juan Vuittonet-Hernandez Jr., 36, was arrested after being interviewed by police, said Woodland police Sgt. Brett Hancock.

The incident happened in the latter part of 2010 at a residence in Woodland and was reported two weeks ago, said Hancock.

Detectives conducted interviews and forensic interviews before they arrested Vuittonet-Hernandez.

Vuittonet-Hernandez was booked for committing lewd and lascivious acts on child under 14 years old at the Yolo County Jail.

Fog, cold temps here to stay

Fog, cold temps here to stay

Northwest winds and patchy low clouds overnight lead to Thursday morning's foggy conditions during the commute. But skies cleared and the sun will be shining by afternoon as a high pressure ridge builds in across the state, according to News10 meteorologist Mellisa Paul.

Highs for Thursday will be near 60 and north winds will calm throughout the day leading to a foggy Friday forecast in the valley. But the fog should clear late in the day Friday for an afternoon of sunshine and highs remaining near 60.

Amber Alert System raises questions, receives praise

SACRAMENTO, CA - The latest Amber Alert catches the eye of many drivers thanks to highway signs and high tech digital billboards.

Exactly how helpful have amber alerts been though since 2002 when it was first activated?

"We've been tremendously successful. We've had 175 activations and recovered 213 children," Assistant Chief of the California Highway Patrol Ike Tani said.

Authorities also caught more than 100 suspects.

During the past three years, 24 Amber Alerts were sent out statewide each year, even more kids are found. In many cases, authorities catch the suspects.

The California Highway Patrol said it's been a great service, but not perfect. In fact, some people question why the CHP doesn't issue Amber Alerts sooner.

"Normally, that has to do with investigating agency, the investigating agency has to put the criteria together to make that determination," Tani said.

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Divers end search for Amber Alert suspect's car in canal until Thursday

PATTERSON, CA - Dive teams have concluded their search for the night at the Delta Mendota Canal for a car matching the description of one driven by the suspect in a Patterson abduction was seen going into the water Tuesday.

Sheriff Adam Christianson said a man who works in the area called his department Wednesday afternoon after learning about the Amber Alert for 4-year-old Juliani Cardenas. He reported seeing a car like the Toyota driven by abduction suspect Jose Esteban Rodriguez driven into the canal yesterday.

Christianson said divers dragged the canal and reported snagging a large object.

On the first dive, a diver found the object to be a large piece of concrete. On a second dive, a car that had been reported stolen was brought up but it was not the one connected to the abduction.

Divers found a third object in the water, but were not able to identify what it was before it got dark.

Divers will return to the canal at 10 a.m. Thursday.

Oak Ridge boys & St. Mary's girls top this week's Sac-Joaquin Massey Ratings

SACRAMENTO, CA - This week's high school basketball Massey Ratings catapult the Oak Ridge Trojans boys team into the Sac-Joaquin Section top spot, ahead of the second ranked Sacramento Dragons.

The undefeated Trojans become the area's top boys team this week in the Section and rank 13th in the state.

Joining the Trojans and the Dragons in the Sac-Joaquin top ten boys Massey Ratings this week are:

1.  Oak Ridge Trojans (18-0)

2.  Sacramento Dragons (12-4)

3.  Jesuit Marauders (13-6)

4.  Sheldon Huskies (12-7)

5.  Granite Bay Grizzlies (15-3)

6.  Luther Burbank Titans (12-4)

7.  Woodcreek Timberwoles (16-3)

8.  Franklin Wildcats (Elk Grove) (14-5)

9.  Monterey Trail Mustangs (13-5)

10.  Fairfield Falcons (13-5)

Judge: California handgun ammo laws unconstitutional

FRESNO, CA (AP) -- A judge has ruled that key sections of a California law restricting the sale of handgun ammunition cannot be enforced because they are unconstitutional.

Gun rights advocates celebrated Tuesday's ruling in Fresno County Superior Court, saying the law would have created uncertainty by forcing local gun shops to decide for themselves what type of bullets were covered by the restrictions.

The bill also would have required handgun ammunition to be bought in a face-to-face transaction, which they say would not have prevented a tragedy like the Arizona shooting rampage that killed six and injured U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

Shooting suspect Jared Loughner legally purchased ammunition the morning he allegedly opened fire at Giffords' district meet-and-greet outside a Tucson Safeway.

UCDavis hosts B.A.G. "Bags Across the Globe" event


The Design Museum at UC Davis is hosting a B.A.G. "Bags Across the Globe: Designing to Reduce Waste" event. There's a 20' tornado of 1,000 plastic bags; the amount of bags used by an average family in one year. Also, there is a display of bags (purses, etc.) that have been made out of recyclable materials from many countries around the world.

Faculty member Ann Savageau is the curator of this installation, showing the environmental damage from plastic bags and promoting an alternative: reusable bags made from textile waste.

Bill would mandate Internet retailers to collect CA sales tax

SACRAMENTO, CA - A Berkeley Assemblywoman claims her bill to require out-of-state online-only retailers to collect California sales taxes on purchases sold in the state would generate millions of dollars in revenue for the cash-strapped state.

Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, introduced Assembly Bill 153 Monday. The measure would affect Internet-only retailers such as Amazon.com, eBay and Overstock.com. Gov. Schwarzengger vetoed a similar bill from the 2009 state budget. 

The California Retailers Assocation and brick and mortar retailers generally support the so-called "E-Fairness" bill. Illinois lawmakers recently passed a similar measure.

Feds optimistic California farms will get more water

FRESNO, CA (AP) -- Federal water regulators say the ample rain and snowfall in California this winter will likely let them boost water supplies for farms and cities higher than last year's amounts.

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation says agriculture contractors south of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta for now will receive 45 percent of the water requested -- the same as in 2010. Industry and cities south of the delta will get 75 percent of their requested amount.

But if the wet weather continues those figures likely will jump up next month, when the agency announces its official water delivery plans.

The bureau and the state run the pumps that send water to more than 25 million Californians and the farms that produce much of the nation's fruits and vegetables.