SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit officials and labor union leaders announced a new deal early today, saying the final issue in their ongoing dispute has been resolved. The transit system and its two largest unions have been involved in months-long negotiations that stalled recently over paid medical leave time for employees. Both unions are expected to convene members for a vote.
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Police are searching for four teenage boys they say shot and injured a teacher who fought back during an attempted robbery at a central California high school. The Fresno Bee reports Steven Guerrero was shot twice Thursday at Edison High in Fresno. A hospital says Guerrero, who was in fair condition yesterday, is no longer listed as a patient.
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - An Orange County man convicted of sexually assaulting five victims after plying them with alcohol has been sentenced to 66 years to life in prison. Thirty-three-year-old Max Martinez of Garden Grove was sentenced yesterday. The Orange County Register says Martinez is accused of luring women and a 14-year-old girl into cars, motels and apartments by offering them rides and giving them alcohol.
IDYLLWILD, Calif. (AP) - Perhaps the thief was worried about bad karma. A Buddha statue stolen from a Southern California inn has been returned. The Riverside Press-Enterprise says the statue vanished Dec. 12 from the Strawberry Creek Inn in Idyllwild but was returned six days later. The inn's owners are not identifying the thief and are considering filing charges.
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