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Airport official: Teen had no clue he was in Maui

HONOLULU (AP) - The head of Maui's main airport says a 15-year-old stowaway aboard a flight from San Jose had no clue he was in Maui after jumping from a jetliner's wheel well to the tarmac.

Maui District Airport Manager Marvin Moniz told the Associated Press on Wednesday that the boy was disoriented and weak when he got off the Boeing 767, and he was questioned for about 30 minutes by FBI and Transportation Security Administration officials.

Moniz says the boy wobbled as he walked and was soft-spoken, not saying much other than his journey started with an argument at home.

Moniz says when asked whether his mom and dad knew he ran away, the boy said he had a stepmom and had not seen his biological mother since he was 2.


Police stand down after alleged shooting

DALY CITY, Calif. (AP) - Police say reports of shooting at a San Francisco Bay Area medical building were unfounded.

Seton Medical Center spokeswoman Mary Coady says police responded to reports of a shooting Wednesday afternoon at the building, located at 1500 Southgate Avenue in Daly City, Calif.

Patients and staff members were evacuated from the building with their hands held over their heads.

Coady says the building, which houses about 40 medical practitioners, was evacuated but that the main hospital remained open.

Daly City Police Lt. David Mackriss told the San Francisco Chronicle that a doctor reported seeing a gunman and hearing gunshots. But after a search, no victim or suspect was found, and investigators declared the building clear just before 5 p.m.


Governor appoints judge to oversee watchdog agency

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed a judge to lead California's campaign watchdog agency.

The governor on Wednesday named fellow Democrat Jodi Remke of Oakland to oversee the Fair Political Practices Commission, which enforces election laws and investigates allegations of wrongdoing. The appointment comes as two Democratic state senators face federal charges of political corruption and after a third was convicted of voter fraud and perjury.

Since 2006, Remke has been presiding judge at the State Bar Court of California, an independent court for attorneys accused of professional misconduct.

The 48-year-old replaces Ann Ravel, who was appointed by President Barack Obama last June to the Federal Election Commission.

Remke previously worked for the state Senate Judiciary Committee and as an attorney in private practice.


San Francisco landlords sued over renter eviction

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - City Attorney Dennis Herrera is filing suit against several San Francisco landlords he alleges wrongfully evicted disabled renters to turn their apartments into short-term rentals marketed on Airbnb and other sites.

The suit filed in San Francisco Superior Court Wednesday alleges the landlords illegally converted residential apartments into commercial tourist lodging without first obtaining a conditional use permit.

The complaint said the landlords evicted tenants - including some who were disabled - citing the Ellis Act, a state law that allows evictions if properties are withdrawn from the residential rental market.

A message left at a number listed for property owners Darren and Valerie Lee was not immediately returned Wednesday.

Tamara Yurovsky, who managed the online listing for the properties of another set of defendants, said she could not immediately comment on the allegations.


High court rejects appeal on sex offender rules

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Supreme Court has declined to review a lower court's ruling striking down strict sex offender restrictions in Orange County.

The move Wednesday means that local bans in dozens of California communities are trumped by state law as the 4th District Court of Appeal found in January.

Orange County's restrictions passed in 2011 barred offenders from parks and beaches unless they got written permission from the sheriff.

But in 2012, a county court overturned the conviction of a sex offender for going to a company picnic at a Fountain Valley park and asked the appeals court to rule on the case and the legality of the regulations.

Orange County's district attorney encouraged other localities to pass similar measures.

The Sheriff's Department has already stopped enforcing the law in response.


City settles with homeless to leave landfill

ALBANY, Calif. (AP) - A Northern California city has reached a settlement with a group of homeless people who filed a federal lawsuit to prevent their eviction from a waterfront landfill.

The city of Albany says Wednesday that it will pay 28 homeless people $3,000 each to leave the Bulb, a 40-acre site along the San Francisco Bay to be used for park land. Another two-dozen or so homeless people who stay at the site and are not covered by the settlement also must leave.

The settlement calls for the homeless residents and their pets to leave by Friday and stay away for a year.

A group of homeless people and the nonprofit Albany Housing Advocates filed a federal lawsuit against the city in November after the Albany City Council voted to clear the site in October.


Boy, 5, shot in eye by paintball gun

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - A 5-year-old boy in the San Francisco Bay Area was injured after being shot in the eye with a paintball gun.

Melinda Krigel - a spokeswoman for the University of California, San Francisco, Benioff Children's Hospital in Oakland - says Komari Hunter was hit in the left eye just after 6 p.m. on Tuesday as he rode in a car in West Oakland with his mother and at least one other passenger.

Krigel says Komari underwent surgery Tuesday night but that the condition of his eye was not immediately known.

Oakland Police Officer Frank Bonifacio says that no arrests have been made. A motive for the attack wasn't known.


Inmate stabbed at Central California jail

MODESTO, Calif. (AP) - Three murder suspects are facing additional charges after authorities say they stabbed a fellow inmate at a Central California jail.

The Modesto Bee reports that David Ferrel, Joseph Jauriqui and Maurilio Vasquez were charged Tuesday with attempted murder in the weekend stabbing of Joe Ramirez at the Stanislaus County Jail. Ramirez lost his eye in the attack.

Ramirez - an alleged Norteno street gang member - is facing murder charges in connection with a 2009 shooting that left a 10-year-old boy and a man dead.

Prosecutors say they don't know why Ferrel, Jauriqui and Vasquez stabbed him with a shank on Sunday. Deputy District Attorney Tom Brennan says the three suspects are also Norteno gang members and are also facing separate murder charges.


Candidates tout reform in secretary of state race

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Four candidates vying to be the next secretary of state are offering competing visions for the job, including about how to improve access and transparency to California elections.

Democratic state Sen. Alex Padilla of Los Angeles on Wednesday debated Pete Peterson, a Republican policy institute director, about who had the best background for the position.

Two other candidates - Derek Cressman, a Democratic political reform activist, and Dan Schnur, a professor running as an independent - called for separation of money and politics during the forum hosted by the Sacramento Press Club.

The campaign for the statewide office responsible for elections and campaign finance is being magnified this year by recent scandals in the Legislature. Democratic candidate Leland Yee dropped out abruptly after he was arrested on federal corruption charges.


Santa Cruz imposes mandatory water rationing

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) - Santa Cruz is imposing water rationing for residential customers in an effort to reduce consumption by 25 percent because of California's drought.

The Santa Cruz Sentinel reports that the City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved the restrictions, the first mandatory cuts to water use in 25 years.

Beginning next month, households with four people will be allotted about 250 gallons, and condominiums, apartments and duplexes will get about 124 to 174 gallons per residence.

Those who exceed the limits will be charged more depending on how much over they go.

The San Lorenzo River, San Cruz' largest water source, is at historically low levels. The city hopes the cuts will keep its Loch Lomond Reservoir at the halfway mark by October.


Apple increases stock buyback, will split stock

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) - Apple plans to buy back an additional $30 billion of its stock, raise its quarterly dividend by 8 percent and split its stock for the first time in nine years.

The commitment announced Wednesday as part of Apple's fiscal second-quarter earnings report expands on the company's previous pledge to spend $60 billion on stock buybacks by the end of next year. The company is now earmarking $90 billion for buybacks during that time frame.

Apple Inc. also is raising its quarterly dividend to $3.29 per share as part its effort to funnel more money to stockholders.

The company also will execute an unusual seven-for-one stock split in early June. The move will dramatically decrease the nominal value of Apple's stock, which closed Wednesday at $524.75.

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