SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The University of California has for the first time invited more Latino than white students from within California to be freshmen at one of the public college system's nine undergraduate campuses. A preliminary count shows that nearly 18,000 Latino students have been admitted to a UC school for the fall, or 29 percent of all California residents who were offered a spot.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - An 18-year-old boy convicted of first-degree murder has been sentenced in the shooting death of a toddler during the filming of a rap video in Oakland. Frederick Coleman was sentenced to 25 years to as part of a plea deal with prosecutors in January.
CERES, Calif. (AP) - A Central Valley man is pleading not guilty to murder after a body was found inside a freezer at his auto body shop. The Modesto Bee reports that 26-year-old Jacob Medina Cervantes of Ceres entered the plea yesterday. Authorities have released additional details about the case, including a possible motive and how the man was killed.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco fire officials say a woman and her 3-year-old son who died in an apartment blaze were found in the apartment's bathroom. The victims have been identified as 32-year-old Esther Ioane and her son, Santana Williams. They were inside the apartment when the blaze tore through it Wednesday morning. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
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