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Sacramento police seek gun used in homicide

Sacramento, Calif. - Detectives are looking for a driver they believe picked up a gun used in a homicide Wednesday afternoon, the Sacramento Police Department said Thursday.

The homicide happened on Carmel Avenue in the Natomas neighborhood Wednesday afternoon, police said.

Two men were arrested after a short pursuit, police said, but during that pursuit the suspects threw two handguns from their vehicle. Police said one of those guns was recovered.

Witnesses reported seeing the second gun being picked up by a white man who was driving a white Toyota Camry, according to police. Police said they believe the man picked up the gun on Striker Avenue between Northgate Blvd. and Kenmar Drive.

Police said they're seeking information about the man, but they hope he comes forward and surrenders the gun voluntarily.

Brown says California politics too hostile

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Gov. Jerry Brown says the political atmosphere in the state Capitol and across the nation today is more hostile than when he was governor from 1975 to 1983.

He says "the attacks on President Obama go beyond what is usual."

The Democratic governor urged California and the nation to strike a less polarizing tone as the country celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday this week.

Brown, who sought the Democratic nomination for president three times, spoke Thursday to a gathering of black state lawmakers in Sacramento, where he said there is an imbalance against the common good.

He says the state should be focused not on handing out tax breaks to the wealthy but investing in schools and roads, investments that benefit society as a whole.

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.

Fatal shooting in Del Paso Heights followed by police chase, wreck

SACRAMENTO, CA - Sacramento Police say a five car crash in Natomas Wednesday evening is connected with a shooting homicide that happened minutes earlier in Del Paso Heights, .

Sgt. Norm Leong said shooting a shooting was reported on Carmel Avenue near Rio Linda Boulevard about 4:30 p.m. A man was shot to death, and the car he was driving slammed into a house.

Police saw a black Ford Explorer matching the description of the car that left the scene of the shooting and tried to pull it over.  The driver didn't stop.

Police chased the vehicle along Del Paso Road, with speeds reaching 60 miles per hour. Leong said the chase ended when the SUV tried to make a right turn on Natomas Boulevard and slammed into four other cars at the busy intersection.

Leong said no one was seriously injured, though at least one was taken to the hospital.

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.

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.

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.

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