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Corrections officials adopted new criminal sentencing rules on Friday that aim to trim California's prison population by 9,500 inmates after four years.
They include steps like reducing inmates' sentences up to six months for earning a college degree and by up to a month each year for participating in self-help programs such as alcohol and substance abuse support groups and counseling, anger management, life skills, victim awareness, restorative justice, and parenting classes.
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A 56-year-old suspect, who was detained in San Francisco on Thursday in connection with a quadruple homicide investigation in Sacramento, has now been arrested, according to police.
The man was identified by Sacramento police on Twitter around 7 a.m. Friday as Salvador Vasquez-Oliva. He was detained near Pierce Street and Golden Gate Avenue in San Francisco on Thursday and is now in custody at the Sacramento County Main Jail, police said.
Sources told NBC affiliate KCRA that the four victims were a mother, her two daughters and a niece. And a woman said she is the mother of the victim.
Sources also said that Vasquez-Oliva is the woman’s estranged husband and the children’s father.
American-born giant panda Bao Bao has made her first appearance before the public in southwestern China following her move there from Washington, D.C.
Bao Bao was born at the National Zoo in Washington to pandas on loan from China. Under the standard loan agreement, such panda cubs must be returned to China before they are 4 years old, the earliest age at which they might begin breeding.
The 3-year-old Bao Bao on Friday explored her spacious new enclosure at the panda breeding base in the city of Dujiangyan, with both indoor and outdoor play areas.
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A Lakeland, Florida, man found himself behind bars after a viral video allegedly showed him eating pancakes in the middle of a busy roadway in the west part of the city.
Police received a call on Tuesday of a man sitting in the crosswalk of the eastbound lanes of U.S. 92 sitting in a chair and eating something off a folding table. When police arrived the man had left.
Video shot of the incident was placed on Facebook and appeared on the department’s page, where several people tagged the man’s name.
The man was charged with placing an obstruction in the roadway and disrupting the free flow of traffic. He was released from jail and will appear in court in April 25.
Black members of Congress are calling for the Justice Department to help police investigate a large number of missing children in Washington, D.C.
The District of Columbia logged 501 cases of missing juveniles, many of them black or Latino, in the first three months of this year, according to the Metropolitan Police Department, the city's police force. Twenty-two were unsolved as of March 22, police said.
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A group of 11 people took off their clothes, killed a sheep and chained themselves together by the main gate of the former Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz before being detained by police, officials said Friday.
A spokesman for the Auschwitz memorial, Bartosz Bartyzel, told The Associated Press their motives were not clear as they briefly stood and then sat down by the notorious "Arbeit Macht Frei" ("Work sets you free") gate in the southern city of Oswiecim on Friday afternoon.
Auschwitz inmates passed through the gate when brought into the death camp and when led by armed Nazi guards to slave labor sites.
Two islands in the Mediterranean—Lesbos in Greece and Lampedusa in Italy—have become battlefronts in a much wider political war about border security and immigration.
Proactiva organizers and volunteers say that immigration policies are pitting countries against migrants.
Laura Lanuza, a spokesperson for Proactiva, says that from the front lines, they see countries "prioritizing borders over people." She believes European countries could be offering more asylum to refugees instead of asking countries like Turkey to act as a border.
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President Donald Trump, the author of the best-selling book, "The Art of the Deal," is about to see his deal-making abilities ratified in a legislative showdown on the House floor — or dramatically rebuffed.
Trump, in a message relayed by White House officials, demanded that House Republican leaders vote Friday on a GOP-backed health care bill embraced by the president, placing the legislation on the brink of failure and jeopardizing his vow to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama's health care law.
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A woman who was once a black civil rights leader in Washington state, then lost her job after her parents exposed her as white struggles to make a living these days.
Rachel Dolezal said she has been unable to find steady work in the nearly two years since her background became public in media reports, and she is uncertain about her future.
"I was presented as a con and a fraud and a liar," Dolezal told The Associated Press this week. "I think some of the treatment was pretty cruel."
A man who police said was motivated by false internet rumors to fire an assault weapon inside a Washington, D.C., pizzeria pleaded guilty to a federal gun charge and a D.C. assault charge Friday.
Edgar Maddison Welch faces 18 to 60 months in prison for assault with a dangerous weapon and 18 to 24 months for interstate transportation of a firearm. He will remain in custody until sentencing.
Welch fired multiple shots inside Comet Ping Pong on Dec. 4 after driving from North Carolina to investigate a conspiracy theory about Democrats harboring child sex slaves, authorities said.
A new video was released of a shark encounter like no other along the South Florida coast.
According to NBC affiliate WPTV, divers from Emerald Dive Charters near Jupiter saw a lemon shark that was nudging and bumping one of them, Josh Eccles, out of the water. After a closer look, Eccles saw a huge hook sticking out of its stomach.
He was able to pull it out – possibly saving the shark’s life – before everyone swam their separate ways. Divers say those sharks are common this type of year in the area.
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An Amtrak train bound for Washington, D.C., had a minor derailment as it was leaving New York's Penn Station at the height of Friday's morning rush, bumping an NJ Transit train and shattering windows but causing no serious injuries, authorities said.
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A lack of women in a photo of negotiations over the Republicans health care bill that was tweeted out by the vice president is drawing criticism from Democrats, concerned over the bill's repercussions for women's health.
The photo shows Vice President Mike Pence at the center of a conference table during negotiations with the House Freedom Caucus. About two dozen men can be seen in the photo and not a single woman.
Washington U.S. Sen. Patty Murray drew attention to the absence of women in the room by retweeting the photo and sarcastically adding, "A rare look inside the GOP's women's health caucus."
The remains of two vaquitas, a critically endangered species of porpoise, were found in the waters off the coast of California in the span of one month. A conservation group calls the discovery alarming.
The vaquita porpoise is on the verge of extinction, with only 30 left in the world, conservation group Sea Shepard says.
"It is devastating," said OonaLayolle, captain of Sea Shepard. "It's been like three years we are now patrolling the north of the Gulf of California and this is really what we don't want to see. It's just so sad."
Loyolle, who has been heading the organization for four years now, said they work in collaboration with the Mexican government to battle illegal fishing and poaching in the oceans.