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CALIFORNIA / Man fires at school; 2 hurt

Two children, 6 and 7, suffered arm wounds Friday when a man fired several shots toward a crowd of elementary school students before he was tackled, authorities said. The suspect parked his car around noon, jumped a fence and opened fire as he walked across campus, said Carlsbad police Lt. Kelly Cain. A man was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon.


CALIFORNIA / Lawmakers OK budget bill

As California lawmakers passed a budget Friday to end an unprecedented 100-day impasse, their spending plan seemed so tenuous that the next governor was expected to face a multibillion-dollar deficit. Two-thirds of the budget solutions expected to be signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger are based on one-time or federal funds. Lawmakers bridged a $19 billion gap, more than 20 percent of the $87.5 billion general fund spending plan.


OHIO / Stabbing suspect indicted

A man suspected in a string of stabbings in Michigan and Virginia has been charged with stabbing a church custodian in Ohio. A grand jury in Toledo indicted Elias Abuelazam on Friday on charges of felonious assault and attempted murder in the stabbing of Tony Leno, who was stabbed outside a Toledo church in August.


NATIONWIDE / FAA eyes lithium batteries

Federal aviation officials urged air carriers Friday to voluntarily take steps to reduce the risk of cargo fires caused by overheated lithium batteries. The FAA said publicly for the first time Friday that a UPS plane that crashed in Dubai last month was carrying a large quantity of lithium batteries. The cause of the crash hasn't yet been determined.


NATIONWIDE / Kerik blasts his sentence

Former NYPD Commissioner Bernard Kerik filed papers in Manhattan asking for resentencing to "preserve the appearance of impartiality," accusing the sentencing judge of acting "personally." Retired federal Judge Stephen Robinson denied the charge. Kerik is serving 4 years for tax fraud, lying to the White House and other felonies.

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