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Text messages to CA drug suspect lead to arrests

(Information in the following story is from: The Santa Rosa Press Democrat,

SEBASTOPOL, Calif. (AP) — A suspected drug dealer's cellphone just wouldn't stop buzzing after he was taken into custody, leading police to two additional arrests in Northern California.

Sebastopol police say they arrested 19-year-old Rafael Alexander Onofre — who is on parole for a felony methamphetamine-selling conviction — at about 9 p.m. on Saturday when they found he was carrying 24 nitrous oxide canisters.

After the arrest, text messages began appearing on Onofre's phone from someone offering to sell him hashish.

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports that officers texted the person back, posing as Onofre and setting up a meeting.

At about 10:15 p.m., 22-year-old Emmanuel Zaragoza-Rodriguez and 26-year-old Salvador Mendoza Suarez arrived at the meeting place, where police then arrested them on several drug-related charges.


Hurdle for high-speed rail: Where is the money?

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Court rulings this week cast doubt over the future of California's $68 billion high-speed rail plan and serve as a reminder of the biggest question facing the project: Where will the money come from to complete it?

So far, state and federal sources account for less than 20 percent of the total price. The current plan relies on vague funding from "federal, state, local and private sources."

The plaintiffs in the case say the state has not identified the source of the $31 billion needed to complete the first full phase. In rulings issued Monday, a Sacramento County judge ordered a new funding plan from the rail authority.

Jeff Morales, the authority's director, says a revised plan might fall short of identifying all funding sources, likely renewing the court fight.


2 arrests made in 1990 California cold case

CASTRO VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — Authorities have made two arrests in the decades-old stabbing death of a 43-year-old San Francisco Bay Area man.

Alameda County Sheriff's officials announced on Tuesday that Stephen Rudiger's ex-wife, 58-year-old Cheryl Ann Drace-Ervin, and her new husband, 50-year-old William Joseph Devincenzi , were in custody in connection with Rudiger's 1990 slaying. They were arrested last week. According to jail records, they were due to appear in court on Tuesday to enter a plea.

Authorities say Drace-Ervin and Rudiger were sharing a home in Castro Valley at the time of the slaying though they were divorced, and Drace-Ervin and her new husband, Devincenzi, killed Rudiger for financial gain.

Rudiger's body was discovered on the side of a road in December 1990.

Sheriff's officials tell the Contra Costa Times that DNA evidence helped lead to the arrests.


HP posts $1.4B fiscal 4Q profit

NEW YORK (AP) — Hewlett-Packard Co. posted net income of $1.4 billion for its fiscal fourth-quarter, helped by cost cuts related to its ongoing restructuring.

HP's profit amounted to 73 cents per share and compared with a loss of $6.9 billion, or $3.49 per share, in the same period a year ago. Excluding one-time charges, the company earned $1.01 per share for the recent period.

Revenue fell 3 percent to $29.1 billion.

Analysts polled by FactSet expected a profit of $1 per share on $27.86 billion in revenue.

For the current quarter, the company predicts an adjusted profit of between 82 cents and 86 cents per share. For fiscal 2014 it expects earnings of $3.55 to $3.75 per share.

Analysts expect first-quarter earnings of 85 cents per share and a fiscal-year profit of $3.64 per share.


Kaepernick rebounds from rough stretch in big win

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jim Harbaugh pulled his young quarterback aside last week to praise him for his professionalism and leadership during a rough patch for the reigning NFC champion 49ers.

The constant questions about Colin Kaepernick and San Francisco's passing game are gone for now after his stellar performance in Monday night's 27-6 win at Washington.

Kaepernick threw for 235 yards and three touchdowns without an interception, finishing with a career-best passer rating of 134.5. He completed five passes with two touchdowns to Anquan Boldin, and four each to Vernon Davis and Mario Manningham. Davis made a touchdown reception in the third quarter.

And there's reason for further optimism: Michael Crabtree is set to be activated Tuesday from the physically unable to perform list with anticipation of him playing Sunday against St. Louis.


McGloin gets to play on Thanksgiving stage

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Matt McGloin's rapid ascent from undrafted rookie to starting NFL quarterback is headed to the big stage.

McGloin will make his third career start on Thanksgiving Day for the Oakland Raiders in front of a national television audience against the Dallas Cowboys.

McGloin has had an impressive start to his NFL career despite failing to get invited to the scouting combine or get drafted when he left Penn State. He became the fourth quarterback since the 1970 merger to throw three touchdown passes and no interceptions in his first start, a 28-23 win at Houston.

He then threw the go-ahead touchdown pass with 6:10 remaining last week against Tennessee before watching the defense give up the late lead in a 23-19 loss to the Titans.


No. 8 Stanford staying focused through highs, lows

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — In control of a Pac-12 title and a Rose Bowl berth one week, out of the mix the next and now back in the hunt for both entering the regular-season finale.

The past three weeks have been a weird and wild stretch for Stanford, testing the team's focus and fortitude on and off the field. This one figures to be no different.

The eighth-ranked Cardinal (9-2) host No. 25 Notre Dame (8-3) on Saturday in a non-conference game that has little more than pride at stake. No matter what happens against the Fighting Irish, Stanford will face No. 13 Arizona State in the Pac-12 championship game for a spot in the "Granddaddy of Them All."


Warriors C Ognjen Kuzmic undergoes hand surgery

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Golden State Warriors reserve center Ognjen Kuzmic is expected to miss at least six weeks after undergoing surgery on his fractured right hand.

The team says the surgery was performed by Dr. William Maloney and Dr. Amy Ladd at the Stanford Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine Clinic on Monday. Kuzmic fractured his fifth metacarpal when he hit his hand on the backboard in the first quarter of Golden State's loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Nov. 20.

Kuzmic has appeared in 10 games this season, averaging only 4.1 minutes. The 23-year-old native of Bosnia and Herzegovina was drafted 52nd overall by the Warriors in 2012. He played in Spain last season before coming to the NBA this year.


VanDerveer wins 899th game as Stanford tops Purdue

PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico (AP) — Chiney Ogwumike scored 17 of her 22 points in the second half to lead No. 6 Stanford to an 86-69 win over 16th-ranked Purdue and earn Cardinal coach Tara VanDerveer her 899th career victory.

With her next win, the Hall of Famer will become the fifth women's basketball coach to reach the 900-win milestone, joining Pat Summitt, Sylvia Hatchell, C. Vivian Stringer and Jody Conradt.

VanDerveer will get her first opportunity Wednesday when the Cardinal (5-1) face Florida Gulf Coast.

Ogwumike got in early foul trouble, playing only nine minutes in the first half. Stanford led just 40-35 at the break before the senior All-American got going. She made nine of her 11 shots from the field as the Cardinal shot 62 percent for the game.

KK Houser scored 20 points while Courtney Moses added 12 to lead Purdue (4-1).


Cal to move 2014 game vs Oregon to Santa Clara

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — California is moving its home game against Oregon next season to the San Francisco 49ers' new stadium in Santa Clara.

The Niners and Cal announced Tuesday that the game played on Oct. 24 will be the first college game played at Levi's Stadium. The stadium is set to open next summer.

Cal is required to host a weeknight game every two years under the Pac-12 television contract and that can be problematic on campus where parking is limited. Athletic director Sandy Barbour says moving the game off-campus will allow the school more time to figure out the best way to accommodate those games.

Cal says moving the game could produce as much as $1 million in increased revenue compared to a home game on campus.