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Robber tells store clerks to call 911

Fullerton, Calif. -- A California man who held up a convenience store with a fake gun and then told employees to call 911 was arrested, police said.

Police say Ivine Love, 18, entered a 7-Eleven in Fullerton, Calif., Tuesday afternoon and demanded money, The Orange County Register reported.

Store clerk Sama Lakhani said that the man did not seem intimidating except for the gun he held.

"I was at the sandwich/Slurpee area making sure everything was in the right place," she said. "The guy came in and said 'Give me the money, or otherwise call the police.'"

Another clerk behind the counter had already triggered the silent robbery alarm, but complied with the man in calling 911.

Whooping cough claims 9 lives in California

Whooping Cough cases have taken the shape of an epidemic in california

Whooping cough infections may break the 55-year-old record in California, with nine infants already having succumbed to the disease.

IHOP sues prayer group over acronym

Glendale, Calif. -- The California-based International House of Pancakes is suing a Missouri prayer group for allegedly using the restaurant's IHOP acronym.

The Glendale-based chain eatery filed a federal lawsuit in California alleging Kansas City's International House of Prayer "selected and adopted the International House of Prayer name, knowing it would be abbreviated IHOP. IHOP-KC intended to misappropriate the fame and notoriety of the household name IHOP to help promote and make recognizable their religious organization," CNN reported Thursday.

The restaurant said using the IHOP acronym infringes on its trademark. The suit is seeking to stop the prayer group from using the acronym.

Twilight star settles lawsuit

Irvine, Calif. -- Actor Taylor Lautner's lawsuit against a California recreational vehicle company has been settled for $40,000, his lawyer says.

The 18-year-old star of "Twilight" would donate the money to a children's charity, the magazine US Weekly said.

In the suit, Lautner alleged emotional stress, claiming Irvine-based McMahon's RV failed to deliver a customized $300,000 bus to the set where he was filming a new movie called "Abduction" when promised.

"McMahon's RV has agreed to settle its dispute with Taylor Lautner. McMahon's RV will pay $40,000 to Lautner, which Lautner will donate to The Lollipop Theater Network," attorney Robert Barta said in the report.

Court upends Eminem royalty decision

San Francisco -- A federal appeals court in California has shaken up a music royalty fee debate by reversing a decision on royalties for Internet sales.

The U.S. 9th Circuit Court upended a 2009 decision that allowed Universal Music Group to pay 18 percent royalties for digital sales, a standard fee for the physical recording of a song, the Detroit Free Press reported Saturday.

But the appeals court ruled that a contract between Universal and FBT Productions concerning rapper Eminem's recordings should handle digital sales as a third-party licensing arrangement, which has a standard royalty fee closer to 50 percent.

Health officials warn of West Nile virus in Turlock area

Health officials are warning about the increased risk of West Nile virus infections in the Turlock region as high infection rates were found in samples of mosquitoes in the area.

Computers predicted Gulf oil movement

Santa Barbara, Calif. -- Scientists in California say they were successful in predicting the spread of oil from the Gulf of Mexico spill and when and where it would wash ashore.

Researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara, used computer models to describe how slicks of oil tend to be stretched into filaments by motion at the sea surface, a university release said.

To produce predictions of oil movement after the Deepwater Horizon explosion, Igor Mezic, a professor of mechanical engineering at UCSB who studies fluid dynamics, utilized forecasts of sea surface conditions from a U.S. Navy model.

"We predicted where the oil was going to go," Mezic said. "We were able to do three-day predictions pretty accurately."

Lautner suit target suggests push-ups

Irvine, Calif. -- A California recreational vehicle dealer says he wants to resolve the lawsuit actor Taylor Lautner filed against him with a push-up contest instead of a trial.

Brent McMahon, 47, owner of McMahon's RV in Irvine, said he wants to settle the lawsuit brought against him by the "Twilight" film series star, who claims the dealership failed to deliver a $300,000 customized RV on time and up to his specifications, with a contest of muscles instead of legal wrangling, KTLA-TV, Los Angeles, reported Tuesday.

McMahon, who claims the RV was delivered to Lautner without any complaints from the 18-year-old actor, said he is challenging the muscular star to a contest to see who can do the most push-ups as a means of resolving the dispute.

Bike stolen during arrest

Santa Cruz, Calif. -- Police in California said a teenager's bike was stolen while he was being arrested for allegedly trying to sell a stolen violin.

Santa Cruz police said a pair of 17-year-olds allegedly tried to sell the violin, reported stolen from a car burglary Thursday night, at a Mission Street music store Friday and employees called police, the Santa Cruz Sentinel reported Tuesday.

Police said the boys left their bikes outside and one of them was stolen while they were being arrested on suspicion of possessing stolen property.

Investigators said the violin was returned to its owner. The stolen bike was not located.

Copyright 2010 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

Calif. Assembly enforces female dress code

Sacranento -- Guards at the California Assembly say they are now enforcing dress-code policies requiring women to wear a coat or sweater while in the chamber.

Ronald Pane, Assembly sergeant-at-arms, said the policy stems from a longstanding rule for visitors, credentialed media and legislative aides to wear "appropriate business attire" while in the state legislative chamber in Sacramento, The Sacramento Bee reported Friday.