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Whooping cough kills 6, infects 1500 in California

Whooping cough is making scary headlines in California, where six infants under three months have died from the infection this year.

Thousands pack Gilroy for garlic fest

Gilory, Calif. -- The first-place recipe at the 32nd Gilroy Garlic Festival in California was Margi Berry's "Warm Weather Watermelon Crabmeat Kissed South Seas Soup."

"I feel pretty awesome," the Trout Lake, Wash., woman said Saturday. "I tasted everyone else's dish and I didn't think I had a chance."

Berry, who beat out 800 recipe submissions and seven other finalists, explained her take on cooking with the odoriferous cloves: "For me, garlic is so essential. It's like salt and pepper."

Before all was said and done Sunday, a record 100,000-plus people were expected to show up at the fundraising event to eat garlic ice cream and other exotic culinary delights made with the onion's smelly cousin.

Can jail stint earn a fortune for LiLo?

That’s the great thing about being a celebrity. You are in the news even if you have a cough and you make money even if you are not doing your routine chores.

Police: Man broke into bar, served patrons

Penryn, Calif. -- Police in Penryn, Calif., said a transient who is well known to deputies broke into a bar and served customers for a couple of days before being found out.

The Valencia Club went out of business in June but Travis Lloyd Kevie, 29, opened it back up July 16, complete with an "Open" sign in the window, the Sacramento Bee reported Thursday. Kevie served an estimated 30 customers a day during the weekend, the newspaper said.

The reopening apparently was newsworthy in the area, as the Auburn (Calif.) Journal even carried an item in which Kevie was quoted as saying it was "a dream come true" for him to operate the club.

Water could come from moon rocks

Pasadena, Calif. -- A manned lunar station could be closer to reality following the discovery of water trapped in lunar rocks on and below the surface, U.S. scientists say.

The discovery grew out of the study of rock samples returned from the moon by the Apollo 14 mission in 1971, The Daily Telegraph reported Wednesday.

Researchers found hydrogen in the form of hydroxide -- a close chemical relative of water -- in a mineral called apatite.

"If you heat up the apatite, the hydroxyl ions will 'decompose' and come out as water," Professor George Rossman of the California Institute of Technology said.
The findings show "robust evidence for the presence of water in the interior of the moon from where some lunar rocks were derived," researchers said.

Aerosmith set to begin concert tour

Washington -- Aerosmith's publicist says the iconic rock band is gearing up to start its "Cocked, Locked and Ready to Rock Tour" in Oakland, Calif.

The 18-city U.S. summer tour is to begin Friday, Liz Rosenberg Media said.
The group recently completed a string of successful dates in Europe and South America.

Aerosmith is scheduled to play their hometown of Boston, along with the J. Geils Band, at a sold-out Fenway Park show Aug. 14.

"After last summer, we've been looking forward to getting back out there with a vengeance. I can't wait to feel the roar of the American audiences again and give this summer what it needs -- a double dose of Aerosmith!" Steven Tyler said in a statement Thursday.

14 trades turn phone into Porsche

Glendora, Calif. -- A California 17-year-old said a series of 14 creative Craigslist swaps, beginning with an outdated cellphone, earned him a 2000 Porsche Boxster S.

Steven Ortiz of Glendora said he first offered the cellphone for trading on the Web site about 2 years ago and the experience led to a series of trades that saw him briefly owning a dirt bike, a MacBook Pro, a 1987 Toyota 4Runner and the 1975 Ford Bronco he traded for the Porsche, KTLA-TV, Los Angeles, reported Wednesday.

Lohan may spend only two weeks in jail

Los Angeles -- Lindsay Lohan Tuesday began serving her 90-day jail sentence for skipping an alcohol education class following a court appearance in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Lohan, 24, was jailed for failing to comply with the terms of her probation for a 2007 driving under the influence conviction.

A Sheriff's Department booking document obtained by the Los Angeles Times said the actress is expected to be released from a Lynwood, Calif., jail Aug. 2, after having served only 14 days of her sentence, due to prison overcrowding. Sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore later said Lohan's "projected release date is Aug. 1 or Aug. 2," meaning there is a possibility she'll be out of jail in even less time.

Sinatra shirt purchased for $5

Newport Beach, Calif. -- A California man who bought a purported Frank Sinatra shirt at a garage sale for $5 says it has been verified as belonging to the late Rat Pack crooner.

Rick Gorski of Newport Beach said he bought the white tuxedo shirt last fall from neighbors preparing to move out of state and had it verified as Sinatra's by Anto Distinctive Shirtmakers in Beverly Hills, a Sinatra-favored business with records dating back to 1955, The Orange County (Calif.) Register reported Monday.

"We know what Frank (Sinatra) wore in '60s," said Jack Sepetjian, who took over father Anto's business with brother Ken. "What style. What fabric. We have it in the archives."

Proposed Calif. divorce ban moves forward

Sacramento -- A California opponent of the state's 2008 gay marriage banning Proposition 8 said he is collecting signatures for a divorce-banning measure.

John Marcotte, 38, a Sacramento father of two, said he was inspired to create the 2012 California Marriage Protection Act by the pro-Proposition 8 campaigners claiming the law was designed to protect traditional marriage, the San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News reported Monday.

"Don't stop gay people from getting married; stop straight people from getting divorced," Marcotte said of the idea behind his proposed ballot initiative, which would ban divorce but allow for religious annulments. "It's a much more direct way of achieving the goal of Prop 8."