Rep. Dan Lungren, R-Gold River, will host a town-hall meeting from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today in the Galt City Council chambers, 380 Civic Drive.
Four killed in dirt bike accident
CERES - Two men and two women are dead after their off-road motorcycles collided in a rural area south of Ceres.
The California Highway Patrol says four people riding on two dirt bikes between 1:30 a.m. and 3:30 a.m. were riding toward each other when they collided.
The crash occurred on a dirt road that comes off a canal bank.
Authorities have not confirmed the riders' identities but say there was one man and one woman riding on each motorcycle.
BART train fatally strikes man
EL CERRITO - A 50-year-old man is dead after a BART train struck him on the tracks at the El Cerrito station east of San Francisco.
A Bay Area Rapid Transit spokesman said investigators were still trying to determine whether the man jumped or fell onto the tracks Sunday morning.
A northbound train struck the man, whose name was not released, at around 9:42 a.m., forcing the station to shut down while authorities removed his body.
The incident caused delays of about 15 minutes as trains running in both directions shared the southbound track.
Mother slain while holding infant daughter
OAKLAND - Police say a young mother was shot to death while holding her infant daughter when bullets ripped through the door of an Oakland home during a family celebration.
Authorities said 22-year-old Isabel Flores died instantly Saturday night, but her 8-month-old daughter in her arms was not injured.
A 16-year-old Modesto boy and a 34-year-old Oakland man were also wounded when a gunman apparently opened fire from a car outside the packed home. No arrests have been made.
Oakland police Sgt. Caesar Basa said the party had been peaceful before the shooting, which he said took place in a part of the city known for gang activity.
Flores' husband and 5-year-old daughter were also at the party. Officers arriving on the scene found cake, tamales and chicken still out on tables amid the chaos of crying, screaming people.
Marines buck council, refuse to leave Berkeley
BERKELEY - While anti-war protesters chained themselves outside a U.S. Marines recruiting center here, a spokesman said Corps does not plan to abandon the office even though the City Council has officially rolled up the welcome mat.
The Berkeley City Council voted Tuesday to tell the Marines that if its recruiters choose to stay in their rented downtown space "they do so as uninvited and unwelcome guests."
Gunnery Sgt. Pauline Franklin said Friday that while the Corps respects city officials' right to free speech, the Marines would not be leaving.
Conservative bloggers and Republican Sen. Jim DeMint, R-South Carolina, lashed out at Berkeley following Tuesday's resolution. DeMint said he would draft legislation to strip the city of federal money, including funds destined for UC Berkeley, for school lunches in the Berkeley Unified School District and public safety.
"The First Amendment gives the City of Berkeley the right to be idiotic, but from now on they should do it with their own money," DeMint said in a statement.
Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates said he would speak with the Marines' landlord to see if the recruiters could break their lease early without penalty.
A retired Army captain, Bates also said Friday that he wants the council to amend its resolution because it "did not adequately differentiate our respect and support for those serving in the armed forces and our opposition to the Iraq war policy."