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CA Suspect Sought for Fatally Stabbing Child:  Doug Stanglin of USA Today reports that a man described as muscular and 6-foot-tall is being sought by police in Northern California for the stabbing murder of eight-year-old Leila Fowler, 8, in her Valley Springs home on Saturday. The suspect fled after he was seen by Leila's 12-year-old brother.  Calaveras County Sheriff's have intensified security around schools, following a fruitless house-to-house search of the rural community.  The sheriff's report they have gathered DNA evidence as well as finger prints and warn people to be on the alert for a "muscular, white or Latino male, 6 feet tall, with long, graying hear, wearing a black shirt and blue pants."

CA Bill Allowing Non-Citizens to Serve as Jurors Moves Forward: 
Judy Lin of the Associated Press reports that on Thursday the California Assembly passed AB1401, which would allow legal non-citizen residents of the state to serve on juries. The bill was introduced by Bob Wieckowski, D-Fremont, who says he hopes the bill will create larger juror pools. The bill passed on a nearly party line vote 45-25, and is called "misguided and premature" by critics.  Assemblywoman Diane Harkey, R-Dana Point, argued that there is no shortage of jurors making the bill unnecessary.

N.C. Will Require Pimps Trafficking Minors to Register as Sex Offenders:  Ben Brown of the Port City Daily News reports that Senate Bill 122 was signed into law last Wednesday by North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory.  As of December 1,  pimps convicted for selling minors into prostitution will be required to register as sex offenders. The bill sends a particularly strong message to those who have made North Carolina one of the top ten human trafficking states in the country.

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