- - Friday, January 30, 2009

CALIFORNIA

Judge upholds state furloughs

SACRAMENTO | A judge ruled on Thursday that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger can force tens of thousands of state workers to take days off without pay to help close a multibillion-dollar budget gap.

The two-day-a-month furloughs are scheduled to start Feb. 6 and would apply to all 238,000 state workers, although many of those would be exempt.

Two employee unions challenged Mr. Schwarzenegger’s executive order, saying he did not have authority to order furloughs.

Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Patrick Marlette disagreed. He said the governor has “express authority to make the challenged order.”

COLORADO

Man indicted in Obama threat

DENVER | A Colorado man has been indicted on charges of threatening to kill President Obama and blow up the Mall of America in suburban Minneapolis.

A federal grand jury in Denver handed up the indictment Tuesday against Timothy Ryan Gutierrez, 20, of Cortez in southwestern Colorado.

The U.S. attorney’s office said Thursday that Mr. Gutierrez wasn’t in custody, and authorities declined to discuss his whereabouts. Mr. Gutierrez had no listed phone number and it was not known whether he had an attorney.

Mr. Gutierrez faces one count each of transmission of threats and falsely threatening to use explosives.

GEORGIA

Wrestler’s doctor pleads guilty

NEWNAN | The personal doctor to a professional wrestler who killed himself, his wife and their 7-year-old son in 2007 pleaded guilty Thursday to illegally distributing prescription drugs to patients, one of whom died.

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