- Associated Press - Thursday, May 22, 2014

Your daily look at late-breaking California news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:

1. WOMAN WHO SAYS SHE WAS ABDUCTED SAYS SHE’S HAPPY AND BLESSED TO RETURN TO FAMILY

An Orange County woman who says she was abducted by a man a decade ago who forced her to marry him and who fathered her child told KABC-TV that she’s happy and blessed to be back with her family. Police say she was abused mentally, physically and sexually by her captor, and was moved at least four times and given multiple fake identities to hide her from family and authorities.

2. FORMER KIDNAP VICTIM SMART ‘SO HAPPY’ FOR CALIFORNIA WOMAN

Elizabeth Smart says she’s “so happy” at the discovery of a Southern California woman who disappeared as a teenager 10 years ago. Smart says the victim, whose named has not been released, will need time and privacy to re-adjust to life after so many years in captivity. Smart was snatched from her Utah bedroom in 2002 at age 14 and was held captive for nine months.

3. TREE TRIMMER FACES FEDERAL CHARGES OVER BABY BIRDS

A tree trimmer is facing federal criminal charges for injuring five baby birds while he was trimming trees in downtown Oakland. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says it will recommend that Ernesto Pulido be charged with misdemeanors for violating the U.S. Migratory Bird Treaty Act. The incident occurred May 3.

4. 49ER LINEBACKER PLEADS NO CONTEST TO WEAPONS, DUI

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith has pleaded no contest to three felony weapons charges and two misdemeanor DUI counts.

5. KINGS COME RAGING BACK

The only California team left in the NBA or NHL playoffs - hockey’s Los Angeles Kings - came alive in Chicago last night, running off six straight goals against the Blackhawks for a 6-2 victory to even their Western Conference Finals at one win apiece.