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News Minute: Here is the latest California news from The Associated Press

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - A new daily newspaper has hit the streets of Los Angeles. Editors and staffers handed out free copies of the Los Angeles Register early today at downtown locations including City Hall and the Union Station rail and bus transit hub. It's the latest expansion by Freedom Communications Inc., owner of the Orange County Register, and follows the introduction of the Long Beach Register and several other small papers in the last year or so.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Challengers in California's most competitive congressional races are showing strong fundraising for the first three months of the year. Campaign financial reports were fully available today after candidates met the Federal Election Commission's midnight Tuesday filing deadline. One of the most competitive races is for the 52nd Congressional District in San Diego. Supporters of Democratic Rep. Scott Peters are responding with robust fundraising. He has about $1.5 million cash on hand, while his main challenger, Republican Carl DeMaio, has about $1.2 million.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Authorities say a toddler is among two people dead from an apartment fire in San Francisco. Mindy Talmadge, a fire department spokeswoman, says a toddler died today from the blaze inside a two-story public housing building shortly before 10 a.m. in the city's Sunnydale neighborhood. Talmadge says firefighters on the scene trying to rescue five adults and one child, saw one resident jump out of a window to escape the flames and heavy smoke coming from the first floor.

SEAL BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Authorities have uncovered a theft ring that they say might be responsible for nearly 100 burglaries in Southern California. A statement from the Signal Hill Police Department said police were taking members of the suspected "liquor theft crew" into custody today. The statement says the investigation began after the theft in December of several cases of premium liquor from a grocery store. Police made arrests and Signal Hill detectives later determined the same suspects committed other burglaries in Los Angeles and Orange counties.

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