LOS ANGELES (AP) - A federal judge has ruled that a twin son of a gay couple has been an American citizen since birth, handing a defeat to the U.S. government, which had only granted the status to his brother. Judge John Walter says the State Department was wrong to deny citizenship to 2-year-old Ethan Dvash-Banks. His parents sued, saying the government failed to recognize their Canadian marriage, and one of the twins born there. Each was conceived with sperm from a different father and born by the same mother.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A preliminary federal report says the pilot whose plane broke up and crashed into a Southern California home was warned before takeoff that he was heading into bad weather. The two-page National Transportation Safety Board report doesn't explain why the Cessna came apart mid-flight. Investigations into the cause of a crash typically take months. Pilot Antonio Pastini died along with four people on the ground when the wreckage struck and burned a house in suburban Yorba Linda.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Teachers in Oakland, California, prepared for another day of strikes Friday after parents and students applauded their demands by keeping city classrooms empty. Oakland's 3,000 teachers went on strike Thursday over pay, class sizes and other issues. Union officials return Friday morning to the negotiating table with district officials.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - California authorities have released a decades-old photo of a suspect in the 1973 killing of an 11-year-old girl in the hopes of jogging the memory of any potential witnesses. Officials in Orange County said Thursday that the photo may depict what James Neal looked like around the time Linda O'Keefe was killed. The 72-year-old made a brief court appearance in Colorado on Thursday. A judge scheduled a Feb. 28 hearing on his extradition.

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