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Pit bull attack sends 2-year-old Citrus Heights boy to hospital

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA - A 2-year-old boy was rushed to UC Davis Medical Center Friday evening after a pit bull attacked him inside a home on Denton Way, according to the dog's owner.

The owner, who did not want to be identified, said the boy is the son of his girlfriend. The 1-year-old pit bull, Rascal, had never been violent toward humans, he said, until the child was bitten near his ear.

The boy's mother went with him to the hospital. She could not be reached for comment Friday night.

Rascal was taken and quarantined by animal control.

Rascal's owner said the boy's injury did not appear to be life-threatening.

Written by Will Frampton, wframpton@news10.net

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Carmichael holds candlelight vigil for little Juliani's safe return; Juliani's mother attends

CARMICHAEL, CA - A community with no ties to the Juliani Cardenas case came together Friday night to show support for Juliani's mother Tabitha and to keep hope alive for Juliani's safe return.

"I am here to support Tabitha. She's been amazing through this whole thing," said Laura Collier.

Tabitha Cardenas -- who is 8 months pregnant -- has faith her son will return home safely.

They don't even know her personally, but dozens of people showed Juliani's mother an outpouring of love. Among those supporters---Laura Collier from Citrus Heights.

"I believe her instincts are right. we are going to find him and bring him home," said Collier.

Collier has been following this case from day one. "It's been touching me since he's been missing," she said.

Veronica Sukkawy organized the vigil... Miles from home and the search site.

Boys Hoops: Center 65, Foothill 57

SACRAMENTO, CA - The Center Cougars defeated Foothill 65-57 Thursday night to stretch their winning streak to 9-games and remain undefeated in the Pioneer Valley league.

The Cougars (15-6, 4-0) will host Bear River next Wednesday. The Mustangs (14-7, 2-2) will travel to Placer next week. The loss snaps a two game winning streak

Girls Hoops: El Camino 74, Rio Americano 17

SACRAMENTO, CA - The El Camino Eagles defeated the Rio Americano Raiders 74-17 to stretch their winning streak to 11-games and remain undefeated in league play.

The Eagles (21-1, 5-0) visit Antelope on Wednesday. The Raiders (14-9, 3-2) hope to snap a two game losing streak at Cordova.

State jobless rate increases; Gov't jobs face biggest cuts

SACRAMENTO, CA -- California is still losing jobs with unemployment on the rise, while the national jobless rate dropped in December.

The state's jobless rate increased from 12.4 percent in November to 12.5 percent in December. The national unemployment rate decreased last month to 9.4 percent.

The Employment Development Development (EDD) released figures Friday which show job losses in four primary industries: government, mining and logging, construction and trade, and transportation and utilities.

State and local governments posted the largest decline in jobs last month, cutting 15,4000 jobs in December, according to EDD.

December 2010 jobless rate by county:

El Dorado County: 12.7 percent

Placer County: 11.2 percent

Sacramento County: 12.6 percent

San Joaquin County: 18 percent

Stanislaus County: 17.6 percent

Sutter County: 21.5 percent

Yolo County: 14.3 percent

Divers end search for Amber Alert suspect's car in canal until Thursday

PATTERSON, CA - Dive teams have concluded their search for the night at the Delta Mendota Canal for a car matching the description of one driven by the suspect in a Patterson abduction was seen going into the water Tuesday.

Sheriff Adam Christianson said a man who works in the area called his department Wednesday afternoon after learning about the Amber Alert for 4-year-old Juliani Cardenas. He reported seeing a car like the Toyota driven by abduction suspect Jose Esteban Rodriguez driven into the canal yesterday.

Christianson said divers dragged the canal and reported snagging a large object.

On the first dive, a diver found the object to be a large piece of concrete. On a second dive, a car that had been reported stolen was brought up but it was not the one connected to the abduction.

Divers found a third object in the water, but were not able to identify what it was before it got dark.

Divers will return to the canal at 10 a.m. Thursday.

Oak Ridge boys & St. Mary's girls top this week's Sac-Joaquin Massey Ratings

SACRAMENTO, CA - This week's high school basketball Massey Ratings catapult the Oak Ridge Trojans boys team into the Sac-Joaquin Section top spot, ahead of the second ranked Sacramento Dragons.

The undefeated Trojans become the area's top boys team this week in the Section and rank 13th in the state.

Joining the Trojans and the Dragons in the Sac-Joaquin top ten boys Massey Ratings this week are:

1.  Oak Ridge Trojans (18-0)

2.  Sacramento Dragons (12-4)

3.  Jesuit Marauders (13-6)

4.  Sheldon Huskies (12-7)

5.  Granite Bay Grizzlies (15-3)

6.  Luther Burbank Titans (12-4)

7.  Woodcreek Timberwoles (16-3)

8.  Franklin Wildcats (Elk Grove) (14-5)

9.  Monterey Trail Mustangs (13-5)

10.  Fairfield Falcons (13-5)