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News Minute: Here is the latest California news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. PDT

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The only Republican in the California Legislature's Jewish Caucus has resigned from the group the same day it criticized President Donald Trump's response to the white nationalist rally in Virginia. Sen. Jeff Stone of Temecula said Thursday he decided to leave the caucus because of its criticism of Trump and because it had strayed from its nonpartisan mission. The caucus condemned Trump for saying some of the rally attendees were "very fine people."

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California's state auditor says suicides spiked at a women's prison after officials failed to properly prepare for the transfer of 400 of the state's most dangerous female inmates to the facility. A report published Thursday also found flaws in the prison system's suicide prevention plans.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California's political watchdog is endorsing a controversial change to a campaign finance rule that will help a Democratic state senator facing a recall. The Fair Political Practices Commission voted 3-1 Thursday to formally adopt the change requested by a lawyer for Senate Democrats. The commission opted to lift a rule that limits politicians to contributing $4,400 from their campaign accounts to help lawmakers facing a recall.

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A San Diego judge called an adult man a "little boy" in his courtroom, repeatedly noted the physical attractiveness of female attorneys and spoke to litigants in Spanish based on their surnames. San Diego County Superior Court Judge Gary Kreep was charged with 29 acts of judicial misconduct by a state watchdog agency that stopped short of removing him from the bench.

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