Sacramento, California - About 35 percent of natural gas used in California homes is used to heat water. To reduce the use of natural gas the California Energy Commission has funded research to increase the effectiveness of residential solar water heating systems and reduce the price tag.

Sacramento, California - The Sacramento Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) seeks assistance from the public to help locate Otis Lee Cooper, 57. Cooper, formerly of Sacramento, is wanted for a federal violation of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. Although Cooper has ties to Michigan and Mississippi, he has yet to be successfully located and apprehended.

Los Angeles, California - A Lake Elsinore man who was employed as a correctional officer at the Federal Correctional Institution, Terminal Island has pled guilty to a federal bribery charge for taking $1,000 in cash to smuggle a cell phone into the prison facility.

San Francisco, California - Ian Furminger, 47, of Pleasant Hill and Edmond Robles, 46, of Danville, both San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) officers, were convicted today by a federal jury of conspiracy to violate civil rights, conspiracy to steal from a federally funded program, and devising a scheme to defraud and obtain money and property through wire fraud. Robles was also convicted of theft from a federally funded program.

Los Angeles, California - Four Philippine nationals were indicted Thursday on conspiracy, hostage-taking, and weapons charges stemming from the kidnapping in the Philippines of a mother and her then 14-year-old son in July of 2011. The indictment alleges that the group held the mother for approximately 82 days and the son for approximately 151 days, and forced the family to pay ransom for their return. The victims, both U.S. nationals, were in the Philippines on a family trip.

San Jose, California - Paul S. Devine was sentenced on December 1, 2014, to 12 months and one day in prison, and ordered to pay $4,464,664 in restitution for wire fraud, conspiracy, money laundering, and engaging in transactions in criminally-derived property, announced United States Attorney Melinda Haag, FBI Special Agent in Charge David J. Johnson, and Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation, Acting Special Agent in Charge Thomas McMahon.