California lost more residents to other states than it got last year. Who they are and where they went

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — About 130,000 more residents left California for other states last year than came here from them, as high costs left many residents without a college degree looking for an exit, according to a Bee review of the latest census estimates.

They most often went to cheaper, nearby states — and Texas. Since 2001, about 410,000 more people have left California for Texas than arrived from there. That’s roughly equivalent to the population of Oakland.

California has seen more than 15 consecutive years of net resident losses to other states. The trend was sharpest at the height of the housing boom between 2004 and 2006. It slowed markedly during the housing bust but quickened again during recent years.

The state’s overall population continued to grow because the number of births exceeded the number of deaths by about 220,000 in 2017, according to the California Department of Finance. The state also added about 185,000 residents via net immigration from abroad.

But California is drawing more people than it is losing from one distinct demographic group — those with an advanced college degree. About 9,000 more adults 25 and older with graduate degrees came to California from other states than left for them last year, census estimates show.

In addition, about as many adults 25 and older with a bachelor’s degree but no master’s degree came to California as left for other states last year.

On the other hand, adults without a college degree left California in droves. Educational attainment is closely correlated with income — those with college degrees tend to earn a lot more than those without.

— The Sacramento Bee

Mother abandons baby at Disney resort, deputies say

ORLANDO, Fla. — A mother left her newborn on Sunday in the hands of a stranger who was staying at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies responded to the resort around 2:30 a.m. after a female guest reported that a woman handed her the infant while she was outside of the lobby, then left the area, said sheriff’s office spokesman Jeff Williamson.

Reedy Creek Fire Rescue took the baby, who was in good health, to Florida Hospital Celebration Health.

Detectives later found the child’s mother and took her to a facility “for evaluation and treatment,” Williamson said. The Department of Children and Families is aware of the incident, he said.

— Orlando Sentinel

Police dog who helped nab more than 200 suspects dies

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — When Hutch retired from the ranks of the Boynton Beach Police Department in 2014, the Belgian Malinois left crime fighting to the department’s other K-9’s and went to live with his police handler, Officer Mark Sohn.

When Hutch died Saturday at the age of 13, the department posted a tribute video on social media that recalled the dog’s storied career — taking part in more the apprehension of more than 200 criminal suspects from 2007 to 2014.

Along with recalling some of the arrests Hutch was involved in, the tribute notes that Sohn and Hutch won first place in the 2012 South Florida Police K9 Competition.

The two took part in the competition again in 2013.

“Thank you for your service, buddy. We love you and will miss you,” the tribute posting says.

— Sun Sentinel

Cameroon separatists kidnap 79 students, demand school’s closure

YAOUNDE, Cameroon — Armed separatists abducted dozens of students from a Christian secondary school in western Cameroon on Monday and demanded that the school shut down, part of an apparent broader effort to create havoc in the region.

Cameroon, a former French colony in West Africa, has been troubled by unrest since its two main English-speaking areas, the Northwest and Southwest regions, announced in 2016 that they wished to secede and form a new country called Ambazonia.

English-speakers have long complained of being treated like second-class citizens and getting less government funding.

Against that backdrop, the English-speaking separatists kidnapped the 79 students, along with the Presbyterian school’s principal, driver and another staff member, the governor of the North-West Region said.

The abductions seem to be part of a plan by secessionists to shut down all schools in the disputed regions, in a move to make the area ungovernable.

The students, between 11 and 17 years old, were kidnapped in the town of Bamenda on Sunday night, the Rev. Samuel Fonki Forba, the head of the country’s Presbyterian Church, told dpa on Monday.

The kidnappers did not ask for a ransom payment, but instead demanded that the school be closed down, said Forba.

“The (kidnappers) have asked us to shut down the school before they can release the students and school principal,” Forba said. “We have no choice. We will close the school.”

The Ambazonia Defense Forces (ADF) — the army of the self-declared independent Anglophone region — called the kidnapping “an unacceptable act of terror,” demanding the immediate and unconditional release of the children.

Members of the security force were combing areas where they suspected the children to be held hostage, ADF spokesman Tapang Ivo Tanku said in a statement.

— dpa