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It's Halloween, and Attorney General Kamala Harris is in San Francisco this morning at a presser talking up the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation's roundup of transient sex offenders in advance of tonight's tricks and treats.

Corrections is running its 18th annual Operation Boo, subjecting sex offenders to curfews on the annual kids' night out. This year, for the first time, the department is targeting sex offenders without permanent addresses, as this Associated Press story points out.

Harris joins the department's Robert Ambroselli, who's the division director of adult parole operations, at the news conference, which starts at 11:30 a.m. at the San Francisco Parole Office. Click here to learn more about Operation Boo.

Speaking of Halloween, the U.S. Census Bureau is treating us to fun facts about the holiday.

No trick: California is a major pumpkin producer, but the state of Illinois is king of the gourds. The Golden State, however, is tops in both chocolate and cocoa manufacturers, as well as nonchocolate confectioners.

Americans' per capita consumption of candy last year? Almost 25 pounds for each and every one of us, according to the Census Bureau.

Each Snickers fun size candy bar weighs 15 grams, and there are about 453 grams in a pound. That means we're eating, on average, the equivalent of more than 750 of those little things a year...

STIMULUS FUNDS: The Senate Energy Committee, headed by Democratic Sen. Alex Padilla of Los Angeles, is holding a followup oversight hearing on unspent federal stimulus funds. Listed participants include representatives of the California Energy Commission, the Department of Community Services and Development, the Sacramento Municipal Utility District, the Department of General Services and others. The hearing starts at 10 a.m. in the Capitol's Room 3191.


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