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iPhone5 likely to draw record lines

Apple is "blown away" by consumer response to the next-generation of its popular smartphone, which sold out for pre-orders in just minutes on Friday, spokeswoman Natalie Kerris says. And when iPhone 5 goes on sale in stores later this week, analysts predict lines as long as the record queues seen for the iPhone's debut in 2007.

"It will be a madhouse," says Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster.

Richard Doherty, an independent tech analyst at Envisioneering Group, says the immediate sellout for the pre-order makes for an "awkward" launch for the new phone.

"Apple expected the pre-orders to be a one-day cycle, and they were shocked that it was just one hour. They clearly were caught by surprise by the size of the orders," Doherty says. Had they continued fulfilling online orders, "they might have only had two phones available at stores on Friday."

VIDEO:Ed Baig and Jefferson Graham go hands-on with the iPhone 5 at Apple's launch event

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Convoy of Hope offers some help to Sacramento homeless

SACRAMENTO, CA - The Convoy of Hope is expected to help thousands of Sacramento Saturday as they provide $1 million in goods and services.

Hundreds were lining up outside of Cal Expo Friday night in order to be first in line for Saturday's event. However, according to the Convoy of Hope spokesperson Andrew Bradley, Cal Expo does not want people camping out on the grounds and disbanded the line.

During a free dental clinic at Cal Expo a month or two ago, a fight broke out. Disbanding the line was Cal Expo's decision based on safety, not Convoy of Hope's Bradley said.

Gates for Convoy of Hope open at 10 a.m. The event offers 400,000 pounds of groceries, consultations with health professionals, dental services, kid's zone activities, haircuts, portraits, back-to-school supplies, bike repair, job fair, prayer time and spiritual guidance, live entertainment with free lunch and more.

Apple pushes back shipping date for iPhone 5

Apple has already pushed back shipping estimates for iPhone 5 pre-orders, just hours after the phone was added to Apple's online store.

The iPhone page on Apple's online store promises a release date of Sept. 21 in retail stores, but the pre-order page for the phone says all three models--the 16GB, the 32GB and the 64GB--will be shipped in two weeks if ordered online today.

Apple had previously announced the iPhone 5 would be available online and in retail stores on Sept. 21, and customers could pre-order the phone online starting on Sept. 14. When the iPhone 5 page went live yesterday in the online store, the page noted that iPhones pre-ordered online would ship by Sept. 21, The Next Web reports. That notice has been replaced by another notice, "available to ship in two weeks," in the U.S., France, the U.K., Germany and Australia.

Apple expected to unveil iPhone 5 on Wednesday

SAN FRANCISCO -  For months, gadget lovers from around the world have been eagerly awaiting this day. Apple is hosting a media event Wednesday morning in San Francisco where they are expected to announce the launch of the iPhone 5.

Rumors and pictures spread across the internet recently have enabled tech analysts to assemble a speculative list of features the new iPhone is expected to boast. 

Apple's latest introduction to the smartphone market is expected to feature a larger, four-inch display, a redesigned dock connector, 4G speeds, an improved processor, a better camera, and the ability to use the device like an E-wallet for daily purchases.

However, Apple's notoriously incremental upgrades to their iPhones, lead some to believe the new smartphone could fall short of the lofty expectations held by Apple enthusiasts.

Counties' failure to spend available funds frustrates shelters

SACRAMENTO, CA - Year after year, domestic violence survivors and shelters have fought to prevent their state funding from being cuts ... most times, their efforts were unsuccessful.

So the findings of a new state audit come as a shock: There's actually more money they could've gotten to maintain services.

In reviewing cases over a four-year period, Santa Clara County sat on $715,000 that should have gone to shelters. In Sacramento County, $418,000 languished in an account.

Without this money, fewer families can get help and some feel forced to go back to their abusive relationships. Shelters can't provide as many beds for women and their children. There isn't as much food ... in some instances, legal services were eliminated.

"It decimated our domestic violence programming and we have been struggling ever since," said Beth Hassett, a local shelter director.

Shelter workers are especially frustrated the courts are lax in making batterers pay.

Crews investigate suspicious Arden apartment fire

ARDEN, CA - A 3-story apartment complex was evacuated Friday morning because of a suspicious fire.

Sacramento Metro Fire crews responded to the complex on the 3500 block of Watt Avenue around 5:18 a.m. to find smoke coming from a first floor hallway, Assist. Chief Walt White said.

The fire was found in an unoccupied first floor unit's bedroom. White said crews were able to extinguish the fire and ventilate the area to remove smoke.

No one was injured in the fire.

White said the cause of the fire is under investigation, but it is considered suspicious