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      3 dead after California bank robbery, gunbattle

      STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) - Two robbers and a hostage are dead following a bank robbery in Stockton, California.

      Police say three men robbed a Bank of the West branch Wednesday afternoon, taking off with three women hostages.

      During a 45-minute chase, two of the hostages - bank employees with gunshot wounds, were tossed out of the vehicle.

      When the SUV broke down, a gunfight ensued. Dead are the third hostage, who was a bank customer, and two of the robbers.

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