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CALIFORNIA 9-11 PLATES
SACRAMENTO, Calif. —Many of the relatives of Californians killed in the Sept. 11 attacks never knew that millions of dollars were raised in their name for college scholarships, and now lawmakers want to give them another chance to apply for money that an Associated Press investigation and subsequent audit found was poorly administered. The state collected more than $15 million from selling 9-11 memorial license plates in the wake of the terrorist attacks, but only a sliver of it went to scholarships, partly because of a state agency's failure to notify everyone who was eligible to apply for the $5,000 stipends. The state auditor reported last week that dozens of California families were not told about the scholarship fund in time to apply. By Hannah Dreier and Juliet Williams.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A social media editor pleaded not guilty Tuesday to conspiring with the hacking group Anonymous to gain access to the Los Angeles Times' website and change the headline on a December 2010 story. Matthew Keys, 26, made his first appearance in federal court since he was charged last month. Keys is charged with giving the hacking group Anonymous the login credentials to the computer system of The Tribune Co., which owns the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun and other media properties. He was fired by a Sacramento television station owned by Tribune two months before the Times' website was hacked. By Don Thompson.
FATAL LION ATTACK
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The enclosures at a Central California wild animal park where a lion killed an intern were working properly at the time of her death, federal officials said. A spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Tuesday that the agency's investigation on the day after the mauling in March found no violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act at Project Survival's Cat Haven. USDA investigators looked at whether proper enclosures were in place, and whether they were in good working order, among other things. By Tracie Cone.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California is on track to collect $4 billion more in personal income taxes than Gov. Jerry Brown had expected, giving a potential boost to education funding. The Legislative Analyst's Office said Tuesday that the state has been posting strong tax collections so far this fiscal year. Even so, Brown cautioned that the extra money may already be committed. He and the legislative analyst noted that much or all of the extra revenue will likely be required to go to public schools and community colleges. By Judy Lin.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gov. Jerry Brown said Tuesday that a man was recently caught trying to break into his Sacramento apartment while he was away. Brown mentioned the incident while addressing a crime victims' group at the state Capitol. He later told reporters the man got on the roof of the four-story loft then jumped to the balcony and was trying to break in when he was spotted by a neighbor. The Democratic governor said he didn't think the man knew whose apartment it was. By Juliet Williams.
MARINE BIOLOGIST-GUILTY PLEA
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Federal prosecutors say a Northern California marine biologist has pleaded guilty to illegally feeding killer whales in the wild. Nancy Black pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of violating the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Prosecutors say the law protects marine animals by prohibiting the feeding of mammals in the wild. As part of a plea agreement, prosecutors say Black admitted that when she was on her boat in Monterey Bay in April 2004, she and her crew tied rope to pieces of gray whale blubber that was floating in the water to facilitate their viewing of orcas eating the blubber.
MISSING MAN-PINE NUTS
DAVIS, Calif. — A Northern California man who was lost in the wilderness for more than a week survived on runoff and pine nuts, his father said. Daniel Thompson, 25, of Davis turned up around a campground in Lake County on Sunday, the Davis Enterprise reported. His father, Brian Thompson, told the newspaper he had been missing since April 13 after leaving on a camping trip. He lost control of his car and went off a road in a rural area northwest of Clear Lake.
— ALAMEDA SHERIFF-IMMIGRATION — Alameda County supervisors have approved a resolution aimed at encouraging Sheriff Greg Ahern to stop detaining immigrants under a federal program intended to target criminals who are living in or have entered the country illegally.
— STOCKTON POLICE ACTIONS — Law enforcement officials say that dozens of violent criminals and guns have been taken off the streets of Stockton and Modesto as part of an ongoing crackdown by undercover federal officials and local police.
— POLICE SHOOTING-DIFFERING ACCOUNTS — Police and a witness are offering different accounts of a shooting by Visalia police officers that left one man dead.
— BACKYARD BODY — Authorities say a body uncovered in a Fresno backyard is that of a teenage boy who disappeared four years ago.
LOS ANGELES — A couple of weeks before her ex-husband agreed to sell the Los Angeles Dodgers, Jamie McCourt reached a divorce settlement that gave her $131 million tax-free and several luxurious homes. Now she claims her decision was a huge mistake. The team's former CEO is seeking to have the agreement thrown out, saying she was misled about the value of the Dodgers that was later sold for $2 billion. A judge will hear closing arguments Wednesday in a bench trial that could reset an argument made during the former couple's divorce battle: Was Frank McCourt sole owner of the Dodgers? By Greg Risling.
LAPD REVENGE KILLINGS
LOS ANGELES —The city of Los Angeles reached a $4.2 million settlement with a mother and daughter who were injured when police mistakenly opened fire on them while they were delivering newspapers during the manhunt for disgruntled ex-cop Christopher Dorner, officials said Tuesday. The money will be split evenly, with $2.1 million going to each woman, said Frank Mateljan, a spokesman for the city attorney's office. The agreement must still be approved by the Los Angeles City Council. By Tami Abdollah.
PATIENT DUMPING-PSYCHIATRIC PATIENTS
CARSON CITY, Nev. — Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval responded Tuesday to allegations that the state is dumping psychiatric patients in other states after they're discharged, denying systematic wrongdoing but saying Nevada officials had taken steps to avoid future errors. Sandoval said his administration launched three separate investigations after he learned that at least one patient was improperly discharged from Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital in Las Vegas. He said disciplinary actions were taken and a new policy was implemented weeks ago to strengthen oversight. The response came nearly two months after The Sacramento Bee first published the story of James Flavy Coy Brown, who was discharged from Rawson-Neal to a Greyhound bus and arrived disoriented in Sacramento in mid-February.
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— JACKSON-CONCERT PROMOTER SUIT — Six alternate jurors have been selected for a civil trial over Michael Jackson's death, setting the stage for opening statements next week.
— NBCUNIVERSAL STUDIO COMPLEX — NBCUniversal plans to begin construction this summer on a $1.6 billion, 25-year expansion of its Los Angeles-area theme park, offices and production facilities.
— OBIT-ALLAN ARBUS — Allan Arbus, who played the wise — and wisecracking — psychiatrist Dr. Sidney Freedman on TV's "M.A.S.H.," has died at age 95.
— NUCLEAR PLANT PROBLEMS — The Los Angeles City Council wants federal regulators to move slowly and cautiously before deciding if Southern California Edison can fire up its troubled San Onofre nuclear power plant.
— BEACH BONFIRES — Orange County supervisors have thrown their support behind the California tradition of beach bonfires in the face of a proposed ban.
— EX-RAIDER COACH-ASSAULT — A former Oakland Raiders assistant coach best known for alleging the team's head coach broke his jaw said at his own assault trial that he acted in self-defense when he hit a man with a beer bottle outside a bar.
— TEACHER-GUN TRIAL — A San Diego judge has ordered an English teacher to stand trial on allegations he carried a loaded gun and knife onto the campus of a middle school.
— LA CANYON REOPENING — A major traffic corridor through the Santa Monica Mountains has reopened after nearly a monthlong closure for a water project.
NEW YORK — Apple is opening the doors to its bank vault, saying it will distribute $100 billion in cash to its shareholders by the end of 2015. At the same time, the company said revenue for the current quarter could fall from the year before, which would be the first decline in many years. Apple Inc. on Tuesday said it will expand its share buyback program to $60 billion — the largest buyback authorization in history. It is also raising its dividend by 15 percent from $2.65 to $3.05 per share. The dividend yield will be about 3 percent at current stock prices. The average yield for the top 20 dividend-paying companies in the U.S. is 3.1 percent, according to Standard & Poor's. Investors have been clamoring for Apple to give them access to its cash hoard, which ended March at an unprecedented $145 billion. By Peter Svensson.
WASHINGTON — Tax credits helped biotech giant Amgen report first-quarter earnings that beat Wall Street's expectations, but sales growth disappointed investors. Thousand Oaks Calif.-based Amgen Inc. benefited from an overall tax gain of $13 million for the latest quarter, as it booked a federal research and development credit for 2012 and resolved an audit for fiscal 2007 to 2009, which cut its tax rate considerably. That compared with paying out over $200 million in income taxes in the prior-year period. By Matthew Perrone.
WASHINGTON — Newly released documents show that the Obama administration was warned as early as 2010 that Anaheim, Calif.-based electric car maker Fisker Automotive Inc. was not meeting milestones set up for a half-billion-dollar government loan — nearly a year before U.S. officials froze the loan. By Matthew Daly.
ROSE BOWL-100TH GAME
PASADENA, Calif. — The Rose Bowl will celebrate its 100th game on New Year's Day in 2014 as college football's oldest bowl. To mark the occasion, the game trophy has been modified by Tiffany to add 24-karat yellow gold vermeil accents to the 21-inch tall design that includes a three-quarter size sterling silver football. It was unveiled Tuesday at the iconic stadium, where the logo for the 2014 BCS national championship game was already on the field. By Beth Harris.
PASADENA, Calif. — The Bowl Championship Series will be replaced by the College Football Playoff. The BCS conference commissioners announced the name of the new postseason system that starts in 2014 on Tuesday, the first of three days of meetings at a resort hotel in the Rose Bowl's backyard. They also will choose the remaining three sites for the six-bowl semifinal rotation in the new system and the site of the first championship game to be held Jan. 12, 2015, this week. By Ralph Russo.
SAN FRANCISCO — The commemorative plaque honoring home run king Barry Bonds' record 756th clout has gone missing from AT&T Park. San Francisco Giants spokeswoman Staci Slaughter said Tuesday night that the reigning World Series champions in the process of replacing the plaque, which hung on the brick facade inside the ballpark beneath the flag court area in right-center field until a few days ago. The team is investigating where the missing hardware might be, Slaughter said. By Janie McCauley.
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