SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Federal Bureau of Investigation is conducting an independent investigation of the fatal shooting of a 13-year-old boy by a sheriff's deputy in Northern California. Sheriff Steve Freitas said yesterday he will cooperate fully with federal investigators in the probe of Andy Lopez's killing. Tuesday's shooting has generated protests in the suburban town of Santa Rosa.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A former Marine has been sentenced to more than five years in prison for accepting $150,000 from military contractors while he was deployed in Iraq. U.S. District Judge Janis L. Sammartino sentenced former Staff Sgt. Gilbert Mendez yesterday in federal court in San Diego. Mendez pleaded guilty last year to conspiring to defraud the United States by accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in payments from defense contractors.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Quincy Jones is suing Michael Jackson's estate, claiming he is owed royalties on some of the superstar's hits and was improperly deprived of a producer credit on music used in the "This Is It" film. Jones' lawsuit filed yesterday in Los Angeles seeks millions in damages from the singer's estate. Jackson's estate had no immediate comment on the lawsuit.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Five Southern California residents have been arrested in a crackdown on child pornography. Authorities say four men, ranging from 19 to 72 years old, were arrested this week on suspicion of possessing and distributing child porn involving children as young as 1 year old. They believe the men downloaded child porn on home and work computers and shared it online.