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SAN FRANCISCO — Can lawyers bounce potential jurors solely based on their sexual orientation? The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will take up the question Wednesday morning in San Francisco as part of a multibillion dollar case between two giant pharmaceutical companies. By Paul Elias. Moved: 600 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated after 10 a.m. oral arguments.
LOS ANGELES — Democratic Assemblywoman Holly Mitchell had a big lead as expected in a two-way race for a vacant state Senate seat in one of two special elections for the California legislature. With 70 percent of precincts reporting, Mitchell was leading fellow Democrat Mervin Evans 80 percent to 20 percent in the race to replace Curren Price in the 26th Senate District. A Mitchell victory would force another special election to fill her Assembly seat. SENT: 500 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated with winners Wednesday morning.
LOS ANGELES — You nurse and nurture, live with and love an animal in your home. After a few weeks or months, you turn it over to someone or return it to a shelter. Watching a foster pet leave the nest can be rewarding, but Beth Stern says you are probably still going to cry your eyes out. A foster home is a place where pets get a chance to heal or come of age or learn how to be social. It leaves room at the shelter for another dog or cat. Fostering is hard work and takes time, patience and dedication. Knowing you are raising and training a pet for someone else can be gratifying and heartbreaking. By Sue Manning. SENT: 800 words, photos.
DOUBLE INITIAL KILLINGS
SAN RAFAEL — A jury on Tuesday recommended a death sentence for Joseph Naso, a 79-year-old former photographer convicted of the decades-old killings of four Northern California women. The panel deliberated for about four hours before reaching its decision in the penalty phase of the case. Earlier in the day, the jury heard closing arguments from Naso, who represented himself and asked the jury to spare his life. SENT: 525 words.
UC PRESIDENT'S HOUSE
SAN FRANCISCO — When former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano takes over as president of the University of California later this month, she will live in leased accommodations that the college system is renting for nearly $10,000 a month. While the price tag is several thousand dollars less than what the university spent leasing her predecessor's home, some university officials say it might be more cost-effective in the long run to fix up a vacant mansion that housed previous university presidents. By Lisa Leff. SENT: 585 words, photos.
OAKLAND — A complaint has been filed on behalf of thousands of University of California hospital workers who claim they were threatened when they went on a two-day strike in May. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which represents some 13,000 hospital pharmacists, nursing assistants, operating room scrubs and other health care workers, took the claims to the state Public Employment Relations Board. SENT: 225 words.
— STRAY BULLET DEATH — A Monterey County Superior Court judge has ruled that two gang members should face trial in the death of a 6-year-old boy who was struck by a stray bullet while playing in the kitchen of his house
— CHILD CARE WORKER-ASSAULT — A Northern California YMCA child care worker accused of touching three girls in a sexual manner is facing additional charges involving two other girls.
SANTA ANA, Calif. — A woman charged with killing her 13-year-old autistic son and 9-year-old daughter in the midst of a custody dispute asked a judge for the death penalty during her first court appearance since her arrest. Looking disheveled, her head down and hands behind her back, 42-year-old Marilyn Edge appeared by video link for an arraignment on two counts of murder with special circumstances. When Orange County Superior Court Judge Craig Robison asked if she wanted her arraignment postponed to October, Edge twice said, "Only if you promise me the death penalty." By Greg Risling. SENT: 530 words, photos.
NAVY BRIBERY SCHEME
SAN DIEGO — A Navy commander, a Naval criminal investigator and a defense contractor have been charged with conspiracy in a bribery scheme to gain millions in international port contracts, federal prosecutors said. Leonard Francis was arrested this week in San Diego, Cmdr. Michael Misiewicz was arrested in Colorado, and NCIS Supervisory Special Agent John Beliveau II was arrested in Virginia, the U.S. attorney's office said. Each faces up to five years in prison if convicted of conspiracy to commit bribery. SENT: 350 words, photos.
— MARINE KILLED — A Marine has been killed and four others injured in a training accident at the Twentynine Palms base in Southern California.
— NAVY SECRETARY-MARINE CEREMONY — Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has canceled plans to attend a ceremony in San Diego to present to Vietnam veterans with the Silver and Bronze Stars because of the shooting at the Washington Navy Yard that left 13 people dead.
— MACHETE STABBING-MUSIC EXECUTIVE — A Los Angeles man has been charged with slashing his ex-wife and a former music industry executive with a machete and knife while holding them hostage for more than five hours.
— LA HOME CASINOS — Los Angeles police say they have seized dozens of slot machines and tens of thousands of dollars in cash from Koreatown homes that were hosting gambling operations.
— SCHOOL THREATS — Authorities say they have arrested a 26-year-old man in a series of threatening phone calls that shut down Southern California schools and hospitals last week.
— SMALL GIRL SHOT — Authorities say they have arrested a 21-year-old parolee 10 days after a shooting that left a 6-year-old girl dead and her father wounded at a family gathering in Riverside County.
— ANIMAL ACT BAN — Pachyderm shows will have to pack it in thanks to a new West Hollywood ban.
DIGITAL LIFE-TECH TEST-APPLE IOS 7 SOFTWARE
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Many of the changes in Apple's new iOS software are cosmetic. It didn't take me long to realize that deeper down, the new iOS 7 software is the same as the one I've come to know. The new software does have several functional improvements, but those can take time to stumble upon. The good news is that even if you never discover them, you can still use the iPhone or iPad the way you had before. By Technology Writer Anick Jesdanun. SENT: 1,000 words, photos
DIGITAL LIFE-TECH TEST-NEW IPHONES
CUPERTINO, Calif. — Passcodes are such a pain that I've relaxed the security settings on my Android phone so that I'm asked for it less often. So when Apple introduced a way to bypass passcodes using a fingerprint, I had a lot of fun unlocking the phone over and over again. The fingerprint sensor comes with the new iPhone 5S. That alone is worth the extra $100 that the 5S model costs over an iPhone 5C. Apple is making its new iOS 7 software free for existing phones, but the fingerprint sensor and other features may draw you to a new phone instead. By Technology Writer Anick Jesdanun. SENT: 1,000 words, photos
— DIGITAL LIFE-TECH TEST-NEW IPHONES-WHAT'S NEW AND OLD.
— DIGITAL LIFE-TECH TEST-NEW IPHONES-SPECS.
— DIGITAL LIFE-TECH TEST-NEW IPHONES-PAST MODELS.
— DIGITAL LIFE-TECH TEST-NEW IPHONES-SHIPMENTS.
PHOENIX — Matt Kemp is back and knocking the baseball all over the park, just in time to help the Los Angeles Dodgers clinch the NL West and look for even better things ahead. One day after coming off the disabled list, Kemp went 4 for 4 with two doubles and three RBIs and the Dodgers routed the Arizona Diamondbacks 9-3. The Dodgers, who once languished in last place 9½ games out, snapped a four-game skid and can clinch the division title by beating Arizona on Wednesday night. By Bob Baum. SENT: 800 words, photos.
OAKLAND, Calif. — The Oakland Athletics have that September swagger again. And it's looking a lot like a year ago when they rallied to win the AL West and stun the Texas Rangers on the season's final day — with walkoffs and whipped cream pie celebrations. They are one win closer to clinching another division crown after Josh Donaldson hit a game-winning, bases-loaded single with two outs in the ninth inning in a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels. By Janie McCauley. SENT: 820 words, photos.
OAKLAND — Oakland Athletics owner Lew Wolff is prepared to pull off those green tarps on the third deck of the Coliseum and pack in more fans for the playoffs. He just wishes more people would come out to games during the stretch run of September the way they did last year to fuel an unlikely run to the AL West title. By Baseball Writer Janie McCauley. SENT: 400 words.
SANTA CLARA — Owen Marecic joined the San Francisco 49ers on Tuesday, signing a one-year contract two weeks after being released by the Cleveland Browns. If San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh had his way, Marecic would have been with the 49ers on draft day in 2011. By Rick Eymer. SENT: 520 words.
SAN FRANCISCO — Strong wind blowing in through the Golden Gate Bridge and a strong tide flowing out to sea forced organizers to postpone two America's Cup races Tuesday between Emirates Team Zealand and defender Oracle Team USA. Lighter wind is expected on San Francisco Bay on Wednesday, when organizers hope to complete Races 11 and 12. The schedule is four races behind. By Sports Writer Bernie Wilson. SENT: 580 words, photos.
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