US says racial policy in Calif. prisons breaks law
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice says California is violating the federal Constitution when it punishes prison inmates after riots based on their race.
Gangs in California prisons typically are based on the race of the inmates, and riots often pit members of one race against one another or involve inmates of only one race.
After the riots, officers often lock inmates in their cells based on which races were involved to prevent further violence — whether or not those inmates were involved.
In a court filing Friday, the Justice Department says the practice violates the 14th Amendment, which requires equal protection under the law.
The filing is not binding, but is part of an ongoing class-action lawsuit in federal court in Sacramento.
Corrections officials said they could not immediately comment.
Pepsi, Coke, Nestle contribute to I-522 opposition
SEATTLE (AP) — Pepsi, Coca Cola and Nestle are among the major brands who contributed to an effort to oppose a food labeling initiative in Washington state.
In documents made public Friday afternoon, the Grocery Manufacturers Association listed about three dozen companies who contributed a combined $7.2 million.
The association released the list following a lawsuit from the state attorney general's office. Attorney General Bob Ferguson has said the Grocery Manufacturers Association improperly collected the cash in a manner that shielded the identities of the companies in order to protect them from scrutiny.
The Grocery Manufacturers Association has led efforts to defeat Initiative 522 that would require labeling on genetically modified foods.
Voters are starting to receive the ballots that will decide the fate of I-522 in what has shaped up to be one of the costliest initiative fights ever in Washington state.
FATAL PLANE CRASH-KANSAS
Traveling Calif. minister, pilot die in Kan. crash
DERBY, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a traveling California minister and his pilot are dead after a small-Texas bound plane crashed soon after taking off from a Kansas airport.
Sedgwick County Sheriff Jeff Easter identified the victims as 72-year-old Edward Dufresne (doo-FRAYN') and the pilot, 49-year-old Mitchell Morgan.
He says witnesses reported seeing debris falling from the twin-engine Cessna before it crashed around 10:15 a.m. Friday in a field about 20 miles southeast of Wichita's Mid-Continent Airport.
Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Tony Molinaro says the plane was bound for New Braunfels, Texas. According to the itinerary on his website, Dufresne spoke Thursday night at a Wichita church and was scheduled to speak at a Schertz, Texas, church Friday night.
Dufresne ran the World Harvest Church in Murrieta, about 80 miles southeast of Los Angeles.
Fire damages residential Los Angeles high-rise
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Officials say eight people, including a young girl in critical condition, have been taken to hospitals after a fire in a residential high-rise in Los Angeles.
Fire spokesman Brian Humphrey said Friday the injured people included three firefighters — two with leg burns and one with an ear burn.
Other injuries involved smoke exposure.
The blaze was reported at 11:43 a.m. in a unit on the 11th floor of the 25-story Barrington Plaza on Wilshire Boulevard.
Heavy smoke and flames poured from the building as more than 200 firefighters responded.
The blaze was declared out in 71 minutes but firefighters continued to search the building.
Humphrey says some residents didn't evacuate.
The tower has about 700 people in nearly 400 units. Many weren't home.
PIPE BOMBS PLEA
Calif. man pleads guilty to possessing pipe bombs
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A California man has pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of pipe bombs after several were found in his car at a New Mexico border inspection.
Prosecutors say 28-year-old Lloyd Jonathon Fry entered his plea Thursday in a federal court in Las Cruces.
Fry, of Hollywood, was relocating to Ohio when he was arrested May 27 at a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint west of Alamogordo.
Agents say they found four pipe bombs, a loaded pistol with a 30-round magazine and about four pounds of marijuana in his vehicle and small trailer.
In court, Fry admitted that the pipe bombs weren't registered to him in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record.
Prosecutors say Fry faces up to 10 years in prison when he's sentenced. His sentencing hearing hasn't been scheduled yet.
TODDLER SHOT-EAST OAKLAND
2-year-old is injured in East Oakland shooting
(Information in the following story is from: The Oakland Tribune, http://www.oaklandtribune.com)
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A 2-year-old boy has been critically injured in East Oakland.
Police say the boy was hit in the upper boy, possibly by a stray bullet, from a shooting that took place a short distance away.
The boy was injured at about 1 p.m. Friday on the 9200 block of Sunnyside Street when a shooting occurred nearby, at the corner of 94th Avenue and Sunnyside Street.
Police told The Oakland Tribune that he was listed in critical condition at a nearby hospital.
No arrests have been reported. The street was blocked off while police investigated.
SAN FRANCISCO AIRLINER CRASH
Firefighter unaware she ran over crash survivor
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The firefighter who ran over and killed a survivor of the Asiana Airlines crash in San Francisco was unaware she was responsible for the girl's death at the time of the incident.
San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said Friday that the firefighter was responding to the burning Boeing 777 when the truck she was driving unknowingly rolled over Ye Mengyuan. Investigators believe Ye was laying prone on the tarmac and covered in firefighting foam.
Wagstaffe said Duckett would not be charged criminally. The San Francisco Fire Department chief declined to discuss the 16-year-old's death, but said in a prepared statement that firefighters likely saved the lives of many critically wounded passengers.
In all, 304 of the 307 people aboard the Boeing 777 survived the July 6 crash.
The other victim, 15-year-old Liu Yipeng, later died at a hospital.
GIANT PUMPKIN CARVING
Huge pumpkins get in spooky shape at NYC station
NEW YORK (AP) — Call it Gourd Central Terminal.
Giant pumpkins as big as 1,500 pounds are being carved into the shapes of carnivorous plants and other eerie life forms at New York's Grand Central Terminal.
The event kicks off a weekend of giant-pumpkin carving at the New York Botanical Garden. The biggest gourd there is a 2,032-pounder grown in Napa, Calif.
The slightly smaller squash at Grand Central Friday included a 1,496-pounder from Edinburg, Pa.
Master carver Ray Villafane was sculpting it to form part of a spooky Halloween tableau. He says it's neat to see a pumpkin seem to come alive as it's carved.
As for his advice to the everyday pumpkin carver: Pick one with some girth to it — and don't take it too seriously.
Ramirez, Jay not in lineups for Game 6 of NLCS
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Hanley Ramirez was not in the Los Angeles Dodgers starting lineup for Game 6 of the NL championship series, hindered by a rib injury sustained when he was hit by a pitch in the series opener.
Jon Jay, slumping at the field and at the plate, was not in the St. Louis Cardinals' batting order Friday night. St. Louis leads the best-of-seven series 3-2.
Manager Don Mattingly had been optimistic a day earlier that Ramirez would be ready. Nick Punto was down to bat eighth and play shortstop for the Dodgers.
Shane Robinson got his first start of the postseason in place of Jay, batting seventh and playing center field.
Mannion looks to keep Beavers rolling on the road
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Oregon State's Sean Mannion is headed home this week, even if it is for a brief stop to say hello to friends and family.
Mannion, the Beavers' junior quarterback who leads the country in passing, grew up in Northern California about 30 miles away from the Berkeley campus. That's where he'll be Saturday when the Beavers (5-1, 3-0 Pac-12) play the Golden Bears (1-5, 0-3).
The game will feature two of the most prolific quarterbacks in the nation.
Mannion set a school single-game record when he threw for 493 yards in a 52-24 win over Washington State last week. He leads the Pac-12 in passing and has thrown 24 touchdowns with just three interceptions.
SANTA CLARA-KEATING EXTENSION
Santa Clara coach Kerry Keating gets extension
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Santa Clara men's basketball coach Kerry Keating has received a multiyear contract extension.
Athletic director Dan Coonan announced the move Friday. Previously, Santa Clara extended Keating's contract in July 2011 through the 2014-15 season.
The Broncos are coming off a 26-win season in which they won the CBI title, after capturing the CIT tournament in 2011.
Keating is beginning his seventh season coaching the Broncos after working as an assistant at UCLA.
Keating has a 100-102 record at the school. During his tenure, all 17 seniors in the program who completed their eligibility went on to graduate.
Penske sweeps front row as Helio chases Dixon
FONTANA, Calif. (AP) — Penske Racing swept the first three spots in qualifying for the season finale at Auto Club Speedway, where Helio Castroneves is chasing Scott Dixon in the race for the IndyCar championship.
Will Power won the pole for Saturday night's race and Castroneves was second. AJ Allmendinger, brought in by team owner Roger Penske to aid Castroneves' title bid, qualified third.
But in snatching the pole away from his teammate, Power grabbed a point that could have gone to Castroneves. He trails Dixon by 25 points heading into the final race.
Dixon qualified seventh.
Both Castroneves and Dixon made engine changes before the weekend and will take 10-spot penalties on the starting grid. It means both will have to drive through early traffic in their championship race.