LA students breach school iPads' security
(Information in the following story is from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles school officials have halted home use of iPads after nearly 300 students at Roosevelt High made quick work of hacking through security so they could surf the Web and access social media sites.
The Los Angeles Times says just a week after getting the school-issued Apple tablets, the students discovered they could easily delete their personal profile information, giving them greater access to the iPads' capabilities.
Roosevelt was among the first to distribute iPads, as part of a $1 billion roll-out that was to put a tablet in the hands of every student in the nation's second-largest school system within a year.
Now that's on hold as officials look for ways to make sure students use the iPads for school work only.
Progress made against 250-acre S. Calif. wildfire
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — Crews working all night continued to build containment lines around a wildfire that scorched 250 acres of dry brush in the San Gabriel Mountains northeast of Los Angeles.
US Forest Service spokesman Nathan Judy said Wednesday the blaze near the foothill community of Azusa is 72 percent contained.
There are no active flames and no homes are threatened.
Full containment is expected Friday.
Meanwhile firefighters attacked a blaze that briefly threatened 30 rural homes near the San Bernardino mountains, hoping to get the upper hand on the 200-acre fire before winds were expected to pick up.
Helicopters and a DC-10 made water drops on the brushy foothills of the mountain range and by late Tuesday had reduced much of the blaze to white smoke. Containment figures were not immediately available.
Case proceeds against officer accused in assault
SACRAMENTO (AP) — The case against a former Sacramento police officer accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting an elderly woman while off duty is moving forward in court.
The Sacramento Bee reports a judge said Tuesday that the alleged victim appeared competent in her interviews with investigators, despite having suffered a stroke.
The judge's finding means it will be up to Gary Dale Baker, the former officer, to show whether the woman's statements are unreliable and inadmissible in his preliminary hearing.
Defense attorneys had argued the woman is incompetent to testify.
The 50-year-old Baker was arrested in December on suspicion of rape, forcible oral copulation and other charges in the assault of the 76-year-old woman.
Detectives recognized the suspect as Baker after reviewing footage from a surveillance camera the alleged victim's family installed after she told them of the assault.
Man sentenced for attack in SF-area motel room
(Information in the following story is from: San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News, http://www.mercurynews.com)
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) — A man has been sentenced to 12 years to life behind bars for beating and trying to rape a student in a San Francisco area motel room.
The San Jose Mercury News reports 47-year-old Maurice Banks must serve 85 percent of the 12-year sentence before he can be considered for parole.
He was convicted in August.
In June a judge concluded Banks was exaggerating symptoms of mental illness and ordered the trial to proceed. Prosecutors contended Banks was faking when he said he was hearing voices and seeing hallucinations.
Banks was accused of punching the woman so hard her eye sockets cracked, then strangling her until she passed out.
The woman had rented the Redwood motel room to have a quiet place to study.
Man who escaped Calif. prison arrested in Ark.
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — Authorities say an inmate who escaped from a California prison in 1977 has been captured in Arkansas, where he was living under an alias.
The Garland County Sheriff's Office says 69-year-old Michael Ray Morrow was arrested without incident Monday in Jessieville. Deputy Scott Hinojosa says Morrow gave details of his escape from the California Institution for Men in Chino.
Morrow was serving a sentence of 5 years to life in prison or 10 years minimum for a robbery conviction.
According to an FBI affidavit, a man was arrested in Saline County, Ark., in 1984 and gave the name "Carl Frank Wilson." The affidavit says a later analysis found those fingerprints matched Morrow's.
Morrow is being held in the Garland County jail. Authorities did not know if he had an attorney.
CLIMATE CHANGE-UC DAVIS
UC Davis to lead national climate change study
(Information in the following story is from: The Sacramento Bee, http://www.sacbee.com)
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The University of California, Davis, has been awarded an $11 million federal grant to lead a study of how to reduce the impact the nation's transportation system has on climate change.
The Sacramento Bee reports the school was chosen this week in a national competition by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
The two-year study to be led by the Davis Institute for Transportation Studies will look into ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions caused by Americans' regular trips in cars, buses, trains and planes.
The researchers will also come up with ways to keep people moving when catastrophic climate events such as hurricanes occur.
Davis officials say the grant will boost their ongoing efforts to reduce the amount of driving Californians do daily.