Oracle beats New Zealand to keep America's Cup
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Skipper Jimmy Spithill and Oracle Team USA have won the America's Cup with one of the greatest comebacks in sports history.
Spithill steered Oracle's space-age, 72-foot catamaran to its eighth straight victory, speeding past Dean Barker and Emirates Team New Zealand in the winner-take-all Race 19 on San Francisco Bay to keep the oldest trophy in international sports in the United States.
All but defeated a week ago, the 34-year-old Australian and his international crew twice rallied from seven-point deficits to win 9-8 Wednesday. Owned by software billionaire Larry Ellison, Oracle Team USA was docked two points for illegally modifying boats in warmup regattas and had to win 11 races to keep the Auld Mug.
Oracle's showed its incredible speed when it reeled in the Kiwis while zigzagging toward the Golden Gate Bridge on the windward third leg.
LA students breach school iPads' security
LOS ANGELES (AP) — It took just a week for nearly 300 students who got iPads from their Los Angeles high school to figure out how to alter the security settings so they could surf the Web and access social media sites.
That's prompted the district to halt a $1 billion program aimed at putting the devices in the hands of every student in the nation's second-largest school system.
The Los Angeles Times reports that Roosevelt High students quickly learned they could easily delete their personal profile information, giving them greater access to the iPads' capabilities.
The district has halted home use of the tablets until further notice as officials look for ways to make sure students use the devices for school work only.
Two other LA schools also reported the breaches, though in smaller numbers.
SF police make arrest in light-rail shooting
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco police have arrested a 30-year-old man suspected of fatally shooting another man in the back of the head in what police believe was a random attack.
Police say Nikhom Thephakaysone was taken into custody on Tuesday outside his home in the city's Oceanview District.
He is suspected of shooting the 20-year-old male victim on Monday night after the victim got off a light-rail car.
Police have told the San Francisco Chronicle the shooting appears to have been a random, unprovoked attack.
Thephakaysone's arrest came after police released surveillance footage of a suspect taken from the light-rail car and asked for the public's help in identifying him.
Police said they planned to release additional details about the case at a news conference scheduled for Thursday.
2 arrested for 1988 slaying of Vallejo woman
VALLEJO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities arrested two men in connection with the 1988 killing of a 26-year-old woman whose strangled body was found floating in a large livestock water trough in Petaluma.
The Sonoma County Sherriff's Office said Wednesday that DNA evidence resulted in the arrests of 49-year-old Fausto Chavez and 47-year-old Josafat Presencion.
The men are being held on in connection with Vallejo resident Wynetta Davis's slaying.
Davis' mother told police that her daughter disappeared on the evening of May 16, 1988 while walking to a store.
Her body was found six days later, and identified through fingerprints.
Chavez and Presencion are Mexican nationals who were living in Vallejo at the time.
Detectives reopened the case in 2010 and sent DNA samples to the Department of Justice crime lab database.
Police hunt suspected serial massage parlor rapist
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Riverside police are hunting a man they say robbed and raped people at Southern California spas and massage parlors for at least a decade — sometimes brutally beating them.
Authorities on Wednesday released surveillance video of a 6-foot-tall man in his 40s, weighing about 250 pounds.
Police say DNA links the same man to five attacks in Riverside and other cities from 2003 to 2009 but they suspect he's committed many more crimes — some recent or unreported.
Police say there could be a dozen victims or more.
Authorities say the man talked his way into back areas, then pulled a gun or knife and robbed and assaulted employees. Several were badly beaten and one woman was slammed into a wall, breaking her collarbone and knocking out five teeth.
LONGTIME TEACHER-MOLEST CHARGES
Legal claim filed in SF Bay Area child abuse case
(Information in the following story is from: Contra Costa Times, http://www.contracostatimes.com)
CONCORD, Calif. (AP) — A new legal claim accuses officials at a San Francisco Bay Area school district of failing to report suspected child abuse by a teacher who is now charged with molesting numerous students.
The claim on behalf of seven alleged victims of Joseph Martin, an elementary school teacher in the Mt. Diablo School District in Contra Costa County, alleges a 2006 district report found Martin may have abused children. But the claim filed last week says district officials at the time did not report the findings to police.
Martin has been charged with over 100 felony counts involving 13 fifth-grade boys. He has pleaded not guilty.
The Contra Costa Times reports that the alleged victims in the claim say they were abused between 2009 and earlier this year.
A message for district officials was not immediately returned.
De Niro takes over Gandolfini miniseries role
LOS ANGELES (AP) — HBO says Robert De Niro will step into a project that was thrown into question by the death of James Gandolfini.
HBO said Wednesday that De Niro is taking on the role of a New York City attorney handling a murder case in the miniseries "Criminal Justice."
Gandolfini had played the attorney in the pilot episode. The star of "The Sopranos" died in June at age 51 after suffering a heart attack.
"Criminal Justice" was one of Gandolfini's last projects. Another is the film "Enough Said," which is now in theaters.
An air date for "Criminal Justice" hasn't been announced.