PITTSBURG, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a man fired a shotgun outside a San Francisco Bay Area courthouse, shattering a window in a jury assembly room. No one was injured in the shooting around 7:45 a.m. yesterday at the Arnason Justice Center in Pittsburg. Authorities say the unidentified man fired two shots as he tried to retrieve the weapon from brush near the courthouse. They do not believe he targeted the courthouse. Witnesses reported seeing the man flee in an SUV.
SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California judge says there will be no delay in the sentencing of a convicted murderer who was condemned to death. The Marin Independent Journal says 79-year-old Joseph Naso requested yesterday to delay the hearing to next year. Naso said he wanted to time to prepare legal documents. A judge denied the request and set sentencing for Nov. 8.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Two Democrats and a Republican have emerged as top contenders for San Diego mayor in an election to fill the rest of the term of Bob Filner, who resigned amid allegations of sexual harassment. Ten candidates submitted the required number of signatures to appear on the Nov. 19 ballot as of early yesterday afternoon, hours before the filing deadline. Among those submitting signatures were Republican City Councilman Kevin Faulconer and Nathan Fletcher, a former Republican state assemblyman who recently became a Democrat. Democratic City Councilman David Alvarez has been actively campaigning.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Testimony has ended in a negligence lawsuit against the promoter of Michael Jackson's planned comeback concerts. Closing arguments in the case are expected to begin on Tuesday and jurors will likely begin deliberating next week. Lawyers for Jackson's mother concluded testimony in the 21-week case yesterday after jurors heard from Jackson's longtime personal physician, Dr. Allan Metzger, and his attorney.