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HOCKNEY'S IPAD ART
SAN FRANCISCO — Happily hunched over his iPad, Britain's most celebrated living artist David Hockney is pioneering the art world yet again, turning his index finger into a paintbrush and the touch screen his canvas where he swipes vibrant landscapes, colorful forests and richly layered scenes. For a few years the 76-year-old Pop art legend has been shooting his works via email to friends. This fall they're headed to a much larger platform, the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park, just a short trip for Silicon Valley techies who created both the hardware and software for this magnificent reinvention of finger painting. By Martha Mendoza. SENT: 900 words, photos.
LA TAR PITS
LOS ANGELES — Surrounded by a gooey graveyard of prehistoric beasts, a small crew diligently wades through a backlog of fossil finds from a century of excavation at the La Brea Tar Pits in the heart of Los Angeles. Digs have yielded bones of mammoths, mastodons, dire wolves, saber-toothed cats and other Ice Age creatures, but it's the smaller discoveries that are shaping scientists' views of life in the area that would become LA. By Science Writer Alicia Chang. SENT: 650 words, photos, video.
LOS ANGELES — A Southern California woman who received a life sentence as a teenager for killing her former pimp will be allowed to go free after Gov. Jerry Brown decided against blocking a parole board's ruling that grants her freedom. Sara Kruzan was 17 when she was sentenced to die in prison for the 1994 shooting death of George Gilbert Howard in a Riverside motel room. She contended that he had sexually abused her and groomed her for six years to work as a child prostitute. SENT: 440 words.
CATTLE RUSTLING RISE
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A crime that was at the center of many Western movies is thriving in modern-day California. The state's Bureau of Livestock Identification reports that 1,317 head of cattle were stolen or reported missing last year, a 22 percent increase from prerecession numbers. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that cattle prices hit record highs in 2011 and 2012. One steer can sell for $1,000 or more. SENT: 465 words.
—Patients Abandoned. Alameda County sheriff's detectives are conducting a criminal elder abuse investigation into a nursing home that closed Thursday and left behind 14 sick and elderly patients.
—Vallejo Drive-By Killing. A 19-year-old who was a passenger in a group of cars that had stopped to change a tire is Vallejo's 20th homicide of the year.
LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has tried to reduce jail overcrowding for years by putting low-level offenders into home detention and work-release programs, but those efforts have largely failed to make a dent. Some inmates eligible for home confinement claimed they were homeless. The program was abandoned in 2010, less than two years after it started. The lack of interest from inmates has forced the county to consider more expensive solutions to overcrowding, like contracting with other agencies. SENT: 430 words.
CHANNEL ISLANDS, Calif. — Volunteer divers have dredged up 900 pounds of debris, a half-dozen lobster traps and 1,400 feet of trap line in an effort to clean up the ocean around California's Channel Islands. The nonprofit group Ocean Defenders Alliance has found everything from anchors to decayed traps since it began scouring the area for abandoned ocean gear in September. SENT: 300 words.
ALSO: Banning-Police Shooting. A Banning police officer shot and killed a man during a confrontation at a hotel after the man allegedly brandished a handgun.
LOS ANGELES — Apparently astronauts are no match for Jackass. Paramount's "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa" topped the weekend box office with $32 million, according to studio estimates, sinking three-week champ "Gravity" to second place. "Bad Grandpa" stars Johnny Knoxville as an accident-prone grandfather in the hidden-camera comedy. By Sandy Cohen. SENT: 750 words.
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